Art for Challenging Times

Indoor classes are starting back! We are offering two free drawing classes every Thursday 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.

Classes

watercolor of birch trees at sunset
  • Watercolor Workshop
  • Birch Trees and Landscape
  • Instructor: Robert Jones
  • Date: Saturday, September 19
  • Time: 10 am - noon
  • Class Size: 6
  • Age: 14 & up
  • Cost: members $10; non-members $15
  • Materials: Included
  • Location: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Class is full! Join Bob Jones as he shares his tips and tricks to making beautiful landscape scenes of birch trees. Both beginners and those wanting more experience will benefit. Class demonstrations will include using watercolor pigments and a variety of creative techniques. You will work on one and possibly two paintings that creatively reflect your own interests by including a moon, sunset, sunrise, water, mountains, canoe, loon, moose, etc. If you are adventuresome, you can try synthetic Yupo Paper, which can be challenging but sometimes reveals unexpected and lovely results.

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.

Robert Jones, a former technology teacher, uses his teaching and watercolor skills at several art organizations throughout Oswego County to share his enthusiasm with watercolor painting.

alcohol ink painting of brightly colored flowers
  • Painting Florals with Alcohol Inks
  • Instructor: Beth Sotherden
  • Date: Sunday, October 4
  • Time: 1 – 3 pm
  • Class Limit: 6*
  • Level: Beginner 14 & up
  • 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

Use alcohol inks to create beautiful floral paintings on Yupo paper. In this class you will learn the properties of alcohol inks, painting surfaces, and various techniques to create vibrant floral paintings.  You will be guided step-by-step on how to create several styles of flowers and textured backgrounds. You will also learn how to finish and preserve your painting.  All materials are supplied; no experience is necessary.

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.”

drawing in abstract art style
  • Abstract Drawing Workshop
  • Instructor: Charlotte Arcadi
  • Date: Saturday, October 17
  • Time: Noon – 2 pm
  • Class Limit: 6
  • Level: Beginner 14 & up
  • Cost: members $10; non-members $15
  • Materials: Included
  • Location: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Learn how to create a non-objective 2-D design that incorporates the elements and principles of art.  What is non-objective art? It is a work of art that does not represent or depict a person, place or thing in the natural world.  Also called abstract art. In this workshop you will have the freedom to explore your imagination while learning and illustrating the fundamental elements of good design and composition. Using paper and graphite pencils and various tools to create shapes, instructor Charlotte Arcadi will guide you step-by-step and show you how to add volume and dimension to your monochromatic artwork. Find the joy of creating beautiful abstract art unencumbered by the feeling or need to have a perceived outcome.

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.

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.

alcohol ink painting of brightly colored flowers

alcohol ink painting of brightly colored flowers
  • Watercolor Painting after Plastic Wrap
  • Instructor: Eileen Ditch
  • Two classes to choose from:
  • Date: Wednesday, October 21
  • Time: 10 am - 12:30 pm
  • AND/OR
  • Date: Saturday, October 24
  • Time: 10 am - noon
  • Class Limit: 6*
  • Age: 12 & up
  • Cost: members $10; non-members $15
  • Materials: Included
  • Location: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

This class is perfect for anyone who enjoys watercolor and likes to experiment for “one-of-a-kind” results. Using plastic wrap and watercolors, you will explore different methods of adding interest, texture and using negative space to create your own unique floral painting and/or landscape with rocks.  All materials are supplied for this fun class.

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: Eileen Ditch, a watercolorist from Henderson Harbor, has studied with numerous accomplished watercolorists around the country. She has taught beginning watercolor classes in Florida as well as locally and is currently an active director of the Sackets Harbor Arts Center.

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.”