Art Department Classes

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Ulan Moore
January 10 - February 28, 2018, Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:30pm
8 Classes

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.

WATERCOLOR: Bring Back the Light - CLASS FULL
Robin Christy Humelbaugh
January 18 - February 22, 2018, Thursdays, 1-3 pm, 6 classes
During these dark days of winter, learn to let the light shine through your landscapes, florals and still lifes. Watercolor is especially suited when thinking of light. The white of the paper becomes the light source and is accentuated with some judicious darks and color. Join Robin in this playful exploration of welcoming in the light. Suitable for any skill level. Supply list.

Realism Techniques with Acrylic Paint
Cynthia Herron
January 18 - February 8, 2018
Thursdays, 4 weeks, 6-8:30PM
Learn to translate what you see from a still life into acrylic 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. Supply list.

COLORED PENCIL: Expand Your Color Knowledge
Jami Faith
January 22 - February 12, 2018, 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.

The GOLDEN Feast - Exploring the Acrylic Mix-up: Paint, Mediums, Gels and Grounds
Corrine Loomis Dietz
January 27,2018, Saturday, 10:30am - 3:30pm, (with 45 minute lunch break)
Acrylics do not need to be flat, matte, muddy and boring. This is an opportunity to explore your possibilities and discover GOLDEN'S latest inventions! Mediums, gels and grounds are the secret to painting with this extremely versatile media - you have but to discover their characteristics. Choose to thin or thicken your paint while you push color with contrasting textures and sheen. In this workshop, you will build layers over gritty grounds, explore new and unusual painting techniques from smooth transparencies and shimmering iridescence to coarse gels and absorbent grounds. By the end of the class, you will have learned how to combine a wide variety of acrylic products to create incredible effects and develop new approaches to your painting. All supplies included except bring an old hand towel and a Strathmore 400 Series Mixed Media Pad 9" x 12".

Watercolor Pencil Journey
Jami Faith
February 3, 2017, Saturday, 12:30-4:30pm
Find out how amazing, fun and versatile watercolor pencils can be! Students will learn about and play with a variety of brands of water soluble pencils. We'll try our hand at a few different kinds of watercolor paper and learn a bunch of techniques to create different looks. After exploring all the methods of this versatile medium, apply your knowledge and new skills to create a beautiful work of art. This fun beginners class is suitable for all ages. Small supply list.

Make Valentines with Watercolor & Collage
Robin Christy Humelbaugh
February 10, 2018, Saturday, 1-3pm
What could be more fun than spending the afternoon making unique one of a kind valentine cards for your loved ones. Robin will guide you through the making of at least 3 valentines and teach you some new watercolor and collage techniques along the way. No experience necessary. All materials are provided!

Acrylic Painting with Mixed Media and Collage
Cynthia Herron
February 15 - March 8, 2017, Thursdays, 4 weeks, 6-8:30PM
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 colored inks. Our images will range from representational to abstract to non-objective from photographs and our imaginations. 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.

Portraits in Colored Pencil
Jami Faith
February 20 - March 13, 2018, Tuesdays, 6-8pm
Learn how to create a lifelike portrait in colored pencil. With the endless color possibilities we will first create skin tone and hair color charts to see how the pencils mix, then using gradation and layering techniques we will render realistic skin tones and hair, as well as the facial parts (eyes, ears, mouth, nose). In this 4 week class, participants will learn to breath life into their portraits. Supply list.

Clean Color Mixing for the Acrylic Painter & How to Achieve the Howling Hues
Corrine Loomis Dietz
February 24, 2018, Saturday, 10:30am - 3:30pm (with 45 minute lunch break)
Come and discover the beauty secrets of color and learn about the pigment characteristics that allow the painter to skillfully mix clean color! Learn the difference between the traditional mineral pigments and the new array of modern pigments. Develop color notes as you explore pigment realities such as: transparency / opacity, intensity and value. We will define the properties required to master glazing and how to achieve opacity. Compare matte and gloss mediums to control translucency and surface sheen. Examine zinc and titanium white and their unique tinting options. Iridescent and interference acrylics will be explored to create new shimmering hues. This workshop will help you acquire the color knowledge to develop your personal palette! Begin to save time and money... solve your color mysteries and perhaps even avoid some of those painful creative blocks. ALL Acrylic paint, mediums and gels are provided by GOLDEN Artist Colors. Bring to class an old hand towel and a Strathmore 400 Series Mixed Media Pad 9" x 12"

Working Wet and Wild with GOLDEN Fluid & High Flow Acrylics
Corrine Loomis Dietz
March 9th, Friday, 1-5 PM
Explore your options in this "wet & wild" workshop with GOLDEN's Working Artist! Fluid and High Flow Acrylics can be used like traditional, transparent watercolors - but that is just the beginning! Discover their unique characteristics and how they can work for you. Develop techniques on watercolor paper and prepare various grounds to render unusual effects on canvas, board and more! We will mix it up with GOLDEN mediums and gels creating beautiful thin transparent glazes to thick and juicy textural layers! All Acrylics, Mediums and Gels are provided by GOLDEN Artist Colors. Please bring a Strathmore Watercolor Pad- 9"x12" and an old cotton hand towel.

Windows of Wonder Collage Workshop
Glenda Goodrich (GG)
March 17, 2018, Saturday, 10:30 am to 4:30 pm
In this fun and light workshop we will explore true mixed media. Combining paint, papers, and pens, we will create pieces ranging from whimsical to serene--from birds to bouquets. Come engage in this critic-free environment that encourages relaxed playful expression. All levels welcome. No drawing or collage experience needed. Students will work on two compatible pieces. Supply list.


  • 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
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