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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:
518-885-1507
Etudes Music School:
518-583-4649
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


Drawing Classes


Open Studio - Figure Drawing

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 for: $12 for members / $14 for non-members. Did you know the Open Studio has a website?  http://www.lifestudio.org/clubs/saratogaImages

Session I - Mondays: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Sept. 15, 22, 29, October 6, 20, 27, November 3, 10
$80 for members / $100 for non-members

Session II - Mondays: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Nov. 17, 24, December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, January 6
$80 for members / $100 for non-members


Basic Drawing        

with James D’Andrea
Learn the basic skills of drawing from observation through still and live models. The class will cover use of pencils, ink, and charcoal on various papers. Perspective to portraiture will be covered. Touch all the bases and score a home run with this class if you are new to drawing, trying to round a portfolio for college or knocking off some rust after being away from the easel for a prolonged time.  This class is perfect for students of all levels.  Students registered for Basic Drawing 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.

Thursdays: 10am - 12pm

October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20
$110 for members / $120 for non-members



If daytime classes don’t work for your busy schedule, we offer Basic Drawing as an evening class, too!  


Basic Drawing - Evening        

with James D'Andrea
Learn the basic skills of drawing from observation through still and live models. The class will cover use of pencils, ink, and charcoal on various papers. Perspective to portraiture will be covered. Touch all the bases and score a home run with this class if you are new to drawing, trying to round a portfolio for college or knocking off some rust after being away from the easel for a prolonged time.  This class is perfect for students of all levels.  Students registered for Basic Drawing 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.



Thursdays: 7pm - 9pm

October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20
$110 for members / $120 for non-members



Radical Portraits 
in any medium!        


with Tom O’Brien

Be a visionary. Let your mind wander within the fantastic realm of imagination allowing for caprice. With guidance on basic principles combined with your mind's eye, unlock fresh concepts and viewpoints for a broader outlook and produce a portrait like no other.  Draw, paint, sculpt - bring any medium you desire to work with.  This workshop is designed for all levels and no experience is required!



Fridays: 9am - 12pm
October 17, 24, November 7, 14, 21
$110 for members / $120 for non-members


Figure Drawing        

with Ralph Pascucci
Draw the human figure from a live model in a relaxed, encouraging environment!  Students will gain a better understanding of drawing strategies and will see  improved confidence and sensitivity to aesthetics in their work.  The class will focus on handling materials, observational skills, the understanding of anatomy and overall drawing proficiency.  Different techniques, including composition, values, form, line, shape and massing will be introduced and practiced in class. This class will feature both short and long pose charcoal drawings using the figure model. This class is an excellent opportunity for high school students hoping to build & strengthen their portfolios.

Tuesdays: 7pm - 9pm
October 7, 14, 21, 28
$100 for members / $110 for non-members


Intermediate - Advanced
 Figure Drawing        

with Ralph Pascucci
Artist and teacher Ralph Pascucci will offer participants instruction and work with a live model.  Students will learn to measure for accurate proportion, simplify, overlap, and determine correct perspective as you construct the figure. Sessions will begin with a half hour of quick, warm-up sketches followed by a long pose. The emphasis is on the figure in general, and depicting the essence of its pose and proportions. Students will also be encouraged to find their own way of seeking beauty from each pose, and interpret what they find with their personal artistic approach instead of just copying Students will complete the class with a portfolio of drawings to serve as reference for future works.

Tuesdays: 7pm - 9pm
November 4, 11, 18, 25

$100 for members / $110 for non-members



For both figure drawing classes above, registration cost includes model fee.  Please bring a 18” x  24” drawing pad, drawing pencils and erasers. 


Colored Pencil Drawing        


with Ralph Caparulo
The Colored Pencil Class will focus on the development of technical and creative skills and will include lessons on visual composition, line, value, gesture, volume, and linear perspective. Drawings will
be made from observed and non-observed subjects, e.g. still life and seasonal landscape. This class is for students of all levels! Students should bring a drawing pad - 18” x 24” (Strathmore 400 series), erasers (Mars-plastic or Magic-rub), venus-col erase colored pencils – set of 24 or more, a sketch board, and 2 metal clips to each class.


