Art for Challenging Times

Indoor classes are starting back! We are offering two free drawing classes every Thursday, our new Saturday Youth Art Experience Classes every Saturday morning, and a variety of art classes, both virtual and in person, throughout the fall. Our classes are listed below.

Indoor classes are limited to 6 people to maintain six-foot social distancing. Masks are required and safety guidelines will be followed, including disinfecting tools and common areas before and after each class.

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 1 - 3 pm
  • Thursday 6 - 8 pm
  • All ages welcome
  • Location: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Everyone can draw, and the more you practice the better your skills become. Drawing not only improves your skills, it transforms the way you see and interpret the world around you. We are now offering two opportunities for you to practice your drawing skills every Thursday. These free classes are open to anyone with a desire to draw — any age, any level.  All materials are supplied. Limit 6 students.*


  • Thursday afternoon class
  • Time: 1 - 3 pm
  • Instructor: Ann Buchau
  • Class Limit: 6*
  • Age: All welcome

Explore drawing exercises, techniques and styles from a different artist or book from our resource library each week. As we practice and share these ideas you will learn to improve and develop your own unique style. All materials are provided including paper and your choice of drawing tools, such as different grades of graphite pencils, charcoal and pen. This class is made possible through funding received from the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust.

About the instructor: Ann Buchau is a multi-disciplined active artist with a BA in Studio Art & Business and an MA in Advertising Design. She lives in Pulaski and works from her home studio painting, drawing and creating functional and sculptural forms from clay – as well as teaching yoga.


  • Thursday evening class
  • Time: 6 - 8 pm
  • Instructor: Varies
  • Class Limit: 6*
  • Age: All welcome

Practice and develop your own unique drawing skills in this weekly class. Use your own reference photo or draw from life. Paper and pencils are provided. Instructors and exercises may vary each week. This class is made possible by a generous donation from Drs. Patricia and Jay Chapman.


*Indoor classes are limited to 6 people to maintain six-foot social distancing. Masks are required and safety guidelines will be followed, including disinfecting tools and common areas before and after each class.  If you are taking a class with an individual from your family, you may sit together at one station, and in that case, we may accept more than six people.

Saturday Youth Art Experience Classes

children's art example of painting of cat
  • Saturday Youth Art Experience
  • Date: Saturday mornings
  • Time: 10 - 11:30 am
  • Class Limit: 6
  • Age groups:
  • 5—10-years-old
  • 11—16-years-old
  • Cost for 2-D class (1-week sessions):
  • $5 one student
  • $1 each additional sibling
  • Cost for 3-D class (3-week sequence):
  • $15 one student
  • $3 each additional sibling
  • Required: Masks
  • Materials: Included
  • Location: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Every Saturday we will be holding youth art classes for two age groups: ages 5–10 and ages 11–16. We will be using two studios, one for 2-D work and the other for 3-D. The 2-D studio will focus on drawing, painting and other 2-D work. The 3-D studio will focus on 3-D work, typically using clay. When the classes are fully functioning, each age group will alternate between studios every three weeks. Class details are listed below.

For the 2-D classes students can sign up each week. The fee will be $5 per class; additional siblings are only $1 more per sibling. However, for the 3-D classes students need to sign up for a 3-week session since clay projects need three consecutive weeks for creating, firing, glazing and finishing. The cost is $15 for the three weeks; additional siblings are $3 more per sibling for the three-week sessions.

Due to COVID we are limiting the classes to six students per class, first come first serve. Masks are required and COVID guidelines will be followed. All materials and supplies are provided. Because class size is limited, sign up early and pay for your class on our Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site. Instructors may vary but will be under the guidance of art instuctors Ann Buchau and Billie Jo Peterson. This program is made possible by the generous funding from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation.

General Classes

example of felted landscape of sheep grazing in field at sunset
  • Felting Landscape Class
  • Instructor: Sharon Spaker
  • Date: Sunday, October 25
  • Time: 1 – 3:30 pm
  • Class Limit: 6*
  • Level: Beginner 15 & up
  • Select your cost:
  • Member: $45
  • Non-member: $50
  • Member Covid Discount: $15
  • Non-member Covid Discount: $20
  • Materials: Included
  • Location: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

In this class Sharon Spaker will guide you step-by-step to create a work of art from felted Marino wool and other fabric using a piece of prefelt as your canvas. All materials to complete your work of art will be provided by the instructor. Please bring a waterproof apron or wear something you don’t mind getting wet, 2 - 3 old towels, and reference photos of a landscape for inspiration.

We are happy to be able to provide a special COVID discount for this class. We all need to be able to make art; choose what you can pay. Space is limited to 6* students, so sign up early and pay for your class on our Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site.  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.

