If cooler temperatures and changing colors are inspiring some creativity that’s not quite sure how to do what it wants to do, it might be just the season for an art class.
Several local venues are offering instruction in a wide range of artistic techniques. Find a listing of options on the event calendar (Pages 15-19 and at inland360.com) or consider one of these options:
Autumn Colors on the Palouse in Plein Air
WHEN: Thursdays and Saturdays from Oct. 5-Nov. 11
WHERE: Artisans at the Dahmen Barn in Uniontown and various locations on the Palouse
REGISTRATION: www.artisanbarn.org or (509) 229-3414 by Sept. 27
Whether you’re new to plein air painting or an experienced veteran, this class provides instruction on developing composition as well as the benefits and challenges of painting outdoors. Student artists can select the medium of their choice: oil, pastel, acrylic, watercolor or charcoal.
After an initial orientation class on Oct. 5 or Oct. 7 at Artisans at the Dahmen Barn, classes will be held at various sites between Pullman and Uniontown. Participants can select which six additional classes to attend based on their schedules.
Artists are asked to provide their own materials; those who are beginning a new medium should to consult with the instructor in advance so they can identify and purchase what it is needed. A smartphone or tablet will also be needed; in case of inclement weather, students will photograph on location and finish their work in the studio.
The class is instructed by Jim Toenjes, who paints entirely on location and splits his time between Arizona and Woodland, Wash.
Fur and Feathers in Pastel: Painting Animals with Personality and Charm
WHEN: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 12-14
WHERE: Valley Art Center, 842 Sixth St., Clarkston
REGISTRATION: (509) 758-8331 by Oct. 5
Learn how to paint animals using pastels in this three-day workshop. The class develops techniques such as composition, color temperature, placing animals in their habitat, color harmony and animal eye path.
This class is suitable for beginning through advanced artists. The strengths of each artist will be enhanced, and instruction and encouragement will be offered for weak areas. Minimal supplies are included with the class fee; students will be provided with a supply list upon registration for the class.
The class is instructed by Mary Ann Cherry, an Idaho Falls resident who paints in oil and pastel. She has exhibited her work and taught throughout the country.
Watercolor Workshop for Beginners
WHEN: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 7
WHERE: Latah County Fairgrounds events building, 1021 Harold St., Moscow
This one-day workshop is designed for those who are new to watercolor painting. Instructed by Moscow artist Bobbi Kelly, this class includes all supplies and covers basic techniques — all in a fun and light-hearted environment. This annual workshop is popular and class size is limited; early registration is advised.