Youth & Teen Calendar View
We welcome youth & teens at BARN! Here’s a list, in chronological order.
Do you like owls? Do you like Halloween masks? Let’s use basic sewing skills to make an owl mask from felt. You can wear this mask on Halloween this year, or you can create other masks for Halloween using the skills you’ll build making this mask.
Once we’ve made the mask, let’s sew a cute owl pillow for your room or for a gift. We’ll provide some basic pieces and some embellishments that you can mix and match to make an owl that appeals to you. And, you’ll build skills to make other kinds of pillows in the future.
Dawna Ellis began sewing about 54 years ago as a young Girl Scout. Further nurturing of those skills led her to a path in the creative arts as a costume designer and fabricator in the theatrical industry for 30 years. That experience and exposure to working with textiles in often unconventional ways solidified a love of textiles and the endless possibilities that can become of them. Dawna continues to explore techniques to develop and hone her skills, is an avid quilter, and lives in Poulsbo with her husband and two dogs.
If you want to expand your culinary and barbeque skills, this is the place to be! We will work through various recipes and culinary techniques that guide you toward becoming competent in the kitchen and on the grill. Participants will be introduced to many ingredients and be exposed to a variety of flavors and cooking methods, as well as language and culture from Mexico. Each session will allow students to grow and develop skills to be used again. We will make our own tortillas, pickles and salsas as well. Vegetarian option available upon request.
Week 1 ~ Breakfast Tacos
Week 2 ~ Enchiladas Verdes
Week 3 ~ Pollo Asado
Chef Marcela Sandoval served as BARN’s Kitchen Studio Lead from 2019-2020. She has been teaching and volunteering at BARN since 2017. Before moving to Bainbridge Island in 2016, Marcela spent 18 years accompanying her diplomatic husband around the world. She has lived in China, Zambia, North Korea, Nepal and Tanzania.
Growing up in South Texas, Marcela’s culinary roots are with traditional Mexican cuisine. She is Cordon Bleu trained, worked in restaurants in DC and Beijing, sold gelato in Lusaka, ran a tapas bar in Pyongyang, trained restaurant staff in Kathmandu and taught cooking to students from Tanzania to Bainbridge Island. Marcela’s life experiences are reflected in her cooking.
Tell a story in under two minutes in this short film challenge! Learn how to shoot and edit on your phone or tablet. No experience necessary, just bring your device and your imagination.
Pick the theme
Learn about and pick your shot types to (i.e. closeups, medium shots, two-shot, wide shot, master, etc.)
Storyboard/Write your concept.
Scout location in building
Learn to set up/block shots
Learn the basics of an edit.
Edit your footage
Showcase your short film on a large screen while eating popcorn
An iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android Tablet all with Adobe Rush* installed and account set up - or if a student has an Apple device (iPhone or iPad), please make sure iMovie (Apple only) is installed (it is usually installed by default; can download from the App Store if not).
*Adobe Rush is free with some limits or $10 subscription for additional features. It can be found in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store
Courtney G. Jones is a 30 year veteran of the film & television industry who has been an advocate for the kind of accessibility mobile filmmaking brings to creators for several years. Not only does Courtney serve as Head of Development for Steve Zahn & Rick Gomez’s company, Macaroni Art Productions, but he has produced and directed feature films, commercials, documentaries, and series… some of which have been shot on mobile. Mr. Jones brings a wealth of technical and creative know-how to the classroom.
Courtney’s main goal with teaching mobile content creation is to show that anyone can make something amazing with the technology that is in their pocket.
When Courtney is not writing, producing, filming, editing or teaching, he’s typically daydreaming about flying, living on a boat, or trying out new recipes in the kitchen.
Have you ever wanted to create your own characters?
In this introductory class, students will learn different techniques for designing and sketching their own characters. We’ll talk about shape language, facial expressions, proportions, and doing a character turnaround.
Students will work using various traditional mediums on individual pieces of paper that we will then bind into a sketchbook. This class is open to all skill levels, the only requirement is to enjoy drawing and be interested in creating their own characters.
