Art for Challenging Times

All classes are now held at the arts center, except for our Thursday night drawing class. Our in-person classes are socially distanced and students must wear masks to keep everyone safe. 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

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

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 sr.fine.arts.ctr@gmail.com or calling and leaving a message: 315-298-7007.


Classes

mixed media sunflower painting
  • Please Note: YAE Classes now on Mondays

  • Youth Art Experience
  • Mixed Media Sunflower Painting
  • Instructor: Keirsten Jennings
  • Date: Monday, May 10
  • Time: 4 – 5:30 pm
  • Ages: 5 – 10 years
  • Maximum enrollment: 6
  • Cost:
  • $5 one student
  • $1 each additional sibling
  • Location: Salmon River Fine Arts Center,
  • YAE Studio

In this in-person class we will be inspired by the German Expressionist artist Emil Nolde to create sunflowers using paint and tissue paper. Students will learn about Emil Nolde’s artistic style by looking at and discussing examples of his paintings, Sunflowers and Flower Garden. Students will then create their own painting of sunflowers using acrylic paint. As they paint, they will learn how to add white to a color to create a tint. Once the painting has dried, students will use pieces of tissue paper to add texture and 3-dimensionality to the petals.

This is a socially distanced, in-person class. All participants will need to wear masks. 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. Young Artist Experience (YAE) classes are made possible by generous funding from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation.


oil painting done in plein air
  • Plein Air Oil Painting
  • Two-Day Workshop
  • Instructor: Kim Rossiter
  • Dates:
  • Sunday, May 16 and
  • Sunday, May 23
  • Time: 9 am - noon each day — NEW TIME!
  • Required: Basic drawing skills
  • Cost: $50 members, $60 non-members
  • Class limit: 8 students
  • Location: Meet at the art center — walk to location

The focus of this 2-day workshop is to familiarize students with painting outdoors or en plein air. The intention of painting plein air is to capture the natural light of the landscape as well as the enjoyment of painting outdoors. We will walk along the Salmon River to set up easels to work and enjoy the early morning sun. Working with a limited palette of oil colors, we will create a simple underpainting on an 8” x 10” canvas board. To allow time for the underpainting to dry, we will meet again the following Sunday to complete the plein air painting. Canvas and paints will be provided. Some basic easels are also available for students, if needed.

Class size is limited so sign up early in person, or sign up and pay for your class on our Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site.

Students should have:

  • Small sketchbook (we will provide paper and clipboard, if you do not have one).
  • Plenty of paper towels and or old rags cut from old tee shirts only! No terry cloth towels.
  • Disposable trash bag.
  • A small jar with a tight-fitting lid to put a bit of spirits in.
  • Optional: Chair for sitting and painting or for resting for breaks.
  • Hat, sunscreen, bug spray, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, and a mask.
  • Nitrile surgical gloves and aprons or old clothes are highly recommended.
  • Optional: Cell phone with camera and the Notanizer application installed.
  • Portable easel if you have one; some easels are available to borrow if needed.

two pinch pots, one in the shape of a dog, one in the shape of a cat
  • Please Note: This is a two-session class

  • Youth Art Experience
  • Cat or Dog Pinch Pots
  • Instructor: Ann Buchau
  • Two-Session Class:
  • Monday, May 17 and
  • Monday, May 24
  • Time: 4 – 5:30 pm
  • Ages: 5 – 10 years
  • Maximum enrollment: 6
  • Cost:
  • $10 one student
  • $2 each additional sibling
  • Location: Salmon River Fine Arts Center
  • YAE Studio

In this two-session in-person class students will learn basic pinch pot and handbuilding skills to create a cute little cat or dog pinch pot. In the first session students will be introduced to basic ceramic and handbuilding techniques to form their own unique pinch pot. Between sessions the pots will be fired to bisque form and ready for painting and glazing for the following class.

In the final session students will paint their creation choosing from a variety of colored underglazes and then finish with a clear glaze to make the piece durable and even food safe! The pieces will need to go through a final glaze firing and will be ready for pick up the following week during gallery hours or by appointment. All materials are supplied, although bringing your own hand towel and apron is recommended.

These are socially distanced, in-person classes. All participants will need to wear masks. The fee is $10 for both sessions; additional siblings are only $2 more per sibling. Sign up early and pay for your class on our  Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site. Young Artist Experience (YAE) classes are made possible by generous funding from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation.


a pinch pot in the shape of an owl
  • Please Note: This is a two-session class

  • Youth Art Experience
  • Owl Pinch Pots
  • Instructor: Ann Buchau
  • Two-Session Class:
  • Monday, May 17 and
  • Monday, May 24
  • Time: 6 - 8:00 pm
  • Ages: 11 - 18 years
  • Maximum enrollment: 6
  • Cost:
  • $10 one student
  • $2 each additional sibling
  • Location: Salmon River Fine Arts Center
  • YAE Studio

In this two-session in-person class students will learn basic pinch pot and handbuilding skills to create a cute owl pinch pot. The finished piece is great to use as a vase or a pencil holder. In the first session students will be introduced to basic ceramic and handbuilding techniques to form their own unique pinch pot. Between sessions the pots will be fired to bisque form and ready for painting and glazing for the following class.

