Samish Paint Out
Camp will remain wonderfully fulfilling but our process for registering and paying has moved online as of July 15, 2022.
When you register online, you may pay online or choose to register online but send a check through U.S. mail.
Space at camp is limited and you are encouraged to register right away.
Anyone. Artists painting in any medium, knitters, readers, or any other creative type or deserving human being. You do not need to be an NWWS member to attend.
Creating, camaraderie, eating, relaxing, being outside, painting outside, painting inside, long walks, and repeat.
  • MEALS - 3 meals per day will be served.
  • HOUSEKEEPING - All campers must clean their own cabin at departure, so plan accordingly.
  • ACCOMODATIONS - Choose either a charming, retro “Standard” cabin (with electricity. Shared, clean, heated bath facilities close by), or choose an “E” cabin (with bath attached). Full-hookup RV spaces are also available.
  • PREFERENCE - E-Cabins are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, and those who share get preference.
  • HEADS UP - Campers bring cabin provisions. See a typical list of what to bring to camp: CLICK: WHAT TO BRING
Three camps per year in the months of February May and September.
Samish Island Campground and Retreat Center, about 1+ hours north of Seattle and about 10 minutes from the small town of Bow, WA.
Three wonderful times each year, about 30 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.
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.
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.
COSTS: Camp cost is very reasonable no matter which accommodation type you choose. For example, the most popular choice is the “full 4-day camp, Standard cabin, and with meals” and is $300.00. There are also options to attend camp for fewer days or to attend camp and find accommodations elsewhere. While planning, note the Cancellation Policy, below.
Cancellation Policy : There is a cancellation fee of $50. If you cancel before September 1, 2022, you will receive a full refund minus the $50 cancellation fee. If you cancel on or after October 1, the refund will be half of the workshop fee minus the $50 cancellation fee. Exceptions apply for Covid related circumstances