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Mix Media Madness  & the Secret Stuff!Mix Media Madness  & the Secret Stuff!Mix Media Madness & the Secret Stuff!
Corrine Loomis Dietz
July 22, 2016, Friday 10am - 4pm
Come spend the day mixing it up with artist and teacher Corrine Loomis Dietz.
Expand your ideas of what mixed media is all about. Get the opportunity to experience GOLDEN Acrylic paint, mediums, gels and grounds. Choose from rich pigments, Iridescent and Interference fluids. All you have to do is bring two 8 x 10 or 9 x 12 wood panels, collage paper or fabric scraps and a sack lunch! Corrine will provide the rest including acrylic skins, stencils, gel, glitter, stamps, High Flow markers, Fluids, QoR, collage paper, stamps and lots of the secret stuff… A great way to try before you buy. Leave your inner critic at home and prepare for a fun, experimental day!

Colored Pencil BasicsColored Pencil Basics
Jami Moffett
July 23, 2016, Saturday, 10:30am - 4pm (½ hour lunch break)
This class will give you a good foundation on which to build your knowledge of and skills for colored pencils. Learn the techniques of blending, burnishing, impressed line and so much more. There has been a revival of Adult Coloring Books lately. Learn several ways to use your pencils to jazz up those books! Or start a lifelong love for colored pencils and learn all the wonderful "looks" you can get with this versatile medium. All ages and skill levels welcome. Supply list.

Cynthia Herron
July 29, 2016, Friday, 1-4pm
If you love that textured, painterly look and if painting with a palette knife is something that intrigues you, watch a painting develop from start to finish in the first hour. During the second two hours you will be able to try these techniques on your own. Bring questions, photos to work from, and a sketchbook. Supply list

Learning the Basics for Watercolor PencilsLearning the Basics for Watercolor Pencils
Jami Moffett
July 30, 2016, Saturday, 10:30am - 4pm (½ hour lunch break)
This one day class will guide you in all the many ways you can apply watercolor pencils,and the various looks you can achieve. Learn how to make the pencil flow like standard watercolor, how to get tight details, and how to get the soft look of Japanese Sumi painting. You'll also get a chance to try the unique surface of Yupo paper. Build your skill level, gain information and receive guidance to take home with you to advance your artistic endeavors.This is a fun medium to "play" with and learn. Supply list.

Corrine Loomis Dietz
September 9, 2016, friday, 10am - 4pm
Have you ever felt like you do not have control of your materials?
This intense, 5 hour workshop is geared toward making sense of the technical aspects of acrylics and finding your groove. Learn tips to control the brush, palette, color mixing and drying times. We will explore a triad of Fluid Acrylics, mixing with polymer mediums & gels, to develop an understanding of Modern color mixing. Utilizing a series of exercises, we will discover the beautiful versatility of fluids as we pursue layers of washes and glazes. In the second session of the workshop we use Heavy Body acrylic to extend the color with Gels to develop textures and altar luminosity. With this thicker viscosity of paint we will explore the Mineral (inorganic pigments) to examine opacity, color mixing and impasto techniques. Expect loads of information, money saving tips and new reference for your work. I recommend this hands-on event for any artists, needing a refresher or a full jump start into acrylic.
All Paint Medium and Gels will be supplied by GOLDEN Artist Colors, creating a great opportunity to try it all to find your personal favorites!
Materials List: Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal (Series 400 / 9”x 12”) , paper towels and/or an old cotton rag.

Jo Hockenhull
September 17 & 18, 2016, Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 4pm (1 hour lunch)
Come spend two days creating rich drypoint intaglio prints using traditional techniques and contemporary materials. With the help of a roller etching press you will discover the unique qualities that only a print can achieve. During this process you will work from your own drawings, photos, collages, or work more experimentally to develop an abstract composition. Drypoint is a method of incising lines, patterns, shapes and textures directly into the surface of an acrylic plate with a diamond point scribe. The resulting image is inked, and transferred to paper when run through the press.
On day 2, you will learn various approaches to adding color. All printing is done with soy-based, water-soluble inks. Plenty of printing time will be possible as two etching presses will be provided. All materials are non-toxic. This class is suitable for all skill levels. Please arrive on time for critical instruction. Supply list.

Tending Your Artistic JourneyTending Your Artistic JourneyTending Your Artistic Journey
Cynthia Herron
September 24, 2016, Saturday, 1-4
Do hurdles prevent you from reaching your creative goals? Tend your inner artist through a series of insightful collage, drawing and writing exercises that will leave you with a clear understanding of how to work around pitfalls and inspire your artistic journey. Supply List.

Finding Your Vision with Oil & Cold WaxFinding Your Vision with Oil & Cold WaxFinding Your Vision with Oil & Cold Wax
Nancy Eng
October 6 - 27, 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.

Cynthia Herron
October 11, 2016, Tuesday, 1-4pm
This introductory class is for anyone, working in any media, who wants to expand their color confidence and knowledge. This color workshop will include demonstrations and discussions of color properties. As well as plenty of time to mix and match paint. Students will leave with some useful mixing techniques and a color chart created using their own paint colors. Supply list.

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