Saratoga Arts - Arts Center | Arts Council






with Corey Pitkin 

Combining classical drawing techniques with twenty-first century tools, instructor Corey Pitkin will guide students through creating digital artwork on the iPad. The workshop will begin with an in-depth demonstration of some of the tools currently available to artists including the Apple Pencil and the Procreate app. After the demo students will create their own sketches from life, photos, or their imagination. An iPad and the Procreate app (~$9.99 on iTunes) are required for this workshop. The Apple Pencil is optional but students must have the Procreate app downloaded on their iPad prior to the workshop.

Saturday, March 23: 10am - 4pm
$80 for members / $90 for not-yet-members

with Carolyn Justice 

Students will come together each week to sketch from both life and photographs. This class will focus on recording an impression and exploring one’s personal style. This exploratory approach to drawing allows for endless possibilities and lots of creativity. Students will focus less on rendering a subject and more on the energy of line and learning how to create a lively gestural drawing. Students should bring to class a medium sized sketch book and a fine tip marker. Watercolor is optional for students who wish to do washes over their ink drawings. This class is open to all skill levels.

Fridays, 1 - 3pm
February 8, 15, March 1, 8, 15, and 22
*Please note this class will not be offered on February 22nd*
$90 for members / $100 for not-yet-members

with Carolyn Justice 

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. Students must bring non-oil pastels, a kneaded eraser, masking tape and several sheets of paper to each class.

Tuesdays, 10am - 12pm
January 22, 29, February 5, 12, 26, March 5
*Please note this class will not meet on February 19th*
$90 for members / $100 for not-yet-members


with Pam Short 

This one-day pastel workshop will aim to help you appreciate the beauty of winter in the north. Specifically, we'll explore techniques to bring out the beauty and warmth of a winter scene and discuss the color of snow as seen in sun and shadow.  The instructor will demonstrate using underpainting and color layering to achieve warm,  luminous color. Students will work on a painting from their reference photo or one provided. This workshop is open to all skill levels - but prior experience with pastels is encouraged. A complete supply list can be found online.

Thursday, February 7: 10am - 4pm
$80 for members / $90 for not-yet-members


with Tom O’Brien 

All art is abstract, even hyper-realistic art. Think about it: an artist can’t put the actual subject on canvas or paper whether that be a person, landscape, still-life or even a metaphysical idea, just a concept the viewer will interpret as your perception of the subject. The artists translates the object observed or imagined into shapes, line, color, composition and values to create their art. This course stresses the process over genres so bring the medium you enjoy working with and learn while having fun. Open to all levels and media.

Thursdays, 10am - 12pm
February 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4
$90 for members / $100 for not-yet-members



with Linda Schultz 

Nature is the heart of Chinese Brush painting.  It is intended to be a meditative and spontaneous art form, capturing the essence of an image or idea with very little attention to precise details.  Come and learn the basics for this meditative art form.  Using the “Four Treasures”, the brush, ink stick, ink stone and the paper, you will learn the techniques to create the “Four Gentleman”, the bamboo, orchid, plum and chrysanthemum.  Each “Gentleman” introduces a new stroke or idea and reinforces techniques already learned.  Continual demonstrations will be provided through out the classes, along with individual attention and feedback. A supply fee of $38 will be due at the beginning of class to the teacher and will include paper, ink, a brush, a palette, felt, copies and a newsprint pad.

Saturday, March 30: 10am - 5pm
$80 for members / $90 for non-members

with Irene Radicchi 

Learn how to use the technique of wet on wet watercolors from self-taught artist Irene Radicchi. The gentle ebb and flow of water and color paints a picture that draws you in and gives you the freedom to be creative! This is a perfect workshop for those who are new to the medium and/or aren’t comfortable with drawing. Students will explore this technique to create images that depart from the traditional idea of a representational painting. Open to all skill levels. A complete supply list can be found online.

Wednesday, March 13: 10am - 1pm
$35 for members / $40 for not-yet-members


with Robin Rosenthal 

Would you like to paint still lifes with clean, colorful brushstrokes and simplified forms? Learn how limited brushstrokes and the concepts of value, intensity and color temperature play a role in creating eye-catching paintings. This workshop will help you become familiar with oil painting whether you are a new painter or have previous experience. Demos, painting exercises and one-on-one attention will be provided. The goal is to help you become familiar with oil paints, create a colorful still life and become a more confident painter. A complete supply list can be found online.

Sunday, March 24: 11am - 4pm
$75 for members / $85 for not-yet members


with Robert O’Brien, AWS, NWS 

Painting the beautiful New England winter landscape in watercolor will be explored in this one-day workshop. Glazing techniques and layering of the subtle tints of snow will be introduced. Value, composition and painting light and shadow will be emphasized. Students will work from photo reference and learn to create a finished painting from a favorite winter subject. The instructor will demonstrate his approach and will provide hands on guidance to each student. A critique will be held at the end of the session. A complete supply list can be found online.

Saturday, January 26: 10am - 4pm
$100 for members / $110 for not-yet-members


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 online.

