Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Spokane Art School Welcomes New Instructors

Viza Arlington
Turnbull Wildlife Refuge
Lynne Haines

I am very excited to introduce two new art instructors, Viza Arlington and Lynne Haines, to the Spokane Art School. During the winter session Viza will offer an Introduction to Printmaking class and Lynne Haines will be teaching the Watercolors Debunked class.
To learn more about these two artists visit

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Holiday Ornament Show

Pat Boyd Angel
Annual Holiday Ornament Show
November 29th (10am-5pm), 30th (10am-4pm) and December 1st (11am-3pm)
Tinman Gallery
811 W. Garland Ave.
Spokane, WA 99205
Proceeds benefit the Spokane Art School

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Spokane Art School Faculty Show

Spokane Art School Faculty Show

"Beaver Pond near Bridgeport"
Judy Patterson
November 22nd, 2013 – February 1st, 2014
Artist’s Reception Friday, November 22nd, 6 to 8pm
Tin Man Trio will be performing

Participating Artists:
Liz Bishop
Colleen Clark-Loomer
Gloria de los Santos
Roger Dubois
Dina Fernandez
Mari Anne Figgins
Jery Haworth
Ilse Kilian-Tan
Mel McCuddin
Tresia Oosting
Judy Patterson
Tom Quinn
Claryn Reid
Sally Simmer
Rick Singer
Katie Staib
Elise Stewart
Cyndy Wilson

Tinman Gallery
811 W. Garland Ave.
Spokane, WA. 99205

All proceeds benefit the Spokane Art School

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Yuletide Silent Auction Items

Yuletide Silent Auction Items
Here is a sneak peak of a few of this years silent auction items donated to the
Spokane Art School Yuletide event
Altoid Angel Ornament
Pat Boyd

Glass Ornament
Ken Frybarger 

 Tree Angel
Tresia Oosting

Velvet Bird Ornament
Claryn Reid

Sack of Heart Ornaments
Sharon Ronning

Angel Ornament
Sister Paula Turnbull
The silent auction starts on Friday, November 15 and runs through Sunday, November 17, 2013
All proceeds from the silent auction benefits the Spokane Art School Educational Programs   
Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture
2316 W. First Ave.
Spokane, WA.  

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Yuletide 2013 Artists

Participating 2013 Yuletide Artists
Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture
2316 W. 1st. Ave
Spokane, WA
November 15-17, 2013
Leslie Ahrens
Ceramic Artist
Booth 18, Gallery C
Don Barron (Forest Gate Woodworks)
Wooden Boxes Artist
Booth 1, Gilkey Room

Pat Boyd
Mixed Media Artist
Booth 20, Gallery C

Karen Ciaffe
Booth 8, American Indian Activity Room

Nan Drye
Fiber Artist
Booth 13, Gallery C

Larry Ellingson
Mixed Media Artist
Booth 6, American Indian Activity Room
Ken Frybarger (Atelier of Glass)
Lampwork Artist
Booth 3, Gilkey Room

Anthony Gallaher (Fired Elements)
Booth 17, Gallery C
Jeff Harris
Booth 5, Gilkey Room

Juaquetta Holcomb (Garden Party Fibers-Handspun Yarn)
Fiber Artist
Booth 16, Gallery C

Kris Howell (Minutia)
Booth 4, Gilkey Room
Kathleen Hubbard
Booth 11, Gallery C
Linda Lowry
Booth 7, American Indian Activity Room

Linda Malcom and Melinda Melvin
Mixed Media Artists
Booth 15, Gallery C
Judy Meddaugh
Pressed Flower Artist
Booth 2, Gilkey Room

Michele Mokrey and Denise Steen
Fiber Artists
Booth 19, Gallery C

Denise Robertson (Little Sistahs Wit Tudes)
Soft Sculpture Artist
Booth 10, Gallery C
Sharon Ronning
Fiber Artist
Booth 12, Gallery C

Bonnie Speigle (Handcrafted Soaps by Bonnie)
Soap Maker
Booth 9, American Indian Activity Room

