Our Classes

Below you will find our free weekly drawing classes, our current classes, and our instructors application, for art teachers.

We offer classes for artists of all ages. Every week we offer free drawing classes on Wednesday afternoons and Thursday evenings. And each month we offer a variety of classes taught by local artists and teachers.

All January we are featuring classes to create art for our 6 x 6 Community Art Show. You don't need to enter your creations in the show; you can simply come and learn new skills and create lovely art. However, you might like to join the fun of entering a show and supporting the arts center. If you are entering the show, click here for the 6 x 6 Art Show Entry Form; one needs to be attached to each piece submitted.

Registering and paying for a class is easy. You can register and pay in person at the arts center, or via PayPal using either the center’s website or Facebook PayPal link, or by mailing registration details and a check to The Fine Arts Center, 4848 N. Jefferson Street, Pulaski.

Our classes are listed below. You can also check out our Month-by-Month Calendar to help you plan your Fine Arts Center activities.


Classes are 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 Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

Weekly Classes

drawing of dog
  • Free Drawing Class
  • Wednesday Afternoons
  • Instructor: Patricia A. Tanner
  • Date: Every Wednesday
  • Time: 1 - 3 pm
  • Place: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Learn how to draw in graphite pencil creating works of art from reference photos. Each week the instructor will demonstrate and help you develop classic drawing techniques using a range of graphite pencils. The class is relaxed with a focus on precision and composition. All ability levels are welcome, all materials provided.  Students are encouraged to bring their own photo references. (Donations are welcome!)

drawing of dog
  • Free Thursday Night Drawing Class
  • Instructor: Patricia A. Tanner/Julia Sentman
  • Date: Every Thursday
  • Time: 6 – 8 pm
  • Place: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Join us at the Fine Arts Center every Thursday evening, 6 – 8 pm, for our free drawing class. Artists of all ages are welcome and all materials are provided. This event is made possible by a generous donation from Drs. Patricia and Jay Chapman.

Current Classes

mixed media artwork using fall theme
  • Mixed Media 2-Part Workshop
  • Creating Embellishments & Gelli Prints
  • Instructor: Beth Sotherden
  • Dates & Times:
  • Sunday, Jan 26, 1 - 3:30 pm
  • Sunday, Feb 9, 1 - 3:30 pm
  • Fee: $45 members/$50 non-members
  • Materials Fee: $10
  • Place: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Join us for this two-part mixed media special workshop. In the first class you will create beautiful and interesting embellishments for your mixed media painting, including painted plaster stones, leaves, and other 3-D ornaments from clay; faux metallic ornaments created with a glue gun; textured papers from stencils and molding paste; as well as rocky textures. You will also learn Gelli printing to create beautiful hand-printed collage papers with acrylic paint and stencils. All of these will need time to dry and cure before they can be used on your final mixed media piece, which will be made in the second class, a couple of weeks later. In this follow-up class, you will use the embellishments and papers you created in the first class to layer and create a beautiful and unique mixed media artwork on an 11 x 14-inch canvas. This is going to be an amazing class and you will be learning so many different techniques that you would normally learn in several classes. The first class starts this weekend, and the class size is limited, so don’t delay signing up. There is a $10 materials fee to be paid to the instructor on the day of the class. You can sign up for classes by registering and paying at the arts center, or via PayPal using either the center’s website or Facebook PayPal link, or by mailing registration details and a check.

earrings made of wire and beads
  • Jewelry Class: Earrings and Pendant
  • Aluminum Wire and Beads
  • Instructor: Carlotta Brown
  • Date: Saturday, February 1
  • Time: 1 – 4 pm
  • Class Fee: $30 members; $35 non-members
  • Materials Fee: $5 - $10
  • Place: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

In this introductory class, you will learn the basic techniques, tools, and materials of jewelry making and make earrings and/or a pendant. You will be guided step-by-step through a process using tools to cut and shape aluminum, attach the wire and add beads to create unique custom jewelry. To make either earrings or a pendant, there is a materials fee of $5; if time permits, you can make both for a complete set for a materials fee of $10. The materials fee is to be paid to the instructor at the time of class. Some tools will be provided to share, but you might want to bring your own hand tools such as round-nose pliers, nippers, and long-nose flat pliers. This is a fun class that students of all levels will enjoy. You can sign up for classes by registering and paying at the arts center, or via PayPal using either the center’s website or Facebook PayPal link, or by mailing registration details and a check to Salmon River Fine Arts Center, 4848 N Jefferson St, Pulaski.

hand sculpted air-dry clay
  • Meditation in Clay
  • Instructor: Linda Knowles
  • Date: Sunday, February 9
  • Time: 1 pm - 3 pm
  • Class Fee: $15 members; $20 non-members
  • Place: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Experience clay and make art with senses other than your sight. In this group class you will explore sculpting air-dry clay into a unique art piece using your hands only. Discover the intimate textures of the clay as you mold and shape a loving memory into a work of art. This relaxing and meditative art class will nurture your sense of touch. It teaches you to drop expectations, trust your inner guide and realize that the journey is more important than the result. A perfect class to experience with a partner for Valentine’s day or individually. Everyone will leave with a sense of relaxation and a unique piece of sculpture art. No experience necessary, all levels welcome. This unique process of creating art works on many levels, and you will enjoy your sculpture and the memory it represents each time you view it for years to come. Don’t miss this beautiful sensory journey. You can sign up for classes by registering and paying at the arts center, or via PayPal using either the center’s website or Facebook PayPal link, or by mailing registration details and a check.

scene of a sheep in a flower field, all made of wool and other fibers
  • Painting with Wool
  • Instructor: Sharon Spaker
  • Date: Saturday, February 15
  • Time: 10 am - 3 pm
  • Class Fee: $35 members; $40 non-members
  • Materials Fee: $10
  • Place: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

In this class we will make a unique fiber art piece. We will begin with a background canvas of prepared wool. Using both needle and wet felting techniques, we will create pictures with wool, silk fibers, and fabrics. Come with your inspiration images for making your fiber art piece unique. Please bring: 2 old towels; a waterproof apron or smock; a plastic bowl (about 2-quart size); latex gloves (optional); photos of inspiring landscapes, scenes or people; and a bag lunch. There is a $10 materials fee to be paid to the instructor on the day of the class. You can sign up for classes by registering and paying at the arts center, or via PayPal using either the center’s website or Facebook PayPal link, or by mailing registration details and a check.

Instructors Application

Instructors Application Form

We welcome the opportunity for member artists as well as non-member visiting artists with professional expertise to hold classes, workshops or lectures that help fulfill our mission. To be considered, please fill out our Instructors Application. If you are applying for the first time, please attach a short biography and/or resume. When all necessary information is received your proposal will be reviewed. Once a proposal is approved, you will be contacted to confirm class details in order to schedule and initiate the marketing process.