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with Robert Carsten, PSA 

Capture the beauty of rural northeastern farms in autumn. Our goal is to render scenes with vibrant color and expressive mark making to create stunning, painterly impressions. Learn how color and form can be as much intuitive as it is descriptive. This is a very fun way to create and it opens up numerous possibilities for exploring concepts and subjects. Demonstration, exercises, at-easel and group critiques as well as plenty of painting time will make this an educational and enjoyable experience. All levels welcome, beginner through advanced.

Sunday, October 7, 10am - 4pm
$130 for members / $140 for non-members

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, and Honorary Board member of Pastel Society of America. Robert is a contributing writer to Pastel Journal; The Artist's Magazine; PleinAir magazines. He teaches workshops nationally and internationally. His pastel paintings have been shown in many museums and galleries and are collected worldwide. His work 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 and Finding Your Style in Pastel, and other publications. Visit his website:


with Carolyn Justice

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. While this course is designed as a continuation of Beginners Pastel, all students with pastel experience welcome.

Tuesdays, 10am - 12pm
November 6, 13, 20, 27, December 4, 11
$90 for members / $100 for non-members


with Carolyn Justice 

In this one day workshop, students will learn how to capture the likeness and personality of animals in the pastel medium. Through demonstrations and one-on-one feedback, you will help learn the skills in order to make a portrait of your own. Students should bring reference images of their favorite animal and/or your own pet! Please bring non-oil pastels, a kneaded eraser, masking tape and several sheets of paper to this workshop. Open to all skill levels.

Saturday, October 20, 10am - 4pm
$100 for members / $110 for non-members


with Jon Chad 

Do you like to draw?  Do you have a story to tell?  Well, making comics might be just the thing for you! In this class, we'll be talking about the language of comics, how it works, and how a couple simple changes to our cartooning practice can make our comics better than ever. Vermont cartoonist Jon Chad will cover character design, acting, staging, as well as some of his favorite comic tips! We'll wrap up with talking about book-making; how can we print and share our comic stories with the world!

Friday, September 21 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm
$20 for members / $25 for non-members

Jon Chad is an illustrator based out of Manchester Center, Vermont. He has created original graphic novels for BoomBox, FirstSecond and AdHouse Books, illustrated projects for Cartoon Network, Stern Pinball, PAPA and has self-published dozens of handmade, screen printed zines and minicomics. He also recently illustrated all of the cabinet and play field art for The Pinball Company’s Jetsons pinball machine! 


with James D’Andrea

Have you always wanted to draw but felt intimidated? Do you have drawing skills but want to brush up on them? 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. 

Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
September 25, October 2, 9, 16
$70 for members / $80 for non-members



with James D’Andrea

This class is designed to help students gain a better understanding of drawing strategies and an improved confidence and sensitivity to aesthetics in the figure. Students will focus on handling materials, observational skills, the understanding of anatomy and overall drawing proficiency. Poses will be shorter and focus on the gesture. This course is open to every skill level but is particularly an excellent opportunity for high school students hoping to build and strengthen their portfolios.

Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
November 6, 13, 20, 27
$85 for members / $95 for non-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. Students are encouraged to work in whatever medium they feel most comfortable. A suggested supply list for those who would like to draw would be: drawing paper (white or color : Strathmore or Canson), vine charcoal, charcoal pencils, compressed charcoal, pencil sharpener, kneaded eraser, masking tape, and white pastel pencil if using colored paper.
Saturday, December 8th: 10am - 4pm
$85 for members / $95 for not-yet 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.

Saturday, October 27: 10am - 4pm
$85 for members / $95 for non-members 


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, October 6, 10am - 4pm
$100 for members / $110 for non-members


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:

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

Fall Session I:
Mondays: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5
$60 for members / $75 for non-members

Fall Session II:
Mondays: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
November 12, 19, 26, December 3, 10, 17
$60 for members / $75 for non-members


with Linda Schultz

Nature is the heart of Chinese Brush painting.  It is intended to be a meditative and spontaneous art form, capturing the essence of an image or idea with very little attention to precise details.  Come and learn the basics for this meditative art form.  Using the “Four Treasures”, the brush, ink stick, ink stone and the paper, you will learn the techniques to create the “Four Gentleman”, the bamboo, orchid, plum and chrysanthemum.  Each “Gentleman” introduces a new stroke or idea and reinforces techniques already learned.  Continual demonstrations will be provided through out the classes, along with individual attention and feedback. A supply fee of $38 will be due at the beginning of class to the teacher and will include paper, ink, a brush, a palette, felt, copies and a newsprint pad.

Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28: 10am - 5pm
$120 for members / $130 for non-members

Linda Schultz is a retired art educator. She holds an MS in Art Education and a Certificate of Completion from the prestigious Art Farm Gallery for Studies in Chinese Brush Painting, where she studied with Professor I-Hsuing Ju. She further studied Chinese Brush painting with master painters in the city of Jan Ying, China.

with Tom Ryan 

In this workshop for beginner to intermediate watercolorists, students will learn how to mix and paint clean, transparent, and vibrant watercolors. Topics will include elements of good composition, values, and the importance of light in your paintings.The class will also feature a step-by-step demo of a colorful fall scene 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 feedback. A suggested supply list is available online.

Saturday, October 20, 10am - 4pm
$75 for members / $85 for non-members


with Tom Ryan 

Artist and Instructor, Tom Ryan, will review common technical mistakes made in watercolor paintings and discuss and show the best way to correct them. Exercises, demos, and individual attention are included. Each participant is asked to bring in one particular issue they are with which they are struggling and would like assistance. This workshop is open to Intermediate - Advanced watercolorists. A suggested supply list is available online.

Saturday, November 17, 10am - 4pm
$75 for members / $85 for non-members


with Robert O’Brien, AWS, NWS

Learn to paint the beauty of doors and windows in this fun and creative watercolor workshop. 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. The class will begin with a demonstration by the instructor followed by class painting. A critique and class discussion will be held at the end of the session. This workshop is open to all levels of painting ability.

Wednesday, September 19: 10am - 4pm
$120 for members / $130 for non-members


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 theory and how to use it to create color harmony in your work. It will also 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 artist interested in learning about the fundamentals and how they can effect your work. This workshop is designed for all media, however, Takeyce will be working with oils for her demonstrations. This workshop is designed for students of all levels and no experience is required!

Sunday, December 2: 10am - 3pm
$70 for members / $80 for non-members

with Takeyce Walter 

Join artist and instructor Takeyce Walter for this inspirational workshop celebrating the beauty of Yaddo's gardens! Lessons will include the fundamentals of composing and designing the perfect fall landscape while painting in the beautiful outdoors. Takeyce will also discuss and demonstrate techniques to enrich your paintings and offer individual assistance to all students. Please bring a bag lunch. A complete supply list can be found on the website. This workshop is designed for all levels and no experience is required!

Saturday, October 6, 10am - 3pm
*Please note that this workshop will be held off site in Yaddo’s gardens*
312 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
$70 for members / $80 for not-yet-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 been how to compose a painting, choosing and mixing colors, and students will learn about a variety of different brushwork and application techniques while working from a still life. Instructor demonstrations, critiques and one-on-one attention will be offered.

Sunday, November 11, 10am - 3pm
$70 for members / $80 for non-members



with Harry Wirtz
In this workshop, Harry Wirtz will teach his system of making sharp, well-lit photographs of plants, flowers, and small artifacts for fine art or documentation. Students will learn to control the quality of light from an affordable compact strobe with a soft box, reflectors, and other light control accessories. Hands-on demonstrations will include photography of a small still life subject and image enhancement using Affinity Photo. Beginners are welcome, but intermediate and advanced level photographers with a DSLR camera or high end mirrorless camera will probably benefit most from this one-day course. Students should bring with them their camera and are welcome to bring a few small objects to possibly photograph.

Saturday, October 13: 10am–4pm
$80 for members / $90 for non-members


with Harry Wirtz 

The first day of this workshop 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. Day one will end with putting into practice what has been covered and taking photographs in Congress Park. Day Two will be spent reviewing your photos and 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. Students should bring their camera and corresponding instruction manual.

Saturday and Sunday, November 17-18
10am – 4pm
$120 for members / $130 for non-members

with Greg Cuda 

HDR or High Dynamic Range Photography is simply the ability to record more detail in an photograph than a camera can normally capture.The resulting image can be a realistic representation of what the eye sees or a wildly surrealistic work of art. In this workshop, students will learn all about HDR: when to use it, how to capture it, and the software suggestions to optimize it. Students must have a basic knowledge of using a DSLR camera in order to benefit from this class. Students should bring a camera and tripod to the workshop with them as a limited amount will be available for students to borrow.