Ron Vaughan
Wood Carver
Booth 14, Gallery C

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Pottery Classes with Liz Bishop

Seven Pieces
Liz Bishop
Pottery Classes with Liz Bishop
Visit a real working artist studio and learn the ceramic process including how to glaze and fire. Space is very limited, please register early.
For ages 8 to adult
$80 + $30 supply fee
This class meets on Saturdays:
October 19, 26 and November 2, 9, 16
For more information on Liz Bishop's pottery class please visit:

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Harold Balazs and Mel McCuddin “Still Vertical”

"Untitled (Six Word Story)"
Harold Balazs

“The Desperate Coquette”
Mel McCuddin
Still Vertical
Harold Balazs and Mel McCuddin
October 4th - November 16th, 2013
All new work from two of Spokane’s most beloved artists.
Artist’s reception Friday, October 4th
5 to 9pm
All proceeds will benefit the Spokane Art School
Tinman Art Gallery
811 W. Garland Ave.
Spokane, WA 99205

Larry Ellingson “Intuitive Chaos”

"Four Voices"
Larry Ellingson

Intuitive Chaos
Larry Ellingson
October 4th - 26th, 2013
Larry Ellingson’s art centers around “orphans” (objects removed from their original context) carefully yet carelessly united with other “orphans” in a new world of intuitive chaos.  This show includes Four Voices, a light and music construction, several photographic “pile on” assemblages, clothing accessories for 100 foot tall people and many brand new pieces.  ”I don’t get it, but I can’t stop looking at it,” a bemused onlooker said.
Artist’s reception Friday, October 4th
5 to 9pm
Proceeds to benefit the Spokane Art School
Spokane Art School
809 W. Garland Ave.
Spokane, WA 99205

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Plein Aire Watercolor Workshop with Ken Spiering


Plein Aire Watercolor Workshop with Ken Spiering at the
Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens

Saturday, September 14th & Sunday, September 15th, 8 am to 12 noon

Location:             Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens

                                507 W. Seventh Ave.

                                Spokane, WA  99204


Fees:                     $80. workshop fee

Preregistration is required for all classes. 

To register on line, go to or call 325-3001

Workshop held by Spokane Art School

Learn watercolor techniques suited for the outdoors in the beautiful restored gardens of Moore-Turner located in Spokane’s lower South Hill.  Create beautiful and dynamic foliage, with vibrant greens, and vivid colors that have the contrast and intensity of the plants and the environment that you are seeing.  This workshop will explore the entire spectrum of the artist’s palette using warm and cool colors, mixing them with adjoining colors; how to use complementary colors to balance each other to achieve rich and realistic volumes; how to create 3-D forms using shape making and color; how to establish a mood or atmosphere; how to impart a richness of color by juxtaposing multiple colors.  Ken will give an introduction about color, demonstrate masking, scratching through, painting negative spaces within negative spaces, and other special techniques to achieve bold and believable results. 

This workshop is open to participants who are high school age and older.  Watercolor experience is helpful but not necessary.   If you have experience with watercolor, bring your own supplies that you are used to using, including paper.  If you have little or no experience and need supplies, see Materials List.  You will also want to bring a water container, a camp stool, a broad brimmed hat, and appropriate attire for working outside.  Sunglasses and sunscreen are a must. 

About the artist…..Ken Spiering is internationally known for his diverse mediums and techniques including illustrations, watercolors and oil paintings, woodblock prints and etchings, carved wood, cast bronze, concrete and steel sculptures, copper enamels, as well as many monumental public art works.  His work is in collections throughout the world, and he has been an instructor of art at selected universities, public and private schools.


Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens is owned and operated by City of Spokane Parks & Recreation Department


Thursday, August 29, 2013

Tresia Oosting- Rabbits, Laundry and Rain

Rabbity Interlude
Tresia Oosting
Rabbity Interlude
Tresia Oosting
September 6 - 28, 2013
After a recent spring visit to Scotland Tresia Oosting has created new work based on inspirations from an amazing journey. She was taken by the cute wild rabbits, laundry blowing in the wind, constant drizzle of rain and the magic of standing stones older than the Great Pyramids of Giza.

Artist's reception:
Friday, September 6th, 6 - 8 PM
All proceeds benefit the Spokane Art School
Tinman Gallery
811 W. Garland Ave.
Spokane, WA

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

2013 Flass Classes and Workshops

The Gold of the Day
Tom Quinn
(Spokane Art School Instructor)
2013 Fall Classes and Workshops are Now Open for Registration
Classes begin Monday, September 9th

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Drawing the Human Hand Workshop with Tom Quinn


Drawing the Human Hand Workshop         High School to Adult                       $30 + $5 model fee

Saturday, August 24, 10 am to 2 pm                                        

The hand is often the most difficult part of the human body for the artist to master. In this workshop, we’ll cover the anatomy of the human hand, including bones, muscles, and blood vessels. After drawing skeletal hands, we’ll be drawing the hands of a model in different positions and situations.

Supply list available

Preregistration is required for all classes
Visit: for more class information

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Grimm Brothers Invitational

Bremen Town Musicians
Gordon Wilson
Grimm Brothers Invitational
August 2 - August 31, 2013

The Grimm Brothers Artists:
Virginia Carter
Larry Ellingson
Dina Fernandez
Jo Fyfe
Ric Gendron
Lila Girvin
Ginny Gould
Jery Haworth
Pete and Kit Jagoda
Karen Kaiser
Mason McCuddin
Patti Osebold
Judy Patterson
Sami Perry
Tom Quinn
Carrie Scozzaro
Jill Smith
Ken Spiering
E.L. Stewart
Birke Tan
Sister Paula Turnbull
Loretta West
Gordon Wilson
Wendy Zupan-Bailey
Artist’s Reception August 2nd, 5 to 8pm
Proceeds benefit the Spokane Art School
Tinman Gallery
811 W. Garland Ave.
Spokane, WA

Summer Session 2 is Now Open for Registration

Rollin Thomas
Register Now for Summer Session 2 Classes and Workshops
Classes starts Monday, July 29th

Your Best Exhibition... Ever!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Jo Fyfe "The Rule of Three"

Splish, Splash and We Were Taking a Bath
Jo Fyfe

An assortment of quirky acrylic paintings by Spokane artist Jo Fyfe
will be on display through the end of July.

Artist's reception Friday, June 28th, 5 - 8PM

Proceeds benefit the Spokane Art School
Tinman Gallery
811 W. Garland Ave.
Spokane, WA

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

5 Fun Things to Do This Summer

5 Fun Things to Do This Summer

1.  Learn the basics of book binding

2.  Take a figure drawing class

3.  Paint with Ken Spiering

4.  Prepare for Your First Art Exhibition

5.  Capture HDR images with your digital camera
For more information on these and other sun things to do this summer visit:

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Spokane Art School Summer Art Classes for Kids

Spokane Art School Summer Art Classes for Kids


Abstract Animal Rain Stick                                                  
If you love mask making this is a class for you! Students will explore paint and drawing abstract animals. Create a supper cool mask and then turn it into a colorful, original Rain Stick!


Color Your World                                                                                       
Put down the eraser and be free! Mistakes are the tricks that help us figure out our own kooky, crazy, artistic “style”. So, get out your imagination and get ready to explore the artist in you!


Let’s Paint                                                                                                       
Come in and create a fun project and finish it up with paint. We will explore color mixing, drawing and look at the art of someone famous!          


Acrylic Painting                                                                           
An introduction to the highly forgiving, versatile medium of acrylic paint.


Basic Book Binding                                                    
Basic book binding will show you many ways to bind paper or other materials into a book or scroll or just something fun to peer into like a tunnel book. You can bind unique books of collected things or family histories or photo albums or calendars or personal journals or records or… it is fun to make blank books for friends too. You can also create a large number of things with the techniques of book binding such as slip covers, folios, boxes and much more.


