Saratoga Arts' mission is to enrich the region by
cultivating a vibrant arts community and by
ensuring that the arts are accessible to all.

Classes & Workshops

This winter, Saratoga Arts will offer a variety of fine art and fine craft classes for students of all levels of experience and abilities in drawing painting, photography, fiber arts, and more.  You can keep up-to-date with new offerings by signing up to receive our e-newsletters in the banner at the top of the page.  






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 (students under 18 must provide proof of parental permission).  Participants can work in the medium of their choice.  Please bring your own supplies. 

Pre-registration is encouraged for the Open Studio sessions, but not required. 

Drop in rates: $12 for members / $14 for non-members

…or you can purchase a session and save money:

Session I
Mondays: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
January 6 – February 10
$80 for members / $100 for non-members

Session II
Mondays: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
February 24 – March 30
$80 for members / $100 for non-members

Saratoga Arts’ Open Studio Sessions run throughout the whole year (except federal holidays), even in the summer!


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.  Students can register for either session or both.  Session I is not a prerequisite to Session II

Supplies: Please bring non-oil pastels, a kneaded eraser, masking tape and several sheets of paper to each class.

Session I                                                                                 Session II
Tuesdays: 10am – 12pm                                                          Tuesdays: 10am – 12pm
January 14 – February 11                                                         February 25 – March 31
$90 for members / $100 for non-members                               $90 for members / $100 for non-members


with David Braucher AEA, AFTRA
This high energy, hands-on, fast-paced class will equip players with techniques for creating original comedic scenes and characters. Players will gain confidence and widely applicable theatrical skill by practicing sequenced theater games and improvisations. The workshop will culminate with an end of term show for invited guests.

Session I is not a prerequisite to Session II. Students may register for either or both.

Session I:

Tuesdays, January 7 – February 11: 7pm – 9pm
$90 for members / $100 for not-yet-members

Session II:

Tuesdays, February 25 – March 31: 7pm – 9pm
$90 for members / $100 for not-yet-members


with Rebecca Flis                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Students in this workshop will develop a basic understanding of the different methods of working with oven-baked clay. They will be able to jump right into the sculpting experience whether interested in building a small container, making sculptural beads, sculpting from life using tools, or creating an abstract sculpture.

Students should come to the workshop with a feasible idea of what to make within the allotted time. They should also bring any specific materials or tools that they would like to use to create their piece (ex. leaves, bark). Get creative! Please note that only white Sculpey is used for this workshop; the sculptures can be painted after baking. A $7 material fee will be due at the start of class.

Saturday & Sunday, March 7 & 8, 2pm-5pm                                                                                                                                                                                              $80 members / $90 not-yet-members


with Thom Williams
Lightroom is a user friendly alternative to Photoshop.  In this workshop, Thom will explain all the different modules and walk through the workflow of the software for those looking to start editing their photos digitally. An overview of all modules will be followed by intensive use of the library and develop module to take students through the functionality of the different tools a practical hands on situation.  Students will be asked to bring a laptop with “Lightroom Classic cc” installed to be able to follow along with the instructor. Students will also be able to work on their own images to see the true power of Lightroom.

Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 9pm
March 9 – 23

$60 for members / $70 for non-members


with Lisa David

Whether you are new to oil painting or looking to try a new medium, the goal of this workshop is to help you become familiar with oil paint and its application while having fun. We’ll cover basic materials, the concepts of value, intensity, temperature, and the use of complementary colors. You’ll learn how to compose a painting, do a value study, learn paint mixing in order to produce beautiful colors, and how to simplify your brushwork. Demos, painting exercises and one-on-one attention will be provided. You’ll be able to create a colorful still life and become a more confident painter in your chosen subject matter.

Saturday, March 14, 11am – 4pm
$70 for members / $80 for non-members


with Lisa David
For those who are new to drawing and are feeling intimidated, Drawing for the Frightened will give you the tools to begin in a safe and encouraging environment. Designed to help students develop the skills and confidence to approach a blank piece of paper, this class is perfect for those who’ve always wanted to try art and didn’t know where to start. Students will learn the process of drawing as well as tips and techniques to demystify the process. Students will spend each session on drawings of their own with one-on-one help and gentle critiques. A supply list can be found online.

Wednesdays, February 5 – March 11: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
$90 for members / $100 for non-members


with Robert O’Brien                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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. The instructor will demonstrate his approach and will provide hands on guidance to each student. A critique will be held at the end of the session.         

Saturday, February 29: 10am – 4pm
$110 for members / $120 for non-members


with Thom Williams                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Advanced photography is designed to help students find their own voice and style as a photographer. Instructor and photographer Thom Williams will explore many different techniques, equipment (lighting, lenses, etc), styles, and topics to further expand the tools available to you as a photographer. Students will be put into many different shooting situations to put into practice the knowledge they have gained. We will explore many of the most popular topics of shooting including portraiture, architectural, and street photography. This course is open to those who have prior experience with photography. All students should bring with them a DSLR or a high end mirrorless camera.

