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The Arts Center Partners

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

European Language Connection:
Etudes Music School:
Kathleen Bowman, Cello lessons
Jill Levy, Violin Lessons

For more information about any of the artists or organizations above, please click on the link provided or contact them using the number provided.  

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.




Drawing Classes                      Pastel Classes

Basic Drawing                                     Beginners Pastel
Drawing for All Levels                         Intermediate - Advanced Pastel
Sketching Saratoga                          Pastel Mini-Session
Open Studio - Spring                        Nightscapes in Pastel
Open Studio - Summer                     Drawing Children from Photos
Figure Drawing Workshops                Gorgeous Impressionism &
Portrait Drawing                                  Dynamic Expressionism
Saratoga Centennial Celebration
Workshop: Variations on the Spirit of Life

​​Painting Classes                Fine Craft Classes       Classes for Children

The Artful Retreat                      Silversmithing                        Summer Camp!
Watercolor Mini-Session        The Sculpted Portrait            
Landscape in Watercolor          Weaving                                   
Foundations in Oils                                                                  
Small Scale Painting Workshop
Summer Plein Air Painting
All Media Portrait Workshop                              

Drawing Classes

Open Studio - Figure Drawing 

The Open Studio sessions offered by Saratoga Arts are 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?

Spring Session - Mondays: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
May 4, 11, 18, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
$80 for members / $100 for non-members     

Summer Session I - Mondays: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 1
$50 for members / $70 for non-members    

Summer Session II - Mondays: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

August 10, 17, 24, 31, September 14
$50 for members / $70 for non-members     

Basic Drawing        

with James D’Andrea
Learn the basic skills of drawing from observation through still and live models. The class will cover use of pencils, ink, and charcoal on various papers. Perspective to portraiture will be covered. Touch all the bases and score a home run with this class if you are new to drawing, trying to round a portfolio for college or knocking off some rust after being away from the easel for a prolonged time.  This class is perfect for students of all levels.  Students registered for Basic Drawing should bring a 9" x12" heavy bond drawing pad, 12" x18" charcoal pad, 4b-4h pencil set, hard and medium vine charcoal, a kneaded eraser, a white plastic eraser, a knife, s ruler, sharpeners, a 12-18" thin rod (knitting needles work well), a sandpaper block, and a smudger.

Thursdays: 10am - 12pm
May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11
$85 for members / $95 for non-members
Call 584-4132 to register for this class

Drawing for All Levels     

with James D’Andrea
How many things do you see every day and wish you could draw that?  Drawing is for everybody and this class is a drawing free for all!  Structured to be wide-open with demonstrations, lessons in the fundamentals of drawing and drawing techniques, gentle critiques, and lots of one-on-one time - this class is perfect for students who are new to drawing or have been drawing for years.  Students should bring a 9" x12" heavy bond drawing pad, 12" x18" charcoal pad, 4b-4h pencil set, hard and medium vine charcoal, a kneaded eraser, a white plastic eraser, a knife, s ruler, sharpeners, a 12-18" thin rod (knitting needles work well), a sandpaper block, and a smudger.

Thursdays: 7pm - 9pm
May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11
$85 for members / $95 for non-members

Call 584-4132 to register for this class 

Sketching Saratoga     

with Carolyn Justice
Enjoy Monday afternoons during the month of June, sketching and painting at some of Saratoga’s most beautiful locations - gardens, architectural sites and parks.  Sketching is fun, easy and provides a wonderful way to keep records of travel or ideas for future paintings.  This class is for all levels and no drawing or painting experience is required.  Please bring a small sketchbook, fine tip marker and folding chair to each class.  A travel watercolor set is optional.  The first class will meet at The Arts Center where students will enjoy sketching the architectural and landscape elements of Congress Park.  Students will receive a schedule of meeting places at the first class.

Mondays: 1pm - 3pm
June 1, 8, 15, 22
$60 for members / $70 for non-members 

Portrait Drawing     

with Tom O'Brien
This course addresses the mistakes made when drawing the human face. Solve what is askew by using simple math - measurement, geometry (shape) and comparison of sizes and shapes. Add to that an understanding of values (light & shade), a few tricks with hair and you’ll be on your way to creating a dramatic portrait. This class is great for beginners, but also a wonderful experience for intermediate-advanced students who would like to improve upon their skills.  Registration cost includes model fee. Personal attention will be given to your specific portrait drawing needs.
Wednesdays: 7pm - 9pm
May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 3
$100 for members / $110 for non-members  

Saratoga Centennial Celebration Workshop: Variations on the Spirit of Life   

with James D'Andrea
This course will celebrate one of Saratoga's most iconic landmarks: The Spencer Trask Memorial Spirit of Life, as both the sculpture and the City of Saratoga Springs celebrate their centennials. This unique, first time offered class will focus on aspects of the pose through figure study, with particular inspection of movement, proportion and form. It will be comprised of two 3 hour sessions with a variety of life poses by a live, nude model. There will be a series of gestural poses as well as a long repeating imitation of the classic as well as an opportunity to reference directly from the statue itself. Participants are welcome to bring photographs for reference if they choose.

