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The Arts Center Partners

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

European Language Connection:
Etudes Music School:
Kathleen Bowman, Cello lessons
Jill Levy, Violin Lessons

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.


Classes & Workshops







Workshops with Nationally Known Instructors

Painting the New England Landscape in Winter with Robert O'Brien
Capturing the Moment in Light and Color with Ann Larsen
eautiful and Bold Color in Pastel Landscapes with Robert Carsten

Drawing Classes                        Pastel Classes

Drawing for All Levels                          Color Harmonies in Pastel & Oils
Basic Drawing                                       Pastel for Beginners
Basic Drawing II                                    Intermediate - Advanced Pastel
Think Pen & Ink                                     Inspired by the Masters in Pastel & Oils
The Art of Charcoal                               All Media Abstract Realism 
Open Studio - Winter Session I            All Media Shadow Shapes 
Open Studio Winter  Sesssion II          Painting on a Small Scale in Pastel & Oils

​​Painting Classes                               Fine Craft & Photography Classes

Painting the Landscape                                   Eggshell Mosaics with Linda Biggers
All Media Costumed Portrait Workshop         Introduction to Digital Photography
Color Harmonies in Pastel & Oil                      Silversmithing
All Media Portrait Workshop                            Weaving
Watercolors for Beginner - Intermediate         Framing & Matting Your Artwork
Inspired by the Masters in Pastel & Oils
Painting on a Small Scale in Pastel & Oils
All Media Abstract Realism
All Media Shadow Shapes    


Classes for Children

See our School Break Camp page for all of our opportunities for kids!


Workshops with Nationally Known Instructors

Painting the New England Landscape in Watercolor
with Robert O'Brien, AWS, NWS

The magic and beauty of New England in the winter is difficult to capture without the proper tools and techniques. Join watercolor artist Robert O’Brien AWS NWS for this inspiring one-day workshop on capturing the magnificent New England countryside in winter. Examine how to portray the light, shadow, value and composition in winter landscapes. Robert will begin with a demonstration, explaining each step of the process. Students will then paint with the instructor providing one-on-one instruction. The workshop will end with a gentle and constructive critique. Students are encouraged to provide their own reference photos, though many will be on hand for students' use. This workshop is open to all levels of painting ability, with some drawing experience. Class size is limited to 14 students.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016: 10am - 4pm
$120 members / $130 non-members  

Robert O’Brien is a traditional painter of landscape, architectural studies, and more. He has studied with James Whatford, Tony Couch, and Marshall Joyce,  NA  AWS. A resident of Vermont since 1977, the area 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 at

Capturing the Moment in Light and Color
with Ann Larsen, Signature Member of American Impressionist Society

The beauty of Impressionism comes from capturing the visual impression of the moment, especially in terms of the shifting effect of light and color. The goal is to capture a feeling or expression, rather than an accurate depiction. This workshop is designed for students wishing to loosen their style and capture light, color, and the emotional moment in their paintings. Emphasis will be placed on concept, composition, value, color and edges. Historical and modern references will be explored. Lots of one on one attention as well as demonstration will be provided.  Oil is the preferred medium for students, but acrylic and pastel are also welcome. This workshop is ideal for intermediate to advanced students.

Saturday and Sunday: 9am - 4pm
March 12 & 13, 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

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:

Drawing Classes

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?

Winter Session I: Mondays: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
January 4, 11, 25, February 1, 8, 2016
*No session on January 18
$50 for members/$70 for non-members 

Winter Session II - Mondays: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
February 22, 29, March 7, 14, 21, 28, 2016
*No session on February 15
$60 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. 

Thursdays, 10am - 12pm
January 21, 28, February 4, 11, 2016
$70 for members / $80 for non-members 

Drawing for All Levels

with James D'Andrea

Drawing is an essential skill for artists of all mediums and levels, 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 as well as those who have been drawing for years.  Students should bring a 9" x12" heavy bond drawing pad, 12" x18" charcoal pad, 4b-4h pencilset, 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
January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25
$85 for members/$95 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..

Wednesdays, 10am - 12pm
February 24, March 2, 9, 16, 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.

Wednesdays, 1pm - 3pm

February 24, March 2, 9, 16, 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! 

Thursdays, 1pm - 3pm
March 10, 17, 24, 31, 2016
$70 for members / $80 for non-members 

Painting Classes

Intermediate - Advanced Pastels
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.

Tuesdays: 10am - 12pm
January 26, February 2, 9, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22 *No class on February 16
$110 for members / $120 for non-members 

Color Harmonies in Pastel & Oil
with Takeyce Walter

Color harmonies deliver visual interest and a sense of order to your pieces, and knowing what works 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 use while 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 their choice of oils and/or pastels. For all levels. Visit our website for a complete supply list.

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

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.

