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Instructor 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.

Working with Colored Pencils on a COLORED SURFACEWorking with Colored Pencils on a COLORED SURFACE
Jami Faith
September 11, 2016, Sunday, 12:30-5:30pm
Want to stretch yourself as a colored pencil artist?
"To get Different , you have to do Different."
Here's a chance to try your hand at making choices and learning techniques to apply colored pencil to colored surfaces and black paper. Two colors, side by side, interact with one another and change our perception of them. The effect of this interaction is called simultaneous contrast. The same is true of color on different colored, or black, surfaces. The real colors are not altered; only our perception of them changes.The look you get can either be stunning by using extreme contrasts, or subtle by incorporating the color of the paper as part of your piece. Supply list.

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.

Composition and Colored Pencil
Jami Moffett
September 19 - October 10, 2016, Mondays, 6-8pm
A good, strong composition is essential to create a successful colored pencil painting.
In this class you will learn some basics to increase your knowledge and understanding
of composition, as well as the principles and elements of design. You will learn about Movement, Rhythm, Contrast, and of course, Color, and all the other important factors for creating a good composition.
"Art is not what you see but how you help others see what you see." 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.

CMYK Colored Pencil CreationsCMYK Colored Pencil CreationsCMYK Colored Pencil Creations
Jami Faith
October 8, 2016, Saturday, 10:30am-4pm (½ hr lunch)
Almost any printed material; paper, box or label in today's world was created with the CMYK color process. By overlapping these four ink colors in various concentrations over white paper, a huge number of other colors can be created. Using colored pencils, we will create incredible pieces with just the printer process colors Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black (K). We will first create a chart to use and keep, so that we know which amounts of the 4 pencils produce which colors on the color wheel. We will then practice achieving those colors by drawing fruit. Moving on to the second half of the class to draw gorgeous colorful birds using only these 4 pencils. Small 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.

Marilyn Krug
October 18 – November 8, 2016, Tuesdays, 4 weeks, 1:30-4:00 pm
For paint trekkies! Whether you are a beginning or returning painter, this relaxed classroom atmosphere will guide your exploration. Mix vibrant colors, make the most of your brushes and learn new techniques. There is no substitute for hands-on learning. A minimum supply list helps with your budget. I’ll guide you to unlocking the key to your style – bold or soft, smooth or textural, simple or complex? 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.

Transparent Watercolor Basics Beginning and IntermediateTransparent Watercolor Basics Beginning and Intermediate
Becki Hesedahl
October 18 - November 8, 2016, Tuesdays, 6-8:30 pm
Have you always wanted to paint in watercolors but were afraid to try? Or do you have some experience and want to go deeper into this amazing medium? Whether you are a beginner or an intermediate painter, this two and a half hour class will lead you step by step from the beginning of your painting to the completion of a painting each week. Class time will include demos, instruction, handouts, some homework and lots of encouragement! We will have a new painting subject in each of the four weeks. This class is for those with little or no experience using watercolors and those with more experience wanting to learn more. Basic drawing experience is helpful for beginners but not necessary.
Beginners: This is a sampler session for those interested in exploring the medium. In this class you will learn the basics of transparent watercolor and have fun doing it! You will learn to create color wheels using basic pigments, mixing your own colors, learn the basic strokes and techniques and simple composition. Using photographs you will complete a painting each week.
Intermediate: You already know the basics from above. You want to learn more. We will go deeper into properties of various pigments, papers, tools, how to get certain effects, design and composition and what makes a good painting. You will compose your own paintings using subject matter of your choosing. Basic drawing skills are necessary. Supply list.

Figure Drawing for BeginnersFigure Drawing for BeginnersFigure Drawing for Beginners
Ian Factor
October 20 - November 10, 2016, Thursdays, 6:00pm-8:30pm
$130 + $40 model fee
This course will provide an in-depth exploration of fundamental techniques and approaches for drawing the figure from a live model. In this 4 week 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 students should have 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 and plenty of working time. 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 critiques as well as group discussion and demos. Supply List.

Monotype MojoMonotype MojoMonotype Mojo
KC Hancock
October 22, 2016, Saturday, 9:30am - 4:30pm
$95 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. Students will have completed prints to take home with them. 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. All supplies included. More info & Optional supplies.

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.

Jami Faith
November 7 - 28, 2016, Mondays, 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

COLORED PENCIL: Grisaille TechniqueCOLORED PENCIL: Grisaille Technique
Jami Faith
December 3, 2016, Saturday,10:30am - 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.



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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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