The Arts Center Partners
In addition to Saratoga Arts' own arts education offerings, The Arts Center is home to the following private programs:
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.
Painting the New England Landscape in Winter with Robert O'Brien
Capturing the Moment in Light and Color with Ann Larsen
Beautiful and Bold Color in Pastel Landscapes with Robert Carsten
Drawing for All Levels Color Harmonies in Pastel & Oils
Basic Drawing Pastel for Beginners
Basic Drawing II Intermediate - Advanced Pastel
Think Pen & Ink Inspired by the Masters in Pastel & Oils
The Art of Charcoal All Media Abstract Realism
Open Studio - Winter Session I All Media Shadow Shapes
Open Studio Winter Sesssion II Painting on a Small Scale in Pastel & Oils
Painting the Landscape Eggshell Mosaics with Linda Biggers
All Media Costumed Portrait Workshop Introduction to Digital Photography
Color Harmonies in Pastel & Oil Silversmithing
All Media Portrait Workshop Weaving
Watercolors for Beginner - Intermediate Framing & Matting Your Artwork
Inspired by the Masters in Pastel & Oils
Painting on a Small Scale in Pastel & Oils
All Media Abstract Realism
All Media Shadow Shapes
Painting the New England Landscape in Watercolor
with Robert O'Brien, AWS, NWS
The magic and beauty of New England in the winter is difficult to capture without the proper tools and techniques. Join watercolor artist Robert O’Brien AWS NWS for this inspiring one-day workshop on capturing the magnificent New England countryside in winter. Examine how to portray the light, shadow, value and composition in winter landscapes. Robert will begin with a demonstration, explaining each step of the process. Students will then paint with the instructor providing one-on-one instruction. The workshop will end with a gentle and constructive critique. Students are encouraged to provide their own reference photos, though many will be on hand for students' use. This workshop is open to all levels of painting ability, with some drawing experience. Class size is limited to 14 students.
Robert O’Brien is a traditional painter of landscape, architectural studies, and more. He has studied with James Whatford, Tony Couch, and Marshall Joyce, NA AWS. A resident of Vermont since 1977, the area provides the artist with a wealth of subject matter and ever changing light effects. He has taught and exhibited throughout the eastern United States as well as in Provence, France, where the region’s sun-splashed landscape and nameless quality of light has added new dimension to his paintings. In his own words, he is driven “to capture the vanishing landscape in my paintings before they disappear forever as a result of the steady hand of ‘progress’.” Visit his website at www.robertjobrien.com.
Capturing the Moment in Light and Color
with Ann Larsen, Signature Member of American Impressionist Society
The beauty of Impressionism comes from capturing the visual impression of the moment, especially in terms of the shifting effect of light and color. The goal is to capture a feeling or expression, rather than an accurate depiction. This workshop is designed for students wishing to loosen their style and capture light, color, and the emotional moment in their paintings. Emphasis will be placed on concept, composition, value, color and edges. Historical and modern references will be explored. Lots of one on one attention as well as demonstration will be provided. Oil is the preferred medium for students, but acrylic and pastel are also welcome. This workshop is ideal for intermediate to advanced students.
Saturday and Sunday: 9am - 4pm
March 12 & 13, 2016
$240 for members / $260 for non-members
Ann Larsen says of her work: “There is nothing more powerful in painting than a well composed, reserved, and solid statement. Such a painting can stir your soul and take your breath away!” Ann is a Master Signature Member of American Women Artists and Past President; Signature Member of Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters, Signature Member American Impressionist Society; member Oil Painters of America and Laguna Plein Air Painters. She is represented by Sorelle Gallery, Albany, NY; Saunders Gallery of Fine Art, Glens Falls, NY; Shavano Fine Arts Gallery, Salida, CO; TrueNorth Gallery, Kennebunkport, ME and Davis & Blevins Gallery, Saint Jo, TX. Ann has been in over 20 gallery and museum exhibitions and most recently the Booth Museum of Western Art Museum and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Visit Ann’s website at www.annlarsen.com.
Beautiful and Bold Color in Pastel Landscapes
with Robert Cartsten, PSA
This exciting workshop with a nationally-known instructor will emphasize ways to achieve strong composition, bold color and dramatic light effects in your landscapes. We'll use a variety of underpainting and overpainting techniques, as demonstrated and discussed by Robert, to embolden and excite our paintings, adding conceptual design planning. Known for his great demos and tips, clear instruction on color and light, and helpful techniques, Robert will also lead the class through instructive exercises. With an emphasis on organizing and simplifying color value, we'll learn to dramatize light effect, and use both saturated and desaturated color for stunning results. Instruction will be based on painting in general and how to build a strong design in breathtaking color. Work from your photos. Lots of learning and experimentation, painting time and loads of fun make this class one not to miss. All levels welcome.
