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



with Pam Short

In this workshop Pam will share how 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. This workshop is open for all skill levels. A complete supply list can be found online.

Saturday, July 6: 10am – 4pm
$80 for members/ $90 for not-yet-members

with Robert Carsten, PSA

Join master pastelist, Robert and learn to use contemporary and modern ideas to compose and create dramatic and exciting pastel paintings around the theme of flowers. Seemingly limitless possibilities and creative potential are at your fingertips when we use design and color in our paintings in new and different ways. Fun and educational, with a presentation and demonstration by the instructor, helpful critique and lots of painting time. This workshop is open for all skill levels. A complete supply list can be found online.

Saturday, July 13: 10am – 4pm
$130 for members / $140 for non-members


with Robin Rosenthal

Learn how to work with complementary colors to create eye-catching oil paintings. Students will learn how to compose a painting, learn paint mixing using the color wheel and how to simplify your brushwork to give your work a sculptural, painterly quality. We’ll also cover basic materials, the concepts of value, intensity and temperature. Demos, painting exercises and one-on-one attention will be provided. Students will be able to create a colorful still life and become a more confident painter in their chosen subject matter, all while having fun. Class size is limited to 10. This workshop is open to all skill levels. A complete supply list can be found online.

Saturday, June 29: 11am – 4pm
$70 for members / $80 for not-yet-members

with Ritvik Sharma

In this one day workshop, students will learn how to paint in a loose impressionistic style and tackle the spontaneity of watercolor with ease and fun. This is a great opportunity to spend one day doing value studies and learning linear perspective. This workshop will feature two full demos while learning about color theory and composition with emphasis on creating mood in the painting. Students will have the option to paint from the provided reference photos and demos or to bring their own favorite photos to paint from. In addition, students will receive personal guidance and feedback on their work. This workshop is open for all skill levels. A complete supply list can be found online.

Saturday, June 22: 9am – 4pm
$80 for members / $90 for not-yet-members

with Ann Larsen, OPA, AIS, AWAM

Students will be painting in and around Congress Park for this Plein Air in the Park Workshop. If you have been wanting to take your painting to the next level, this class is for you! Emphasis will be on the importance of design and value. Value is the most important aspect of your painting. Get the value right and your colors will be right as well. Finding a subject, simplifying and designing with value will be our focus. Color, brushwork and edges all will be discussed to help strengthen your painting. Demonstrations and individual attention will be given. This will be a fun and informative workshop for those who feel they struggle with outdoor painting. Serious beginner plein air painters to advanced are welcome. Ann will be using oils, but pastel, acrylic or watercolor are welcome as the underlying principles are the same. A complete supply list can be found online.

Saturday and Sunday, July 27 + 28
10am – 5pm
$230 for members / $250 for non-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. Students are encouraged to bring whichever supplies they feel most comfortable working with. Registration fee includes the modeling fee.

Sunday, June 30: 10am – 4pm
$85 for members / $95 for not-yet-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 media. There is no teacher for Open Studio. Sessions are recommended for ages 15 and up. Participants can work in the medium of their choice but must bring their 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:

Mondays: 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Session I: April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13
Session II: June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8
Session III: July 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26
*Please note that Open Studio will not meet on May 27 due to Memorial Day*
$60 for members / $75 for not-yet-members per session

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

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with Greg Cuda

Join photographer Greg Cuda for a sunrise photo tour of the Saratoga Race Course’s Oklahoma track. Come early and enjoy the golden hour then stay for the races if you wish! Greg will show you several locations for capturing the best morning light and give advice and feedback on the best exposure settings. Bring the longest telephoto lens you have. Greg has both Canon and Nikon telephoto lenses available to borrow. This workshop is open for all skill levels. Please note that while this workshop takes place offsite, students will meet at Saratoga Arts at 6:30am to travel over to the track together.

Saturday, July 27: 7am – 10am
*Please note that students must meet at 6:30am at Saratoga Arts for this workshop*
$35 for members / $45 for not-yet-members

with Jennifer Duke Anstey

Do you find that the images that you take on your iPhone fall short? Do you wish the photos that you take were just…well, better? This course is about the art of seeing and improving your iPhone photography. Photos last a lifetime so let’s get the most out of them! We will focus on where the light is and where it isn’t, composition and then breaking all the rules. Color, black and white and the use of filters will be discussed. We will look at master photographers work and their techniques as jumping off points. As Ansel Adams says “You can have craft without art, but you can not have art without craft.” We will also visit his zone system methods. This hands on workshop will give you the tools you need to better capture those ordinary moments in extraordinary ways on your iPhone.

Tuesday, June 18: 6pm – 8pm
$20 for members / $25 for not-yet-members


with Kathy Klompas

Students will experiment with several different techniques such as gelli plate printing, painting and stamping to build up pattern and layer colors on fabric. Learn how thickened fiber reactive dyes bond to fabric and how it differs from paint. Students will create their own one-of-a-kind vibrantly colored fabrics. A material fee of $15 is due to the instructor at the beginning of class. This fee covers all necessary materials and tools and includes a sample of cotton fabric, a silk scarf blank, and a tote bag. Students are encouraged to bring their own plastic bags for carrying projects home, newspaper, and a couple pairs of rubber gloves. Foam stamps are optional for those who wish to bring their own.

Sunday, June 23: 1pm – 4pm
$35 for members / $45 for not-yet-members

with Nancy Sharples

For both the beginner and the experienced weaver, this class focuses on the diversity of weaving techniques. Working on a 4 or 8 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 8. 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
May 8, 15, 22, 29 June 5, and 12
$90 for members / $100 for not-yet-members

with Kate Hartley

Learn the art of mosaics with Kate Hartley, artist leading the the North Creek Mosaic Project into its 9th year! Students will make a garden stone for a path or flower bed and learn how artists through the ages have used colorful tiles, glass and stones to enliven their surroundings. Your own garden stone (using a concrete stepping stone as a base) will be a simple picture, shape or pattern of your choosing. Come with an idea or be inspired by mosaic examples from around the world! A material fee of $18 is due to the instructor at the beginning of class. All necessary materials will be provided, but if you have something permanent you’d like to embed in your project (sea glass, shells, a special stone, etc.), bring it along!

Sunday, June 9: 10am – 4pm
$80 for members/ $90 for not-yet-members