Columbia River Maritime Museum Classes

  • 6 Feb 2020
  • 8 Nov 2020
  • Columbia River Maritime Museum
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Classes

All classes are held at the Barbey Maritime Center (formerly the Astoria Train Depot at the east end of the Columbia River Maritime Museum parking lot) either in the West Side Meeting Room or the East Side Shop as indicated.

Please note: If the Museum cancels a class, 100 percent of the student’s tuition will be refunded. If a student cancels a registration at least 15 days prior to the class, the student will receive a full refund. If a student cancels a registration less than 15 calendar days prior to the class, no refund will be made.     If you are registering for the Kayak Building Class, there is a separate policy as noted.

Introduction to Drawing Birds  Instructor Dorota Haber-Lehigh and Mickey Anderson  Dates and Times February 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2020, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.     Location BMC West Meeting Room

Tuition $55 members / $80 non-members

Explore drawing birds in a fun and engaging way. We will start with loose sketches and progress to complete drawings with detail. We will look at bird's anatomy: beaks, eyes, heads, wings and feathers. We will begin with graphite pencil, learn textural application of colored pencils, and a little watercolor for under painting.

Ocean Knots: Karma Mat Weaving  Instructor Greg Neitzel

Dates and Times   February 15, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Ocean Knot Mat)  February 16, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Kringle Knot Mat)   Location  BMC West

Tuition $35 members ($60 for both classes) / $40 non-members ($70 for both classes)

Join local artist and educator Greg Neitzel who will lead you through the process of weaving a nautical mat from recycled fishing line. Originally woven to protect the decks of wooden boats, today these matts have been transformed into decorative art, table runners, doormats and more. In each of these classes you will learn a unique skill and weave a mat that is both beautiful and functional to take home, while at the same time repurposing braided commercial fishing line that would otherwise be discarded. Classes run between 2 and 3 hours, and students should be prepared to be on their feet during this time.

Pygmy Kayak Building Instructor Chuck Bollong 

Dates and Times February 17-23, 2020, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Location BMC Shop

Tuition   $800 PLUS kit price.  Kit is purchased from Pygmy. Need to specify kit is for this class.

This class includes some pre-assembly by the instructor prior to the first day of class. To ensure costs are covered, a $200 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration. The $600 balance is due at least 30 days prior to day one of the class.

Build an elegant stitch and glue solo kayak. This 7-day class is offered in conjunction with Pygmy Boats. Participants will leave the class with their kayak approximately 60 percent complete and with all the skills necessary to finish the boat at home.

Shark Dissection Instructor Nate Sandel 

Date and Time March 7, 2020, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Location  BMC West

Tuition $20 one-person group, $30 two-person group, $40 three-person group (one shark per group)

Students will learn about shark anatomy as they are led through a dissection of Squalus acanthias (dogfish). Sharks are fascinating fishes with a cartilaginous skeleton, extremely large liver, and a tough skin covered in placoid scales. Students will observe the exterior of the shark before moving into an internal exploration focusing on the amazing and oily liver.

Introduction to Wood Carving Instructor Jim Bergeron

Dates and Times March 13, 2020, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.        March 14, 2020, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  March 15, 2020, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Location BMC Shop

Tuition $55 members / $65 non-members

Have you ever wanted to learn how to carve? This class will cover basic skill for novice carvers and will focus on Northwest coast Native American carving styles. Participants will be furnished with carving tools and wood plaques and will be shown basic carving techniques. Learn how to handle tools safely, how to lay out basic designs and how to carve desired shapes.

Making a West Greenland Kayak Paddle Instructor Chuck Bollong Dates and Times March 21 and 22, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Location  BMC Shop

One-piece, Greenland-style paddles are becoming increasingly popular among kayakers. In this class, you will learn how to layout the paddle profile onto clear, vertical grain cedar, and the procedures for cutting out the blank. Pre-cut blanks will then be provided for the students to shape using basic woodworking tools, including block planes, rasps and sand paper. The shaped paddles will then be sealed with an oil finish, and the students will take home their completed work, as well as the skills to make additional paddles.

Introduction to Fly Tying Instructor Henry Hoffman 

Dates and Times March 28 and 29, 2020, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Location BMC Shop

Have you ever wanted to fish with a fly that you tied yourself? This is a rare opportunity to learn the basics of fly tying from a renowned local expert Henry Hoffman who has over 60 years of experience. Volunteers from Rainland Fly Casters will also be present, and class participants will receive a free one-year membership to the club. An excellent book on Northwest region fly patterns will also be available for $10. All materials and equipment will be supplied.

Deep Waters: Diving Into Family Stories  Instructor Linda Strever and Sandra Yannone  

Date and Time April 18, 2020, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Location BMC West

Everyone is the keeper of a unique version of family history. This creative writing workshop will begin with a discussion of what makes a compelling story and will lead us into a series of interactive writing exercises to transform our known and unknown family stories into vibrant poetry, fiction or non-fiction.

Pygmy Kayak Building  Instructor Chuck Bollong

Dates and Times April 20-26, 2020, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Location BMC Shop

This class includes some pre-assembly by the instructor prior to the first day of class. To ensure costs are covered, a $200 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration. The $600 balance is due at least 30 days prior to day one of the class.

