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.
Sketching Saratoga Color Harmonies in Pastel & Oils
Drawing for All Levels Pastel for Beginners
Basic Drawing Intermediate - Advanced Pastel
Basic Drawing II Inspired by the Masters
Drawing for Exhibtion
Open Studio - Fall Session I
Open Studio Fall Sesssion II
Painting the Landscape Finding Your Voice
From Concept to Canvas Writing Dialogue
Drama of Still Life in Watercolor Silversmithing
All Media Portrait Workshop Weaving
Watercolors for Beginner - Intermediate The Sculpted Portrait
Introduction to Creative Writing
Autumn Light in Pastel
with Robert Carsten, PSA-mp, IAPS-mc
Capture the beauty and unique splendor of Autumn light in this workshop taught by the ever popular Robert Carsten. Whether you choose an autumnal townscape or country scene, Robert will help you capture that special light that the northeast is so lucky to experience when the leaves change and the days grow shorter. Robert will present and demonstrate distinguishing features and techniques of each with the aim of enhancing drama, strength, expression and beauty in your pastel paintings. Working from sketches and photos in the landscape subject matter of your choice, learn to build form by layering strokes with an expanded palette of color and limited value range. Composition, linear and atmospheric perspective, practical color theory, and attention to achieving vibrant, textural surfaces distinguish this workshop by a very popular, nationally acclaimed instructor, arts writer and exhibitions juror. This one-day fun and educational workshop will consist of demonstrations, critique, and lots of painting time. This class is designed for students of all levels and no experience is required. Class size is limited to 14 students.
Award-winning artist Robert Carsten, PSA, attended the Art Students League of New York, the Rhode Island School of Design and the Accademia di Belle Arti (Italy). He is a master pastelist and signature member of the Pastel Society of America, master circle artist in the International Association of Pastel Societies, Lifetime Honorary member of the Southwest Florida Pastel Society, signature member of the Connecticut Past Society, and Honorary Board member of Pastel Society of America. Robert is a contributing writer to Pastel Journal and The Artist's Magazine. He teaches workshops nationally and his pastel paintings have been shown in many museums and galleries and are collected worldwide. Visit his website: www.robertcarsten.com.
Using Plein Air Studies Effectively
with Ann Larsen, AWAM, AIS, RMPAP, OPS
Use your plein air time wisely, and don’t get caught in the fading light with an unsatisfactory painting that you can't work from. This workshop will consist of individual attention given each student, demonstrations, and critiques of how to use your plein air studies effectively. Students may use any medium they desire but oils are preferred. Day one of the workshop will be plein air in Congress Park or a Saratoga neighborhood. Day two will be inside working on creating paintings from the plein air studies done the day before. Emphasis will be on simplifying and developing strong compositional statements using the plein air studies. Larsen will work with the students on producing a composition that is a foundation for the use of shapes, color temperature, value, edges and brushwork.
Ann Larsen says "I strive to simplify and strengthen my compositions. 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.
Looking Out - Looking in: Painting Doors and Windows in Watercolor
with Robert O’Brien, AWS, NWS
Learn to paint the beauty of doors and windows in this two-day watercolor workshop with a watercolorist with more than 40 years of experience. Students will learn elements of composition and perspective, painting light and shadow, and how to render the unique beauty of doors and windows in a realistic manner. This two day class will begin with a demonstration followed by class painting. A critique and class discussion will be held at the end of the class. This workshop is open to all levels of painting ability, with some drawing experience.
Robert O’Brien has been painting in the watercolor medium for over forty years. A traditional painter of landscape, architectural studies and more, he has studied with James Whatford, Tony Couch, and Marshall Joyce, NA AWS. Since moving to Vermont in 1977, he has focused his work on landscape and architectural studies and finds beauty in the ordinary, subtle reminders of everyday life in rural New England. Vermont, with its distinct four season climate, 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: www.robertjobrien.com.