Easels, drawing horses and tables are provided. Model fee is included in registration. 

All mediums and levels welcome.

Saturday, June 6: 10am-4pm
$110 for members / $120 for non-members

Painting Classes

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 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, June 1 (no class on Memorial Day)
$85 for members / $95 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 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9
$110 for members / $120 for non-members

All Media Portrait Workshop      

with Corey Pitkin
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 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.  Drawing students, please bring: a 9" x12" drawing pad (or larger), drawing pencils, hard and/or medium vine charcoal, a kneaded eraser, a white plastic eraser, and a sharpener.  Registration total includes a model fee.

Saturday, May 16, 2015: 10am - 4pm

$85 for members / $95 for non-members

Pastel Mini-Session - All Levels    

Registration for this class is closed.
with Carolyn Justice
For new and veteran pastel students, the mini session of our Pastel for All Levels provides an encouraging environment to paint with assistance and direction from Carolyn Justice, who has over 15 years experience teaching pastel.  Through one-on-one instruction, Carolyn will help guide new students through the basics; and intermediate - advanced students will enjoy lessons in advanced concepts in pastel tailored to their specific needs.  Class size is limited to 14 students,  All students should bring between 2-4, full-color photographs, non-oil pastels, a kneaded eraser, masking tape and several sheets of paper to each class.

Mondays, 10am - 12pm
June 8, 15, 22

$50 for members / $60 for non-members

Artful Retreat: 
A Watercolor Workshop      

with Susan Wiley
The Artful Retreat is a workshop that runs Thursday & Friday, gives the weekend for painting on your own, if you choose,  and resumes on Monday.  It is for new watercolorists or artists who have been away from the medium or need a more solid footing before tackling watercolors on their own. The workshop is tailored to your needs so that you can develop your own style and is designed to teach you the basic watercolor techniques, angle brush handling, color mixing and application - basically all of the skills an artist needs to execute a watercolor still life.  The first day is dedicated to laying the groundwork for techniques, mixing colors, learning about their special attributes, and learning how to use an angle brush with watercolors.  The second day is a hands on demo; Susan will paint a still life and stop at each step so that you can duplicate the same techniques that she employs on your own painting.  At the end of the day, students will participate in a gentle, constructive critique with many tips and pointers - usually the highlight of the workshop for everyone!  At the end of the day, you will leave with your finished, or nearly finished, painting. On Monday, you will compose your own painting and Susan will spend the full day working one-on-one with each student, helping them develop their painting while giving mini demos as needed.  There will be a second critique at the end of the day, and you will leave with your second finished or nearly finished painting.  Class size is limited to 12. Click HERE for the complete supply list.
Thursday, Friday & Monday: 9am - 3pm
May 14, 15, 18
$160 for members / $175 for non-members

Developing in Watercolors: Putting it all Together    
with Susan Wiley
This class is for those who already have the basic watercolor skills and want to work on their painting but need time and guidance to put it all together.  Each week you will be developing your own painting with Susan’s guidance and occasional demos as needed.  The last portion of the class will be a critique for more learning opportunity.  In addition to your usual watercolor supplies, bring whatever you are working on or wish to work on with backup drawings and photos for reference. Please bring 100% cotton watercolor paper no smaller than 16”x20”, a watercolor set, a variety of brushes, a cup for water, and a palate.
Wednesdays: 9:30am - 12pm
Look for this class in the Fall!
$45 for members / $55 for non-members

Drawing Children from Photographs     

with Corey Pitkin
Preserve the memories of their childhood with portraits you make! Children are so full of expression, emotion and movement it is often difficult to capture them on paper.  In this one-day workshop students will learn how to achieve a child’s likeness through techniques on how to capture character, using color and a focus on improving drawing skills.  All skill levels and mediums are welcome. This class is structured to include lectures, demonstration on different media, and lots of one-on-one attention for students!  Please bring several photographs and the drawing and/or painting supplies of your choice.

Saturday, June 13, 2015: 10am - 4pm
$70 for members / $80 for non-members       

Small Scale Painting Workshop 

Get ready for our...
10 x 10 = 1002015
Annual Summer Juried Exhibition

August 1 - September 26, 2015

with Takeyce Walter
Experience the power of art on a small scale, with artist Takeyce Walter, in this relaxed, fun workshop. Focusing on images, forms, shapes, color and a variety of painting techniques used when painting on a smaller scale, students will complete a 10” x 10” painting.  Students can work in oils and/or pastels for this workshop.  A complete supply list can be found at our website - This workshop is open to students of all levels and no experience with pastels or oils is required!  Students are encouraged to submit their completed work for inclusion in our exciting summer show!

