THERE IS A LOT GOING ON AT THE BARN AS YOU WILL SEE IN THE CALENDAR BELOW.
        Click on the category tabs below for details.

CLASS REGISTRATIONS must be received in advance. No walk-ins can be accommodated the day of the class unless mentioned in the class description. To register for a class, click on the register button at the bottom of a class description.  You will be able to choose to print off a form and mail it with a check or a credit card number or you may choose to complete the online form and pay using PayPal.  If you choose to print the form and mail it, you must complete all the information in order for us to process it.

We offer several SERIES of events, both in classes and live music categories and also have a CULINARY ARTS PROGRAM and a CERAMICS PROGRAM.  A general description of each series or program is at the top of each appropriate tab, then individual events are posted by date. Classes for children may be found under the Kids' Events tab.

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CULINARY ARTS PROGRAM

Adult culinary arts program

The adult program features instructors that are outstanding in their topic.  They may be chefs and bakers from noteworthy regional restaurants, the WSU Hospitality Program or individuals with an award-winning track record.  Topics will be seasonal and the basics, such as food safety and knife skills, will be integrated into the curriculum.  There will be an emphasis on using healthy, local ingredients.  The adult culinary arts classes will be held evenings starting at 6 pm and Saturdays.

Children's culinary arts program
The 2016 Children's Summer Program had a culinary arts experience.  The kids had a great time integrating art into their cooking projects.  More topics are planned, some where a parent and child work together.

Renting the kitchen
Please email info@artisanbarn.org if you are a food entrepreneur in need of renting a kitchen for your product.

See individual class listings below.  Please note that advance registration is required.
CERAMICS PROGRAM FOR ADULTS

Wheel Throwing & Hand Building Program
 Classes in all levels of wheel throwing, hand building, decorating, sculpture, glazing, tile/mosaic are offered in our fully equipped studio. Classes cover wheel throwing and hand building techniques. The classes are kept small to allow for individualized attention and study within the group setting. We encourage mixed interest classes to provide students with a better understanding of the wide range of possibilities clay has to offer. Please scroll down to see all our ceramic classes options, time and day schedule. In addition to the in-class instruction time, an optional open studio is offered.

6 Week Tuition: $250, includes glazes, 25 lbs bag of clay, use of studio tools, and optional access to the studio during open studio hours as listed in the class offerings below as Open Studio. Separate fee for firing. Only clay and glazes provided by the Dahmen Barn clay studio may be used.

Ceramic artists Debi Robinson-Smith and Kassie Smith, both from Moscow, have helped us get the studio set up and will be the instructors.

Debi Robinson-Smith has been creating art on the Palouse since 1985. She served for 7 years as co-chair of Palouse Women Artists, and is passionate about women in the arts.  Debi has worked with students at the Colton School and the Dahmen Barn, and with "at risk" youth in the Quad Cities. While she currently works primarily in fabric arts (repairing delicate fabrics and mending heirlooms), recycled /up-cycled found object assemblages, her true calling is "hands in clay". She is looking forward to classes in the clay studio at the Dahmen Barn, and is thrilled to work with Kassie Smith, MFA, on the Barn's newest wonderful project.

Kassie Smith earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in ceramics from Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan in 2013. Immediately following, she moved to Moscow to pursue her Master of Fine Arts at the University of Idaho, which she completed in May of 2016. Kassie has been teaching (and loving) the Introduction to Ceramics course at the University of Idaho since January of 2014. She loves nothing more than being elbows deep in a giant mound of clay at the pottery wheel and enjoys sharing her passion with others. Wheel-throwing is her building technique of choice and she has a strong affinity for functional pottery while maintaining a dedicated sculptural art practice.

WHEN SCHEDULED, COURSES WILL BE LISTED BELOW.
WILD WOMEN WINTER ART SERIES 2017

Wild Women Winter Art Series - 7 sessions, 7 different topics, on Sunday afternoons 12:30 to 3:30 pm on dates listed below. If you have a family that is glued to the TV watching Sunday afternoon sports, this is your chance to break free for a few hours and do something new and creative! Come experiment with a new medium! Bring a friend and have a great time.

