THERE IS A LOT GOING ON AT THE BARN AS YOU WILL SEE IN THE CALENDAR BELOW.
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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.

Please note our PHOTO POLICY: We take photos of events, including classes, for use in promoting our programs at the Barn. If you participate in any event, a photo that includes you may be used on the website, in brochures or in flyers.
Classes & WorkshopsExhibitsPerformancesSpecial EventsKids' Events

Culinary arts classes

Our teaching kitchen is nearly complete!  We will be offering a variety of classes for adults and children this summer.  The kids' summer program on 4 consecutive Thursdays beginning July 14 is organized as a fun day that includes a cooking experience.  Check out the four sessions by going to the Kids Events tab.

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Clay classes for adults
Date: 6 Week Adult Ceramic Course

We have received many donations for this new studio - kilns, wheels, other equipment, tools and glazes - everything we need to get our exciting clay program started. 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.


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.  

All level Wheel and Hand Building classes are appropriate for total beginners as well as experienced students.  

Beginner & Intermediate Wheel and Hand Building classes are appropriate for people with no experience as well as students who have taken ceramics classes before.  

Intermediate & Advanced Wheel and Hand Building classes are appropriate for people who have already taken the equivalent of two 6 weeks sessions.  Intermediate & Advanced students should be able to center 5-8 lbs of clay on the wheel and have basic coil and slab building knowledge.  

6 Week Tuition: $250, includes glazes, 25 lbs bag of clay, use of studio tools, and limited access to the studio during open studio hours — (Open Studio Schedule to be determined). Separate fee for firing.  Only clay and glazes provided by the Dahmen Barn clay studio may be used.

Individual classes are listed below with online registration available.
6 Week Adult Ceramic Course
Cost: $250.00
Date: Six Sundays beginning August 7, noon to 3 pm
Register By: July 28

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.

Wheel and Hand Building classes are appropriate for total beginners as well as the experienced student.

Class fee includes glazes, 25 lbs bag of clay, use of studio tools, and limited access to the studio during open studio hours — Open studio Tuesdays 5 to 8 pm. Separate fee for firing. Only clay and glazes provided by the Dahmen Barn clay studio may be used.
6 Week Adult Ceramic Course
Cost: $250.00
Date: Six Sundays beginning August 7, 3 to 6 pm
Register By: July 28

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.

Wheel and Hand Building classes are appropriate for total beginners as well as the experienced student.

Class fee includes glazes, 25 lbs bag of clay, use of studio tools, and limited access to the studio during open studio hours — Open studio Mondays 6 to 8 pm. Separate fee for firing. Only clay and glazes provided by the Dahmen Barn clay studio may be used.
6 Week Adult Ceramic Course
Cost: $250.00
Date: Six Sundays beginning September 18, noon to 3 pm
Register By: September 4

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.

Wheel and Hand Building classes are appropriate for total beginners as well as the experienced student.

Class fee includes glazes, 25 lbs bag of clay, use of studio tools, and limited access to the studio during open studio hours — Open studio Tuesdays 5 to 8 pm. Separate fee for firing. Only clay and glazes provided by the Dahmen Barn clay studio may be used.
6 Week Adult Ceramic Course
Cost: $250.00
Date: Six Sundays beginning September 18, 3 to 6 pm
Register By: September 4

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.

Wheel and Hand Building classes are appropriate for total beginners as well as the experienced student.

Class fee includes glazes, 25 lbs bag of clay, use of studio tools, and limited access to the studio during open studio hours — Open studio Mondays 6 to 8 pm. Separate fee for firing. Only clay and glazes provided by the Dahmen Barn clay studio may be used.
Sketching and Painting Landscapes
Cost: $144.00
Date: October 29 & 30, 10 am to 5 pm
Register By: Tuesday, Oct 25

This is a beginning to intermediate level workshop for adults.

This two-day workshop on sketching and painting landscapes in watercolor is divided into two parts. On Saturday we will create a series of simplified landscapes using pencil, ink and watercolor. On Sunday, we will go over basic watercolor painting techniques and paint watercolors based on one or more of the sketches.

Wes Hanson is a member of the American Watercolor Society. He has painted using watercolors and other mediums for 40 years and has taught at the Artisan Barn numerous times. He also teaches drawing and painting classes for Spokane Art Supply and North Idaho College. He has taught workshops for the Coeur dʼAlene Art Association and Palouse Watercolor Socius and put on many one person shows. Wes emphasizes learning drawing and painting fundamentals. With a mastery of skills, an artist can paint traditionally or experimentally.

Materials to be supplied by students:
~ Photographs of landscapes you respond to. Try to select pictures that have definite, large centers of interest and contain contrast, such as unusual shapes, value shifts, complementary colors, or hard and soft edges.
~ Sketchbook: Bring a sketchbook that can handle light washes. I use a spiral bound Aquabee 808 Super Deluxe 9 by 12 inch sketchbook or a Pentalic Nature Sketch 8.5 by 11 inch sketchbook. You want to have a sketchbook that has enough space to do exploratory drawing.
~ Drawing Materials: A Number 2 school pencil. A soft eraser. A 4B or an 8B water soluble sketch wash pencil (Derwent, General, and others make these.).
~ A waterproof black ink pen.
~ Support: A piece of smooth sided plywood measuring 17 by 24 inches.
~ Watercolor Paper: One sheet of Arches all cotton 140 lb. cold press paper measuring 22 by 30 inches.
~ Brushes: One synthetic one inch flat watercolor brush and one No. 8 round synthetic watercolor brush.
~ Watercolor Paints: Professional grade, tube watercolor paints. Some of you have many tubes of color already and as you know colors are expensive to purchase and perplexing to understand. To simplify how color can be effectively used, I will be painting with a very simple palette consisting of French Ultramarine (Ultramarine Blue will also do.), Quinacridone Rose (Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Permanent Rose, or Quinacridone Crimson would also work.), Hansa Yellow (Aureolin Yellow, Azo Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Lemon, Cadmium Yellow Pale, or Cadmium Yellow Light could also be used.), Raw Sienna and Thalo Green. These are colors that are bright and can be mixed to create a wide range of new colors.
~ Water Container: A half gallon or one gallon plastic pail.
~ A single edged razor blade or a jackknife.
~ A one inch wide roll of masking tape.
~ Plastic to cover tables.

Minimum enrollment: 6    Maximum enrollment: 12


EVENTS
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BARN & SHOP HOURS:  Thursday through Sunday 10 am to 6 pm. 
CLOSED: New Year's Day, Easter, July 4th, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
 
 
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