Enriching Lives Through Art: Adult/Teen Classes

We are offering art classes for all age groups at the arts center, which are made possible through “Enriching Lives through Art,” a grant generously funded by the John Ben Snow Foundation. Our Thursday night free drawing class is offered online. All classes are listed below.

You can also check out our month-by-month calendar to help you plan your Fine Arts Center activities.

Classes

pottery being made on a potter wheel
  • Please note: This is a five-session workshop

  • Beginner Wheel Throwing
  • Instructor: Ann Buchau
  • Dates: Saturday mornings — Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Time: 9:30 am -12:00 pm
  • Ages: Adult/Teen (14 AND UP)
  • Maximum enrollment: 5
  • Fee: $125 Members get 25% off ($93.75)
  • 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 functional 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; masks are optional. 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 of wolf to be used in painting class
  • Please note: This is a four-session workshop

  • Beginner Acrylic Painting Workshop
  • Instructor: Brooke Snyder
  • Date: Saturdays — March 2, 9, 16, 23
  • Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Ages: Adults, 14 y/o and up
  • Maximum enrollment: 8
  • Fee:  $60.00 (25% off for members $45.00)*

Afraid you aren't good enough to take an acrylic painting class? In this beginner 4-week workshop, instructor Brooke Snyder will take the fear out of acrylic painting by teaching you the foundations and basics you need to make your own fabulous painting. Classes will meet each Saturday for 4 weeks and build upon newly acquired skills each week.  In the first two classes, you will learn how to mix colors to get desired results, learn 'artsy' terminology and explore various techniques inherent in acrylic painting as you practice painting a sunset and animal fur. The last two classes will be dedicated to creating your finished painting of the reference photo using all the skills acquired in the previous classes. This 4-week format will help build your own intuition, so before you know it, you’ll be painting without even thinking about what to do!  The goal of this workshop is to provide you with valuable knowledge and skills needed to paint on your own with confidence. All materials are supplied.

This is an in-person class and masks are optional. Register in person or online at Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site. This discounted class is made possible through “Enriching Lives through Art,” a grant generously funded by the John Ben Snow Foundation.

* Financial assistance is available for those who would like to attend and are unable to pay the full fee. Please email the art center with your request.

Brooke Snyder—About Me. I am a local illustrator and have painted many custom portraits, both human and animal, over the past 7 years. I have a BFA in Illustration, and I love to create art that tells a story. I like creating in many different mediums including graphite, charcoal, watercolors, pastels, oils, and digital, but acrylic is my favorite. Animals have always been my inspiration for making art, so if you are an animal lover then we already have a lot in common! Other things that inspire me are books, anime, TV shows and movies (especially Dreamworks). I am so excited to teach and connect with everyone! I hope I’ll see you there!


alcohol ink flower painted on tile
  • Alcohol Ink Painting on Tile
  • Instructor: Robin Eaton-Novak
  • Date: Saturday, March 2
  • Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Ages: Adults (16 and older)
  • Maximum enrollment: 8
  • Fee:  $25 (25% off for members $18.75)*

SORRY! CLASS IS SOLD OUT! In this beginner class, you will learn to work with alcohol inks to create a vibrant flower painting on ceramic tile. Your instructor will guide you step by step through various techniques such as dotting and painting specific to alcohol ink.  You will explore pouring, blending, carving and moving the ink using blowing techniques with a special air tool (Covid safe) to create a vivid, beautifully unique flower on tile.  There will be several sample pieces available to inspire you as you create your own unique tile, which will be completed by the end of the class.

All supplies and tools will be provided for this class. Note: Alcohol fumes might irritate sensitive lungs and isopropyl alcohol can irritate skin. Masks and gloves will be available for those requesting.  Please wear appropriate clothes for painting and if you have an apron, you can bring that.

Space is limited, so sign up early and pay for your class on our Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site. This discounted class is made possible through “Enriching Lives through Art,” a grant generously funded by the John Ben Snow Foundation.

* Financial assistance is available for those who would like to attend and are unable to pay the full fee. Please email the art center with your request.

Robin Eaton-Novak — About Me. I am originally from the Virgin Islands, where my interest in art was born. Life happened, and I set my interests aside. The spark was rekindled when I took two classes at The Salmon River Fine Arts Center! I work as a MH therapist at Fort Drum and use alcohol ink painting as a therapeutic intervention to demonstrate patience, acceptance and individual perception.


glass on tile mosaic in sunflower pattern glass on tile mosaic in sunflower pattern
  • Mosaic Glass-on-Tile Class
  • Instructor: Diane Melnik
  • Dates & Times:
  • Sunday March 3, noon - 3:00 (3 hour class)
  • Sunday March 10, 1 - 2 pm (1 hour only)
  • Ages: Adults
  • Maximum enrollment: 8
  • Fee:  $35.00 (25% off for members $26.25)*

SORRY! CLASS SOLD OUT! Come in and learn how to make a unique mosaic tile. Starting with a blank 6”x 6” ceramic tile, you will learn how to score and break small pieces of glass, and arrange and glue them to a ceramic tile. Grout will be added in the second class as a finishing touch. These abstract patterned tiles can be used as a hot plate, trivet or a decorative wall hanging. The results are truly amazing!

Sign up early, as class seats are limited. All materials will be supplied. This is an in-person class and masks are optional. Register in person or online at Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site.

This discounted class is made possible through “Enriching Lives through Art,” a grant generously funded by the John Ben Snow Foundation.

* Financial assistance is available for those who would like to attend and are unable to pay the full fee. Please email the art center with your request.

Diane Melnik, a local artist, has been creating stained glass art for 20 years and is well known locally for her inspiring glass-on-glass creations. She is currently a board member for the Salmon River Fine Arts Center.


three needle felted Easter eggs in a basket
  • Needle Felting Class – Colored Egg
  • Instructor: Dawn Seevers
  • Date: Saturday, March 16
  • Time: 1:00 – 3:30 pm
  • Ages: Adults (14 y/o and up)
  • Maximum enrollment: 8
  • Fee:  $25.00 (25% off for members $18.75)*

Needle felting is a creative craft where you sculpt 2D and 3D shapes and figures using wool and a special felting needle.  Dawn will help you to transform a piece of wool into a unique 3D Egg just in time for Easter. You will be taught the process of using a barbed needle to combine fibers into a solid fabric.  This is a beginner class; no experience is necessary. You will learn the basics of needle felting to create a 3D colored egg by the end of class. You can keep this egg for yourself as a decoration or give it away as a gift.  All materials are supplied.

This is an in-person class and masks are optional. Register in person or online at Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site. This discounted class is made possible through “Enriching Lives through Art,” a grant generously funded by the John Ben Snow Foundation.

* Financial assistance is available for those who would like to attend and are unable to pay the full fee. Please email the art center with your request.

Dawn Seevers is a local artist who has several years’ experience making and teaching needle felting in the local area. She has posted several videos online, and she has a website called Chicken Run Creations (chickenruncreations.com). Check it out!



Free Weekly Drawing Class

drawing of a hand holding the earth
  • 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 via Zoom. 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 in our local community with a desire to draw — any age, any level. To attend, simply email us at sr.fine.arts.ctr@gmail.com to get your name on the list. 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.

During January drawings are done in 6” x 6” format, which can be submited to the 6 x 6 show. See details, submission guidelines, and entry forms.

This class is made possible by generous donations from Drs. Patricia and Jay Chapman as well as many of our members and participants.