We thank the Palouse Women Artists for this series.  The 2015 and 2016 workshops were a great success.  

Except for the February 5 session, which is Superbowl Sunday, where anyone can bring a project to work on and is FREE, the cost for each is $35.  Some workshops have an additional materials fee.

Topics are:  
Jan 22 - Palouse Nature Collages
Jan 29 - Valentine Cards
Feb 5 - Unfinished projects day  FREE
Feb 12 - Introduction to Crazy Quilts
Feb 19 - Make Paper Ornaments
Feb 26 - The Artful Closet
Mar 12 - Quick Interactive Scrapbook

A description of each class is posted by date in the calendar below.

WINE & ART SERIES
In this Wine and Art Series, a fun, different topic will be offered each month on a Thursday evening from 6 to 8 pm for $35. Complimentary wine and appetizers are included in addition to all the materials for the project.  

Individual sessions are listed by date below.

Ala Carte Adult Ceramics Classes
Cost: $250.00
Date: November 13 ~ February 14

"Ala Carte" Clay Classes Fall & Winter 2016-2017
Students may sign up for 6 classes and 6 open studio labs during this time period. Students may select their dates by listing them on the comment section on the online registration form or by signing up a week ahead during a class or lab. A minimum of two students are needed in any time slot or that class will be cancelled. Only 7 students can be accommodated in any time slot.

This schedule is in effect from November 13 to February 14.  
Registrations will be accepted at any time during this period.

No class November 24, or December 20 to January 4.
All class fees must be paid at time of registration.

Class times
Sunday  10 am to 1 pm                
Sunday 1 pm to 4 pm                         
Wednesday  12 pm to 4 pm
F
riday 6 pm to 8 pm

Open lab times
Tuesday 4 to 7 pm
Thursday 5 to 8 pm

Where the $250 registration fee goes: $100 to instructors; $90 to Dahmen Barn to re-pay start-up costs and support Barn efforts to bring art to area children; $10 to administration and bookkeeping; $50 to replenish supplies and pay for electricity for firing kilns.

Rod Building Basics workshop
Cost: $120.00
Date: January & February - contact instructor to arrange

This class takes 32 hours to complete.  The cost for instruction is $120, plus the cost of the rod parts, which are available through the instructor, Joe Douglas.  Students shall work directly with Douglas to schedule the sessions.  They may be consecutive weekdays, weekends, evenings or day time.  Email Joe at joed2956@gmail.com. 

Student is expected to consult with instructor before the class begins to determine the type of rod they want to build so that instructor can order components — student will need to pay for components chosen in addition to class fee.

Our class schedule is designed to allow the student to begin with the very basic concepts of custom rod building and advance over time to master an array of skills and techniques that will provide the student with the expertise to produce high performance, high quality fishing rods for fun or profit. The instructor will explain all techniques, demonstrate techniques and then have the student perform the techniques, all leading up to the student having built their very own custom rod by the time the class is finished.

Rod Building Basics includes the following topics and techniques:
Nomenclature
Materials used
Tools required
Equipment used
Threads
Blank selection
Handle selection
Reel seat selection
Guide selection
Assembly process
Handle installation
Bushings
Reel seat installation
Guide spacing
Guide preparation
Wrapping guides
Tipping guides
Intermediate wraps
Drying
Correcting mistakes
Rod care and usage

Class time includes instruction, demonstration and workbench activities as the student builds their first custom rod. Owners Joe and Charlene Douglas established a company to design and build custom fishing rods in 1999. Initially named Black Dog Tackle, the company offered separate products lines; rod building components; building custom fishing rods and offered classes for new custom rod builders.

We began as a part time activity in the basement of our home in 1997 and started selling rods commercially in 1999. Following retirement in 2004, we opened a store and began operating nationally with some international clientele acquired along the way. The recession beginning in 2008 caused the majority of component providers (us included) to drop that portion of the business. The company name changed to Black Dog Custom Rods and the classes became part of the Rod Builders Institute with both operations sharing physical location but separate advertising.

