Art Happenings

Would you like to see what other Art Educators are doing?

Want to be inspired by local creativity and art?

Art Happenings are going on all over the state. Support art, artists, and these happenings by attending an opening or show. Have an art show coming up? Let the WAEA know and we would love to support you and get the word out about your event. Also check out what’s happening in our Pacific Region (link and details). Here’s what is HAPPENING…


2017 Happenings

We want to share what’s going on in your area, with your school, region and district. Please send us your event information and dates with any helpful links or websites and we’d be excited to share them. EMAIL YOUR 2017 HAPPENINGS INFO

THU OCT 19 2017 — 4 PM


We’re celebrating you with an exclusive view for educators into Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect. SAM invites K-12 educators, teaching artists, and other arts education advocates to explore the galleries, pick up free classroom resources, and get creative with hands-on art activities. Educators will enjoy an evening mingling with peers over complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres, and receive free admission to the entire museum


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October 17, 2015 – Educator Workshop, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle

Seattle Art Museum, Arnold Board Room (entire), 10 AM – 4 PM, Get Tickets

October 1, 2015 – Educator Preview, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle

Intimate Impressionism: Educator Preview, Oct 1 2015, Seattle Art Museum, Chase Open Studio, 5 PM – 7 PM, Get Tickets

SAM celebrates educators! This FREE event is open to all K—12 educators interested in getting a sneak peek of Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

Discover how the Impressionists — considered rebels in their time — shook up the art world at this FREE event for educators.

You’ll receive free resources, make art, take a tour, and get creative in a community of peers. Admission to the special exhibition and SAM galleries is included.

September 28, 2015 – NACAC Performing and Visual Arts College Fair, Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center

Join us for our NACAC Performing and Visual Arts College Fair on Tuesday, September 28th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at the Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center!

Free and open to the public, Performing and Visual Arts College Fairs allow students to interact with admission representatives from a wide range of postsecondary institutions. Please click here to see a list of schools attending.

First impressions are important! Make sure you review the colleges attending and decide which to visit. Ask about audition and entrance requirements, financial aid and scholarships, differences in degrees, and student life.

Visit to register for our Seattle Performing and Visual Arts College Fair today!

Please see attached flyer or visit for more details.

February 27 – March 1, 2015 – “Senior Student Exhibition” Ryan James Gallery, Kirkland

On Friday, February 27th from 5:30p-7:30p, two senior students from The Bear Creek School will be have their Artist Reception open to the public and all art enthusiasts. Come and support local high school students as they show a body of work inspired by an outlook on life found in the Seattle streets and a deeper look into a fear of the ocean. Ryan James Gallery: 11905 124th Ave NE, Kirkland 98034. (Find out more here)

February 28, 2015 (10a-12p) – “WAEA MEETING”, Gage Academy of Art, Seattle

The meeting this month has been confirmed, please Save the Date and plan to attend:

February 28th, 2015 from 10am – 12pm

WAEA at Gage Academy

1501 10th Avenue East, #101, Seattle, WA 98102

We will let be meeting in the Peltonen on the top floor of Gage. It’s immediately to the right as you come up the stairs. Look for signs. Optional walk down Broadway to enjoy lunch together. The Seattle Asian Museum is just up the block and has a fascinating exhibit right now – LIVE ON: MR.’S JAPANESE

March 1 – 31, 2015 – “WAEA Youth Art Month Student Exhibition” Schack Arts Center, Everett, WA

Celebrating Youth Art Month. Student art pieces will be on display at the Schack Arts Center in Everett, WA. A reception will be held on March 5th from 6p-8p to announce the winning students as well as honor all the student artists exhibiting in the show. See YAM page for further information.

Monday March 9, 2015 (6p-8p) – “Evening of the Arts” North Middle School, Everett

North Middle School will host their second annual Evening of the Arts, an event featuring the literary, fine and performing arts programs at the school. Click here to learn more about the event.

Evening of the Arts

March 14, 2015 (10:30a-12p) – “WAEA MEETING” at the Schack Art Center, Everett

Join us for our March meeting in Everett and the Schack Art Center. Also check out the Scholastic Art award recipients and the YAM student Exhibition currently on display at the Schack Art Center.

March 16, 23, 31, 2015 – Artist’s Edge presents “Classical Figure Drawing with artist and art educator James Andrews”, Poulsbo

This three-session workshop will focus on figure drawing using the envelope & block-in method. This method will teach students how to draw what they see rather than what their brain’s symbol system tells them is there. Issues with drawing the figure in perspective melt away as we learn to visually “flatten” our subject and look at relative angles and shadow shapes to achieve very realistic renderings.