Open Studio - Figure Drawing
A wonderful opportunity to continue or expand your art without the formality of a class, the Open Studio sessions offered by Saratoga Arts are great practice for any artist interested in working from a live model. Open Studio sessions are 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 for these sessions, serving instead as a forum for artists to come together and grow among their peers. Recommended for ages 15 and up, participants can work in the medium of their choice. Please bring your own supplies. 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
with Carolyn Justice
Capture the quick moments and celebrate the day to day life of Saratoga by learning one of the most important practices for all artists: sketching. A fun, easy, and wonderful way to keep records of travel or ideas for future paintings, Carolyn Justice will work with you in some of Saratoga’smost beautiful spots, such as Yaddo, Saratoga State Park, and downtown this fall. This class is for all levels and no drawing or painting experience is required. Please bring a small sketchbook, fine tip marker and folding chair to each class. A travel watercolor set is optional. The first class will meet at The Arts Center where students will enjoy sketching the architectural and landscape elements of Congress Park. Students will receive a schedule of meeting places at the first class.
Drawing for All Levels
with James D’Andrea
How many things do you see every day and wish you could draw that? Drawing is for everybody and this class is a drawing free for all! Structured to be wide-open with demonstrations, lessons in the fundamentals of drawing and drawing techniques, gentle critiques, and lots of one-on-one time - this class is perfect for students who are new to drawing or have been drawing for years. 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.
Drawing for Exhibition: Get Ready for the Members' Show!
with James D'Andrea
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.
with Tom O'BrienFor those who have struggled with portraiture or are simply interested in learning new techniques and tricks used to draw the human face, this course is for you. Learn to create successful portraits by using using simple math: measurement, geometry (shape) and comparison of sizes and shapes. Add to that an understanding of values (light & shade), a few tricks with hair and you’ll be on your way to creating a dramatic portrait! Perfect for beginners as well as intermediate-advanced students who would like to improve upon their skills, with lots of one-on-one help from the instructor to address your specific needs and questions. Registration cost includes model fee.
with Tom O’Brien
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.
Wednesdays: 10am - 12pm
September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21
Color Harmonies in Pastel and Oil
with Takeyce Walter
In visual experiences, harmony is something that is pleasing to the eye - color harmony delivers visual interest and a sense of order - and it can be a real stumbling block, even for experienced painters. This workshop will introduce basic formulas related to color harmony and will include practical exercises and all students will complete a color chart for future reference when painting. This workshop is a must for any new or established painter interested in learning about the fundamentals and how they can effect your work. Students can work in oils and/or pastels for this workshop. Please look at the sidebar on our education page for the complete supply list. This workshop is designed for students of all levels and no experience is required!
Watercolors for Beginner to Intermediate
with Tom Ryan
Whether you’re a beginner looking for advice as to where to start or someone with a bit of experience with the medium, artist and instructor Tom Ryan can help you bring your work to the next level with this workshop. Join this fun workshop and learn how to mix and paint clean, transparent, and vibrant watercolors. This workshop will include elements of good composition, values, and the importance of light. Exercises, demos, individual attention and critiques, are included. Participants 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.
Intermediate - Advanced Pastel
with Carolyn Justice
Designed as a continuation of Pastel for Beginners, 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. 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.
From Concept to Canvas: Getting Ready for the Members' Show
with Takeyce Walter
Have you always wanted to submit a piece for our Members’ Exhibition but just haven’t found the time to sit down and create something? Work with artist Takeyce Walter, in this relaxed, fun workshop to finally make it happen! Focusing on images, forms, shapes, color and a variety of painting techniques used when painting on a smaller scale, students will complete a with plenty of time to be included in the Members’ Exhibition! Students can work in oils and/or pastels for this workshop. A complete supply list can be found at our website - www.saratoga-arts.org. This workshop is open to students of all levels and no experience with pastels or oils is required!
