Programs for Youth

The classes and events listed below are specifically for youth. Teens 14 years old and older are also welcome in all BARN classes, unless the class description states otherwise. Open studio sessions, which are shown on calendars accessible from Studio pages, are also open to teens 14 years and older, with the same limits that apply to adults.

Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, January 09, 2018
    • Tuesday, January 23, 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • Barn Woodshop. Class code WO0118JI
    • 2
    Register

    Expand your carving skills as you carve one or more plaques — perfect for a wall decoration, a sign by the front door, or a gift.

    You can choose your design — perhaps a bird or a scene from nature? — or adapt one of the designs that the instructor will provide.

    This class is open to both beginning carvers and those who already have some carving experience. Students can be as young as 8, although those 12 and under must have an adult with them.

    BARN will supply some carving tools to share, but students are also encouraged to bring their own.

    Basswood carving blanks are $2 each, which you can buy at the class from the instructor.

    Instructor: As a third-generation woodworker, Jeff Iller learned about woodworking tools and knives early on. By high school, he was winning ribbons with his wood carvings at his hometown fair. Around 1996 Jeff found room for a shop and he has carved ever since. He’ll carve most anything, but prefers to innovate with the working tools to carve multiple parts inside one piece of wood and to make physically detailed and accurate carvings of women's faces.

    He was taught early on that he could make anything from wood and he is still trying to prove that statement wrong.

    • Wednesday, January 24, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    • 5 sessions
    • BARN Glass Studio Class Code GL0218GM
    • 4
    Register

    Learn to create a stained glass window in this five session class for beginners and those looking to refresh your skills.

    Bainbridge glass artist Gregg Mesmer,  Mesolini Glass Studio will guide you through the step-by-step process of building a stained glass window measuring approximately 20" x 20". You will learn contemporary, innovative, and efficient methods to create this art piece, methods that he has honed over his 40 years as a glass artist. You will be guided through design decisions, selecting materials, and assembling your abstract or figurative piece. Be a part of history, create stained glass art.


    There is an additional materials fee of $100 that will be added to the cost of class when you register. The materials fee will cover glass, drafting paper, pattern film, zinc and lead, and miscellaneous other supplies. Students are encouraged to use glass from the glass studio however, you can buy or bring your own.

    NOTE:  In order to use Open Studio time for your own projects, you must demonstrate competency in glass cutting, grinder use, mold prep, and kiln use.  This course will address those competencies.

    INSTRUCTOR: Gregg Mesmer, of Mesolini Glass Studio. He and his wife, Diane Bonciolini, both recognized with the 2015 Island Treasure Award, moved to Bainbridge Island in 1977 and started the iconic Mesolini Glass Studio. They have been cutting glass professionally for decades. Their expertise, however, goes beyond glass cutting to include other types of fabrication; all aspects of creating stained glass art; and leading, soldering and glazing of stained glass windows. Over the years, they have worked on many community projects.  Gregg has taught for Northwest Art Glass, the Bainbridge Parks District, and Olympic College.

    • Saturday, January 27, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • BARN Jewelry Studio JE0118-SJ
    • 5
    Register


    This class is designed for the curious new metal artist or someone looking for an easy gift idea for Valentines Day. Beginning and all levels of experience welcome. Youth are welcome, ages 10 and up.

    The class will start you off with introductory metal and tool information and instruction. By the end of the class you will leave with a finished customized pendant, charm or key chain hand made entirely by you!

    There is an additional $15 material fee that covers the costs of the first project. This material fee will be added to the class tuition when you register on line. If you pay by check please add the $15.

    Member: $54 + $15 material fee = Total: $69
    Non-Member: $65 + $15 Material Fee = Total: $80

    Students may purchase additional metals and sterling silver during class for additional projects.

    If you are registering you and your child to do this project together, please register you and your child separately.

    Instructor Bio:
    Sarah Jones is a local Bainbridge Island artist and jeweler. A proud alumna and self proclaimed class addict at BARN. With a background in ceramics and sculpting Sarah started her journey into metal arts with studio lead Jane Martin back at Yeolmalt Cabin.

    She is on the BARN Jewelry/Fine Metal Arts steering committee and runs the open studio program. 

    Sarah sells her art to private collectors and her work can be viewed on Instagram @SarahJonesJewelry.




    • Friday, February 02, 2018
    • Friday, February 09, 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Jewelry Studio, Class Code: JE0218-SJ
    • 4
    Register


    This 2 session evening class is designed for the curious new metal artist. The first night you will start off learning the basics and by the end of the second night you will have made your very own customized pair of earrings.

    A perfect Valentine gift for a special someone or yourself ;-)

    There is an additional $15 material fee that covers the costs of the first project. This material fee will be added to the class tuition when you register.

