Our Classes

Below you will find our free weekly drawing classes, our current classes, and our instructors application, for art teachers.

We offer classes for artists of all ages. Every week we offer free drawing classes on Wednesday afternoons and Thursday evenings. And each month we offer a variety of classes taught by local artists and teachers.

Registering and paying for a class is easy. You can register and pay in person at the arts center, or via PayPal using either the center’s website or Facebook PayPal link, or by mailing registration details and a check to The Fine Arts Center, 4848 N. Jefferson Street, Pulaski.

Our classes are listed below. You can also check out our Month-by-Month Calendar to help you plan your Fine Arts Center activities.


Classes are 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 Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

Weekly Classes

drawing of dog
  • Free Drawing Class
  • Wednesday Afternoons
  • Instructor: Patricia A. Tanner
  • Date: Every Wednesday
  • Time: 1 - 3 pm
  • Place: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Learn how to draw in graphite pencil creating works of art from reference photos. Each week the instructor will demonstrate and help you develop classic drawing techniques using a range of graphite pencils. The class is relaxed with a focus on precision and composition. All ability levels are welcome, all materials provided.  Students are encouraged to bring their own photo references. (Donations are welcome!)

drawing of dog
  • Free Drawing Class
  • Thursday Evenings
  • Instructor: Patricia A. Tanner/Julia Sentman
  • Date: Every Thursday
  • Time: 6 – 8 pm
  • Place: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Join us at the Fine Arts Center every Thursday evening, 6 – 8 pm, for our free drawing class. Artists of all ages are welcome and all materials are provided. This event is made possible by a generous donation from Drs. Patricia and Jay Chapman.

Current Classes

watercolor of zebra painted in rainbow colors
  • Rainbow Zebra Drips
  • Watercolor Class
  • Instructor: Robert A. Jones
  • Date: Saturday, February 29
  • Time: 10 am - 1 pm
  • Level: 8 years & over
  • Fee: $30 members/$35 non-members
  • Materials Fee: $5
  • Place: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

This watercolor techniques class is designed for both beginners and those with some watercolor experience. No drawing or artistic skill required. Through demonstrations and individual, hands-on help you will learn some basic watercolor techniques and creative approaches. You will be guided through the steps to complete a finished painting using rainbow colors and painting size of your choice. The painting sizes — 9” x 12”, 8” x 10”, or 5” x 7” — correspond to standard matt and frame sizes. Watercolor paints, brushes, paper and related resources will be provided for the class. You can sign up for classes by registering and paying at the arts center, or via PayPal using either the center’s website or Facebook PayPal link, or by mailing registration details and a check. Classes are 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 Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

a photo in the PhotoShop editing program
  • Photo Editing Basics
  • Instructor: Sarah Fowler
  • Date: Sunday, March 15
  • Time: 1 - 3 pm
  • Cost: $20 members/$25 non-members
  • Place: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Not every photo is perfect. There are times when a little editing is needed to crop or adjust contrast or color balance. Instructor Sarah Fowler will guide you through the basics of editing photos in Adobe Photoshop. You can simply watch and listen or bring your own laptop and editing program for step-by-step guidance and hands-on practice. You can sign up for classes by registering and paying at the arts center, or via PayPal using either the center’s website or Facebook PayPal link, or by mailing registration details and a check. Classes are 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 Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

photo of mat cutter, mat, and framed artwork
  • Cutting Mats for Your Art
  • Instructor: Charlotte Arcadi
  • Date: Saturday, March 21
  • Time: 1 - 3 pm
  • Cost: $25 members/$30 non-members
  • Place: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Want to save some money and mat your own prints and artwork? Whether you’re framing your own pieces for an art show or simply doing a bit of decorating around the house, knowing how to cut a mat is a critical skill for any artist. In this class you will have hands-on experience and learn how to professionally cut mats. Students should bring a photograph, painting or print to mat that is no larger than 8.5 x 11. You could cut a mat for your 6 x 6 Art Show treasure to use after you pick it up. No experience necessary. Ages 16 and up. You can sign up for classes by registering and paying at the arts center, or via PayPal using either the center’s website or Facebook PayPal link, or by mailing registration details and a check. Classes are 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 Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

leather tooled traveler's notebook
  • Leather Stamping Workshop
  • Traveler’s Notebook
  • Instructor: Anna Blachman
  • Date: Sunday, March 22
  • Time: 1 - 6 pm
  • Cost: $35 members/$40 non-members
  • Materials Fee: $10

In this super fun, leather stamping workshop you will learn basic leather stamping techniques to make a beautiful traveler’s notebook with your own unique mandala pattern on the cover. You will be guided through the process of stamping, hole punching, coloring and assembling. These traveler notebooks can hold 4 - 8 notebook inserts (one is included in the class fee) and make amazing gifts. All leather, materials and tools are provided. No experience necessary; open to everyone 8 and up. You can sign up for classes by registering and paying at the arts center, or via PayPal using either the center’s website or Facebook PayPal link, or by mailing registration details and a check. Classes are 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 Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

Instructors Application

Instructors Application Form

We welcome the opportunity for member artists as well as non-member visiting artists with professional expertise to hold classes, workshops or lectures that help fulfill our mission. To be considered, please fill out our Instructors Application. If you are applying for the first time, please attach a short biography and/or resume. When all necessary information is received your proposal will be reviewed. Once a proposal is approved, you will be contacted to confirm class details in order to schedule and initiate the marketing process.