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COLORED PENCIL: Expand Your Color KnowledgeCOLORED PENCIL: Expand Your Color Knowledge
Jami Moffett
August 10 - 31, 2015, Mondays, 6 - 8pm
Expand your color theory as you hone your skills using colored pencils. Each two hour class consists of one hour of technical skills and one hour of creatively using what you have just learned in the previous hour. In this 4 week class, Jami will provide templates to speed the process of learning about color. You will explore color mixing by making a color chart to see how various colors look layered together so as to avoid the muddy look. Learn how color choices affect each other when used side by side. What does ultramarine blue look like next to crimson red, canary yellow, and apple green? As well as brush up on color theory including analogous, monochromatic, complementary, and triad color schemes. Supply list.

Heidi Depue
August 22, 2015, Saturday, 12-4:30pm (1/2 hour break)

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:

Watercolor on Alternative SurfacesWatercolor on Alternative SurfacesWatercolor on Alternative Surfaces
Robin Christy Humelbaugh
August 23, 2015, Sunday, 1-4pm
Take your painting to a new level by exploring the world of surfaces beyond watercolor paper. In this class we will prepare various papers, plastics and wood to accept watercolor. Experience the different effects you can get with various supports. Because we are using different surfaces, some of which can be wiped off and used again, this is a great class for beginners and experienced painters alike. The techniques used, involve letting the paint itself dictate some of the composition as it flows on the surface. The yupo and gessoed surfaces especially allow for easy wiping and lifting. Florals and landscapes are especially suited for this class. Supply list.

Ann Kresge
September 12, 2015, Saturday,
10am- 4pm
Tunnel books are the oldest form of sculptural books. In this one day, hands-on workshop students will create this 3 dimensional book form which has unlimited possibilities! Participants will learn bookmaking skills: concertina folding, gluing, planning a book around a concept, trying ideas and creating a finished tunnel book to take home. Media possibilities will include: drawing, painting, printmaking, Xerox and collage. Tunnel books create a stage and tell a story. Possible themes will include landscapes, interior spaces, or transforming shapes. Supply list.

Jami Moffett
September 13, 2015, Sunday, 12:00 - 4:00pm
Take your Colored Pencil Paintings one step further with this one day workshop. Learn how to build a value foundation with an underpainting of grey pencils. This grey-like foundation is called Grisaille (greez-eye) and was used by the master painters for centuries. Adding your hues atop the value painting then creates rich deep color , taking the painting beyond basic color layering. Small supply list.

COLORED PENCIL SOUP: Combining Colored Pencil with Water Soluble PencilsCOLORED PENCIL SOUP: Combining Colored Pencil with Water Soluble Pencils
September 20, Sunday, 12:30-5:30pm
In this workshop you will learn to combine water soluble pencils with regular colored pencils. This approach allows for a quick layering of color with the water soluble pencils, then adding crisp details with the colored pencils. First we will make a "chart" of the colors you have in your box. Mixing and matching and using a variety of techniques for both water soluble and regular colored pencils. The result is a visual aid you can take home to use again and again. Then you will spend time developing your own unique piece of art. All levels welcome. Supply list.

“Wet and Wild Paint” QoR Watercolor, Acrylic Fluids and High Flow“Wet and Wild Paint” QoR Watercolor, Acrylic Fluids and High Flow“Wet and Wild Paint” QoR Watercolor, Acrylic Fluids and High Flow
A Lecture– Demonstration
Corrine Loomis Dietz
September 29, 2015, Tuesday, 6 - 8 pm
(Space limited. Call to preregister 503-364-7465)
NEW Innovations in Paint and Technology
GOLDEN Artist Colors is changing the options for art exploration from the ground up and this is a great opportunity to survey paint and discover what excites your passion, be it watercolor washes, drips, splatters or layers of color in line and shape.
Rich in Pigment, the paint and binder can seduce an artist and saturate the eye of the beholder! Corrine will demonstrate the characteristics of QoR watercolor, Fluid and High Flow Acrylics. This is also an opportunity to see a selection of the luscious grounds for wet media!
Gain information about pigments, from the gritty minerals to the staining properties of the moderns and how this relates to clean color mixing. The unique properties of acrylic paints will take us from ink line and washes to thick impasto techniques!
The new High Flow Acrylics are intense, lightfast pigments formulated to an ink viscosity for drawing, airbrushing, pen & ink and flowing effortlessly from a brush. This new innovation allows the artist to develop fine detail, sign artwork, develop lightfast illustration or wet into wet washes and stains!
Whether you paint traditionally or invite more mixed media into your work, this lecture demonstration will offer the technical knowledge to support your ideas.
Literature and wet samples to all who pre-register.