We will work from drawing casts as well as live models, both clothed and nude. In addition to graphite on white paper or newsprint that students will bring to class, we will also try working with sanguine pencils on toned paper.

Class 1: Drawing Demo & Drawing from a Cast
Class 2: Drawing from a clothed model
Class 3: Drawing from a life model

For more information on James Andrew (click here), for more information about his classes at Artist’s Edge (click here). 18723 Hwy 305, Poulsbo, WA.


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March – This is the month for Regional and State High School Art Shows. Find out when and where which ESD is having their regional High School art show (here)

March 4, 2014 (6p-8p) – “Evening of the Arts” North Middle School, Everett (download info)

On Tuesday, March 4 from 6 to 8 p.m., North Middle School will host their first annual Evening of the Arts, an event featuring the literary, fine and performing arts programs at the school. This free community event will include live musical and dramatic performances, a gallery display of traditional and technology inspired visual arts, roving poets, and community resource tables. 

Community members, families, students, teachers and special guests begin by viewing the student-created artwork on display throughout the cafeteria. The art show will feature school winners from the National Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards and the PTA Reflections Contest as well as new entries highlighting digital and traditional art forms. Guests may also enjoy refreshments served by students and vote for their favorite artwork. 

At 6:30 p.m. guests will be invited to be seated for formal performances by the North Middle School jazz band and jazz choir. These before-school clubs are made up of dedicated musicians and singers that have a passion for jazz. Next, the program will include a performance of Robin Hood by the after-school drama club. 

Following these performances, North Middle School alumni jazz group members will be entertaining the crowd while people continue to look at the art, vote for the People’s Choice award, catch a roving poet and find out what arts opportunities are available in our community.

March 3 – 27, 2014 – “WAEA Youth Art Month Student Exhibition” Schack Arts Center, Everett, WA

Celebrating Youth Art Month. Student art pieces will be on display at the Schack Arts Center in Everett, WA. A reception will be held on March 7th from 6p-7:30p to announce the winning students as well as honor all the student artists exhibiting in the show. See YAM page for further information. (Brochure)

March 8 – 28, 2014 – “15:4” art show at VALA Arts, Redmond Town Center, Redmond, WA

Reception: Friday, March 14th from 5p-7p. VALA Arts showcases 15 amazing art pieces from 4 different High Schools (Eastlake HS, Lake Washington HS, Redmond HS, and The Bear Creek School). View these talented artists throughout the month of March at VALA Arts gallery in the Redmond Town Center, Redmond, WA.

April 2014 – “Teachers as Artists” WAEA ESD 114, Global Bean in Silverdale, WA (see News Post for more info)

April 8 – 25, 2014 – “Advanced Studio Art” show at Parklane Gallery, Kirkland, WA

Six Advanced Studio Art students from The Bear Creek School will have their individual art series on display at the Parklane Gallery in Kirkland, WA. A reception will take place on April 17 from 5:30p-7:30p at the gallery to honor these student artists and their artistic endeavors.

May 4, 2014 from 1:00p-3:00p- “Archbishop Murphy High School 2014 Juried Art Show” held in the Heath Hall at Archbishop Murphy High School, Everett, WA

The objectives of this show are to help students value the creation of quality art and to give students a way to showcase and celebrate their artistic creations. All artwork submitted will be juried by a panel of professional artists and community leaders. Awards include first place, second place, and honorable mention certificates for each category; Award participation ribbons for each student; a Fine Art trophy to the school with the most winners; Seattle Art Museum family pass for each participant; and a selection of 60 show outstanding pieces will again be on display at the Seattle Art Museum from September 10th through October 6th. Find out more here.

May 8, 2014 – “2014 GPHS Night of the Arts” festival from 5p to 9p at Glacier Peak High School, Snohomish, WA

The evening will include a variety of k – 12 creative art displays, performances, demonstrations, festivities, food and refreshments.  You can even make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift!

This annual event is intended to involve the whole community.  In addition, the GPHS Art Department is actively recruiting area artists who would like to provide examples of their art for display and for sale, including those who are willing to demonstrate their techniques in person.  This “Artists in Action” motif should raise public awareness, understanding and enthusiasm toward art in general as well as provide local artists an excellent opportunity to acquaint the public with their names, talents and works.

Please contact Cathy Tanasse ( for more information.  Also check Facebook: Glacier Peak High School Night of the Arts for lists of artists/vendors and exhibitors and photos from years past and those participating this year.

