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Workshops & Classes

Exciting opportunities to listen, discover, learn, and create community through shared artistic experiences.


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.

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Large, Colorful Painting:

An All-Day Class with Paul Alan Bennett 

Saturday, April 27 · 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The focus of this class is simply the pleasure of pushing color around. Students will begin by participating in a guided pencil drawing to cover the basics of composition and expression. Bennett will cover techniques on color mixing and working with a brush before setting students loose to complete at least two paintings. To conclude the day, the class will gather to discuss their processes and share their work. 

Instructor Paul Alan Bennett attended the Maryland Institute of Art and lived in Greece for six years where he taught art and got a master's degree in Greek History with an emphasis on Greek Art. He's published three collections of his work, including "Hug," "Night Skies," and "Pandemic Portraits” and has painted the stage backdrops for five Bend Opera productions. By his own estimate, Bennett has taught painting to more than 25,000 students over the years. 

Maximum of 10 participants. Must be 18 or older to enroll; no experience necessary. Students should come dressed to paint and move around. All supplies and lunch will be provided, with gluten-free and vegan options available.

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.

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