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In addition to Saratoga Arts' own arts education offerings, The Arts Center is home to: 

Etudes Music School
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Our Community Arts Education Program

For nearly 15 years, Saratoga Arts has been dedicated to offering quality fine art and fine craft classes, taught by regional artists, to students of all ages and at all artistic levels. In that time we’ve grown our program to its current capacity, where it now serves over 950 students a year and works with nearly 50 art teachers.  

Located in the Arts Center at 320 Broadway in Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Arts has several fine arts classrooms, a weaving studio, a 110-seat theater, two gallery spaces and a darkroom. We have on occasion, when our facilities can not accommodate a class, offered classes off-site as well.

 


 

The Saratoga Springs Walmart proudly supports the 2017-2018 Saratoga Arts' Education Program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education


Now you can browse the complete Spring schedule online!

 
 
 

Workshops by Nationally Known Instructors

Painting Flowers in Watercolor with Robert J. O'Brien AWS NWS
Springtime Farmscapes in Pastel with Robert Carsten, PSA-MP, IAPS-MC
Using Studies to Capture Light & Color with Ann Larsen

Classes & Workshops Open to All Media

Dyanmic Design with Takeyce Walter
Landscape Painting in All Media with Tom O'Brien
Painting on the Small Scale with Takeyce Walter
Understanding Values in All Media with Takeyce Walter
All Media Costumed Portrait Workshop with Corey Pitkin
Exploring Abstract Realism with Tom O'Brien
All Media Portrait Workshop with Corey Pitkin
Open Studio Session I
Open Studio Session II

Painting Workshops & Classes

Pastel for Beginners with Carolyn Justice
Intermediate - Advanced Pastel with Carolyn Justice
Watercolors for Beginner - Intermediate with Tom Ryan
Problem Solving for the Intermediate Watercolorist with Tom Ryan

Drawing Classes

Thursday Night Drawing Lab for All Levels with James D'Andrea
Beginner - Intermediate Drawing with James D'Andrea
Switching Hands with Tom O'Brien
Sketching Saratoga with Carolyn Justice

 

Fine Art & Photography

The Creative Habit: Making Time to Write with W.B. Belcher
Crafting Enamel Jewelry with Matt Balint
Silk Painting: Sun Catchers and Cover Ups with Mary Frances Millet
Monotype & Monoprintmaking with Amanda Kralovic
Framing Artwork on a Budget with Jennifer Duke Anstey
Photographing Artwork for Submission & Archiving with Harry Wirtz
Silversmithing & Metal Fabrication with Matt Balint
Introduction to Digital Photography with Harry Wirtz

Weaving with Nancy Sharples
 

Workshops with Nationally Known Instructors


Painting Flowers in Watercolor
with Robert J. O'Brien, AWS, NWS

Learning how to successfully capture the delicacy of petals as well as the gentle play of light and shadow of your favorite blossom can be frustrating, but watercolorist Robert J. O’Brien can teach you tricks and techniques to help you along. Students will learn basic floral painting techniques, with an emphasis on values and composition. Layering and blending color into soft edges will also be taught, with a gentle critique and discussion at the end of the session. The course will focus on painting from close-up photo references of flowers in an artistic setting and is a wonderful opportunity for students of all levels to bring their watercolor practice to a new level.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017: 10am - 4pm
$120 members / $130 not-yet-members

Robert J. O'Brien has been painting in the watercolor medium for over 40 years. Since moving to Vermont in 1977, he has focused his work on landscape and architectural studies. Vermont, with its distinct four season climate, provides the artist with a wealth of subject matter and every changing light effects. The artist finds beauty in the ordinary, subtle reminders of everyday life in rural New England. Robert has exhibited and taught throughout the United States as well as in Provence, France, and will be exhibiting with some of the world's best watercolor artists in Watercolor International III. For more about Robert visit his website at www.robertjobrien.com.


Springtime Farmscapes in Pastel
with Robert Carsten, PSA-MP, IAPS-MC

True to the season, and working from photos of this time of year, this workshop will concentrate on imbuing a sense of atmosphere and spring into our landscapes. Barns or other farm buildings add interest, but the real subject will be the “feel” of spring. We’ll conduct small studies and then concentrate on a larger pastel painting, with demonstration, critique, and lots of painting time. Some reference photos will be provided but please bring some as well. All levels welcome. A suggested supply list can be found on our website.

