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Instructor list

Marilyn Krug
May 17 - June 7, 2016 Tuesdays, 4 weeks, 2:00-4:30pm
Spring is such an exciting time to begin painting! For the newly beginning painter or acrylic explorer, this relaxed classroom atmosphere will show you how to start painting, mix vibrant colors, and make the most of your brushes and paint. You can watch free videos online but there’s nothing like hands-on learning. A minimum supply list will help your budget and I’ll show you how to make unlimited colors. I’ll guide you to unlocking the key to your style – bold or soft, smooth or textural? Dive into this exploration with no pressure suit required! No drawing skills are needed to open your creativity.
Class Size: Minimum 6 & Maximum 12. Ages 16 and older. Supply list.

Beginning DrawingBeginning Drawing
Cynthia Herron
May 17 - June 7, 2016, Tuesdays,
4 weeks, 6-8:30pm
This class will provide a continuing foundation to learn the fundamentals of representational drawing. In this 4-week class, we will learn the basics of measuring and sighting, chiaroscuro, perspective and composition using ink washes and charcoal. This class will emphasize line work as well as value. Expect to see your skills improve, and be able to draw whatever you see! All levels of experience are welcome. Subject matter includes photographs and still-life arrangements. Each evening will include examples, working time and critiques. For those who are repeating the class there will be new techniques and subject matter. Supply List
1. Gesture and contour line drawing. Bring 5” – 7” object from home
2. Proportion and sighting; charcoal
3. chiaroscuro and capturing form with shading; charcoal
4. linear perspective with pen and ink. Bring photo of buildings

Beginning Oil Painting (New Class)Beginning Oil Painting (New Class)Beginning Oil Painting (New Class)
Julie Jeanseau
May 18 - June 8, 2016, Wednesdays, 4 weeks, 6-8:30pm
Oil paints are known for their beautiful rich colors. They have a depth of hue that is just impossible to get with other kinds of paint. Starting with some basic tools and information we will explore the possibilities of painting with oil. You will learn about types of brushes and how to mix and apply paint. We will learn about using the various mediums available to use for thinning oils or shortening the drying time. In addition, we will cover some color theory so you can feel confident in your use of color as you develop your pieces. By the end of the class, you will come away with several experimental, in process pieces, and at least one finished painting that is vivid, rich, and layered with the depth that comes only with oil paint. All levels welcome in this four week class. Supply list.

Finding Your Vision with Oil & Cold WaxFinding Your Vision with Oil & Cold WaxFinding Your Vision with Oil & Cold Wax
Nancy Eng
May 26 - June 16, 2016, Thursdays, 1 - 3:30pm
In this class you will learn the basics of using oil & cold wax. We will create and finish five paintings using layers and simple textures. You will learn to do quick thumb nail sketches to create simple basic landscape compositions that we will use in your paintings. Also, why some landscape designs work and why some do not. This class is useful for both beginners and more seasoned artists. New techniques for those repeating the class. Supply List.

The Habit of Drawing IThe Habit of Drawing IThe Habit of Drawing I
Bonnie Hull
June 3 & 10, 2016, Fridays 10 - noon
This class focuses on keeping a drawing book as a tool, a journal, a pleasure. Keeping a sketchbook allows you to record images notationally, imprinting images on the brain's memory. We'll start small with a Moleskine drawing book and a few simple tools, not concentrating on accuracy so much as on using line to capture a moment. In the first class we'll discuss the habit of drawing and how to get started. Your homework for the week will be to spend at least 15 minutes a day drawing in your book. In the second class we'll look at your book, talk about the process and discuss how we can go forward with drawing. You will be encouraged to bring other drawing books you might have for "show and tell." We encourage you to join the Salem Sketchers group on Saturday, June 11th, to "test drive" your new skills. Price of the class includes a Moleskine drawing book. Students will bring their own pencils, pens and other drawing tools. Available at the Art Department for purchase before class is the full range of drawing implements. (My current favorite tools are the Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pens which come in black and a variety of colors and sizes including the brush pen and the straight nibs. The ink quality is excellent in these pens and does not leach through the pages of the drawing book.) Click here to see more of Bonnie's drawings!

