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

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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.





Special Thanks to Target for being a supporter of the Saratoga Arts' Education Program




Saratoga Arts is proud to offer adult arts education classes for all levels, mediums, and schedules throughout the fall, winter, and spring. With Fine Arts and Crafts classes taught by regionally and nationally recognized artists and instructors, Saratoga Arts' education program provides arts related instruction to more than 950 students of all levels and ages each year. Register early for these popular classes and workshops, and be sure to check back for our complete fall schedule in mid-August! 

Coming This Fall: 

The Contemporary Woodland Landscape in Pastel with Robert Carsten, PSA-mp, IAPS-mc

Capturing the Vibrant Colors of Fall in Watercolor with Robert J. O'Brien AWS NWS

The Art of Weaving with Nancy Sharples

Watercolors for Beginners - Intermediate with Tom Ryan

Photographing Artwork for Submission & Archival with Harry Wirtz

Problem Solving for the Intermediate Watercolor Artist


Workshops by Nationally Known Instructors

The Contemporary Woodland Landscape in Pastel with Robert Carsten, PSA-mp, IAPS-mc
Capturing the Vibrant Colors of Fall in Watercolor with Robert J. O'Brien AWS NWS

Workshops with Nationally Known Instructors

The Contemporary Woodland Landscape in Pastel
with Robert Carsten, PSA-mp, IAPS-mc

Woodlands, forests, groups of trees, streams, waterfalls and all the wonders of the natural world are our subject, while our approach will be distinctly contemporary. Join artist and instructor Robert Carsten for this pastel workshop, open to all levels. Working from photos, you will conduct a number of quick sketches to pare down the subject to essentials. Together, you will explore design and color concepts, application techniques and more with the goal of making your finished pastel paintings powerful, contemporary statements about your subjects. The day will include demonstrations, individual instruction and critique. All levels are welcome, from beginner through advanced.

Saturday, September 24, 2016
10am - 4pm

$120/members, $130/not-yet-members 

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:

Capturing the Vibrant Colors of Fall in Watercolor
with Robert J. O'Brien AWS NWS

Learn to paint the beautiful fall colors that Autumn provides with watercolorist Robert J. O'Brien AWS NWS. This one day workshop will focus on painting the spectacular fall landscape of New England and the Northeast in its glorious splendor. The class will begin with a demonstration by the instructor who will explain his technique for capturing the vibrancy of autumn colors through the layering process. Techniques for creating light and shadow will also be shown. Students will paint for the duration of the class followed by a critique at the end of the session. Lots of hands on assistance will be provided by the instructor. This workshop is open to all levels and abilities. A materials list can be found on our website.


Robert J. O'Brien has been painting in the watercolor medium for over 40 years. Since moving to Vermont in 1977, he has focused his work on landscape and architectural studies. Vermont, with its distinct four season climate, provides the artist with a wealth of subject matter and every changing light effects. The artist finds beauty in the ordinary, subtle reminders of everyday life in rural New England. Robert has exhibited and taught throughout the United States as well as in Provence, France, and will be exhibiting with some of the world's best watercolor artists in Watercolor International III. The exhibition opens October 5, 2016, and will be held at the Piraeus Bank Conference Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece. 

Classes & Workshops Open to All Media

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 and run continuously thorughout the year ever Monday evening (excluding holidays). 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?

Fall Session I: 
Mondays: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
September 12, 19, 26, October 3, *no session on October 9th* 17, 24, 31, 2016
$70 for members/$90 for non-members  

Fall Session II - Mondays: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
November 7, 14, 21, 28, December 5, 12, 19, 2016
$70 for members/$90 for non-members 


Watercolors for Beginners - Intermediate
with Tom Ryan

Join us for this fun workshop and learn how to mix and paint clean, transparent, and vibrant watercolors! Perfect for beginner and intermediate watercolorists, this workshop will focus on the elements of good composition, values, and the importance of light in your painting. The morning will feature exercises and instruction and the afternoon will feature a demo and participants working on a painting of their choice by using your own photos, reference materials, or imagination. Artist and instructor Tom Ryan will provide one-on-one assistance and advice. A suggested supply list can be found on our website. 

Saturday, October 15, 2016
10am - 4pm
$70/members, $80/not-yet-members 


Problem Solving for the Intermediate Watercolor Artist

with Tom Ryan

Bring your work to the next level with this workshop with watercolorist Tom Ryan! Tom will review ten of the most common technical mistakes made in watercolor paintings and discuss and show the best ways to correct them in this one day workshop. This fun workshop will help you learn how to overcome the pitfalls that keep you from completing a successful watercolor. With plenty of exercises, demos, and individual attention, participants will work on a painting of their choice by using their own photos, reference materials, or imagination. A suggested supply list can be found on our website. 

Saturday, November 19, 2016
10am - 4pm
$70 members/$80 not-yet-members 

Fine Art & More

Photographing Artwork for Submission & Archival
with Harry Wirtz

Let photographer and instructor Harry Wirtz teach you to use your digital camera to make quality photographs for documentation, press releases, jury submissions, and print editions. Topics will include setting up artwork for photography, low cost lighting options, basic camera adjustments, editing the image for accuracy, how to work with digital file formats for submissions and storage, and when it is best to hire a professional.

Bring your camera and be familiar with its operation; bring the user manual. “Point and shoot” cameras can be made to work with some effort, as can cell phones, but a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera can deliver the best results. A demonstration set up with artwork and affordable lighting will be provided.

Friday, October 21, 2016
6pm to 9pm
$30/members, $35/not-yet-members 

with Nancy Sharples 

Learn the ancient art of weaving with Nancy Sharples! Both the experienced weaver and the curious beginner will have the chance to work on a 4-harness floor or table loom to create such projects as a wall hanging, scarf, table runner, or small rug in this hands on class. Please bring a good pair of scissors. A materials fee of about $15 (depending on project) will be due at first class. Class size is limited to 9. This workshop is designed for all levels and no experience is required! Saratoga Arts’ Weaving Studio is open daily to all registered weaving students to work on projects outside of class hours. Weaving Studio hours are: M-F, 9am - 4:30pm and Saturdays 11am - 4:30pm.

Wednesdays, 1pm - 3pm 

September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, & 19

$85 for members / $95 for non-members  





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Supply List Book: includes

Beautiful & Bold Color with Robert Carsten
Capturing the Moment in Light & Color - Plein Air with Ann Larsen
Landscape in Watercolor, Acrylic, & Gouache
Basic Drawing I

Drawing II
Drawing for All Levels
The Art of Charcoal
Think Pen & Ink
Watercolors - Beginner to Intermediate
Beginner's Oil
Painting in the Spring - Plein Air
Elements of Landscape Painting
All Media Courses



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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 Kate Morse, Director of Education - 
or 518-584-4132



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