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Paint Lean with a Fat Brush!Paint Lean with a Fat Brush!
Marilyn Krug
January 8 - February 5, Thursdays 2 - 4:30 pm (5 weeks)
Learn to master acrylics! Loosen up and unlock your expressive style with a focus on color and contemporary design. Each class includes warm-up paintings, instructor demo’s, lots of painting time and individual attention. Say goodbye to fear and be bold as you experience the versatility of acrylic paints. Achieve rich glazes, edges and shadows. Pair rich, transparent color pigments with powerful opaques. Learn special effects and tricks using minimal amounts of rubbing alcohol and other mediums. Make the most of brushes and palette knives. Learn the professional design tips! Apply value & color contrast for a stronger painting. No drawing skills are needed as you progress at your own pace without fear. All skill levels are welcome. Class Size: Minimum 6, Maximum 10. Appropriate for ages 16 and older. Supply list.

Marilyn Krug
January 8 – February 5, Thursdays, 5 weeks, 5:30-8:00 pm
This class takes acrylics beyond traditional limits in combination with a mix of other media, including ink, paper, collage items, gels, etc. Scrape, scumble, and explore textural overlays. Own your expressive style as you paint intuitively, with a focus on contemporary color and design. Each class includes instructor demo’s, lots of painting time, problem solving and individual attention. Jump to the next step to unlock unlimited possibilities. While all levels are welcome, some painting experience is helpful. No drawing skills are needed to broaden your creativity. Class Size: Minimum 6 & Maximum 10. Appropriate for ages 16 and older. Supply list.

Zentangle® 1: Introduction Zentangle® 1: Introduction Zentangle® 1: Introduction
Heidi Depue
January 10, 2015, Saturday, 1:00 - 3:30pm
Learn how to create an abstract, intricate little piece of art while practicing Mindfulness. Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, meditative form of drawing. With it you can explore your creative side, overcome stress, and enter a peaceful state of mind. Those who have no prior artistic training or drawing experience will find confidence and motivation to create more art; those who already practice art will find Zentangle useful to get "in the zone" and overcome blocks. Zentangle uses simple, inexpensive tools, is portable, and can fit into a busy schedule.
In this introductory class, you will become familiar with the theoretical background and principles of the Zentangle art form, and learn and practice basic strokes. You will learn several patterns and at the end of class you will have the basic knowledge to practice Zentangle on your own. Small supply list. Check out Heidi’s website:

January 12 - February 9, 5 weeks, Mondays, 6-8pm
This 5 week series will allow you to build and hone your skills with colored pencils. Each week we will dig deeper into at least two techniques, experiencing and experimenting with the pencils. In addition, you will create your own color reference charts for future use, work on samples, and create a finished piece. Come explore the many joys of this versatile medium and discover a stronger sense of personal style. Suitable for all levels. Ages 12 to 92. (Pictures are of student work.) Supply list.

Robin Christy Humelbaugh
January 13, 2015, Tuesday, 1-3:30pm
Bring yourself, a pencil, and notebook (sketchbook) for a fun overview of the basic watercolor washes and techniques. All of your paints, papers and supports will be supplied on this day only! If you have always wanted to explore watercolor, this is the class for you. We will play with wet in wet, wet on dry, line work, lifting, charging and general paint mixing. This sounds like a lot of work but it really is fun when you get the paint and water to work for you. All supplies included. (A great starter class for the "Opaquely Transparent Watercolor Techniques" class).

Julie Jeanseau
January 13 - February 17, 2015, Tuesdays, 6 weeks, 6-8:30pm
This class is for both beginners and students that want a bit more guidance in their work. We will be covering the basics of preparing substrates, mixing with various oil mediums, and brush techniques. In addition, we will cover some color theory, to help you feel confident in your use of color, as you develop your pieces. Beginners will come away with at least 3 paintings in process and possibly a couple finished. Intermediate and advanced students will have the opportunity to develop their own imagery alongside prompts started in class Feel free to repeat this class for review as new projects are added each term. More info & Supply List

Opaquely Transparent Watercolor TechniquesOpaquely Transparent Watercolor TechniquesOpaquely Transparent Watercolor Techniques
Robin Christy Humelbaugh
January 20 -February 10, 2015, Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:30pm
Join Robin in this new adventure into the more opaque spectrum of watercolors. Many traditional watercolors have a natural opacity and we will explore them all. Including Cobalt Blue, Burnt Umber, the Siennas, as well as some transparent colors. Learn how to use Titanium White and how to lift out other colors to gain near white lights. Enjoy the freedom of expression hard to get with staining colors while still retaining the transparency watercolors are known for. Beginners welcome. Supply List.