Sunday, March 17, 2018: 10am - 3pm
$70 for members / $80 for non-members




with Leslie Scarborough 

Learn to make your own Needle Felted Snowman with Road Less Traveled’s Leslie Scarborough! Leslie will teach students the process of needle felting and creating your own fiber masterpiece in this one day workshop where you leave with your own delightful decoration! No prior experience. Students must bring a needle felting tool and cushion to class. All other necessary materials will be provided for students to complete their project. Students are welcome to bring anything they would like to personalize their project. A $7 material fee due at the beginning of the class to the instructor at the beginning of class.

Saturday, January 26: 10am - 1pm
$35 for members / $40 for not-yet-members

with Kathy Klompas 

Students will experiment with several different techniques such as gelli plate printing, painting and stamping to build up pattern and layer colors on fabric. Learn how thickened fiber reactive dyes bond to fabric and how it differs from paint. Students will create their own one-of-a-kind vibrantly colored fabrics. A material fee of $15 is due to the instructor at the beginning of class. This fee covers all necessary materials and tools and includes a sample of cotton fabric, a silk scarf blank, and a tote bag. Students are encouraged to bring their own plastic bags for carrying projects home, newspaper, and a couple pairs of rubber gloves. Foam stamps are optional for those who wish to bring their own.

Wednesday, February 13: 1pm - 4pm
$35 for members / $40 for not-yet-members

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 8. 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, 1 - 3pm
January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20
$90 for members / $100 for not-yet-members

Please note: This class is currently full. Please email to be put on the waitlist.



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. A suggested supply list can be found online. The model fee is included in the cost of registration.

Saturday, February 23: 10am - 4pm
$85 for members / $95 for not-yet members


with James D’Andrea 

This class is designed to help students gain a better understanding of drawing strategies and an improved confidence and sensitivity to aesthetics in the figure. Students will focus on handling materials, observational skills, the understanding of anatomy and overall drawing proficiency. Poses will be shorter and focus on the gesture. This course is open to every skill level but is particularly an excellent opportunity for high school students hoping to build and strengthen their portfolios. A complete supply list can be found online. The model fee is included in the cost of registration.

Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Session I: January 22, 29, February 5, and 12
Session II: March 5, 12, 19, and 26
$85 for members / $95 for not-yet-members


OPEN STUDIO - FIGURE DRAWING "Paul" by Emerald Cross

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 media. 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 but must bring their own supplies. Pre- registration is encouraged for the Open Studio sessions, but not required.

Drop in rates: $12 for members / $14 for non- members or you can purchase a session and save money:
Mondays: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
January 28, February 4, 11, 25, March 4, and 11
*Please note that Open Studio will not be offered on January 21 or February 18*
$60 for members / $75 for not-yet-members

Saratoga Arts’ Open Studio Session run throughout the whole year, even in the summer!
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with Harry Wirtz 

In this workshop, Harry Wirtz will teach his system of making sharp, well-lit photographs of plants, flowers, and small artifacts for fine art or documentation. Students will learn to control the quality of light from an affordable compact strobe with a soft box, reflectors, and other light control accessories. Hands-on demonstrations will include photography of a small still life subject and image enhancement using Affinity Photo. A DSLR camera or high end mirrorless camera is necessary for this one-day course. 

Saturday, February 16: 10am - 4pm
$80 for members / $90 for not-yet-members

with Greg Cuda  

In this two day workshop, students will learn the skills to take their photography to the next level! The instructor will teach techniques for the three most common uses of photography: Portraiture, Sports and Landscape photography. Students will learn the camera settings and compositions needed to best suit each of these subjects. This is a hands-on course and will include an image review with feedback. A DSLR camera or high end mirrorless camera is necessary for this two-day course. Students should also bring a tripod with to class.

Saturday and Sunday, March 9 - 10: 9am - 4pm
$120 for members/ $130 for not-yet-members

with Thom Williams 

Learn how to make the most out of your photos using Lightroom! Lightroom is a user friendly alternative to Photoshop that many professionals use in the industry. In this one day workshop, the instructor will explain all the different modules and walk through the workflow of the software for those looking to start editing their photos digitally. Students will also learn how to get the most out of the images you import, how to organize images, exporting for print, batch processing a quantity of images and tweaking individual ones. Students must bring a laptop to class with Lightroom downloaded on it. A free seven day trial can be downloaded off of Adobe’s website at:

Wednesday, March 20: 6pm - 9pm
$35 for members / $40 for not-yet-members



with Dan Vollweiler 

The late Mr. Rogers said, “there isn't anyone you couldn't love once you've heard their story.” Personal essays have the power to both help other people understand us and, perhaps more importantly, help us understand ourselves. Storytellers can also offer their stories as gifts to other people for entertainment, insight, emotional catharsis or inspiration. Think of the powerful movies, lectures or literature that have impacted you due to the careful deliberation of a great storyteller. In this class, the instructor will help students discover what stories they want to tell, why they want to tell them, and how to do so most effectively. This course is open to all skill levels, ages 15+. Student should bring a notebook, pen, and folder to each class.

Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm
February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, and 28
$90 for members / $100 for not-yet-members



with Barbara Boughton 

Join us just before Valentine's day to make your own hardwood woven heart decorations! In this workshop, students will create two hanging heart baskets and two small heart ornaments. Having one of each of these allows students to keep one and give one to someone they cherish!  A $25 material fee due at the beginning of the class to the instructor will take care of all supplies needed to complete the projects. Additional kits will be available for purchase at the class if desired. No prior experience is needed.

Saturday, February 2nd, 9:30am- 12:30pm
$35 for members / $40 for not-yet-members

SILVERSMITHING DESIGN & FABRICATION - FULL, email to be put on the wait list
with Matt Balint 

Have you been looking for that perfect piece of unique jewelry? This workshop 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, bezel making, and stone setting. Participants will have the opportunity to create a pair of earrings, pendant, or ring in sterling or fine silver. All of the necessary tools will be provided but students may bring their own stone if desired. Class size is limited to 7.  There will be a $35 materials fee due to the instructor at the beginning of the workshop.

Saturday and Sunday, March 2 & 3: 9am - 4pm
$120 for members / $130 for not-yet-members

with Kathy Klompas 

Printing with a Gelli plate is an intriguing process that results in beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces with amazing colors, layers and textures. Learn the basic process of monotype printmaking and see how colors and shapes layer and interact. The class will experiment with a variety of acrylic paints, stencils, textures and mark-making tools on different types of papers and cloth. You will complete ready to frame prints and go home with a stash of unique papers to inspire future mixed-media works. Students will also have the opportunity to build a 3D geometric shape from their printed papers. A material fee of $10 is due to the instructor at the beginning of class.  This fee covers all necessary materials and tools. Optional supplies for students to bring include stencils, stamps, or their own gelli plate.

Sunday, January 27: 1pm - 4pm
$35 for members / $40 for not-yet-members

with Patrice Mastrianni 

In this workshop, learn to make a hanging piece of art from fused glass! The science of fusing glass, designing with opaque and translucent colors and basic glass cutting techniques will be covered in this one day workshop. A $20 per student supply and firing fee will be due at the beginning of class. All materials and necessary tools will be provided for student use. Finished pieces will be available for pick up about 7 - 10 days after the workshop at Saratoga Arts. All skill levels welcome!

Tuesday, February 5: 6 - 9pm
$35 for members / $40 for not-yet-members

with Jennifer Duke Anstey 

Perfect for artists interested in solutions for framing work for submission or those who need economical solutions for displaying their collection, this workshop will help teach you how to properly and creatively mat and frame your artwork without breaking the bank. Bring a piece of artwork that you are interested in finding a framing solution for. *Please note that this workshop will take place off-site and not at Saratoga Arts*

Sunday, February 10 : 1 - 4pm
JDH Framing Studio, 23 Ashley Drive
Ballston Lake NY
$35 for members / $40 for not-yet-members

with Jennifer Duke Anstey 

This workshop begins with Framing Artwork on a Budget: Introduction (included in course fee) and follows with hands on workshops in which students will leave with a framed piece of artwork. Students will stay after "Framing Artwork on a Budget: Introduction" and will choose frames and mats for their artwork in a critique like setting with advice from the instructor based on their final goals for the piece. They will also have an opportunity to practice all phases of the framing process. Students will return for the second day of the workshop and will put their new skills to work and complete the framing of their artwork. This course is designed with two weeks in between to allowed for the ordering of students’ customized materials to frame their work. A materials fee of $5 for practice materials is due to the instructor. Additional charges based on the matt/mounting, frame style and glass or plexi that the student chooses, will then be charged at the instructors wholesale cost. Students can choose an option that best reflects their budget needs. All other necessary supplies will be provided. Students should bring the piece of art they wish to frame to both days of the workshop so that proper measurements may be taken. *Please note that this workshop will take place off-site and not at Saratoga Arts*

Sunday, February 10 & February 24: 1 - 6:30 pm
JDH Framing Studio, 23 Ashley Drive
Ballston Lake NY
$85 for members / $95 for not-yet-members


Summer Camp Registration Form

Adult Class and Workshop Registration Form

Scholarship Request Form (adults)

Scholarship Request Form (children)

2018-2019 Community Arts Education Program and scholarships are supported by the The John Winter Family Fund, Saratoga's Community Federal Credit UnionStewart's Holiday Match ProgramCDPHP and The Saratoga Springs Walmart!

The legacy of John R. Winter, Jr. comes from his understanding that all young people have vast potential but that many youths need opportunities to encourage and foster the development of their God-given talent.  Through his generosity in creating the John Winter Family Fund, he established a source that can be used to allow more participation in programs such as the Saratoga Arts childrens camps.

To learn more about the Saratoga Arts Scholarship Program, call 518-584-4132

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, and three gallery spaces. We have on occasion, when our facilities can not accommodate a class, offered classes off-site as well.



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