Tuesdays, February 25 – March 24: 6:30pm – 9 pm                                                                                                                                                                $95 for members / $105 for non-members


with Greg Cuda                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A how to workshop for close-up or macro photography.  Macro photography is a fun way to capture the world around you. From nature such as flowers or butterflies to wedding details, macro photography can make eye popping photos. You will learn about lenses, diopters, extension tubes, tele extenders, flash assistance, diffusers, tripods and more. We will be hands on so you can go home with a photo you created. Come join in on the fun!

Saturday, February 29: 10am – 4pm                                                                                                                                                                                        $70 for members / $80 for non-members


with Kathy Klompas                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gelli Plate printing  with professional Akuakolor printmaking inks and archival papers allows for fine details, transparent layering of colors, and subtle ghost prints that are not possible with acrylic paints. With plenty of working time on the plate , slow down and develop your image without rushing. Stencils cut from magazine pages are sturdy enough for these inks, dried leaves will print in rich detail. There will be enough pigment left on the plate to print a second, more subtle, ghost print.

Golden Open Acrylics are also excellent for  pulling rich detailed prints, so if you like bring some along.  Instructor will supply  papers, inks, gel plates, and tools. Students may want to bring scissors, rubber stamps, textures, interesting papers to print on such as old book pages. Inks may stain fingers, so consider gloves.  A $20 material fee is due to the instructor at the start of class.

Wednesday, March 4: 1pm – 4pm                                                                                                                                                                                            $35 for members / $45 for non-members


with Pam Short                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In this workshop Pam will share how she creates her eye-catching birds in pastels. Pam will explore a few of the methods she uses to render believable, yet painterly birds without getting caught up in the details. Pam will demonstrate her process, using photos of birds, and small, quick color studies. Then, she will give one-on-one assistance to the students as they create their own bird paintings using their own photos or some provided. All levels welcome. A complete supply list can be found online.

Thursday, March 5: 10am – 4pm                                                                                                                                                                                              $80 for members / $90 for non-members


with Irene Radicchi
Learn how to use the technique of wet on wet watercolors from self-taught artist Irene Radicchi. The gentle ebb and flow of water and color paints a picture that draws you in and gives you the freedom to be creative! This is a perfect workshop for those who are new to the medium and/or aren’t comfortable with drawing. Students will explore this technique to create images that depart from the traditional idea of a representational painting. This workshop is open for all skill levels. A supply list can be found online.

Wednesday, March 11: 10am – 1pm
$35 for members / $45 for non-members


with Chris Levy                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pysanky (Ukrainian-style Easter eggs) are a traditional folk art which has been practiced in many Eastern European countries for centuries. The colorful decorated eggs symbolize the release of the earth from the shackles of winter and the coming of spring with its promise of new hope.  Pysanky techniques, designs, and traditions have been handed down through generations and the art is alive and well modern times!

In this class, students will learn how to decorate eggs using traditional tools, batik methods, bee’s wax and dyes. Students will learn about the history of Pysanky, the traditional meanings of the designs, and some of the associated folklore.  Each student will take home their creations. Explore the art, symbolism and joy in creating traditional Ukrainian Pysanky eggs in this creative class! A materials fee of $5 is due to the instructor at the beginning of class. Class size is limited to 10 students.

Thursday, March 19: 5:30pm-8:30pm                                                                                                                                                                                      $35 members / $45 non-members


with Corey Pitkin
For artists who desire to make representational art, there is no better practice than regularly drawing the figure from life. Instructor Corey Pitkin will guide students through this revered practice demonstrating both gesture sketches and more finished long poses. Discussion will include types of charcoal and drawing paper best suited for various efforts. This workshop is great for all ability levels. 

Saturday, March 21: 10am – 4pm
$85 for members / $95 for non-members


with Jennifer Duke Anstey                                                                                                                                                                                                      This class is for the professional marketing person, the Etsy start up entrepreneur, influencers and the social media obsessed. Social media marketing is a must for all companies large and small. Everyone knows that a photo, especially a good photo will get more interaction on social media than a words only post. Learn how to inexpensively get the best images and increase the likes on your post.  This class looks at not only the bells and whistles of smart phone cameras, it also teaches you how to create a great photographs of your subjects. From people to food and antiques, we will discuss and improve it all. 

Monday, March 23: 2pm – 4:30pm                                                                                                                                                                                            $30 for members / $35 not-yet-members


with Patrice Mastrianni
In this workshop, learn to make a piece of art 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!

Sunday, March 29: 1 – 4pm
$35 for members / $40 for non-members


with Dan Peterson                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This will be an ongoing course for ALL levels of artists. You will progress at your own speed in a fun and motivating environment, given extensive hands-on training from the instructor. You will be trained in the world of photorealism using charcoal pencils and will be required to exhibit total control before moving on to progressive exercises and drawings. There will be ongoing critiques both serious and light-hearted paving the road to artistic freedom!

Session I:                                                                           Session II:                                                                                                                                      Friday, January 17 – February 14; 3pm – 5pm                  Friday, February 28 – March 27; 3pm – 5pm                                                                                $90 members / $100 non-members                                   $90 members / $100 non-members


WEAVING – FULL for Winter 2020

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.This workshop is designed for all levels and no experience is required!

January 15 – February 26, 1-3pm.

Because of the complexity of threading a loom, beginning students frequently take several classes in succession.Since every student uses one loom for en entire session, a waiting list has developed for this class.Please contact Alisa Forman ( if you would like to have your name added this list.

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.