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

Online classes are here! 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; events not requiring prior registration will be posted on this page and through social media. If you need help or have questions about connecting to Zoom, please email


Join Jennifer Duke Anstey for some smartphone tips and composition ideas. This is the follow-up to our popular Smartphone Photography class, going more in-depth – a great second step for those who’ve taken the original! 

Tuesday, May19: 6pm – 7:30pm
$20 for members / $25 for not-yet-members


with Becca Flis                                                                                                                                              Students in this workshop will develop a basic understanding of the different methods of working with oven-baked clay. They will be able to jump right into the sculpting experience whether interested in building a small container, making sculptural beads, sculpting from life using tools, or creating an abstract sculpture.

Students should come to the workshop with a feasible idea of what to make within the allotted time.

Beginner: Wednesday, May 6 & 7: 5pm-6:30pm
$35 members / $45 not-yet-members

Intermediate: Thursdays, May 21 & 22, 6pm-8:30pm
$45 members / $50 not-yet-members


with Harry Wirtz

Make quality photographs of your drawings, paintings, or prints for
documentation, press releases, jury submissions, and print editions. Topics will
include setting up artwork for photography, low cost lighting options, basic
camera adjustments, editing the image for accuracy, and re-formatting to meet
submission and print requirements. Watch a demonstration with user-made
affordable lighting. "Point and shoot" and cell phone cameras can be made to
work with some effort, but a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) or a high-end
mirrorless camera would be best.

Part 1: Thursday, May 21, 2020 12:30 PM to 2 PM
Part 2: Friday, May 22, 2020 12:30 PM to 2 PM

$45 members/$50 non-members


with Harry Wirtz

Make sharp, well-lit photographs of your small fine art works such as pottery or
sculpture for documentation, press releases, jury submissions, and publication.
Learn to control the quality of light from an affordable compact strobe with a soft
box, reflectors, and other light control accessories. See a demonstration of
photographing a small still life subject on a white or gray background, followed by
image enhancement using Affinity Photo or Photoshop.

Part 1: Thursday, June 18, 2020 12:30 PM to 2 PM
Part 2: Friday, June 19, 2020 12:30 PM to 2 PM

$45 members/$50 non-members

Announcing the Photography with Thom Williams class series. These classes are presented in collaboration with the Arts Center of the Capital Region.


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.

May 11, 13, 18, & 20: 8pm – 9:30pm
$75 for members / $80 for non-members

Presented in collaboration with the Arts Center of the Capital Region



with Thom Williams

The focus of this class is to get students comfortable with the functions of their cameras. You will have a working knowledge of your camera and better understanding of its capabilities. Students that finish this class will be well prepared for “Beginner Photography 2”

Wednesday, May 27: 6pm – 7:30pm
$30 for members / $35 for non-members

Presented in collaboration with the Arts Center of the Capital Region


with Thom Williams

The best way to understand something is to do it repeatedly… Students will be taught about “Creative Framing.” Students will then immerse themselves in the compositional rule over the following week, through a series of assignments, coming to class with there results to discuss and review.

Tuesdays, May 26 and June 2, 6 – 7:30pm

$30 members/$35 non-members


with 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 there 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.

Tuesday May 26, Thursday May 28, Tuesday June 7, Thursday June 9; 8-9:30pm

$75 members/$80 nonmembers

Presented in collaboration with the Arts Center of the Capital Region


with Thom Williams

Students immerse themselves in the art of b&w photography. We will discuss how it differs from color photography, how to maximize the potential of the format as well as best practices to capture images. Part of the class will cover how to maximize your image after capture in post processing.

Wednesdays, May 27 – June 15; 6 – 7:30pm

$75 members/$80 non-members

Presented in collaboration with the Arts Center of the Capital Region


with Thom Williams

In the initial class students will review images on the topic; the instructor will do a demo of the technique allowing students to ask any questions along the way. Students will leave the session equipped with the knowledge to complete the homework assignment of creating their own image ready to return in the second session to discuss their experience and their results.

Mondays June 1 and June 8; 6 – 7:30pm

$55 members/$60 non-members

Presented in collaboration with the Arts Center of the Capital Region


with Thom Williams

Students should come to class with a working knowledge of their camera and at very least know how to adjust shutter speed, aperture and ISO. The Primary goal of this class is 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 3”

June 1, 3, 8, 10; 8-9:30pm

$75 members/$80 nonmembers


with Thom Williams

While lightroom is a fantastic program for photographers there are things better suited for Photoshop. In this class we will go over Photoshop features that are specifically suited for photographers as well as maximizing the strengths of both packages to move your photo editing to the next level.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 9, 11, 16, and 18; 8 – 9:30pm

$75 members/$80 non-members

Presented in collaboration with the Arts Center of the Capital Region


Join us for a weekly online open critique session! Register here to have your work included; you will be assigned a slot (if you’re unable to attend your assigned slot, please inform us and a new time will be found for you). Your work will be posted online for others to view and we will meet as a community each Thursday afternoon via Zoom to discuss each other’s work. 

Thursdays, April 16 – May 7 (with the possibility to extend): 1 – 3 pm.

Free to participate, suggested donation $10

Please note: if you would like to view (and review) others’ work but don’t want to share your own, the link to join online will be available on our website and posted on social media. 


During this time that classes aren’t running, visit this page for tips, tutorials, images, and more from our instructors and member artists. Have something to share? Email to have your work posted!

Here’s part 2 of Corey’s painting demo! Part 3 to come, or find it on Corey’s YouTube page,