Art for Challenging Times

We are delighted to once again offer art classes during these challenging times. Because of ongoing COVID concerns, we are offering classes in a variety of formats, using social distancing guidelines. Some classes will be virtual, some both virtual and outside, others entirely outside. We are also keeping in mind financial constraints of our community and are offering classes at reduced or pay-what-you-can rates. Our weekly drawing class is free. Many of our classes are at least partly sponsored by generous donors and grants, helping us offer reduced costs to you. We are very grateful to sponsors, who are noted below for each class they make possible.

“Pay-What-You-Can” Classes 

We are pleased to offer this pay-what-you-can virtual class summer series, thanks to a special COVID relief grant from the Greater Pulaski Community Endowment Fund.

Materials are supplied and included with your registration and available for curbside pick up the day before the class. Classes for adults will be held every Tuesday morning, 10 am – noon, and children’s classes will be Thursday mornings from 10 am - 11 am. Space is limited. Projects and lessons will vary each week and will be taught by a variety of instructors. Some additional classes will be held on evenings and weekends. Check our schedule for updates.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Register for the class at Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site.
  2. Select what you can pay (typically between $5 and $20, depending on the class).
  3. After you are registered, check your email for a supply list for the class, a link to the class, and instructions to connect.
  4. Look over the materials list. We will provide all the essential materials needed to create your painting, although basic supplies, such as tape or scissors, may be needed from home.
  5. On the day before the class, stop by the art center between 11 am - 2 pm to pick up your supplies, or call to arrange a more convenient time. We ask that you please wear a mask when coming to the art center.

Weekly Free Drawing Class

drawing of dog with happy face
  • Drawing in the Park
  • FREE Drawing Class
  • Thursday Evenings
  • Time: 6 - 8 pm

The Salmon River Fine Arts Center is offering free Thursday night “Drawing in the Park” social distancing classes. These are drop-in classes and open to artists of all ages and experience levels. Paper and pencils will be provided, but feel free to bring your own sketchpad and favorite drawing utensils.  Bring your own chair or sit on the grass or a bench. Draw from the environment, or bring a reference photo to draw from. An instructor will be on hand to offer guidance, ideas, and critique. This event is made possible by a generous donation from Drs. Patricia and Jay Chapman.

To maintain safe social distancing, the following practices will be followed:

  1. Masks or face coverings must be worn at all times.
  2. A distance of six feet must be maintained with individuals you don’t live with.
  3. Art will be propped up for critique and guidance provided within a safe distance.
  4. Hand sanitizer will be available on site to use as needed during or after class.

Classes

acrylic pour painting
  • Acrylic Pour Painting
  • Instructor: Lauren Siskavich
  • Date: Tuesday, July 7
  • Time: 10 am - noon
  • Ages: 13+
  • Cost: Pay what you can

Join us from home to learn about fluid acrylic painting. This method of abstract painting involves thinning down your paints and pouring onto canvas to create a marbled effect. The results are a little unpredictable, and each painting is unique. No brushes or prior experience required. You will want a level surface to work on that is covered with a plastic garbage bag or cardboard. When you pour there will be excess paint that will drop off the sides, so you want to make sure your work area is protected. Choose an area where you can leave your painting to dry overnight, undisturbed.

We are pleased to offer this pay-what-you-can class, thanks to a special COVID relief grant from the Greater Pulaski Community Endowment Fund. Space is limited to 12 students, and materials are supplied. You can sign up and pay for your class on our Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site. See instructions for pay-what-you-can classes above.

painting of landscape in alcohol inks
  • Alcohol Ink
  • Instructor: Lauren Siskavich
  • Date: Tuesday, July 14
  • Time: 10 am - noon
  • Place: Virtual
  • Age group: 13+
  • Cost: Pay what you can

Join Lauren Siskavich in a virtual class and learn about how to use alcohol inks. Lauren will show you how to control the alcohol inks and manipulate them to create specific imagery like flowers and landscapes. You will create several projects on 4 x 4 ceramic tiles. Students should have a landscape or flower image for reference/inspiration and paper towels ready when class begins.

We are pleased to offer this pay-what-you-can class, thanks to a special COVID relief grant from the Greater Pulaski Community Endowment Fund. Space is limited to 12 students, and materials are supplied. You can sign up and pay for your class on our Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site. See instructions for pay-what-you-can classes above.

photo of ruins on bank of Salmon River
  • Camera Basics and Photo Hike
  • Instructor: Sara Fowler
  • Date: Thursday, July 16
  • Part 1 - Virtual: 1 - 2 pm
  • Part 2 - Hike along River: 3 - 4 pm
  • Cost: $5
  • Requirement: DSL camera

This two-part class starts with a one-hour virtual presentation and overview of the basic operation of a DSLR camera, and tips and techniques to take great pictures. Afterwards, attendees will meet up in the parking lot on Maple Ave. (behind the End Zone in Pulaski). From there, instructor Sara Fowler will take the group for a social distancing hike along the Salmon River and offer tips to capture its beauty, using design and compositional guidelines. This is a great opportunity for photographers to capture scenes worthy of entering into our Salmon River themed exhibition coming up, “Hooked on the Salmon River.” (The deadline for the show is July 31, see the prospectus here). This class is made possible thanks to funding from the John Ben Snow Foundation & Memorial Trust. Space is limited to 12 students! Requirements: Students will need their own DSLR camera and comfortable walking shoes to hike in.

Register and pay for the class at our Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site. After you are registered, you will be sent an email with a link for the first part of the class and instructions for meeting up.

watercolor painting of mountain scene
  • “Paint and Sip”
  • Acrylic Landscape Painting
  • Instructor: Lauren Siskavich
  • Date: Thursday, July 16
  • Time: 7 pm - 9 pm
  • Cost: Pay what you can
  • Place: Virtual

Join us for a virtual “Paint and Sip” class from the comfort of your own home! Meet up with friends online, or just take some time for yourself to paint and sip your favorite beverage. No prior painting experience necessary. Lauren Siskavich, your instructor, will guide you step-by-step to complete a beautiful landscape painting. This is meant to be a fun couple of hours, to unwind and stay connected with art. We are pleased to offer this "pay-what-you-can" class, thanks to a special COVID relief grant from the Greater Pulaski Community Endowment Fund. Space is limited to 12 students, so don’t wait to sign up on our Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site. See instructions regarding pay-what-you-can classes above.

raku bowl
  • Raku Pottery: Landscape Forms
  • Instructor: Billie Jo Peterson
  • Dates: TBA
  • Time for building days:
  • (TBA) 9 - 11 am
  • Time for firing and glazing day:
  • (TBA) 9 am - approximately 3 pm
  • Cost: $50 members; $60 nonmembers
  • Ages: Teens – adult (13+)
  • Experience Level: beginner- intermediate
  • Class size limit: 10 students
  • Place: Behind Salmon River Fine Arts Center

In this four-part class, students will explore and use a variety of ceramic forming techniques to create one-of-a-kind raku pieces. Students will start with a basic pinch pot and then will be free to follow their own creative path. A brief history of raku pottery will be covered as well as a discussion on clay bodies, glazes, firing processes and decorative ideas as they relate to raku pottery. Participants will complete a maximum of 3 mug size pieces and should plan to be available for the whole day of firing. Register and pay for the class at Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site. After you are registered you will be sent an email with further information regarding the class. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

About the Instructor: Billie Jo Peterson currently teaches art at the Oswego High School. In addition, she has been teaching visual art to Oswego County community members for over 25 years. Her current interests as an artist range from sculpture and ceramics to stained glass and mixed media. To see some of her work, search “Billie Peterson” on Facebook.