Whether dabblers or pros, Grays Harbor County offers a variety of opportunities for those interested in creating art to learn more!

In addition to the Grays Harbor Potters Guild in Hoquiam, other Grays Harbor organizations offer various types of art classes. Another option would be to explore art classes available through Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen.

 Cosi Art Center

The Cosi Art Center, 1136 First Street in Cosmopolis, features art instruction for children. Founded and directed by Judi Lohr, the children’s art school is a non-profit entity that teaches classic art techniques.

The after-school program will resume Sept. 27. It offers art instruction and a chance for kids to socialize in small groups once their homework is done, according to Lohr.

In addition, art programs on Saturday will restart this fall beginning Oct. 2. The programs include digital media, pastels, water colors, acrylics and crafts. Most of the classes are designed for students 6 years and older, however, the digital art class is for students 8 years and older.

For more information, go to the website at cosiartcenter.com or check out the Facebook page. Registration is via cosiartcenter@gmail.com.

 Gallery of Ocean Shores

The North Beach Artists Guild’s Gallery of Ocean Shores is full of opportunities to enjoy art and learn how to create it. Located at 849 Point Brown Ave. in Ocean Shores, it is open each day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artists create right there in the gallery for the instruction and enjoyment of visitors and to share their process of creating the artwork that’s on display there.

Classes in many different mediums are available. Check out the website at galleryofoceanshores.com or call the gallery at (360) 289-0734 for more information. The interactive website includes a way to register and pay for art classes. Each class has a fee, but scholarships are available for both art classes and workshops.

Currently the classes include:

  • Figurative sculpture in clay with Scott Hawn from 10 a.m. to noon for four Monday sessions. For additional information, contact Hawn directly at scotgallery@gmail.com.
  • An online Wet on Wet Watercolor class taught via Zoom with Roy Lowry each Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  In-person classes are scheduled upon request.
  • Colored pencil and pastel weekly online art class with Penny Dalton is from 1 to 4 p.m. each Thursday. In this class Dalton will teach how to create translucent flowers using layers of colored pencil.
  • Fused Glass Workshop with Cammie Zielinski is offered for four sessions from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays. The class will teach the basics of fused glass with new projects each week.
  • On Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8:30 Zielinski offers a drop-in class on fused glass. (Cost is $50.) Projects vary each time so contact her directly for more information at  cammiez@comcast.net.
  • Many Saturdays Scott Hawn teaches how to create FOBOTS,  that is robot sculptures with found objects. This takes place at the studio. Call or check online for details.
  • An introduction to oil painting is taught from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays by Margaret Ooyen Lemke. The class is both in person or online via Zoom. For more information, contact the instructor  at margaretooyenlemke@gmail.com.

 South Beach Arts Association

Located at 800 N. Montesano St., in Westport, the South Beach Arts Association offers classes to learn and experience a variety of different art media from ceramics to basic weaving, mosaics to painting.

For up-to-date information on classes, check out their website at southbeacharts.org.  Classes listed include pottery classes by Cindy Reed. However the fall sessions are all full.

 Aberdeen Art Center

The large Aberdeen Art Center, 200 W. Market St., offers a variety of classes in addition to the gallery of art to enjoy. Currently the only scheduled class is a watercolor class taught from 3 to 6 p.m. each Thursday by Tammy Barns. The $25 fee includes all materials. For more information about this class or others, contact the gallery at (562) 208-4226 or check out the website at aberdeenartcenter.com.