    Member: $54 + $15 material fee = Total: $69
    Non-Member: $65 + $15 Material Fee = Total: $80

    Beginner to all levels of experience welcome. Ages 10 and up.

    If you are registering you and your child to do this project together, please register yourself and then add your child as a guest (if more than one child, just add number of "guests").

    Students may purchase additional metals and sterling silver during class for additional projects.

    Instructor Bio:
    Sarah Jones is a local Bainbridge Island artist and jeweler. A proud alumna and self proclaimed class addict at BARN. With a background in ceramics and sculpting Sarah started her journey into metal arts with studio lead Jane Martin back at Yeolmalt Cabin.

    She is on the BARN Jewelry/Fine Metal Arts steering committee and runs the open studio program. 

    Sarah sells her art to private collectors and her work can be viewed on Instagram @SarahJonesJewelry.

    • Saturday, February 03, 2018
    • Sunday, February 04, 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Glass Studio, Class Code, GL0218GA
    • 8
    Register

    In this 2 sessions class you will create a mosaic valentine for yourself, your BFF or a special family member.  Day 1 we will make the 6 x 6 tiles, and day 2 we will grout and complete with the finishing touches. 

    Class is for ages 14 & up.

    No experience necessary.


    An additional Material Fee of $30 will be added to the cost of the class when you register.

    Instructor: Gillian Allard

    Gillian Allard first fell in love with mosaics in Barcelona’s Park Güell after seeing the work of Anton Gaudi. Her first art pieces were stepping stones. She then progressed to furniture and signs. Most of her work is inspired by discarded or broken dishes that become one-of-a-kind functional pieces for the garden and home.  In addition to china, pottery and stoneware, a variety of glass tile and gems, broken tile and found objects are incorporated into her designs.  The breaking of the ceramics is organic and random in nature and one of her goals is to capture that energy.  Recreating memories reusing materials are an important part of her mosaic work.  When someone gives me a broken dish and I can give it back to them recreated and ready to function again, I have united the best elements of this art form.

    • Sunday, February 04, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • BARN Woodshop. Class code WO0218MJ
    • 5
    Register
    Does your child want to learn how to play with wood? Does your child like to make cool stuff but you don’t have woodworking experience and/or tools?  Parent & Child Guilded Open Shop Time is for both of you.

    No experience necessary. We will be on hand to help as needed.

    Start a project, finish a project, or just play with wood and see what happens.  We will have some extra wood available or bring in your own.

    Your child must 8 or older.

    Instructor: Matt Jabloner, a member of the BARN woodworkers’ steering committee, is a professional engineer by trade. He has been a woodworker from before he can remember. He likes to incorporate end grain and rivets as design elements in his work. He has an unhealthy affection for vintage (but functional) hand tools. Denise Kircher will assist.

    • Friday, February 16, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    Register

    Get involved with BARN: Become a docent! Do you love connecting with people? Are you enthusiastic about BARN and it's community concept? 

    We love to show people around our beautiful facility and hope you will too! As a Docent you'll welcome individuals to the building and then show them around our eleven artisan studios. You will learn the story of BARN - where we've come from and where we are hoping to go and then share that information with our guests.

    Ideally, we will have one person at the front desk greeting participants and giving out general information and two people giving tours of the building.

    Tours for the public are every Sunday of the month from 1-3, and also by appointment.

    Training and orientation will take place on Friday, January 16, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. In this training session you will learn all about BARN and the studios, and what is involved in becoming a Docent. Please register so we know how many are attending.


    Thank you!

    Contact: Donna at Volunteer@BainbridgeBARN.org



    • Saturday, February 17, 2018
    • Saturday, March 03, 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • BARN Glass Studio, Class Code GL0118DB+
    • 1
    Register
    BARN's three-session A-Z of Fused Glass  is a must for all level glass artists who want to work independently in the BARN Glass Studio.

    In each session, students will be introduced to fused glass basics, studio safety, vocabulary, products, compatibility, glass cutting, tools, equipment, use of design elements, slumping molds, how to use the BARN studio, kiln use and care.

    At the completion of the class, participants will leave with two completed fused glass projects and a variety of samples.

    This class is for all levels who want to use studio time for independent glass projects. As well as, fused glass artists who want an overview or refresher of the entire fused glass process.

    NOTE:  In order to use Open Studio Access or Monitored Open Studio for your own projects, you must demonstrate competency in glass cutting, grinder use, mold prep, and kiln use.  This mandatory course will address those competencies.

    There is an additional materials Fee of $98 that will be added to the cost of class when you register.

