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The Arts Center Partners

In addition to Saratoga Arts' own arts education offerings, The Arts Center is home to the following private programs: 

European Language Connection:
518-885-1507
Etudes Music School:
518-583-4649
Kathleen Bowman, Cello lessons
Jill Levy, Violin Lessons

For more information about any of the artists or organizations above, please click on the link provided or contact them using the number provided.  
 

 

Our Community Arts Education Program

For nearly 15 years, Saratoga Arts has been dedicated to offering quality fine art and fine craft classes, taught by regional artists, to students of all ages and at all artistic levels. In that time we’ve grown our program to its current capacity, where it now serves over 950 students a year and works with nearly 50 art teachers.  

Located in the Arts Center at 320 Broadway in Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Arts has several fine arts classrooms, a weaving studio, a 110-seat theater, two gallery spaces and a darkroom. We have on occasion, when our facilities can not accommodate a class, offered classes off-site as well.

 

Education

REGISTRATION FOR OUR WINTER 2015 CLASSES IS OPEN!


Drawing Classes


Open Studio - Figure Drawing

The Open Studio sessions offered by Saratoga Arts are great practice for any artist interested in working from a live  model, without the formality of a class.  Open Studio sessions are informal group meetings where artists can talk about their work, share ideas and discuss a variety of methods and mediums.  There is no teacher or moderator for these sessions.  Sessions are recommended for ages 15 and up.  Participants can work in the medium of their choice.  Please bring your own supplies.  Pre-registration is encouraged for the Open Studio sessions, but not required.  Drop in rates for: $12 for members / $14 for non-members. Did you know the Open Studio has a website?  http://www.lifestudio.org/clubs/saratogaImages

Session ISession I - Mondays: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
January 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2
$80 for members / $100 for non-members

Session IIMondays: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
March 9, 16, 23, 30 April 6, 13, 20, 27
$80 for members / $100 for non-members


Basic Drawing        

with James D’Andrea
Learn the basic skills of drawing from observation through still and live models. The class will cover use of pencils, ink, and charcoal on various papers. Perspective to portraiture will be covered. Touch all the bases and score a home run with this class if you are new to drawing, trying to round a portfolio for college or knocking off some rust after being away from the easel for a prolonged time.  This class is perfect for students of all levels.  Students registered for Basic Drawing should bring a 9" x12" heavy bond drawing pad, 12" x18" charcoal pad, 4b-4h pencil set, hard and medium vine charcoal, a kneaded eraser, a white plastic eraser, a knife, s ruler, sharpeners, a 12-18" thin rod (knitting needles work well), a sandpaper block, and a smudger.

Thursdays: 10am - 12pm
January 29, February 5, 12, 26, March 5, 12
$85 for members / $95 for non-members


Drawing II    

with James D’Andrea
This course is designed for students that have gone through Drawing I, Basic Drawing (or have some drawing experience) and want to explore developing their own content as drawings to proceed other mediums or as an end work itself.  Advanced fundamentals of drawing will also be discussed.  Students will spend each session working on a drawing of their own with teacher assistance.  Please bring lots of photographs or objects for reference. Students should bring a 9" x12" heavy bond drawing pad, 12" x18" charcoal pad, 4b-4h pencil set, hard and medium vine charcoal, a kneaded eraser, a white plastic eraser, a knife, s ruler, sharpeners, a 12-18" thin rod (knitting needles work well), a sandpaper block, and a smudger.


Thursdays: 1pm - 3pm
January 29, February 5, 12, 26, March 5, 12
$85 for members / $95 for non-members

Drawing for All Levels     

with James D’Andrea
How many things do you see every day and wish you could draw that?  Drawing is for everybody and this class is a drawing free for all!  Structured to be wide-open with demonstrations, lessons in the fundamentals of drawing and drawing techniques, gentle critiques, and lots of one-on-one time - this class is perfect for students who are new to drawing or have been drawing for years.  Students should bring a 9" x12" heavy bond drawing pad, 12" x18" charcoal pad, 4b-4h pencil set, hard and medium vine charcoal, a kneaded eraser, a white plastic eraser, a knife, s ruler, sharpeners, a 12-18" thin rod (knitting needles work well), a sandpaper block, and a smudger.

Thursdays: 7pm - 9pm
January 29, February 5, 12, 26, March 5, 12

$85 for members / $95 for non-members


Painting Classes


Pastel for Beginners     

with Carolyn Justice
This class will introduce participants to the basic concepts of pastel.  Pastel offers a wide range of artistic possibilities and may be used on a wide variety of papers and working surfaces.  Emphasis will be on experimenting with a variety of papers, use of color and becoming comfortable with the medium.   Supplies: Please bring non-oil pastels, a kneaded eraser, masking tape and several sheets of paper to each class.  Class size is limited to 14 students.  Pastel I is recommended for students who are new to the medium, but is open to all pastel students.



