Art for Challenging Times: Adult/Teen Classes

We are offering classes for all age groups at the arts center. The Thursday night free drawing class is offered online as well as at the arts center. 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 mushrooms
  • FREE Weekly Drawing Class
  • Thursday 6 - 8 pm
  • Instructor: Ann Buchau
  • All ages welcome
  • Class Limit: 20

In our free Thursday night drawing class, your instructor will focus on a different topic, technique or subject each week 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.

There are now two ways to enjoy our free step-by-step drawing class: virtually or in person. Attend virtually: You can join the class from the comfort and safety of your own home via Zoom. To attend virtually, simply email us to get your name on the list. After you register, you will be emailed a link with instructions. Be sure to sign up early because the class limit is 20. Attend in person: You can come to the arts center any Thursday at 6 pm, socialize with others, and draw along with the online class or do something on your own. Free drawing supplies are available.

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


Classes

watercolor by Craig Anderson of house and flowers watercolor by Craig Anderson of house and flowers watercolor by Craig Anderson of house and flowers
  • Please note: This is a four-class session

  • Intermediate Watercolor Workshop
  • Instructor: Craig Anderson
  • Dates: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays Feb/Mar
  • February 7, 21
  • March 7, 21
  • Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Ages: Adult
  • Maximum enrollment: 8
  • Fee: $80 members/ $100 non-members
  • Materials: See recommendation*
  • Location: Salmon River Fine Arts Center 

This watercolor workshop is geared for the artist with some basic watercolor experience with a desire to explore more advanced imagery in order to develop his or her technique. Classes will meet the first and third Tuesday of the month, beginning January 17. Session fee covers January and February.  The first class will be all foundation, experimenting with different exercises inherent with watercolor. Prior to the next class, as “homework,” students will be expected to draw out a simple painting using a reference photo provided by the instructor. Each class will then continue to build on each other as you learn valuable techniques and advice in a fun and encouraging atmosphere.

*Students may choose to bring their own favorite brushes and quality paints to create consistency; however, basic supplies will also be available for use for free if desired. A recommended supply list will be provided by the instructor should you want to purchase your own supplies.

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 funded by a generous donation from the John Ben Snow Foundation.

Craig Anderson is an award-winning watercolor 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, and 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, craigandersonfineart.com, for more information.


pastel painting of chipmunk sipping water pastel painting of a river lined with trees
  • Beginner Soft Pastel Painting
  • Instructor: Lee Shelton
  • Date: Saturday, February 11
  • Time: 1 - 3 pm
  • Ages: 14 and up
  • Maximum enrollment: 8
  • Fee: $15 member/$20 non-members

Soft pastel is a wonderfully luminous, expressive medium. In this workshop, get introduced to soft pastels—hardness/softness, brands, papers, tools, and techniques. We’ll be exploring mark-making and creating a few small paintings to get the feel of pastel.

From your  instructor: “I like painting animals, but bring some photos of what you would like to paint. Keep the image simple; one subject per picture is plenty! I’ll have some reference images you may use as well. All supplies and tools will be provided for this class; however, if you have your own soft pastels, feel free to bring them. (No oil pastels in this workshop; they have different techniques.)”

Pastels are messy, so wear appropriate clothes, and if you have an apron, bring that. Also, if you have any soft cloths or rags (I use cloth diapers) for keeping your hands clean, that would be helpful (paper towels and wipes will be available).

Get ready for some fun painting!

Sign up early and pay for your class on our Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site.

This discounted class is made possible by generous funding from the John Ben Snow Foundation.

