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

Etudes Music School


Starting in January
Pastel for Beginners
Intermediate Pastels
Watercolors for Beginners
Introduction to Oil Painting
Draw Like the Old Masters
Open Studio Session I

Starting in February
Landscape Painting in All Media
Introduction to Digital Photography
Painting the Winter Landscape in Watercolor
Exploring Abstract Realism
Photographing Artwork: Tools for the Artist
All Media Costumed Portrait Workshop
Capturing Water in Watercolor
Framing Artwork on a Budget
February Break for Kids!

Starting in March
All Media Portrait Workshop
Open Studio Session II
The Green Landscape in Watercolor
Elements of Landscape Painting in Pastel & Oil
Chinese Brush Painting
The Art of Fused Glass
The Sculpted Portrait

Our Spring 2018 Class Brochure will be available in February and include classes and workshops scheduled for April - June















View our entire Winter Education Brochure online!


Workshops with Nationally Known Instructors

Painting the Winter Landscape in Watercolor
with Robert J. O'Brien, AWS, NWS

Watercolor artist Robert O’Brien AWS NWS will teach this inspiring one-day workshop on the magnificent New England countryside in winter. Light, shadow, value and composition will be emphasized. Robert will begin with a demonstration, explaining each step of the process. Students will then paint with the Robert providing hands on, one-on-one assistance. There will be a critique given at the end of class. Students are encouraged to provide their own reference photos, though Robert will have many on hand.

Thursday, February 8, 2018: 10am - 4pm
Please Note: There was a date change to this class from original listing
$120 members / $130 not-yet-members

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. For more about Robert visit his website at

Classes & Workshops Open to All Media

Landscape Painting in All Media
with Tom O'Brien

Capture the quality of light and vibrance of the outdoors in landscape painting using acrylic, watercolor, gouache, oil - you name it! Learn how to capture A the basic elements of design and composition inherent in a variety of different landscapes, as well the basic rules for color mixing and techniques for applying paint and preparing the paper. Visit our website for supply list and bring lots of photographs for reference.

Thursdays, 10am - 12pm
February 1, 8, 15, March 1, 8, 15, 2018. *No class on February 22*
$85 for members / $95 for non-members

All Media Costumed Portrait
with Corey Pitkin

Draw or paint a live model in full period costume during this exciting workshop! Instruction will be provided on lighting, staging, and historical accuracy as well as the use of photography and basic Photoshop techniques used to compose a scene. Paint along with award winning artist and instructor Corey Pitkin’s guidance to create a historically inspired portrait. Open to all media and students with a basic understanding of portraiture. Students are encouraged to bring a digital camera. Registration includes model fee.

Saturday, February 10, 2018: 10am - 4pm
$85 for members / $95 for not-yet-members

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.

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, by 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 reference photographs from portraits to nature or work from the still life setup provided. Open to all levels and mediums.

Fridays, 10am - 12pm
February 9, 16, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 2018. *No class on February 23*
$85 for members / $95 for non-members

*Image by Andrea Meltzer.

All Media Portrait
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 begins with an oil painting demo in the morning and allows participants to work with one-on-one instructor with award winning artist and instructor Corey Pitkin’s guidance in the afternoon, with lots of one-on-one instruction. All mediums and skill levels are welcome. Registration includes model fee.

Saturday, March 10, 2018: 10am - 4pm
$85 for members / $95 for not-yet-members

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.

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 throughout the year every Monday evening (excluding holidays). 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?
*Image by Matt Kestner

Pre-registration rates for all sessions: $60 for members / $70 for not-yet-members

Mondays: 6:30-9:30pm 
SESSION I: January 8, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 2018 *No Open Studio on Jan. 15th*

Mondays: 6:30-9:30pm 
SESSION II: Feb. 26, March 5, 12,19, 26, 2018

Painting Classes & Workshops 

Capturing Water in Watercolor
with Tom Ryan

Watercolor is a wonderful medium to capture water-perhaps the most varied of landscape elements. Expand your skills in painting water in various forms including calm water, running water, and waterfalls. A special focus will be placed on reflections and their importance to the painting, along with an emphasis composition, color, values, edges, mood, and variety. Participants will work on their own painting by using their own photos for reference with one-on-one advice from artist and instructor Tom Ryan. See website for suggested supply list. Intermediate level and up.

Saturday, February 17, 2018: 10am - 4pm
$70 for members / $80 for not-yet-members

The Green Landscape in Watercolor
with Tom Ryan

For this St. Patrick’s Day workshop, think GREEN! Painting good and varied greens in landscapes can be challenging. This workshop will deal with the secrets of obtaining good, believable, and varied greens in the four seasons we experience in the northeast. Emphasis will be on color selection and mixing, values, and edges. Following demos and practice, each individual will work on a painting of their choice by using their own photos, reference materials, or imagination with one-on-one advice from artist and instructor Tom Ryan. A suggested supply list can be found on our website. Intermediate level and up.

Saturday, March 17, 2018: 10am - 4pm
$70 members/$80 not-yet-members

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! Learn how to compose a painting, choose and mix colors, and experiment with 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 by artist Takeyce Walter, critiques, and one-on-one attention will be offered. A complete supply list can be found on our website. For all levels.