We relocated the business a couple of times and concentrated on product quality and strong client relationships thereby building a base of referrals from satisfied customers. In 2016, we closed our commercial outlet and relocated to the Artisans at the Dahmen Barn. We continue to provide the same services and high degree of direct interaction with our clients at our new studio at the "Barn". We accomplish greater outreach through expanded participation in art festivals across the country. Our business is a very personal one and each client is special to us.

WILD WOMEN WINTER ART SERIES - Palouse Nature Collages
Cost: $35.00
Date: Sunday, January 22, 12:30 to 3:30 pm

Wild Women Winter Art Series
- 7 sessions, 7 different topics, on Sunday afternoons.  If you have a family that is glued to the TV watching Sunday afternoon sports, this is your chance to break free for a few hours and do something new and creative! Come experiment with a new medium! Bring a friend and have a great time.

The project:  The Palouse is bursting with brilliant colors throughout the year. In this class we will utilize these tantalizing colors to create from one to four nature collages depicting the Palouse seasons. Paper, fabric, yarn, trim, or other materials will be provided. You are welcome to bring any other material you want to try or share. You may bring photos of the Palouse for ideas if you have any. Frames (8 x 10) will be available for $3 each.

The instructor:  Nancy Attebury loves to experiment with all kinds of art supplies and try new things. She enjoys sharing ideas with others and helping bring out their own creativity. She especially likes to use recycled or low cost material for collages.

Registrations: Please register in advance for $35 using the button at the bottom of this calendar listing or call 509-229-3414.  

Wine & Art Series: Intro to impasto painting
Cost: $35.00
Date: Thursday, January 26, 6 to 8 pm
Register By: end of the day Sunday, Jan 22

In this Wine and Art Series, a different topic will be offered each month.  Complimentary wine and appetizers are included in addition to all the materials for the project.

With our resident artist Christie Zeoli, learn how to create amazing texture in painting by being introduced to impasto painting techniques, and the palette knife. Unparalleled versatility, depth and fun! No experience required, or ability to paint, just fun, bright colors, and abundant new energy!

Please register by the end of the day Sunday, January 22 so materials can be ordered.



WILD WOMEN WINTER ART SERIES - Valentine cards
Cost: $35.00
Date: Jan 29, 12:30 to 3:30


Wild Women Winter Art Series
- 7 sessions, 7 different topics, on Sunday afternoons. If you have a family that is glued to the TV watching Sunday afternoon sports, this is your chance to break free for a few hours and do something new and creative! Come experiment with a new medium! Bring a friend and have a great time.

The project:  We will make collage Valentine cards and post cards. A variety of materials will be provided but if you have some paper, fabric, ribbons, text, cards to recycle, etc., which you would like to use on your card or share, please bring them along. Envelopes for the cards will be provided as well as tools and supplies for the assemblage.

The instructor:  Katherine Clancy is primarily a watercolor artist, but enjoys branching out to encaustics and mixed media. On Saturdays you can usually find her in the studio she shares at the Artisan Barn.

Class size: Minimum 2, Maximum 15

Registrations: Please register in advance for $35 using the button at the bottom of this calendar listing or call 509-229-3414.


Culinary Arts: Whiskey Bourbon Truffles for your Valentine
Cost: $40.00
Date: Wednesday, February 1, 6 to 9 pm
Register By: January 30

Come learn to make Bourbon Whiskey Chocolate Truffles with chocolate diva Vicki Leeper. Whether you have a Valentine or not you will learn chocolate ganache techniques and roll your truffles in assorted coatings including Black Walnut Sugar. And while you work you can enjoy a glass of champagne with Dancing Chocolates! Ms. Leeper is the owner of Pullman based Dancing Chocolates, a web based chocolatier. A lifetime love of artisan chocolate and a fondness for favorite cocktails led to the creation of Spuffles Truffles. The hardest part of making chocolates is not licking your fingers! All ingredients will be provided and you will be able to package your gift beautifully.

Registrations are required by January 30.

Maximum number of students for this topic is 18.



WILD WOMEN WINTER ART SERIES - Unfinished projects day
Date: Sunday, February 5, 12:30 to 3:30

Wild Women Winter Art Series - 7 sessions, 7 different topics, on Sunday afternoons. If you have a family that is glued to the TV watching Sunday afternoon sports, this is your chance to break free for a few hours and do something new and creative! Come experiment with a new medium! Bring a friend and have a great time.