Lee Shelton—About Me
Like many of you, I have been drawing my whole life, mostly animals, both naturalistic and caricatures. A few years ago (2017) I became interested in soft pastels; I love how loose, spontaneous, and colorful they can be. It’s a lot different from the colored pencils I’d mostly been using! I’ve experimented with different papers and brands of pastels, taken online workshops, and painted a lot. Art is always a work in progress, and I’m delighted to show you what I’ve learned so far and guide you on how to get started with this delightful medium. I’m anxious to see what you know and will discover too!


handmade ceramic baking dish handmade ceramic baking dish
  • Ceramic Baking Dish
  • Three-Week Class
  • Instructor: Ann Buchau
  • Date: Saturday mornings
  • Feb 18, 25
  • March 4
  • Time: 9:30 am - Noon
  • Ages: 14 AND UP
  • Level: basic wheel throwing experience recommended
  • Maximum enrollment: 5
  • Fee: $75 per class members/ $85 non members
  • Location: 3-D Studio,
  • Salmon River Fine Arts Center

Nothing beats serving your homemade casserole in a beautiful custom ceramic baking dish handmade by you!  In this laid-back, fun class, you will learn how to create and design your own rustic baking dish, using a combination of wheel throwing and handbuilding techniques.  Your instructor will demonstrate and inspire you with creative ideas, and all the materials and tools needed will be provided.

This is a three-week class. The first week you will create your basic design using a wheel, alter your shape and attach to a slab.  The second week, once your piece is almost “leather hard,” you will explore and create handles for your dish with an option to add additional textures or embellishments. The dish will then be bisque fired and ready to glaze in the final class.

We recommend that you have basic wheel throwing knowledge and feel comfortable centering clay for this class. All tools and materials are provided to make one baking dish. Additional clay may be purchased to create more during open 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.


a mosaic rock showing a butterfly and flower a mosaic rock showing a butterfly and flower
  • Please note: This is a two-class workshop

  • Mosaic Garden Rocks
  • Instructor: Diane Melnik
  • Dates & Times:
  • Two Sunday afternoons:
  • February 19, 1 - 3 pm
  • February 26, 1 - 2:30 pm
  • Ages: 14 and up
  • Maximum enrollment: 8
  • Fee: $15/member; $20 non-member

SORRY! CLASS IS FULL. This time of year it’s nice to "think Spring!" In this class you will create a beautiful and unique mosaic garden rock. In the first class, you will learn how to score and break small pieces of glass, and arrange and glue them to the surface of your rock. In the second class, you will add grout as a finishing touch.

All materials and tools are provided. The fee covers both classes.

Diane Melnik has been making and selling her glass and mosaic art for over 15 years and is currently a board member for the Salmon River Fine Arts Center. Diane’s classes sell out quickly, so sign up early and pay for your class 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.


acrylic  painting of a dog's face
  • Beginner Acrylic Painting
  • Pet Portrait Acrylic Painting
  • Instructor: Brooke Snyder
  • Date: Tuesday, February 28
  • Time: 6-8 pm
  • Ages: 12 and up
  • Maximum enrollment: 8
  • Fee: $20 member/$30 non-members

Acrylic paint is a very intuitive medium that is easy to layer and is non-toxic. In this class you will learn how to make a painting of your pet! We will start by sketching the basic details. Then you will learn how to thin your paint using my techniques. Then, we will block out the main colors and finish with increasing detail. All levels of artists are welcome, even if you’ve never picked up a brush!

Bring a clear photo of your pet’s face (a blurry photo will make painting more difficult). A printed image is recommended, but you can also use an image from your phone. I will bring extras of my own reference picture for anyone who wants to use it. Also, you may consider wearing clothes that can get dirty or an apron, but it is not required. All supplies and tools will be provided for this class, but feel free to bring your favorite brushes and paints if you feel so inclined. We will provide Golden Acrylics as well as a few other professional-level paints to use in class.

Sign up early and pay for your class on our Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site. This discounted class is made possible by generous funding from the John Ben Snow Foundation.

Brooke Snyder—About Me
“I am a local illustrator and have painted many custom portraits, both human and animal. 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 and 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! Some other things that inspire me are books, anime, and other tv shows and movies (especially Dreamworks). I am so excited to teach this class and connect with everyone! I hope I’ll see you there!”