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Our teaching kitchen is complete!  We received a grant from USDA Rural Development to purchase the appliances for our new commercial kitchen and another grant from the Inland Northwest Community Foundation to buy utensils for the new Culinary Arts program.

Classes for both children and adults are included in this program and the kitchen may also be rented by food entrepreneurs. 

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 Wednesday evenings starting at 6 pm.

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 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.

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.  In addition to the in-class instruction time, an optional open studio is offered.

All level Wheel and Hand Building classes are appropriate for total beginners as well as experienced students.  Young people ages 16+ are encouraged to enroll in the adult courses.

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 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.

Learn to make an apple pie
Cost: $30.00
Date: Sept 28, beginning at 6 pm.
Register By: Sept 25

Instructor is award winning baker Sharon Dixon.

Longtime Barn volunteer Sharon Dixon from Uniontown is an award winning pie baker. For years we had a pie baking contest in the fall and her pies took top prize. To raise funds, we sold slices of pie after the contest. Once people learned how good Sharon's pies were, they would contact us to see if they could purchase her whole pie before serving began. Sharon was active in 4H with her daughters and taught baking skills. Julie Hartwig, who runs The Shop at the Barn, was one of Sharon's students and said she went to State competitions several times as a result of what she learned from Sharon.

Sharon will hand out her favorite crust and apple filling recipes and will share the tricks she has learned from decades of pie baking as she demonstrates.  Participants will each make a crust and apple filling with ingredients provided, and will take home a ready-to-bake pie and a small bag of flour donated by Shepherd's Grain.  Sharon will bring a finished pie and participants will share it at the end of the session.

Students should bring:
~ a pie plate, either glass or metal
~ a vegetable peeler (if you have one and prefer it to the paring knives we will provide)
~ an apron

This class is limited to 6 participants.

Wet felt an alpaca hat
Cost: $175.00
Date: Oct 22 and 23, 1 to 4 pm both days
Register By: Oct 9

This is a make-and-take workshop with textile artist and alpaca breeder Linda Mackey from Prosser.  Participants will wet felt alpaca fiber and choose among several styles of hat molds furnished by the instructor. They will then embellish the hat with silk flowers and a band of alpaca.  All materials will be provided for this workshop.  Linda will provide a list of materials and complete instructions for future projects.

Linda Mackey, a certified Washington teacher and Reflexology Therapist, owns a small herd of alpaca fiber boys.  For relaxation and her artistic fulfillment, she crochets, knits, weaves and felts alpaca fiber.  Linda is now teaching the techniques she has perfected.

No previous experience is needed for this workshop.

Minimum number of students 4:  Maximum 6

Let's Get Started Cooking
Cost: $60.00
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 6 to 9 pm
Register By: October 9

Let’s Get Started Cooking  

Instructors: Executive Chefs Bill Jollymore and Aaron Jollymore  They have been doing cooking classes together independently and with LCSC since 1998.

Bill Jollymore started working in kitchens at 15 years old washing dishes at the West Bank Restaurant.  Due to being short a cook he had to step up and fill in the spot and that was the start of a 40 year career as a self-taught chef and restaurateur.  At 17 years old he started cooking at the Red Shield. After 20 years and a name change to Bridge Street Connection Bill had worked his way up to executive chef and general manager. He then took the executive chef job at the Red Lion Hotel where over a span of 14 years he was promoted to food and beverage director. His next venture was opening up his own restaurant Jollymore’s, a Dining Experience, that has been open since 2014.

Aaron Jollymore started working in kitchens at 14 years old, He worked at Bridge Street Connection doing dishes and clean up, and at Rooster's Landing doing dishes and cooking for about a year and a half.  At the same time he was also working at the Red Lion Hotel. Aaron decided to focus on building his career as a chef and went full time at the Red Lion. In 16 years he built his career as a self-taught chef and was promoted to sous chef then kitchen manager and eventually executive chef.   He then chose to take the opportunity to go to work with Bill Jollymore as the executive chef at Jollymore’s, a Dining Experience for the last two and a half years. 

Demonstration: Knife skills, food safety overview, wine opening and serving.

Hands on: Make spring salad tied with leeks and scratch honey apple vinaigrette; fresh Idaho trout (how to fillet and cook with fresh lemon, dill, capers, butter and white wine); fresh fall/winter vegetables roasted in the classic French style; seasonal pear poached in red wine and served with vanilla ice cream and cinnamon stick and fresh mint garnish.  At the end of the session, participants will enjoy the dishes that they have prepared in the class.

This class is limited to 18 participants.

The cost for couples who wish to register together is $55 each.  For this discount, you must contact Julie at The Shop at the Barn, 509-229-3414 or instead of registering through the website.

Make a Spooky Halloween Cake
Cost: $45.00
Date: Wednesday, October 26, 6 to 9 pm
Register By: Friday, October 21

Instructor Julie Hartwig, owner of The Shop at the Barn, has an associate professional bakery degree and has been a professional journeyman baker and caterer since 1979. She designs and makes simple cakes as well as sculpted cakes for weddings and birthdays.  Julie’s cakes are exceptionally creative and in much demand.  The image is of a cake Julie made recently for her granddaughter's first birthday.

Students will make a ghostly graveyard using fondant for the ghosts on top of the cake.  The graveyard will be very delicious with a chocolate ganache pour.  Julie will share her creativity as well as tricks of the decorating trade.  All materials and tools will be provided and each participant will decorate a cake to take home.

Maximum 6 students.

When you register please select white or chocolate for the flavor of your cake,
Cabernet and Coloring
Cost: $12.00
Date: Thursday, October 27, 6 to 8 pm
Register By: Oct 26

This is an introductory session to our new Wine and Art Series.  A different topic will be offered each month.

Spend a relaxing evening with friends coloring from intricate adult coloring books. We will provide all supplies plus a glass of wine and appetizers. Coloring will allow you to switch off your brain from other thoughts and focus only on the moment, helping to alleviate free-floating anxiety. Coloring can be particularly effective for people who aren't comfortable with more creatively expressive forms of art.

At the November session we will make an encaustic Christmas ornament.
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 d ľAlene 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


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