Information for newcomers


Students register for courses at the first class meeting. Students should plan to arrive at the first class a bit early in order to register.  For classes that require instructor permission, email with your request.


The fee for each block is now $70 due to increases in our rent. Workshop and special fees are indicated in the program listings. The Center can accept only checks or cash for payment of course fees. Partial registration is by special arrangement only. Scholarships are available; interested students should check with their instructors.

Advanced students are not charged tuition; rather they donate to the Center regularly throughout the year as well as assume responsibility for maintenance tasks and teaching.


All classes meet in the Merlino Arts Center, 6th and Fawcett, Loft 8 (Tacoma). Because this is a secure building, we ask that new students email us at with your phone number. We will call you with entry instructions.