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 Thom Williams                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Beginning photography is designed to get students up and running with a full working knowledge of the most important tool in photography: the camera! Digital cameras have introduced a huge number of helpful tools packed into roughly the same size SLR and even smaller mirrorless cameras. We will explore all these functions to make you not only proficient in their use but more importantly in when to use them. We will put these functions to use through a series of practical exercises and projects. In addition to the use of this powerful tool we will explore general artistic compositional guidelines as well. This course is open to those who are new to the medium or just starting. All students should bring with them to class a DSLR or a high end mirrorless camera.

Tuesdays, January 14 – February 11: 6:30pm – 9pm
$95 for members / $105 for non-members


with Ann Larsen                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The workshop is designed to demystify color and value for the painter. Demonstrations and examples of how color is used to create depth, light and mood in paintings will be presented. Exercises in paint mixing will be utilized to aid the students in creating paintings from a still life motif.  Working from life is a big key in developing a color sense. Subjects covered will be value, the use of grays to harmonize color, what is meant by tonality, warm and cool relationships and much more.          Hopefully students will have a much better understanding of how to use color to their advantage at the end of this workshop.  This will be a fun and informative workshop!

Medium:  Oil is preferred – but acrylic and watercolor are accepted 

Saturday & Sunday, January 25 & 26: 10am – 5 pm                                                                                                                                                                $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. 

 Saturday, February 1: 10am – 4pm                                                                                                                                                                                          $85 for members / $95 for non-members


with Kathy Klompas

Printing with a Gelli plate using acrylic paints results in beautiful one-of-a-kind papers with amazing colors, layers and textures.  You will make many, many prints.   It’s such an adrenaline rush to pull each print off the plate!  The results are even more dramatic when adding a second or third layer to a print.  As simple as finger painting, there will be many stencils, textures and other mark making tools available to play with, or cut your own stencils and masks.  

Bonus:  A black totebag will be available from the instructor ( or bring your own )  if you chose to print your own signature tote!   If you are a stitcher, feel free to bring fabrics to print on! A material fee of $15 is due to the instructor at the beginning of class.  This fee covers all necessary materials and tools. Optional supplies for students to bring include stencils, stamps, or their own gelli plate.

Sunday, February 2: 1pm – 4pm                                                                                                                                                                                              $35 for members / $45 for not-yet-members


with Jennifer Duke Anstey
How can I get the most out of my smart phone camera? What are some of the best photo editing apps?  I want to improve the composition of my smart phone photographs, but I am not sure how. What makes a photograph art, anyway? Can I enlarge my smart phone photos? Where can I get a quality prints for a reasonable price?

These questions and many more will be answered during this fun class.  We will find the shortcuts and secrets of the smart phone cameras, and learn how to improve photo composition.  Students who have completed this class will also be invited to join an ongoing “Gathering for a Casual Critique” group where they can continue to improve their photography.

Monday, February 3: 2pm – 4:30pm
$30 for members / $35 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 Barbara Boughton                                                                                                                                                                                                            Join us just before Valentine’s day to make your own hardwood woven heart decorations! In this workshop, students will create two hanging heart baskets and two small heart ornaments. Having one of each of these allows students to keep one and give one to someone they cherish!  A $25 material fee due at the beginning of the class will take care of all supplies needed to complete the projects. Additional kits will be available for purchase at the class if desired. No prior experience is needed.

Sunday, February 9, 9:30am- 12:30pm                                                                                                                                                                                    $35 for members / $40 for not-yet-members


with Barbara Boughton                                                                                                                                                                                                            Create your Valentine’s ornament in the morning and stay for the afternoon to create a hardwood snowflake! A $25 material fee is due to the instructor at the start of class, which will include all necessary supplies.

Sunday, February 9, 1pm – 4pm                                                                                                                                                                                              $35 for members / $40 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 class. This fee covers all 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.

Wednesday, February 12: 1pm – 4pm                                                                                                                                                                                      $35 for members / $45 for not-yet-members


with Harry Wirtz                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Make sharp, well-lit photographs of plants, flowers, and small artifacts for fine art or documentation. 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 floral subject against a black background, with Image enhancement using Affinity Photo and Photoshop CS6. Beginners are welcome, but intermediate- and advanced-level photographers with high end digital single lens reflex or mirrorless cameras will probably benefit most from this one-day course.

Saturday, February 15: 10am – 4pm
$80 for members / $90 for not-yet-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, February 9: 1 – 4pm
JDH Framing Studio
23 Ashley Drive Ballston Lake NY                                                                                                                                                                                           
$35 for members / $45 for not-yet-members


with Ann Larsen.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Students will each bring one item from home to incorporate into a still life set up.   If the item can fit in an 12x12x12 square then bring it!!  Emphasis will be placed on how to arrange a group of objects in order to compose a strong painting. Day one will focus on composing the painting, color harmony and the use of correct values to finish 2 or 3 working studies that will aid in the block-in of their composition on Day 2.  We will work intuitively and quickly!  This will be a lively and fun workshop hopefully helping students see beyond the obvious.  Day two will be spent using the studies as guides to mixing color and using brush and palette knife to achieve an impressionistic application of paint as students work to complete their paintings. 

Students should leave the workshop with a nearly frame-ready painting!

Medium:  Oil is preferred, but acrylic, pastel, and watercolor welcome

Saturday & Sunday, February 22 & 23: 10am – 5pm
$230 for members / $250 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!

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.