Wednesday, May 17 & Thursday, May 18, 2017: 10am - 4pm
$240 members / $260 not-yet-members

An enthusiastic promoter of the pastel medium, Robert K. Carsten is a master pastelist in the Pastel Society of America and a master circle pastelist (2013) in the International Assoc. of Pastel Societies (IAPS). He is an elected member of the Board of Governors of the Pastel Society of America and is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the Connecticut Pastel Society, and an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Southwest Florida Pastel Society. Learn more at www.robertcarsten.com.


The Impressionist Still Life - Concept to Finished Painting
with Ann Larsen, AWAM, AIS, RMPAP, OPS

The weather doesn’t always cooperate when you’re painting in plein air, and capturing the light and color that draws you to a particular landscape can be difficult once you’re back
in the studio. Using your plein air color studies, sketches, and/or photographic references Ann Larsen can teach you how to create stunning studio paintings. Emphasis will be on loosening your style, brushwork, capturing light, color, and the emotional moment while understanding how to work from reference materials. Concept, composition, value, color, and edges will be explored. One-on-one attention and demonstrations will be provided. Oil is the preferred medium for students, but acrylic and pastel are also welcome. For intermediate - advanced skill levels. A supply list can be found on our website.

Sunday, April 30, 2017: 10am - 5pm
$125 for members / $135 for not-yet members

Ann Larsen says of her work: “There is nothing more powerful in painting than a well composed, reserved, and solid statement. Such a painting can stir your soul and take your breath away!” Ann is a Master Signature Member of American Women Artists and Past President;  Signature Member of Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters, Signature Member American Impressionist Society; member Oil Painters of America and Laguna Plein Air Painters.   She is represented by Sorelle Gallery, Albany, NY; Saunders Gallery of Fine Art, Glens Falls, NY; Shavano Fine Arts Gallery, Salida, CO;  TrueNorth Gallery, Kennebunkport, ME and Davis & Blevins Gallery, Saint Jo, TX. Ann has been in over 20 gallery and museum exhibitions and most recently the Booth Museum of Western Art Museum and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Visit Ann’s website at www.annlarsen.com.


Classes & Workshops Open to All Media


Dyamic Design in All Media
with Takeyce Walter

Learn the fundamentals of creating dynamic design and captivating composition in your paintings. Artist and instructor Takeyce Walter will teach you techniques and tools to reveal striking and interesting design to help lead the viewer through, and keep them coming back to your painting. With lots of demonstrations, critiques, exercises, and assignments to help you grow your skills, you will be guided with one-on-one instruction. Reference material and assignments will be provided. Open to all levels and media.

Saturday, April 29, 2017: 10am - 4pm
$70 for members/$80 for not-yet-members


Landscape Painting in All Media
with Tom O'Brien

Capture the quality of light and vibrance of the outdoors in your paintings and drawings! Learn how to capture the basic elements of design and composition inherent in a variety of different landscapes, as well the basic rules for color mixing and techniques for applying paint and preparing the paper. This class is open to all levels and media. Visit our website for supply list and bring lots of photographs for reference.

Mondays, 10am - 12pm
April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, June 5, 2017. *No class on May 29*
$85 for members / $95 for not-yet-members


Painting on the Small Scale in All Media
with Takeyce Walter

Calling all artists: Get ready for our annual 10x10 exhibition with Takeyce Walter! This relaxed, fun workshop focuses on working on a small scale while making sure your pieces make a big impact. Concentrating on images, color, and a variety of painting techniques, students will complete a small scale painting in either pastel or oils with lots of one-on-one help from artist Takeyce Walter. This workshop is open to students of all levels and media, and no experience is required. Visit our website for supply list.

Saturday, June 17, 2017: 10am - 4pm
$70 for members / $80 for non-members


Understanding Values in All Media
with Takeyce Walter

There’s an adage in painting: “Value does all the work and color gets all the glory.” Without a strong foundation, and understanding of values, your paintings can appear flat, albeit colorful. Tonal values add volume, dimension, and depth to our artwork. In this workshop, we will focus on how to identify values, tones, and shades in our paintings. Takeyce Walter will provide demonstrations, critiques, exercises, and assignments to help you grow your skills. We will work from life and/or reference images, and you will be guided with one-on-one instruction.

Saturday, May 13, 2017: 10am - 4pm
$70 for members / $80 for non-members


All Media Costumed Portrait
with Corey Pitkin

Draw or paint a live model in full period costume during this exciting workshop! Instruction will be provided on lighting, staging, and historical accuracy as well as the use of photography and basic Photoshop techniques used to compose a scene. Paint along with the Corey Pitkin’s guidance to create a historically inspired portrait. Open to all media and students with a basic understanding of portraiture. Students are encouraged to bring a digital camera. Registration includes model fee.

