Become a Member

As a member of the Pacific Northwest Art School, you will belong to a vibrant arts community and will also support the Pacific Northwest Art School, as nearly 30% of our funding comes from memberships and donations.

Additionally, you will enjoy these member benefits:

  • Tuition discounts of $25*
  • Members’ Gallery eligibility
  • North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association with $100 membership.
  • Knowing you are part of the Pacific Northwest Art School and are helping us continue to offer great workshops!

Make a Donation

The Pacific NorthWest Art School is entering its 31st year of offering exceptional visual arts education to our community and beyond. We want to thank all those who have supported (and continued to support us) us through the years. Only 70% of tuitions cover our operating costs. We depend on fundraising, individual donations and memberships to help cover the remaining 30%. And that does not encompass upgrades such as a new floor, etc. Won’t you please consider donating? The Pacific NorthWest Art School is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Click Here to make a general donation.

You May Donate to specific programs below.

Monthly Giving Now Available!

Volunteer Information

The Pacific Northwest Art School is alive and well thanks to our active volunteers’ donations of time, energy, and talent.

If you are currently involved in a Pacific Northwest Art School volunteer activity, thank you. If you are not volunteering but would like to, please review our volunteer opportunities and call 360.678.3396 to become a Pacific Northwest Art School Volunteer.

In and Around the Office

The greatest need occurs Monday through Friday. You may volunteer on a defined schedule (a couple of hours, a half day, even a full day) or be an “on-call” person. Jobs include general secretarial, as well as tasks utilizing special skills such as Excel, artistic bulletin board design, and even gardening!

Special Events

Events include Open House, Art-Mart Garage Sale, and our annual fundraising event.

Class Assistants

For workshops of three days or more, the Class Assistants are the liaison between the staff, instructors, and students. The Class Assistants make sure that the students are properly checked in and all the paperwork for the class is completed. They also handle refreshments, lunch orders, and questions about the Coupeville area. In return for their efforts, the class assistants enjoy the workshop without paying tuition.

Special Events

Help is needed for all of our Special Events (Annual Members’ Meeting and Open House, Art-Mart Garage Sale, Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival Gallery and Wine Tasting, and the annual fundraising event.  Jobs include set-up/clean-up, gallery support, garage sales, ticket sales, Gala and Wine Tasting staffing, and many other exciting tasks.

PLEASE CALL 360-678-3396 to become a Pacific Northwest Art School Volunteer.


What Our Students Have to Say

From Teresa Bystrom, a long time student and fan…
I began my fiber education a long time ago, but it was side-lined by life happening.  After a 20-year break, I ran across your workshop brochure for fiber workshops about eight years ago and my life literally changed!  I am now able to dedicate much of my free time to my art.  All thanks to your school.

From a brand new student who “found” us this summer…
Your website is stunning and beautiful.  Your customer service is great.  When I pulled up and saw your building, I did a double take as I expected a huge edifice.  What you are able to do with your small facility is wonderful, and I have been very impressed…”

From Wendy Simson
I just wanted to say that I had a great experience for my first visit to Whidbey Island   The painting class was fun – I doubt that I will ever be a watercolourist but I learned a lot which will be applicable to other mediums   Gary (Schallock) is an excellent teacher – probably the best I have ever had in terms of presentation and clarity of instruction as well as being a skilled artist.
My hosts  Christine Laing and John Olsen were also great – very hospitable and friendly and there home was lovely.  I can highly recommend them for other students.  Hope to return in the fall.

From Fran Tanner
Am so excited to finally be enrolled in one of your classes…a 1st time for me.  Have been looking at your offerings for years.  Always so many good classes and artists whose names I know, whose work I love.  Thank you.

From Susan & Neil Silverman:
Hi Karen,  Our workshop went really well, and we want to thank you for your behind the scenes work that you did. We realize that you and Lisa work so well together and your efforts are our reward. Teaching at PNW is always a delight and we know that you two work hard and diligently to make it such a wonderful platform for all instructors. Our only regret this year was that we did not get much of a chance to interact with you personally, but we really appreciate both your and Lisa’s dedication and hard work towards our success. Have a great summer,  Silvermans

From Nancy Kurten, Saint Louis, Missouri:
Regarding the PNWAS: I am extremely impressed by your school and its program, especially the quality of the teachers you have been able to assemble over the years. So thanks to you, to Karen, to the school and to all those Coupevillians that took such good care of us during our stay. We are grateful for your energies and doing what you do so well!

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