Saratoga Arts' mission is to enrich the region by
cultivating a vibrant arts community and by
ensuring that the arts are accessible to all.

Online Classes

Announcing online fall classes!

Keep checking below for classes, tutorials, and more. Online events are live, interactive, and hosted through Zoom. A link to each meeting will be emailed to all registered participants. If you need help or have questions about connecting to Zoom, please email aforman@saratoga-arts.org.

 

Drawing and Painting classes with Lisa David

OIL PAINTING

with Lisa David

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. Lisa will share her approach starting a painting, discuss laying out palette, designing composition, doing an underpainting, and her painting process.

Wednesdays, September 30 – October 21, 6:30-8:30pm
$100 for members / $110 for non-members

DRAWING FOR THE FRIGHTENED
 


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.

Dates coming soon!

Join photographer Thom Williams for a series of technical photography courses! New to the art form? Start with Beginner and consider the whole series! More advanced photographers might be interested in Intermediate or Advanced Photography. Presented online via Zoom.

INTERMEDIATE PHOTOGRAPHY

with Thom Williams

This 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.

Wednesdays, October 7 – 28: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
$80 for members / $85 for non-members

ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY

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.

Wednesdays, November 4 – December 2 (Note: NO CLASS on November 25): 6:30pm – 7:30pm
$80 for members / $85 for non-members

Comics and Animation with Ezra Posner:

MINICOMICS: BASICS OF COMIC MAKING

with Ezra Posner                                                                                                                                                       

Learn how to make comics by starting small! In this class you’ll make a 1-5 page minicomic and learn the basics of drawing comics. Through online discussion and drawing activities over zoom you’ll be taught how to develop your ideas, layout pages, and make a finished comic either through digital or traditional drawing. 

Tuesdays, September 8 – 29: 4pm-5:30pm
$65 members / $70 not-yet-members

ANIMATION DEMOS

Join Ezra Posner for a series of 3 hour long demos, each one teaching a different principle of animation. Each demo will show how to animate a bouncing ball, while getting progressively more complex.

Demo 1: Learn about the animation principles of timing and spacing by watching a bouncing ball animation being made.

Demo 2: Learn about the animation principle of squash and stretch by watching a  bouncing ball animation being made.

Demo 3: Learn about the animation principles of anticipation and acting  by watching a  bouncing ball animation being made.

Intruiged by animation? Follow up with our “Intro to Animation” class, beginning October 1!

Thursdays, September 10 – 24: 4pm-5pm
$20 members / $25 not-yet-members

ANIMATING FOR EVERYONE

with Ezra Posner                                                                                                                                                       

If you enjoyed the Animation Demos, here’s your chance to learn how to do it yourself!

Instead of paying for all kinds of computer software and digital drawing tablets, learn how to animate with things you have in your home. Necessary materials: printer paper, drawing utensil, table lamp or small light, computer with zoom capabilities

Thursdays, October 1 – 8: 4pm-6pm
$45 members / $50 not-yet-members

STORYTELLING IN COMICS

with Ezra Posner

Plan out and begin drawing your own 3 act comic. We’ll focus on how to structure a story, how to create characters and plot, and how to make it all come together on the page. Either finish a minicomic or get started on a longer format story. Recommended to take this class after “Minicomics: Basics of Comic Making.”

Tuesdays, November 3 – 24: 4pm-5:30pm
$65 members / $70 not-yet-members

Smartphone Photography with Jennifer Duke Anstey

SMARTPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY 

with Jennifer Duke Anstey

Do you find that the images that you take on your phone 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.

Monday, October 5: 3pm – 5pm
$25 for members / $30 for not-yet-members

Sunday, November 15: 3pm – 5pm
$25 for members / $30 for not-yet-members

This class will be held online via Zoom.

Watercolors:

WATERCOLOR DEMOS

Join watercolor artist Jennifer LaMarch on Fridays, September 11 and 18. Learn how she creates her signature flower close-ups. Jennifer will be following the demos with a live class in an area park. Stay tuned for more information!

Fridays, September 11 & 18; 12pm – 1pm

$15 members/$20 non-members

PAINTING THE VIBRANT FALL COLORS IN WATERCOLOR

Learn to paint the beautiful fall colors with watercolorist Robert J. O’Brien AWS NWS. This workshop will focus on painting the spectacular fall landscape of New England in its glorious splendor. The class will begin with a demonstration by the instructor who will explain his technique for capturing the vibrancy of autumn colors through the layering process. Techniques for creating light and shadow will also be shown. Students will paint for the duration of the class followed by a critique at the end of the session. Hands on assistance will be provided by the instructor. This workshop is open to all abilities. A materials list is available upon request.

Wednesday & Thursday, October 21 & 22: 10am-12:30pm
$100 members / $110 not-yet-members

Experimenting with clay and sculpture:

SALT DOUGH SCULPTURE

with Becca Flis                                                                                                                                                         

This workshop will teach you how to use just flour and salt to make a sculpting clay. Once dry, these sculptures can be painted any color you choose!

Friday, October 23: 6pm-9pm
$40 members / $45 not-yet-members

SOAP SCULPTURE

with Becca Flis                                                                                                                                                         

Learn to turn an ordinary bar of soap into an artistic creation! Whether you’re carving a relief (carved on one side) or a sculpture in the round (carved on all sides), you’re sure to leave this workshop with a decorative soap sculpture!

Wednesday, November 11: 6:30pm-8:30pm
$35 members / $40 not-yet-members


Friday, October 23: 6pm-9pm
$40 members / $45 not-yet-members

EDIBLE CHOCOLATE CLAY

with Becca Flis                                                                                                                                                         

Have you ever wanted to eat your sculptures? Now you can! In this workshop you will learn how to make a modeling clay made of chocolate. Use your creations to top cakes, cupcakes, pies, pastries, or simply admire them before popping them in your mouth!

*Just in time for Thanksgiving*

Saturday, November 21: 2:30pm-4:30pm
$35 members / $40 not-yet-members