Workshops & Classes
Exciting opportunities to listen, discover, learn, and create community through shared artistic experiences.
Songs Forever: A 5-Week Workshop with Beth Wood
Jan 29 – Feb 26 · Mondays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Songs are tiny miracles! In around four minutes, songwriters can create a new world to carry stories, emotions, history, what we want to remember and celebrate. And songs are uniquely powerful tools for connection. In this workshop/playshop, we will build a supportive community of songwriters to usher in new songs and fine-tune songs in progress.
“I LOVE sharing what I have learned and what works for me in songwriting. I love supporting other songwriters in their creative process and in sharing their work. I love what happens when people who love songs gather to geek out about songs! And I believe we have much to learn from each other.” -- Beth Wood
Maximum of 12 participants. Tuition is $150 with pay-what-you-can pricing available for interested participants.
Wood & Steel Bluegrass: A 6-Week Bluegrass Music Workshop
April 17 - May 22 · Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
This series will focus on song arrangement, jam awareness and "bluegrass etiquette.” Taught by Joe Schulte, participants will learn how to take traditional bluegrass tunes commonly found in jam circles and bring them to life by finding the right key(s) to play them in, construct intros, outros and apply other interesting arrangement ideas. Students will improve their ability and confidence in jamming and learn to take their favorite song and turn it into a tune they could bring to any jam to lead.
Participants should have a solid ability to strum and switch between the basic and common chords on their chosen instrument. Singing is encouraged, but not required.
Maximum of 20 pickers. Tuition is $150 with pay-what-you-can pricing available for interested participants.
Americana Song Academy
September 23 - 26, 2024
This year's retreat returns to the stunning performing arts camp Caldera, high in the Cascade Mountains. Set on mystical Blue Lake with exceptional facilities, Caldera was home to the Academy from 2002 - 2019 and will once again be the setting for the instructor-led workshops, instructor performances, participant open mics, one-on-one mentor sessions, group singing, and on-site RV and tent camping.
We're back in with seven week-long Summer Creativity Camps for middle and high school-aged students at Sisters Art Works! Join us for these fun-filled sessions of art, music, theater, and self-expression.