Art for Challenging Times

Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in our area, and the governor's latest measures to control it, we have transitioned once again to virtual classes, which are listed below.

For all classes, materials can be picked up at the arts center on the Friday before the class between 3 - 5 pm, or by appointment. A link to connect to the class will be emailed along with instructions.

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 dog with happy face
  • FREE Weekly Drawing Class
  • Thursday 6 - 8 pm
  • Instructor: Varies
  • 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

example of using cut paper to make paper plants
  • Youth Art Experience
  • Paper Plants
  • Instructor: Jessie Kling
  • Date: Saturday, February 27
  • Time: 10 - 11:30 am
  • Maximum Enrollment: 10
  • Ages: 5 - 10
  • Cost:
  • $5 one student
  • $1 each additional sibling
  • Materials: Included
  • Location: Virtual

In this virtual class students will explore creating images using cut paper. Students will create a painted background and then cut out paper plants to go on top. Children will be given paint, and we will talk about using it to make a background and foreground.  Students may want to wear a smock or old shirt for this class.

All materials are supplied and available for pick up the Friday before class between 3 and 5 pm, or by appointment. Instructions will be emailed prior to the class. 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.

example of mixed media photo collage
  • Mixed Media Photo Collage
  • Instructor: Beth Sotherden
  • Date: Sunday, February 28
  • Time:  1 - 3 pm
  • Maximum enrollment: 10
  • Fee: $5 members/$10 non-members
  • Location: Virtual

Build a mixed media 3D layered collage around a photo of yourself or a favorite person (even the 4-legged ones). You can also use a photo of a place or thing. Material kits will include an 8 x 10 inch canvas board, some chipboard and cardstock cutouts for building texture, basic materials needed to create your collage, and a  list of ideas for using "junk” items you already have. You will also need a photocopy of the photo you would like to feature. Photo collages are great ways to display and turn your favorite memories and photos into art.

All materials are supplied and available for pick up the Friday before class between 3 and 5 pm, or by appointment. Note: if you are out of town or would like to use your own supplies, please let us know and we will email you a detailed materials list. Instructions to join the class are emailed just prior to the class. Only ten kits are available, so please sign up early and pay for your class on our Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site. This generously discounted class is brought to you through “Art for Challenging Times,” a special grant funded by the Pulaski Greater Community Foundation in an effort to provide an opportunity for everyone to relieve stress through the creation of art.

example showing spring flowers on folded paper
  • Youth Art Experience
  • Spring Garden Concertina
  • TWO-PART project 
  • Instructor: Keirsten Jernnings
  • Date: Saturday, March 6
  • Time: 10 - 11:30 am
  • Maximum Enrollment: 10
  • Ages: 5 - 10
  • Cost:
  • $5 one student
  • $1 each additional sibling
  • Materials: Included
  • Location: Virtual

In this two-part class students will create a spring garden concertina, an artwork with folds like an accordion. The first part must be done before the Saturday morning class.

Part One: Create the papers. Do this at home, before the class on Saturday. Using an instructional video and included supplies, students will prepare the papers for the project. This should not take longer than half an hour. The papers must dry and be flattened under something heavy to be ready to use Saturday morning.

Part Two: Design and Form the Concertina. On Saturday during class students will use their prepared papers to create, design and form their own Spring Garden Concertina, a colorful, folded spring scene.

All materials are supplied and available for pick up the Friday before class between 3 and 5 pm, or by appointment. Kits will also be available a week prior to class to allow plenty of time for the prep work. Instructions will be emailed prior to the class. 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.

black and white photograph of cat underpainting of cat
  • Chiaroscuro Cat: Glazing with Oils
  • Instructor: Jerry Merrill
  • Date: Saturday, March 6
  • Time: 1 - 3 pm
  • Ages: Adult
  • Maximum enrollment: 10
  • Fee: $5 per class members/ $10 non members
  • Location: Virtual

If you have been thinking about trying oil painting, or have some experience but just want to learn more about the glazing technique, this is your opportunity. In this virtual class, popular north country artist Jerry Merrill will guide you step by step to show you how you can build luminosity through under painting in the style of the “old masters” with a modern twist.   You will begin by creating a value study under painting using acrylics so that it can quickly dry and then finish the painting with a glazing process using oil paints and a thinning medium. You will complete one small painting of a chiaroscuro cat, that is, creating the illusion of three-dimension through the use of light and dark values.

All materials are supplied and available for pick up the Friday before class between 3 and 5 pm, or by appointment. Note: if you are out of town or would like to use your own supplies, please let us know and we will email you a detailed materials list. Instructions to join the class are emailed just prior to the class. Only ten kits are available, so please sign up early and pay for your class on our Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site. This generously discounted class is brought to you through “Art for Challenging Times,” a special grant funded by the Pulaski Greater Community Foundation in an effort to provide an opportunity for everyone to relieve stress through the creation of art.

Jerry Merill is a retired educator and business professional spending his free time drawing and painting. You can see examples of his work here.

example of watercolor painting of shamrocks
  • Youth Art Experience
  • Watercolor Shamrocks
  • Instructor: Sarah Fowler
  • Date: Saturday, March 13
  • Time: 10 - 11:30 am
  • Maximum Enrollment: 10
  • Ages: 5 - 10
  • Cost:
  • $5 one student
  • $1 each additional sibling
  • Materials: Included
  • Location: Virtual

In this virtual class students will learn how to draw shamrocks. They will use watercolor to color in the shamrocks and then use metallic markers to create lines. Materials are provided.

All materials are supplied and available for pick up the Friday before class between 3 and 5 pm, or by appointment. Instructions will be emailed prior to the class. 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.

alcohol ink landscape painting in three colors
  • Alcohol Ink Landscape
  • Instructor: Beth Sotherden
  • Date: Sunday, March 21
  • Time: 1 - 3 pm
  • Ages: Adult
  • Maximum enrollment: 10
  • Fee: $5 per class members/ $10 non members
  • Location: Virtual

In this fun virtual class you will learn to work with just three colors of alcohol inks to create vibrant, abstract landscape paintings on yupo paper. Your instructor will guide you through various techniques, as you explore pouring, blending, carving, brush work and moving the ink with air to create one or two beautiful unique small paintings.  No experience necessary.

All materials are supplied and available for pick up the Friday before class between 3 and 5 pm, or by appointment. Note: if you are out of town or would like to use your own supplies, please let us know and we will email you a detailed materials list. Instructions to join the class are emailed just prior to the class. Only ten kits are available, so please sign up early and pay for your class on our Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site. This generously discounted class is brought to you through “Art for Challenging Times,” a special grant funded by the Pulaski Greater Community Foundation in an effort to provide an opportunity for everyone to relieve stress through the creation of art.