Frequently Asked Questions

Can I join a class already in session?

Most teachers are happy to have students join the class. Call or email us to ask about a specific class.

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 offers a ten percent discount on supplies to PTSA students.

Do you have any drop-in classes?

Yes. Our Figure Drawing sessions are held each Thursday, 6-8:30 PM, and are open to drop-ins. Our weekly Guided Open Studios are held each Monday, 1-4 PM, and we welcome walk-ins!

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?

We host Open Houses during the year, which are great opportunities to meet teachers and talk about classes and workshops. Many teachers also put their emails at the end of the class description and are happy to answer your questions.

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 a 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.

I can't attend a class I purchased or changed my mind. Can I get my money back?

We will happily apply your full payment towards another class, now or in the future. If you prefer a cash or credit card refund, we will also return your fee, less a ten percent processing fee. If you withdraw ten or fewer days before a class starts, we charge a fee of twenty percent.

Turns out, the class I enrolled in isn't for me. What can I do?

If at all possible, we will transfer you to another class. If you had a bad experience in a class, we will refund your tuition. And because we want to continually improve, we always want to hear about your experience of a class, including complaints. Teachers pass out evaluation forms; we encourage you to call or write us as well.

My class was cancelled, what happens now?

If we have to cancel a class or reschedule, you will have the opportunity to transfer to another class, wait until the class is rescheduled or receive a full refund. 

Do you offer any discounts for local residents?

Not at this time. However, we do offer some free events during the year for our fellow community members. And Members receive a 10 percent discount on all classes, year-round!

Do you do safety background checks on your teachers?

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

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.