Saratoga Arts Spring/Summer 2019 Classes

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. A complete supply list can be found online.

Tuesdays, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
April 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28, and June 4
$90 for members / $100 for not-yet-members

LET’S SKETCH! CLASS 
with Carolyn Justice

Students will come together each week to sketch from both life and photographs. This class will focus on recording an impression and exploring one’s personal style. This exploratory approach to drawing allows for endless possibilities and lots of creativity. Students will focus less on rendering a subject and more on the energy of line and learning how to create a lively gestural drawing. Students should bring to class a medium sized sketch book and a fine tip marker. Watercolor is optional for students who wish to do washes over their ink drawings. This class is open to all skill levels.

Fridays, 1 – 3pm
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and June 7
$90 for members / $100 for not-yet-members

INTERMEDIATE – ADVANCED PASTEL 
with Carolyn Justice 

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. Students must bring non-oil pastels, a kneaded eraser, masking tape and several sheets of paper to each class.

Tuesdays, 10am – 12pm
April 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28 and June 4
$90 for members / $100 for not-yet-members

PAINTING BIRDS WITH PASTELS 
with Pam Short

In this workshop Pam will share how creates her eye-catching birds in pastels. Pam will explore a few of the methods she uses to render believable, yet painterly birds without getting caught up in the details. Pam will demonstrate her process, using photos of birds, and small, quick color studies. Then, she will give one-on-one assistance to the students as they create their own bird paintings using their own photos or some provided. This workshop is open for all skill levels. A complete supply list can be found online.

Saturday, July 6: 10am – 4pm
$80 for members/ $90 for not-yet-members

CONTEMPORARY FLORAL STILL LIFE IN PASTEL 
with Robert Carsten, PSA

Join master pastelist, Robert and learn to use contemporary and modern ideas to compose and create dramatic and exciting pastel paintings around the theme of flowers. Seemingly limitless possibilities and creative potential are at your fingertips when we use design and color in our paintings in new and different ways. Fun and educational, with a presentation and demonstration by the instructor, helpful critique and lots of painting time. This workshop is open for all skill levels. A complete supply list can be found online.

Saturday, July 13: 10am – 4pm
$130 for members / $140 for non-members

OIL PAINTING FROM PHOTOS 
with Lisa David

Have you ever worked from a photo or a reference image only to have your painting fall flat? This one day workshop gives oil painters tips and techniques on getting the most from their photos! Artist, Lisa David, will spend the morning demonstrating her approach. In the afternoon, students will work on their own paintings and receive individual feedback and tips on how to improve their paintings. This workshop is open to all skill levels. A complete supply list can be found online. 

Saturday, April 13: 10am – 4pm
$70 for members / $80 for not-yet-members

WET ON WET WATERCOLORS 
with Irene Radicchi

Learn how to use the technique of wet on wet watercolors from self-taught artist Irene Radicchi. The gentle ebb and flow of water and color paints a picture that draws you in and gives you the freedom to be creative! This is a perfect workshop for those who are new to the medium and/or aren’t comfortable with drawing. Students will explore this technique to create images that depart from the traditional idea of a representational painting. This workshop is open for all skill levels. A complete supply list can be found online.

Thursday, May 16: 10am – 1pm
$35 for members / $45 for not-yet-members

COLOR THEORY WORKSHOP 
with Robin Rosenthal

Learn how to work with complementary colors to create eye-catching oil paintings. Students will learn how to compose a painting, learn paint mixing using the color wheel and how to simplify your brushwork to give your work a sculptural, painterly quality. We’ll also cover basic materials, the concepts of value, intensity and temperature. Demos, painting exercises and one-on-one attention will be provided. Students will be able to create a colorful still life and become a more confident painter in their chosen subject matter, all while having fun. Class size is limited to 10. This workshop is open to all skill levels. A complete supply list can be found online.

