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CLASS REGISTRATIONS must be received in advance. Please pay attention to class registration cut-off dates. Cut-off dates are established by the instructor so we will cancel a class if the minimum enrollment is not met by that date.  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.

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

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 several culinary arts experiences where the kids had a great time integrating creativity into their cooking projects.  More topics are planned, some where a parent and child work together.  The children's sessions are posted on the Kids' Events tab.

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

Contact us if you are interested in a culinary experience for a private group.  We have many resources available and are happy to work with you to design an event.

See individual class listings below.  Please note that advance registration is required for each of the culinary arts classes.

The instructor sets the minimum and maximum number of students and a cut-off date for registrations so ingredients can be procured.  If we do not receive the minimum number of registrations by the cut-off date, the class will not be held.

Classes in our fully equipped studio are offered to students with all levels of experience.  They cover both hand building and wheel throwing techniques. The class fee includes in-class instruction plus open labs where students may come in and work on their projects. Clay and firing is also included in the fee.

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

Class offerings are listed below by date.
In this series, a fun, different topic is offered once each month on a Thursday evening from 6 to 8 pm for $35. The instructors are artists from the Barn and around the region.  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: through August 13

"Ala Carte" Clay Classes Spring/Summer 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.

Registrations will be accepted at any time during this period.

All class fees must be paid at time of registration.  The fee includes instruction, supplies and firing of student work.

Class times
Sunday,  10 am to 1 pm                
Sunday, 1 pm to 4 pm                         
Wednesday,  12 pm to 4 pm
Friday, 6 pm to 8 pm

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

Registrations will be accepted at any time during this period.
All class fees must be paid at time of registration. The fee includes instruction, supplies and firing of student work.

Class times
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, 12 to 3 pm and 3 to 6 pm
Wednesday and Friday, 6 to 9 pm by special request
Sunday, 10 am to 1 pm and 1 to 4 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.

CULINARY ARTS: Eazy Peazy Homemade Pizza, Breadsticks and Caesar Salad
Cost: $35.00
Date: Thursday, April 13, 6 to 9 pm
Register By: April 11

Our resident artist Tracy Randall is a fabulous cook!  Tracy will teach you how to make amazing pizza — at home. The class will be structured as a demonstration with a little hands-on involvement by students, and will include tips and tricks for how to get great pizza results in your own kitchen. You will get a nearly fail-proof pizza crust recipe, tips on how to make your own sauce, as well as a yummy Caesar Salad dressing recipe. At least two large pizzas — one with meats and cheeses and one with veggies and cheeses, breadsticks, and a large salad will be the end results of this class, which the students get to enjoy eating when complete. Wine will be served with dinner for those who would like it.

Tracy has been a member artist of the Barn from its beginning. She enjoys cooking and loves the control that "making it yourself” gives a home cook. She believes that food should be fun, taste good, and be good for you. Using fresh, local, and unprocessed ingredients whenever possible will always give the best results. Tracy has been perfecting her pizza making skills for several years and is looking forward to sharing them with you.

Minimum number of students 4; Maximum number of students 8

No cooking experience needed — just an interest in learning — and eating!

Handouts will be provided.

Please pay attention to class registration cut-off date listed above. Cut-off dates are established by the instructor so we will cancel a class if the minimum enrollment is not met by that date.
WINE & ART SERIES: learn photo transfer techniques
Cost: $35.00
Date: Thursday, April 27, 6 to 8pm
Register By: April 23

Learn how to transfer a photo to a hard surface medium and make a beautiful family heirloom art piece with resident artist Christie Zeoli. Please bring a black and white copy of a favorite photo no bigger than 8 x 10. The photo must be from a commercial photocopy machine, not an ink jet print from your computer. We will have some generic photos on hand for you to use if you do not bring your own.  After you transfer the photo, you will then embellish your art piece with paint and other items.  Art materials are included in the class fee.  

Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and finger foods.