Pastel for Beginners
with Carolyn Justice
Learn the basic concepts of pastel while exploring the wide range of possibilities that this medium has to offer. This 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. Pastel for Beginners is recommended for students who are new to the medium, but is open to all pastel students.
Create drama and dynamic in your still life paintings during this six week course. With plenty of one-on-one attention and guidance, each student will work on his own project and provide his own references. Susan will help each student develop their own painting from composition through execution and on to the completed painting. There will be demonstrations as needed during each three-hour session. Please come to the first class with drawing materials for thumbnails and plenty of good reference photos, a half sheet of 100% rag watercolor paper, and your watercolor supplies. Must have a 1” angle brush and a #12 round.
All Media Portrait Workshop
with Corey Pitkin
Learn to achieve not just a likeness, but to create depth and capture the personality and emotion of the human face within a portrait working within your chosen medium. Working with a live model, this full day workshop will start with an oil painting demonstration 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. 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. Registration includes model fee.
Inspired by the Masters: Pastel
with Takeyce Walter
Artists have always used the masters as inspiration for their work - whether artists are learning the masters’ techniques, modeling compositions based on their masterpieces, even using their work as an inspiration for palate choice. In this workshop, Takeyce will discuss the work and processes of the great pastel masters like Edgar Degas, William Merritt Chase and Mary Cassatt, demonstrate their techniques and offer individual assistance to all students. Please bring a bag lunch. A complete supply list can be found at our website - www.saratoga-arts.org. This workshop is designed for all levels and no experience is required!
Silversmithing & Metal Fabrication
with Matt Balint
Have you been looking for that perfect piece of unique jewelry? Perhaps you are interested in exploring the world of small scale sculpture in metal. Saratoga Arts’ Silversmithing & Metal Fabrication class 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 a $30 materials fee due to Matt at the first class.
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 11. 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.
Discover 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 draw better! 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. This workshop is for students of all levels.
Finding Your Voice: Experimental Writing, Personal Essay, and Memoir
with Juliet Barney
We all have stories to tell, and this class will help you learn to tell them This creative writing class, open to all skill levels, will focus on non-fiction in all its forms. In this 8-week class, students will learn to mess with plot to create non-linear essays and memoirs. Throughout the 6 weeks, students will work to present themselves as a character while creating stories around personal experience. This is a chance for students to tell their own stories in various forms. Emphasis will be placed on the learning process and exploring various entry points into a story. Students should bring a notebook, pen, and plenty of ideas to class.
Talk To Me: Writing Dialogue for Screenplay and More
with D. Bergman Friscia
Spend two days learning what it takes to write successful dialog in this fun, hands-on, hands-off workshop for all levels. This workshop will also help with any type of writing that includes dialog, such as short fiction, playwriting, and more. Students will spend time on their own viewing film excerpts, reading dialog handouts provided by the instructor, and writing their own work to review, workshop, and discuss in the next class.
Introduction to Creative Writing Workshop
with Juliet Barney
Itching to write the Great American Novel but not sure where to start? Or maybe you've just got a lot of ideas and you don't know how to get them down on paper. Whatever your goal, Introduction to Creative Writing will help you get the process started. Covering the major writing mediums including poetry, fiction, and non-fiction in all it’s forms, students will start with the basics—working through imagery, voice, characterization, and plot. This workshop will cover a variety forms and content, and in the end, students will gain an understanding of the basics ofwriting across genre. This is also an excellent class for high school students to strengthen their basic writing and grammar while exploring the English language. For ages 12 through adult!
Scholarship Request Form (adults)
Supply List Book: includes
The Artful Retreat
Drawing for All Levels
Pastel Workshop with Robert Carsten
Beginner's Oil Painting
Foundations of Oils
Int. - Advanced Oil Painting
Color Harmonies (for oil and pastel)
Small Scale Painting Workshop (for oil and pastel)
The Landscape in Watercolor
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