This is Superbowl Sunday, so rather than schedule a topic we are holding a session where you bring a project to work on. Enjoy the creative camaraderie. Share what you are doing with others and be aware that being in a group of creative people may take you and your project in a different direction!

Katherine Clancy, resident artist at the Barn, will facilitate this session.

NO NEED TO REGISTER - just drop in!


WILD WOMEN WINTER ART SERIES - Introduction to Crazy Quilts
Cost: $35.00
Date: Sunday, February 12 12:30 to 3:30

Wild Women Winter Art Series - 7 sessions, 7 different topics, on Sunday afternoons. If you have a family that is glued to the TV watching Sunday afternoon sports, this is your chance to break free for a few hours and do something new and creative! Come experiment with a new medium! Bring a friend and have a great time. 

The project:  Celia will give a quick overview of Crazy Quilting and its history followed by hands on creation a crazy quilt block. She will bring a simple pieced block for each of the students to work on and will demonstrate the use of embroidery, ribbon work, button stacks, beading and incorporating memorabilia. Participants will embellish and embroider to suit themselves. They can finish their block into a pincushion, wall hanging, or box lid at home at their leisure. Celia has an extensive bibliography and lots of samples to share for inspiration.

The instructor:  Celia has been quilting since 1982. She loves all styles of quilting, whether it is traditional patterns and fabrics, crazy quilting, or modern piecing. She collects fabric like a painter adds to her palette. Her favorite part is COLOR and she loves using nature as an inspiration. She especially loves sharing her knowledge with others.There is a $5 materials fee for this class, paid to the instructor the day of the class.

Materials fee: Please plan to pay the instructor a $5 materials fee the day of the class.

Registrations:  Register in advance for $35 using the button at the bottom of this page or call 509-229-3414.
Culinary Arts: Squash soup and soccas, a world of possibilities
Cost: $45.00
Date: February 15, 6 to 9 pm
Register By: by February 13

With a focus on healthy food with zero food waste, and using local and seasonal products, you will learn the recipe for a basic soup and a classic protein-packed Mediterranean street food called soccas. Soccas are made with garbanzo flour, olive oil, and spices. They are traditionally cooked small and thin, though the variations can be endless; larger, they become great wraps or tortillas, or made thicker, they become a great pizza crust replacement for those on gluten-free or Paleo diets. Even better, they feature locally grown products! With the basic socca recipe as a starting point, we will take it international, and each group will do a fun twist, turning it Thai, Mexican, Indian, and Italian. In other words, we will ignite your culinary creativity and have some fun, while respecting our bodies and our planet!

Instructor Gretchen Stoops is a chef and nutritional healer, with training in France, and a degree from the Culinary Institute of America. After ten years of working as a personal chef in the San Francisco Bay area for the rich and sometimes famous, she became very ill. Struggling with 2 ½ years of chronic brain inflammation, she began experiencing increasingly incapacitating neurological symptoms. After the pharmaceutical medications she was prescribed only worsened her condition, she turned to food and plants for healing, and the result has been miraculous. She now is determined to help others with what she has learned, and has become an advocate for plant medicine. Aside from teaching classes, she gives lectures and nutritional consultations, as well as creates personalized menus and medicines for those in need of healing.

Students will enjoy eating what they have made at the end of the session.

Minimum of 8 students; Maximum of 16.  All levels of experience are welcome.

WILD WOMEN WINTER ART SERIES - Make Paper Ornaments
Cost: $35.00
Date: Sunday, February 19, 12:30 to 3:30

Wild Women Winter Art Series - 7 sessions, 7 different topics, on Sunday afternoons. If you have a family that is glued to the TV watching Sunday afternoon sports, this is your chance to break free for a few hours and do something new and creative! Come experiment with a new medium! Bring a friend and have a great time.

The project:  With tight coils of quilling paper, students will shape them from flat to half of a sphere. Then glue two halves together to make a ball, or one end can be shaped to a little more of a point so it looks more like an egg.  Adding a few embellishments can make the ornament suitable for any occasion.