Mondays, 10am - 12pm
January 26, February 2, 9, 23, March 2, 9
$85 for members / $95 for non-members


Intermediate - Advanced Pastel     



with Carolyn Justice
This course is a continuation of Pastel for Beginners. Students will learn to interpret more complex subjects, explore contemporary directions in drawing, and continue to develop a mastery of technique. There is also more emphasis on originality and the development of a personal style.  Students will further develop their skills and abilities, and be encouraged to find increasingly creative solutions for a wide range of different types of projects.  Supplies: Please bring non-oil pastels, a kneaded eraser, masking tape and several sheets of paper to each class.  Class size is limited to 14 students.

Tuesdays: 10am - 12pm
Jan 27, Feb 3, 10, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24
$110 for members / $120 for non-members


All Media Portrait Workshop      

with Corey Pitkin
Working from a live model students will receive instruction on achieving a likeness and creating the illusion of depth. This full day workshop will start with an oil painting demonstration in the morning and allow participants to work from the model with one-on-one instructor guidance in the afternoon. All mediums and all skill levels welcome.  Oil painters, please bring: oil paints - at least a red, a blue, a yellow and a white, a 11”x14” or larger canvas or panel, a mix of brushes (the larger the better), odorless mineral spirits or other oil painting medium (no turpentine), a palette, and palette knife; pastelists, please bring assorted pastels, multiple sheets of colored, textured paper, a kneaded eraser, and masking tape.  Drawing students, please bring: a 9" x12" drawing pad (or larger), drawing pencils, hard and/or medium vine charcoal, a kneaded eraser, a white plastic eraser, and a sharpener.  Registration total includes a model fee.

Saturday, February 21, 2015: 10am - 4pm
$85 for members / $95 for non-members


Painting in Gouache     

with Ralph Caparulo
Gouache possesses all the qualities of watercolor, but with the advantage that it can be used in an opaque manner, which allows for corrections.  The first half of the class will utilize still life set-ups; the second half will focus on the figure.  Exploring the properties of gouache will pleasantly surprise students, who previously have been intimidated by the immediate and unforgiving aspects of watercolor.  A complete supply list can be found at our website - www.saratoga-arts.org.  Class size is limited to 12 students. This class is designed for students of all levels and no experience is required.

Fridays, 1pm - 3pm
March 6, 13, 20, 27
$60 for members / $70 for non-members


Color Harmonies     

with Takeyce Walter
In visual experiences, harmony is something that is pleasing to the eye - color harmony delivers visual interest and a sense of order - and it can be a real stumbling block, even for experienced painters. This workshop will introduce basic formulas related to color harmony and will include practical exercises and all students will complete a color chart for future reference when painting. This workshop is a must for any new or established painter interested in learning about the fundamentals and how they can effect your work. Students can work in oils and/or pastels for this workshop.  A complete supply list can be found at our website - www.saratoga-arts.org. This workshop is designed for students of all levels and no experience is required!

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 10am - 4:00pm
$70 for members / $80 for non-members


Artful Retreat: 
A Watercolor Workshop      

with Susan Wiley
The Artful Retreat is a workshop that runs Thursday & Friday, gives the weekend for painting on your own, if you choose,  and resumes on Monday.  It is for new watercolorists or artists who have been away from the medium or need a more solid footing before tackling watercolors on their own. The workshop is tailored to your needs so that you can develop your own style and is designed to teach you the basic watercolor techniques, angle brush handling, color mixing and application - basically all of the skills an artist needs to execute a watercolor still life.  The first day is dedicated to laying the groundwork for techniques, mixing colors, learning about their special attributes, and learning how to use an angle brush with watercolors.  The second day is a hands on demo; Susan will paint a still life and stop at each step so that you can duplicate the same techniques that she employs on your own painting.  At the end of the day, students will participate in a gentle, constructive critique with many tips and pointers - usually the highlight of the workshop for everyone!  At the end of the day, you will leave with your finished, or nearly finished, painting. On Monday, you will compose your own painting and Susan will spend the full day working one-on-one with each student, helping them develop their painting while giving mini demos as needed.  There will be a second critique at the end of the day, and you will leave with your second finished or nearly finished painting.  Class size is limited to 12. Click HERE for the complete supply list.
 
