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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.





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NEW! Browse our Spring 2016 Class & Workshop Brochure online!


Workshops with Nationally Known Instructors

Beautiful and Bold Color in Pastel Landscapes with Robert Carsten
Capturing the Moment in Light & Color - Plein Air with Ann Larsen

Classes & Workshops Open to All Media

Magic of Water in All Media 
Exploring Abstract Realism - All Media
All Media Portrait Workshop
Open Studio - Spring Session I  - All Media
Open Studio - Spring Session II - All Media 
Open Studio Summer Session - All Media             

Drawing Classes                        Pastel Classes

Drawing for All Levels                          Pastel for Beginners
Basic Drawing                                       Intermediate - Advanced Pastel
Basic Drawing II                                    Painting Animals in Pastel 
Think Pen & Ink                                     Elements of Landscape - Pastel & Oil
The Art of Charcoal                              Spring Painting - Plein Air - Pastel & Oil
Sketching Saratoga

​​Painting Classes                                            Fine Craft & More

Introduction to Oil Painting                                      Arts Business Workshop      
Elements of Landscape - Pastel & Oil                     
Watercolors for Beginner - Intermediate                  Frame & Mat Your Artwork
Spring Painting- Plein Air - Pastel & Oil                  The Sculpted Portrait
Landscape in Acrylic, Gouache, Watercolor           Weaving
                                                                                Eggshell Mosaics 

 Classes for Children

See our Summer Camp page for all of our opportunities for kids! 10 Weeks • 5 Programs • Camps for ages 5 -15!

Workshops with Nationally Known Instructors

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.

Friday and Saturday, June 4 & June 5, 2016: 10am- 4pm
$240 members / $260 non-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 Moment in Light and Color - Plein Air
with Ann Larsen, Signature Member of American Impressionist Society

Learn to capture the beauty of impressionism in plein air painting. Emphasis will be on loosening your style, brushwork, capturing light, color and the emotional moment while understanding the changing nature of working in the field. Concept, composition, value, color and edges will be explored. Held in Fort Hardy Park in Schuylerville, plenty of one on one attention as well demonstrations will be provided. Sunday’s workshop will be held from 1pm - 7pm in order to take advantage of the beautiful afternoon light summer provides! This class is designed as a follow up to "Capturing the Moment in Light & Color" Workshop, however the indoor workshop is not a prerequisite for the plein air workshop. Oil is the preferred medium for students, but acrylic and pastel are also welcome. This workshop is ideal for ages 18 to adults of intermediate to advanced skill levels. Visit our website for a complete supply list.

Place: Fort Hardy Park, Schuylerville, NY
Saturday, 10am - 5pm & Sunday, 1pm - 7pm
June 25 & 26th, 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

Classes & Workshops Open to All Media

Capturing the Magic Of Water in All Media
with Tom O'Brien

Whether a beginner or experienced painter, all can agree - successfully painting the many beautiful aspects of water can be challenging. In this 6 week class artist and instructor Tom O’Brien can help you learn how to capture reflection and transparency with an understanding of values and comparative shapes, equally effective in black and white. Open to all levels and mediums, this class will help you bring your work to the next level!

Wednesdays, 1pm - 3pm
May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8, 2016

$85 for members / $95 for non-members 

Exploring Abstract Realism
with Tom O’Brien

From portraits to landscape to still life, all realistic art contains some abstraction. Learn to loosen your approach to your artwork and explore the abstract and how it can be incorporated in realism. The degree of conceptual thought can stretch from simply organizing the composition, shapes of colors and values on the way to hyper realistic painting or a stylized picture as an end in itself. Bring your own reference photographs from portraits to nature or work from the still life setup provided. Open to all levels and mediums. 

Fridays, 10am - 12pm
May 6, 13, 27, June 3, 10, 17, 2016*

*No class on May 20

$85 for members / $95 for non-members  

All Media Portrait Workshop
with Corey Pitkin

Successful portraits achieve not just a likeness, but create depth and capture the personality and emotion of the human face. Working with a model, this workshop will start with an oil painting demo in the morning and will allow participants to work with one-on-one instructor guidance in the afternoon. All mediums and all skill levels welcome. Registration includes model fee. 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. If you are working in a different medium bring what materials you are comfortable working with.

Saturday, May 7: 10am - 4pm

$85 for members / $95 for non-members  

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?

