Art for Challenging Times

All classes are now held at the arts center, except for our Thursday night drawing class and our Friday Farmers Market classes. Our in-person classes are socially distanced and follow current guidelines regarding mask wearing. The mask policy is stated for each class. All classes are listed below.

You can also check out our month-by-month calendar to help you plan your Fine Arts Center activities.

Weekly Free Drawing Class

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  • FREE Weekly Drawing Class
  • Thursday 6 - 8 pm
  • Instructor: Ann Buchau
  • All ages welcome
  • Class Limit: 20

Beginning again in January, enjoy this online step-by-step drawing class in the comfort and safety of your own home. Each week your instructor will focus on a different topic, technique or subject with the ultimate goal of improving and developing your own unique style. This class is open to anyone with a desire to draw — any age, any level. After you register for this free class you will be emailed a link with instructions. Be sure to sign up early because the class limit is 20. This class is made possible by a generous donation from Drs. Patricia and Jay Chapman.

To attend this class, please make an appointment by emailing or calling and leaving a message: 315-298-7007.


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  • Please Note: This is a five-session class

  • Beginner Wheel Throwing
  • Instructor: Ann Buchau
  • Dates:
  • Tuesday, November 23
  • Tuesday, November 30
  • Tuesday, December 7
  • Tuesday, December 14
  • Tuesday, December 21
  • Time:
  • 6:15 pm - 8:45 pm 
  • Ages: Adult/Teen
  • Maximum enrollment: 5
  • Fee: $90 members/$125 non members
  • Location: 3-D Studio
  • Salmon River Fine Arts Center 

Learn how to throw basic forms using the potter's wheel. Your instructor will guide you step by step as you learn how to wedge, center and create simple vessels. You will also learn trimming techniques and how to successfully glaze your pots.  Students enrolled in this class will also have the option to come in during a designated time on Saturdays to practice and work on their pieces. (Although there will be a monitor, there is no instructor for the open studio.) Total class time is 12.5 hours with the option of an additional 10 hours of open studio time during the class session.

All tools and materials are provided. Students are welcome to bring their own tools; however, all personal items must be taken home at the end of each class. No outside clay or glazes are permitted in the Pottery Studio. This is an in-person class, and masks are required. Register in person or online at Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site. This discounted class is made possible through “Art for Challenging Times,” a grant generously funded by the John Ben Snow Foundation.

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  • Watercolor Workshop
  • Going from “This to That”
  • Instructor: Craig Anderson
  • Date: Monday, December 6
  • Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Ages: Adult
  • Maximum enrollment: 8
  • Class Fee: $25 members/ $35 non-members
  • Materials: Included
  • Location: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

This workshop, part of a monthly watercolor series, is open to all levels but assumes some basic painting experience. The workshop will cover all the crucial fundamentals, concentrating specifically on values using a warm and cool palette. The crux of the workshop will be going “from this,” your reference photo, “to that,” your finished painting. Your instructor will demonstrate how to  create a value sketch with markers that will give you more success in future works. Through a fun and encouraging atmosphere, you will learn valuable techniques and advice that will aid any painter.

Students should bring a reference photo, or may use the reference used by the instructor. All materials and tools will be supplied; however, the experienced student is welcome to bring their favorite brushes to work with, if desired. A notebook or sketchbook is recommended but not required.

Craig is an award-winning artist whose work is represented by private and corporate collections nationwide. He is a Signature Member of the San Diego Watercolor Society and the California Watercolor Association, has served as a juror in a number of art exhibitions, and is in demand for live demonstrations and workshops. You can visit his website for more information.

This is an in-person class, and we will be following COVID safety guidelines. Masks are required. Register in person or online at Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site. This class is funded by a generous donation from the John Ben Snow Foundation.