Saturday, June 29: 11am – 4pm
$70 for members / $80 for not-yet-members

WATERCOLOR INTENSIVE 
with Ritvik Sharma

In this one day workshop, students will learn how to paint in a loose impressionistic style and tackle the spontaneity of watercolor with ease and fun. This is a great opportunity to spend one day doing value studies and learning linear perspective. This workshop will feature two full demos while learning about color theory and composition with emphasis on creating mood in the painting. Students will have the option to paint from the provided reference photos and demos or to bring their own favorite photos to paint from. In addition, students will receive personal guidance and feedback on their work. This workshop is open for all skill levels. A complete supply list can be found online.

Saturday, June 22: 9am – 4pm
$80 for members / $90 for not-yet-members

FLOWERS IN WATERCOLOR 
with Tom Ryan

For intermediate level students – Learn the secrets of painting traditional flowers in watercolor with emphasis on composition, color, values, edges, and variety. The critical use of white and negative painting will be addressed and demonstrated. The challenge of backgrounds will also be covered. Each participant will work on their own painting by using their own photos for reference with one-on-one advice from artist and instructor Tom Ryan. A complete supply list can be found online.

Saturday, June 1: 10am – 4pm
$70 for members / $80 for not-yet-members

PLEIN AIR IN THE PARK 
with Ann Larsen, OPA, AIS, AWAM

Students will be painting in and around Congress Park for this Plein Air in the Park Workshop. If you have been wanting to take your painting to the next level, this class is for you! Emphasis will be on the importance of design and value. Value is the most important aspect of your painting. Get the value right and your colors will be right as well. Finding a subject, simplifying and designing with value will be our focus. Color, brushwork and edges all will be discussed to help strengthen your painting. Demonstrations and individual attention will be given. This will be a fun and informative workshop for those who feel they struggle with outdoor painting. Serious beginner plein air painters to advanced are welcome. Ann will be using oils, but pastel, acrylic or watercolor are welcome as the underlying principles are the same. A complete supply list can be found online.

Saturday and Sunday, July 27 + 28
10am – 5pm
$230 for members / $250 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. Students are encouraged to bring whichever supplies they feel most comfortable working with. Registration fee includes the modeling fee. 

Sunday, June 30: 10am – 4pm
$85 for members / $95 for not-yet-members

THE NUDE 
with Corey Pitkin

The practice of drawing the nude model from life has been a cornerstone of artistic development for centuries. Join artist and instructor Corey Pitkin as he peels back the mystique of this scholarly tradition. Using the media of your choice students will be guided through the process of developing a composition, capturing the gesture, determining proportions, and describing the underlying structure and anatomy from a live nude model. After a morning demonstration students will be given one-on-one guidance to bring their artwork to a finish. All mediums and all skill levels welcome. Students are encouraged to bring whichever supplies they feel most comfortable working with. Registration fee includes the modeling fee.
 
Sunday, June 2: 10am – 4pm
$85 for members / $95 for not-yet member

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 open to all skill levels. In order to give Saratoga Arts enough time to order the included supplies, registration for this class ends Friday, May 24th.

Saturday, June 8: 10am – 4pm
$100 for members / $110 for not-yet-members

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 media. There is no teacher for Open Studio. Sessions are recommended for ages 15 and up. Participants can work in the medium of their choice but must bring their own supplies. Pre-registration is encouraged for the Open Studio sessions but not required.

Drop in rates: $12 for members / $14 for non- members or you can purchase a session and save money:

Mondays: 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Session I: April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13
Session II: June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8
Session III: July 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26
*Please note that Open Studio will not meet on May 27 due to Memorial Day*
$60 for members / $75 for not-yet-members per session

Saratoga Arts’ Open Studio Session run throughout the whole year, even in the summer!

Check out Open Studio’s website: www.lifestudio.org/clubs/saratogaImages

OKLAHOMA TRACK SUNRISE PHOTO TOUR 
with Greg Cuda

Join photographer Greg Cuda for a sunrise photo tour of the Saratoga Race Course’s Oklahoma track. Come early and enjoy the golden hour then stay for the races if you wish! Greg will show you several locations for capturing the best morning light and give advice and feedback on the best exposure settings. Bring the longest telephoto lens you have. Greg has both Canon and Nikon telephoto lenses available to borrow. This workshop is open for all skill levels. Please note that while this workshop takes place offsite, students will meet at Saratoga Arts at 6:30am to travel over to the track together.

