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

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  • Beginner Watercolor Class: "Sunflower Delight"
  • Instructor: Robert Jones
  • Date: Saturday, June 8
  • Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Ages: Adult (14+)
  • Maximum enrollment: 8
  • Fee: $25 (25% off for members $18.75)*
  • Materials: Will be provided; feel free to bring your own

Summer sun exemplified in a beautiful sunflower!  Come join this beginner watercolor class, which will focus on creating a unique sunflower on 9”x12” Arches watercolor paper. Through demonstrations and individual, hands-on help, you will learn some basic watercolor techniques, including basic wash, composition, shadows, and reflections. Pigment suggestions will help you create the mood of the painting you would like to achieve, and commercial color wheels will be used to help you select a harmonious color scheme.  Several examples will be available. Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own.

This is an in-person class and masks are optional. Register in person or online at Salmon River Fine Arts Center Square Site. Space is limited, so sign up early.

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.

Robert A. Jones - Watercolor Artist. Robert is a retired technology education teacher from the Hannibal School District. He has over ten years’ experience painting a variety of subjects including landscape, wildlife, abstract, color theory, and mixed media. He teaches watercolor at several art organizations throughout Oswego County to share his enthusiasm for watercolor painting.


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  • Please note: This is a two-session workshop

  • Mosaic Garden Rocks
  • Instructor: Diane Melnik
  • Dates & times of 2-day workshop:
  • Sunday, June 9, 1 - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, June 15, 10:30 am - 12 pm
  • Ages: Adult/Teen – 14 y/o and up
  • Maximum enrollment: 8
  • Fee:  $30; Members get 25% off ($22.50)

It’s time to rock the rock class!  Add some beauty to your garden with your own personalized mosaic garden rock in this two-session class. In the first class, your instructor will teach you how to score and break small pieces of glass, which you will arrange and glue to the surface of your rock. After your rock sets, you will add grout in the second class as a finishing touch. All materials are included to complete a beautiful and unique garden mosaic, including a rock approximately 6 x 8-inches.

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.

Local Artist Diane Melnik has been creating and selling 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.


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  • Beginner Watercolor Card Making Class
  • Instructor: Lyn Bernatovich
  • Date: Saturday, June 22
  • Time: 10 am - 12:30 pm
  • Ages: Adult (12+)
  • Maximum enrollment: 8
  • Fee: $25 (25% off for members $18.75)*

The goal of this beginner watercolor and card making class is to create greeting cards that you can keep or pass along to someone special. You will learn some basic techniques of watercolor and incorporate them into constructing cards. You will warm up by creating some watercolor background panels, which will be used in the cards. You will be shown basic stamping techniques to stamp sentiments on the front and inside of your cards.  You will be working with washi tape, sequins, gold gel pens, Stickles Glitter Glue, ribbon, and twine, all accessories that are widely used in stamping. You will be shown how to lay out a card in a pleasing manner, and you will complete 8 cards by the end of the class. The overall theme of this class is to have fun and be creative. So, come in for a fun day of learning something new! All materials will be provided.

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.

LYN BERNATOVICH: Since 1998 my passion, my burn, my creative energy stems mainly from a desire to teach and share what I know about paper crafting.  I am a card maker and since 2016 I love painting in watercolor. I am the past founder and director of Paper Arts Club of CNY and Author of Paper Petunia’s weekly e-newsletter. Past Design Teams: Paper Craft Planet Creations by AR, Dreamweaver Stencils, Stampendous, Happy Little Stampers. I am the guest instructor for “Art is Creation” Teen Program, New Smyrna Beach, Florida. You know that old saying, “Do what you love, love what you do?”  Well, that is my journey to be creative through and through!  Sharing what I know with others is exactly where I want to be.  My reward is definitely the journey, and I love all that paper art has brought me and embrace whatever lies ahead.


seahorse painted in alcohol ink on ceramic tile
  • Alcohol Ink on Tile: Seahorse
  • Instructor: Robin Eaton-Novak
  • Date: Saturday, June 22
  • Time: 2:00 – 4:30 pm
  • Ages: Adults (16 and older)
  • Maximum enrollment: 8
  • Fee:  $25 (25% off for members $18.75)*

Picture this beautiful tile in your home. Yes, you can do it! Any color or image you want using alcohol ink!

In this beginner class, you will learn to work with alcohol inks to create a vibrant painting on a 4”x12” ceramic tile. (Other size tiles will be available to use as well). Your instructor will guide you step by step through the masking technique that is used to create this magnificent colored seahorse. You will explore pouring, blending, carving and dotting to create a colorful painting of the seahorse or a design of your choosing. There will be sample pieces available to inspire you as you create your own unique tile that will be completed by the end of the class. All supplies and tools will be provided.

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; 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.

Artist 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 2 classes at The Salmon River Fine Arts Center! I work as a MH therapist on Fort Drum and use alcohol ink painting as a therapeutic intervention to demonstrate patience, acceptance and individual perception.


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  • Intermediate Watercolor Workshop
  • Instructor: Craig Anderson
  • Date: FULL DAY WORKSHOP - Saturday, July 13
  • Time: 10 am - 4 pm
  • ½ hr. lunch break - bring your own
  • Water, tea, coffee provided
  • Ages: Adults, 14 y/o and up
  • Maximum enrollment: 8
  • Fee:  $50.00 (25% off for members $37.50) *

This 6-hour watercolor workshop is geared for the artist with some basic watercolor experience and a desire to explore more advanced imagery to develop his or her technique. This class will offer foundation work and experimenting with different exercises inherent to watercolor. You will draw out a simple painting using your reference photo or one provided by the instructor. You will learn valuable techniques and receive one-on-one advice to develop your painting in a fun and encouraging atmosphere.

Students may choose to bring their own favorite brushes and quality paints to create consistency. However, all supplies will be available. A materials list can be provided by the instructor should you want to purchase your own supplies prior to the class. Call the Art Center for the list during business hours.

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.

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. He is in demand for live demonstrations and workshops. You can visit his website craigandersonfineart.com for more information.


wool embroidery panel showing birds and flowers
  • Wool Embroidery Class: Feathered Friends
  • Instructor: Beverly Filkins
  • Date: Saturday, July 20
  • Time: 10 am - 1 pm
  • Ages: Adults (14 y/o and up)
  • Maximum enrollment: 8
  • Fee:  $20.00 (25% off for members $15.00) *

Summertime is here, along with a wide variety of feathered friends. Come join this beginner class where you will learn the basics of embroidery stitching and applique techniques to create an artistically designed 12”x7” table mat or wall hanging with a few of your favorite birds. Your instructor will provide you with various wool colors, designs and patterns to choose from to create a beautiful embroidery painting with birds and flowers. 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.

Bev Filkins: I have lived in Pulaski all my life and have been sewing for more than 50 years. I love all needlework art; however, applique and quilting are my preferences. I have been teaching quilting classes for several years in Mexico, and I teach embroidery at the Mexico Quilt Guild. I look forward to sharing my love for this unique form of art with new students.



Free Weekly Drawing Class

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  • 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.

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