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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.




Landscape Elements 
in Oils and/or Pastels

with Takeyce Walter
In this unique workshop, students will tackle landscape elements, which can often be tricky even for veteran artists.  Lessons will focus on being selective in compositions and on the fundamentals of designing and painting different types of landscapes and landscape elements, such as aerial perspective and its effects, trees, mountains, reflections on water, etc. Students can work in oils and/or pastels for this workshop.  A complete supply list can be found at our website - This workshop is designed for students of all levels and no experience with pastels or oils is required!

Saturday, March 29, 2014: 10am - 4pM

$70 for members / $80 for non-members


Beautiful Color in the Spring Landscape / Waterscape - FULL!
A Pastel Workshop by Robert Carsten, PSA-mp, IAPS-mc
Early spring offers an excellent opportunity to work with an expanded palette of color. As demonstrated, we will use a wet pastel underpainting of color over which we'll apply subtle, neutral, and vibrant colors to achieve a colorful effect. Underpainting, layering, mark-making, color and composition will be discussed and demonstrated by this very popular instructor. Work from your photos or sketches. All levels welcome. A complete supply list can be found at our website -

Wednesday, April 9, 2014: 10am - 4pm
$100 for members / $120 for non-members





Open Studio - Figure Drawing

The Open Studio sessions offered by Saratoga Arts are a great practice for any artist interested in working from a live model, without the formality of a class.  Open Studio sessions are 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 for these sessions.  Sessions are recommended for ages 15 and up.  Participants can work in the medium of their choice.  Please bring your own supplies.  Pre-registration is encouraged for the Open Studio sessions, but not required. 

Drop in rates for: $12 for members / $14 for non-members. Did you know the Open Studio has a website? 

Session I - Mondays: 6:30pm - 9:30pM
April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19

$60 for members / $80 for non-members

Session II - Mondays: 6:30pm - 9:30pM
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
$50 for members / $70 for non-members

Drawing I
with James D’Andrea
This 4-week class will introduce students to the basic fundamentals of drawing.  The Drawing I class can be beneficial for artists who work in any medium and will help beginner level painters and sculptors refine and better their work.  Classes include lecture and demo segments with plenty of one-on-one attention. This class is perfect for students of all levels! 

Thursdays: 10am - 12pm
May 1, 8, 15, 22
$60 for members / $70 for non-members


Drawing II
with James D’Andrea
Basic Drawing II builds on the techniques and lessons of Basic Drawing I and is designed to help students develop ideas and define their personal creativity while building on the drawing skills you already have.  Advanced fundamentals of drawing will also be discussed.  Drawing I is not a requirement to participate in this class.  Students will spend each session working on a drawing of their own with teacher assistance.  Please bring lots of photographs or objects for reference.

Thursdays: 10am - 12pm
June 5, 12, 19, 26
$60 for members / $70 for non-members

Students registered for Drawing I and/or Drawing II should bring a 18’ X 24” drawing pad or larger, drawing pencils, erasers, and vine charcoal to each class.

Colored Pencil Drawing

with Ralph Caparulo
The Colored Pencil Class will focus on the development of technical and creative skills and will include lessons on visual composition, line, value, gesture, volume, and linear perspective. Drawings will be made from observed and non-observed subjects, e.g. still life and seasonal landscape. The object of the course is to enhance existing drawing skills or introduce students to new methods of drawing.  This class is for students of all levels!  Students should bring a drawing pad - 18” x 24” (Strathmore 400 series), erasers (Mars-plastic or Magic-rub), venus-col erase colored pencils – set of 24 or more, a sketch board, and 2 metal clips to each class.

Fridays: 1pm - 3pm

May 2, 9, 16, 30
$60 for members / $70 for non-members


Drawing in Charcoals

with James D’Andrea
Charcoal as an artistic medium is versatile, affordable, and works well for quick sketches and complete works of art - when it comes to black and white drawing, there is no better medium than charcoal!  This class will present lessons designed to help students become familiar with the unique properties of charcoal with special attention paid to blending techniques, light and shadow and the illusion of volume.  Please bring: thin sticks of willow or vine charcoal, a kneaded erasure, an assortment of papers (18x24 rough newsprint is an economical way for students to learn application techniques), sand block, file, knife, and smudgers.  This class is open to all levels.  No drawing experience is required.