Fridays: 1pm - 3pm
October 10, 17, 24, November 7
$60 for members / $70 for non-members


Painting Classes


Two-Day
 Sketching & Painting Workshop 

with Carolyn Justice
On day one, students will travel to different locations near The Arts Center and record quick impressions of the beautiful flora, indoor/outdoor architecture and street scenes.  On day two, students will turn those sketches into pastel paintings.  Day 1: please bring a small sketchbook, a fine tip marker and a folding chair.  Day 2: please bring non-oil pastels, a kneaded eraser, masking tape and several sheets of paper to each class. This workshop is designed for all levels and no experience in sketching or pastel is required!

Saturday & Sunday: 10am - 4pm
October 18 & October 19, 2014
$120 for members / $130 for non-members


Pastel for Beginners        

with Carolyn Justice
This class will introduce participants to the basic concepts of pastel.  Pastel offers a wide range of artistic possibilities and may be used on a wide variety of papers and working surfaces.  Emphasis will be on experimenting with a variety of papers, use of color and becoming comfortable with the medium.   Supplies: 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 I is recommended for students who are new to the medium, but is open to all pastel students.



Mondays, 10am - 12pm
September 29, October 6, 20, 27, November 3, 10
$85 for members / $95 for non-members


Intermediate - Advanced Pastel  - FULL!        



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.  Class size is limited to 14 students.

Tuesdays: 10am - 12pm
Sept. 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18
$110 for members / $120 for non-members


The Portrait in Oils or Pastels        

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

Saturday, November 8, 2014: 10am - 4pm
$70 for members / $80 for non-members


Drawing Children from Photographs    

with Corey Pitkin
Preserve the memories of their childhood with portraits you make! Students will work on one or more drawings over the length of this 4 week course using their own photographs. All skill levels and mediums are welcome. This class is structured to include lectures, demonstration on different media, and lots of one-on-one attention for students!  Please bring several photographs and the drawing and/or painting supplies of your choice.  This workshop is open to all levels.

Wednesdays: 10am - 12:30pm
October 8, 15, 22, 29

$80 for members / $90 for non-members


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,  non-oil pastels, a kneaded eraser, masking tape and several sheets of paper to each class.This workshop is designed for all levels and no experience is required!

Sunday, September 21, 2014: 10am - 4pm

$70 for members / $80 for non-members


Acrylic Landscapes  



with Kirt Winslow
Acrylic Landscapes is a 6-week class that explores the unique practice of working with, and creating a painting with, acrylics.  This class will focus on handling materials, observational skills, the understanding of foreground, middle ground and background in a composition, acrylic color theory, and composition.  Students will also gain an understanding of how to create atmospheric perspective and use it in a painting.  Students will complete two full landscape paintings by the end of the session.  This class is open to students of all levels.

Wednesdays: 7pm - 9pm
October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19
$85 for members / $95 for non-members


Painting the Landscape in Watercolor  

with Tom O’Brien

This landscape painting class is designed for artists of all levels and art-making experience.  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, different methods and techniques for applying watercolor and preparing the paper.  Class size is limited to 12 students.   Please visit our website for a complete supply list and bring lots of photographs for reference.  This class is open to all levels, from first-timers to advanced students

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Wednesdays: 10am - 12pm

November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10
$80 for members / $90 for non-members


Watercolor Bootcamp     

with Susan Wiley
Saratoga Arts’ Watercolor Bootcamp is for new watercolorists or artists who have been away from the medium or need a more solid footing before tackling watercolors on their own.  The three day bootcamp is designed to teach students the basic watercolor techniques, angle brush handling, color mixing and application - basically all of the skills an artist needs to execute a watercolor still life.  The bootcamp runs Thursday - Friday, gives the weekend for painting and resumes on Monday.  Class size is limited to 12.  A complete supply list can be found at our website - www.saratoga-arts.org

 

Thursday, Friday & Monday: 9am - 3pm
September 18, 19 & 22, 2014
$150 for members / $160 for non-members   

