Art for Challenging Times

Art for Everyone - All summer long: Check out all our summer classes here (pdf).

All classes are now held at the arts center, except for our Thursday night drawing class and our Friday Farmers Market classes. Our in-person classes are socially distanced and follow current guidelines regarding mask wearing. The mask policy is stated for each class. 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

dog embossed on aluminum foil rooster embossed on aluminum foil
  • Please Note: This is a two-session class

  • Youth Art Experience
  • Foil Embossing Animals
  • Instructor: Sarah Fowler
  • Dates:
  • Thursday, July 29
  • Thursday, August 5
  • Time: 10 am - 12 pm
  • Ages: 11 - 18 years
  • Maximum enrollment: 6
  • Fee for 2 sessions:
  • $10
  • $2 per sibling or a friend
  • Location: Pottery Studio at
  • Salmon River Fine Arts Center

In this two-part class students will learn how to emboss on aluminum foil, turning a household product into beautiful art.  In the first class, students will select an animal of their choice and sketch or trace it onto a backing substrate.  Then, using glue, cardboard and string, students will build dimension, lines and patterns that will create interesting textures to emboss. The second week, after the backing has dried, students will use their dimensional backing to emboss the foil and color their embossed art.

These are socially distanced, in-person classes. All participants will need to wear masks. Space is limited so 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.


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  • Youth Art Experience
  • Shadow Art with Walk
  • Instructor: Sarah Fowler
  • Date: Tuesday, August 3
  • Time: 10 - 11:30 am
  • Ages: 5 – 10 years
  • Maximum enrollment: 6
  • Fee:
  • $5 one student
  • $1 per sibling or a friend
  • Location: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Students will learn how to create artwork from shadows from objects as well as themselves! We will discuss how shadows create silhouettes and together the class will walk across the street to the gazebo in South Park to work. Students will use any objects they find, including themselves, to trace and create their work of art. Then they will be able to color in their creation.

This is a socially-distanced, in-person class. All participants will need to wear masks. Space is limited so 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.

example of garden totem pole example of garden totem pole
  • Please Note: This is a five-session class

  • Pottery Garden Totem Pole
  • Instructor: Ann Buchau
  • Five-session class:
  • Tuesday, August 3
  • Tuesday, August 10 (open studio)
  • Tuesday, August 17
  • Tuesday, August 24
  • Tuesday, August 31
  • Time:
  • 9 am - 11 am 
  • Ages: Teen - Adult
  • Maximum enrollment: 6
  • Fee: $85 members/$105 non-members
  • Location: 3-D Studio
  • Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Create your own personalized garden pottery totem pole using handbuilding techniques and stoneware. You will learn basic clay handbuilding skills (no pottery wheel) to create and shape elements for a unique garden totem. Students will be guided to sketch ideas to create a totem that incorporates meaningful symbols, items, animals, vegetables or other meaningful items.   Students are encouraged to bring along some ideas for inspiration. No prior experience is necessary.

What to expect: In the first class on August 3 you will explore ideas and sketch your design. The instructor will work with you and suggest techniques to begin handbuilding your totem pieces. There is no class on August 10th, but the studio will be open to class participants to continue work from the first class (a class monitor will be available, but no instructor). On August 17 you will finish creating your totem pieces, which will then be fired to bisque for glazing and decorating on August 24th. The last class on August 31 you will assemble your totem pieces. 

Students will receive 12 lbs of clay and should be able to complete a small totem pole. Additional clay may be purchased in class if a larger totem pole is desired. All tools and materials are provided, including a rod for your totem. Students should bring a journal or sketchbook and a hand towel. Students are welcome to bring their own tools; however, all personal items must be taken home at the end of each class.  No outside clay or glazes are permitted in the Pottery Studio.

This is an in-person class, and we will follow COVID safety guidelines. Masks are required, if not fully vaccinated. Register in person or online on our Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site.


pottery being made on pottery wheel a bowl made on a potter's wheel
  • Please Note: This is a five-session class

  • Introduction to Wheel Throwing
  • Instructors:
  • Ann Buchau
  • Billie Jo Peterson
  • Five-session class:
  • Tuesday, August 3
  • Tuesday, August 10
  • Tuesday, August 17
  • Tuesday, August 24
  • Tuesday, August 31
  • Time: 1 pm - 3:00 pm 
  • Ages: Adult
  • Maximum enrollment: 5
  • Fee: $90 members/$125 non members
  • Location: 3-D Studio
  • Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Learn how to throw a simple cylinder and bowl on the potter's wheel. Your instructor will guide you step by step as you learn the basics: wedging clay, centering the clay on the wheel, and creating simple vessels. You will also learn basic trimming techniques, the process of kiln firing, and how to successfully glaze your pots.  By the end of the class you will have completed a total of three-to-four small-to-medium size vessels. Students enrolled in this class will also have the option to come in during Saturday mornings between 10 am and noon to practice and work on their pieces. Although there will be a monitor, there is no instructor for the open studio. Total class time is 10 hours with the option of an additional 10 hours of open studio time during the class session.

All tools and materials are provided. Students are welcome to bring their own tools; however, all personal items must be taken home at the end of each class.  No outside clay or glazes are permitted in the Pottery Studio.

