Frequently Asked Questions

Can I join a class already in session?

Joining a class in session depends on the instructor. Call or email us to ask about a specific class and we will coordinate that conversation.

I didn't get my member discount at checkout. What happened?

If you would like to join and then enroll in classes, you must first become a member and complete that checkout process. You will receive an email with the membership discount code, which you can then use to receive the ten percent discount on tuition. Memberships are good for one year.

What about supplies?

Teachers will either provide the necessary supplies, sometimes for an extra materials fee, or list the needed supplies in the class description. Olympia Art and Office and Quimper Mercantile offer a ten percent discount on supplies to PTSA students.

Do you have any drop-in classes?

We offer several Guided Open Painting Studios where walk-ins are welcome. 

Often, we have openings in our other programs at the last minute, especially our Friday night classes: TGIF at PTSA. Since we serve food, wine, and other beverages, though, we need to know in advance to turn in the order at TAPS, the pub that caters them. Some of our other classes are also available at the last minute—if it's available on the web site, you can still enroll. Or call us.

Can I talk to the teacher about a class before enrolling?

Many teachers put their emails at the end of the class description and are happy to answer your questions. If an e-mail isn't available, please email and we will facilitate the conversation. 

Where are the classes held?

Unless otherwise stated, classes are held at Building 306 in Fort Worden State Park. The building is a bit hidden, behind the Maintenance Building 305. When you enter the park, go past the first stop sign and take the first available left. Follow the road around to the back of the big Maintenance Building to 306. Our sign is on the side of the building.

What if the class I want is sold out?

Please request to be placed on the waiting list and we will alert you as soon as anyone drops out.

Do you offer scholarships?

We are pleased to extend scholarships to young people who are enrolled in the free-and-reduced school lunch program, on a first-come, first-served basis. One scholarship per term per student is offered, and students who have never taken a class are considered first.

What is the class or workshop cancellation/refund policy?

Please see our full refund policy here.

Do you do safety background checks on your instructors?

Yes. We run a routine police background check, as well as check references on all our staff, instructors, and volunteers.

I'm coming from out of town. Can I stay at Fort Worden?

Yes, if space is available. Please check availability at the Fort Worden web site or call the front desk: (360) 344-4400.

My company or organization is coming to the area. Can you tailor a team-building art class for us?

Yes! We'd be delighted to design a great arts experience for your group, especially if you are staying at Fort Worden (which also offers food service). Please call or email us to discuss it.

What else is going on at Fort Worden?

Our many partners include the woodworking school, Centrum (music and arts programming), the Marine Science center, and Madrona, a yoga & dance center. There are also a restaurant, a pub, and outdoor games available. Check the Fort Worden web site for details.