Corbin Art Center

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Adult Workshops

Drawing on Gratitude

4 weeks | Ages 16+ | Megan Perkins We are surrounded by wondrous beauty in our everyday lives, but are frequently too busy to fully appreciate what we have. Use drawing and sketching to meditate on the things, places, moments, and people that you are grateful for. Beginners welcome! Supply list included upon confirmation of registration. Class held at the Corbin Art Center, 507 W 7th Avenue. $50, Mondays, 10/1-10/22, 1:30-3:30pm, ID 1310. More information

Art History

6 weeks | Ages 16+ | Tom Quinn This class is a series of lectures with slides intended to be both informative and entertaining about the great art of the past. We will address certain questions like: What is art history? Does it pass aimlessly, or will it converge on a goal? This course will look at art changes from one culture and period to another and in what ways they remain the same. Please be aware that some of the slides depict nudes. Class held at the Corbin Art Center, 507 W 7th Avenue. $62, Mondays, 10/1-11/5, 1-3pm, ID 1320. More information

Book Arts

6 weeks | Ages 16+ | Beth McIlraith Explore the World of Book Arts! We’ll start with basic no-sew and folding techniques, progressing to simple sewn structures including pamphlet stitch and Japanese Stab Binding. As time allows we will explore more complicated folds and other book arts topics. Finished projects will include ornaments, cards, booklets and books. Supply list sent upon confirmation of registration. Class held at the Corbin Art Center, 507 W 7th Avenue. $65, Mondays, 10/1-11/5, 6-8:30pm, ID 1349. More information

Beginning Russian

6 weeks | Ages 14+| Natalie Marynovska Do you have a Russian neighbor that you would like to get to know or do you have a trip planned to the beautiful country of Russia? This class will teach you the basics of this wonderful language and is taught by a native Russian language professor. Class held at the Corbin Art Center, 507 W 7th Avenue. $59, Mondays, 10/1-11/5, 6-8pm, ID 1363. More information

Perspective Drawing

6 weeks | Ages 16+ | Tom Quinn Perspective is to drawing what grammar is to writing. It provides a structure to art by dictating where objects must be placed and which directions the angles go to achieve that vital third dimension of depth. You do not need to be an artist to draw well in perspective - when you know how to use the tools, they do the drawing for you. Supply list included upon confirmation of registration. Class held at the Corbin Art Center, 507 W 7th Avenue. $62, Tuesdays, 10/2-11/6, 6:30-8:30pm, ID 1312. More information

Camera Basics

4 weeks | Ages 16+ | Steven Navratil Obtain understanding of your digital SLR camera and its functions. Learn to use your camera to get the results you would expect from a professional. This class is for a digital camera that has manual setting options. Class will also include lighting, composition and depth of field. Class held at the Corbin Art Center, 507 W 7th Avenue. $55, Wednesdays, 10/3-10/24, 6-8:30pm, ID 1338. More information

Pastel Drawing

6 weeks | Ages 16+ | Tom Quinn Pastels are for those who wish immediate gratification. This dry medium enables to artists to start and stop at any time, making art creation easier to fit into their schedule. Colors are blended on the surface rather than on a palette, offering unlimited possibilities for self-expression. We will begin with a simple picture of a tree, and then students can move onto their own projects. Supply list included upon confirmation of registration. Class held at the Corbin Art Center, 507 W 7th Avenue. $62, Thursdays, 10/4-11/8, 1-3pm, ID 1314. More information

Painting with Oils

6 weeks | Ages 16+ | Tom Quinn An introduction to the forgivable medium: oil. Learn basic concepts of design, composition, color theory, values and texture while experiencing the outstanding working properties of oil. Choose to work from still-life or two-dimensional references. Helpful demonstrations and individual instruction will be taught. Supply list included upon confirmation of registration. Class held at the Corbin Art Center, 507 W 7th Avenue. $70, Thursdays, 10/4-11/8, 6:30-8:30pm, ID 1324. More information

Creative Memoir Writing

6 weeks | Ages 18+ | Mary Fruchter Do you have a story to tell, but aren’t sure how to begin? Start here. In this creative writing class, we will look at memoirs snapshots and study some of the techniques authors use to make their words and characters come alive. Then, we will try it out ourselves, writing our own lives. Join us, and make your voice heard. Notebook, pencil or I-Pad and your memories are the only supplies needed. Class held at the Corbin Art Center, 507 W 7th Avenue. $69, Thursdays, 10/4-11/8, 6-8pm, ID 1337. More information

Corbin Kids

After-School Art Exploration

6 weeks | Ages 9-14 | Beth McIlraith Explore a variety of artistic mediums, such as, oil pastels, paint, clay, paper, recycled objects and more each week. Here's a chance to use your artistic skills, be creative and try new things. There are new projects each week for returning students. Class held at the Corbin Art Center, 507 W 7th Avenue. $65, Wednesdays, 10/3-11/7, 4-6pm, ID 1374. More information

Children's Spanish

6 weeks | Ages 9-11 | Mary Benham We will learn how to pronounce colors, basic vocabulary, numbers and much more in this fun/interactive class. Children will build their own notebooks that will contain their weekly handouts. Class held at the Corbin Art Center, 507 W 7th Avenue. $54, Thursdays, 10/4-11/8, 4-5pm, ID 1375. More information

About Us

Location: 507 W 7th Ave Contact: 509.625.6677

For over fifty years the Center has been providing affordable, quality fine arts and crafts programs for children and adults. Our programs are developed to foster cognitive, creative and personal growth, and classes are small so participants receive maximum attention from the instructor.