In this final session students will paint their creation choosing from a variety of different colored underglazes and then finish with a clear glaze to make the piece durable and even food safe! The pieces will need to go through a final glaze firing and will be ready for pick up the following week during gallery hours or by appointment. All materials are supplied, although bringing your own hand towel and apron is recommended.

These are socially distanced, in-person classes. All participants will need to wear masks. The fee is $10 for both sessions; additional siblings are only $2 more per sibling. Sign up early and pay for your class on our  Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site. Young Artist Experience (YAE) classes are made possible by generous funding from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation.


two examples of pottery pockets
  • Personalized Pottery Pockets
  • Instructor: Billie Jo Peterson
  • Dates: 2 consecutive Wednesday nights
  • Wednesday, May 19 &
  • Wednesday, May 26
  • Time: 6 - 8 pm
  • Ages: 14 and up
  • Maximum enrollment: 6
  • Cost: $40 members/$50 non-members
  • Location: Salmon River Fine Arts Center,
  • newly renovated pottery studio

In this two-session class you will learn how to make a personalized pottery pocket using stoneware clay and mid-fire glazes.  Wall pockets can be decorative or functional and hold things like flowers, remotes, or even toothbrushes. In the first class your instructor will show you step by step how to create your own themed design and then how to build it from a slab of clay. Each student will make at least one wall pocket or two themed smaller pockets. Your pottery pockets will be fired to bisque prior to the next session.

In the second class you will learn basic glazing techniques and gain ideas to finish your wall pockets. The pieces will need to go through a final glaze firing and will be ready for pick up the following week during gallery hours or by appointment. All materials are supplied, although bringing your own hand towel and apron is recommended.

These are socially distanced, in-person classes. All participants will need to wear masks. Class size is limited so sign up early in person at the arts center, or sign up and pay for your class on our Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site.


examples of leather stamped traveler's notebooks
  • Leather Mandala Travelers Notebook
  • Instructor: Anna Blachman
  • Date: Sunday, May 23
  • Time: 1 - 6 PM
  • Cost: $35 members/$45 non-members
  • Age: Adult/teen
  • Maximum enrollment: 6
  • Location: Salmon River Fine Art Center

This is a super fun, leather stamping workshop and everyone who has ever taken this class loves their Traveler's Notebook - you will too!  In the first half of this five-hour class, you will lay out circular guidelines and stamp your unique mandala patterns for the cover of your notebook. Then you will color the notebooks with your choice of colors, finish the edges and the inside, punch a few holes, and assemble your notebook.

These traveler's notebooks can hold 4 - 8 inserts. One is included in the class fee and additional inserts may be purchased at the class for $2.16 each. They are also available at Michaels for $2 each plus tax (usually found in the front of the store in the value bins).  These beautiful leather notebooks make amazing gifts for yourself or a loved one.

All materials and tools will be provided, although students who have their own leather stamps or tools are welcome to bring them. This is an in-person class and we will be following COVID safety guidelines and limiting the class size to six students. Masks are required. Register in person or online at Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site.  Because it is a five-hour class, you should bring a snack and drink, although eating and drinking will need to take place away from the studio space.


whimsical wooden birdhouse whimsical wooden birdhouse
  • Whimsical Birdhouse
  • Instructors: Joan Mullen and Neal Tubbs
  • Date: Saturday, June 5
  • Time: 10 am – 1 pm
  • Ages: Adult/Teen
  • Maximum enrollment: 6
  • Fee: $20 member; $30 non-member
  • Location: Salmon River Fine Arts Center 

Adults saw this fun class we offered for kids and asked if we would offer a similar class for adults. Here it is! In this class you will assemble and decorate your own unique wooden birdhouse. You will explore multiple painting and decorating techniques using sponge pieces, paint brushes, sponge rollers and foam brushes with an assortment of paint colors. You can also choose to stencil or add colorful scrapbook papers and decoupage punched shapes or buttons to the birdhouses. You will have fun creating a uniquely styled home for your little feathered friends. All materials are supplied.

This is a socially distanced, in-person class. All participants will need to wear masks. Register in person at the arts center or online at Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site.


examples of two leather stamped traveler's notebooks
  • Please Note: This is a three-session class

  • Youth Art Experience
  • Leather Mandela Traveler’s Notebook
  • Instructor: Anna Blachman
  • Three-session class:
  • Monday, June 7
  • Monday, June 14
  • Monday, June 21
  • Time: 4 - 6 pm
  • Ages: 11 - 18
  • Maximum enrollment: 6
  • Cost:
  • $15 one student
  • $3 each additional sibling
  • Location: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

This is a super fun, leather stamping workshop.  In the first two classes, you will lay out your circular guidelines and stamp unique mandala patterns for the cover of your notebook. In the third class you will color the notebooks with your choice of colors, finish the edges and the inside, punch a few holes, and assemble your notebook. Everyone who has ever taken this class loves their Traveler's Notebook - you will too!

These traveler's notebooks can hold 4 - 8 inserts. One is included in the class fee and additional inserts may be purchased at the class for $2.16 each. They are also available at Michaels for $2 each plus tax (usually found in the front of the store in the value bins).  These beautiful leather notebooks make amazing gifts for yourself or a loved one.

These are socially distanced, in-person classes. All participants will need to wear masks. The fee is $15 for the 3 consecutive Monday classes and $3 for each additional sibling. Sign up early and pay for your class on our  Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site. Young Artist Experience (YAE) classes are made possible by generous funding from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation.