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Instructor list

August 16, Saturday, 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.

Zentangle® 1: Introduction (FULL - see below for New Class added Oct 11th!)Zentangle® 1: Introduction (FULL - see below for New Class added Oct 11th!)Zentangle® 1: Introduction (FULL - see below for New Class added Oct 11th!)
Heidi Depue
August 23, 2014, 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:

WATERCOLOR PENCILS: Tips and TechniquesWATERCOLOR PENCILS: Tips and Techniques
August 24, Sunday, 12:30-3:30
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.

Nancy Eng
September 4 - 25, Thursday, 6-8:30pm
In this class you will learn the basics of using oil & cold wax. We will create and finish five 6x6 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.

Zentangle® 1: Introduction (FULL - see below for New Class added Oct 11th!)Zentangle® 1: Introduction (FULL - see below for New Class added Oct 11th!)
Heidi Depue
September 6, 2014, Saturday, 1:00 - 3:30pm
See class description above.

September 8 - October 6, 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.

WATERCOLOR: Transparently YoursWATERCOLOR: Transparently Yours
Robin Christy Humelbaugh
September 9 - 30, Tuesdays, 6-8pm
Using watercolor, discover the Autumn colors glowing in the slightly slanted light of early fall. Think of luscious, deep bronzes against deep reds and a small amount of mossy green. All enhanced with pale yellows and hints of clear blue. Take this chance to investigate the new watercolor paints called Qor made by Golden Artist’s Colors They have long been known for their high quality acrylic paint and now have brought that same quality to their watercolor line. You will be able to sample these colors in several small compositions and also the new grounds that will make painting in watercolor easier than ever before. Bring a snack or your light dinner and spend this early evening with like minded people and COLOR! Suitable for beginning to experienced painters. Some supplies included. Small supply list.

Zentangle®  2: Beyond the Basics (FULL - see below for New Class added Nov. 8th!)Zentangle® 2: Beyond the Basics (FULL - see below for New Class added Nov. 8th!)
Heidi Depue
September 13, 2014, Saturday, 1:00 - 3:30pm
This class is for students who have completed the introductory Zentangle class. In this class you will expand your pattern library and learn more complicated patterns. You will learn how to create more detail and complexity through the use of enhancements, variations, embellishments, and shading techniques. Prerequisite: Zentangle 1 or instructor permission. Small supply list. Check out Heidi’s website:

Deanna White
September 17 & 24, Wednesdays, 5:30-8:30pm
Come and learn the basics of reverse painting on glass with acrylic paints. Painting on glass opens up a new world of techniques. We will be experimenting with several methods including stamping, “gold foil”, paint manipulation, collage, subtractive and layering techniques. See the beautiful results you get with this fun, easy, and unique class! Supply list.

Creating Collage Elements – ROUND THREE!Creating Collage Elements – ROUND THREE!
Sandi Reinke
September 27th, 2014, Saturday, 10:30am – 3:30pm
$75.00 (includes a take-home “taster” packet of papers, fibers, etc.)
“Collage “where the artwork is made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole”(Wikipedia).
And “different forms” is what this class is all about! You will not be creating a finished piece, but will be playing with a variety of techniques. I believe in “bone piles” – lots & LOTS of elements to choose from when working in my studio. And that’s what we are creating in this class. Everything from delicate, brightly colored “stained glass” looks to rusty, weathered metal effects. Learn a very cool way to “preview” adding that image, stamp, stencil or other element before committing the paint to your art. And (of course) TEXTURE - we love texture! I will bring a stash of stuff (handmade papers, ephemera, etc.) to play with, including unusual fibers you may never have worked with before (Linen Bark, Abaca, even REAL crocheted copper!) This is an “any level of experience” class and we keep the class size small so you have room to spread out and play. This is a very non-intimidating, spontaneous, “let’s try it” class! So come join us as we play with various techniques and experiment with all the different effects that you can create with paint, fibers, copper, handmade papers, other “stuff”, even plastic! And go home with your own stash of “different forms” to play with later! Bring lunch if you want to take an “eat” break. Supply List.
P.S. If you were here for our other classes, there will be lots of new stuff to try!

Cynthia Herron
October 7-28, Tuesdays, 4 weeks, 2:00-4:30pm
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 compostion 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.

