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"Essential Acrylic Techniques"  from the fine line to the thick gels..."Essential Acrylic Techniques" from the fine line to the thick gels...
Corrine Loomis Dietz
January 13, 2017, Friday, 12-5pm
Have you ever wanted to paint and not sure where to start? Do you paint in Acrylics but think you could have better 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 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! Students bring a Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal (Series 400 / 9”x 12”) , paper towels and/or an old cotton rag.

Beginning DrawingBeginning Drawing
Cynthia Herron
January 17- February 7, 2017, Tuesdays,
4 weeks, 1-4pm
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 composition using pencil, 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 afternoon will include examples, working time and critiques. For those who are repeating the class there will be new techniques and subject matter. Supply list.
1. Gesture and contour line drawing. Bring a small complicated object from home.
2. Proportion and sighting; charcoal
3. chiaroscuro and capturing form with shading; charcoal
4. linear perspective with pen and ink. Bring photo of buildings

Ulan Moore
January 18 - March 8, 2017, Wednesdays,
8 weeks, 1:30 - 4:30pm
Learn the techniques and methods of oil painting. This class is for both beginning and more experienced painters. Oil painting has been in use for centuries and the methods for producing a quality painting has changed very little with the exception of pigments and other artists tools. This class will focus on the entire process of oil painting from start to finish. Using still life objects students will learn fundamental and advanced techniques through instructor demonstrations and direct application of traditional and modern methods. Instructor will work with students based on their current skill level and individual needs. Topics covered include setting up to paint, the proper tools and their uses, surface preparation, blocking in, paint handling and color mixing Students will learn the importance of value and edges, as well as techniques on how to finish a painting. Supply list.

A Book of TreesA Book of TreesA Book of Trees
Roxanne Evans Stout
January 21, 2017, Saturday, 10:am - 4:30 pm
$10 materials fee - pay direct to instructor on class day
In this workshop we will use the theme of trees and nature for inspiration as we create a unique, mixed media artist book that you will treasure! Trees symbolize so many different things. They are strong, they are rooted, and they stand tall to reach up to the sun. Trees branch out and they provide for us and our earth... and just like us they are all unique.Our handmade books will be handmade with pages that represent your own personal style and connection to nature. We will paint, collage, stitch, wire and attach to create beautiful spreads in our books, that are filled with textured papers and fabrics, photographs, found objects and pieces of nature! Join Roxanne for “A Book of Trees” and she will guide you in mak­ing a book filled with the mystery that lies under the surface of each of your creative journey. Small supply list.

CMYK Colored Pencil CreationsCMYK Colored Pencil Creations
Jami Faith
January 23 & 30, 2017, Mondays, 5:45-8:15pm
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 day of the class to draw gorgeous colorful birds using only these 4 pencils. Picture is student work.Small supply list.

Transparent Watercolor Basics Beginning and IntermediateTransparent Watercolor Basics Beginning and IntermediateTransparent Watercolor Basics Beginning and Intermediate
Becki Hesedahl
January 24 - February 21, 2017,
(no class Feb. 14) Tuesdays, 6-8:30 pm
Are you curious about painting in watercolor? 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.
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. Basic drawing experience is helpful but not necessary.
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.

Tending Your Artistic JourneyTending Your Artistic JourneyTending Your Artistic Journey
Cynthia Herron
January 28, 2017, 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.

BOOKBINDING: Japanese Stab BindingBOOKBINDING: Japanese Stab Binding
Karen Votaw
February 4, 2017, Saturday, 10am-4:30pm
There is a lot of variety in making books with a Japanese Stab Binding. Including 4 patterns of Stab binding to choose from. You can also choose whether you want to create a journal/sketch, guest book, scrap book, or a photo album. We will explore different ways to enhance your book cover with ribbon, decorative brads, rhinestones, words or even a square hole to insert a picture. We’ll cover all the basics, including folding, stitching, gluing and enhancements. In this class, two hard-cover books using the decorative papers of your choice will be completed. You will also take away materials for a pocket size book to make at home! Supply list.

“Acrylic Photo Image Transfer” with GOLDEN Acrylics“Acrylic Photo Image Transfer” with GOLDEN Acrylics
Corrine Loomis Dietz
February 18, 2017, Saturday, 10am - 3pm
This workshop is very experimental! Acrylics are quick drying, incredibly flexible and allow for foolproof experimentation. Discover various ways to incorporate your photos and found images to develop strong, personal artwork. You will create a flexible, translucent photo image using GOLDENs' Soft Gel Gloss and place it into the composition, with tips and techniques to develop new environs. Investigate acrylic mediums and grounds that allow for direct photocopy transfer as well as controlling the texture and sheen! This is an opportunity to explore a beautiful selection of Fluid Acrylic colors to develop your subject. Each person will be assisted as they investigate the imagery and its emergence with the media! These methods employ a black & white photo copies from a laser printer. Transfers are applicable to paper, canvas, wood and more! Don't miss this chance to mix with artists of all levels in this intriguing new process. All Paint, Gels & Mediums are provided by GOLDEN.
Materials: Bring two 9 x 12 wood panels, an old hand towel + several 8 1/2 x 11 Black and White photocopies of images you would like to work with.
[Photocopies must be printed on a Laser Printer or B&W copier. NO INKJET Please]

Acrylic and CollageAcrylic and Collage
Cynthia Herron
Feb. 21 – March 14, 2017, 4 weeks, Tuesdays 1-4pm
Explore new images! Using acrylic paint with collage materials, we will use a different approach each week. Projects will encompass a variety of techniques and materials, including acrylic paint, papers, paint markers, and oil pastels. Our images will range from representational to abstract to non-objective. This class will also be a working review of painting techniques, color mixing, composition, and elements of art. We will complete one project per class. No previous experience necessary. Supply list.

Sandi Reinke
February 25, 2017, Saturday, 10:30am - 4:00pm
Spend the day exploring the amazing variety of effects you can create with art tissue. Art tissue is inexpensive, so you can (& will) try EVERYTHING, with results that are nothing short of fabulous! We will paint, stain, "puddle", spray, drip, transfer, write, draw & texture, exploring some "outside the box" techniques for creating unusual effects. You will go home with a BIG stash of unique personal papers to use in your artwork, and a ton of new ideas & "what if I tried….” Supply list.

Monotypes for a Painterly Print (without a press)Monotypes for a Painterly Print (without a press)
Corrine Loomis Dietz
March 4, 2017, Saturday, 10am - 3pm
Monotype is a unique process in which you combine painting and printmaking techniques to create a “one of a kind” image. Explore the painterly print using the new Golden OPEN acrylics. This paint is ideal for mono printing because they stay wet 10 times longer than traditional acrylics, offering plenty of time to develop an image. We'll explore additive techniques, registering the paper, to develop many layers. This monoprinting process does not require a press and these techniques can easily be repeated in a simple workspace. Each print will be hand-rubbed and pulled from the plate to reveal strokes and textures that are unlike anything you can do with a brush. This is a fun and exciting way to generate works on paper with a richness and diversity unlike any other method. OPEN Acrylics are archival and environmentally friendly, with the ease of water cleanup. Explore Gelli Arts®'s, Plexi, stamps and stencils. All paints and gels provided by Golden. Bring to class: 2 or 3 sheets of printmaking paper like Mulberry, Rives BFK, Stonehenge, or other printmaking paper. An old hand towel and several 8½ x 11 photocopies of images you would like to work with.



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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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