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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.

Private classes
Do you have an idea for a culinary class?  Would you be interested in a private class for your friends and/or family?  Artisans at the Dahmen Barn would love to hear your ideas for topics of interest as well as ideas about private classes.  Contact the barn  manager at  We would love to hear your suggestions and feedback.

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.

Gluten Free Pastries
Cost: $45.00
Date: September 24, 1pm-3pm
Register By: September 21
Learn to make gluten free pastries in out new culinary arts kitchen. Deb Robinson Smith who has been gluten free for 10 years has perfected the gluten free pastry shell. She will teach you the secrets to making the perfect shell and then you will learn to make two different fillings. You will have plenty for sampling your creation paired with local wine and then a few to take home.

These pastries have been tested by our resident artists and  are quite yummy and make a elegant desert or savory for your guest for the holidays.

Please register by September 21st, class is limited to 10 students with a minimum of 5
Sketching Landscapes in Watercolor with Wes Hanson
Cost: $72.00
Date: OCTOBER 1, 10 am to 4 pm
Register By: September 24
This one-day workshop on sketching and painting local landscapes in watercolor is divided into two parts. We will create simple sketches using lines and values. Then we will use watercolor to bring the sketches to life.

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.

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, and 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: 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 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.

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.
Autumn Colors on the Palouse in Plein Air, Painting Classes
Cost: $100.00
Date: Oct 2 - November 11, 10am- 12pm
Register By: Wednesday September 27th
This is a great opportunity to take a class from James H. Toenjes all levels of experience are welcome. Mr. Toenjes will instruct students how to compose the perfect Plein Air painting in your medium of choice. Mr. Toenjes is in our area for a couple months and has offered this class at a great rate.

Thursdays and Saturdays, Beginning October 5 and 7, 2017 and continues through November 11. $100 for 7 classes you choose the dates that work for you. If you want to just try before registering for the full six classes you can pay for just one two hour class for $25.00.

Media category: Oil, pastel, acrylic, watercolor, or charcoal as preferred by students 

This is a class that will introduce students to the pleasures and difficulties of outdoor painting. Painting directly from the subject in its environment is an experience unlike anything found in studio painting. It began shortly preceding the French Impressionist movement and has lately become very popular all over the United States and Europe. Painting styles can be as literal or expressive as the artist wishes. We are very fortunate in this class to draw from the local fall colors between the first week of October and mid-November. There are innumerable sites between Pullman and Uniontown that offer exciting compositional themes from urban and structural to patterned farm land. The instructor will provide guidance in the process of developing an outdoor composition on location, weather permitting, and will assist with the medium of each student’s choice. Two classes are offered to accommodate students’ schedules. There are no intended differences between them, though they will vary dependent on number of students and their levels of experience, media used, and weather conditions. After an initial orientation class at the Barn, all remaining classes will be held at various locations outdoors. Should inclement weather interrupt our schedule, we will continue our work in-studio from reference photographs. Please include with equipment a phone camera or tablet for this purpose.

Materials to be supplied by students: any materials normally used by each student in their preferred medium. If interested in a different medium or if at the beginning level, students should consult with the instructor well in advance.

Jim Toenjes has been painting since the late 1970s. He began painting outdoors on location while working in California and Hawai'i as an archaeologist. After several years working with pastel, watercolor, and acrylic, he moved on to oil, continuing to paint on location. In the mid-1990s he studied portraiture and composition under Jack Rowe in Palm Desert, California. Mr. Rowe was a student of society portraitist Weyman Adams in New York before World War II. Mr. Rowe served as a front line scout with the Eighth Army and after the war, continued studies at the Chicago Art Institute where he received his degree in fine art. Previously of Palm Springs, California, Jim now divides his time between Quartzsite, AZ and Woodland, Washington where he has family and is a member of the Northwest Oil Painters Guild (NOPG). Jim paints entirely on location using a core palette of secondary colors and white which he has introduced to students in workshops in California and Arizona.

Ala Carte Adult Ceramics Classes
Cost: $250.00
Date: Through December 2017

"Ala Carte" Clay Classes  Fall 2017
       10 classes for $250 or 5 classes for $150.  Take classes in any order, consecutive or ala carte.  
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-Fall/Winter 
Wednesdays 11-2pm and 2-5pm
Fridays: 11:30-2:30pm and more hours accommodated by request
Sundays: 10-1pm and 1-4pm
Note: Weekday class times may change

Contact for any questions regarding class fees.  A portion of every registration goes to supporting local school children's art classes.  The remainder is used for supplies and instructor fees. 
Cost: $35.00
Date: Thursday September 28th 6-8pm
Register By: Wednesday september 27th

Dirty Pour, Fun Easy and Beautiful!
It's mixing Acrylic Paint with a medium that helps the paint flow and leave a glossy finish to your piece. You also can add Silicone to the mixture to give you a cell like structures as it separates from the paint, pushing its way through the paint.  Instructor Alyssa Hopkins will guide you to create a beautiful Dirty Pour painting  in your favorite colors

Join us for the fun class enjoy appetizers and wine

Raku-Ceramics- The Alchemy of Fire
Cost: $105.00
Date: Oct 13-14 and November 4-5
Raku is an ancient Japanese approach to firing ceramic wares. Objects are removed from a 1800 degree kiln, and immediately plunged into a reduction atmosphere, yielding vibrant, naturalistic textures and colors. Raku is spontaneous, unpredictable, maddening, and eternally seductive. A raku surface is intertwined with black crackle patterns, with copper flashings and all the lucid hues of stones from a riverbed.

This course will be divided into two phases. First Phase October 13 and 14, 3pm-5pm
Second Phase November 4 and 5, 4pm - 10pm

During two initial tutorial sessions, we will discuss the history of Raku: its inception in Japan and its evolution in the United States. We will discuss wet and dry clay approaches to creating objects that maximize the beauty of Raku surfaces. We will also discuss Raku glazes- their chemistry, variability and potential.

After a three-week interval in which students can create, bisque-fire and glaze objects, we will have two open Raku firing sessions in early November. Although the instructor will supervise these sessions, students will be fully involved in the process

A PDF companion pamphlet- summarizing the history and methodology of Raku- will be made available to all student participants.

Instructor bio/artist's statement:
David Roon earned his MFA in 2017, after serving as clinical faculty in Fish and Wildlife at the University of Idaho for ten years. He is focused on creating art at the ecology interface… works that celebrate the beauty of the natural world while highlighting its fragility and irreplaceability. Although he has a strong grounding in ceramics, his practice has expanded into multi-media installation work and printmaking.

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