Youth & Teen Calendar View
We welcome youth & teens at BARN! Here’s a list, in chronological order.
Make a chessboard using real wood veneers that you cut precisely and laminate in a vacuum press.
Working with thin pieces of two kinds of wood with naturally contrasting colors, you will learn to cut strips and then shorter pieces to precise widths and lengths. You will arrange the veneer pieces into a traditional chessboard pattern, glue them to a plywood base, and use a vacuum press to provide even pressure while the glue cures.
Then you will make solid wood banding for the edges, fine-tuning the joints so they fit precisely. And, finally, you will smooth out the surfaces and apply a coat of a natural wood finish.
You will go home with a chessboard approximately 14" square and 3/4" thick that's ready to use.
A materials fee of $10, included in the cost of the class, covers all materials and supplies to make the board. You will need to supply the chess pieces or checkers.
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BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
For those who might need physical assistance, learn more about our Companion Program.
Learn how to safely handle and cook eggs several different ways.
For egg lovers, and the egg curious, this course will provide opportunities to find confidence and satisfy curiosity when it comes to the fundamentals of chicken eggs. Through hands-on practice, learn the sensitive art of egg handling techniques, such as pan frying, scrambling, poaching, and emulsification. Using traditional recipes, and ingredients from international traditions, students will create their own mayonnaise-based sandwich spreads from scratch.
Then we'll have an egg sandwich party to close out the course! Each class will include focused time to look at, taste, and feel the results of the day’s work to develop our language and capacity for gastronomic articulation.
Week 1: Introduction to stove-top egg preparation
Week 2: Scratch mayo and beyond!
Week 3: Building egg sandwiches
Make a felt bag or tablet sleeve covered with your favorite design while you learn to use a variety of cutting tools.
A $45 material fee, included in the cost of the class, covers all the fabric and supplies need to complete your project.
You’ll go home with a felt bag or tablet sleeve approximately 9” x 12” (with a handle if you choose).
Find the FUN in drawing fundamentals and, with professional materials, take your drawing skills up a notch.
Each week is a new drawing adventure as we cover drawing concepts such as light, value, shading, and line with professional drawing materials. A drawing exploration of gesture, observation, and experimentation nurtures every skill set from beginner to advanced.
Students will create a sample drawing portfolio including a still-life drawing from observation, gesture drawings, and a final drawing that explores light and shadow. All work will be done on paper with professional drawing materials.
Students can bring drawing materials from home to experiment with, but we will have materials for them to use.
Eileen Wold received her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her BA in Studio Art from Loyola University, Maryland. She studied painting at the Art Academy of Leuven, Belgium, and has taught university studio art and critical theory courses for more than 15 years.
Wold has exhibited and lectured at galleries, universities, and museums across the country and was featured on PBS Arts Beat for her Empty Waters project exploring the health of the Chesapeake Bay. She was a teaching artist-in-residence at The Kreeger Museum in Washington, D.C., and recently was awarded a Bainbridge Arts and Humanities Individual Artist Grant for her Arctic series.
Learn how to work with metal, or build on your metal-working skills!
Use your imagination to combine scrap parts to make pieces of art to take home, like a steel minion, an animal, or whatever you dream up.
In this three-week class, you'll begin with a safety briefing in our welding and sheet metal shop, then learn how to use all the tools you 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 refine your skills.
Get ready to make some sparks fly!
Participants must wear natural-fiber clothing, long pants, and closed-toe shoes (natural fiber or leather). No stretch fabrics. Tie back long hair. This is a strictly enforced safety policy. Thank you!
Bob Mathisrud - Bob’s long work history of facilities operations has provided him wide-ranging experience in the skilled trades. He helps at BARN in many ways, including by volunteering as a safety monitor in several studios.
Explore the art of storytelling through the lens of memes!
We'll talk about character development, plot, and story arcs using meme captions and images as a jumping-off point. Through hands-on activities and group discussions, students will learn how to create meme-inspired stories and share them with their peers. This course is perfect for young people interested in storytelling and creativity. By the end of the course, students will have developed a deeper understanding of storytelling and the ability to tell their unique and creative stories, thanks to memes.
When you register your youth, please enter their name in the Youth's Name field and enter the parent/guardian email address for "registrants email." All reminders and important information will go to that email address.
Ages 8-12 are welcome.