Saturday, May 20, 2017: 10am - 4pm
$85 for members / $95 for not-yet-members

Oil painters, please bring: oil paints - at least a red, a blue, a yellow and a white, a 11”x14” or larger canvas or panel, a mix of brushes (the larger the better), odorless mineral spirits or other oil painting medium (no turpentine), a palette, and palette knife; pastelists, please bring assorted pastels, multiple sheets of colored, textured paper, a kneaded eraser, and masking tape. If you are working in a different medium bring what materials you are comfortable working with.


Exploring Abstract Realism
with Tom O'Brien

From portraits to landscape to still life, all realistic art contains some abstraction. Learn to loosen your approach to your artwork and explore the abstract and how it can be incorporated in realism, by simply organizing the composition, shapes of colors and values on the way to hyper realistic painting or a stylized picture as an end in itself. Bring reference photographs from portraits to nature or work from the still life setup provided. Open to all levels and media.

Thursdays, 10am - 12pm
May 4, 11, 25, June 1, 8, 15, 2017. *No class May 18*
$85 for members / $95 for not-yet-members


All Media Portrait
with Corey Pitkin

Creating a successful portrait does not mean simply portraying a likeness of your subject, but creating depth and capturing the personality and emotion
of the human face. Working with a model, this workshop begins with an oil painting demonstration by artist and instructor Corey Pitkin (winner of the
Hyde Collection’s 2016 “Master of Portraits” Contest) in the morning and allows participants to work with one-on-one guidance in the afternoon. All skill levels are welcome. Registration includes model fee. See website for full supply list.

Saturday, June 10, 2017: 10am - 4pm
$85 for members / $95 for not-yet-members

Oil painters, please bring: oil paints - at least a red, a blue, a yellow and a white, a 11”x14” or larger canvas or panel, a mix of brushes (the larger the better), odorless mineral spirits or other oil painting medium (no turpentine), a palette, and palette knife; pastelists, please bring assorted pastels, multiple sheets of colored, textured paper, a kneaded eraser, and masking tape. If you are working in a different medium bring what materials you are comfortable working with.

Continue or expand your art without the formality of a class! The Open Studio sessions are great practice for any artist interested in working from a live model and run continuously thorughout the year ever Monday evening (excluding holidays). Informal group meetings where artists can talk about their work, share ideas, and discuss a variety of methods and mediums, there is no teacher or moderator, serving instead as a forum for artists to come together and grow among their peers.  For all mediums, ages 15 and up. Pre-registration is encouraged for the Open Studio sessions, but not required.  
Drop in rates: $12 for members / $14 for non-members. Did you know the Open Studio has a website?  www.lifestudio.org/clubs/saratogaImages

Spring Session II: Mondays: 6:30pm - 9:30pm 
April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 2017
$60 for members / $70 for not-yet-members 

Spring Session II: Mondays: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
SESSION II: May 15, 22, June 5, 12, 19, 26, 2017 *No Open Studio on May 29*
$70 for members/$90 for non-members


Painting Classes & Workshops 


Pastel for Beginners
with Carolyn Justice

Painting with pastel is a fun way to begin your exploration of the world of art, with lots of color, texture, and no-pressure spontaneity! Learn the basic concepts of pastel while exploring the wide range of possibilities that this medium has to offer by experimenting with papers, use of color, and becoming comfortable with the medium. A supply list can be found on our website. Class size is limited to 14 students.

Tuesdays, 1 - 3pm
May 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13, 2017
$85 for members / $95 for not-yet-members


Intermediate - Advanced Pastels
with Carolyn Justice

Learn to interpret more complex subjects, explore contemporary directions in drawing, and continue to develop a mastery of technique with the guidance of artist and instructor Carolyn Justice. With an emphasis on originality and the development of a personal style in this 8 week class, students will further develop their skills and abilities and be encouraged to find creative solutions for different types of projects.

Tuesdays, 10am - 12pm
April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13, 2017 $110 for members / $120 for not-yet-members


Watercolors for Beginners - Intermediate
with Tom Ryan

Learn how to mix and paint clean, transparent, and vibrant watercolors! This workshop will focus on the elements of good composition, values, and the importance of light in your painting through exercises and instruction in the morning. The afternoon will feature a demo and participants working on a painting of their choice by using their own photos, reference materials, or imagination with one-on-one advice from artist and instructor Tom Ryan. A suggested supply list can be found on our website.