Thursday, Friday & Monday: 9am - 3pm
January 29, 30 & February 2
$160 for members / $175 for non-members

Drawing Children from Photographs     

with Corey Pitkin
Preserve the memories of their childhood with portraits you make! Children are so full of expression, emotion and movement it is often difficult to capture them on paper.  In this one-day workshop students will learn how to achieve a child’s likeness through techniques on how to capture character, using color and a focus on improving drawing skills.  All skill levels and mediums are welcome. This class is structured to include lectures, demonstration on different media, and lots of one-on-one attention for students!  Please bring several photographs and the drawing and/or painting supplies of your choice.

Saturday, March 21, 2015: 10am - 4pm
$70 for members / $80 for non-members


Small Scale Painting Workshop     
Get ready for our...

10 x 10 = 100
2015 Annual Summer Juried Exhibition
August 1 - September 26, 2015

with Takeyce Walter
Experience the power of art on a small scale, with artist Takeyce Walter, in this relaxed, fun workshop. Focusing on images, forms, shapes, color and a variety of painting techniques used when painting on a smaller scale, students will complete a 10” x 10” painting.  Students can work in oils and/or pastels for this workshop.  A complete supply list can be found at our website - www.saratoga-arts.org. This workshop is open to students of all levels and no experience with pastels or oils is required!  Students are encouraged to submit their completed work for inclusion in our exciting summer show!

Saturday, March 28, 2015: 10am - 4pm
$70 for members / $80 for non-members

Saratoga Arts is excited to announce its’ summer juried exhibition - 10 x 10 = 100, For this show, artists are asked to create an original artwork (2-D or 3-D) of art in a 10” x 10” format.  This exhibition is in honor of the City of Saratoga Springs’ Centennial Celebration.


Foundations of Oils     

with Takeyce Walter
If you have ever wanted to try oil painting, or haven't been painting for some time, and just don't know where to start this is the class for you. The focus of this workshop will be on how to compose a painting, choosing and mixing colors, and students will learn about a variety of different brushwork and application techniques. Students and Instructor will work from a still life for this class. Takeyce will also demonstrate her process for creating river and landscape scenes. Students will also do the same from reference photos provided.  Instructor demonstrations, critiques and one-on-one attention will be offered. A complete supply list can be found at our website - www.saratoga-arts.org.

Saturday, February 28, 2015: 10am - 4:00pm
$70 for members / $80 for non-members


Nightscapes in Pastel
with Robert Carsten, PSA-mp, IAPS-mc     

Paint the night and all that shines, glows and glitters in this fun 2-day workshop with a very popular instructor. From a bustling city street to a serene, moonlit townscape or country scene, create mood-filled nocturnal scenes that explore a high contrast palette of colors from rich, gorgeous darks to luminous lights. Work from your photos (Robert will have some to use as well) or sketches. Demonstration, critique and lots of painting time. This class is designed for students of all levels and no experience is required. Class size is limited to 14 students. You can see more of Robert’s work at - http://www.robertcarsten.com.

Tuesday & Wednesday: 10am - 4pm
April 14 & 15, 2015
$240 for members / $260 for non-members

An enthusiastic promoter of the pastel medium, Robert K. Carsten is a master pastelist in the Pastel Society of America and a master circle pastelist (2013) in the International Assoc. of Pastel Societies (IAPS).  He is an elected member of the Board of Governors of the Pastel Society of America and is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the Connecticut Pastel Society, and an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Southwest Florida Pastel Society. He is a  contributing writer for Pastel Journal and the Artist’s Magazine. 


The Collage     
 
with Ralph Caparulo
In this class, students will learn popular collage techniques and strategies, practice new ways to collaging materials into original artworks, explore and improve on foundational techniques, including: color, tone/value, texture usage, traditional and non-traditional materials usage, composition, glazing, brushwork, personal imagery, paint application, the art of combining art mediums, and more!  This class is designed for students of all levels and no experience with painting, collage, or mixed media work is required. A complete supply list can be found at our website - www.saratoga-arts.org.

Fridays, 1pm - 3pm
January 30, February 6, 13, 27
$60 for members / $70 for non-members


Fine Craft & Sculpture Classes


Silversmithing & Metal Fabrication     

with Matt Balint
Silversmithing & Metal Fabrication offers an opportunity to learn the basic techniques of silversmithing and allows participants the opportunity to create a piece of functional or non-functional art, jewelry or sculpture in sterling or fine silver. This class also provides an introduction to a number of techniques and approaches to two and three-dimensional design and establishes a foundation for the fabrication of jewelry with a primary focus on lamination (soldering), piercing, bezal making, and stone setting. All of the necessary tools will be provided. Class size is limited to 10.  There will be $30 materials fee will be due to Matt at the first class.  