CULINARY ARTS: Focaccia bread


Palouse Landscapes in Pencil, Ink & Watercolor with Wes Hanson
Cost: $144.00
Date: June 24 and 25, 10 am to 5 pm
Register By: June 12
This two-day workshop on sketching and painting local landscapes in watercolor is divided into two parts. On Saturday morning we will go over basic watercolor techniques and create a series of simplified landscapes using pencil, ink and watercolor. In the afternoon, if the weather is good, we will sketch and paint outdoors. On Sunday, we will review skills related to creating, drawing and painting a composition in the classroom and then, weather permitting, apply these skills outdoors. If the weather is bad, we will review the skills and apply them to one or more of the sketches done yesterday.

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. Having mastered basic skills, an artist can paint traditionally or experimentally.

Age group of students:  Adults: Beginning to intermediate level of experience.

Maximum # students 12. Minimum # 6.

Materials to be supplied by students:

Photographs of local landscapes you respond to. Try to select pictures of landscapes and structures that have a definite center of interest, are large enough to see and contain contrast, such as unusual shapes, distinct 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, white 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 and a support to prop the board up about two inches on one side.

Watercolor Paper: Two sheets of Arches all cotton 140 lb. cold press paper measuring 22 by 30 inches.

Brushes: One synthetic one-inch flat watercolor brush and one round synthetic watercolor brush (No. 8 or 10 or 12).

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 Cobalt Blue (French Ultramarine or Ultramarine Blue would 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.), and Burnt Sienna. 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 roll of durable paper towels (I use Viva.).

A one-inch wide roll of masking tape.

Plastic to cover tables.

Outdoor Supplies: A portable chair if you prefer sitting and painting at ground level. A portable table if you want to paint standing up. Sunscreen, a wide brimmed hat, insect repellent, sunglasses, drinking water, and a snack.

Registrations MUST be received by the cutoff date.  If the minimum enrollment is not met by the cutoff date, the class will not be held.
Plein Air Oil Painting
Cost: $192.00
Date: Saturday and Sunday, July 22-23, 9am-6pm
Register By: July 16, 2017

The main aim of this workshop is to help the students expand their compositional concepts and to improve their design skills to achieve these compositional goals. The workshop is divided into four segments; two morning and two afternoon sessions. The morning sessions (9a-12p) are devoted to drawing with three goals: 1. develop new compositional designs 2. clarify shape discovery and shape placement 3. work with a strong emphasis on value structure. The afternoon sessions (2p-6p) will be turned over to painting. We will work on white canvas to begin and will include all of the goals from the drawing sessions with a strong emphasis on color temperature.

Sam Collett is a "realist painter” living in Wallowa County Oregon, and its’ land and people are always a source of inspiration and artistic challenge. His expressive emphases are drawing and painting, with oils, pastels, watercolor and all major drawing materials as his mediums. Mr Collett received his formal education at Westminster College studying with Don Doxey followed by study in the MFA program at the University of Utah Art Department with Alvin Gittins, Earl Jones, and Albert Handell and again with Albert Handell at Woodstock, NY. The Artist has taught drawing and painting for over 25 years in many venues in Utah and the pacific northwest. Sam Colletts’ work has been exhibited at the Salmagundi Club of New York, American Pastel Society of New York, Degas Pastel Society of New Orleans Louisiana, Oil Painters of American, Salon International Competition Green House Gallery Texas and has had one person shows at Kimball Art Center, Park City Utah, University of Utah, Springville Art Museum Utah, Bountiful Art Museum Utah, and Pendleton Art Center Oregon.

Collett will be the exhibiting artist in the Hay Loft Hall at the Barn in the month of July.  

Materials: Bring your own drawing and oil painting materials along with two 11x14 white intoned canvases.

Age group of students: adults with some painting experience, Maximum # students 10, minimum #7.

Please note register date as class will not be held without minimum number of students participating.

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