Basic Drawing                                                                                               
An introduction to the skills of drawing for people who have not taken formal art classes and may need to attain confidence in their drawing skills.


Basic Mask Making                                                                    
Basic mask making will start you out with six ways of making masks you will make yourself. We will show you several dozen more masks from around the world in fun short slide shows. Masks have many uses from ritual to safety and we will talk about some of the ways masks are most commonly used and try our hand at masked reader’s theater


Create your own Graphic Novel                                                       
Students will learn basics of creating a graphic novel through visual storytelling, how to write dialogue and pace the script, character studies, visual research for costumes and places and props, pencils to inking and other ways to create the drawings, and perhaps most important, how to reach your audience.  


How to Create Picture Books                                                             
This class is adapted from my college level course filled with easy and surprising assignments that will have you creating picture books just for fun and maybe profit whether you think of yourself as an artist or a writer or both.


Oil Painting                                                                                    
The techniques and skills of the time-honored medium of oil painting.


Paper Cutting Workshop                                                                      
Learn the basics of paper cutting from folding to design.


Pop-Ups and Other Mechanical Paper Art                 
This class will give you basic Pop-Up skills and patterns to make your own Pop-Ups for cards or books or gifts for family and/or friends. Each week’s curriculum is unique and we will focus on different techniques.


Watercolor Improvisation                                                   
Sign up for the day you can come or sign up for as many as you like for the whole summer coming when you can but this painting experience ends August 20th though it may come again this fall.

This is a course for those of you who only want to experience the joy of painting without subject or plan but spontaneously with shapes of color and line and form. We choose watercolor as out medium because it can be so spontaneous. We will seek to live in the moment of painting, an active mediations, to discover the color of our feelings and the movement of our thoughts.

Preregistration is a required for all classes
For more class information visit:

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Controlling Greens-Painting Dynamic and Believable Foliage in Watercolor with Ken Spiering

Ken Spiering
Does the foliage in your watercolors look somewhat anemic, transparent, have colors that are too “chemical” and/or lack credible volume?  Discover creating natural, vibrant greens, and vivid colors on your paper that have the intensity of the plants and their environment that you are seeing.

This workshop will be held at Spiering’s studio at 12117 S. Weger Rd., Valleyford, WA on seven acres amidst the rolling hills of Palouse farmland.  There are an infinite number of types of foliage, from the intimate look at single plants to individual bushes, trees of all varieties, both wild and pruned, groupings of trees, and grasses seen up close and from afar that will be subject matter to focus our discussions and work upon. If you have good experience in watercolor, perhaps some antiquated machinery including 1900’s farm equipment, combines and tractors sitting among the weeds will be the additional challenge you would enjoy painting.  Some watercolor experience is necessary.

Friday, June 21-6:30 to 9:30 we will discuss how to look at foliage making it understandable and I’ll demonstrate painting several different varieties of plants.  Masking, scratching through, painting negative spaces within negative spaces and other special techniques to achieve bold and believable results will be part of the demonstration.  You will also receive a handout on drawing foliage. Bring watercolors, brushes and needed supplies, including at least one full sheet of w/c paper (Arches 140 lb. cold-press or similar quality upon which masking frisket [fluid] can be easily removed), water container and other supplies in your arsenal.  We’ll also staple half sheets to boards provided to prepare for Saturday’s field day of painting.

Saturday, June 22-8:30 to 3:30

I expect you would like to start early to avoid the heat of the later afternoon, so please feel free to arrive any time after 8:00.  In addition to your w/c supplies (which you can leave in the studio overnight) you will want to have a water container, camp stool and broad brimmed hat with appropriate dress for working outside.  Also bring sunglasses, sunscreen and a lunch (which we can refrigerate) for a noon break in our day Saturday.  We will improvise small “tables” for you to work on with 5-gal plastic buckets.  I will spend the day giving individual attention and instruction if desired to your plein-aire efforts.

Supply list available.

 For ages teen to adult
call 509-325-3001
for more information.


Preregistration is required for all classes