Saturday, January 27, 2018: 10am - 4pm
$70 for members / $80 for non-members

Elements of Landscape Painting in Pastel & Oil
with Takeyce Walter

Learn to tackle all the elements necessary to complete a successful landscape painting! Artist and instructor Takeyce Walter will show you how to  design compositions and on the fundamentals of painting different types of landscapes and elements within, such as trees, mountains, clouds, reflections on water and more. Instructor demonstrations, critiques and one-on-one attention will be offered. A complete supply list can be found at our website. For all levels and no experience with pastels or oils is required!

Sunday, March 18, 2018: 10am -  4pm
$70 for members / $80 for not-yet-members


Draw Like the Old Masters
with Katherine Patterson

Use classic techniques and materials to produce drawings in the Renaissance tradition. Artist and instructor Katherine Patterson will cover topics including drapery studies, anatomical studies, and use of dark and light conte crayon on toned paper. A perfect way to fine tune your approach to your craft, no matter what your media of choice! Please bring: one pad of toned drawing/charcoal paper (tan, grey, or assorted colors, either 9x12 or 11x14), one red/brown conte crayon, one each black and white charcoal pencil or conte crayon, eraser, one bottle of ink (either black or brown), nib pen (with assorted tips).

Wednesdays, 10am - 12pm
January 31, February 7, 14, 28, March 7, 14, 2018 *No class on February 21*
$85 for members / $95 for not-yet-members

Fine Art & Photography


Chinese Brush Painting
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. In this workshop you will learn the basics using the “Four Treasures” - the brush, ink stick, ink stone, and paper - to create a beautiful traditional paintings of one of the "four gentlemen": Bamboo. Continual demonstrations and individual attention will be provided throughout this unique two-day workshop. Students should bring sumi se ink, a flower palette, felt, and newsprint. Details regarding supplies can be found on our website. A $20 supply fee will also be due to the instructor on Saturday for a brush and rice paper.

Saturday and Sunday, March 24 & 25, 2018: 10am - 5pm
$140 for members / $160 for not-yet members

Linda Schultz is a retired art educator. She holds an MS in Art Education and a Certificate of Completion from the prestigious Art Farm Gallery for Studies in Chinese Brush Painting, where she studied with Professor I-Hsuing Ju. She further studied Chinese Brush painting with master painters in the city of Jan Ying, China.

Framing Artwork on a Budget: Tools for the Artist
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 18, 2018: 1 - 4pm
JDH Framing Studio, 23 Ashley Drive, Ballston Lake NY
$35 for members / $40 for not-yet-members

Introduction to Digital Photography
with Harry Wirtz

Explore your camera’s adjustments and controls to work with light, time, and subject matter to make creative images. Then, see how basic photo editing software techniques can refine those images. We will cover exposure, focus, manual lens and shutter settings, aperture or shutter priority settings, light control accessories including on- and off-camera flash, image file formats, and basic image editing and re-sizing. A perfect workshop for those who are looking to bring their photography to the next level. Bring your camera and instruction manual.

Saturday, February 3 & Sunday, February 4, 2018: 10am - 4pm
$140 for members / $160 for not-yet-members

The Art of Fused Glass
with Patrice Mastrianni

Explore the art of fused glass! Patrice Mastrianni presents the science of fusing glass, designing with opaque and translucent colors and basic glass cutting techniques in this fun workshop for all levels. Participants will make one 4” sun catcher, coaster, a few ornaments, or chimes. All tools provided. Firing will be done off premises and finished pieces will be available at the Arts Center for pick-up about a week later. A $20 supply and firing fee is due to Patrice at the beginning of class. Larger pieces (6”), slumped dishes, and jewelry findings are available for an additional supply fee.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018: 7 - 9pm
$30 for members / $35 for not-yet-members

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 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. Saratoga Arts’ Weaving Studio is open daily to all registered weaving students to work on their projects outside of class hours during the following times: M-F, 9am - 4:30pm and Sat, 11am - 4:30pm.

Wednesdays, 1 - 3pm
January 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 2018
$85 for members / $95 for not-yet-members

Photographing Artwork for Submission & Archiving: Tools for the Artist
with Harry Wirtz

This workshop will teach you to use your digital camera to make quality photographs for documentation, press releases, jury submissions, and print editions of your work. Topics will include setting up artwork for photography, low cost lighting options, basic camera adjustments, editing the image for accuracy, and more. Bring a camera and user manual; be familiar with its operation. “Point and shoot” and cell phone cameras can be made to work with some effort, but a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera is best. A demonstration with artwork and affordable lighting will be provided.

Friday, March 9, 2018: 5:30 - 9pm
$40 for members / $45 for not-yet-members

The Sculpted Portrait
with Tom O'Brien

Learn to capture expression through the sculpted portrait! This course is designed to guide participants through the process of establishing the action of a model's pose through clay. Whether a student of the 2D or 3D, this workshop will expand your understanding of what it takes to make a successful portrait! All materials for the workshop will be provided, but students are invited to bring additional sculpture tools should they have them. Registration fee includes clay and model fee. This workshop is for all levels. *Please note that registration for this workshop closes March 1st.*

Saturday, March 24, 2018: 10am - 4pm
$110 for members / $120 for not-yet-members


If you have questions regarding any of Saratoga Arts' classes and workshops, please let us know! You can e-mail Tanya, Associate Director, at or call 518-584-4132 during business hours. 


Registration Form

Scholarship Request Form (adults)

Scholarship Request Form (children)


2017-2018 Community Arts Education Program scholarships provided by the The John Winter Family Fund,  Saratoga Community Federal Credit Union, The Saratoga Springs Walmart and Skidmore's Art of Producing Class, Spring 2017.  

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.  Though 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 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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