Art Department Classes

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Ulan Moore
September 6 - November 15, 2017, Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:30pm
8 Classes, No Class Sept 27, Oct. 4 & 11
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 various exercises, students will learn fundamental and advanced techniques through instructor demonstrations and direct application of traditional and modern methods. Repeat students are welcome, 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.

Beginning Drawing
Helen Bouchard
September 8 - November 10, 2017, Fridays,
1:30 - 4:30, 8 Classes,
No Class Sept. 29 & Oct. 6
All art starts with a drawing. In this classical approach of learning to draw, students will be slowing down and working through important fundamental skill sets which are essential building blocks in making any work of art. Working side by side with Helen, she will guide you through the process of creating convincing realistic drawings through master copy work from start to finish. Supply List.

Cynthia Herron
September 28, Oct. 5, 12, 26, 2017, (no class Oct.19)
Thursdays, 6-8pm
This introductory class is for anyone, working in any media (painting, drawing, quilting, etc.) who wants to expand their color confidence and knowledge. In this color workshop Cynthia will demonstrate mixing and matching paint and discuss color schemes using acrylic paint, paper and fabric collage. Students will leave with a color chart, and a finished project. Supply list.

Transparent Watercolor Basics Beginning and Intermediate
Becki Hesedahl
October 3 -24, 2017, 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.

Monotypes for a Painterly Print (without a press)
Corrine Loomis Dietz
October 21, 2017, Saturday, 10:30am - 3:30pm
Monotype is a crazy fun, combination of painting and printmaking techniques to create "one of a kind" prints using Golden OPEN acrylics. We'll investigate additive and subtractive techniques. Learn how to register the paper to develop many layers. In addition to a brush we will use brayers, torn paper, stamps and stencils to explore the Gelli Art plate. Each Print will be hand-rubbed and pulled from the plate to reveal unique strokes and textures. This is a fun and exciting way to generate works on paper with a rich diversity. OPEN Acrylics are archival and environmentally friendly, with the ease of water cleanup. This process does not require a press and these techniques can easily be repeated in a simple workspace. All paints and gels provided by Golden.
Bring to class: 1 sheet of Rives BFK, Stonehenge or other printmaking paper, an old hand towel and a gelli plate if you already have one.

Travel Sketchbooks: From Your Backyard to Italy
Ken O'Connell
October 28, 2017 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. The spirit of the rough sketch is to see simply and to learn to draw and color that vision. We can learn to see by sketching, and fragments become dream catchers for whole experiences. Ken, just back from teaching in Italy will show us a number of techniques and tips that will add enjoyment and intensity to your sketching. As well as, offer some great advice and inspiration for unique ways to record your travel and everyday experiences. Use this workshop to jump start your own work in the sketchbook. Bring a sack lunch. Small supply list.

Experimenting with Oil Pastels using Surfaces & Materials
Jane Aukshunas
November 4 & 5, 2017, Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 3pm
This workshop focuses on the use of oil pastels combined with different paints such as acrylic and watercolor, and how they interact with various substrates, GOLDEN textures and paints. Enjoy playing with the luscious texture and versatility of oil pastel. In this 2-day workshop, we will experiment with grounds and a variety of surfaces to change the way oil pastels behave, and use tools for different effects. We will look into how oil pastel works with media such as watercolor, colored pencils and acrylic paint, and explore responding to arbitrary marks to create imagery that evolves intuitively rather than intentionally. This class is about experimenting and having fun, and is suitable for both beginners and those more experienced. Please bring some of your own ideas for subject matter; other ideas will also be supplied. Supply List.

Acrylic Boot Camp
Corrine Loomis Dietz
November 17 & 18, Friday & Saturday, 12:30 - 4:30pm
Have you ever wanted to paint with Acrylic and not sure where to start? Are you a painter who thinks you could have better control of your materials? This intense, 2 session class is geared toward making sense of the technical aspects of acrylics and finding your groove.
Session 1: Learn tips to control the brush, palette, color mixing and drying times working with thin applications of acrylics. We will explore a rich selection of pigments, mixed with polymer mediums, to investigate modern color mixing. Employing a series of exercises, we will discover the beautiful versatility of Fluids and High Flow acrylics as we pursue layers of washes and glazes.
Session 2: We will use Heavy Body and OPEN Acrylics. Learn to extend paint with mediums and gels as you develop textures, altar luminosity and opacity. Discover mineral color mixing and explore new color palettes. 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 pencil & a Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal (Series 400 / 9"x 12").


  • 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: 10am-6pm • Fri: 10am-5:30pm • Sat: 10am-5pm • Sun: Closed
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