*Indoor classes are limited to 6 people to maintain six-foot social distancing. Masks are required and safety guidelines will be followed, including disinfecting tools and common areas before and after each class.  If you are taking a class with an individual from your family you may sit together at one station, and in that case, we may accept more than six people.

example of Halloween art
  • Youth Art Experience
  • Halloween or Harvest Moon Silhouette
  • Instructor: Ann Buchau
  • Date: Saturday, October 31
  • Time: 10 - 11:30 am
  • Class Limit: 6
  • Ages: 5 - 10
  • Cost:
  • $5 one student
  • $1 for additional siblings
  • Materials: Included
  • Location: YAE Studio,
  • Salmon River Fine Arts Center

In this lesson students will create a Halloween or harvest moon silhouette mixed media painting using liquid watercolor, markers, crayons and or oil pastels. Students can choose to make their art spooky for Halloween or simply fun and harvest themed. Various silhouette examples will be available for students to trace, and students who are up for the challenge will be encouraged to make their own unique silhouette art. Students in this class will gain a general understanding about silhouette art, harvest moon and Halloween symbolism, as well as art techniques.

Due to COVID we are limiting the class to six students, first come first serve. Masks are required and COVID guidelines will be followed. All materials and supplies are provided. 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.

painting using acrylic pour technique
  • Acrylic Pour Painting
  • Instructor: Beth Sotherden
  • Date: Sunday, November 1
  • Time: 1 – 3 pm
  • Age: 14 & up
  • Class Limit: 6*
  • Select your cost:
  • Member: $30
  • Non-member: $35
  • Member Covid Discount: $10
  • Non-member Covid Discount: $15
  • Materials: Included
  • Location: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Explore and practice the art of acrylic pour painting. This class will cover paint mixing, pouring additives, making cells, and pouring techniques including dirty pour, swipe, ribbon, and smashing the paint.  Learn how to seal your painting, and last, but not least, learn fun ways to use leftover paint. Each student will create small paintings on pieces of 5 x 7 Yupo paper and then do a final pour on an 8 x 10 canvas.

We are happy to be able to provide a special COVID discount for this class. We all need to be able to make art; choose what you can pay. Space is limited to 6* students, so sign up early and pay for your class on our Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site.  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.

* Indoor classes are limited to 6 people to maintain six-foot social distancing. Masks are required and safety guidelines will be followed, including disinfecting tools and common areas before and after each class.  If you are taking a class with an individual from your family you may sit together at one station, and in that case, we may accept more than six people.

About the instructor: Beth enjoys working in and experimenting with a variety of mediums, materials and processes. Her work is best described as intuitive painting, where she says the expression “becomes a dance and conversation between myself and the painting.”

example of robot for children's art class
  • Youth Art Experience
  • Robot Workshop
  • Instructor: Keirsten Jennings
  • Date: Saturday, November 7
  • Time: 10 - 11:30 am
  • Class Limit: 6
  • Ages: 5 - 10
  • Cost:
  • $5 one student
  • $1 each additional sibling
  • Materials: Included
  • Location: YAE Studio,
  • Salmon River Fine Arts Center

In this lesson students will work with a variety of materials to create robots. We will warm up our brains by using Legos as printing tools to stamp a robot with paint. Then we will move into the main project: students will create their own robot using a variety of collage materials (cardboard, wood shapes, metal cogs, fake gems, patterned papers, etc.), as well as drawing media (markers, colored pencils, crayons) to add detail. All materials are provided.

Due to COVID we are limiting this in-person class to six students, first come first serve. Students will be socially distanced and all participants must wear masks. All materials and supplies are provided. 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 zentangle card design
  • Zentangle Cards
  • Instructor: Charlotte Arcadi
  • Date: Saturday, Nov 7
  • Time: 1 - 3 pm
  • Age: 14 and up
  • Maximum enrollment: 6*
  • Cost: members $10; non-members $15
  • Materials: Included
  • Location: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Create your own custom Zentangle holiday cards. Zentangle Art is a method of creating beautiful images and patterns referred to as tangles. The process is spontaneous and free-flowing, allowing you to simply focus on creating each stroke without worry about the outcome.  It is easy to learn, relaxing, and a fun way to create beautiful images that are perfect for custom cards. Each student will receive three greeting cards with matching envelopes to complete in class or to finish at home.

Space is limited to 6* students, so sign up early and pay for your class on our Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site.  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. 

* Indoor classes are limited to 6 people to maintain six-foot social distancing. Masks are required and safety guidelines will be followed, including disinfecting tools and common areas before and after each class.  If you are taking a class with an individual from your family you may sit together at one station, and in that case, we may accept more than six people.

About the instructor: Charlotte Arcadi is an active artist and NYS certified K-12 Art teacher and is currently an adjunct art instructor at Cayuga Community College teaching 2-D Design and Digital Photography.