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Art Classes and Workshops

Join us for workshops and classes at our locations in the MakerSpace at the Auburn community and Event Center, as well as our new Postmark Center for the Arts in downtown Auburn, opening in September 2023!

Are you a returning student or visitor? Take our Postmark Center for the Arts Feedback Survey and let us know how we're doing!

Interested in teaching a class at the Postmark? View our Calls to Artists webpage.
Questions?  Call: 253-931-5100


Upcoming Classes


10:00AM - 12:00PM

Drop-In Drawing

Postmark Center for the Arts | 20 Auburn Ave

Come stop by for our new Drop-In Drawing sessions at the Postmark! A free, no-pressure environment for artists and creatives to drop-in to draw from a still life or the gallery. Stay for whole two hours or only 10 minutes. Bring tools to either shade or color with, and your own sketchbook or drawing pad. There will be on-site help for critique/questions/advice. All are welcome.

Ages: 18+
Registration: $0
Instructor: Postmark Staff

10:00AM - 12:00PM

Drop-In Painting with Amy Sie

Postmark Center for the Arts | 20 Auburn Ave

Gongbi Painting

Amy Sie is offering Drop-In Gongbi Painting sessions at the Postmark! A free, no-pressure environment for you to start a new painting, or work on an old one. Please bring your own tools and materials for watercolor painting. On-site help for critique/questions/advice. All are welcome. 

Ages: 18+
Fee: Free
Instructor: Amy Sie


5:00PM - 7:00PM

Intro to Songwriting - 58463

Postmark Center for the Arts | 20 Auburn Ave


5:00PM - 7:00PM

Visible Mending - 58461

Postmark Center for the Arts | 20 Auburn Ave

Learn how to give new life to your well-loved clothing. Beginners and experienced hand stitchers alike will learn to repair and artfully customize clothing with a few basic techniques. Bring a garment that you want to repair or practice stitching on a provided denim patch to use in the future. All materials provided.

Ages: 13+, Mixed
Fee: 
$25/$31 Resident/Non-Res
 Instructor: Christy Caravaglio 
Date: Thursday, April 18, 2024 | 5:00-7:00PM 
@ The Postmark Center for the Arts.

Register Now!

10:00AM - 12:00PM

Drop-In Drawing

Postmark Center for the Arts | 20 Auburn Ave

Come stop by for our new Drop-In Drawing sessions at the Postmark! A free, no-pressure environment for artists and creatives to drop-in to draw from a still life or the gallery. Stay for whole two hours or only 10 minutes. Bring tools to either shade or color with, and your own sketchbook or drawing pad. There will be on-site help for critique/questions/advice. All are welcome.

Ages: 18+
Registration: $0
Instructor: Postmark Staff

10:00AM - 12:00PM

Drop-In Painting with Amy Sie

Postmark Center for the Arts | 20 Auburn Ave

Gongbi Painting

Amy Sie is offering Drop-In Gongbi Painting sessions at the Postmark! A free, no-pressure environment for you to start a new painting, or work on an old one. Please bring your own tools and materials for watercolor painting. On-site help for critique/questions/advice. All are welcome. 

Ages: 18+
Fee: Free
Instructor: Amy Sie


12:00PM - 4:00PM

Watercolor on MASA Paper - 58473

Postmark Center for the Arts | 20 Auburn Ave

Come try this great new class! Apply watercolor techniques on thin rice paper, create different effects with a variety of textures and interesting results that enhance your unique original watercolor painting. Learn how to prep and mount your masterpiece for framing. Bring your regular watercolor supplies (supply list available). MASA paper will be provided.

Ages: 18+, Mixed
Fee: 
$60/$75 Resident/Non-Res
 Instructor: JoAnne Iwasaki
Date: Friday, April 19, 2024 | 12:00-4:00PM 
@ The Postmark Center for the Arts.

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10:00AM - 12:00PM

Make & Mingle

Postmark Center for the Arts | 20 Auburn Ave

Make and MingleStop by the Postmark for our Make & Mingle session! Join us for a cup of coffee with whatever art project you might be working on. A free, no-pressure environment for artists and creatives to gather... you can talk with other artists, ask for feedback or critique from on-site staff if available, bring your sketchbook to work out ideas, or just quietly draw in the gallery or work on your art! Intended for ages 18+.

Ages: 18+
Fee: FREE
Instructor: Postmark Staff

5:30PM - 7:00PM

Drawing Herd Session 3 - 58478

Postmark Center for the Arts | 20 Auburn Ave

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Drawing Herd

Drawing Herd is a movable installation that functions as a pop-up site for observational drawing workshops. Designed for all ages and skill levels, the workshops use observation to cultivate attention and foster connection.

In this class, we will take inspiration from the exhibition, "Muckleshoot: Alive and Strong". We will explore the importance of shape within Salish art traditions with special guest teacher and exhibiting artist, Sam Obrovac through paper cutouts. Our collective cutouts will culminate in a collaborative collage. Join us for an evening of community exchange and playful observation as we look at what we bring out and what is left behind to create something beautiful.

