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

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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.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Classes & Workshops


Now you can browse the complete Winter schedule online!

 
 
 
 

Workshops by Nationally Known Instructors

The Winter Landscape in Watercolor with Robert J. O'Brien AWS NWS
Using Studies to Capture Light & Color with Ann Larsen

Classes & Workshops Open to All Media

Painting on the Small Scale with Takeyce Walter
All Media Costumed Portrait Workshop with Corey Pitkin
Exploring Abstract Realism with Tom O'Brien
All Media Portrait Workshop with Corey Pitkin
Open Studio Session I
Open Studio Session II

Painting Workshops & Classes

Pastel for Beginners with Carolyn Justice
Intermediate - Advanced Pastel with Carolyn Justice
Watercolors for Beginner - Intermediate with Tom Ryan
Landscape Painting in Acrylic, Gouache, & Watercolor with Tom O'Brien
Color Harmonies Workshop with Takeyce Walter
Introduction to Oil Painting Workshop with Takeyce Walter
Problem Solving for the Intermediate Watercolorist with Tom Ryan

Drawing Classes

Beginner - Intermediate Drawing with James D'Andrea
Drawing Lab for All Levels with James D'Andrea

Fine Art & Photography

Weaving with Nancy Sharples
Framing Artwork on a Budget with Jennifer Duke Anstey
Silversmithing & Metal Fabrication with Matt Balint
Silversmithing: Creating an Original Bracelet with Matt Balint
Introduction to Digital Photography with Harry Wirtz
Silk Painting with Mary Frances Millet

The Sculpted Portrait with Tom O'Brien
Photographing Artwork for Submission & Archival with Harry Wirtz
 

Workshops with Nationally Known Instructors


The Winter Landscape in Watercolor
with Robert J. 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. Robert will demonstrate his approach and will provide hands on guidance to each student. A critique will be held at the end of the session.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017: 10am - 4pm
$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 www.robertjobrien.com.


The Impressionist Still Life - Concept to Finished Painting
with Ann Larsen, AWAM, AIS, RMPAP, OPS

Capturing the light and color that draws you to a particular landscape can be difficult once you’re back in the studio, but Ann Larsen can help! Using your plein air color studies, sketches, and/or photographic references you will learn how to create stunning studio paintings. Emphasis will be on loosening your style, brushwork, capturing light, color, and the emotional moment while understanding how to work from reference materials. Concept, composition, value, color, and edges will be explored. One-on-one attention and demonstrations will be provided. Oil is the preferred medium for students, but acrylic and pastel are also welcome. For intermediate - advanced skill levels. A supply list can be found on our website.

Sunday, February 12, 2017: 10am - 5pm
$125 for members / $135 for not-yet 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 www.annlarsen.com.


Classes & Workshops Open to All Media


Painting on the Small Scale Workshop
with Takeyce Walter

Create a mini-masterpiece! This relaxed, fun workshop with artist Takeyce Walter 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. This workshop is open to students of all levels and media, and no experience is required. Visit our website for supply list.

Saturday, January 7, 2017: 10am - 4pm $70 for members / $80 for non-members
$70 for members/$80 for not-yet-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, 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.

Thursdays, 10am - 12pm
February 9, 16, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 2017. *No class on February 23*
$85 for members / $95 for non-members


All Media Costumed Portrait Workshop
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 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 11, 2017: 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.


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 begins with an oil painting demo in the morning and allows participants to work with one-on-one instructor guidance in the afternoon. All mediums and skill levels are welcome. Registration includes model fee. 

Saturday, March 11, 2017: 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.


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 and run continuously thorughout the year ever Monday evening (excluding holidays). 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?  www.lifestudio.org/clubs/saratogaImages

Winter Session I: Mondays: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
January 2, 9, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 2017 *No Open Studio on Jan. 16th* 
$60 for members / $70 for not-yet-members 

Winter Session II: Mondays: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Feb. 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, 2017
$70 for members/$90 for non-members 


Painting Classes & Workshops 


Pastel for Beginners
with Carolyn Justice

Painting with pastel is a fun way to begin your exploration of the world of art, with lots of color, texture, and no-pressure spontanity! Artist and instructor Carolyn Justice will help you learn the basic concepts of pastel while exploring the wide range of possibilities that this medium has to offer. The 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. 

