Art for Challenging Times: Adult/Teen Classes

Our classes for adults and teens are held at the arts center, except for our Thursday night drawing class. All classes are listed below. Due to the size of our classrooms, we respectfully ask that masks be worn during in-person classes unless all participants and the instructor agree otherwise.

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 a generous donation from Drs. Patricia and Jay Chapman.


Classes

a glass-on-glass garden pendent in rainbow colors
  • Glass on Glass Garden Art
  • Instructor: Diane Melnik
  • Date:  Sunday, August 21
  • Time: 1 - 4:30 pm
  • Ages: 14 and up
  • Maximum enrollment: 6
  • Fee: $25 members/$35 non-members
  • (Scholarships available,
  • please inquire)

SORRY! CLASS IS FULL. Learn how to create your own beautiful home or garden pendant using the glass-on-glass technique. In this one-day class you will learn this fantastically easy and fun way of creating stained glass panels without lead or soldering. All materials and tools will be provided to create one 2-½” x 12” pendant.

This is an in-person class, and masks are required. Diane’s classes sell out quickly, so sign up early and pay for your class online at Salmon River Fine Arts Center Squaresite. This discounted class is made possible through “Art for Challenging Times,” a grant generously funded by the John Ben Snow Foundation.

Instructor Diane Melnik has been making and selling her glass art for over 15 years and is currently a board member for the Salmon River Fine Arts Center.


example of two notebook covers in oak and rose design in green and blue example of one notebook cover in oak and rose design in red
  • Please note: This is a two-session class

  • Leather Tooling Class:
  • Oak and Wild Rose Field Notebook Cover
  • Instructor: Anna Blachman
  • First Session
  • Sunday, August 28
  • Noon – 4 PM
  • Second Session
  • Sunday, September 4th
  • Noon – 2 PM
  • Maximum enrollment: 6
  • Fee: $40 members/$50 non-members
  • Place: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

This introduction to Leather Tooling is a 2-day, 6-hour class. The first day of class will include learning to use many of the basic leather tooling tools, starting with a bit of practice and then jumping into tooling a notebook cover.  In the first class, students will learn to read a pattern, use a swivel knife, bevelers, pear shaders, leaf liners, veiners, backgrounders & a stop while completing an Oak and Wild Rose tooling pattern.  Time permitting, students will have an to option to apply color (of their choice) to their notebooks.  On day two, students may apply color (optional), antique, finish edges, punch holes and string to secure notebooks.

All tools and materials will be provided; however, students may bring their own tools, if they desire. Space is limited, so register early and pay for your class online at Salmon River Fine Arts Center Squaresite.

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


a reference photo for watercolor painting a reference photo for watercolor painting
  • Watercolor Workshop
  • Going from “This to That”
  • Instructor: Craig Anderson
  • Date: Tuesday, September 6
  • Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Ages: Adult
  • Maximum enrollment: 8
  • Fee: $20 members/ $30 non-members
  • Materials: Included
  • Location: Salmon River Fine Arts Center

This workshop is open to all levels but assumes some basic painting experience. The workshop will cover all the crucial fundamentals concentrating specifically on exploring color and values. The crux of the workshop will be going “from this,” your reference photo, “to that,” your finished painting. Through a fun and encouraging atmosphere you will learn valuable techniques and advice that will aid any painter.

A reference photo will be provided, but students may also choose to bring a reference photo of their own. All materials and tools will be supplied; however, the experienced student is welcome to bring their favorite brushes to work with if desired. A notebook or sketchbook is recommended but not required.

This is an in-person class and masks are required. Register in person at the arts center or online at Salmon River Square Site.  This discounted class is funded by a generous donation from the John Ben Snow Foundation.

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 Anderson Fine Art Watercolors for more information.


pottery being made on a pottery wheel example of pottery bowl made on the pottery wheel
  • Please note: This is a five-session class

  • Beginner/Intermediate Wheel Throwing
  • Instructor: Marybeth Sorendo
  • Date: Thursday evenings
  • Sept 8, 15, 22, 29
  • Oct 6
  • Time: 5:15 - 7:45 pm
  • Ages: Adult/Teen
  • Maximum enrollment: 5
  • Fee: $125 per class members/ $145 non members
  • Location: 3-D Studio,
  • Salmon River Fine Arts Center 

This class is designed for students who have had some wheel experience and wish to develop their skills further.  Your instructor will guide you as you work on your desired project with tips, techniques and hands-on demonstrations so that you can be successful from throwing to glazing. Each student will receive a full pug of 25 lbs of clay to create projects of their choosing. Class fee includes all firings and the use of the studio glazes and tools.  Students are welcome to bring their own tools; however, all personal items must be taken home at the end of each class.

Students enrolled in this class will also have the option to come in for open studio to continue to work on their pieces outside of class. Total class time is 12.5 hours with the option of an additional 10 hours of open studio time during the class session.

This is an in-person class; masks are optional but requirements may change based on current COVID conditions. 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.


raku jar with lid
  • Please note: This is a three-session class

  • Raku Workshop
  • Instructor: Ann Buchau
  • Dates & Times:
  • Mon, Sept 12, 6 - 9 pm
  • building day
  • Wed, Sept 14, 6 - 9 pm
  • building day
  • Sat, Sept 17, 9 am - 3 pm
  • glazing and firing
  • Ages: Teens – adult (13+)
  • Maximum enrollment: 5
  • Cost: $50 members/ $60 non members

In this three-part class, students will learn about raku, including a brief history, creating forms, glazing and decorative techniques, as well as the exciting firing process, to create one-of-a-kind raku pieces. Open to students of all levels. The first two days will focus on handbuilding forms. Students will learn several handbuilding techniques such as pinch pots, coiled pots, and slab pots and will be encouraged to follow their own creative direction. Please note that instruction for wheel throwing is not provided in this workshop; however, the student with wheel throwing experience is welcome to use the wheel to create their forms.

All participants will receive enough clay and materials to complete approximately three small to medium sized pieces.  The raku firing will be held outdoors on Saturday in another location. Students should plan to be available for the whole day of firing and bring their own beverage and lunch.

Masks are required in in-person classes unless all participants and instructor agree otherwise. Masks are not required outdoors. Register in person or online at the Salmon River Fine Arts Center Squaresite. This class is funded by a generous donation from the John Ben Snow Foundation.

See the video on the exciting firing technique for the raku class.