Nurture your Creativity in a Workshop at the Sitka Center
OTIS, OR – The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology on the central Oregon coast encourages individuals to nurture their creativity through lifelong learning. Registration is currently underway for more than 100 summer workshops that explore topics in art, writing, ecology and music. Sitka’s workshops are led by knowledgeable instructors in a supportive environment, and are designed for both beginners, as well as experienced students, who wish to learn a new medium or hone their skills amid Sitka’s picturesque surroundings.
Each year, Sitka designs a diverse workshop season to facilitate exploration in a variety of subjects. Sitka’s art offerings range from more traditional topics like plein air painting and nature photography to unconventional workshops including sculpting with kelp, sculptural papermaking, sand painting and insect illustration. Writing workshops center on poetry, essay and memoir as well as topics that embrace Sitka’s natural setting such as Earth Verse taught by celebrated poet Kim Stafford. Sitka also features ecology-focused kayak trips and an overview of local habitat restoration projects. Whether your aim is for a one-time experience or to push your creative work to the next level, students have the opportunity to take time for themselves, break away from their hectic lives and to delve deep into a dynamic subject.
Colleen Menze, a participant in last summer’s Landscape Painting with Chinese Brush Techniques, aptly summarized her experience by saying, “Sitka is a magical space where creativity is encouraged and art blossoms.” Other past students have also commented how they enjoyed “interacting with and learning from other artists from varying backgrounds,” and “the complete freedom to express one’s self and to find new, undiscovered voices.”
Workshops are geared primarily for adults, with some offerings for youth and families. Tuitions range from $20-$155 per day and workshops are one to four days in length. A full listing of courses is online and catalogs are available by request. To register for a workshop and for more information, visit www.sitkacenter.org or call the Sitka Center at (541) 994-5485.