Tuesdays, 1 - 3pm
January 24, 31, February 7, 21, 28, March 14 *no class Feb. 14 & March 7*
$85 for members / $95 for non-members


Intermediate - Advanced Pastels
with Carolyn Justice

Learn to interpret more complex subjects, explore contemporary directions in drawing, and continue to develop a mastery of technique with the guidance of artist and instructor Carolyn Justice in this fun class! With an emphasis on originality and the development of a personal style in this 8 week class, students will further develop their skills and abilities and be encouraged to find creative solutions for different types of projects. Please bring non-oil pastels, a kneaded eraser, masking tape, and several sheets of paper to each class.

Tuesdays, 10am - 12pm
January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 21, 28, March 14, 21 *no class Feb. 14 & March 7*
$110 for members / $120 for not-yet-members


Watercolors for Beginners - Intermediate
with Tom Ryan

Join us for this fun workshop and learn how to mix and paint clean, transparent, and vibrant watercolors! Perfect for beginner and intermediate watercolorists, this workshop will focus on the elements of good composition, values, and the importance of light in your painting. The morning will feature exercises and instruction and the afternoon will feature a demo and participants working on a painting of their choice by using your own photos, reference materials, or imagination. Artist and instructor Tom Ryan will provide one-on-one assistance and advice. A suggested supply list will be provided. 

Saturday, January 21, 2017: 10am - 4pm
$70 members/$80 not-yet-members


Landscape Painting in Acrylic, Gouache, & Watercolor
with Tom O'Brien

Capture the quality of light and vibrance of the outdoors in landscape painting in both transparent and opaque mediums using acrylic, watercolor, and gouache. Learn 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.

Mondays, 10am - 12pm
January 30, Feb. 6, 13, 27, March 6, 13, 2017 *no class Feb. 20*
$85 for members / $95 for non-members


Color Harmonies
with Takeyce Walter

In visual experiences, color harmony delivers visual interest and a sense of order - and it can be a real stumbling block, even for experienced painters. Artist and instructor Takeyce Walter will introduce basic formulas related to color harmony and will include practical exercises. 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. For all levels.

Saturday, February 4, 2017: 10am - 4pm
$70 for members / $80 for 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! Join Takeyce Walter and learn how to compose a painting, choose and mix colors, and learn about a variety of different brushwork and application techniques. Students will have the opportunity to work from a still life well as landscapes from reference photos provided. Demonstrations, critiques and one-on-one attention will be offered. A supply list can be found on our website. For all levels.

Saturday, March 4, 2017: 10am - 4pm
$70 for members / $80 for not-yet-members


Problem Solving for the Intermediate Watercolor Artist 
with Tom Ryan

Bring your work to the next level with this workshop with watercolorist Tom Ryan! Tom will review ten of the most common technical mistakes made in watercolor paintings and discuss and show the best ways to correct them in this one day workshop. This fun workshop will help you learn how to overcome the pitfalls that keep you from completing a successful watercolor. With plenty of exercises, demos, and individual attention, participants will work on a painting of their choice by using their own photos, reference materials, or imagination. A suggested supply list can be found on our website. 

Saturday, March 18, 2017: 10am - 4pm
$70 members/$80 not-yet-members


Drawing


Beginner - Intermediate Drawing
with James D'Andrea

For those who are new to drawing or simply returning to the practice after being away from the easel for a prolonged time, Beginner - Intermediate Drawing will give you the tools to begin with and those to build upon. Designed to help students develop ideas and define their personal style while building upon the skills they already possess, students will have the op- portunity to discuss the philosophy behind the process of drawing as well as spend each session on drawings of their own with one-on-one help and gentle critique from artist and instructor James D’Andrea. Please bring lots of photographs for reference.

Mondays, 1 - 3pm
January 30, February 6, 13, 27, March 6, 2017. *No class on February 20*
$70 for members / $80 for not-yet-members


Drawing Lab for All Levels
with James D'Andrea

Get ready for this drawing free for all! This class is a loose, informative free- for-all for students of any level to explore all that drawing has to offer. Wide open with plenty of demonstrations, lessons in the fundamentals of drawing with graphite, pen & ink, and charcoal, as well as gentle critiques, enjoy discovering the many ways that drawing can further your artistic practice. Ages 14 - Adult.

