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!

Important Note: As we and the teaching artists return to regular classes, it is taking time to line up classes and workshops.  Please check back for more postings.

THE FIGURE


OPEN STUDIO 1: FIGURE DRAWING:  Model & Monitor TBD

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.      

September 27 – October 18  (4 weeks)

In person, Mondays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm

$80 members / $100 non-members


OPEN STUDIO 2: FIGURE DRAWING:  Model & Monitor TBD

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.      

October 25 - November 15 (4 weeks)

In person, Mondays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm

$80 members / $100 non-members


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 created on Amazon

November 3, 10, 17, and 24

Wednesdays 6:00 - 9:30 pm

$120 members/$135 non-members  



THE FALL COLORS IN WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP: Robert O’Brien

Painting the beautiful New England fall landscape in watercolor will be explored in this two

-day workshop. 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 fall 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. A supply list can be found online.

October 13 & October 14

Online, Wednesday & Thursday from 10:00am – 12:30pm 

$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 11. 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

FOCUS TO BE ANNOUNCED.  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 11. 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



PRINTING ON FABRIC: Kathy Klompas

Learn to create pattern on fabric with simple direct printing that can be heat set for permanence.  You will make foam  printing blocks of your own design,  as well as  discover the delight of printing from found objects, including vegetables and fruit,  on to fabric that can become elements for placemats, table runners, garments, art quilts, etc.  You can also print directly on to an apron, tote bag or T-shirts.   You may also  want   to bring a roll of Kraft paper to test your patterns on, and later use it as designer gift wrap.  Supplies included: stamp making materials, fabric printing inks, sample fabric.  Feel free to bring fabric, t-shirts, aprons, pillowcases, etc to print on.   Look around your house items that could make a good impression! Supply fee:  $12

October 7

Wednesday & Thursday from 10:00am – 12:30pm 

$35 members/$45 non-members  

ADDITIONAL ART MEDIUM WORKSHOPS

GIFT OF ART: SOAP SCULPTING: Becca Fils

Using carving techniques, turn an ordinary bar of soap into a work of art! We will first draw out our designs and then carve them out of soap. Students should bring at least one bar of soap with them to carve. Instructor will demonstrate various soap carving processes and then help direct students to implement these techniques to craft their own soap sculptures. Workshop will finish with and ribbon to make them gift ready.

Wednesday

September 29, 2021 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm

$25 member/$30 non member



GIFT OF ART: CLAY IMPRESSONS: Becca Fils

In this workshop, students will create either coasters or trinket bowls out of a

ir-dry clay. The instructor will provide all necessary materials, however students should bring with them any objects they would like touse to texture the surface of the polymer clay. A $5 fee will need to be paid to the instructor at the start of class to cover the cost of materials. Workshop will finish with to make it gift ready.

Wednesday

October 13 from 5:00 – 8:00

$35 member/$40 non member

 



PHOTOGRAPHY

INTRO TO LIGHTROOM: Thom Williams

Lightroom is one of the most powerful software packages for the organization, presentation and editing of photographs. This 4 session 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. 

September 7 – September 28 , 2021

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

$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.        

September 7 – September 28

Online, Tuesdays from 6:00pm – 7:30pm

 $72 members / $80 non-members

            

INTERMEDIATE PHOTOGRAPHY: Thom Williams

 This  4 session series is for students that have a clear understanding of the exposure triangle and beginner concepts of composition. We will be covering more advanced techniques and compositional elements in an effort to help guide students toward developing their own unique style. Students will have assignments throughout that will be discussed in class along with a final project at the conclusion of the course.

September 8 – September 29

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

$72 members / $80 non-members


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


PRINTMAKING


EXPERIMENTING WITH PRINTS AND MULTIPLES

Master 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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Cyanotype Workshop / October 7

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.

Thursday
October 7, 2021 from 5:30 - 8:30 PM.

$41 members/$51 non-members

 


Color Reduction Relief Workshop / October 14:

Let’s dive into the magical world of printmaking, by exploring non-traditional and unorthodox techniques. This workshop will cover the process of color reduction linocuts, which are created through carving in a soft block, rolling ink on the block and printing it with paper. Students will learn how to make colorful and layered prints by using the same block and printing several times in multiple colors. This registration includes a materials fee of $32.

Thursday
October 14, 2021 from 5:30 - 8:30 PM.

$67 members/ $77non-members


Kitchen Lithography Workshop / October 21:

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.

Thursday
October 21, 2021 from 5:30 - 8:30 PM.

$50 members/ $60 non-members

 

 

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.

Thursday
October 28, 2021 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.

Thursday
November 4, 2021 from 5:30 - 8:30 PM.
$64 members/$74 non-members

Saratoga Arts

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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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