Saturday, July 27: 7am – 10am
*Please note that students must meet at 6:30am at Saratoga Arts for this workshop*
$35 for members / $45 for not-yet-members

GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR IPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY 
with Jennifer Duke Anstey

Do you find that the images that you take on your iPhone 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.

Tuesday, June 18: 6pm – 8pm
$20 for members / $25 for not-yet-member

PHOTOGRAPHING ARTWORK FOR SUBMISSION & ARCHIVING 
with Harry Wirtz

In this workshop, students will learn how to use their digital camera to make quality photographs for documentation, press releases, jury submissions, and print editions of your work. Topics will include setting up artwork for photography, low cost lighting options, basic camera adjustments, editing the image for accuracy, and more. This workshop comes at a perfect time as our 2020 Call for Submissions for the Arts Center Gallery closes on May 15. Students should bring a camera and user manual and furthermore be familiar with its operation. “Point and shoot” and cell phone cameras can be made to work with some effort, but a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) or high end mirrorless camera is best. A demonstration with artwork and affordable lighting will be provided.

Friday, May 10: 6pm – 9pm
$35 for members / $45 for not-yet-members

BEGINNER’S PHOTOGRAPHY 
with Thom Williams

Beginning photography is designed to get  students up and running with a full working knowledge of the most important tool in photography: the camera! Digital cameras have introduced a huge number of helpful tools packed into roughly the same size slr and even smaller mirrorless cameras. We will explore all these functions to make you not only proficient in their use but more importantly when to use them. We will put these functions to use through a series of practical exercises and projects. In addition to the use of this powerful tool we will explore general artistic compositional guidelines as well.  This course is open to those who are new to the medium or just starting. All students should bring with them to class a DSLR  or a high end mirrorless camera.

Wednesdays: 6:30 – 9pm
April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8
$100 for members / $110 for not-yet-members

INTERMEDIATE – ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY 
with Thom Williams

Intermediate photography is designed for students to start playing with photography and 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 some prior experience with photography. All students should bring with them to class a DSLR  or a high end mirrorless camera.

Wednesdays: 6:30 – 9pm
May 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19
$100 for members / $110 for not-yet-members

IMPROV COMEDY CLASS 
with David Braucher AEA, AFTRA

This high energy, hands-on, fast-paced class will equip players with techniques for creating original comedic scenes and characters. Players will gain confidence and widely applicable theatrical skill by practicing sequenced theater games and improvisations. The workshop will culminate with an end of term show for invited guests. Instructor David Braucher, has experience as a professional actor (AEA, AFTRA), master teacher, and director. He has worked with Leila Kenzle (“Mad about You”), Carol Woods (Broadway: “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”), John Rue ( TV: “Boardwalk Empire”, “House of Cards”), Kathleen Kellaigh (TV: “Guiding Light”), Ken Levine (TV: Head writer “M*A*S*H” and “Cheers”).

Wednesdays: 7pm – 9pm
April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1 and 8
$90 for members / $100 for not-yet-member

THE ART OF THE PERSONAL NARRATIVE
with Dan Vollweiler 

The late Mr. Rogers said, “there isn’t anyone you couldn’t love once you’ve heard their story.” Personal essays have the power to both help other people understand us and, perhaps more importantly, help us understand ourselves. Storytellers can also offer their stories as gifts to other people for entertainment, insight, emotional catharsis or inspiration. Think of the powerful movies, lectures or literature that have impacted you due to the careful deliberation of a great storyteller. In this class, the instructor will help students discover what stories they want to tell, why they want to tell them, and how to do so most effectively. This course is open to all skill levels, ages 15+. Student should bring a notebook, pen, and folder to each class. Instructor Daniel Vollweiler is a local author, poet and teacher. He has published a book of humor, co-edited and contributed to Before they Disappear: A Collection of Historical Fiction about Geneseo, NY (SUNY Geneseo) and been a featured poet at Caffe Lena Poetry Open Mic. He is currently at work on a book of poetry and a book of personal essays.  

Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and June 6
$90 for members / $100 for not-yet-members

PRINTING ON FABRIC: SURFACE DESIGN ON SCARVES & TOTE BAGS
with Kathy Klompas 

Students will experiment with several different techniques such as gelli plate printing, painting and stamping to build up pattern and layer colors on fabric. Learn how thickened fiber reactive dyes bond to fabric and how it differs from paint. Students will create their own one-of-a-kind vibrantly colored fabrics. A material fee of $15 is due to the instructor at the beginning of class. This fee covers all necessary materials and tools and includes a sample of cotton fabric, a silk scarf blank, and a tote bag. Students are encouraged to bring their own plastic bags for carrying projects home, newspaper, and a couple pairs of rubber gloves. Foam stamps are optional for those who wish to bring their own.

Sunday, June 23: 1pm – 4pm
$35 for members / $45 for not-yet-members

SARATOGA TOTE BASKET WEAVING
with Barbara Boughton 

This basket, woven exclusively for the Arts Center, is your go-to tote for all events Saratoga. The basket, woven in a twill pattern, sports a sturdy, solid bottom, perfect for trips to the farmers’ market and picnics on the lawn at SPAC.  The twill pattern, continued up the sides, creates and intriguing step pattern.  Deerskin lacing is included in the weaving, creating contrast and interest. With a nod to Saratoga’s racing heritage, the long leather tote-handles are hand-crafted from British bridle leather. The dimensions of this basket are as follows: 15” long, 8” wide, 12” high at rim of basket. A material fee of $55 is due to the instructor at the beginning of class and includes all necessary materials. This workshop is open for all skill levels and is limited to 8 students.

Saturday and Sunday, May 4 – 5: 9:30 am – 4pm
$110 for members / $120 for not-yet-member

GELLI PLATE PRINTING: MONOPRINT WITHOUT A PRESS
with Kathy Klompas 

Printing with a Gelli plate is an intriguing process that results in beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces with amazing colors, layers and textures. Learn the basic process of monotype printmaking and see how colors and shapes layer and interact. The class will experiment with a variety of acrylic paints, stencils, textures and mark-making tools on different types of papers and cloth. You will complete ready to frame prints and go home with a stash of unique papers to inspire future mixed-media works. Students will also have the opportunity to build a 3D geometric shape from their printed papers. A material fee of $10 is due to the instructor at the beginning of class.  This fee covers all necessary materials and tools. Optional supplies for students to bring include stencils, stamps, or their own gelli plate.

Thursday, April 18: 1pm – 4pm
$35 for members / $45 for not-yet-members

PYSANKY: UKRAINIAN-STYLE EASTER EGGS 
with Chris Levy

Pysanky (Ukrainian-style Easter eggs) are a traditional folk art which has been practiced in many Eastern European countries for centuries. The colorful decorated eggs symbolize the release of the earth from the shackles of winter and the coming of spring with its promise of new hope.  Pysanky techniques, designs, and traditions have been handed down through generations and the art is alive and well modern times! In this class, students will learn how to decorate eggs using traditional tools, batik methods, bee’s wax and dyes. Students will learn about the history of pysanky, the traditional meanings of the designs, and some of the associated folklore.  Each student will take home their creations. Explore the art, symbolism and joy in creating traditional Ukrainian Pysanky eggs in this creative class! A materials fee of $5 is due to the instructor at the beginning of class. Class size is limited to 10 students.