May 16, 2014 – “41st Annual Superintendent’s High School Art Show, Olympia, WA

The Superintendent’s High School Art Show is an annual event co-hosted by OSPI and the Washington Art Education Association (WAEA). High school students from all nine of the state’s educational service districts (ESDs) participate in this artistic celebration each year. The finalists from these regional ESD shows are invited to participate in the Superintendent’s High School Art Show. (Directions)

May 21, 2014 – “Festival of the Arts” show at Poulsbo Middle School, Poulsbo, WA

An all school district’s Festival of the Arts is being held at Poulsbo Middle school on Wednesday, May 21st from 5-9. Come and enjoy a wonderful display of art and festivities.

May 22, 2014 – “Evening of Authors & Artists” show at The Bear Creek School, Redmond, WA

Celebrating the arts and authors within us. Students from Kindergarten to 12th grade at The Bear Creek School are having a school-wide author and artist show. Books written by the students will be on display in the libraries and artwork created throughout the 2013-2014 school year will be on display along with choral and orchestra performances throughout the evening. Come and join us Thursday, May 22nd from 6pm-8pm.

June 5, 2014 – “WA High School Photography Contest” at the Museum Quality Framing, Seattle, WA

Washington State High School Photography Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 5th from 7-9 PM at the Museum Quality Framing / 428 Westlake Avenue N in Seattle, WA

June 6, 2014 – “20 Under 20” show at the Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA

20 Under 20: Coordinated by Bellevue Arts Museum’s Teen Arts Council

Bellevue Arts Museum and the Teen Arts Council are pleased to present an exhibition showcasing young
artists in the Puget Sound area. The title and theme of the exhibit is 20 Under 20. Art work by 20 artists
under the age of 20 will be selected and showcased in the Community Education Gallery.
This exhibition is designed to feature youth ages 13 – 19 as emerging artists and is juried by the Teen
Arts Council with the collaboration of Bellevue Arts Museum curators. An exciting opportunity to display
work in a public and professional space, this exhibition showcases a range of artistic media highlighting
some of the best talent of the next generation of artists and craftsmen.

*Exhibition is from June 6 – September 7, 2014

Come and join in honoring these students and see what young teen artists are creating at the show’s reception: Friday, June 6 20/20, 6 – 7pm

Sept. 12, 2014 – “Educator Happy Hour” at the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle WA

If you haven’t seen The DECO Japan Exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum here is your perfect opportunity:

Educator Happy Hour

September 12th 2014

Asian Art Museum

Fuller Garden Court

4 PM – 6 PM

Get ready for the school year with SAM’s Educator Happy Hour! Bring a fellow teacher and come by Volunteer Park for drinks and snacks, previews of SAM’s programming for the year, a sample art-making activity, gently used former-TRC resources for sale (at deep discounts), and resource and art supplies giveaways!

Find out more information here:

Want to stay even more connected or have a specific question regarding a school visit to the museum or art educator information? Contact Lynda Swenson, SAM’s Coordinator for School & Educator Programs. She is amazing!

Sept. 27, 2014 – “Ink, Drop, and Roll” Bellevue Arts Museum


Saturday, September 27, 10am – 3pm
Bellevue Arts Museum invites you to partake in a day of exciting steamroller printing and hands-on activities in celebration of Under Pressure: Contemporary Prints for the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation. All ages are welcome. Free.

  • Steamroller printmaking
  • Local artists
  • Printmaking activities and demos
  • Food and fun
  • Free Museum admission

Get involved! Call for Artists

Get your team ready for steamroller printing or propose an activity. Apply by September 7. All supplies provided.
Contact Eileen Herbert, Education Curator,, 425.519.0793.

Oct. 3, 2014 – Artist Talk: Jason Walker from 7 – 8pm at Bellevue Art Museum

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Oct. 11, 2014 – Teen Arts Council Presents: Back to School Bash, from 6 – 9pm

Kick off the school year right at TAC’s Japanese-themed Back to School Bash. Hang out with friends and artsy people for a memorable night at BAM!
Highlights include: art activities like Japanese-inspired mini Zen Gardens, traditional Japanese tea, treats and a movie in the Auditorium, yummy food and a chocolate fountain, a live performance, and much more!
Free. For teens only. RSVP online

November 8, 2014 – Teen Art Workshop from 12 – 3pm

BAM’s Teen Arts Council is proud to present an exciting line up of art workshops just for teens. Topics include silk screening, leather accessories, collage, oil painting, and ceramics. Teen Workshops happen every 2nd Saturday of the Month. Check out our website for a full list of workshops.
Free. For teens only. RSVP online