Our 14th Anniversary!

The Inland NW Drawing School is an art school based in Spokane, WA.  We have been teaching art in the Spokane area for over 10 years teaching the fundamentals of DRAWING. Our environment is quiet, non-competitive and non-judgmental so students can seek help and work at their own pace. Art, especially drawing, is recognized for building levels of concentration, problem-solving, as well as math and reading skills.

Classes include ages 6-7, 8-12, intermediate (8-12s with notable ability), teens and adults. Ongoing classes run from October til June during the school year. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are 4-day Summer Camps.

Our art curriculum for school-age kids is aligned with the WA State Essential Academic Learning Requirements for the arts (EALRS).


Art Mediums Our
Students Explore

Graphite pencil
Pen and ink
Chalk pastels
Oil pastels
Colored pencils
Acrylic paint
Oil paint

Elements of Art
Our Students Study



Still life
Human form
The face

Why Choose Our Program?

We believe ANYONE can learn to draw and paint and have fun while doing it. We have an age and skill appropriate class for you… kids or adults. We specialize in teaching absolute beginner adults (those who say they can only draw stick figures). Art lessons are step by step to make art skill building easy and non-stressful. We provide all art supplies needed for each drawing class.

Our Director Susan Whaley

I grew up in the Atlanta area. I graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill with a degree in Art & Art History. Art has been a constant in my life since childhood. In the 6th grade I won a First Place prize in the annual J.C. Penney Art contest, and again during high school. During college I was an Art counselor at a private camp in Maine. After college, I taught art in both a public school and a parochial school. The summer between I spent in Europe, seeing art everywhere. Before starting a family I was the Co-director & Art counselor at the Girl Scout camp at Mt. St. Helen’s for two summers. Before moving to Spokane we lived outside Washington, D.C. where I was painting, drawing & visiting many galleries in the area. Later in Spokane I operated my own business creating courtroom graphics called Litigation Graphics. I call this my Left-Brain art period! Most recently I’ve been teaching art at Inland NW Drawing School & now I am the owner. Currently I am painting in oils exclusively, with portraits & landscapes my specialty. Teaching allows me to share my passion for art & learn from my students about their personal experiences with it. We all learn from each other!

Susan Whaley Teaching.

Artwork above by Susan Whaley

About our Founder

Valerie Frey, a native of Spokane, began her artistic pursuits at the age of 10 taking private painting lessons. Later at the University of WA she studied art & science. Years later living abroad in Malaysia she studied under acclaimed batik artist Sam Karuna, and while residing in South India she taught art at the local Indian elementary school. Currently she is marketing her own art work of watercolors, oils & batiks. Her work is full of brilliant layering of color, delicate floral shapes and expressive lines which you can view on her website www.valeriefreypaintings.com

Artwork by Valerie Frey

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