Award-winning artist Robert Carsten attended the Art Students League of New York, the Rhode Island School of Design and the Accademia di Belle Arti (Italy). He is an Honorary Board member and signature member of the Pastel Society of America and is a contributing writer to Pastel Journal and The Artist's Magazine. His paintings have been shown in many museums and galleries and are collected worldwide. He has been featured in Pure Color/The Best of Pastel; Pastel Journal; American Art Review;The Artist's Magazine; Strokes of Genius/The Best of Drawing; Finding Your Style in Pastel; Lori McNee's Tips and Techniques from Professional Artists and more. Robert has been a juror of many regional, national and international competitions. Visit: www.robertcarsten.com
Open Studio - Figure Drawing
Continue or expand your art without the formality of a class! The Open Studio sessions are great practice for any artist interested in working from a live model. 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, serving instead as a forum for artists to come together and grow among their peers. For all mediums, ages 15 and up. Pre-registration is encouraged for the Open Studio sessions, but not required.
Drop in rates: $12 for members / $14 for non-members. Did you know the Open Studio has a website? www.lifestudio.org/clubs/saratogaImages
Think Pen & Ink
with James D’Andrea
Drawing for All Levels
with James D'Andrea
For those who are new to drawing or simply returning to art after being away from the easel for a prolonged time, Basic Drawing will give you the foundations and tools to build upon through still and live models. Designed specifically for those who are interested in learning the basic concepts, techniques, materials, and process of drawing, the class will cover use of pencils, ink, and charcoal on various papers. Perspective to portraiture will be covered. This class is perfect for students of all levels..
Basic Drawing II
with James D’Andrea
Building on the basics, this class is designed to help students develop ideas and define their personal creativity while building on the skills they already possess. Advanced fundamentals of drawingwill be covered and students will have the opportunity to spend each session working on drawings of their own design with one-on-one help and gentle critique from instructor and artist James D’Andrea. Basic Drawing I is not a requirement for this class. Please bring lots of photographs or objects for reference.
The Art of Charcoal
with James D'Andrea
Discover the art of charcoal! The rich, amendable blacks achieved with charcoal are available in few other mediums, and through the great variety in the material, a broad range of values is able to be achieved. This class will teach several application processes of vine and compressed charcoals paired with several different paper types. All levels are welcome in this intriguing and informative course!
Intermediate - Advanced Pastels
with Carolyn Justice
The quality of light and the vibrance of landscape can be captured in a variety of ways. This workshop, specifically designed for artists all levels, will help students learn the tricks and techniques of painting opaque and transparent using watercolor and gauche as well as acrylics. Through demonstration and one-on-one instruction students will learn and understand the basic elements of design and composition inherent in a variety of different landscapes. Students will also learn the basic rules for color mixing, methods and techniques for applying paint and preparing the paper. Class size is limited to 12 students. This class is open to all levels, from first-timers to advanced students.
Exploring Abstract Realism
with Tom O’Brien
All Media Portrait Workshop
with Corey Pitkin
Whether a curious beginner or continuing watercolor student, artist and instructor Tom Ryan can help you bring your work to the next level. Learn how to mix and paint clean, transparent, and vibrant watercolors. Topics covered will include elements of good composition, values, and the importance of light through exercises, demos, individual attention, and critiques. Students will work on a painting of their choice by using their own photos, reference materials, or imagination. Instructor photos will also be available for participant use. A suggested supply list can be found on our website.
Art Out of the Ordinary - Eggshell Mosaic
with Linda Biggers
Introduction to Digital Photography
with Joe Marcuccio
Scholarship Request Form (adults)
Supply List Book: includes
Painting the New England Landscape in Winter
Capturing the Moment in Light & Color with Ann Larsen
Landscape in Opaque & Transparent
Drawing for All Levels
The Art of Charcoal
Think Pen & Ink
Watercolors - Beginner to Intermediate
Color Harmonies in Oil & Pastel
Small Scale Workshop
Inspired by the Masters
Beautiful & Bold Color with Robert Carsten
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. 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 - firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-584-4132