Saratoga Arts Education | Fall 2021

FALL IS OPEN NOW with Saratoga Arts. Located in the heart of Downtown Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Arts is a hub of arts education for young artists and anyone interested in learning new techniques and building their craft. For Fall @ Saratoga we have brought together adept teaching artists with decades of experience to ensure our students learn new skills while creating challenging works (and of course having a ton of fun!

COVID 19 

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Saratoga Arts takes health and safety very seriously. Our COVID-19 policies and procedures reflect guidelines outlined by the New York State Department of Health (NYDOH) and CDC.  Our facility at 320 Broadway regularly houses a Pre-K school and children's camps throughout the year ; we acknowledge guidelines directed at educational institutions.

THE FIGURE


OPEN STUDIO 1: FIGURE DRAWING:  

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. Models are partially clothed.  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.  Sign up for all 4 sessions or by individual session date.

October 4 – November 1 (4 weeks; no Studio Monday Oct 11)

In person, Mondays from 6:00pm – 9:00pm

$80 members ($20 per session)/ $100 non-members ($25 per session)


OPEN STUDIO 2: FIGURE DRAWING:  

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. Models are partially clothed.  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.  Sign up for all 4 sessions or by individual session date.

November 8 - November 29 (4 weeks)

In person, Mondays from 6:00pm – 9:00pm

$80 members ($20 per session)/ $100 non-members ($25 per session)


PAINTING

INTRODUCTION TO OIL PAINTING:  Lisa David

Have you wanted to try oil painting but have no idea how to start? We will learn all the basics in an easy 4-step approach. You will learn about materials oil painters use, color mixing and brush techniques. We will paint from simple still lifes and time permitting, you will learn how to paint from a photo.   Students will need to bring supplies.  Click this link to bring you to a list.

November 3, 10, 17, and 24

Wednesdays 6:00 - 9:30 pm

$120 members/$135 non-members  


DRAWING AND PASTELS


INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED PASTELS: 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 must bring non-oil pastels, a kneaded eraser, masking tape and several sheets of paper to each class.

September 28– November 2 (6 weeks)

Tuesdays from 10:00am – 12:00pm

$140 members / $155 non-members 


DRAWING FOR THE FRIGHTENED: 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. Students are asked to bring a drawing pad 11" x 14" or larger, drawing pencils including 2B, 4B and 6B, kneaded eraser, masking tape.

October 5 – November 9 (6 weeks)

Tuesdays from 6:30pm – 8:30pm

$140 members / $155 non-members

FIBER AND FABRIC

WEAVING: 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. Class size is limited to 9. Saratoga Arts’ Weaving Studio is open to all registered weaving students. Weaving Studio will be open from noon to 5:00 pm on the days of class.

October 5 - October 21 (3 weeks)

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Class  from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.   Studio will be open class days from noon - 5:00

$140 members/ $155 non-members  


WEAVING 2: Nancy Sharples

For the beginning weaver, this class will teach you to warp a loom and weave a simple project.  By weaving a scarf, table runner or other small item you can learn a variety of techniques and patterns as you begin to explore the possibilities of working on a four harness floor loom. 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 9. Saratoga Arts’ Weaving Studio is open to all registered weaving students. Weaving Studio will be open from noon to 5:00 pm on the days of class.

November 2, 4, 9, 16, 18, 23 (6 classes over 4 weeks)

Tuesdays and Thursdays  (except Thursday November 11)

Class  from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.   Studio will be open class days from noon - 5:00

$140 members/ $155 non-members  



WEAVING: OPEN STUDIO

Studio time is available for students with weaving experience (i.e., can thread a loom and work on their own).  Registration covers the sole use of a loom for a four week period.  Thereafter, if the project is not complete the work will need to be remo

ved from the loom. Limit: 9 students

November 30 - December 23 (four weeks)

Tuesdays and Thursday 

Studio time 12:00 – 4:00 pm

$40 members / $50 non-member





PHOTOGRAPHY

ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY: Thom Williams

A free form photographic journey where each student is able to deep dive into a specific topic of photography that THEY select and are mentored through the discovery of. Each of the 8 classes will be an open discussion as well as a critique of the students progress. This group dynamic will expose each student to other topics of discussion that may not directly relate to there’s but potentially give a new perspective or added insight into their own journey.   

October 5 – November 23

Online, Tuesdays from 4:00pm – 5:30pm

 $144 members / $160 non-members

 


BEGINNER PHOTOGRAPHY II: Thom Williams

A series of 4 classes focusing on beginner composition techniques. It is best if students have a working knowledge of their camera including an understanding of the exposure triangle. Each class will include new instruction and homework designed to put into practice new knowledge. Images created will be reviewed in class for students to receive input and further guidance.

October 5 – October 26

Online, Tuesdays from 6:00pm – 7:30pm 

$72 members / $80 non-members


BEGINNER PHOTOGRAPHY I: Thom Williams

This 4 session class will help beginners learn the basic functions of their camera as well as the basis of ALL photography: the exposure triangle. Students will, through class instruction and a series of homework assignments, begin to master the use of: shutter speed, aperture and ISO to take complete control of image creation.