Saturday, April 22, 2017: 10am - 4pm
$70 members/$80 not-yet-members 


Problem Solving for the Intermediate Watercolorist
with Tom Ryan

Bringing your watercolor practice to the next level also brings new challenges. This fun, one day workshop will review ten of the most common technical mistakes made in watercolor paintings and discuss and teach you the best ways to correct them. With plenty of exercises, demos, and individual attention, participants will work on a painting of their choice by using their own photos, reference materials, or imagination. A suggested supply list can be found on our website.

Saturday, June 3, 2017: 10am - 4pm
$70 members/$80 not-yet-members


Drawing


Beginner - Intermediate Drawing
with James D'Andrea

For those who are new to drawing or simply interested in improving their practice, Beginner - Intermediate Drawing will give you the tools to begin with and those to build upon. Designed to help students develop ideas and define their personal style while building upon the skills they already possess, students will have the opportunity to discuss the philosophy behind the process of drawing as well as spend each session on drawings of their own with one-on-one help and gentle critiques. Please bring lots of photographs for reference.

Mondays, 1 - 3pm
May 1, 8, 15, 22, June 5, 2017. *No class on May 29*
$70 for members / $80 for not-yet-members


Thursday Night Drawing Lab
with James D'Andrea

Get ready for this drawing free for all! This class is a loose, informative and designed for students of any level who want to explore all that drawing has to offer. Wide open with plenty of demonstrations, lessons in the fundamentals of drawing with graphite, pen & ink, and charcoal, as well as gentle critiques, enjoy discovering the many ways that drawing can further your artistic practice. Perfect for students looking to expand their portfolios as well! Ages 14 - Adult.

Thursdays, 7 - 9pm
April 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 2017
$70 for members / $80 for not-yet-members


Sketching Saratoga
with Carolyn Justice

A fun, easy, and wonderful way to keep records of travel or ideas for future paintings, this class will work in some of Saratoga’s most beautiful spots. Students will meet at The Arts Center for the first class and receive a schedule of meeting places for the remainder of the sessions before exploring the architectural and landscape elements of Congress Park. A suggested supply list can be found on our website.

Fridays, 10am - 12pm
May 19, 26, June 2, 9, 2017
$60 for members / $65 for not-yet-members


Switching Hands
with Tom O'Brien

Studies have found that by learning to use your non-dominant hand you stimulate not only your brain, but your creative process as well! Artist and instructor Tom O’Brien started drawing with his left hand when his right developed neuropathy, and he was surprised at the extra, surprising benefits that he discovered. This course will explore how you can learn to draw with your non-dominant hand through exercises, demonstrations, and practice.

Fridays, 10am - 12pm
May 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9, 2017
$85 for members / $95 for not-yet-members


Fine Art & Photography


Framing Artwork on a Budget: Tools for the Artist
with Jennifer Anstey

Perfect for artists interested in solutions for framing work for submission or those who need economical solutions for displaying their collection, this workshop will help teach you how to properly and creatively mat and frame your artwork without breaking the bank. Bring a piece of artwork that you are interested in finding a framing solution for. *Please note that this workshop will take place off-site and not at Saratoga Arts*

Sunday, April 23, 2017: 1 - 4pm
JDH Framing Studio, 23 Ashley Drive, Ballston Lake NY
$35 for members / $40 for not-yet-members


Introduction to Digital Photography
with Harry Wirtz

Do you have a digital camera but are unsure of all those dials, buttons, and settings? Do you want to take your photography from the every day to the extraordinary? Photographer Harry Wirtz will help you explore your camera’s adjustments and controls to work with light, time, and subject matter to make creative images - as well as teach you how to use basic photo editing software techniques to refine those images. This is a perfect workshop for those who are looking to bring their photography to the next level. Bring your camera, instruction manual, and lots of questions!

