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Instructor list

Ulan Moore
April 19 - June 7, 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 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.

Portraits in Colored PencilPortraits in Colored Pencil
Jami Faith
May 1 - 22, 2017, Mondays, 6-8pm
Building on our knowledge of creating portraits, we will add color to the mix with colored pencil. First creating skin tone and hair color charts to see how the pencils mix, then using the gradation/layering technique we will render realistic skin tones and hair, as well as the facial parts (eyes, ears, mouth, nose). Participants will learn to breath life into their portraits. Supply list.

Jo Hockenhull
NEW DATE! May 20 & 21, 2017, 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.

Beginning the Artist’s WayBeginning the Artist’s WayBeginning the Artist’s Way
Julie Jeanseau
June 8-29, 2017, Thursdays, 6-8pm
What keeps you from enjoying your creative self? The Artist’s Way is a celebrated book, that begins a wonderful journey into this question. In this four week class we will explore some of the exercises in the text which can help uncover these roadblocks. We will be creating with both drawing and painting, Come away with a clearer intention in your creating and tools to help yourself to keep moving forward in your practice. Supply list

Acrylic Pours, Drips and SplattersAcrylic Pours, Drips and SplattersAcrylic Pours, Drips and Splatters
Corrine Loomis Dietz
June 10, 2017, Saturday 10 - 3 PM
Do you love the flow of color? Perhaps you desire a creative jumpstart or need a new direction? This workshop will give you the opportunity to explore brilliant washes, pours and splatters as you develop several small abstract paintings. Experience rich pigment combinations of GOLDEN High Flow & Fluid Acrylics combined with GAC 800 pouring medium, tar gel, resists and more. Learn methods to extend and enhance the surface action. Come and experience seductive techniques that will unleash the flow of color. Witness extreme wet paint in motion as we investigate a range of paints, mediums and grounds to paint fresh! Please bring one each of 6" x 6" Liquid Art Panels, 6”x 6” Cradled wood panel, and 6”x 6” Stretched Canvas.
$5.00 Materials Fee paid to instructor
All tools and GOLDEN Paints & Mediums are provided.

OMG! (Oh My Gouache)OMG! (Oh My Gouache)OMG! (Oh My Gouache)
Jessica Ramey
June 11th, 2017, Sunday, 1-4pm
What is gouache? Aside from having all the vowels except "i", gouache is basically a watercolor that is opaque instead of transparent. During this class, you will learn what you need to get started as well as basic techniques to get familiar with gouache. We'll go over mixing, wet-in-wet, wet on dry, dark on light and light on dark. We'll also cover gouache's limitations and some of the benefits of this medium. You will apply these techniques to get a feel of gouache's unique characteristics and leave with a finished piece that will have others exclaiming, “oh my gouache”! This is a fun beginners class open to all ages. Supply list.

The Habit of Drawing The Habit of Drawing The Habit of Drawing
Bonnie Hull
June 16 & 23, 2016, Fridays 10 - noon
This class focuses on keeping a drawing book as a tool, a journal, a pleasure. Keeping a sketchbook allows you to record images notationally, imprinting images on the brain's memory. We'll start small with a Moleskine drawing book and a few simple tools, not concentrating on accuracy so much as on using line to capture a moment. In the first class we'll discuss the habit of drawing and how to get started. Your homework for the week will be to spend at least 15 minutes a day drawing in your book. In the second class we'll look at your book, talk about the process and discuss how we can go forward with drawing. You will be encouraged to bring other drawing books you might have for "show and tell." We encourage you to join the Salem Sketchers group on Saturday, July 8th, to "test drive" your new skills. Price of the class includes a Moleskine drawing book. Students will bring their own pencils, pens and other drawing tools. Available at the Art Department for purchase before class is the full range of drawing implements. (My current favorite tools are the Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pens which come in black and a variety of colors and sizes including the brush pen and the straight nibs. The ink quality is excellent in these pens and does not leach through the pages of the drawing book.) If you took this class last year think of coming prompts and more fun! Click here to see more of Bonnie's drawings!

Transparent Watercolor Basics Beginning and Intermediate
Becki Hesedahl
July 18 - August 8, 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.

The Creative Line The Creative Line
Julie Jeanseau
September 9, 2017, Saturday, 10:30am - 3pm (½ hr lunch break)
Learning to draw is learning to slow down and really look, to simplify and enjoy line. We will be drawing in both the classroom and in our downtown setting outside the doors of the classroom. We will begin with drawing basics so we feel comfortable, but with a focus on letting our line explore the object that we are describing. Our line then becomes not only descriptive, but alive, and expressive when we lose our fear of inaccuracy. We will learn to be both still and bold, quiet and expressive and hold this paradox of the beauty in drawing. Small supply list.

Experimenting with Oil Pastels using Surfaces & MaterialsExperimenting 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.



  • 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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