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Published on March 14, 2017 12:58PM

The Sitka campus

The Sitka campus

A felting class at Sitka

A felting class at Sitka

Registration is now open for the summer season of workshops at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, nestled amid a towering spruce forest just north of Lincoln City, with views of the Salmon River Estuary and Pacific Ocean.

Those wishing to explore sculpture can learn to work in wet-carved concrete, build a mosaic water fountain, chisel a sanderling in wood or hand-build abstracted natural forms in clay. From felting to metalsmithing to book arts, top-notch instructors guide students within a supportive, inspiring setting. Well-known Sitka instructors returning this year include Kim Stafford, Margot Voorhies Thompson, Mark Brody and Wuon-Gean Ho. Among those teaching at the center for the first time are watercolor painter Sally Cleveland, composer Ben Cosgrove and pioneering Solarplate printmaker Dan Welden.

Meanwhile, ecology workshops will give students the chance to learn about the trees of Cascade Head Experimental Forest with a forester, delve into pollination ecology with an entomologist or explore the Salmon River estuary with a hydrologist.

Professional artists can stretch their skills with a variety of workshops like “Watercolor for Serious Painters” and learn to photograph 2D artwork or improve critique and teaching skills. Indulge your inner geek with workshops in digital storytelling, 3D modeling with low-tech fabrication, and iPhone photography ­— back by popular demand in an expanded two-day format.

Most workshops are designed for adult students, while several Sitka Art Circle workshops are open to kids aged 10 and older. These introductory half-day workshops cost only $25 to sample painting, drawing, writing, mosaic and printmaking with skilled instructors in a well-equipped studio.

Some scholarships are available.

To register, become a member or learn more, visit www.sitkacenter.org or call 541-994-5485.

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