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 Fall, Saratoga Arts is offering a variety of fine art and fine craft classes for students of all levels of experience and abilities.  We will be adding more classes as we move through September and October, so check back if you don’t find the perfect class for you.  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.  

We are excited to announce the newest addition to the Saratoga Arts’ Team – Education Coordinator, Alisa Forman! 


A little about Alisa:
Alisa comes to Saratoga Arts with nearly 10 years of professional experience in all aspects of arts administration from program development to database management and finances. As the Assistant Director at the New York State Summer School of the Arts, Alisa coordinated a program that served over 200 faculty, staff and visiting artists all over New York State. 
Alisa has a BA in Music from Barnard College and an MA in Arts Administration from Florida State University. 


From her most recent work as the Database Coordinator at the International Center for Photography she will bring experience in metrics analysis – to better serve student needs and improve enrollment – and substantial experience in marketing and database management. Prior to her work with the International Center for Photography and the New York State Summer School of the Arts, she held staff and internship positions with The Palace Theater, Tanglewood Music Center, The Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Brooklyn Arts Council, and the National Museum of Dance. 

Alisa will be starting on September 9, 2019 and will be here full time, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.  Next week, you can reach her at 518.584.4132 or via email: 






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:

Session I
Mondays: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 21, 28, Nov 4
$80 for members / $100 for non-members

Session II
Mondays: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Nov. 11, 18, 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 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 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 several 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. 

Tuesdays: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
September 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
$90 for members / $100 for non members


with Daniel S. Peterson
This 6 week class will teach students of all levels, from the beginner to the experienced artist, photorealistic drawing also known as representationalism. Students will learn to manipulate the charcoal pencil with some challenging exercises, how to grid paper, and how to set up a photograph for drawing. We will spend most time on our creative project which will amaze friends and family. Students will have one-on-one help through a close mentorship by the teacher. 

Fridays: 1pm – 3pm
October 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15
$90 for members / $100 for non-members


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
September 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22                                  November 5, 12, 19, 26, December 3, 10
$90 for members / $100 for non-members                              $90 for members / $100 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.

Thursday, November 14: 9am – 12pm
$35 for members / $45 for non-members


with Robin Rosenthal
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, November 9: 11am – 4pm
$70 for members / $80 for not-yet-members


with Lisa David
Have you ever worked from a photo or a reference image only to have your painting fall flat? This one day workshop gives oil painters tips and techniques on getting the most from their photos! Artist, Lisa David, will spend the morning demonstrating her approach. In the afternoon, students will work on their own paintings and receive individual feedback and tips on how to improve their paintings. This workshop is open to all skill levels. A complete supply list can be found online.

RESCHEDULED: Saturday, October 26, 10am – 4pm
$80 for members / $90 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 & Sunday, November 23 & 24: 10am – 5pm
$120 for members / $130 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 ofj ewelry 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 the instructor at the beginning of the workshop.

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

Session I:                                                                                      Session II
Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 28 – 29: 9am – 4pm                              Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 16 – 17: 9am – 4pm
$120 for members / $130 for not-yet-members                            $120 for members / $130 for not-yet-members


with Patrice Mastrianni
In this workshop, learn how to fuse glass and make holiday ornaments, jewelry or art pieces. The science of fusing glass 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. This includes enough glass to make one 6″ piece or multiple pieces equilivant to 6″. If you desire to make more pieces or need additional firings to make a dish, an additional $5 per piece is added. Necessary tools are provided. Finished pieces will be ready about 10 days after class for pick-up at Saratoga Arts. All skill levels welcome!

Sunday, December 8: 1 – 4 pm
$35 for members / $40 for non-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-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!  

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.



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, December 4: 1pm – 4pm
$35 for members / $45 for not-yet-members


with Kathy Klompas
Printing with a Gelli plate is an intriguing process that results in beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces with amazing colors, layers and textures. Learn the basic process of monotype printmaking and see how colors and shapes layer and interact. The class will experiment with a variety of acrylic paints, stencils, textures and mark-making tools on different types of papers and cloth. You will complete ready to frame prints and go home with a stash of unique papers to inspire future mixed-media works. Students will also have the opportunity to build a 3D geometric shape from their printed papers. A material fee of $10 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.

Wednesday, November 6: 1pm – 4pm
$35 for members / $45 for not-yet-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, 6:30pm – 9pm
September 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22
$95 for members / $105 for non-members


with Thom Williams
Intermediate photography is designed for students to start playing with photography and 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 some prior experience with photography. All students should bring with them to class a DSLR or a high end mirrorless camera.

Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 9pm
October 29, November 5, 12, 19, 26
$95 for members / $105 for non-members


with Harry Wirtz
In this one day workshop, students will learn how to make sharp, expressively-lit photographs of plants, flowers, and small artifacts for fine art or documentation. The instructor will cover how 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 floral subject against black and an item against white, with image enhancement using Affinity Photo and Photoshop CS6. This course is open to all skill levels. Students should bring with them a high end digital single lens reflex or mirrorless camera and know its basic operations.

Saturday, November 2: 10am – 4pm
$80 for members / $90 for not-yet-members


with Thom Williams
Students will participate in a series of model photoshoots and learn about interacting with a model, studio lighting, natural lighting & posing in a real world situation. Each session’s topics will vary but most will include portraiture, and fashion along with one other subject matter such as bride, dancer, environmental, etc.

Thursdays, December 5, 12, & 19: 6:30pm – 9pm
$60 for members / $70 for non-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 walk 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
December 3, 10, 17

$60 for members / $70 for non-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.

Sunday, November 10: 1pm – 5pm
$20 for members / $25 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, November 17: 1 – 4pm
JDH Framing Studio
23 Ashley Drive Ballston Lake NY
$35 for members / $45 for not-yet-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.

Tuesdays, October 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12: 7pm – 9pm
$90 for members / $100 for not-yet-members