So, after checking out the galleries on First Wednesday you realized you would love to try some art.  Or maybe you took some art in high school or college and always wanted to get back into it but didn’t have the time.  Or maybe you want to do a fun and unique birthday party for someone, or just  have a different night out.  Well you are in luck, because Salem has a wide array of possibilities for someone who wants to make some art.

For the people looking for classes, the Art Department is a reliable source of ongoing classes taught by well known local artists.  Keizer Art Association also has a selection of classes in  various media.  Their August offerings include subjects from beginning portraits and colored pencils through woodcarving and found object jewelry.  For those who meet the age qualification, the 50+ Center has a surprising list of offerings, including painting, lapidary, silversmithing, and woodshop. For people who love clay, Willamette Art Center has open studio passes available and will be offering classes in the fall.

But what if you are looking for is more of a “single use” kind of art experience?  Looking for something to experiment with, get some relaxation, make a unique gift, or have a fun day or night out?  In that case check out places like The Abbey Art Studio, Finding Voice Studios, or Runaway Art & Craft Studio.

The Abbey, which provides both adult and kid classes, is featuring a series of Summer “pop-up” workshops for all ages, including one making a Zentangle tile.  For those who are more interested in paper art, Runaway Art and Craft offers instructor led 2-4 hour classes in all things paper, from cards to altered books.  At Finding Voice Studios,  owner Beth Swain offers regular small workshops in clay and painting for all ages and experience levels.  On alternate Fridays she also offers a paint night where participants are guided through the creation of their own version of a pre-chosen painting.

If you like the idea of Paint Night, but want to kick it up a notch, then PaintnParty is for you.  Owner Maxine Addington had 37 years of experience in watercolor, but had not tried acrylics until she went to a Paint Night event hosted by a Portland business.  She enjoyed herself so much she explored the option of working for them, but ended up starting her own small business instead.  She runs regular “open invite” nights at several locations including The Night Deposit Whiskey Library and 7 Brides Brewing.  People can either drop in and pay, or sign up on her website.  She also hosts birthdays, business team building events, and other private PaintnParty events by request.

Addington  stresses that the point of PaintnParty is to have fun, release some stress, and experiment with the materials.  No prior painting experience is necessary, and she gives guidance and support as people create their pieces.  The paintings to be reproduced are posted on her website prior to events, so that people can choose which one to attend to make the piece they like best. People interested in checking out PaintnParty can get more information at or on the facebook page.