Sunday, June 7, 2015: 10am - 4pm
$70 for members / $80 for non-members

Saratoga Arts is excited to announce its’ summer juried exhibition - 10 x 10 = 100, For this show, artists are asked to create an original artwork (2-D or 3-D) of art in a 10” x 10” format.  This exhibition is in honor of the City of Saratoga Springs’ Centennial Celebration.

Foundations of Oils     

with Takeyce Walter
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 learning about a variety of different brushwork and application techniques. Students and instructor will work from a still life for this class. Takeyce will demonstrate her process for creating river and landscape scenes and students will do the same from reference photos provided.  Instructor demonstrations, critiques and one-on-one attention will be offered. A complete supply list can be found at our website -

Look for this class in the Fall 2015
$70 for members / $80 for non-members

Workshops with Robert Carsten, PSA-mp, IAPS-mc  

Award-winning artist Robert Carsten, PSA, attended the Art Students League of New York, the Rhode Island School of Design and the Accademia di Belle Arti (Italy). He is a master pastelist and signature member of the Pastel Society of America, master circle artist in the International Association of Pastel Societies, Lifetime Honorary member of the Southwest Florida Pastel Society, signature member of the Connecticut Past Society, and Honorary Board member of Pastel Society of America. Robert is a contributing writer to Pastel Journal and The Artist's Magazine. He teaches workshops nationally and his pastel paintings have been shown in many museums and galleries and are collected worldwide. His work has been featured in Pure Color/The Best of Pastel,  Pastel Journal, American Art Review, The Artist's Magazine, Strokes of Genius/The Best of Drawing and Finding Your Style in Pastel, and other publications. Visit his website:

Gorgeous Impressionism 
and Dynamic Expressionism 
in Pastel     

Pastel is well-suited for utilizing these two magnificent styles of painting. Robert will present and demonstrate distinguishing features and techniques of each with the aim of enhancing drama, strength, expression and beauty in your pastel paintings. Working from sketches and photos in the landscape subject matter of your choice, learn to build form by layering strokes with an expanded palette of color and limited value range. Composition, linear and atmospheric perspective, practical color theory, and attention to achieving vibrant, textural surfaces distinguish this workshop by a very popular, nationally acclaimed instructor, arts writer and exhibitions juror. This two-day fun and educational workshop will consist of demonstrations, critique, and lots of painting time. All levels welcome. Visit our website for the complete supply list.
Saturday & Sunday, July 11 & 12, 2015: 10am - 4pm

$240 for members / $260 for non-members
SAVE THE DATE for our Fall 2015 workshop with Robert - Capturing Autumn Light in Pastel - Sunday, September 13, 2015

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 8, 15, 29, June 5, 12
$80 for members / $90 for non-members

Painting in the Early Summer: 
A Plein Air Workshop    
with Takeyce Walter

We have all been waiting for summer - 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!
Supply list for this workshop can be found HERE.

RESCHEDULED: Sunday, July 5, 2015: 10am - 4:00pm

$70 for members / $80 for non-members

Fine Craft & Sculpture Classes

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 a $30 materials fee due to Matt at the first class.  

Tuesdays: 6:30pm - 9pm

May 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9

$90 for members / $100 for non-members

The Sculpted Portrait     
with Tom O'Brien
Discover that the basic principles used in creating a 3D portrait are not so different than drawing one in 2D. Using clay to create the volume of the head, neck and shoulders with correctly placed features will produce an exhilarating portrait bust. The principles learned in this class will also help you draw better!  All materials for this workshop will be provided, but students are welcome to bring additional sculpting tools.  Registration fee includes sculpting medium and model fee.  This workshop is for students of all levels.
Saturday, June 27, 2015: 9:30am - 2:30pm

$90 for members / $100 for non-members
Registration for this workshop ends 10 days prior to the start of the event.


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.  This workshop is designed for all levels and no experience is required!

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 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27

$85 for members / $95 for non-members




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Scholarship Request Form (children)

Supply List Book: includes

The Artful Retreat
Drawing I
Drawing II
Beginner's Drawing
Drawing for All Levels

Pastel Workshop with Robert Carsten
Beginner's Oil Painting
Foundations of Oils
Int. - Advanced Oil Painting
Color Harmonies (for oil and pastel)
Small Scale Painting Workshop (for oil and pastel)
The Collage
The Landscape in Watercolor

Community Arts Education Program scholarships available for residents of Malta.  This year, Saratoga Arts was 
the awarded a grant from the Global Foundries - Town of Malta Foundation.

 Scholarships are available for our adult classes and for our summer camp and school break programs.  To learn more about Saratoga Arts Scholarship Program, contact Tanya Tobias, 
Associate Director - 
or 518-584-4132



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