Come to Whidbey Island and have a transformational art experience with us in 2024!

The following slides showcase but a sampling of the wonderful kinds of art you can make at the Pacific NorthWest Art School

Fiber Arts Workshops

Multi-media Fabric
with Betty Busby

Mixed Media Workshops

Found and Gathered
with Seth Apter

Painting Workshops

Figure it Out
with Traci Owens

Photography Workshops

The Color of Light
with Arthur Meyerson

Click on a workshop to see "DEPOSIT", "BALANCE", or "FULL" cost

2024 Whidbey Plein Air Paint Out: August 12th - 18th

Artists and Patrons!  We have made some great new additions and changes to our annual Whidbey Plein Air Paint Out for 2024 that we think you are just going to LOVE!  Save the dates for August 12th - 18th. We have two easy links below for both the potential artist or patron. Artists and patrons will enjoy our increased outdoor reception space with comfortable bistro tables and umbrellas. Come inside to view the art, venture outside to enjoy a crisp glass of wine and some appetizers, then pop back in again to peruse some more before deciding on your purchase. Mingle with the artists in a relaxed atmosphere.

  • Monday - Thursday, August 12 - 15: Painting Competition all around Whidbey and Camano Islands, two artists dinners with new and tasty options, painting opportunities en masse to maximize excitement for sales
  • Thursday, August 15, 4pm – 6pm @ Pacific NorthWest Art School (PNWAS): Artwork Submission. *Please have art already framed and frame-hanging wire attached across back of frame*
  • Friday, August 16, 6pm – 9pm @ PNWAS: Gala Evening and Awards, a fundraising event at $25 a ticket, where you can see the award winners and mingle with the artists
  • Saturday and Sunday, August 17 - 18, 10am - 4pm: Plein Air Art Sale happening the same weekend as Whidbey Working Artists Summer Studio Tour across the island. Both events are FREE and open to the public. Come browse and immerse yourself.
  • Sunday, August 18, 4pm – 5pm; Monday, August 19, 10am – 4pm: Artwork Pickup

🌻 See you this summer! 🌻

Local artist Katy Holley shares some of her favorite Plein Air Tips in the following short videos!
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One important tip for selecting your painting location is to always ask for permission first if the place you want to paint is on private property. Being respectful of local residents goes a long way towards getting the most out of painting outside in such a beautiful natural setting.


The Pacific NorthWest Art School, a 38-year-old not-for-profit organization located on beautiful Whidbey Island, WA, is dedicated to bringing exceptional visual arts education to our community and beyond. We bring nationally and internationally known instructors to our students in the mediums of fiber arts, mixed media, painting, and photography. We also strive to provide scholarships, and free and/or low-cost art workshop opportunities to our local community and beyond, in addition to these exceptional workshops.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement

PNWAS aims to be inclusive to all participants of PNWAS interactions to ensure a welcoming, safe, and respectful environment by reflecting the diverse interests of our students, faculty, and visitors. We are committed to providing an inclusive environment for all, regardless of gender, age, gender identity, race, health status, national origin, relationship status, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and religion. Bias, disrespect, or non-inclusive behavior of any kind will not be tolerated.


15 NW Birch St
Coupeville, WA 98239

Office Hours:

9am-4pm, Monday to Friday


Phone: 1(360) 678-3396
Toll Free: 1(866) 678-3396

Lisa Bernhardt, Executive Director

Our 2024 Supporters

We would like to say ♥ THANK YOU ♥ to these organizations for supporting the Arts!