This is free event, please register to secure your spot!

Ages: All Ages
Fee: Free
Instructor: Coco Allred
Date: Wednesday,  April 24, 2024 | 5:30-7:00PM
@ The Postmark Center for the Arts.

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5:30PM - 7:30PM

National Poetry Month Celebration

Postmark Center for the Arts | 20 Auburn Ave

PoetryThe City of Auburn is excited to announce this special events with our 2024-2026 Poet Laureate Mateo Acuna. 

Come over to Postmark Center for the Arts on April 25th to celebrate poetry with Auburn's past and present Poets Laureate 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Poems from the Poets Laureate chapbook will be read at the event, and copies of the chapbook will be given to attendees. Auburn's past Poets Laureate:

James Rodgers (2021 - 2023)

Susan Landgraf (2018-2020)

Marjorie Rommel (2015-2017)

Richard (Dick) Brugger (2012 - 2014)

There will also be a panel discussion with the current Poet Laureate Mateo Acuña and former Poets Laureate. Attendees can bring their questions for discussion.

Abby Murray, former Poet Laureate of Tacoma, will emcee the event and moderate the panel discussion. We hope you can join us to celebrate National Poetry Month and our wonderful Poets Laureate!

10:00AM - 12:00PM

Drop-In Drawing

Postmark Center for the Arts | 20 Auburn Ave

Come stop by for our new Drop-In Drawing sessions at the Postmark! A free, no-pressure environment for artists and creatives to drop-in to draw from a still life or the gallery. Stay for whole two hours or only 10 minutes. Bring tools to either shade or color with, and your own sketchbook or drawing pad. There will be on-site help for critique/questions/advice. All are welcome.

Ages: 18+
Registration: $0
Instructor: Postmark Staff

10:00AM - 12:00PM

Drop-In Painting with Amy Sie

Postmark Center for the Arts | 20 Auburn Ave

Gongbi Painting

Amy Sie is offering Drop-In Gongbi Painting sessions at the Postmark! A free, no-pressure environment for you to start a new painting, or work on an old one. Please bring your own tools and materials for watercolor painting. On-site help for critique/questions/advice. All are welcome. 

Ages: 18+
Fee: Free
Instructor: Amy Sie


11:00AM - 12:30PM

Drawing Herd Session 4 - 58480

Postmark Center for the Arts | 20 Auburn Ave

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Drawing Herd

Drawing Herd is a movable installation that functions as a pop-up site for observational drawing workshops. Designed for all ages and skill levels, the workshops use observation to cultivate attention and foster connection.

Join Drawing Herd and special guest Liz St Andre for a quick lesson in creating cyanotypes, also known as sun prints. You’ll learn how to harness the power of the sun with photographic chemistry from the 1800s to make stunning, Prussian blue botanical silhouettes. Prepared paper and all necessary supplies provided. 

This is a free activity, please register to secure your spot!

Ages: All Ages
Fee: Free
Instructor: Coco Allred
Date: Saturday,  April 27, 2024 | 11:00-12:30PM
@ The Postmark Center for the Arts.

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10:00AM - 12:00PM

Make & Mingle

Postmark Center for the Arts | 20 Auburn Ave

Make and MingleStop by the Postmark for our Make & Mingle session! Join us for a cup of coffee with whatever art project you might be working on. A free, no-pressure environment for artists and creatives to gather... you can talk with other artists, ask for feedback or critique from on-site staff if available, bring your sketchbook to work out ideas, or just quietly draw in the gallery or work on your art! Intended for ages 18+.

Ages: 18+
Fee: FREE
Instructor: Postmark Staff

6:30PM - 8:30PM

Poetry at the Postmark

Postmark Center for the Arts | 20 Auburn Ave

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Poetry at the Postmark!

Poetry nights are returning to Auburn! The City of Auburn is hosting a poetry reading series on the first Wednesday of each month at Auburn's new Postmark Center for the Arts on Auburn Avenue.

We hope you can join us at the Postmark - bring a poem for the open mic!

Featured Reader TBD.

12:00PM - 4:00PM

Watercolor and What? - 58476

Postmark Center for the Arts | 20 Auburn Ave

Come try this great new class! Introduce other mediums to your watercolor painting to create interesting watermedia effects. Learn how to apply and experiment with BRUSHO, a crystal powder ink dye used on wet or dry. Enhance with watercolor pencils, sticks, crayons, pastels, bleeding tissue, and alcohol ink.

Bring regular watercolor supplies and enough paper (supply list available). Several sheets, qtr. sheet size or 11x14. Other mediums will be provided but bring anything you have that you want to try and learn how to incorporate.

Ages: 18+, Mixed
Fee: 
$60/$75 Resident/Non-Res
 Instructor: JoAnne Iwasaki
Date: Friday, May 3, 2024 | 12:00-4:00PM 
@ The Postmark Center for the Arts.

