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Enjoy a festival, join a fun run, tour an interpretive site, or just make your own celebration with a family picnic or camping trip. Choose from dozens of activities and events throughout the year. You can submit your state park event via email to get it placed on the calendar. The Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to Washington state parks and state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit the Discover Pass website.

Deception Pass State Park

  1. State of the Park Meeting

    January 26, 2020, 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ Rosario Beach Marine Laboratory, Lindren Hall

    Deception Pass Park Foundation will hold its annual State of the Park Meeting at Lindgren Hall, Rosario Beach Marine Laboratory on South Fidalgo Island. This is an excellent opportunity to find out more about the Foundation and the park. Speakers will include Lori Maul, president of the Deception Pass Park Foundation; Jason Armstrong, Deception Pass State Park area manager; and Joy Kacoroski, Park interpretive specialist.

    The State of the Park is held each year and is a chance for the public to find out more about the Deception Pass Park Foundation and the Deception Pass State Park. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic drinks. At 6 p.m., the presentation will begin. There will be a time for Q&A after the presentation. We hope you can join us to learn more about your favorite park!

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Fort Worden State Park

  1. Foundations of Woodworking

    January 6, 2020 - March 27, 2020

    This course drills deep into the basics, beginning with a firm foundation in understanding wood as a material and incorporates introductory training in a wide range of techniques. The curriculum focuses on imparting skills through a series of projects designed to build on one another in techniques and complexity. After twelve weeks, you'll leave with an in-depth experience of hand tools; having practiced applications of joinery methods, considered choices for wood selection and worked with non-toxic materials. And you’ll understand practical planning for designing and executing woodworking projects.

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  2. Introduction to Furniture: Design and Technique

    January 6, 2020 - March 27, 2020

    This class is open to woodworkers who would like to broaden their approach to furniture making. We think it means you are a person who has decided to commit to learning furniture making; is yearning to develop a finer sense of design; has already acquired some woodworking skills and has a strong sense of the limitations of your own knowledge and skills. You must have some experience in hand tool woodworking, finer machine work and basic design before taking this class. If you have limited woodworking experience - we’d like you to produce evidence of strong practical skills, problem solving ability, and experience with hand work.

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  3. Illustrating Picture Books with Dana Sullivan

    January 7, 2020, 5:00 PM - February 11, 2020, 8:00 PM

    Open to all levels of artistic training. Stick figures welcome. A perfect class for illustrators and writers looking for a new perspective on their work. Plus, that kick in the back cover you may have been needing. AGES 16+

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  4. Beginning Oil Painting with Chris Witkowski

    January 10, 2020, 1:00 PM - January 31, 2020, 4:00 PM

    This is a class for absolute beginners who want to take the leap. Materials will be provided so you don’t have to sink $300-$400 at the outset. In this class we will be working absolutely non-toxically. The first session will discuss pigments and mediums (toxic and otherwise), how to lay out your palette, the different styles of brushes and palette knives, what kind of marks they make, and how to clean them non-toxically. Different painting surfaces will be discussed, priming with gesso and how to tone your painting surface. (We will be working on supplied canvas panels). The subsequent three sessions will be devoted to working on your own paintings. Subject matter will be provided. One, two or even three paintings could be completed depending on the speed of the painter.

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  5. Photography and the Wabi-Sabi Aesthetic with Ginny Banks

    January 14, 2020, 10:00 AM - February 11, 2020, 12:00 PM

    In this workshop, you will be learning about the Japanese aesthetic wabi-sabi and how it relates to photography. You will learn to notice, appreciate and be inspired by the beauty of mundane, everyday life; while keeping this aesthetic of transience and imperfection in mind.

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  6. Watercolor with Suzanne Lamon

    January 15, 2020, 6:00 PM - February 5, 2020, 8:30 PM

    This class is for anyone wanting to learn the technique of painting with watercolors, or for those who have experience, but would like to hone their skills. Class direction will primarily focus on brush skills, and will lead into paper and paint fundamentals. Students will work with both dry and wet applications and will learn how to add color(s) without losing a picture by turning it to mud. Nothing tricky to it and you will be amazed by what you can do.

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  7. Beginning Encaustic Printmaking

    January 25, 2020, 9:00 AM - January 26, 2020, 4:00 PM

    Creating one-of-a-kind prints with pigmented beeswax and paper on a professional heated aluminum palette; this modern off-shoot of encaustic artwork involves touching a warmed plate with chunks of colored beeswax, manipulating the strokes in a huge variety of ways and then laying paper down to absorb the wax. Once lifted, the print dries instantly, and the result is an original print. This medium creates gentle surprises and aha moments, resulting in beautiful representational and abstracted images, landscapes, and rustic patterns. The freedom of this process is the ability to fiddle, play, discover, relax, explore, express and let go – a fast and fluid process and yet meditative. This introductory class will involve instructor demonstrations, quick guided exercises, low teacher to student ratio, and as much time to print as possible.

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  8. Still Lifes in Acrylics with Julie Read

    January 25, 2020, 10:00 AM - January 26, 2020, 4:00 PM

    Work from a photograph or build your own still life from objects you love at home. This weekend workshop is for ambitious beginners, but fun for anyone. Study objects, mix colors, plan compositions, and look shadows and highlights right in the face and tell them who's boss. If you've never used acrylic paints, this is a great way to introduce yourself to the medium. Julie provides all the materials and will have you ready to embark on a kit of your own after this weekend. Julie will guide you through planning, executing and finishing at least one Still life painting.

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Lake Easton State Park

  1. Guided snowshoe hike

    January 26, 2020, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM @ Lake Easton State Park

    Hikes will be about 3 miles on moderate terrain and last approximately 2.5 hours. All ages and ability levels are welcome. Guides will share tidbits on natural history, snowshoeing basics and safety information during the hikes. Bring snowshoes, poles, layered clothing, boots and water.

    For more information about the snowshoe hikes, call (509) 925-1943. Participants should call after 9 a.m. on the day of the hike for status updates. Cancellations may occur due to road closures or other winter access issues.

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