Winter Family Arts Days Begin This Saturday

Family Art Days are a fun time for families of all ages. Everyone is inspired by imaginative topics such as: Flora, Fauna and Fungi: Drawing from Nature, inspired by Maria Sibylla Merian’s work or Creating Natural Images on Sunprint paper. The first class is From Birds to Flying Machines, inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci designs.

Classes start this Saturday at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) from 1-5 at the 540 Spring Street workshop. All workshops are free for families and children ages 12 and under.

The workshops continue each Saturday until March 2 and are generously sponsored by Suzy Wakefield and the Community Foundation of San Juan Island. King’s Market, Nana’s Holiday House, Mystical Mermaid and Jeanne Earnhart also make the free classes possible.

Visitors may choose to make a reservation at the front desk during regular hours or call 360-370-5050. Trained instructor Lana Hickman creates these workshops especially for our residents and visitors. During her imaginative classes, everyone learns more than art techniques.

The full schedule is as follows:


  • 12th – From Birds to Flying Machines in mixed media and origami
    Inspiration: Leonardo Da Vinci designs
  • 19th – Exploring Shapes, Textures and Colors in Painting and Colors
    Inspiration: John James Audubon depictions of birds
  • 26th – Flora, Fauna and Fungi: Drawing from Nature
    Inspiration: Maria Sibylla Merian’s groundbreaking work


  • 2nd – Creating Natural Images on Sunprint paper
    Inspiration: Anna Atkins botanical cyanotypes
  • 9th – Discover and make fossils
    Inspiration: Mary Anning’s important finds in Jurassic marine fossil beds in the cliffs along the English Channel at Lyme Regis
  • 16th – From Beetles to Butterflies: Multimedia Exploration of Patterns
    Inspiration: Illustrators of bugs
  • 23rd – Paleoart from Cave Paintings to Sticks and Stones
    Inspiration: Andrew Goldsworthy’s works


  • 2nd – Making Your Own Camera Obscura in a box
    Inspiration: Johannes Vermeer  

Enjoy the Celebration for the Community at SJIMA until January 21, which honors the art of Mary Ann Rock and Sam Connery as well as exhibiting creations from the Spring Street International School.

Hours for the exhibitions are Friday-Monday 11-5 and admission is free.

Posted on January 8, 2019 at 5:45 am by

Categories: Arts, Recreation
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