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 *NEW DATES*

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, October 28 – November 18, 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

Intermediate 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

BEGINNER PHOTOGRAPHY

with Thom Williams

The focus of this class is 2 fold: to get students comfortable with the functions of their cameras and, to give students a clear understanding of the exposure triangle and the appropriate use of shutter speed, aperture and ISO to aid in the creation of images. Classes will consist of a daily topic which students will then put in to practice in an out of class assignment that will be reviewed in the following class. This class is preparation for “Beginner Photography 2”

Mondays, November 2 – 23: 6pm – 7:30pm
$80 for members / $85 for non-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.

More classes coming soon!

Experimenting with clay and sculpture:

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