“Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow. Seriously! I mean starting right now, do art and do it for the rest of your lives.” — Kurt Vonnegut
Are you an absolute beginner? An accomplished artisan?
From beginning classes to advanced study with master teachers, we can help you “grow your soul.” Learn and improve your craft. Gain self confidence. Make new friends.
Become a member of a creative community that has been a part of the Capital Region for 51 years.
Get creative today. At The Arts Center of the Capital Region.
The Arts Center of the Capital Region engages people in the creative experience. We are the region’s preeminent proponent of the arts and creative education, expression, and appreciation, serving people of all ages, abilities, and economic and cultural backgrounds.
Have questions? We have answers!
Q. I’m interested but intimidated, and I don’t think I’m all that creative. How can The Arts Center help?
A. Don’t worry. Our beginning art classes are taught by people who know how to a) make you comfortable, b) teach you how to become a better artist, and c) know that everyone is capable of being creative. As John Cleese of Monty Python fame said, “creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.” We’ll help you operate in creative ways.
Q. What do I bring to class?
A. In most classes your supplies will be provided. If you need to bring anything else we will let you know. Otherwise, wear clothes that you can get messy and be comfortable in. The most important things to bring are an open mind and a creative spirit!
Q. What if I don’t want to commit to a series of classes but want to sample a class?
A. You’re in luck! Our “Try It” classes are made for people just like you. They are a low cost/low commitment way to give the arts a shot. Please see Pottery, Stained Glass, and Jewelry for our “Try It” classes.
Q. I have taken classes in the arts and do not consider myself a beginner, but I am still learning. What do you have for me?
A. We offer a number of advanced classes in almost all disciplines. Many of our students have taken classes here for years and have progressed to advanced levels, developing close relationships with their teachers and fellow students.
Q. I want to take a class with my friend/husband/wife/partner. . .is that OK?
A. Absolutely. Taking any of our classes with someone you know is a great way to share an experience and have fun while learning.
Q. I once took an adult art class and we produced what I would call “refrigerator art.” It wasn’t all that challenging. Are your classes different?
A. Definitely. While we welcome all ability levels, we are serious about our teaching. We want to challenge you to do your best work, and our studios feature professional grade equipment and materials.
Q. How big are your classes?
A. We keep our classes small to ensure that students get lots of individual attention. Depending on the discipline, they can range in size from 4- 18 students. Some classes even have teacher assistants.
Q. Some of your classes seem expensive. Why?
A. Our individual classes are quite affordable. While at first glance a class with several sessions may seem expensive, each session is not much more in cost than going to a concert or movie. We seek out the best teachers and maintain outstanding facilities so you have the best experience possible. We do offer scholarships to children, teens, and adults – for more information click here.
Q. Where can I park?
A. Parking after 5:00pm and on weekends is free and plentiful, both on the street and in the lot behind The Arts Center. During the day, most parking on the street is free and good for up to two hours; some on street parking requires a fee and will be clearly marked. In addition, two parking garages offer spaces for a fee: on the corner of State and River Streets, two blocks from The Arts Center, and at the Uncle Sam garage, on Fulton and 3rd Streets, one block from The Arts Center.