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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.

CULINARY ARTS: Spanish Paella Class with Jim Harbour
Cost: $45.00
Date: Saturday June 10, 2017
Register By: June 7th

If you’ve ever been to Spain, you have surely seen or even eaten delicious paella! Paella (pronounced PIE-AY-UH) is a rice based dish with as many variations in preparation as the cooks who make it. Served from large shallow dishes steaming with a variety of seafood and/or meats, these large platters often will come flying through restaurant dining rooms in Spain with much fanfare on the shoulders of waiters.  Jim Harbour, WSU School of Hospitality professor and restaurateur will teach a fun and interactive class that will begin with an informative overview and history of paella. The class will then break into groups to work under Jim’s instruction on preparing the different components of making paella. He and the students will bring it all together in the end to make a couple pans of paella to eat and enjoy with wine. A delicious, fun and relaxed class—relaxed at Jim’s insistence! Set in the late afternoon, this class is ideal for leaving the day to run errands or tend your garden before enjoying an early dinner at the Barn! Bring friends to make your own work group! Wine and beer will be available

Time 4pm-7pm
Class size approximately 15 people
Register by June 7 to be sure of inclusion in this fun and interactive class. (call the shop at 509-229-3414 after June 7)

Biography of instructor:   Jim Harbour is a clinical professor at the School of Hospitality Business Management at the Carson College of Business at Washington State University. He has taught numerous courses in hospitality operations, food and beverage management and fundamentals of cooking. He is also a successful local restaurateur, having opened more than five restaurants in Pullman and currently owns three, Southfork, Porchlight Pizza and the new and popular Cask on Bishop Blvd.
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.  

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

"Ala Carte" Clay Classes  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
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: 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.
Cost: $35.00
Date: Thursday, June 22 6-8pm

Our next wine & art class in June will be taught by our brand new second floor resident artist, Mary Lou Wayne.
Why not Christmas in June? Come have a good time while enjoying wine and appetizers.  Learn to sculpt these ever popular Mr & Mrs Claus ornaments.  You can never get ready too early for the holidays, right?
Mary Lou Wayne lives in Lewiston, Idaho and is well known for her sculpted Santas and whimsical characters.



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