Bookbinding: Wood and Leather StrapBookbinding: Wood and Leather StrapBookbinding: Wood and Leather Strap
Karen Votaw
January 24, Saturday, 10am – 4:30pm
Wood and leather, two of my favorite materials to work with! Combine that with paper and string and you have a book in the making! Karen Votaw will teach you how to make this long-stitch journal that has the feel of a medieval era. You will get some basic leather experience and we will explore several different closure styles. Wood covers can be painted, stained or covered with various decorative papers, which will also be interspersed between the pages. Beginners and experienced alike will enjoy making this durable and beautiful wood and leather journal. Register early, class limited to 7. Bring a sack lunch. Supply List.

WATERCOLOR PENCILS: Tips and TechniquesWATERCOLOR PENCILS: Tips and Techniques
January 25, 2015, Sunday, 12:30-3:30pm
Water color pencils combine the best of both worlds; watercolor paint and colored pencil. They are very portable and allow precise control and detail like colored pencils yet they dissolve and blend into vibrant colors when water is added. They are the perfect travel media. Experience a variety of techniques, while learning how to make the watercolor pencil work for you. Learn how to make your strokes loose and free to look like Japanese sumi painting or watercolor; or try your hand at tight and intense color that mimics acrylic painting. Learn how to incorporate your new found knowledge and apply it to your own style of drawing. This class is for beginners or early watercolor pencil learners. All ages welcome. Supply list.

Heidi Depue
February 7, 2015, Saturday, 12-4pm

Add a new dimension to your Zentangle images by incorporating color. You will learn a variety of techniques using various mediums such as watercolor, markers, and colored pens and pencils. In addition, you will learn and practice several new patterns. Supply List. Prerequisite: Zentangle 1 or instructor permission. Check out Heidi’s website:

Nancy Eng
February 12 - March 5, Thursdays, 6-8:30pm
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. Supply List. Some supplies are included.

February 22, 2015, Sunday, 12:30-3:30pm
Students will learn a variety of techniques, use an assortment of tools and surfaces in order to see the huge range of looks one can achieve with colored pencils. We will learn to blend, build, burnish, etc. No skills are required and the class is suitable for ages 12 and up. This class is intended to give you the information and techniques to apply to your own style of art. (Pictures are of student work.) Click here for small supply list.

Jami Moffett
February 23 - March 16, Mondays, 4 weeks, 6-8pm
Join Jami in this 4 week comprehensive study of the face. This class will contain information to help you define your skills, strengthen your powers of observation and learn to recreate photographic references of the face "parts" (eyes, ears, lips, hair) as well as the face as a whole. Students will gain knowledge and experience to reproduce a likeness. You will learn the importance of light and shadow, correct proportions, blending and shading. Learn to use the various degrees of graphite pencils, charcoal and other accompanying tools. Small Supply List

Roxanne Evans Stout
Saturday, May 30, 2015, 10am - 4:30pm.
$10 materials fee to instructor
Have you always been entranced by the changes that each season brings to the world of nature, to your life and in your art?
Join mixed-media artist Roxanne Evans Stout for a magical two days of art making, and create a beautiful Tapestry Collage that represents nature’s seasons. Roxanne will guide you in this project, which could either be a wall hanging or artist book that you will cherish forever.
For our Tapestry Collage we will use four sheets of handmade Khadi Paper and begin our backgrounds by covering both sides of our lovely watercolor sheets with a combination of pan pastels, paints, inks and glazes.
We’ll follow this with a layer of collaged fabrics and rice papers, and then add our focal points: images, small landscapes and collages, found objects and elements of nature. Finally we will add stitching and other details around and through our collaged panels, which will create a personal and unique quality to your work. We will wire our panels together using rivets and hand-twisted wire rings.
You will go home with a unique wall hanging or artist book that you will love displaying in your home on the wall or on a shelf or a cabinet!

Materials are all included but feel free to bring your favorite art supplies, photocopied images, found objects and small pieces of nature like pressed leaves or flowers, flat stones or rocks, twigs, seed pods etc. We will only be taking a half hour lunch so bring a sack lunch.



  • 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
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 9am-6pm • Fri: 9am-5:30pm • Sat: 10am-5pm • Sun: noon-4 pm
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