    Instructors: Diane Bonciolini, Constance Ducar, Kendra Harrington

    Diane Bonciolini:  The "olini" of Mesolini Glass Studio, Diane's love of glass is her passion.   As a full-time glass artist who has lived and worked on Bainbridge Island since 1977, she grows and changes with every project. She describes glass, her medium of choice, as having a life of its own.  This multifaceted medium shows itself in each of her creations:  stained glass, slumped and fused glass, lamp work, or glass combined with concrete.

    Constance Ducar is relatively new to fusing glass and is a member o the Glass Art Studio Steering Committee.  She is enthusiastic about working with beginning students and encouraging a love for glass.  She is also active in the Fiber Arts Studio.  

    Kendra Harrington's initial exposure to fused glass was through a BARN A-Z class.  She has been working in fused glass for a few years and enjoys using many different techniques including use of foliage inclusions and free-building in the kiln.  She is also active in the Fiber Arts Studio.

    For more information: glass.lead@bainbridgebarn.org

    • Sunday, February 18, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • BARN Jewelry Studio JE0118-SJ
    • 5
    Register

    This class is designed for the curious new metal artist or someone looking for an easy gift idea for Valentines Day. Beginning and all levels of experience welcome. Youth are welcome, ages 10 and up.

    The class will start you off with introductory metal and tool information and instruction. By the end of the class you will leave with a finished customized pendant, charm or key chain hand made entirely by you!

    There is an additional $15 material fee that covers the costs of the first project. This material fee will be added to the class tuition when you register on line. If you pay by check please add the $15.

    Member: $54 + $15 material fee = Total: $69
    Non-Member: $65 + $15 Material Fee = Total: $80

    Students may purchase additional metals and sterling silver during class for additional projects.

    If you are registering you and your child to do this project together, please register you and your child separately.

    Instructor Bio:
    Sarah Jones is a local Bainbridge Island artist and jeweler. A proud alumna and self proclaimed class addict at BARN. With a background in ceramics and sculpting Sarah started her journey into metal arts with studio lead Jane Martin back at Yeolmalt Cabin.

    She is on the BARN Jewelry/Fine Metal Arts steering committee and runs the open studio program. 

    Sarah sells her art to private collectors and her work can be viewed on Instagram @SarahJonesJewelry.




    • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Register

    Get involved with BARN: Become a docent! Do you love connecting with people? Are you enthusiastic about BARN and it's community concept? 

    We love to show people around our beautiful facility and hope you will too! As a Docent you'll welcome individuals to the building and then show them around our eleven artisan studios. You will learn the story of BARN - where we've come from and where we are hoping to go and then share that information with our guests.

    Ideally, we will have one person at the front desk greeting participants and giving out general information and two people giving tours of the building.

    Tours for the public are every Sunday of the month from 1-3, and also by appointment.

    Training and orientation will take place on Friday, January 16, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. In this training session you will learn all about BARN and the studios, and what is involved in becoming a Docent. Please register so we know how many are attending.


    Thank you!

    Contact: Donna at Volunteer@BainbridgeBARN.org



    • Sunday, March 04, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • BARN woodshop. Class code WO0318MJ
    • 6
    Register
    Does your child want to learn how to play with wood? Does your child like to make cool stuff but you don’t have woodworking experience and/or tools?  Parent & Child Guilded Open Shop Time is for both of you.

    No experience necessary. We will be on hand to help as needed.

    Start a project, finish a project, or just play with wood and see what happens.  We will have some extra wood available or bring in your own.

    Your child must 8 or older.

    Instructor: Matt Jabloner, a member of the BARN woodworkers’ steering committee, is a professional engineer by trade. He has been a woodworker from before he can remember. He likes to incorporate end grain and rivets as design elements in his work. He has an unhealthy affection for vintage (but functional) hand tools. Denise Kircher will assist.

    • Saturday, March 10, 2018
    • Sunday, March 18, 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • BARN Glass Studio GL0318MP
    • 7
    Register

    This is an intensive 4 session class to learn about some of the wonderful options for working with glass powders.  In this class students will be guided through some ways of working with powders to create visually complex andlayered 4x4 samples. 

    Design concepts will be discussed, as well as how to work with color.  No previous experience with glass is necessary, but knowing about how to cut glass will be helpful. 

    Students will receive all supplies necessary to work with the glass.  Students will be asked to bring an x-acto knife and blades, a small cutting mat, a small sharpie, a few manila folders (these can be used ones) and any stencils they already have. 

    Please bring a lunch on the longer class days.

    There is an additional materials Fee of $58 that will be added to the total class cost when you register.