Thursdays: 6:30pm - 9pm
February 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12

$90 for members / $100 for non-members


Daytime Silversmithing: Make a Pendant      

with Matt Balint
Have you been looking for that perfect piece of unique jewelry? Saratoga Arts’ Make a Pendant class offers students the opportunity to learn basic techniques of silversmithing while creating a beautiful pendant of your own design.  Students will explore bezel making, stone setting and soldering.  All of the necessary tools will be provided. Class size is limited to 10.  Please bring a pencil and paper, a $30 materials fee (due to Matt) and any stones you would like to incorporate into your design to the first class. This workshop is designed for all levels and no experience is required!

Wednesdays, 10am - 12pm
February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25
$90 for members / $100 for non-members


Weaving     

with Nancy Sharples
For both the beginner and the experienced weaver, this class focuses on the diversity of weaving techniques.  Working on a 4-harness floor or table loom, projects might include a wall hanging, scarf, table runner, or small rug.  Please bring a good pair of scissors.  A materials fee of about $15.00 (depending on project) will be due at first class.  Class size is limited to 11.  This workshop is designed for all levels and no experience is required!

Saratoga Arts’ Weaving Studio is open to all registered weaving students. Weaving Studio hours are: M-F, 9am - 4:30pm and Saturdays 11am - 4:30pm.

 

Wednesdays: 1pm - 3pm
January 28, February 4, 11, 25, March 4, 11
$85 for members / $95 for non-members


For Kids!


School Break Camps



When regional schools are on break, Saratoga Arts offers full-week programs in both theater and visual arts for children ages 5-14.  Our visual arts campers will learn about famous art and artists while creating their own masterpieces inspired by them; our theater campers will learn all of the basics of theater, including character development and set design and will conclude their program with a performance in our Dee Sarno Theater.  Saratoga Arts’ faculty know and understand how children learn about and create art and work with our students to ensure they are reaching their full artistic potential.  We offer theater and visual arts camps during - 
February Break  | February 16 - February 20, 2015   &    
April Break | April 6 - April 10, 2015

 

Art Around the World (Ages 5-7)   

In this 1/2 day visual arts camp students will learn about the famous artists and artwork from around the world.  A typical day for our Imagination Rules campers includes two sessions dedicated to learning about art and art-making and a break at 10:15am for snack. Campers will be painting, sculpting, and much more!  Camp size is limited to 10 students.  Children will need to bring a morning snack, a water bottle & an art smock/old t-shirt.

Monday - Friday, 9:00am  - 12pm
February 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
$140 for members / $150 for non-members

Art Around the World (Ages 8-12)   



In this full day visual arts camp students will learn about the famous artists and artwork from around the world.  A typical day for campers includes 4 art-making sessions, a break for lunch and two snack breaks.  Campers focus on the basics, but are also introduced to advanced art concepts. Campers will be painting, sculpting, drawing, and more! Camp size is limited to 14 students.  Children will need to bring a two snacks, a lunch, a water bottle, and an art smock.

Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm
February 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
$210 for members / $225 for non-members
 

Get into the act! - Ages 6 -12   

This hands-on camp offers young actors an opportunity to immerse themselves in a theatrical production. Every camper will be cast in play to be performed at week’s end for family and friends.  Our thespians will also help formulate and implement ideas for set, sound and costume design.  Theatre and acting games will help “characters” get into “focus” and rehearsals will bring them into life! Get in to the act!  Parents and friends are invited to attend the performance in our Dee Sarno Theater at 4pm on that Friday.  Camp size is limited to 14 students.  Children will need to bring two snacks, a lunch and a water bottle.

Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm
February 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
$210 for members / $225 for non-members

 

 

Community Arts Education Program scholarships available for residents of Malta.  This year, Saratoga Arts was 
the awarded a grant from the Global Foundries - Town of Malta Foundation.

This gift will ensure we are able 
to provide children and adults living in the town of Malta, an opportunity to make, learn about and fall in love with the theater and visual arts through our scholarship program.

  Scholarships are available for our adult classes and for our summer camp and school break programs.  To learn more about Saratoga Arts Scholarship Program, contact Tanya Tobias, 
Associate Director - 
ttobias@saratoga-arts.org 
or 518-584-4132

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Forms:

Registration Form

Emergency Contact Form (for children)

Scholarship Request Form (adults)

Scholarship Request Form (children)

 

Supply Lists:

Watercolor Bootcamp

Drawing I, Drawing II 

Watercolor I,
Watercolor II

Pastel Workshop
with Robert Carsten

Mixed Media

Beginner's Oil Painting

Int. - Advanced Oil Painting

Landscape Elements Oil and Pastel

Learning the Masters & Their Mediums

Acrylic Landscapes

Inspired by the Masters: Pastel

 

 

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