Click on the category tabs below for details.

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.

Ala Carte Adult Ceramics Classes
Cost: $250.00
Date: through August 13

"Ala Carte" Clay Classes  Summer 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-SUMMER  June 1 through August 13
Wednesdays 11-2pm and 2-5pm
Fridays: 11:30-2:30pm and more hours accommodated by request
Sundays: 10-1pm and 1-4pm

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. 
Plein Air Oil Painting
Cost: $192.00
Date: Sat.- Sun, July 29-30, 9am-6pm
Register By: July 23, 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. 

An excerpt from an interview in March with the Wallowa County Chieftain:  Over the years Collett learned to teach his students to rely on instinct as much as possible.  "I tell my students not to worry about technique. If you start worrying about brush strokes, in a way, you’re putting the cart before the horse. I ask them "What’s the main concept of the painting — what are you trying to do?’ That’s the important thing, and you try to achieve that the best way you can. Do that, and the rest of those things will fall into place.” Teaching isn’t a one-way learning street. Collette has felt the influence of his students as well, particularly when it came to the nuts and bolts of art. "Having students has influenced my art most definitely,” Collett said. As an example, Collett knew color theory by instinct, but when he tried to explain it to students he was lost. "Having to learn these things has had a great influence, because now I thoroughly understand all the aspects of what I do,” he said.
Collett will be the exhibiting artist in the Hay Loft Hall at the Barn in the month of July.

Make it a weekend getaway and book a room at the nearby Churchyard Inn, a bed & breakfast right next door to the historic St. Boniface Parish in Uniontown. 20% discount on the room rate for all workshop attendees! Call the Innkeepers at 509.229.3200 for details or visit online at

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.

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.

Cost: $35.00
Date: Thursday July 27th 6-8pm
Register By: Wednesday July 26th

Adult Finger Painting?  Yes!  Adult Finger Painting!!
Learn finger painting all over again!  Instructor Alyssa Hopkins will guide you to create a beautiful Hydrangea painting created literally with your own hands.

Join us for the fun class enjoy appetizers and wine

CULINARY ARTS: Charcoal grilling and Smoke Grilling
Cost: $35.00
Date: August, 26, 4-7pm
Register By: August 20

JUST IN TIME FOR LABOR DAY? Artists at the Dahmen Barn has a fantastic workshop planned for the end of August for the griller of your family. Scott Heitstuman, local Uniontown resident, will host a summer BBQ class at the Barn to help you impress you friends this labor day. Scott will demonstrate and discuss basic setup, lighting, and fire tending equipment with natural charcoal. You will learn, the difference between grilling, smoking, smoke grilling, and true BBQ. During the class, learn to prepare pork tenderloin two different ways on the charcoal grills. You will also make easy grilled potatoes and grilled summer vegetables. Afterwards, the class will enjoy the prepared meal.   Scott will bring charcoal grills directly to the Dahmen Barn on which to demonstrate, while class attendees sip beer or wine. Attendees will be able to get up and move around as Scott demonstrate outside at the grill.  What could be a better way to spend a relaxing summer evening?

              A minimum of 3 students is required for this class maximum or 12.

Please register by August 22.  The class will not be held if we do not meet the minimum enrollment of 3 by that date.

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.
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.  Optional open studio hours are Mondays 6 to 8 pm. Separate fee for firing. Only clay and glazes provided by the Dahmen Barn clay studio may be used.

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