Art for Challenging Times

We are offering great classes all winter for all age groups. All classes are held at the arts center, except for our Thursday night drawing class. 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

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

  • Beginner Wheel Throwing
  • Instructor: Marybeth Sorendo
  • Dates:
  • Saturday, January 8
  • Saturday, January 15
  • Saturday, January 22
  • Saturday, January 29
  • Saturday, February 5
  • Time:
  • 12:30 - 3:00 pm
  • Ages: Adult/Teen
  • Maximum enrollment: 5
  • Fee: $90 members/$125 non members
  • Location: 3-D Studio
  • Salmon River Fine Arts Center 

Learn how to throw basic forms using the potter's wheel. Your instructor will guide you step by step as you learn how to wedge, center and create simple vessels. You will also learn trimming techniques and how to successfully glaze your pots.  Students enrolled in this class will also have the option to come in for open studio to practice and work on their pieces. (Open studio is a designated time available to those enrolled in one of our pottery classes. Although there will be a monitor, there is no instructor for the open studio.) Total class time is 12.5 hours with the option of an additional 10 hours of open studio time during the class session.

All tools and materials are provided to create at least three small vessels. Additional clay may be purchased. 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 masks are required. Register in person or online at Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site. This discounted class is made possible through “Art for Challenging Times,” a grant generously funded by the John Ben Snow Foundation.


reference photo for watercolor painting watercolor painting based on reference photo
  • Watercolor Workshop
  • Going from “This to That”
  • Instructor: Craig Anderson
  • Date: Tuesday, February 1
  • Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Ages: Adult
  • Maximum enrollment: 8
  • Fee: $25 members/ $35 non-members
  • Materials: Included
  • Location: Salmon River Fine Arts Center 

This watercolor workshop is open to all levels but assumes some basic painting experience. The workshop will cover all the crucial fundamentals, concentrating specifically on values. The crux of the workshop will be going “from this,” your reference photo, “to that,” your finished painting. You will learn how to  create a value sketch with markers, which will give you more success with your watercolor painting. Through a fun and encouraging atmosphere you will learn valuable techniques and advice that will aid any painter.

Students should bring a reference photo, or may use the reference provided by the instructor. All materials and tools will be supplied; however, experienced students are welcome to bring their favorite brushes to work with. A notebook or sketchbook is recommended but not required.

Craig is an award-winning artist whose work is represented by private and corporate collections nationwide. He is a Signature Member of the San Diego Watercolor Society and the California Watercolor Association, has served as a juror in a number of art exhibitions, and is in demand for live demonstrations and workshops. You can visit his website https://andersonwatercolors.com for more information.

This is an in-person class, and we will be following COVID safety guidelines. Masks are required. Register in person at the arts center or online at Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site. This discounted class is made possible by generous funding from the John Ben Snow Foundation.


example of textile art students will make for class
  • Please Note: This is a four-session class

  • YAE Club Session 2: Textile Art
  • Elementary School program (ages 5 -10)
  • Instructor: Keirsten Jennings
  • Dates Monday afternoons:
  • Monday, February 7
  • Monday, February 14
  • (no class February 21)
  • Monday, February 28
  • Monday, March 7
  • Time:
  • 4 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Class Limit: 6 (first come; first served)
  • Pay what you can:
  • $5 - $20 per 4-week session
  • Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Sorry - class sold out! The YAE Art Club session you are interested in is currently filled (sold out), please contact the art center to get your name on a waiting list in case of a cancellation or a possible session on another day.

Students will explore weaving and basic hand sewing. They will create a small abstract weaving and a few different sewing projects.  All materials are supplied by the Salmon River Fine Arts Center. This is a socially distanced, in-person class. All participants will need to wear masks. Space is limited so sign up early at at Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site.

Option for bus drop off after school directly at the art center. Students may enjoy a snack and choice of art activities before their class officially starts.

