Everyone is anxious to have "paint-camp" again, with its wonderful camaraderie during three days of pure joy and creating. We are working with Camp Samish and will let everyone know when it is safe to return.
Samish Paint Out
Three wonderful times each year, about 45 artists come to beautiful Samish Island Campground (northwest of Mt Vernon, WA) to breathe in the clean air and concentrate on painting. The view is breathtaking, the atmosphere is generous and inviting as artists make new friends and see friends they haven’t seen in a while. The camp provides 3 excellent meals each day for the artists and the cost of meals is included.
The most important experience is the opportunity to paint with no interruptions (unless you want!) and with plenty of space to work. Most artists come to paint and are serious, focused, and productive. This spring we are opening up more room for people looking for a quieter painting experience or who need more ventilation (oils or encaustic or ???). There will be four classrooms, one cabin in the woods and two sets of rustic cabins which are joined together. These will be available in addition to the large upper area of the main lodge or the downstairs lodge area.
Subject matter is abundant whether you are a plein air or studio painter. Puget Sound is just outside the door, oyster beds are nearby, trails around the area, the tides constantly change, and, well, there is simply something to paint all around you! If you are new to an art process, many will share and teach. Paint Out is the perfect place to learn, explore, and solve your own art challenges without even needing to stop and cook! The kitchen staff spoils everyone with amazing food and no one has to worry about the dirty dishes. Just paint or relax!
Artists working in all mediums love Paint-Out: collage artists, watercolorists, oil & acrylic painters, knitters, and other media artists. Some artists work on small pieces, but there is space for those working very large. There is a large bulletin board where artists pin their finished work for all to see, and artists enjoy being the first one up.
Other events might be (optional) art demonstrations or, for instance, an art materials representative may demonstrate new product and challenge us in a surprise competition. Artists have enjoyed movie nights, massages, tarot card readings or slide shows. Take a stroll on the beach or enjoy the wild life, including eagles and herons, or just read and relax. There is always something new and it is all up to you!
The camp’s accommodations are brightly painted quaint heated rustic cabins with a bathroom nearby. For a few more dollars, there are cabins with a shared bathroom facility, and accommodations for these are on a first-come-first-served basis with preference given to those who are willing to share.


YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF NWWS TO PARTICIPATE. All artists and craftsmen & craftswomen are welcome and we are certain you’ll come back to Paint Out time and time again.

PRICING: Refer to the Registration Form to see pricing, as your length of stay and other choices affect your cost. No matter what you choose, Paint Out is an outstanding value!

  • Click on the registration form which opens the form on another tab
  • Complete all areas, indicating your name, address, email address, emergency contact info, dietary restrictions, arrival date, departure date, choice of lodging, whether you want to share a cabin and with whom (if known) and your credit card info or indicate that you’ll attach a check.
  • Either choose to download the filled in form, or print directly now.
  • Mail the filled in registration form to the address noted on the registration form and include the check, if that is your method of payment.

You will receive a confirmation email after your form and payment info has been received.