Spring Session I:
Mondays: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 2016
$60 for members/$80 for non-members  

Spring Session II - Mondays: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
May 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20, 27, 2016
$70 for members/$90 for non-members 

Summer Session: Mondays: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2016 

$80 for members/$100 for non-members 

Drawing Classes

Drawing for All Levels

with James D'Andrea

No matter what your medium of choice, drawing is an essential tool for all artists. This fun and informative class is a drawing free for all specifically designed for artists of all levels! Wide-open with plenty of demonstrations, lessons in the fundamentals of drawing and drawing techniques, as well as gentle critiques. 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

April 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, 2016

$80 for members / $90 for non-members 

Basic Drawing I
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..Thursdays, 10am - 12pm

May 5, 12, 19, 26, 2016

$70 for members / $80 for non-members  

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.

Thursdays, 1pm - 3pm
May 26, June 2, 9, 16, 2016

$70 for members / $80 for non-members 

Think Pen & Ink
with James D’Andrea

Grab a pen, some ink, and a sheet of paper and you’re ready to create artwork! While pen and ink is one of the most portable, convenient, and cost efficient art processes, it can also be one of the most intimidating - until you take this class, anyway! This class will center on the use of pen, quill, and brush on paper using simple values to create your images. Processes of development will be explored over four weeks with emphasis on line and shape development through hatching and wash. Using layers and underdrawings with washes will be demonstrated, as well as the effect of paper choice on the finished product. Open to all levels. 

Wednesdays, 10am - 12pm

May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2016

$70 for members / $80 for non-members  

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! 

Wednesdays, 10am - 12pm

June 1, 8, 15, 22, 2016

$70 for members / $80 for non-members  

Pastel Classes

Pastel for Beginners
with Carolyn Justice

The perfect class for those just starting out with pastels or looking for a refresher after some time away, artist and instructor Carolyn Justice will teach you the basic concepts of pastel while exploring the wide range of possibilities that this medium has to offer. The emphasis of this course will be on experimenting with a variety of papers, use of color and becoming comfortable with the medium. 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. Open to all levels.

Mondays, 10am - 12pm
May 2, 9, 16, 23, June 6, 13, 2016
*No class on May 30

$85 for members / $95 for non-members 

Intermediate - Advanced Pastels
with Carolyn Justice

A continuation of Pastel for Beginners, in this class students will learn to interpret more complex subjects, explore contemporary directions in drawing, and continue to develop a mastery of technique, with 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. Bring non-oil pastels, a kneaded eraser, masking tape and several sheets of paper to each class. Class size limited to 14 students.

Tuesdays, 10am - 12pm
April 19, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7, 14, 2016 
*No class on April 26

$110 for members / $120 for non-members

Painting Animals in Pastel
with Carolyn Justice

Pastel is a wonderful medium for paintings animals. Learn to incorporate animals in the landscaper or just capture a likeness of your favorite animal. Drawing with accuracy and expression will be emphasized in this two day workshop as well as rendering fur and and form with interesting color. Please bring several photographs of your favorite pet or animal! Students should bring assorted soft pastels, multiple sheets of colored, textured paper, a kneaded eraser, several sticks of charcoal, and masking tape. This workshop is open to all levels, from beginners to advanced students.

Saturday & Sunday, April 30 & May 1, 2016
10am - 4pm
$140 for members / $160 for non-members 

Elements of Landscape Painting in Pastel & Oil
with Takeyce Walter

In this unique two-day workshop, students will tackle landscape elements, which can often be tricky even for veteran artists. Lessons will focus on being selective in designing compositions and on the fundamentals of painting different types of landscapes and elements within, such as trees, mountains, clouds, reflections on water, etc... Students can work in oils and/ or pastels for this workshop. Instructor demonstrations, critiques and one-on-one attention will be offered. A complete supply list can be found on the left hand sidebar of the education page of our website. This workshop is designed for students of all levels and no experience with pastels or oils is required!

Friday & Saturday, 10am - 4pm
May 20 & 21, 2016
$140 for members / $160 for non-members 

Painting in the Spring - Plein Air

with Takeyce Walter


We have all been waiting for spring - the returning color, the flowers - and there is no better way to celebrate than by getting outdoors and painting! Using the beautiful landscape as inspiration, lessons will include the fundamentals of composing and designing the perfect spring landscape. Takeyce will also discuss and demonstrate techniques to enrich your paintings and offer individual assistance to all students. Please bring a bag lunch.This workshop is designed for all levels and no experience is required. Students can work in pastel, oil, or acrylic. A complete supply list can be found at our website.