YAE Classes (Young Artist Experience) are made possible by generous funding from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation.


leather artwork on book cover
  • Please Note: This is a four-session class

  • YAE Club Session 2: Leather Art II
  • Middle School/High School program (ages 11 & up)
  • Instructor: Anna Blachmann
  • Dates Monday afternoons:
  • Monday, February 7
  • Monday, February 14
  • (no class February 21)
  • Monday, February 28
  • Monday, March 7
  • Time:
  • 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Class Limit: 6 (first come; first served)
  • Pay what you can:
  • $5 - $20 per 4-week session
  • Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Sorry - class sold out! The YAE Art Club session you are interested in is currently filled (sold out), please contact the art center to get your name on a waiting list in case of a cancellation or a possible session on another day.

Students will be provided with an intro to leather similar (but different) to the first session and will choose a class project that may include leather stamping, tooling, braiding and construction. Continuing students may continue to work on their projects or start something new.  All materials are supplied by the Salmon River Fine Arts Center. This is a socially distanced, in-person class. All participants will need to wear masks. Space is limited so sign up early at Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site. 

Option for bus drop off after school directly at the art center. Students may enjoy a snack and choice of art activities before their class officially starts.

YAE Classes (Young Artist Experience) are made possible by generous funding from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation.


example of alcohol ink collage
  • Alcohol Ink Collage
  • Instructor: Beth Sotherden
  • Date: Saturday, March 5
  • Time: 10 am - noon
  • Ages: Adult
  • Maximum enrollment: 8
  • Fee: $15 members/ $25 non-members
  • Materials: Included
  • Location: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Explore the many possibilities and techniques for using alcohol inks and markers on Yupo paper.  This will form the basis for a cut paper collage utilizing shape, pattern, and color.  Each person will confidently create their own unique work of collage art. All materials and tools will be supplied.

This is an in-person class, and we will be following COVID safety guidelines. Masks are required. Register in person at the arts center or online at Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site. This class is funded by a generous donation from the John Ben Snow Foundation.

Beth Sotherden is a regional artist who enjoys working and experimenting with a variety of mediums, materials and processes. Beth is a member of several area art organizations including the Salmon River Fine Arts Center, where she also exhibits and teaches.


example of figurative art students will make for class
  • Please Note: This is a four-session class

  • YAE Club Session 3: Figurative Art
  • Elementary School program (ages 5 -10)
  • Instructor: Keirsten Jennings
  • Dates Monday afternoons:
  • Monday, March 14
  • Monday, March 21
  • Monday, March 28
  • Monday, April 4
  • Time:
  • 4 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Class Limit: 6 (first come; first served)
  • Pay what you can:
  • $5 - $20 per 4-week session
  • Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Sorry - class sold out! The YAE Art Club session you are interested in is currently filled (sold out), please contact the art center to get your name on a waiting list in case of a cancellation or a possible session on another day.

Students will explore representing the human figure both through drawing and sculpture. We will study Keith Haring's iconic figures and create our own in his style. We will then expand on that to create sculptures of figures.  All materials are supplied by the Salmon River Fine Arts Center. This is a socially distanced, in-person class. All participants will need to wear masks. Space is limited so sign up early at Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site.

Option for bus drop off after school directly at the art center. Students may enjoy a snack and choice of art activities before their class officially starts.

YAE Classes (Young Artist Experience) are made possible by generous funding from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation.


mixed media bird mixed media bird
  • Please Note: This is a four-session class

  • YAE Club Session 3: Mixed Media
  • Middle School/High School program (ages 11 & up)
  • Instructor: Joan Mullen
  • Dates Monday afternoons:
  • Monday, March 14
  • Monday, March 21
  • Monday, March 28
  • Monday, April 4
  • Time:
  • 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Class Limit: 6 (first come; first served)
  • Pay what you can:
  • $5 - $20 per 4-week session
  • Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Create unique art using recycled and found objects, paint, beads and a variety of techniques to create unique art. All materials are supplied. This is an in-person class; all participants will need to wear masks. Space is limited so sign up early at Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site. 

Option for bus drop off after school directly at the art center. Students may enjoy a snack and choice of art activities before their class officially starts.

YAE Classes (Young Artist Experience) are made possible by generous funding from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation.