Saratoga Arts - Arts Center | Arts Council



Starting in March / April
Open Studio I
Find Your Perspective
Introduction to Watercolors
Intermediate-Advanced Pastel
Sketching Your Hometown

Starting in May
Photographing Artwork
Sharpening Your Skills
Open Studio II
Problem Solving for the Intermediate Watercolorist
All Media Portrait Workshop
Framing Artwork on a Budget
The Art of Fused Glass
Relief Printmaking

Starting in June
Intro to Digital Photography
The Art of Fused Glass
Flowers in Watercolor
Intro to Brush Calligraphy
Painting the Many Moods and Facets of Water
Mototype & Monoprint Printmaking Workshop
The Nude

July - August Classes
Open Studio III
Open Studio IV
Portrait Photography Workshop

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The Arts Center Partners

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

Etudes Music School














DRAWING & PASTEL Classes and Workshops


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 mediums.  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.  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 or you can purchase a session and save money:

Session I
Mondays: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7
$60 for members / $75 for non-members

Session II
Mondays: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
May 14, 21, June 4, 11, 18, 25
$60 for members / $75 for non-members

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

Summer Session I:
Mondays: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
July 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13
$60 for members / $75 for non-members

Summer Session II:
Mondays: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
August 20, 27, September 10, 17, 24
$50 for members / $65 for non members


With Katherine McDowell
When drawing, do your still life objects wobble or tilt out of the page? Do your interior spaces appear shallow? Learn to achieve solidity and depth in spacial object relationships through six simple lessons covering elliptical and rectangular shapes and both one and two point perspective. For this class, please bring: one pad white drawing paper 14” x 17”, 24 pages, two pencils - hard and soft (ie. 3B and 3H), an eraser, and an 18” ruler.

Wednesdays, 10-12
April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23
$80 for members / $90 for not-yet members


With Corey Pitkin
The practice of drawing the nude model from life has been a cornerstone of artistic development for centuries. Join artist and instructor Corey Pitkin as he peels back the mystique of this scholarly tradition. Using the media of your choice students will be guided through the process of developing a composition, capturing the gesture, determining proportions, and describing the underlying structure and anatomy from a live nude model. After a morning demonstration students will be given one-on-one guidance to bring their artwork to a finish. A supply list for this class can be found on our website.

Saturday, June 30, 2018: 10am - 4pm
$80 for members / $90 for not-yet members


With Tom O’Brien
A course offering one on one guidance for all subjects: portrait, figure, landscape, still life, or just your imagination — styles: realistic to abstract— and media: pencil, pen, pastel, paint or lap top. You will find, regardless of subject, style or medium, understanding values (light and dark), hue and chroma, design and composition are essentially the same for any work of art.  Come with the medium you prefer, reference for your subject if that applies and sharpen your skills.

Wednesdays, 7pm - 9pm
May 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6
$80 for members / $90 for not-yet members


with Carolyn Justice
This course is 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.  Supplies: Please bring non-oil pastels, a kneaded eraser, masking tape and several sheets of paper to each class.

Tuesdays: 10am - 12pm
April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
$90 for members / $100 for non-members


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. 

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.

Sunday, May 20, 2018:  10am - 4pm
$80 for members / $90 for non-members


with Carolyn Justice
In this class, students will tour different areas of Saratoga Springs and record quick impressions of beautiful spring flora, indoor and outdoor architecture, street scenes and gardens. Sketching provides a wonderful way to keep records of travel or ideas for future paintings. Please bring a small sketchbook, fine tip marker and folding chair. A travel watercolor set is optional. First class will meet at The Arts Center. Students will receive a schedule of meeting places at the first class.

Fridays: 10am - 12pm
April 27, May 4, 11, 18
$65 for members / $75 for non-members

PAINTING Classes and Workshops


with Robert O’Brien
This workshop will focus on the many moods and facets of painting water in the watercolor medium and to learn techniques from rendering a simple reflective puddle to a swift moving mountain stream and everything in between. Foreshortening and the ability to suggest a flat plane will be taught when painting a meandering river or a lake. Water provides the artist with an endless variety of interpretations given its reflective qualities as well as its restlessness. The class will start with a demonstration by the instructor followed by class painting. A critique will be offered at the end of the class. Reference photos will be provided and students are encouraged to bring their own as well. A complete supply list can be found at our website -

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
10am - 4pm
$125 for members / $135 for non-members


With Tom Ryan
For Beginners - 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 in your paintings through exercises and instruction in the morning. The afternoon will feature a step-by-step demo that participants can follow, and the each individual will work on a painting of their choice by using their own photos or reference materials with one-on-one advice from artist and instructor Tom Ryan.

$75 for members / $85 for non-members

Check back in the fall for this class


With Tom Ryan
Learn about the most common technical mistakes made in watercolor paintings and the best way to correct them. This workshop will include tips to help overcome these pitfalls. Exercises, demos, and individual attention are included. Participants will work on a painting of their choice by using their own photos or reference materials with one-on-one advice from artist and instructor Tom Ryan. A suggested supply list will be provided.

Saturday, May 19, 2018: 10am - 4pm
$75 for members / $85 for non-members


With Tom Ryan
For intermediate level students - Learn the secrets of painting traditional flowers in watercolor with emphasis on composition, color, values, edges, and variety. The critical use of white and negative painting will be addressed and demonstrated. The challenge of backgrounds will also be covered. Each participant will work on their own painting by using their own photos for reference with one-on-one advice from artist and instructor Tom Ryan. A suggested supply list including information for photos will be provided.

Saturday, June 16, 10am - 4pm
$75 for members / $85 for non-members


10 x 10 Community Exhibition

with Takeyce Walter
Experience the power of art on a small scale, with artist Takeyce Walter, in this relaxed, fun workshop. Focusing on images, forms, shapes, color and a variety of painting techniques used when painting on a smaller scale, students will complete a 10” x 10” painting. Students can work in oils and/or pastels for this workshop. A complete supply list can be found at our website - This workshop is open to students of all levels and no experience with pastels or oils is required! Students are encouraged to submit their completed work for inclusion in our exciting summer show!

Sunday, April 29, 2018: 10am - 3pm
$70 for members / $80 for non-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. 

Sunday, June 24, 2018: 10am - 3pm
$70 for members / $80 for non-members



with Harry Wirtz
Day One will be spent exploring your camera's adjustments and controls to work with light, subject matter, and time: focus, aperture, shutter, ISO settings, and auto exposure aperture or shutter priority modes. Then, we will be taking photographs in Congress Park. Day Two will be spent reviewing your photos, then seeing how basic photo editing software techniques can refine those images. Other topics include color balance, light control accessories (including on- and off-camera flash), image file formats, and optimizing images for print and web publication. Please bring your camera and instruction manual and a lunch - or visit one of Saratoga's many popular lunch spots!

Saturday and Sunday, June 2 & 3, 2018
10am - 4pm
$140 for members / $160 for not-yet members

Photographing Artwork for Submission & Archiving:
Tools for the Artist

with Harry Wirtz
This workshop will show you how 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) or a high-end mirrorless camera would be best. A demonstration with artwork and affordable lighting will be provided. Students will be given a short break for lunch and can bring their lunch or visit one of Saratoga’s many popular lunch spots.

Saturday, July 14, 2018: 10am - 2:30pm
$40 for members / $45 for not-yet-members


With Greg Cuda
Learn the fine art of using light, composition and background to capture the facial expressions, personality, and mood of your subjects in our Portrait Photography Workshop. The first day will include lessons in natural light, choosing the right equipment and camera setting, choosing the best location, simple posing techniques, and how to modify light to turn ok light into great light.  The afternoon will end with students sharing their photographs during an encouraging critique.  On the second day, Students will have access to professional studio lighting equipment, learn lighting setups (such as Rembrandt, beauty and dramatic) and discuss software for editing images.  The day will end with a portfolio review.  This workshop is for all levels. Students should bring a Digital SLR with a telephoto lens or high quality digital camera.  Greg has equipment to share if necessary.  Registration fee includes model fee.

Saturday and Sunday, July 21 & 22, 2018
10am - 4pm
$140 for members / $160 for not-yet members



With Jordan Truster & Jillian Reece
This workshop is designed for beginners looking to start a new hobby or incorporate calligraphy into their other artwork. Students will start by learning the proper way to hold and use a brush pen, basic lettering terminology, and how to use guide sheets. After mastering the seven basic strokes, you will move into letter creation and connections. Participants will create a hand-lettered project at the end of class to implement what they learned. Instructors Jillian and Jordan will provide demonstration and plenty of individual attention throughout the class. After teaching hundreds of beginners in-person and thousands online, the instructors know what questions you will have (before you even ask them!), so no prior experience is required. A $20 supply fee will be due to the instructors at the beginning of class for your workbook, two large-tipped brush pens, two small-tipped brush pens, and project materials.

Saturday, June 16, 2018: 10am - 4pm
$80 for members / $90 for non-members

Jillian & Jordan are twin sisters who teach calligraphy through online courses and workbooks. In March of 2015, they founded Loveleigh Loops. Originally an online greeting card shop on Etsy, their business has grown to focus on teaching calligraphy through YouTube tutorials and instructional workbooks. In April 2017, they turned their Etsy shop into a physical store at craft shows in Tennessee and Ohio. They also began teaching in-person workshops based on their Brush Lettering and Copperplate Calligraphy workbooks, touring Cleveland, OH, Dayton, OH, and Nashville, TN. The Loveleigh Loops Calligraphy Community Facebook group was created in July 2017 and now has 6,000 members from all over the world!


With Amanda Kralovic
In this course, we will focus on the techniques of monotype printmaking to create small prints and cards. We will explore traditional printmaking techniques focusing on stencil monotype, trace monotype, collagraph plates and layering of colors.  We will also be focusing on color-mixing and color theory.  You will create painterly original prints with shapes and textures while exploring the medium of printmaking. This is a course for students of all levels.

Saturday, June 23, 10am - 4pm
$75 for members / $85 for non-members


With Amanda Kralovic
In this course, we will focus on the techniques of relief printmaking on a small scale for small prints and cards.  We will explore traditional relief printmaking techniques focusing on types of surfaces you can use like, Linocut, easy-cut blocks as well as types of wood and MDF blocks.  Ways of cutting and drilling into the surfaces will be discussed as well as reduction relief printmaking and layering of multiple relief plates.  We will also be focusing on color-mixing and color theory with the use of relief printing techniques so you can learn to print your own prints at home.  You will create original prints while exploring the medium of printmaking. This is a course for students of all levels.

Tuesdays, 7pm - 9pm
May 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26
$90 for members / $100 for non 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, May 20, 2018: 1 - 4pm
JDH Framing Studio, 23 Ashley Drive
Ballston Lake NY
$35 for members / $40 for not-yet-members


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 be  given materials to make a piece about 4" is size. Designs can be in the form of a coaster, art piece or sun catcher. Glass can also be cut up to make a few wind chimes, pendants or ornaments.. 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.  Students are encouraged to look online for examples of “fused glass projects” and bring their ideas to class.

Sunday, May 20, 2018: 1pm - 3:30pm
$35 for members / $40 for not-yet-members

Sunday, June 10, 2018: 1pm - 3:30pm
$35 for members / $40 for not-yet-members



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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