October 6 – October 27

Online, Wednesdays from 4:00pm – 5:30pm

$72 members / $80 non-members

 


INTRO TO LIGHTROOM: Thom Williams

Lightroom is one of the most powerful software packages for the organization, presentation and editing of photographs. This class walks students through organization and workflow of images as well as the different elements of lightroom. The primary focus of the class will be on the library module and develop module to have students be prepared to maximize the potential of their images. Students are asked to have "Lightroom Classic CC" installed on their computer so that they can follow along with the instructor to learn the different aspects of the software.

October 6 – October 27

Online, Wednesdays from 6:00pm – 7:30pm 

$72 members / $80 non-members




INTERMEDIATE PHOTOGRAPHY: Thom Williams

Now that you have mastered shutter speed, aperture and ISO in Beginner 1; got your feet wet with composition in Beginner 2, it is time to uncover your creative voice in photography.  This four week class will guide you through the process of creating a photographic series of images based on your specific interests.  Open to anyone with a camera, an understanding of composition and exposure. 

November 2 - November 23

ONLINE, Tuesdays from 6:00pm-7:30pm

$72 member/ $80 non-member

                               




FREE PHOTO EDITING SOLUTIONS: Thom Williams

Photo editing software can be expensive but it doesn't have to be.  In this class we will explore FREE options in photo editing through software packages available on multiple platforms to help get the most put of your images without breaking the bank in the process.  

November 3rd - December 1st (no class Nov. 24th)

Online, Wednesdays from 6:00pm-7:30pm

$72 member/ $80 non-member

                                 


BEGINNER 2 PHOTOGRAPHY: Thom Williams

Now that you've learned about the exposure triangle it's time to get into compostion.  Learn about and practice through weekly exercises, photographic composition rules to help expand your photography.  Anyone with a camera and understanding of exposure can take this class.  Open to dslr, mirrorless, and camera phone users.  

November 3 - December 1st (no class November 24th)

ONLINE, Wednesdays from 4:00pm-5:30pm

$72 members/ $ 80 non-members   

                                             




SEEING AND SHAPING LIGHT: Thom Williams

Photography is all about light and values.  This five session class will help guide you through seeing light as your camera sees it.  What are we looking for when we're out shooting to create a dramatic shot?  Learn how to manipulate light through, bouncing, reflecting, as well as principles in artificial light sources.  

November 30-December 28

Online, Tuesdays from 6:00pm-7:30pm

$90 member/ $100 non-member

                                 

PRINTMAKING


EXPERIMENTING WITH PRINTS AND MULTIPLES

Interdisciplinary printmaker, Christian Wechgelaer, is offering a variety of workshops, each of the five requires individual registration.  The base registration fee of $35 member/$45 non-member is adjusted for each workshop to include the cost of the materials


                            

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Monotype Workshop / October 28:

Let’s dive into the magical world of printmaking, by exploring non-traditional and unorthodox techniques. In this workshop, we will learn how to make original prints called monotypes. Students will paint onto plexiglas and then print their paintings onto paper using a printing press, until they have a suite of original prints. This registration includes a materials fee of $16.

October 28

Thursday from 5:30 - 8:30 PM.

$51 members/$61 non-members



Intaglio Workshop / November 4:

Let’s dive into the magical world of printmaking, by exploring non-traditional and unorthodox techniques. In this workshop, we’ll focus on an Intaglio Printmaking technique called Drypoint (or scratching into the surface of plexiglas.) Students will make collages, trace them and etch them into glass, and after ink is applied and the plate is printed onto paper with a printing press, they will have a series of prints that resemble ink drawings. This course includes a materials fee of $29.

November 4

Thursday from 5:30 - 8:30 PM.
$64 members/$74 non-members

Cyanotype Workshop / November 6

Let’s dive into the magical world of printmaking, by exploring non-traditional and unorthodox techniques. This workshop will cover cyanotype, a photographic process that utilizes a safe chemical and sunlight to create prints with a trademark deep-blue color. Students will collect materials to expose on their prints and experiment with exposing onto paper as well as fabric. This registration includes a materials fee of $6.

November 6

Saturday from 12:00-3:00 PM.

$41 members/$51 non-members

 

Kitchen Lithography Workshop / November 11:

Let’s dive into the magical world of printmaking, by exploring non-traditional and unorthodox techniques. Kitchen lithography is the process of lithography that you can do -- in your kitchen! This workshop will allow students to make gritty copies of drawings they do on tin foil. Using basic household items like cola and vegetable oil, the students will etch their drawings and be able to print their drawings onto multiple sheets of paper. This registration includes a materials fee of $15.

November 11

Thursday from 5:30 - 8:30 PM.

$50 members/ $60 non-members

 

Saratoga Arts

320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
p. 518.584.4132
 Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday: 12pm-4pm

Sunday: Closed

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Saratoga Arts' programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.  

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