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Dahmen Barn classes foster budding artists

The big white Dahmen Barn, behind a fence made of 1,000 iron wheels, hasn’t housed dairy cows for decades.

It serves instead as a working home for 23 artists on the Palouse – and, for the next six weeks, a creative space for children to do some painting, printmaking, sculpting and tie-dyeing of their own.

The barn in Uniontown, Wash., next week will launch its series of kids’ “creativity sessions” taught by regional artists.

Each afternoon session covers two topics. First up, on Thursday afternoon: string-art painting and fused glass. Also on tap: cartooning, Fimo clay, collage, decoupage and “faerie aeries and troll houses.” (For a full schedule, go to www.artisanbarn.org.)

The nonprofit Dahmen Barn provides studio space to working artists 24 hours a day. From Thursdays through Sundays, the public is invited to watch and talk with the artists. The barn’s calendar also includes art exhibits, concerts and workshops for adults, and its shop sells work by nearly 100 artists.

The series for children, in its seventh year, aims to introduce new media to children, barn manager Leslee Miller said – “new ways to do things, so it will pique their imaginations.”

Adrian Rogers

What: Art classes for children 6 to 12.

When: 1 to 3:45 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 15.

Where: The Dahmen Barn is at 419 N. Park Way in Uniontown. Uniontown is midway between Pullman and Clarkston, 90 miles south of Spokane via U.S. Highway 195.

Cost: $12 a session.

To register: Call (509) 229-3414 or sign up on the organization’s website (www.artisanbarn.org) by 6 p.m. the Sunday before the session.



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