Thursdays, 7 - 9pm
February 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 2017
$70 for members / $80 for not-yet-members


Fine Art & Photography


Weaving
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 such projects as 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 dur- ing the following times: M-F, 9am - 4:30pm and Sat, 11am - 4:30pm.

Wednesdays, 1 - 3pm
January 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, 2017
$85 for members / $95 for not-yet-members


Framing Artwork on a Budget
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 with- out 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*

Saturday, January 21, 2017: 1 - 4pm
JDH Framing Studio, 23 Ashley Drive, Ballston Lake NY
$35 for members / $40 for not-yet-members


Silversmithing and Metal Fabrication
with Matt Balint

Learn the basic techniques of silversmithing and create a piece of jewelry or sculpture in sterling or fine silver. This class is a fun and laid back environment where students will receive an introduction to a number of techniques and approaches to two and three-dimensional design as well as establish a foundation for the fabrication of jewelry. All of the necessary tools will be provided. Class size is limited to 10. There will be $30 materials fee due to Matt at the first class.

Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9pm
January 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 2017
$90 for members/ $100 for not-yet-members


Daytime Silversmithing & Metal Fabrication: Creating an Original Bracelet
with Matt Balint

Jewelry should be as unique as the person wearing it, and metalsmith and instructor Matt Balint can help you create it. Saratoga Arts’ Creating a Bracelet class offers students the opportunity to learn basic techniques of silversmithing while creating a beautiful bracelet of their own design.  Students will explore bezel making, stone setting and soldering.  All of the necessary tools will be provided. Class size is limited to 10.  Please bring a pencil and paper, a $30 materials fee (due to Matt) and any stones you would like to incorporate into your design to the first class. This workshop is designed for all levels and no experience is required!

Wednesdays, 1 - 3pm
February 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1, 2017
$80 for members/$90 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. Bring your camera and instruction manual. This two day workshop is appropriate for those who are beginning to make creative and articulate images with sophisticated equipment, but it will also be beneficial to those who are thinking about stepping up to an advanced camera system. Your questions will be welcome and can contribute to workshop content. Photographer and instructor Harry Wirtz 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.

Saturday, February 18 & Sunday, February 19, 2017: 10am - 4pm
$140 for members / $160 for not-yet-members


Silk Painting
with Mary Frances Millet

Explore the vibrancy of painting on silk in this rewarding and color-filled workshop! Silk painting is very similar to watercolor but no experience is needed. Learn how to apply resist and vibrant silk dyes to create your very own design on a 100% silk scarf and a 12” stretched silk sun catcher. Mary Frances Millet has decades of experience teaching watercolor and silk painting and can guide you in a fun, no-pressure style that encourages your creativity to flow. A $20 materials fee is due to Mary Frances at the beginning of class. *Registration for this class ends February 1*

Wednesday, February 15, 2017: 6 - 9pm
$35 for members/ $40 for not-yet-members


Photographing Artwork for Submission & Archival
with Harry Wirtz

This extended, full day 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. Photographer and instructor Harry Wirtz will discuss 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.

Sunday, March 5, 2017: 10am - 4pm
$70 for members / $80 for not-yet-members


The Sculpted Portrait
with Tom O'Brien

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 improve your drawing! 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.

Saturday, March 25, 2017: 10am - 4pm
$90 for members / $100 for non-members
*Registration for this class closes March 1st.*


If you have questions regarding any of Saratoga Arts' classes and workshops, please let us know! You can e-mail Kate, Director of Education, at kmorse@saratoga-arts.org or call 518-584-4132 during business hours. 

 

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Supply List Book: includes

Contemporary Woodland Landscape with Robert Carsten
Capturing Fall Colors in Watercolor with Robert J. O'Brien
The Impressionist Still Lifewith Ann Larsen

Inspired by the Masters
Dynamic Design & Composition
Plein Air at Yaddo

Watercolors - Beginner to Intermediate
Problem Solving for Intermediate Watercolorists
Basic Drawing I

Drawing II
Drawing for All Levels
The Art of Charcoal
Think Pen & Ink
All Media Courses

 


Forms:

Registration Form

Emergency Contact Form (for children)

Scholarship Request Form (adults)

Scholarship Request Form (children)


 

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 Kate Morse, Director of Education - 
kmorse@saratoga-arts.org 
or 518-584-4132


 

 

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