Tuesdays: 7pm - 9pm
May 7, 14, 21, 28
$60 for members / $70 for non-members


Drawing with the Live Nude

with James D’Andrea
Artist and teacher James D’Andrea will offer participants instruction and work with a live nude.  Students will gain a better understanding of drawing strategies and will see  improved confidence and sensitivity to aesthetics in their work.  This workshop will focus on handling materials, observational skills, the understanding of anatomy and overall drawing proficiency.  This workshop is an excellent opportunity for high school students hoping to build and strengthen their portfolios.  Registration cost includes model fee.  Please bring a 18” x  24” drawing pad, drawing pencils and erasers.

Saturday, May 17, 2014: 10am - 4pm
$90 for members / $100 for non-members


The Sylized Portrait

with Tom O'Brien
This course will inspire you to accurately draw the features of the model, but by placing them into an abstract rendition of head, hair, neck, and shoulders, you can design a dramatically conceptual portrait. It’s also a lot of fun. The medium is vine charcoal as it lends itself to expressive drawing and simulates many painting styles.
Materials: thin vine or willow charcoal sticks, 14”X17” pad, bulldog clip for attaching pad to a drawing board and a kneaded eraser. Paper stumps for blending, are helpful, but not essential.

Tuesdays: 6:30pm - 9:30 pm
April 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27
$100 for members / $110 for non-members


Hands, Feet and Features

with Tom O’Brien
Tackle those pesky elements of drawing people - hands, feet, eyes, noses and especially ears - you will come to realize they’re not so different or difficult than illustrating any other part of the body.  First learn to do them separately and then place them in relation to each other and the whole picture. Please bring: thin sticks of willow or vine charcoal, a kneaded erasure, and a 11” X 14” drawing pad or larger.  This class is open to all levels.  

Fridays: 10:00am - 12:30pm
April 25, May 2, 9, 16
$90 for members / $100 for non-members


Sketching your Hometown
with Carolyn Justice
In this class, students will tour different areas of Saratoga Springs and record quick impressions of beautiful spring flora, indoor and outdoor architecture, street scenes and gardens.  Sketching provides a wonderful way to keep records of travel or ideas for future paintings.  Please bring a small sketchbook, fine tip marker and folding chair.  A travel watercolor set is optional.  First class will meet at The Arts Center.  Students will receive a schedule of meeting places at the first class.

Mondays: 1pm - 3pm
June 2, 9, 16, 23

$60 for members / $70 for non-members



Pastel for Beginners
with Carolyn Justice
This class will introduce participants to the basic concepts of pastel.  Pastel offers a wide range of artistic possibilities and may be used on a wide variety of papers and working surfaces.  Emphasis will be on experimenting with a variety of papers, use of color and becoming comfortable with the medium.   Supplies: Please bring non-oil pastels, a kneaded eraser, masking tape and several sheets of paper to each class.  Class size is limited to 14 students.  Pastel I is recommended for students who are new to the medium, but is open to all pastel students.

Mondays, 10am - 12pm
April 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19
$75 for members / $85 for non-members


Intermediate - Advanced Pastel
with Carolyn Justice
This course is a continuation of Pastel for Beginners. 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.  Supplies: Please bring non-oil pastels, a kneaded eraser, masking tape and several sheets of paper to each class.  Class size is limited to 14 students.

Tuesdays: 10am - 12pm
April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10

$110 for members / $120 for non-members


Dynamic Composition, Strong Contrast and Vibrant Color

A pastel workshop by Robert Carsten, PSA-MP, IAPS-MC, CPS

Join master pastelist Robert Carsten in this two-day pastel workshop and learn to create powerfully designed works of art by strengthening and organizing value contrast and energizing select color in the composition, resulting in dramatic light effects and breathtaking color. Work in the subject of your choice - landscape, still life, figure, or abstract, Robert will demonstrate how to bring drama and thrilling color into your pastel paintings. All levels welcome from beginner through advanced.

