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 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 wheel example of pottery made in beginner wheel throwing class
  • Please Note: This is a five-session class

  • Beginner Wheel Throwing
  • Instructor: Marybeth Sorendo
  • Dates: Thursday evenings
  • May 19
  • May 26
  • June 2
  • June 9
  • June 16
  • Time:
  • 5:15 pm - 7:45 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.


a garden pendant in rainbow colors
  • Glass on Glass Garden Art
  • Instructor: Diane Melnik
  • Date:  Sunday, June 5
  • Time: 1 - 4 pm
  • Ages: 14 and up
  • Maximum enrollment: 6
  • Fee: $25 members / $35 non-members
  • (Scholarships available,
  • please inquire)

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. 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. Diane’s classes sell out quickly, so sign up early and pay for your class online at Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site


photo of water, sky and cliff painting of water, sky and cliff
  • Watercolor Workshop
  • Going from “This to That”
  • Painting Water and Sky
  • Instructor: Craig Anderson
  • Date: Tuesday, June 7
  • 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 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.

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.