Sunday, October 21, 9:30am - 12:30pm
$35 for members / $40 for non-members


with Matt Balint

Have you been looking for that perfect piece of unique jewelry? This workshop 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, bezel making, and stone setting. Participants will have the opportunity to create a pair of earrings, pendant, or ring in sterling or fine silver. All of the necessary tools will be provided but students may bring their own stone if desired. Class size is limited to 7.  There will be a $35 materials fee due to Matt at the beginning of the workshop.

Saturday and Sunday, November 10 and 11
9am - 4pm
$120 for members / $130 for non-members

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with Tom O’Brien 

Landscape usually refers to an expanse of rural scenery but why limit your outlook? Include animals and people or try seascapes, cityscapes, clouds and storms. In this workshop for artists of all levels, in any medium, you will learn the basic elements of design and composition inherent in a variety of different landscapes. Students will also learn the basic rules for color mixing and techniques for applying paint and preparing the paper through demonstration and one-on-one instruction. This course is open to all media but students should bring several photographs for references.

September 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25
9:30am - 12:30pm
$80 for members / $90 for non-members

with Patrice Mastrianni 

Learn how to create beautiful artwork from colorful pieces of glass which are fused together in a kiln. Artist Patrice Mastrianni explains the science of fusing glass, designing with opaque and translucent colors and basic glass cutting techniques. Supply fee covers enough materials to make one 6” dish. A $20 per student supply and firing fee will be due at the beginning of class. All materials and necessary tools will be provided for student use. Finished pieces will be available for pick up about 7 - 10 days after the workshop at Saratoga Arts. Anyone from beginner to experienced glass fusers are welcome to take this course.

Monday, October 22: 6 - 9 pm
$35 for members / $40 for non-members

with Amanda Kravolic 

We will explore traditional printmaking techniques to make holiday cards. Creating and making our own collagraph plates using a variety of mixed media and textures, you will create your own original image and learn how to ink and print the plate to create your own card. Students should bring with them flat textures, such as lace, netting, sandpaper, etc. This workshop is open to students of all levels and ages.

Saturday, December 1: 10am - 2pm
$30 for members / $40 for non-members


with Patrice Mastrianni

In this workshop, learn to make a holiday ornament from fused glass! The science of fusing glass, designing with opaque and translucent colors and basic glass cutting techniques will be covered in this one day workshop. A $20 per student supply and firing fee will be due at the beginning of class. All materials and necessary tools will be provided for student use. Finished pieces will be available for pick up about 7 - 10 days after the workshop at Saratoga Arts. All skill levels welcome!

Tuesday, December 4: 6 - 9 pm
$35 for members / $40 for non-members



with Suzanne Haight

Come join us this holiday season to make a 12” wreath for your door using mixed greens & natural accessories! Learn to make your own bow or bring one with you! Feel free to bring along any special accessories that you would like to incorporate in your wreath. A $25 material fee due at the beginning of the class to the instructor will take care of all supplies needed to make your wreath. A limited amount of hand pruners will be provided to share; those who have pruners of their own are encouraged to bring them.

Thursday, December 6, 6:30pm-9:30pm
$35 for members / $40 for non-members


with Barbara Boughton

For thousands of years, people in northern climates have used the bounty of hardwood forests to sustain nearly every aspect of life - including creating art! Celebrating the gifts of the forest, eight-pointed, 3-dimensional stars are woven from maple and cherry woodsplint.  In this workshop, students will create two seven-inch and one ten-inch ornament.  These ornaments can be displayed together year round as “snowflakes” in winter or as a small constellation of stars in the summer. A $25 material fee due at the beginning of the class to the instructor will take care of all supplies needed to make your ornaments. Additional kits can be purchased from the instructor at the workshop for those who are interested.

Sunday, December 2, 9:30am - 12:30pm
$35 for members / $40 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, October 28 : 1 - 4pm
JDH Framing Studio, 23 Ashley Drive
Ballston Lake NY
$35 for members / $40 for not-yet-members

with Amanda Kravolic 

This class will be all about experimental techniques of printmaking.  Focusing on hand-pulled prints we will explore both wet and dry traditional relief printmaking techniques using all types of surfaces to create colorful works using layers, patterns, and texture.  The ability to use these techniques to print your own prints at home will also be introduced.  This course is great for those who enjoy painting and drawing as well as those who want to add a new medium to their list of artistic talents.  Students should bring with them flat textures, such as lace, netting, sandpaper, etc. This is a course for students of all levels and ages. 

Thursdays, 7pm - 9pm
October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, and 8
$90 for members / $100 for non-members



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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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