OIL & COLD WAX: Abstraction DiscoveryOIL & COLD WAX: Abstraction DiscoveryOIL & COLD WAX: Abstraction Discovery
Nancy Eng
October 1-22, 2015, Thursday, 4 weeks
1:00 - 3:30 pm
In this class you will learn the basics of using oil & cold wax. Cold wax lends itself to imagery as well as abstraction. We will create and finish at least 6 non objective paintings using layers, textures & new approaches. You will learn to create various grounds, add and subtract color and add texture in layers. Your surfaces will be manipulated with many tools, such as brushes, palette knives, dough spreaders, Colour Shapers and brayers, etching tools, rags and whisk brooms. We will learn to use textured papers, dry pigments, solvents, stencils, transfers and paint sticks. This class is useful for both beginners and more seasoned artists. Supply List. Some supplies are included.

Zentangle® 1: Introduction Zentangle® 1: Introduction
Heidi Depue
October 3, 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:

Beginning-Intermediate Oil PaintingBeginning-Intermediate Oil PaintingBeginning-Intermediate Oil Painting
Cynthia Herron
October 6-27,2015, Tuesdays, 1-4pm
Learn to translate what you see from a still life into oil paint. Develop skills in composition, color mixing, proportion, edges and chiaroscuro shading. More experienced painters will face additional challenges of rendering glass and reflective surfaces as well as matching complex colors and textures. The classes will include examples, short lectures, demonstrations, and plenty of working time to complete one finished painting. Students choose between water-mixable oil, or traditional oil paints. Supply list.

Beginning - Intermediate DrawingBeginning - Intermediate DrawingBeginning - Intermediate Drawing
Ian Factor
October 7 - 28, 2015, Wednesdays, 4 weeks, 10am - 12:30pm
This on-going class will provide a base of knowledge and continuing foundation of the fundamentals for representational drawing from life. In this 4-week class, we will learn the basics of line and tone, measuring and sighting, chiaroscuro, perspective and composition using graphite, compressed and vine charcoal. Deepen and refine your skills, by the end of the 4 weeks you’ll be able to draw whatever you see with clarity and confidence! All levels of experience are welcome. Subject matter will be instructor-assembled still-life arrangements. Each evening will include examples of other artist’s drawings, working time and critiques. Handouts and diagrams will also be supplied by the instructor. This course is taught with the individual in mind, hence there will be a focus on one-on-one time and crits as well as group discussion and demos. For those who are repeating the class there will be new techniques, subject matter and all new still lives, as the teaching will be geared to each individual student’s skill level and ability. Supply list.

Jane Aukshunas
October 24 & 25, Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 3pm
Think you’d like to create art using oil pastels? In this 2-day workshop, we will begin with simple exercises to become familiar with tools and techniques useful when working with oil pastels. We’ll learn how to manipulate the medium and discover what it will and will not do. We will then experiment with those skills in drawing/painting imagery developed through class exercises and finish with a still life. Each person’s style will evolve as we create from our own imagination as well. Abstract or realistic approaches both work. We’ll work to each student’s ability, have fun, grow our skills and confidence, and encourage each other by sharing our experience. Supply list.

Figure Drawing Master ClassFigure Drawing Master ClassFigure Drawing Master Class
Ian Factor
October 29 - November 19, 2015, Thursdays, 6:00am-8:30pm
$130 + $40 model fee
This course will provide an in-depth exploration of fundamental through advanced techniques and approaches for figure drawing from life. In this 4 week master class, students will briefly review the basic structure, construction and proportions of the human figure before focusing on the body as a dynamic, ever-moving, totally integrated rhythmic force. Students will apply measuring and sighting skills to describe the human machine in accurate and expressive ways while developing heightened skills for quickly perceiving and rendering the subtle underlying structural, muscular and energetic connections within every posture. Graphite, compressed and vine (willow) charcoal will be used. Intermediate and advanced technical applications will be introduced with a focus on quicker more expressive mark making. Previous figure drawing experience is not required but suggested, and all students must have at least a basic level of drawing experience, such as a beginning drawing class or self guided study. This class will include examples of other artist’s drawings, plenty of working time and critiques. Handouts and diagrams will also be supplied by the instructor. This course is taught with the individual in mind, hence there will be a focus on one-on-one time and crits as well as group discussion and demos. Supply List.

Jami Moffett
November 2 - 23, 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

Monotype MojoMonotype MojoMonotype Mojo
KC Hancock
November 7, 2015, Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
$80 all supplies included
In this class you will be introduced to monotype printmaking techniques that you can do at home without a printing press or solvents. We will work with what I find to be the best water soluble ink available and learn methods to add (additive) and subtract (reductive) ink from a Plexiglas plate using rollers, brushes, pieces of cardboard, rags, and various objects. We will also explore the use of found object monotypes using leaves, feathers, lace, paper shapes and textiles. All skill levels are welcome. The class will be a combination of demonstration and hands on with individual support from the instructor. It will be a very full day so please bring your lunch. Mojo is a word for finding the magic in what we do and monotype is a process that is full of magic. It is an extremely fun art form that you can continue to do at home. Class is limited to 10 students. All supplies included. Optional supplies.

Corrine Loomis Dietz
November 14, 2015, Saturday, 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.

Travel Sketchbooks: From Your Backyard to ItalyTravel Sketchbooks: From Your Backyard to ItalyTravel Sketchbooks: From Your Backyard to Italy
Ken O’Connell
December 12, 2015 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, California 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.



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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
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