Cecilia Olivera-Hillway is an artist and maker who loves combining art and technology. Her career in education has included positions like Educational Technology Specialist and Maker Space Associate. A recent transplant to the Olympic Peninsula, she is looking forward to sharing her love of nature, art, and technology. You can visit her website at: www.cohillway.com.
This class has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Extra! Extra! Learn the basics of newswriting in this three-part, hands-on workshop. Whether you read the news in black and white, watch on television or TikTok, there are essential elements to every newsworthy story. We'll discuss those elements, learn how to sift truth from rumor (and why it's so important) and put together our own news pamphlet with stories, images and opinion.
This class is taught by Jennifer Hemmingsen, a journalist and educator with more than two decades' experience in print, online and video news.
Help design and build woodland or wetland creatures for holiday displays at Bloedel Reserve, the 150-acre forest garden on Bainbridge Island.
In this Community Service project, youth and adults will team up to turn natural materials gathered at Bloedel into sculptures that will be on display from Thanksgiving through the New Year. Each participant will receive a free pass to visit Bloedel during the holiday season to see how the projects were used and enjoy the trails.
Beginners, including the adult helpers, are welcome. Participation is free but registration is required. You can sign up as a team of two adults or an adult and a youth, or parents or guardians can register a youth who will work with a volunteer recruited by the BARN Woodworking Studio. This activity is offered on multiple days, and you can sign up for more than one. The goal is for each team to complete one piece at each session.
Teens (7th-12th grade), come on down to BARN for an evening of games, friends, music, and creativity! You're not going to want to miss it. You'll get to choose from activities like cooking, woodworking, sewing, jewelry-making, metal-working, and more - every month is a different lineup. You can also just hang out and chill or work on your own projects in the commons. Bring a friend or come on your own and meet new friends!
We're grateful to the City of Bainbridge Island for their financial support so we can offer this event for teens in our community!
Beginners, including the adult helpers, are welcome. Participation is free but registration is required.
You can sign up as a team of two adults or an adult and a youth, or parents or guardians can register a youth who will work with a volunteer recruited by the BARN Woodworking Studio. This activity is offered on multiple days, and you can sign up for more than one. The goal is for each team to complete one piece at each session.
In this three-week class, you'll begin with a safety briefing in our welding and sheet metal shop, then you will learn how to use all the tools you'll need to prepare and build your creations: cutters, grinders, vices, and spot welders.
If you've taken welding classes at BARN in the past, this is a chance to get more hands-on time with the equipment and to refine your skills.
Get ready to make some sparks fly!
Participants must wear natural fiber clothing, long pants, closed-toe shoes (natural fiber or leather), no stretch fabrics, and long hair tied back. This is a strictly enforced safety policy. Thank you!
Instructor: Bob Mathisrud. Bob was cross-trained in many trades as a stationary operating engineer, for over 20 years.
Amaze your friends with your command of GLASS! Learn about the magic of stained glass using the copper foil technique to create pieces that sparkle in the sun.
This class is perfect both for beginners and those who already have taken Stained Glass classes at BARN.
Those new to the medium will start by creating a 5-piece star or heart and may have time to work on a second smaller project. Prior to tackling your project, you will learn to hand-cut clear glass in straight lines, copper tape and then solder the shapes together. Your choice of colored and textured glass will make for a very personal project.
Students who have had previous stained glass experience from past classes at BARN may use this time to build their skills and work independently on more complex projects.
The instructor will be on hand to guide and support students of all levels!
Jim Washington comes to BARN with 35 years in vocational education settings. He has taught classes in cold, warm and hot glass, glass batching, ceramics, manufacturing, woodshop, and composites. His first love was the glass arts program in Central Kitsap which he built and ran for 12 years.
Learn about wood and some of the tools and techniques used to shape it as you make a variety of clever gadgets to use in your home kitchen or give as gifts. Depending on the pace of the class, these may include a pasta strainer, an herb stripper, a hot oven-rack puller and pusher, a cheese board, a cookbook or iPad stand, and a silverware tote.