The instructor:  Deena has been making paper art called Quilling since about 2006 and joined The Palouse Women's Artists around 2008. She has taught a few flower making classes at the Dahmen Artisan Barn. All materials are provided.

Registrations:  Please register in advance for $35 using the button at the bottom of this page or call 509-229-3414.
WILD WOMEN WINTER ART SERIES - The Artful Closet
Cost: $35.00
Date: Sunday, February 26, 12:30 to 3:30 pm

Wild Women Winter Art Series - 7 sessions, 7 different topics, on Sunday afternoons. If you have a family that is glued to the TV watching Sunday afternoon sports, this is your chance to break free for a few hours and do something new and creative! Come experiment with a new medium! Bring a friend and have a great time.

The project:
 Have you been wondering about wardrobe simplification, personal style, and how to get more organized? We will explore some of the current systems for creating a capsule wardrobe and order in the closet. We will also have hands-on activities to make artistic signs and labels, beautiful hangers, and affirmations - to help make our closets organized, artful, and even inspirational!

The instructor:  Martha McIver lives in the Moscow area and paints colorfully in a range of mediums.

Registrations: Please register in advance for $35 using the button at the bottom of this calendar listing or call 509-229-3414. 


Culinary Arts: Brining and marinating
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 6 to 9 pm

Just in time for your St. Patrick's Day themed meal, Jamie Callison will show you how to brine a brisket!  Details coming.

We are honored to have Jamie teaching in our Culinary Arts program.  Read his exemplary bio below.

Jamie R. Callison became executive chef in the Washington State University School of Hospitality Business Management in 2006. He oversees the student-run catering events and creates and implements new menu concepts and recipes. He is the instructor for "Fundamentals of Cooking and Dining Room Service” lecture and labs and co-leads summer institutes for the National Restaurant Association. Callison builds relationships with local farmers and the WSU organic program to ensure the ability of local, sustainable products for university guests. He is responsible for purchasing and receiving organized food and service production, and he establishes and maintains standards for quality control and sanitation in the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Hospitality Teaching Center Kitchen. He coordinates the WSU food and wine program at the Apicius International School of Hospitality in Florence, Italy.

Before he joined WSU, Callison was chef/manager of Dining Services, WSU (2005-2006); director of food service/executive chef/director of catering operations, Lakeside School, Seattle, Wash. (1990-2005); culinary apprenticeship chairman for Washington State, ACF/Wash. State Accredited Culinary Apprenticeship Program (1997); culinary apprenticeship instructor, Seattle Central Community College, Seattle, Wash. (2001); owner/executive chef, An Affair to Remember Catering, Edmonds, Wash. (1989-1997); sous chef, Seattle Yacht Club, Seattle, Wash. (1989-1990).

Callison has won multiple culinary awards and recognitions, including creating the nation’s first known Charter ESL Apprenticeship Program for Spanish-speaking students (2004-2005). Additionally, he was a medalist in the World Culinary Olympics (1988); was voted Chef of the Year by the Washington State Chef’s Association (1999); and received the Presidential Medallion from the American Culinary Federation (2002). He is currently producing a cookbook featuring signature recipes and WSU products.

Callison completed the American Culinary Federation/Washington State Accredited Apprenticeship Program in Seattle, Washington, and graduated as a certified cook in 1990. He became a certified executive chef in 1995, was inducted into the American Academy of Chefs-Washington, D.C., in 2003, and completed certified executive chef re-certification in 2007.

WILD WOMEN WINTER ART SERIES - Quick Interactive Scrapbook
Cost: $35.00
Date: Sunday, March 12, 12:30 to 3:30 pm

Wild Women Winter Art Series - Last in the series for 2017.  If you have a family that is glued to the TV watching Sunday afternoon sports, this is your chance to break free for a few hours and do something new and creative! Come experiment with a new medium! Bring a friend and have a great time.

The project:  Want to make a cool looking interactive scrapbook in a hurry and for little cost? Paper bag scrapbooking is the way to go. Using only a small paper bag, some fancy paper, and some adhesive, you can make a really cool keepsake perfect for photos and ephemera of whatever event you want to document. Students are asked to bring their own paper bag of choice. The best kind for this work are the ones sold at Michael's or other craft stores, but even a small bag from the grocery store will work for demonstration. If students can bring their own scissors and paper cutter, that will help as well. All other items will be supplied!