Saturday, May 6 & Sunday, May 7, 2017: 10am - 4pm
$140 for members / $160 for not-yet-members


Silk Painting: Sun Catchers & Cover Ups
with Mary Francis Millet

Let the color flow in this fabulous, fun-filled workshop! Painting on silk is a wonderful way to bring color and low pressure spontaneity into your life - as
well as into your wardrobe! Learn how to apply resist and vibrant silk dyes to create your very own design on a 12” stretched silk sun catcher as well as create a beautiful drip dye swimsuit cover up/caftan. This is a wonderful and relaxing workshop is open to all and no experience is necessary. A $25 materials fee is due to Mary Frances at the beginning of class.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017: 6 - 9pm
$35 for members/ $40 for not-yet-members


Crafting Enamel Jewelry
with Matt BalintThis fun and exciting class is an introduction to powder enamel techniques and the basic skills necessary for fusing glass to copper and silver. Students will learn to use a kiln and torch and have the choice of creating several projects such as earrings, ring, or pendant. This class is open to all levels and no experience is necessary! All supplies and tools will be provided. Class size is limited to 10. A $30 materials fee is due to Matt at first class.

Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9pm
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6, 2017
$90 for members/$100 for not-yet-members

 


The Creative Habit: Making Time to Write
with W.B. Belcher

Writers write, but sometimes they need a nudge. This workshop, led by W.B. Belcher, critcially acclaimed author of Lay Down Your Weary Tune, is designed to jump-start your writing through class discussion on effective storytelling, directed exercises, and group workshopping in a supportive and generative environment. Participants will learn to embrace the writing process, feed their creative habit, and increase their productivity. The class is open to all levels and interests, but instruction will focus on fiction and creative nonfiction.

Wednesdays, 7 - 9pm
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7, 2017
$85 for members / $95 for not-yet-members

W.B. (Bill) Belcher is the author of the novel Lay Down Your Weary Tune, which was published last year by Other Press. He has published work in Entropy, Post Road,  an other literary outlets. His latest story is forthcoming in The Papercuts Anthology, Volume 2 (Cutlass Press) and he's a contributing writer for The Alt, The Capital Region's alternative newsweekly. As a teacher, he's led workshops in fiction, memoir, and grant writing for Inkberry, The Sage Colleges, Saratoga Arts, and Grub Street. For more information visit his website, wbbelcher.com.


Weaving
with Nancy Sharples

Both the experienced weaver and the curious beginner will have the chance to work on a 4-harness floor or table loom to create a wall hanging, scarf, table runner, or small rug in this hands-on class. Please bring a good pair of scissors. A materials fee of about $15 (depending on project) will be due at first class. Class size is limited to 9. Saratoga Arts’ Weaving Studio is open daily to all registered weaving students to work on their projects outside of class hours during the following times: M-F, 9am - 4:30pm and Sat, 11am - 4:30pm.

Wednesdays, 1 - 3pm
May 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7, 14, 2017
$85 for members / $95 for not-yet-members


Silversmithing & Metal Fabrication
with Matt Balint

Learn the basic techniques of silversmithing and create a piece of original jewelry or sculpture in sterling or fine silver. This class is a fun and laid back environment where students will receive an introduction to a number of techniques and approaches to two and three-dimensional design as well as establish a foundation for the fabrication of jewelry. All of the necessary tools will be provided. Class size is limited to 10. There will be $30 materials fee due to Matt at the first class.

Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9pm
May 17, 24, 31, June 7, 14, 21, 2017
$90 for members/ $100 for not-yet-members


Monotype & Monoprintmaking
with Amanda Kralovic

Explore traditional printmaking techniques, including trace monotype, chine- colle, drypoint and many more in this fascinating class! Artist and instructor Amanda Kralovic will show you how, Using layers of color, you can create painterly original prints with shapes and textures while exploring the medium of printmaking. The difference between a monotype print and a monoprint print will be discussed, as well as ways you can print your own prints at home! For all levels. Visit our website for supply list.

Thursdays, 7 - 9pm
May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 2017
$85 for members / $95 for not-yet-members


Photographing Artwork for Submission & Archiving: Tools for the Artist
with Harry Wirtz

Properly and accurately documenting your artwork is a necessary skill for artists
of all levels. Learn to use your digital camera to make quality photographs for
documentation, press releases, jury submissions, and print editions of your work.
This evening workshop will cover setting up artwork for photography, low cost
lighting options, basic camera adjustments, editing the image for accuracy, and
more. A demonstration with artwork and affordable lighting will be provided.
Bring your digital camera, manual, and lots of questions!

Friday, May 19, 2017: 6 - 9pm
$35 for members / $40 for not-yet-members


If you have questions regarding any of Saratoga Arts' classes and workshops, please let us know! You can e-mail Kate, Director of Education, at kmorse@saratoga-arts.org or call 518-584-4132 during business hours. 

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