Jennifer Hemmingsen is a Seattle Times opinion columnist and editorial writer whose recent work has appeared in the Kansas City Star, Missoulian, WOSU-FM (Columbus, Ohio), Grand Island Independent, Cayman Compass, The Free Lance-Star, Bridge Michigan, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, and KUNI FM.
Create a two-minute stop-motion animated short with your phone or tablet.
Challenge yourself to a stop-motion animated short with a beginning, middle, and end. Learn how to shoot and edit on your phone or tablet. No experience necessary, just bring your device and your imagination.
● Break down what stop motion is
● Pick the theme
● Storyboard/write your concept.
● Learn the stop-motion app
● Learn to set up/block shots
● Learn how to create a set
● Lighting and filming your set
● The basics of editing
● Edit your footage
● Finish editing
● Showcase your short film
● Awards ceremony
Courtney G. Jones is a 30-year veteran of the film and television industry and an advocate for the kind of accessibility mobile filmmaking offers. He serves as head of development for Steve Zahn & Rick Gomez’s company, Macaroni Art Productions, and has produced and directed feature films, commercials, documentaries, and series - some shot on mobile. He brings a wealth of technical and creative know-how to the classroom. Courtney’s main goal is to show that anyone can make something amazing with the technology in their pocket. When he is not writing, producing, filming, editing, or teaching, he is typically daydreaming about flying, living on a boat, or trying new recipes.
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.
Beginners will start by creating a five-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.
Those who have had previous stained glass experience from past classes at BARN can 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!
When you register your youth, enter their name in the Youth's Name field and enter the parent/guardian email address for "registrants email." All reminders and important information will go to that email address.
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.
Teens (7th-12th grade), come on down to BARN for a free evening of art, friends, music, and creativity! You're not going to want to miss it. We'll have pizza and snacks and you'll get to choose from activities like cooking, woodworking, sewing, jewelry making, metal working, and more - every month is a different lineup. Come with a friend or come on your own and meet new friends!
Teen Night is so popular that we're now requiring registration to ensure that there's enough food and activities for everyone!
We're grateful to the City of Bainbridge Island for their financial support so we can offer this event for teens in our community!
Registration opens April 3
Take watercolor painting to a whole new level with this experimental class for all skill levels.
Adding plastic wrap, salt, and rubbing alcohol to paint? Yes! In this class, students will master the elusive medium of watercolor as we progress from experimentation studies to a complete composition. We will cover the unique abilities of this fun and challenging art medium. Students will learn to stretch watercolor paper like a canvas and explore more than a dozen watercolor painting techniques.
"You have to know how to use the accident, how to recognize it, how to control it." - Helen Frankenthaler
Students can bring materials from home to experiment with, but we will have materials for them to use.
Make a wallet out of Kraft-Tex, a paper product that acts like leather and comes in gorgeous colors.
About this Class
Kraft-Tex is made from paper, but it behaves like leather. Learn how to cut, fold, sew, and glue this material with several tools in the Fiber Studio, including our rivet and grommet press. Start by making an easy Kraft-Tex tray using glue and rivets. Then practice precise folding and sewing to make a cute Kraft-Tex box with a lid—maybe decorate it with a fancy button. Finally, put several skills together to make a folding wallet for safely carrying ID cards and bills.
A materials fee of $45 is included in the cost of this class and covers all you need in class; Kraft-Tex in several colors, thread, glue, hardware, and embellishments.
Fran Fuller likes using unusual materials and combining different techniques to make beautiful and useful items. She’s looking forward to sharing techniques with you and seeing what you’re going to make!
Create a two-minute short film with your phone or tablet.
Tell a story in less than 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.
● 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 the basics of an edit
● Showcase your short film on a large screen while eating popcorn
Develop your pastry skills by making three iconic pastries – Victoria Sponge, Macaron and Swiss Roll.
Pastry is a science as well as an art, requiring time and patience. This series will explore techniques to produce pastry perfection. Students will be introduced to many ingredients and exposed to a variety of flavors and cooking methods. Each session will allow students to grow and develop skills to be used the next day as well as explore culinary flavors to share with the entire family.
Students must wear closed-toe shoes to class.
Week 1 ~ Victoria Sponge: We will start simple with an introduction to equipment and skills building such as separating eggs, folding batters, and piping cream.
Week 2 ~ Macaron: These delicate French almond cookies will be piped and baked, and then we will sandwich them together with a delicious buttercream.