Thursday, April 11: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
$35 for members / $45 for not-yet-members

FRAMING ARTWORK ON A BUDGET 
with Jennifer Duke 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, May 26: 1 – 4pm
JDH Framing Studio, 23 Ashley Drive
Ballston Lake NY
$35 for members / $45 for not-yet-members

FUSED GLASS ART
with Patrice Mastrianni 

In this workshop, learn to make a piece of art from fused glass! The science of fusing glass, designing with opaque and translucent colors and basic glass cutting techniques will be covered in this one day workshop. Students are encouraged to search online for beginner’s glass ideas to bring with them to class. A $20 per student supply and firing fee will be due at the beginning of class. All materials and necessary tools will be provided for student use. Finished pieces will be available for pick up about 7 – 10 days after the workshop at Saratoga Arts. This workshop is open for all skill levels.

Tuesday, April 16: 6 – 9pm
$35 for members / $45 for not-yet-members

FUSED GLASS EARRINGS OR PENDANT
with Patrice Mastrianni 

In this workshop, make your very own jewelry from fused glass! The science of fusing glass, designing with opaque and translucent colors and basic glass cutting techniques will be covered in this one day workshop. While creating earrings & pendants are the focus, students have the option to make a 4” glass picture or hanging ornament if desired. A $20 per student supply and firing fee will be due at the beginning of class. All materials and necessary tools will be provided for student use. Finished pieces will be available for pick up about 7 – 10 days after the workshop at Saratoga Arts. This workshop is open for all skill levels.

Tuesday, June 11: 6 – 9pm
$35 for members / $45 for not-yet-members

MOSAIC WORKSHOP
with Kate Hartley 

Learn the art of mosaics with Kate Hartley, artist leading the the North Creek Mosaic Project into its 9th year! Students will make a garden stone for a path or flower bed and learn how artists through the ages have used colorful tiles, glass and stones to enliven their surroundings. Your own garden stone (using a concrete stepping stone as a base) will be a simple picture, shape or pattern of your choosing. Come with an idea or be inspired by mosaic examples from around the world! A material fee of $18 is due to the instructor at the beginning of class. All necessary materials will be provided, but if you have something permanent you’d like to embed in your project (sea glass, shells, a special stone, etc.), bring it along!

Sunday, June 9: 10am – 4pm
$80 for members/ $90 for not-yet-members

SILVERSMITHING DESIGN & FABRICATION 
with Matt Balint

Have you been looking for that perfect piece of unique jewelry? This workshop 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, bezel making, and stone setting. Participants will have the opportunity to create a pair of earrings, pendant, or ring in sterling or fine silver. All of the necessary tools will be provided but students may bring their own stone if desired. Class size is limited to 7.  There will be a $35 materials fee due to the instructor at the beginning of the workshop.

Saturday and Sunday, March 2 & 3: 9am – 4pm
$120 for members / $130 for not-yet-members

DESIGN A SENSATIONAL SUCCULENT GARDEN
with Suzanne Balet-Haight, Balet Flowers 

Create a beautiful and unique container with the colors and textures of succulents. Beautiful just planted or add some features to make it into a world of your own. A material cost $25 is due to the instructor at the beginning of class and covers all necessary materials including a 10 – 12″ container, soil, and succulents. Students are encouraged to bring any items they wish to incorporate into their garden.

Thursday, May 2: 6:30 – 8:30pm
$25 for members / $30 for not-yet-members

CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING
with Linda Schultz 

Nature is the heart of Chinese Brush painting.  It is intended to be a meditative and spontaneous art form, capturing the essence of an image or idea with very little attention to precise details.  Come and learn the basics for this meditative art form.  Using the “Four Treasures”, the brush, ink stick, ink stone and the paper, you will learn the techniques to create the “Four Gentleman”, the bamboo, orchid, plum and chrysanthemum.  Each “Gentleman” introduces a new stroke or idea and reinforces techniques already learned.  Continual demonstrations will be provided through out the classes, along with individual attention and feedback. A supply fee of $38 will be due at the beginning of class to the teacher and will include paper, ink, a brush, a palette, felt, copies and a newsprint pad.

Saturday, May 11: 10am – 5pm
$90 for members / $100 for non-member

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