Mondays, 10am - 12pm
January 25, February 1, 8, 22, 29, March 7 *No class on February 15
$85 for members / $95 for non-members 

Shadow Shapes
with Tom O'Brien 

Wednesdays, 7-9pm
January 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 2, 2016
$100 for members/$110 for non-members 

Costumed Portrait Workshop
with Corey Pitkin

Draw or paint a live model in full period costume at this one-day workshop! Instruction will be provided on lighting, staging, drama, and historical accuracy as well as the use of photography and very basic Photoshop techniques to compose a scene. Then paint along with the instructor'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 13, 2016: 10am - 4pm
$85 for members / $95 for non-members 

Inspired by the Masters in Pastel & Oil

with Takeyce Walter

Whether artists are learning the masters’ techniques, modeling compositions based on their masterpieces, or even using their work as an inspiration for palate choice, artists have always looked to the masters for inspiration.  In this workshop Takeyce Walter will discuss the work and processes of the masters including Claude Monet, Mary Cassatt, and William Merrit Chase,  while demonstrating their techniques, and working one-on-one with personalized assistance to all students on their pieces.  Please bring a bag lunch. This workshop is designed for all levels and no experience is required! A complete supply list can be found on our website.

Saturday, February 20, 2016: 10am - 4pm
$70 for members / $80 for non-members 

Painting the Landscape: Opaque and Transparent
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.

Thursdays, 10am - 12pm
February 25, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2016
$80 for members / $90 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
February 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 2016
$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. See website for full supply list.

Saturday, March 5, 2016: 10am - 4pm
$85 for members / $95 for non-members 

Inspired by the Masters: Pastel
with Takeyce Walter

Whether artists are learning the masters’ techniques, modeling compositions based on their masterpieces, or even using their work as an inspiration for palate choice, artists have always looked to the masters for inspiration.  In this workshop Takeyce Walter will discuss the work and processes of the masters including Claude Monet, Mary Cassatt, and William Merrit Chase,  while demonstrating their techniques, and working one-on-one with personalized assistance to all students on their pieces.  Please bring a bag lunch. This workshop is designed for all levels and no experience is required! A complete supply list can be found on our website.

Saturday, February 20, 2016: 10am - 4pm
$70 for members / $80 for non-members 

Painting on the Small Scale

with Takeyce Walter


Create a mini-masterpiece! This relaxed, fun workshop focuses on working on a small scale while making sure your pieces make a big impact. Concentrating on images, color, and a variety of painting techniques, students will complete a small scale painting in either pastel or oils with lots of one-on-one help from artist Takeyce Walter. A wonderful opportunity to get a jump start on your 10x10 piece for the summer exhibition, this workshop is open to students of all levels and no experience is required. Visit our website for supply list. 

Sunday, March 6, 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 our website.

Saturday, March 19, 2016: 10am - 4pm
$70 for members / $80 for non-members 

Fine Art & Photography

Art Out of the Ordinary - Eggshell Mosaic
with Linda Biggers

Learn to create fine art out of the ordinary in this two day workshop! Artist and instructor Linda Biggers will show students how to prepare substrate and eggshells for use in mosaic, as well as teach them how to use cutting and breaking techniques through demonstrations and power point presentations. They will learn to use the correct paint, adhesives and sealants to use to create a permanent fine art mosaic. We will discuss design and andamento to guide students in creating a successful mosaic. With plenty of demonstration and one-on-one instruction, students will create their own 6” x 6” mosaic of their own design or one based on Linda's own work. 

Saturday & Sunday, February 6 & 7
10am - 4pm
$170 for members/$190 for non-members 

Silversmithing & Metal Fabrication
with Matt Balint

Stop wishing you could find the perfect piece of jewelry...and create it instead! Saratoga Arts’ Silversmithing & Metal Fabrication class offers an amazing 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. 

Tuesdays, 6:30pm-9
February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1
$110 for members/$120 for non-members 

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

Sunday, February 21, 2016: 10am - 4pm
$70 for members / $80 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.

Wenesdays, 1pm - 3pm
January 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24
$85 for members / $95 for non-members 

Introduction to Digital Photography
with Joe Marcuccio

Having trouble understanding digital camera menus, terminology and controls? This course is designed to help you understand your digital camera and will prepare you to be a better digital photographer. Learn how digital cameras function, learn how to use your menus, and discover how to take great photos in many types of settings, lighting and situations. Course is designed for basic to intermediate 35mm and Digital SLR users. Bring your digital camera, your manual, a clean digital camera card, and short list of questions to the session.

Friday, March 4, 2016:  2pm - 6pm
$40 for members / $50 for non-members 




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Supply List Book: includes

Painting the New England Landscape in Winter
Capturing the Moment in Light & Color with Ann Larsen

Landscape in Opaque & Transparent
Basic Drawing

Drawing II
Drawing for All Levels
The Art of Charcoal
Think Pen & Ink
Watercolors - Beginner to Intermediate
Color Harmonies in Oil & Pastel
Small Scale Workshop
Inspired by the Masters
Beautiful & Bold Color with Robert Carsten


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 - 
or 518-584-4132



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