Julie Jeanseau
October 7 - November 11, 2014, 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

Zentangle® 1: Introduction (4th class just added due to popular demand!)Zentangle® 1: Introduction (4th class just added due to popular demand!)
Heidi Depue
October 11, 2014, Saturday, 1:00 - 3:30pm
See class description above.

Marilyn Krug
October 16 - November 13, Thursdays 2 - 4:30 pm (5 weeks)
Learn to master acrylics! 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
October 16 – Nov 13, 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.

PRINTMAKING:  Creating and printing collographs and drypointsPRINTMAKING:  Creating and printing collographs and drypointsPRINTMAKING: Creating and printing collographs and drypoints
Jo Hockenhull
October 18 & 19, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm (1 hour lunch break at noon)
Come learn a simple way to create rich images by making and inking a plate and then printing it onto rag paper using a press. Students will learn 2 types of printmaking approaches; Collograph and Drypoint. No drawing experience is necessary. On the first day, students will create several collograph plates. We will cut textured papers, lightweight fabrics, string, laces, hot glue, etc. and adhere these materials to boards to create our plates which will then be sealed. Individuals may also wish to try drypoint on acrylic plates. Drypoint is a method of creating a plate by incising an image right into the surface with a sharp metal tool.

On day two, plates will be printed in both relief and intaglio using soy-based, water-soluble inks. Two etching presses will be provided for printing. Most materials are non-toxic, especially if one is not inclined to eat them.

Discover the unique qualities that only a print can achieve. This class is suitable for all skill levels. Please arrive on time for critical instruction. Supply list.

Cynthia Herron
November 4 - 25, Tuesdays, 2:00-4:30pm
In this 4-week class, we will build on the previous foundation of proportion, shading, perspective, and composition. We will work more with measuring and sighting, chiaroscuro, perspective and composition using ink washes and charcoal. Expect to see your skills improve, and your drawings become more accurate. Some experience with drawing recommended. We’ll begin with a still life and progress to more complex drawings. Subject matter includes photographs and still-life arrangements. Each evening will include examples, critiques and working time. Supply list.

Zentangle® 2: Beyond the Basics ( 2nd class added by popular demand)Zentangle® 2: Beyond the Basics ( 2nd class added by popular demand)
Heidi Depue
November 8, 2014, Saturday, 1:00 - 3:30pm
See class description above.

Travel Sketchbooks: From Your Backyard to Japan or ItalyTravel Sketchbooks: From Your Backyard to Japan or ItalyTravel Sketchbooks: From Your Backyard to Japan or Italy
Ken O’Connell
November 15, Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Join Ken for a one day workshop and work on some pages in your sketchbooks. See the world with fresh eyes. Learn to work portably, quickly, and with an eye towards capturing fragments of wonderful experiences, whether it be your backyard or the hill towns of Italy. Ken will show us a number of techniques and tips that add enjoyment and intensity to your sketching, such as the two page layout. As well as, offer some great advice and inspiration for unique ways to record your travel experiences. Use this workshop to jump start your own work in the sketchbook. Bring a sack lunch. Small supply list.


Serena Barton
November 22, Saturday, 10:30am-4pm

Traditional haiku is a form of Japanese poetry that captures a moment in a way that engages all of our senses in just three lines. Haiku can be funny, sad, nostalgic, brisk and all of these at once. We are going to use haiku as our inspiration for eloquent, mysterious and gorgeous abstract pieces in the wabi-sabi style. Wabi-sabi is the art of finding beauty in imperfection and of accepting natural cycles. It's simple, uncluttered, and honors authenticity. You'll learn how to use acrylic glaze, High Flow, acrylic paint, alcohol inks, collage elements, specialty papers, vintage text, 3-D embellishments, and unexpected materials to create with a playful spirit! You'll leave with several beautiful and fascinating pieces. Supply list.
Instructor Bio:
Serena loves to provide an atmosphere where you can discover or rekindle your creative abilities. She provides lots of individual attention and feedback as desired. Her goal is to help you learn, experiment, and have fun! Serena lives in Portland, OR where her business, The Art of Your Life, offers creativity and art workshops, groups and individual art coaching. She exhibits and sells her work locally and online. She teaches at national art retreats. You may have seen her magazine articles in Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine and Studios magazine. Her book, Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop: Mixed Media Techniques for Embracing Imperfection and Celebrating Happy Accidents was published in 2013 by North Light. She currently working on a book on oil and cold wax painting to be published by North Light in 2015.
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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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