Build an elegant stitch and glue solo kayak. This 7 day class is offered in conjunction with Pygmy Boats. Participants will leave the class with their kayak approximately 60% complete and with all the skills necessary to finish the boat at home.

Sketchbook Approach: Habitat, plant, birds, butterflies and more Instructor Dorota Haber-Lehigh 

Dates and Times April 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2020, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Location BMC West

Explore creating playful compositions of sketches and drawings in your sketchbook that will include plants, small habitats, butterflies, birds and other visual and text elements. Investigate shapes and forms of different flora and fauna, and experiment with various techniques using pencil, pens and colored pencils. We will be drawing butterflies or birds from photographs and plants from live specimens, so please bring both to class. Learning about native plants of the Pacific Northwest region and local butterflies or other pollinators will be encouraged.

Introduction to Botanical Painting in Watercolor  Instructor Dorota Haber-Lehigh 

Dates and Times May 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2020, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Location BMC West

Immerse yourself in a world of botanical painting while learning foundation skills and techniques using watercolor. We will begin with color mixing, watercolor brush and blending techniques and explore both loose and precise painting styles. No painting experience necessary, but some drawing experience will be useful. We will explore wet on wet, wet on dry, and dry brush techniques. We will work predominantly from plant material, so bring a live specimen to class. A photos reference is sometimes useful as well..

Please bring graphite pencil H or F, 2B, kneaded eraser, sharpener, Pigma Micron pen 01 or 005 nib, brushes 2 and 4 round. Princeton Velvetouch is great, or golden talcon synthetic. Drawing sketchbook paper, Watercolor block, 9 by 12, cold or hot press, preferably 140 lb. or any other watercolor sketchbook. For paints, suggest Daniel Smith or any other watercolor set you have. Colors to have: Hansa yellow (cool yellow); New Gamboge (warm yellow); Transparent Pyrrole orange (warm red); Quin rose (cool red); Phthalo blue (cool blue); French Ultramarine (warm blue).

Half Hull Model Instructor Chuck Bollong

Dates and Times May 16, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and May 17, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location BMC Shop

Learn how to create a beautiful half-hull boat model. In this class you will be shown how they were used to explore and design the shape of a boat. You will also learn how to read offset tables and understand how these are used to build a full-scale boat. Students will have a choice of models to build and will leave class with a completed ½ hull model.

Tool Sharpening  Instructor Darrin Fiscum

Dates and Times June 6, 2020, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location BMC Shop

Sharp tools make any job easier and safer. In this workshop you will learn how to sharpen your planes and chisels using basic stones and strops, relying on hand-eye skills rather than expensive machines.

Pygmy Kayak Building  Instructor Chuck Bollong

Dates and Times June 15-21, 2020, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location BMC Shop

This class includes some pre-assembly by the instructor prior to the first day of class. To ensure costs are covered, a $200 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration. The $600 balance is due at least 30 days prior to day one of the class.

Build an elegant stitch and glue solo kayak. This 7 day class is offered in conjunction with Pygmy Boats. Participants will leave the class with their kayak approximately 60% complete and with all the skills necessary to finish the boat at home.

Basic Woodworking: Sea Chest  Instructor Darrin Fiscum

Dates and Times June 27 and 28, 2020, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location  BMC Shop

By creating a sea chest, students will learn dovetail joinery, gluing, clamping, and the use of boat builder and woodworker hand tools. The skills learned can be applied to boat building courses and small personal woodworking projects.

Making Japanese Fish Prints  Instructor  Nate Sandel

Dates and Times July 11, 2020, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

Location BMC Shop

Fish prints or gyotaku originated about 100 years ago in Japan as a way for sports fishermen to record the exact size and species of fish they caught. Today, sports fishermen in Japan often display gyotaku as wall decorations in their home, or they keep them as a sort of journal to document their success in the sport. Join us in making your own creations with a variety of freshly caught Pacific Northwest fish.

Pygmy Kayak Building  Instructor Chuck Bollong

Dates and Times August 24-30, 2020, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Location BMC Shop

This class includes some pre-assembly by the instructor prior to the first day of class. To ensure costs are covered, a $200 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration. The $600 balance is due at least 30 days prior to day one of the class.

Build an elegant stitch and glue solo kayak. This 7 day class is offered in conjunction with Pygmy Boats. Participants will leave the class with their kayak approximately 60% complete and with all the skills necessary to finish the boat at home.

Fall Botanical Drawing  Instructor Dorota Haber-Lehigh

Dates and Times October 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2020, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Location  BMC West

Capture the magic of the fall in botanical drawing. Work in an expressive style or more traditional botanical illustration style. Draw fall fruit, mushrooms, fall leaves, seed pods, branches with lichen and anything else you discover while in nature. Develop basic drawing and observational skills through fun and engaging exercises. Learn how to incorporate line, value, shape, texture and color, as well as overall design and composition. Please bring an object of your choice to the first class.

Pygmy Kayak Building  Instructor Chuck Bollong

Dates and Times November 2-8, 2020, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Location BMC Shop

This class includes some pre-assembly by the instructor prior to the first day of class. To ensure costs are covered, a $200 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration. The $600 balance is due at least 30 days prior to day one of the class.

Build an elegant stitch and glue solo kayak. This 7 day class is offered in conjunction with Pygmy Boats. Participants will leave the class with their kayak approximately 60% complete and with all the skills necessary to finish the boat at home.

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