Summer School Full Schedule

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Click for class descriptions & how to register! All classes except Paint & Sip are sliding scale admission (or free!) and financial assistance is available (please write to us at to inquire.) 


Photoshop for Comics with Jon Horn

Sunday, August 6th, 7-8:30 pm

Gallery 1412 (Central District)

Build on your basic Photoshop skills and learn to prepare your work for a variety of print media (in a cooperative, non-hierarchical setting). Discover new tools, tips, and methods of working that will help your workflow and make the digital process easier so you can focus on creating great work instead of getting bogged down by the frustration of file prep. Bring your laptop to work alongside Jon as he guides you through the intricacies of coloring, touching up files, and converting your drawings into print-ready work.  Tickets here. 



Intro to Letterpress Printing with Mandolin Brassaw

Wednesday, August 9th, 6-9 pm

Grapheme (Central District)

In our 3-hour workshop, you’ll learn how to use a large Vandercook proof press (15″ x 18″), one of the most user-friendly presses to learn on. Class will cover how to hand set type–with lead, ornamental, and antique wood type to experiment with. We will also go over how to use polymer plates which can be made from digital images. No printmaking experience necessary. Age 18+ please. Tickets here. 



Gag Comix for Kids with Robyn Jordan (ages 8-12)

Saturday, August 12th, Noon-1:30 pm FREE

Gallery 1412 (Central District)

Flex your sense of humor and create characters who do and say hilarious things! We’ll explore various ways to make short comic strips using drawing, tracing, photo-collage, and live action. After some group art exercises, you’ll have a chance to focus on your medium of choice. We’ll work on writing challenges to help your comix get maximum laughs. Register here. 



How to become a self-employed artist in Seattle with Jenny MacLeod

Sunday, August 13th, 7-8:30 pm

Woodland Theater (Ballard)

Are you dreaming of working for yourself as an artist, but you’re not sure how to get started or handle the business side? We’ll do a quick overview of being self-employed: the business requirements (there’s only a handful), the realities and perks, and common pitfalls. Next, we’ll walk step-by-step through how to get licensed in Seattle. Followed by how to be a Rockstar at taxes (even if you don’t like numbers). We’ll review other topics and important details: reasonable marketing approaches, reseller permit, copyright, helpful resources, self-care, and most importantly, why doing things your way is best for business. The goal:  you will leave excited and ready to set up your business!  Tickets here. 


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Paint & Sip with Kelly Froh (a fundraiser for Short Run) (21+) 

Wednesday, August 16th, 7-9 pm

Woodland Theater (Ballard)

Paint along with instructor Kelly Froh while drinking wine and socializing with others. No experience necessary! All supplies provided. 2 drink tickets included in price, as well as your canvas that you can take home. Tickets here. 



MAKE A GIANT COMIC! with Taylor Dow for youth & adults (ages 12 and up)

Saturday, August 19th Noon-1:30






Papermaking with Mita Mahato for youth & adults (ages 12 and up)

Sunday, August 20th, 7-8:30 pm

Gallery 1412 (Central District)

There are other ways to recycle paper than by tossing it in that blue bin! Learn the fundamentals of papermaking in this hands-on workshop. Mita will introduce students to basic tools and techniques, share short-cuts and tips for adding embellishments, and guide the class in making beautiful, unique sheets of their own to take home with them. Tickets here. 



Silkscreening Mini-Comics and Art Books with Eric Carnell

Wednesday, August 23rd, 6-9 pm

Fogland Studios (Sodo)

In this collaborative class we will explore the basics of creating handmade books using silkscreen.  As a group, we will engage in a short drawing jam to generate artwork that will be used to teach basic print techniques. We will each contribute to printing and assembling the books and everyone will go home with a copy that day. This is a quick, easy way to get started in realizing the potential for using screen printing to elevate the level of your book uniqueness and quality! Tickets here. 



Intermediate Watercolor For Comics with Sarah Glidden

Sunday, August 27th, 7-8:30 pm

Gallery 1412 (Central District)

Take your watercoloring up a notch with this workshop. We will go over some different tips and techniques for using watercolors in comics such as layering, mixing colors, working with shadows and getting past the fear of making a mess. We will also discuss how to bring your watercolor studio outside, the best way to scan watercolors for reproduction and what inks go best with the medium. Some materials will be provided but participants are encouraged to bring along any paints, brushes or paper they might already have. Tickets here. 







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