    Instructor: Martha Pfanschmidt 

    Martha Pfanschmidt has been working as a professional artist since joining a printmaking studio in 1982. She has taught at university and privately for 30 years. Her love of art and of creating beautiful objects has inspired her to explore a variety of media, but currently she works in printmaking, encaustic painting and kiln glass. Her work is in many private and public collections, and has been shown all over the world. She is represented by Bullseye Projects in Portland, Oregon, Davidson Gallery in Seattle, Washington and Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    • Sunday, April 01, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • BARN Woodshop. Class code WO0518MJ
    • 6
    Register
    Does your child want to learn how to play with wood? Does your child like to make cool stuff but you don’t have woodworking experience and/or tools?  Parent & Child Guilded Open Shop Time is for both of you.

    No experience necessary. We will be on hand to help as needed.

    Start a project, finish a project, or just play with wood and see what happens.  We will have some extra wood available or bring in your own.

    Your child must 8 or older.

    Instructor: Matt Jabloner, a member of the BARN woodworkers’ steering committee, is a professional engineer by trade. He has been a woodworker from before he can remember. He likes to incorporate end grain and rivets as design elements in his work. He has an unhealthy affection for vintage (but functional) hand tools. Denise Kircher will assist.

    • Sunday, May 06, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • BARN Woodshop. Class code WO0518MJ
    • 6
    Register
    Does your child want to learn how to play with wood? Does your child like to make cool stuff but you don’t have woodworking experience and/or tools?  Parent & Child Guilded Open Shop Time is for both of you.

    No experience necessary. We will be on hand to help as needed.

    Start a project, finish a project, or just play with wood and see what happens.  We will have some extra wood available or bring in your own.

    Your child must 8 or older.

    Instructor: Matt Jabloner, a member of the BARN woodworkers’ steering committee, is a professional engineer by trade. He has been a woodworker from before he can remember. He likes to incorporate end grain and rivets as design elements in his work. He has an unhealthy affection for vintage (but functional) hand tools. Denise Kircher will assist.

    • Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    • Wednesday, July 25, 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code-WR0718PS
    • 12
    Register

    Teens! Teens! Teens!

    Two days. One Essay. No Sweat.  

    Think it can’t be done? I disagree. I know college essays can be intimidating, but once you drill down past what a college essay isn’t and understand what it is, the rest is easy.  I’ll show you how to go from blank page to finished draft in less than a week.  You’ll discover powerful tools to help you brainstorm, craft, analyze, and edit your essay. Together, we’ll find a meaningful topic and story structure to help you stand out from the pack. You’ll have time to write, edit, and polish to ensure admission has the chance to see the best in you.

    Get real.  Get messy.  Get it done.

    Instructor: Pam Shor is Executive Director and Essay-Mentor-In-Chief - College Advisory Service.

    I love colleges and I love working with students. I've mentored students who've gone on to Ivy League Universities and students who've discovered their voice at less well-known, but still awesome, institutions. Helping each student find just the right fit and guiding them through the application process is at the heart of what I do. While essays can be particularly challenging, years of experience have taught me that every student has an inspiring story to tell. One of the great joys of my job is helping students discover those stories and present them well. 

    Prior to working with inspired and amazing college-bound students, I developed educational, multimedia software for Microsoft, including the award-winning Dinosaurs. Go ahead, ask me about T-Rex or the dreaded Velociraptor. I can go head to head with (almost) any 8-year-old. I also produced programming for KING-TV. My projects included documentaries, children’s programming, and an occasional stint with Almost Live! Early in my career, I worked with gifted students through the School of Education at the University of Virginia. I graduated from Kenyon College with a Bachelor of Science degree and I would go back in a heartbeat. I received my Educational Consulting Certificate from the University of California, Irvine.

      

    • Monday, August 06, 2018
    • Friday, August 10, 2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Writers' Studio, BARN, Class Code-WR0818EC
    • 12
    Register
    Teens! Teens! Teens!

    Have you ever had a secret place? A hideout? A hut? A place that was your own special place? For many writers, a personal journal provides that same sense of privacy and freedom. It’s a place to be alone with your thoughts, to let your imagination run wild, and to explore the richness of your inner world. In this class, you will focus on writing as a means of self-discovery. Expect to keep a journal, which will be shared only voluntarily and to do a series of fun, imaginative activities combining art (working with clay, drawing, etc.) and writing.  Join us!!

    Both beginning and more experienced writers are welcome.    

    Instructor: Emily Chamberlain, M.A. is a professional educator with over twenty years of experience in both public and private schools. As a teacher of literature and writing at Carolina Friends School for much of her career, her greatest joy was to help young people use the writing process to weave deeper connections with themselves, each other, and the world around them. Emily holds a M.A. in Literature from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English and was an instructor at the Duke Young Writers’ Camp. In addition to teaching, she serves as a Courage & Renewal® facilitator, leading retreats designed to help participants live and work more fully and wholeheartedly, in alignment with who they truly are.

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