Saturday & Sunday: June 7 & 8, 2014: 10am - 4pm
$200 for members / $240 for non-members


Painting the Landscape in Watercolor
with Tom O’Brien
This landscape painting class is designed for artists of all levels and art-making experience.  Through demonstration and one-on-one instruction students will learn and understand the basic elements of design and composition inherent in a variety of different landscapes.  Students will also learn the basic rules for color mixing, different methods and techniques for applying watercolor and preparing the paper.  Class size is limited to 12 students.   Please visit our website for a complete supply list and bring lots of photographs for reference.  This class is open to all levels, from first-timers to advanced students

Fridays: 10am - 12pm
May 23, 30, June 6, 13
$60 for members / $70 for non-members


Drawing and Painting Animals
with Corey Pitkin
Celebrate our furry friends with pet portraits!  Students will learn about the shape and structure of common house pets, choosing the right pose, composing your image, techniques for drawing fur, how to draw eyes that exude life, and much more!  The class is structured to include lecture, demonstration, and lots of one-on-one attention for students!  Please bring several photographs of your favorite pet (dogs, cats and birds)!  Students should bring assorted pastels, multiple sheets of colored, textured paper, a kneaded eraser, several sticks of charcoal, and masking tape.  This workshop is open to all levels, from first-timers to advanced students

Wednesdays: 10am - 12:30pm
May 28, June 4, 11, 18

$80 for members / $90 for non-members


Oil Painting Workshops with Takeyce Walter

Beginner's Level

If you have ever wanted to try oil painting, or haven't been painting for some time, and just don't know where to start this is the class for you. The focus of this workshop will be on how to compose a painting, choosing and mixing colors, and students will learn about a variety of different brushwork and application techniques. Students and Instructor will work from a still life for this class. Takeyce will also demonstrate her process for creating river and landscape scenes. Students will also do the same from reference photos provided.  Instructor demonstrations, critiques and one-on-one attention will be offered. 

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 10am - 4:00pm

$70 for members / $80 for non-members

Intermediate - Advanced Level

This workshop will discuss some of the more advanced concepts in oil painting; concept, composition, drawing, value and color. Takeyce will also discuss tips on how to present, display, and sell your work; from photographing, framing, to blogging, and using social media to market your work. Instructor demonstrations, critiques and one-on-one attention will be offered.  A complete supply list can be found on our website. This workshop is designed for students who have taken Beginner's Oil Painting or have some experience.

Saturday, May 24, 2014 - 10am - 4:00pm
$70 for members / $80 for non-members


The Local Landscape | 
In Oils and/or Pastels

with Takeyce Walter
We have all been waiting for spring - the bright colors, the flowers; there is no better way to celebrate than by getting outdoors and painting!   Using beautiful Congress Park as inspiration, lessons will include the fundamentals of composing and designing the perfect spring landscape.  Takeyce will also discuss and demonstrate techniques to enrich your paintings and offer individual assistance to all students.  Please bring a bag lunch.  A complete supply list can be found at our website - This workshop is designed for all levels and no experience is required!

Saturday, June 21, 2014: 10am - 4pm
$70 for members / $80 for non-members

In August 2014, Saratoga Arts will be presenting our annual juried show, Sights + Sounds of Saratoga.  Students participating in this workshop are encouraged to submit their completed work for inclusion!

The Portrait in Oils and/or Pastels
with Corey Pitkim
Working from a live model students will receive instruction on achieving a likeness and creating the illusion of depth. This full day workshop will start with an oil painting demonstration in the morning and allow participants to work from the model with one-on-one instructor guidance in the afternoon. All mediums and all skill levels welcome.  Oil painters, please bring: oil paints - at least a red, a blue, a yellow and a white, a 11x14 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

Saturday, June 28, 2014: 10am - 4pm

$70 for members / $80 for non-members




with 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 hours are: M-F, 9am - 4:30pm and Saturdays 11am - 4:30pm.

Wednesdays: 1pm - 3pm
April 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21 & 28
$85 for members / $95 for non-members


Silversmithing & Metal Fabrication
with Matt Balint
Silversmithing & Metal Fabrication offers an opportunity to learn the basic techniques of silversmithing and allows participants the opportunity to create a piece of functional or non-functional art, jewelry or sculpture in sterling or fine silver. This class also provides an introduction to a number of techniques and approaches to two and three-dimensional design and establishes a foundation for the fabrication of jewelry with a primary focus on lamination (soldering), piercing, bezal making, and stone setting. All of the necessary tools will be provided. Class size is limited to 10.  There will be $30 materials fee will be due to Matt at the first class.  

Thursdays: 6:30pm - 9pm
May 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5
$90 for members / $100 for non-members





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Watercolor Bootcamp

Drawing I, Drawing II 

Watercolor I,
Watercolor II

Pastel Workshop
with Robert Carsten

Mixed Media

Beginner's Oil Painting

Int. - Advanced Oil Painting

Landscape Elements Oil and Pastel

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