Project Corner & Classes

With the art center classes and shows canceled, we are looking for new ways to stay connected with you, as well as find ways to be creative and mindful during this stressful time.  Here’s what we are doing.

Project Corner. This new section features special art projects, lessons, and activities that you can do on your own. Look for more projects soon.

If you are a teacher or have a project or lesson you would like to share please contact us. We would love to hear from you.

Project Corner

mixed media painting of flowers
  • Summer Garden
  • Mixed Media Painting
  • Instructor: Beth Sotherden

Learn how to paint and turn doodles into a colorful summer garden. Download her instructions and materials list for a step-by-step process. Explore, experiment and create your own unique summer garden. Enjoy!

Beth Sotherden is a popular art instructor at the Salmon River Fine Arts Center and loves sharing her ideas and techniques with other artists. She 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.”

painting of koi fish with flowers
  • Koi Fish
  • Mixed Media Painting
  • Instructor: Lindsey Rowland

Learn how to create this lovely koi fish by Lyndsey Rowland. You can download her instructions and materials list and tune into her You Tube Video to see her step-by-step process. If you don’t want to paint a koi fish, no problem! Use her instructions to paint whatever you want. Enjoy!

Lyndsey Rowland is an art teacher at Hannibal High School and a working artist. Her expertise is in painting, specifically portraits of pets dressed up in funny outfits. She also enjoys art journaling where she can be more free with her work using different media and techniques. To view her personal work, visit her artist page on Facebook, “Lyndsey Galasso."

photo of camera
  • Photo Essay Community Challenge
  • Submit Date: April 10, 2020

We invite you to participate in this unique Photo Essay to help tell the story about how Coronavirus has impacted you and the community we live in. This is an opportunity for us to document how this worldwide pandemic has impacted our small community and engage a conversation through the art of photography. During the past few weeks we have all faced different obstacles, changes and unique situations in our every day life. We have seen great acts of kindness and hope as well as frustration and fear. You don’t have to be a photographer to participate or have a fancy camera. Simply capture a photo that evokes an emotion or story you want to tell. Remember the saying “A picture is worth a thousand words." What story can you convey in a single still image about this time in your life? What emotion can you evoke? Tell us with your digital image. We want your image as part of the collection of images that will help us create this great photo essay. Accepted photos will be featured on our website. We will take the best of the images to create a book to document this time in our community and display it at the art center when it opens. Entry is free, but donations are welcome! Here are the instructions for our photo essay community challenge.

Pending Weekly Classes

drawing of dog
  • Free Drawing Class
  • Instructor: Patricia A. Tanner
  • Place: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

We are regrettably closing this class. We will let you know when it resumes. 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
  • Instructor: Patricia A. Tanner/Julia Sentman
  • Place: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

We are regrettably closing this class. We will let you know when it resumes. 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.

Pending Classes

photo of mat cutting devices and example
  • RESCHEDULE PENDING
  • Cutting Mats for Your Art
  • Instructor: Charlotte Arcadi
  • 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.

examples of leather stamped notebooks
  • RESCHEDULE PENDING
  • Leather Stamping Workshop
  • Traveler’s Notebook
  • Instructor: Anna Blachman
  • Cost: $35 members/$40 non-members
  • Materials Fee: $10
  • Place: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

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.

acrylic pour artwork
  • RESCHEDULE PENDING
  • Acrylic Pour Class
  • Instructor: Beth Sotherden
  • Cost: $25 members/$30 non-members
  • Materials Fee: $10
  • Place: 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, 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. 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.

watercolor of trees in different hues
  • RESCHEDULE PENDING
  • Watercolor Workshop:
  • Color Theory and Techniques
  • Instructor: Robert Jones
  • Fee: $30 members/$35 non-members
  • Materials Fee: $5
  • Level: Beginner 8 - Adult
  • Place: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Learn how to use color effectively to impact the quality and emotion of your painting. Through demonstrations and individual, hands-on help you will learn about color management and theory to create your personalized color wheel, a value study, and six small landscape paintings that explore the use of analogous, complementary, split complementary, tetrad, triad, and monochromatic colors. Explore the creative approaches of working with watercolor pigments using the color wheel you created using three primary colors of your choice. Winsor Newton Cotman watercolors, brushes, and watercolor paper will be provided. You will also receive professional recommendations and handouts from various sources to support the concepts and activities covered in the class. Although all necessary materials are provided, if you have you own colors and related resources that you would like to use or reference, feel free to bring them. 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.

painting of flowers done in alcohol inks
  • RESCHEDULE PENDING
  • Painting Florals with Alcohol Inks
  • Instructor: Beth Sotherden
  • Price: $30 Members/$35 non-member
  • Level: Beginner 14 & Up
  • 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. No experience is necessary. 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.

hand-made journals in colorful covers
  • RESCHEDULE PENDING
  • Coptic Stitch Journal
  • Instructor: Lauren Siskavich
  • Cost: $40 members/$45 non-members
  • Level: Beginner 14 & up
  • Location: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Learn to create your own book that can be used as a sketchbook, journal, photo album or recipe book. The options are limitless. You will be folding paper into groups of "signatures" and hand sewing them to create a bound book, using the coptic stitch method. The finished size will be approximately 6 x 6 or 5 x 7, depending on the paper and materials you choose. If there is a specific craft paper that you have from doing scrapbooking or paper crafts, please feel free to bring it to use for the covers/pages. Small, scrap pieces of fabric you have could also be used. This is not mandatory and is optional. Materials and tools will be provided and you will leave with a beautiful, unique handmade book. Due to the length of the class, you should bring a bag lunch or snack. No experience necessary. Suitable for ages 14 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.

Free art class
  • Screen Free Week

Screen free online art project coming soon! Check back here and on facebook for project news.

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.