This is an in-person class, and we will follow COVID safety guidelines. Masks are required, if not fully vaccinated. Register in person or online on our Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site.


example of Rousseau Tiger
  • Please Note: This is a two-session class

  • Youth Art Experience
  • Rousseau Tiger
  • Instructor: Keirsten Jennings
  • Dates:
  • Tuesday: August 10
  • Tuesday: August 17
  • Time: 10 - 11:30 am
  • Ages: 5 – 10 years
  • Maximum enrollment: 6
  • Fee for two-session class:
  • $10 one student
  • $2 per sibling or a friend
  • Location: 2D Studio
  • Salmon River Fine Arts Center

In this two-part class, students will be introduced to the jungle scenes of artist Henri Rousseau and will be inspired to create their own image of a tiger peeking through jungle foliage. Students will use chalk pastels, paint sticks, and watercolor to create their jungle and tiger. The first week we will draw the tiger, paint the jungle foliage, and begin to paint the tiger. The second week of class we will finish painting the tiger and then cut and assemble the finished image.

These are socially-distanced, in-person classes. All participants will need to wear masks. Space is limited so 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.

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  • Watercolor Workshop
  • "Colorful Explorations"
  • Instructor: Robert Jones
  • Date: Wednesday, August 11
  • Time: 9 am - noon
  • Ages: Adult
  • Maximum enrollment: 8
  • Fee: $15 members/$25 non members
  • Location: 2-D Studio
  • Salmon River Fine Arts Center 

This class is designed for individuals who have done some watercolor painting but want to learn more about color and mixing. Topics covered in this class will include color management and theory. You will create a color wheel of three primary colors that you will select. You will then complete six small paintings. A commercial color wheel will be provided for you to use during the class for color mixing guidance. Professional recommendations and suggestions from books and handouts will be shared to support concepts and activities in the class. Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colours, brushes, watercolor paper and related resources will be provided for the class. If you have some of your own colors and related resources, feel free to bring them.

In this in-person class we will be following COVID safety guidelines and limiting the class size to eight students. Masks are required, if not fully vaccinated. Register in person or online on our Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site.


example of painted rock
  • Youth Art Experience
  • #PulaskiRocks (Public Art)
  • Instructor: Keirsten Jennings
  • Date: Thursday, August 12
  • Time: 10 - noon
  • Ages: 11 – 18 years
  • Maximum enrollment: 8
  • Fee:
  • $5 one student
  • $1 per sibling or a friend
  • Location: 2D Studio at
  • Salmon River Fine Arts Center

In this class, students will learn about Public Art, which is any art created for a public space. We will look at a variety of examples of public art and then create our own form of public art: #PulaskiRocks. Students will paint small rocks that will be hidden around the Pulaski area for the Pulaski community and visitors to find. The rocks will be painted with subject matter that shares a positive message or unique aspects of life in Pulaski. The backside of each rock will include instructions about how people who find the rock can share their find on social media using the hashtag #PulaskiRocks.

This is a socially-distanced, in-person class. All participants will need to wear masks. Register in person or online on our Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site. This class is funded by a generous donation from the John Ben Snow Foundation.


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  • Watercolor Workshop
  • "Sunflower Delight"
  • Instructor: Robert Jones
  • Date: Saturday August 14
  • Time: 9 am - noon
  • Ages: Adult
  • Maximum enrollment: 8
  • Fee: $15 members/$25 non members
  • Location: 2-D Studio
  • Salmon River Fine Arts Center

This class is designed for individuals who have never painted, done a little, or done some but could use some guidance. The overall theme of the class is to have fun and be creative. Through demonstrations and individual and hands-on help you will learn basic techniques of masking, mixing colors, and spraying watercolor pigments. This painting will encourage creative approaches to working with watercolors. You will be guided through the steps to complete one 9 x 12 painting using colors of your choice.  Strathmore watercolor paper, Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor pigments, brushes, and related resources will be provided.

In this in-person class we will be following COVID safety guidelines and limiting the class size to eight students. Masks are required, if not fully vaccinated. Register in person or online on our Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site.


examples of sun catchers
  • Sun Catchers
  • Instructor: Beth Sotherden
  • Date: Monday, August 16
  • Time: 10 am - noon
  • Maximum enrollment: 8
  • Class Fee: $10 members/$20 non-members
  • Materials: Included
  • Location: Pottery Studio
  • Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Create a beautiful, jeweled sun catcher to brighten your window or garden. Your instructor will guide you step by step as you create your own unique sun catcher using acrylic discs, beads and custom cut transparent decals.   All materials are supplied.

In this in-person class we will be following COVID safety guidelines and limiting the class size to eight students. Masks are required, if not fully vaccinated. Register in person or online on our Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site. This class is funded by a generous donation from the John Ben Snow Foundation.


example of weaving to be done for this youth art class
  • Please Note: This is a two-session class

  • Youth Art Experience
  • Weaving Class
  • Instructor: Keirsten Jennings
  • Dates:
  • Tuesday, August 24
  • Tuesday, August 31
  • Time: 10 - 11:30 am
  • Ages: 5 – 10 years
  • Maximum enrollment: 6
  • Fee for two-session class:
  • $10 one student
  • $2 per sibling or a friend
  • Location: 2D Studio
  • Salmon River Fine Arts Center

This class will teach students how to weave on a frame loom. During two consecutive classes, students will learn how to set up their loom, create a variety of weaving techniques, and finish their weaving and take it off the loom to create a small wall hanging.

These are socially distanced, in-person classes. All participants will need to wear masks. Space is limited so 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.