EXPANDING ON COLORED PENCILS using personal imageryEXPANDING ON COLORED PENCILS using personal imageryEXPANDING ON COLORED PENCILS using personal imagery
Jam Moffett
June 6-27, 2016, Mondays, 6-8pm
In this four evening class, learn to get the most out of your colored pencils as we expand your skills in using this very versatile medium. At the beginning of each class Jami will review a technique or two and then, using your own pictures as reference, Jami will guide you individually through the drawings that you want to make. Develop your colored pencil skills while receiving tips and guidance on color choices, composition, and other techniques. Students should have taken a beginner class in colored pencil techniques or have the equivalent in experience. (Pictures shown are of student work.) Supply list.

A Mixed Media Lecture Demo -- GOLDEN AcrylicsA Mixed Media Lecture Demo -- GOLDEN AcrylicsA Mixed Media Lecture Demo -- GOLDEN Acrylics
Corrine Loomis Dietz
June 23, Thursday, 6-8pm
(must call to register for samples and a seat)

This demo packs a ton of valuable information about acrylic paint systems, guiding you through the basics while opening up new possibilities.

Acrylics are infinitely more versatile than any other paint system- ideal for mixed media explorations, printmaking and collage! You will see many examples layering, painting, pouring, textural applications and wash techniques.

Corrine will demonstrate the properties of GOLDEN pigments as she introduces the four viscosities of paint: “high flow”, “fluid”, “OPEN” & “heavy body” acrylics. Discover the many tools for mixed media applications, from brushes, stencils, markers, pens and palette knives.

Get a grip on the many gels and mediums and their uses: develop textures, control color saturation, adhesive for collage, layering, or constructing the faux encaustic. Visually investigate the options of photo image transfer as Corrine presents both the direct transfer and the photo skin.

Another important aspect of a mix media investigation is surfacing and the “Grounds” for drawing. Fine Pumice Gel, Coarse Molding Paste, Acrylic Ground for Pastel and Matte medium all provide the tooth to grab soft pastel, graphite, charcoal and the like! Marbleizing, splatters, salts, drips and pours are great foundations for continued drawing, painting or collage.

High Flow acrylics can go from brush to marker or from dip pen to airbrush and more. From fine lines to broad strokes, High Flow has an ink-like consistency that lends itself to a wide range of techniques, including staining, leveling, calligraphy, and mixed media.

OPEN Acrylics remain wet far longer than other acrylics, offering a dramatically relaxed set of working properties that facilitate blending, shading, glazing.

Discover the options using OPEN for monotype, block prints silkscreen.

Many GOLDEN Gels, Pastes and Paints make great surfaces for dry and wet media such as pencil, pen & ink, pastels, markers, charcoal and watercolors.

This event will explore both the control and freedom to create!

Exploring with Oil PastelsExploring with Oil PastelsExploring with Oil Pastels
Jane Aukshunas
November 5 & 6, 2016, Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 3pm
Enjoy playing with the luscious texture and versatility of oil pastel. Join Jane Aukshunas in this 2-day workshop to explore the many ways oil pastels can adapt to each individual’s means of expression. We’ll experiment with a variety of surfaces and grounds to change the way oil pastels behave, and use tools for different effects. We will look into how oil pastel mixes with other media such as watercolor, India ink, colored pencils and acrylics. This class is about exploration, and it is suitable for both beginners and those more experienced. The goal is to become better acquainted with the medium and become comfortable in using it as a tool in developing your own personal artistic vision. Please bring some resource imagery that inspires you. Supply list.



  • By phone: Call Art Department at 503-364-7465 during business hours, registration requires a Visa or MasterCard payment.
  • In person: You are welcome to register at Art Department during business hours.

Students must pre-register and pay the full amount to reserve a space in the desired class or workshop. Minimum enrollment must be met to make a class a “go”. So to avoid disappointment, please register early!

Class will be cancelled three business days prior to the first day of the first class IF the student minimum is not met.

REFUND POLICY: If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances, a full refund will be given. Withdrawals made more than five days prior to the first class session, will be issued a full refund minus a $10 registration processing fee. Withdrawals made five days or less, prior to the first class session, will NOT be refunded or credited.


Art Department, Inc • 254 Commercial ST NE • Salem, OR 97301
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