Saturday, June 18, 2016: 10am - 4pm 
$70 for members / $80 for non-members 

Painting Classes & Workshops 

Introduction to Oil Painting
with Takeyce Walter

    If you have ever wanted to try oil painting, or haven't been painting for some time and want to pick up your brushes again this is the workshop for you! The focus of this workshop will be on how to compose a painting, choosing and mixing colors, and learning about a variety of different brushwork and application techniques. Students will have the opportunity to work from a still life for this class as well as landscapes from reference photos provided. Instructor demonstrations, critiques and one-on-one attention will be offered. A complete supply list can be found on our website. For all levels.

    Saturday, April 23, 2016: 10am - 4pm
    $70 for members / $80 for non-members 

    Watercolors for Beginner to Intermediate 
    with Tom Ryan

    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 the left hand sidebar of our education page.Saturday, May 14, 2016: 10am - 4pm 

    $70 for members / $80 for non-members 

    Landscape in Acrylic, Watercolor, & Gouache
    with Tom O'Brien

    Capture the quality of light and vibrance of the outdoors in landscape painting in both transparent and opaque 
    mediums using acrylic, watercolor, and gouache. This class will cover the basic elements of designand composition inherent in a variety of di
    fferent landscapes, as well the basic rules for color mixing and techniques for applying paint and preparing the paper. Visit for a supply list and bring lots of photographs for reference. This class is open to all levels.

    Tuesdays, 1pm - 3pm
    May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7, 2016

    $85 for members / $95 for non-members 

    Fine Art & More

    Arts Business Workshop

    Presented by The Arts Business Institute & co-sponsored by Skidmore College Entrepreneurial Artist Initiative & Saratoga Arts

    Don’t miss this Incredible two-day professional development workshop! The Art Business Workshop for the Entrepreneurial Artist is suitable for artists and craftspeople in all mediums who want to grow their small businesses. Led by Wendy Rosen and Carolyn Edlund of The Arts Business Institute, topics such as creating an effective website, art licensing, building gallery relationships, pricing for profit, and marketing and branding will be covered. There will also be individual artist consultations offered. See for full schedule and online registration.

    Dee Sarno Theater, Saratoga Arts Saturday & Sunday, April 9 -10, 2016
    9am - 5pm

    $200 for members / $235 for non members  

    Silversmithing & Metal Fabrication
    with Matt Balint

    Stop wishing you could find the perfect piece of jewelry...and create it instead! 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 instructor Matt Balint at the first class.

    Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 9pm
    May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2016

    $100 for members/$110 for non-members

    Tools for the Artist: Framing and Matting Your Artwork
    with Jennifer Duke Harpending

    Perfect for artists interested in solutions for framing work for the upcoming 10x10 exhibition, this hands-on, custom picture framing workshop will empower and inspire you. Jennifer Duke Harpending has more than 30 years of framing and matting experience, and will help you learn how to how to properly and creatively mat and frame your artwork, whether for your own personal collection or for gallery and exhibition sales. The concentration will be on budget and do-it-yourself framing techniques that don’t break the bank and are appropriate for resale. Bring a piece of artwork that you are interested in finding a framing solution for.

    Sunday, May 15, 2016: 10am - 4pm
    $70 for members / $80 for non-members  

    The Sculpted Portrait

    with Tom O'Brien


    Discover in this workshop that the basic principles used in creating a 3D portrait are not so different than drawing one in 2D. Using clay to create the volume of the head, neck and shoulders with correctly placed features will produce an exhilarating portrait bust. The principles learned in this class will also help you improve your work in other mediums. All materials for this workshop will be provided, but students are welcome to bring additional sculpting tools. Registration fee includes sculpting medium and model fee. For students of all levels.*Registration for this workshop closes July 22. 

    Saturday, June 11, 2016: 10am - 4pm
    $90 for members / $100 for non-members 

    Art Out of the Ordinary - Eggshell Mosaic
    with Linda Biggers

    Learn to create fine art out of the ordinary during this special summer weekend workshop! Learn all of the proper preparations and techniques for using this everyday material to create fine art mosaics through demonstrations and presentations. With plenty of demonstration and one-on-one instruction, students will create a 6” x 6” mosaic of their own design or one based on artist Linda Biggers' own work. Open to all. A $25 materials fee is due to Linda on Saturday.

    Saturday & Sunday, July 23 & 24, 2016: 10am - 4pm
    $140 for members / $160 for non-members 

    with Nancy Sharples 

    Celebrate the ancient craft of weaving and learn the diversity of techniques that make up the art of yarn and thread. This class will allow both the experienced weaver as well as the curious beginner work on a 4-harness floor or table loom to create such projects as 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 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 

    April 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 2016

    $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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    Scholarship Request Form (adults)

    Scholarship Request Form (children)


    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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