The instructor:  Andrea Chavez is a self-taught crafter from Moscow, ID. She dabbles in many crafts from kitchen crafts, paper, beading, needlecrafts and has recently begun watercolor and drawing.

There is a $5 materials fee to be paid to the instructor the day of the class.

Registrations: Please register in advance for $35 using the button at the bottom of this calendar listing or call 509-229-3414.



Culinary Arts: The Fun and Surprising World of Plant-Based Foods
Cost: $85.00
Date: Saturday, March 25, 9 am to 5 pm
Register By: March 23

A vegan diet is not for everyone, but most medical professionals agree that using fewer animal products is good for all of us. You don’t have to go "whole hog,” so to speak, but you can make incremental changes by learning to use plant-based ingredients and by working with whole foods and adopting a more creative and instinctive approach in the kitchen. At the same time, many of us are struggling with diabetes and gluten intolerance, both of which can leave us wondering what on earth we are supposed to eat. Learn how to "see” food and your relationship with food differently by understanding the high level of nourishment available to us from plants. Another goal of the course is to help participants understand that cooking from scratch does not have to be time-consuming or expensive and that a dollar spent on high-quality ingredients translates to fewer dollars toward medical bills. Participants receive an array of helpful handouts, samples, and resource guides. 

Lunch plus morning and afternoon snacks will come from recipes in Paula's cookbook.  

Paula Coomer believes in taking control of health by making informed food choices. She holds a BS in Nursing Science from Oregon Health and Sciences University and an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Idaho. A former RN whose career was focused on wellness and public health, from 1997-2015 she worked as a university instructor of writing and literature. Her books include the food memoir Blue Moon Vegetarian and the cookbook Blue Moon Vegan. She is also a poet and literary fiction writer and has authored five other books including her newest novel, Jagged Edge of the Sky. Ms. Coomer lives in Clarkston, Washington, where she organizes writing programs and courses on plant-based foods and gluten-free living.

Basic cooking knowledge helpful but not necessary.  This is a great course for beginning cooks

Both of Coomer's books are available at The Shop at the Barn.

Minimum students 6; maximum 36

Coomer is offering an evening class on Gluten-Free cooking on Wednesday, March 29.
Culinary Arts - Gluten-free living
Cost: $45.00
Date: Wednesday, March 29, 6 to 9 pm
Register By: March 27

Many of us are struggling with gluten intolerance, which can leave us wondering what on earth we are supposed to eat. Living gluten-free is not so scary if you think of it as an exploration and a journey. Most people find restored health and vitality once the transition is made but many quickly become bored with the relatively few gluten-free foods that are available on the market. Not only are these typically highly processed foods, but they can also be very expensive. You may be surprised to find that you don’t have to sacrifice taste, quality, or your pocketbook once you get familiar with a new "toolbox” of whole foods and gluten-free ingredients with which to experiment in your own kitchen. Participants receive an array of handouts and resource guides and make their own gluten-free flour mix to take home.

Paula Coomer believes in taking control of health by making informed food choices. She holds a BS in Nursing Science from the Oregon Health and Sciences University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Idaho. A former RN whose career was focused on wellness and public health, from 1997-2015 she worked as a university instructor of writing and literature. Her books include the food memoir Blue Moon Vegetarian and the cookbook Blue Moon Vegan. She is also a poet and literary fiction writer and has authored five other books including her newest novel, Jagged Edge of the Sky. Ms. Coomer lives in Clarkston, Washington, where she organizes writing programs and courses on plant-based foods and gluten-free living.

Minimum 6 students; maximum 36

It is recommended that participants have taken Paula's The Fun and Surprising World of Plant Based Foods workshop on March 25, but it is not a requirement. 

Both of Coomer's books are available for purchase at The Shop at the Barn.
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BARN & SHOP HOURS:  Thursday through Sunday 10 am to 4 pm January & February.
CLOSED: New Year's Day, Easter, July 4th, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.


 
 
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