Art for Challenging Times

Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in our area, and the governor's latest measures to control it, we have temporarily closed the gallery and transitioned once again to virtual classes.  Our virtual classes are listed below.

For the Saturday morning youth classes, parents may pick up kits with materials for the class at the art center on Friday between 3 - 5 pm, or by appointment. A link to connect to the class will be emailed along with instructions.

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

Weekly Free Drawing Classes

drawing of dog with happy face
  • FREE Weekly Drawing Classes
  • Thursday 6 - 8 pm
  • Instructor: Varies
  • All ages welcome
  • Class Limit: 12

Beginning December 3, free drawing classes will be held virtually.

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 12. You can use your own paper and pencils, or arrange for pick up of materials by contacting the art center. This class is made possible by a generous donation from Drs. Patricia and Jay Chapman.


Classes

example of bejeweled Christmas children's art
  • Youth Art Experience
  • Bejeweled Christmas
  • Instructor: Ann Buchau
  • Date: Saturday, December 5
  • Time: 10 - 11:30 am
  • Class Limit: 8
  • Ages: 5 - 10
  • Cost:
  • $5 one student
  • $1 each additional sibling
  • Materials: Included
  • Location: Virtual

In this virtual class students will create a “bejeweled” Christmas painting. Using sponges and washable paints, we will create a snowy sky and pine trees decorated with little gems. Students may draw or use a traceable Santa and sleigh to complete the scene.

All materials are supplied and available for pick up the Friday before class between 3 and 5 pm, or by appointment. Instructions will be emailed prior to the class. The fee is $5 per class; additional siblings are only $1 more per sibling. Sign up early and pay for your class on our  Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site. This program is made possible by generous funding from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation.

examples of cut paper ornaments
  • Youth Art Experience
  • Cut Paper Ornaments
  • Instructor: Jessie Kling
  • Date: Saturday, December 12
  • Time: 10 - 11:30 am
  • Class Limit: 10
  • Ages: 5 - 10
  • Cost:
  • $5 one student
  • $1 each additional sibling
  • Materials: Included
  • Location: Virtual

In this virtual class students will work with strips of fun patterned paper to create their own holiday ornaments. Using a template base, students will glue colorful paper strips to create a unique design. They will finish the ornament with a ribbon for hanging. Each student will create two ornaments.

All materials are supplied and available for pick up the Friday before class between 3 and 5 pm, or by appointment. Instructions will be emailed prior to the class. The fee is $5 per class; additional siblings are only $1 more per sibling. Sign up early and pay for your class on our  Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site. This program is made possible by generous funding from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation.

example of winter landscape in style of Jen Aranyi
  • Youth Art Experience
  • Winter Landscape
  • Instructor: Keirsten Jennings
  • Date: Saturday, January 9
  • Time: 10 - 11:30 am
  • Class Limit: 6
  • Ages: 5 - 10
  • Cost:
  • $5 one student
  • $1 each additional sibling
  • Materials: Included
  • Location: Virtual

In this virtual class students will create a winter landscape in the style of contemporary artist Jen Aranyi (https://jenaranyi.com). The landscape will be drawn in Sharpie using guided drawing, and the sky will be painted with a watercolor salt wash. Students will add trees, choosing whether to draw them or add them with collage

All materials are supplied and available for pick up the Friday before class between 3 and 5 pm, or by appointment. Instructions will be emailed prior to the class. The fee is $5 per class; additional siblings are only $1 more per sibling. Sign up early and pay for your class on our  Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site. This program is made possible by generous funding from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation.

watercolor of pines in sunset
  • Watercolor Workshop
  • 6 x 6-inch Landscapes
  • Instructor: Robert Jones
  • Date: TBD
  • Age: 14 & up
  • Location: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

This class will focus on using watercolors to paint creative landscapes on 6 x 6-inch Arches watercolor paper. Class demonstrations will include using watercolor pigments and a variety of creative techniques. You will do one and possibly two paintings that creatively reflect your own interests by including a moon, sunset, sunrise, water, mountains, stars, colorful skies, or the aurora borealis. Feel free to bring a reference photo. If you are adventuresome, you can try synthetic Yupo Paper, which can be challenging but sometimes reveals unexpected and lovely results.

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: Robert Jones, a local watercolorist well known for his beautiful landscapes, loves teaching and sharing his enthusiasm for painting with art organizations throughout Oswego County.