Week 3 ~ Swiss Roll: It’s a bit of a challenging technique to roll the sponge cake, but this cake - filled with jam and whipped cream - will be worthwhile.
Bring a plastic container to take food home.
Chef Marcela Sandoval has been teaching and volunteering at BARN since 2017, and served as Kitchen Studio Lead 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 D.C. 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.
Days 1 and 2: Dinner Set
Day 3: Torches
You may register your youth for an optional supervised lunch hour from 12-1 pm for the duration of this class.
Constance Ducar is enthusiastic about working with beginning students and encouraging a love for glass. She sometimes incorporates fiber or wood as display options with her glass pieces.
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 can bring their own devices from home like laptops (Mac or PC), Chromebooks, or Bluetooth-enabled tablets. Or they can use the computers at BARN, but availability is limited. Even though they will be wearing a protective gown, it is still recommended that students not wear clothes they'll mind getting paint on.
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. Her work with electronics has been featured on the Make: website and their YouTube channel, won awards at Instructables.com, and been featured on the DesignSpark website. You can visit her website at: www.cohillway.com
Use your creativity to bring some positivity to your community!
Combine crafting with activism and you've got craftivism - the use of crafts to make positive changes in your community. In this class, we will take a slow-stitch approach to craftivism, using skills like hand sewing, embroidery, and knitting to create items with positive messages to share around BARN.
This class will create a few small projects: a hand-stitched pronouns name tag, a hand-embroidered positivity sign, and a knit or crocheted yarn bomb that we will deploy somewhere around BARN!
Betsy Hagestedt has been sewing and knitting for as long as she can remember. She also firmly believes that positivity can change the world around you, and she loves to see how handcrafting items can brighten someone else's day. She teaches knitting regularly at BARN and can often be found in the studio playing around with new techniques.
Make a classic, 80s-inspired fanny pack in one of three useful sizes by Sallie Tomato Patterns.
This class is for advanced beginners looking to advance their sewing skills by creating a fanny pack.
Students will learn how to:
The class will begin with a sewing machine orientation. You will learn how to wind bobbins, sew up your workspace, the basics of using a sewing machine, and how to leave your space for the next user. After taking this orientation, you will be added to the list of certified sewing machine users.
After the machine orientation, we will go over how to read and prepare a pattern, best practices for pattern management, how to prepare fabric for sewing, how to find the grainline, and how to cut out the pattern pieces.
After preparing our fabric, we will begin assembling our fanny packs and work on this each day.
Alex McKeon believes creativity is inherent in us all. She loves helping students tap into their inner artist and learn more about themselves in the process. Whether at the loom or exploring with needle and thread, Alex inspires all who work with her.
Natalie Akers is a pianist and educator who arrived on Bainbridge to teach and learn at IslandWood. She has worked on bringing interdisciplinary and music programs to middle and high school students in the US, France, and Japan and believes in songwriting as a powerful tool for young people to develop a positive and authentic sense of self. She has taught writing in vocational high schools and toured the US playing keyboard in the Jenner Fox band. Sisters Folk Festival review: “It’s a rare person who gets to hear Natalie play and doesn’t find themselves wishing they played piano or falling a little more deeply for music.”
Ask and answer all of your questions about color through guided exploration and the magic of printmaking.
Be introduced to, and explore, various aspects of color theory through a variety of printmaking methods. Concepts include color harmony, mixing, matching, chromatic neutrals, and layering. Methods include quick and alternative methods like string printing, sandpaper, and monotype, allowing you to experiment without the constraints of permanence.
You may register your youth for an optional, supervised lunch hour from 12-1 pm for the duration of this class.
Colorful and vibrant string prints, sandpaper prints, and monotype prints that explore a variety of color combinations and mixing methods.
The best camera to shoot video with is the one you always have on you - your phone.
Learn how to shoot and edit with the one camera everyone has on them all the time - their smartphone. There has never been a better time to be a creator because you literally have a movie studio in your pocket.
In this camp, we’ll learn different techniques to get professional-looking video out of a mobile device. We will cover lighting, cinematic camera angles, sound, camera movements, basic editing, and more. We will put all of the skills together to replicate a scene from a movie or television show.
Students will make a film of two or fewer minutes - on either their own theme or one chosen by the class.