You will learn tricks for accurately measuring and marking wood, how to cut straight and curved shapes, how to drill, and how to smooth surfaces for final finishing. You will also learn some of the properties of wood and how those affect smart ways to work with it.
Below you can see an oven rack puller and a pasta strainer in use. Never burn your fingers again! And forget about needing to wash a colander when you make pasta.
Instructors: Jeanne Huber, Morgan Neff and Marianne Spur. All three are safety monitors in the Woodworking Studio and enjoy sharing their love of woodworking with youth.
Nurture creativity by learning to see the world through a unique lens. This class encourages students to explore their surroundings, discover, and see the world around them in an imaginative way. Through the use of photography, students will document subjects in a manner that's original, opening a wider artistic view of the world.
Students will learn how to look at light, color, patterns, and composition, to create compelling photographs that are unique to their vision. Students will select their favorite image to be printed and mounted onto mat board at the completion of the class.
No need for prior photography knowledge or a professional camera. Even a cell phone camera will do! This class is about creativity, discovery, and most of all having fun!
Any type of digital camera (cell phone camera, tablet, dslr, or point & shoot), as well as the camera's usb cable to download the digital images.
Alisa Steck is a fine art photographer whose focus is on the beautiful waterfalls and waterways of Washington State; as well as vineyards and small farms of Kitsap County. Alisa also enjoys life as a guest teacher for the Bainbridge Island School District, with experience working with kids K-12. Alisa worked with Arts & Humanities Bainbridge to help lead the efforts of creating a Certified Creative District for Bainbridge Island, enabling Winslow to become a creative destination. Her BFA was earned from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, including a year long stint studying the masters in Rome. alisafoto.com
Full STEAM ahead! In this class, students will be combining art and technology to make characters that will move their mouths to lip-sync to music or words thanks to code and a sound sensor. The robots will be built out of common materials like cardboard, paint, and paper and brought to life through coding, motors, lights, and a variety of components.
The class will begin by introducing the robotics kits they will be using: micro:bit and the HummingbirdBit. We will explore the different components, how to use them, and code them using block-coding applications like MakeCode. Then they’ll learn different cardboard building techniques and mechanisms that can be used for their creations. They’ll be making music videos or clips with their lip-syncing characters that can then be shared with the world.
This is an introductory class. No prior coding or building experience is necessary. To keep the costs of the class down, robotics kits will be provided for use during class time and will be returned to the instructor at the end of the week.
Students have a choice to bring their own devices, preferably a laptop (PC or Mac), or Chromebook. If they don’t have one, we will have a limited number available to borrow during class. Upon registration, please select 'Using BARN Computer' or 'Bringing Device From Home’.
Make wonderful new pieces of jewelry by recycling old cast-off treasures! Students will make an assortment of creative bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and more. The instructor will provide a variety of old jewelry and beads as well as new findings like chains and earring wires to use during the class. Students are encouraged, but not required, to bring in old jewelry to add to the collection. All the tools needed will be provided for use during the class.
Park: At BARN, or the adjacent Christmas tree lot. Parking also available at the First Baptist Church on North Madison, with a free Sweet Deal Mobile shuttle.
Do you love to journal but aren’t sure what to write about? Do you feel like your journaling is boring? Join journaling extraordinaire Chelsea Leah for an exciting boost to your writing, as she leads the group through a curated journaling adventure. Each day of the series will center around a theme, such as “Pop Culture”, “What If”, and “Scent Memories”, and will consist of 4-5 short exercises to breathe fresh air into your writing practice. You never know where the journey will take you!
What supplies students should bring: Your favorite pen.
Chelsea Leah is a lifelong journaling enthusiast, as well as a tech and culture writer. Her articles have appeared in WIRED and The Writer magazine. When not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in a book or her toes in the sand.
Teens (7th-12th grade), come on down to BARN for an evening of games, friends, music, and creativity! You're not going to want to miss it. You'll get to choose from activities like cooking, woodworking, sewing, jewelry-making, metal-working, and more - every month is a different lineup. You can also just hang out and chill or work on your own projects in the commons. Bring a friend