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10:00AM - 12:00PM

Make & Mingle

Postmark Center for the Arts | 20 Auburn Ave

Make and MingleStop by the Postmark for our Make & Mingle session! Join us for a cup of coffee with whatever art project you might be working on. A free, no-pressure environment for artists and creatives to gather... you can talk with other artists, ask for feedback or critique from on-site staff if available, bring your sketchbook to work out ideas, or just quietly draw in the gallery or work on your art! Intended for ages 18+.

Ages: 18+
Fee: FREE
Instructor: Postmark Staff

6:00PM - 6:50PM

Ukulele for Adults 2 - 58462

Postmark Center for the Arts | 20 Auburn Ave

The Postmark is excited to be offering a second session of Ukelele for Adults! Ukulele is a fantastic intro instrument! It’s a wonderful option for anyone wanting to have some fun making music. In this class you can expect to learn the basics of the ukulele, some popular songs, chord reading, and how to play as a group. Students should plan to bring their own ukulele (soprano or concert size) if possible. All course materials will be provided during classes.

Ages: 18+, Mixed
Fee: 
$70/$88 Resident/Non-Res
 Instructor: Allison Preisinger
Date: Wednesday, May 8 - May 29, 2024 | 6:00-6:50PM 
@ The Postmark Center for the Arts.

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10:00AM - 12:00PM

Make & Mingle

Postmark Center for the Arts | 20 Auburn Ave

Make and MingleStop by the Postmark for our Make & Mingle session! Join us for a cup of coffee with whatever art project you might be working on. A free, no-pressure environment for artists and creatives to gather... you can talk with other artists, ask for feedback or critique from on-site staff if available, bring your sketchbook to work out ideas, or just quietly draw in the gallery or work on your art! Intended for ages 18+.

Ages: 18+
Fee: FREE
Instructor: Postmark Staff

5:00PM - 7:00PM

Intro to Portrait Drawing - 58467

Postmark Center for the Arts | 20 Auburn Ave

12:00PM - 4:00PM

Matting and Framing Workshop - 58477

Postmark Center for the Arts | 20 Auburn Ave


10:00AM - 12:00PM

Make & Mingle

Postmark Center for the Arts | 20 Auburn Ave

Make and MingleStop by the Postmark for our Make & Mingle session! Join us for a cup of coffee with whatever art project you might be working on. A free, no-pressure environment for artists and creatives to gather... you can talk with other artists, ask for feedback or critique from on-site staff if available, bring your sketchbook to work out ideas, or just quietly draw in the gallery or work on your art! Intended for ages 18+.

Ages: 18+
Fee: FREE
Instructor: Postmark Staff

5:30PM - 7:30PM

Intro to Guitar 1 - 58464

Postmark Center for the Arts | 20 Auburn Ave


10:00AM - 12:00PM

Make & Mingle

Postmark Center for the Arts | 20 Auburn Ave

Make and MingleStop by the Postmark for our Make & Mingle session! Join us for a cup of coffee with whatever art project you might be working on. A free, no-pressure environment for artists and creatives to gather... you can talk with other artists, ask for feedback or critique from on-site staff if available, bring your sketchbook to work out ideas, or just quietly draw in the gallery or work on your art! Intended for ages 18+.

Ages: 18+
Fee: FREE
Instructor: Postmark Staff

5:30PM - 7:30PM

Intro to Guitar 2 - 58466

Postmark Center for the Arts | 20 Auburn Ave


10:00AM - 12:00PM

Make & Mingle

Postmark Center for the Arts | 20 Auburn Ave

Make and MingleStop by the Postmark for our Make & Mingle session! Join us for a cup of coffee with whatever art project you might be working on. A free, no-pressure environment for artists and creatives to gather... you can talk with other artists, ask for feedback or critique from on-site staff if available, bring your sketchbook to work out ideas, or just quietly draw in the gallery or work on your art! Intended for ages 18+.

Ages: 18+
Fee: FREE
Instructor: Postmark Staff

5:00PM - 7:00PM

Introduction to Embroidery - 58472

Postmark Center for the Arts | 20 Auburn Ave


10:00AM - 11:00AM

Rhythm and Rhymes Story Hour

Postmark Center for the Arts | 20 Auburn Ave

R RJoin Auburn Symphony Orchestra and the Auburn Public Library for Rhythm and Rhymes Story Hour! Enjoy a fun, interactive music presentation with ASO musicians followed by a story read-aloud with an Auburn librarian. This FREE program is best for ages 3-8 but families of all ages are encouraged to attend. Take home a craft kit to continue the fun at home!

Ages: 3-8
Fee: 
$0
Instructors: 
Auburn Symphony Orchestra and the Auburn Public Library
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5:30PM - 7:00PM

Zine Making Workshop - 58468

Postmark Center for the Arts | 20 Auburn Ave

What is a Zine? A small handmade booklet that provides a way for folks to share art, writing, musings, and give a platform to express oneself. In this workshop learn about the history of Zine making and start your own! Materials will be provided but feel free to bring anything that inspires YOU!

Ages: 15+, Mixed
Fee: 
$16/$20 Resident/Non-Res
 Instructor: Aidyn Dervaes
Date: Thursday, June 13, 2024 | 5:30-7:00PM 
@ The Postmark Center for the Arts.

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