Courtney G. Jones is a 30-year veteran of the film and television industry who has long been an advocate of the kind of accessibility mobile filmmaking offers. He serves as head of development for Steve Zahn & Rick Gomez’s company, Macaroni Art Productions. He has produced and directed feature films, commercials, documentaries, and series - some of which have been shot on mobile. He brings a wealth of technical and creative know-how to the classroom. Courtney’s main goal is to show that anyone can make something amazing with the technology that's in their pocket. When he's not writing, producing, filming, editing, or teaching, he’s typically daydreaming about flying, living on a boat, or trying new recipes.
Venture down the rabbit hole to the Mad Hatter Tea Party, create confections fit for a queen, and maybe find out why a raven is like a writing desk.
You will spend the week creating classic confections while learning basic pastry techniques that will last a lifetime. You'll learn to whip meringue, develop piping techniques, separate and temper eggs, macerate fruit, and make jam, just to name a few. And take home treats for everyone to enjoy.
Each session allows you to grow and develop skills to be used the next day while also learning the importance of organization and cleanliness in the kitchen.
Day 1 - Scones and lemon curd
Day 2 - Classic fruit tart
Day 3 - Victoria sponge and tea sandwiches
Day 4 - Macarons
You may register your youth for an optional supervised lunch hour from 12-1 pm for the duration of this class.
Chef Marcela Sandoval has been teaching and volunteering at BARN since 2017, and served as Kitchen Studio lead 2019-2020. 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.
Learn how to work with metal or build on your metal-working skills in this four-day class. You'll begin with a safety briefing in our welding and sheet metal shop, then learn how to use all the tools you need to prepare and build your creations - cutters, grinders, vices, and spot welders.
Then it will be time to practice your skills and make your own unique creations with old silverware and other scrap metal parts that have been collected.
This is a great chance to have fun and learn some new skills this summer!
Bob Mathisrud has a long work history in facilities operations, which has provided him a wide range of experience in the skilled trades. He helps at BARN in many ways, including by volunteering as a safety monitor in several studios.
This summer, BARN is offering an optional supervised lunch hour for youth who are registered for our morning and/or afternoon summer youth classes. Our friendly and responsible summer interns will be overseeing this period of lunch and free time each day.
Youth should bring their own food and drink. We suggest they bring a book to read or a craft project to work on after they are done eating. A refrigerator is available for keeping food cold, and a microwave is available for heating food if needed. There is no charge for this four-day lunch hour program.
If you have questions, contact BARN Youth Programs Coordinator Sarah Jones at [email protected]
Make classic recipes from well-known European cuisines like German, French, Italian, and Spanish.
Food can be a gateway into understanding a culture from the inside and breaking down stereotypes. People eat many of the same ingredients - eggs for instance - but they prep them differently.
Instructor Nadja Peschke will give you just a taste of her travels - India, Nepal, Norway, Germany, France, Italy, Spain - and the recipes she has collected. Her German heritage has "always lended an open-minded sense of food preparation and tastes."
Day 1: Traditional German meal and Austrian crepes
Day 2: Spanish tortillas
Day 3: Summer in Italy - marinara with fresh pasta
Day 4: Soup and a crusty tartine the Parisienne way
Nadja Peschke comes from the Boston, Mass., area and holds a bachelor's degree in studio art from Principia College in Elsah, Ill. This past year Nadja spent four months in the Arctic Circle in northern Norway where she worked on an organic strawberry farm and was the head of farm operations. She also enjoyed creating meals and baking her signature sourdough bread for her fellow volunteers. In the summer of 2021, Nadja interned with a family-owned, farm-to-doorstep delivery service in western Massachusetts. Her’s senior capstone project focused on the importance of local food systems represented at home and in our kitchens in a multimedia installation. You can find Nadja’s current work on nadjapeschke.com or her Instagram @thewinterlilac.
Nurture your 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 and how to create compelling photographs that are unique to their vision.
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!
Alisa Steck is a fine art photographer whose focus is on the 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
Learn how to make a movie trailer.
If you love movies, you probably love the thing that gets you excited to go to the theater ... movie trailers.
We will examine what makes a great movie trailer for all sorts of genres (comedy, drama, action, horror, etc.), and then we'll will make a trailer! All you need is a love of movies (and trailers), a good idea, and a smartphone to shoot with. We’ll put it all together to make the best 2.5-minute trailer we can.
Students will make a trailer of two or fewer minutes on a theme of their own or chosen by the class.