Corbin Kids - Preschool and Youth

No School Day Camps

For children ages 6-11, our day camps are held when Spokane Public Schools are not in session. Camps are held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a supervised lunch. The Art Center also hosts a Summer Camp Program for children ages 3-5 and 6-11. Programs include fine art, crafts, history, science, theatre, adventure and more. One day or week-long day camps are available.

Classes and Workshops

The Art Center hosts classes and workshops for ages 2, 3-5, 6-11, and 9-13 year olds. Programs include creating art, drawing, painting, mixed media, Mom & Me, a variety of holiday-themed classes and one-day craft workshops.

Children are encouraged to try new things in an imaginative atmosphere where they can express themselves and enjoy the process of creating. We encourage children to explore art materials and enjoy what happens. Children will be working with paints, glue and much more so dress for a mess or bring a work shirt.

Adult Fine Art Classes & Workshops

Fine art classes include drawing, painting, creative writing, fiber, gardening and landscape, photography, sewing, cooking and baking. Our programs are designed to give participants the opportunity to explore a new medium, expand your creative repertoire, or experience something new.

Our variety of workshops will teach you the skills you need to make your own crafts including candles, crochet rugs, jewelry, soaps and more.

Parties & Rentals

Kids' Art Parties

Throw a truly unique kids' party! We make it easy and fun to plan art projects and scavenger hunts, or for your child to become a princess, prince, pirate or pixie! Choose from our several party themes or plan your own party for your child and his or her friends to enjoy. More information.


The Corbin Art Center is available to rent for:

  • Meetings
  • Receptions
  • Special Events

Rentals are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. The facility is wheelchair accessible with a designated wheelchair parking area. Situated on Seventh Avenue in the Marycliff/Cliff Park National Register Historic District, the historic D.C. Corbin House is listed on the local, state and national Historic Registers. The House and its grounds are east of the Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens in Edwidge Woldson Park.

The first floor features a vestibule, foyer, the original formal and informal parlors and dining room, an ornate staircase to the second floor and a kitchen. The exterior features an impressive 3/4 wrap-around veranda with panoramic views of Spokane.

For more information on our rental program and fees, please contact the Corbin Art Center at 509.625.6677.

About Corbin Art Center

The Corbin Art Center supports the cultural arts throughout the Northwest. Originally operated by Washington State University as the Spokane Art Center from 1952 until 1963, the program became the Corbin House Arts and Crafts Center until early 1970, when it was renamed the Corbin Art Center. The Center has been offering affordable, high-quality cultural arts education in a creative environment for over fifty years.

Corbin Art Center is housed in the historic D.C. Corbin House located in the Marycliff-Cliff Park Historic District, an area rich in early-Spokane history and architecture. In the Colonial Revival architectural style, the house was designed for Daniel Chase Corbin by his former son-in-law Kirtland Cutter and completed in 1898. A significant historic landmark for its affiliation with the original owner and prominent architect, the house was placed on the Spokane Register of Historic Places in 1997 and the Washington Heritage Register and National Register of Historic Places in 2004.

Mr. Corbin was a pioneer in transportation and other successful business ventures in the Inland Northwest. He realized the need for transportation and built feeder railways to the Bunker Hill and Sullivan mines and Weyerhauser pine forests in Idaho, British Columbia's Kootenay and Rossland copper-gold mines, and the Fernie coal mines. Corbin's railroads were pivotal in establishing Spokane's position as a railroad center in the Inland Northwest at the turn of the 20th Century.

Renovation projects to refurbish the building began in 1994. The projects included revealing doors, refurbishing hardwood floors, refurbishing and repairing woodwork, restoring the second floor exterior balcony, replacing and repairing electrical wiring and lighting, cleaning and repairing exterior masonry, restoring and repairing the wraparound veranda, and restoring light fixtures, the parlor, dining room, foyer and vestibule.

The original Corbin grounds, adjacent to the home, included an elaborate basalt children's castle-like overlook, pathways, footbridges and a rose garden. Based on historic photographs and recovered site plans, the grounds were restored in 2003. In 2007, the Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens, adjacent to the D.C. Corbin House, were restored to the period they flourished following their redesign in 1911.

The City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department, the Comstock Foundation, the Corbin Art Center Association, the Foseen Foundation, the Johnston-Fix Foundation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, WAMPUM, the Washington State Building for the Arts Program, the Washington State Historical Society Capital Projects Fund and Washington Trust Bank have demonstrated a strong commitment to the building and grounds. Maintaining and enhancing the site provides for year-round cultural programs and services in the Spokane community and the Northwest region.

The D.C. Corbin House is part of Edwidge Woldson Park. Formerly Pioneer Park, the Park was renamed in 2010 to honor Edwidge Woldson for her contributions to the community.