 


Creating Atmospheric Perspective in Pastel


A pastel paintig workshop with Robert Carsten, PSA-M, IAPS-MC, CPS    

Autumn vistas create dynamic landscapes by nature of their deep space and spectacular color. Join master pastelist Robert in exploring composition, form, and color relationships as they relate to varying distances. Learn to create believable deep space in a pastel painting. Work from your photos or sketches. Demonstration, at-easel assistance, critique, and lots of painting time. All levels welcome.  To learn more about Robert Carsten and his work visit -  www.robertcarsten.com



Wednesday, October 15, 2014: 10am - 4:00pm - NEW DATE!

$110 for members / $120 for non-members


 Watercolor Workshop   

with Susan Wiley

This workshop is for students who are somewhat familiar with watercolor (or need a little refresher) and would like a solid foundation of skills upon which to build.  Using a flowers as reference this workshop, and taught through demonstration and one-on-one instruction, students will learn about color mixing, watercolor painting techniques and how to balance a painting.  A supply list can be found on our website - www.saratoga-arts.org/education.  Workshop size is limited to 12 students.



Wednesday, October 8, 2014: 9:30am - 3:30pm

$60 for members / $70 for non-members


 Watercolor Workshop   

with Susan Wiley

This workshop is for students who are somewhat familiar with watercolor (or need a little refresher) and would like a solid foundation of skills upon which to build.  Using a flowers as reference this workshop, and taught through demonstration and one-on-one instruction, students will learn about color mixing, watercolor painting techniques and how to balance a painting.  A supply list can be found on our website - www.saratoga-arts.org/education.  Workshop size is limited to 12 students.




Wednesday, November 12, 2014: 9:30am - 3:30pm

$60 for members / $70 for non-members


Oil Painting Workshops with Takeyce Walter 



Beginner's Level     

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. 



Saturday, November 22 - 10am - 4:00pm
$70 for members / $80 for non-members


 

Intermediate - Advanced Level     

This workshop will discuss some of the more advanced concepts in oil painting; concept, composition, drawing, value and color. Takeyce will also discuss tips on how to present, display, and sell your work; from photographing, framing, to blogging, and using social media to market your work. Instructor demonstrations, critiques and one-on-one attention will be offered.  A complete supply list can be found on our website. This workshop is designed for students who have taken Beginner's Oil Painting or have some experience.



Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 10am - 4:00pm
$70 for members / $80 for non-members


Fine Craft & Sculpture Classes


Silversmithing & Metal Fabrication   

with Matt Balint
Silversmithing & Metal Fabrication 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 $30 materials fee will be due to Matt at the first class.  

Thursdays: 6:30pm - 9pm
October 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6
$90 for members / $100 for non-members


Weaving - FULL!!

with Nancy Sharples
For both the beginner and the experienced weaver, this class focuses on the diversity of weaving techniques.  Working on a 4-harness floor or table loom, projects might include 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 to all registered weaving students. Weaving Studio hours are: M-F, 9am - 4:30pm and Saturdays 11am - 4:30pm.


Wednesdays: 1pm - 3pm
October 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3

$85 for members / $95 for non-members


The Sculpted Portrait    

with Tom O'Brien

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.

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 9am - 3pm
$100 for members / $110 for non-members


 

 

 

 

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.

This gift will ensure we are able 
to provide children and adults living in the town of Malta, an opportunity to make, learn about and fall in love with the theater and visual arts through our scholarship program.

  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 - 
ttobias@saratoga-arts.org 
or 518-584-4132

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Forms:

Registration Form

Emergency Contact Form (for children)

Scholarship Request Form (adults)

Scholarship Request Form (children)

 

Supply Lists:

Watercolor Bootcamp

Drawing I, Drawing II 

Watercolor I,
Watercolor II

Pastel Workshop
with Robert Carsten

Mixed Media

Beginner's Oil Painting

Int. - Advanced Oil Painting

Landscape Elements Oil and Pastel

Learning the Masters & Their Mediums

Acrylic Landscapes

Inspired by the Masters: Pastel

 

 

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