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Dust off your digital camera to finally use all the features, learn the functions of Photoshop, or discover how to edit video clips together into a professional-quality movie. You can learn all of this (and more!) in Digital Arts classes at The Arts Center.

Our instructors are experts that will help you master digital art and design that can be used at work and at home. It’s amazing what you can do with a little know-how and some hands-on practice.

 

Beginner

  • Stop Motion Video with Clay in Bas Relief

    Bring your art to life through the creation of Stop Motion video. You will be shown examples of how contemporary artists are using Stop Motion animation in video work of today. Then you will learn how to w...

    August 12, 2015 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM

    Instructor: Cara Nisbeth

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  • Photo Boot Camp with Katherine Wright

    Are you ready for creative vacation? Have a new digital SLR camera and don’t know how to use it? This Photo 101 condensed course is geared towards novice photographers who are interested learning how to ...

    August 24, 2015 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM

    Instructor: Katherine Wright

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  • “Bird’s Eye View” Workshop with RCHS

    Before manned flight was common, the term "bird's eye" was used to distinguish views drawn from direct observation at high locations, or from those constructed from an imagined bird's perspective, and as a...

    August 20, 2015 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM

    Instructor: Benj Gleeksman

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  • New Start Date! Using Your DSLR Camera: A Crash Course

    In this super condensed crash course students will be introduced to the basics of using a digital SLR camera. This workshop will define and clarify the functions that are found on most SLR cameras as well ...

    August 9, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Katherine Wright

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  • Introduction to Photoshop Elements

    In this beginner friendly 8 week class, students will be introduced to the top editing program designed for the everyday consumer, Adobe Photoshop Elements 13. Participants will become adept at using the v...

    September 9, 2015 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM

    Instructor: Katherine Wright

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  • First Timers Video Game Creation Workshop with Tech Valley Game Space

    Are you interested in making your own games, but unsure about how to get started? Have you ever had a crazy idea for a digital game or interactive app, but assumed it would be too difficult and complex to ...

    September 12, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Jamey Stevenson

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  • Using Your DSLR Camera: A Crash Course

    In this super condensed crash course students will be introduced to the basics of using a digital SLR camera. This workshop will define and clarify the functions that are found on most SLR cameras as well ...

    September 13, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Katherine Wright

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  • Photography 101

    This class will define and clarify the functions that are found on most digital SLR cameras, shooting techniques, and an introduction to digital viewing and editing on the computer. Students will learn abo...

    September 15, 2015 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM

    Instructor: Katherine Wright

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  • Stop Motion Animation: Community Inclusion Project

    Whether you’re cutting people out of paper, sculpting characters from clay, or drawing your ideas out on a story board, you’ll make your ideas come to life with stop motion animation. In this class for...

    September 22, 2015 — 01:30 PM to 03:30 PM

    Instructor: Madison LaVallee

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  • Photography 101

    This class will define and clarify the functions that are found on most digital SLR cameras, shooting techniques, and an introduction to digital viewing and editing on the computer. Students will learn abo...

    September 23, 2015 — 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

    Instructor: Katherine Wright

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  • Adobe After Effects CC: A Crash Course

    In this super condensed “crash course,” students will be introduced to Adobe After Effects CC, the industry-standard motion graphics software for students interested in experimenting with animation and...

    September 26, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Michael Arentz

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  • Introduction to Adobe InDesign CC

    In this beginner friendly 5 week class, students will be introduced to the top creative document publishing program, Adobe InDesign CC. InDesign is the perfect choice for making any document that needs cre...

    October 8, 2015 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM

    Instructor: Benj Gleeksman

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  • Adobe Illustrator CC: A Crash Course

    In this super condensed crash course, students will be introduced to Adobe Illustrator CC, the top program for creating vector graphics which can be scaled up or down infinitely. Adobe Illustrator is great...

    October 17, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Benj Gleeksman

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  • Wired Into Art: Tech Art 101

    Learn about the intersection of art and technology in this fun and informative class! You’ll learn some basic and approachable tools to integrate technology into your art practice, and take your creative...

    October 21, 2015 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM

    Instructor: Julia Alsarraf

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  • Adobe CC Lightroom and Photoshop: A Crash Course

    In this crash course students will be introduced to the photo editing programs, Lightroom and Photoshop, both found in Adobe’s Creative Cloud. We will address workflow options, syncing between the two pr...

    October 25, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Katherine Wright

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  • Exploring Sound in the Sonic Sandbox

    Have you ever noticed the steady rhythm of rain tapping on your roof? The low drone of your neighbor's lawnmower? This class will invite students to consider and analyze the musical qualities (rhythm, pitc...

    October 27, 2015 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM

    Instructor: Julia Alsarraf

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  • Using Your DSLR Camera: A Crash Course

    In this super condensed crash course students will be introduced to the basics of using a digital SLR camera. This workshop will define and clarify the functions that are found on most SLR cameras as well ...

    November 7, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Katherine Wright

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  • Principles of Graphic Design

    In this class, you will be introduced to the elements and principles of basic design. Part history lesson, and part art class, we will learn about design in the world we live in (the good and the bad) and...

    November 9, 2015 — 06:15 PM to 09:15 PM

    Instructor: Benj Gleeksman

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  • Photography 101

    This class will define and clarify the functions that are found on most digital SLR cameras, shooting techniques, and an introduction to digital viewing and editing on the computer. Students will learn abo...

    November 10, 2015 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM

    Instructor: Katherine Wright

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  • Black and White Photography

    Sometimes it’s not all just black and white - in this workshop you’ll learn all about light and how to correctly convert your images to stunning black and white images. We will work on capturing great ...

    November 15, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Katherine Wright

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  • Using Your DSLR Camera: A Crash Course

    In this super condensed crash course students will be introduced to the basics of using a digital SLR camera. This workshop will define and clarify the functions that are found on most SLR cameras as well ...

    December 5, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Katherine Wright

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  • Adobe InDesign CC: A Crash Course

    In this super condensed “crash course,” students will be introduced to Adobe InDesign CC, the top creative document publishing program. InDesign is the perfect choice for making any document that needs...

    December 12, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Benj Gleeksman

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  • Introduction to Adobe CC: Lightroom & Photoshop

    In this class, participants will learn to use the photo editing programs, Lightroom and Photoshop, both found in Adobe's Creative Cloud. We will address workflow options, syncing between the two programs a...

    November 4, 2015 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM

    Instructor: Katherine Wright

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  • Iphoneography

    We have them with us constantly; our phones are an extension of ourselves. In this workshop we will discover all the functions and features of our iPhone and iPad cameras. We will learn fun shooting techni...

    September 10, 2015 — 05:30 PM to 09:30 PM

    Instructor: Katherine Wright

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Intermediate

  • Adobe CC After Effects

    If you are interested in experimenting with animation and incorporating professional effects into your films and videos, this class will introduce you to Adobe's industry-standard motion graphics software...

    September 10, 2015 — 06:15 PM to 09:15 PM

    Instructor: Michael Arentz

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  • Sports Photography with Cindy Schultz

    Do want to break into the field of sports photography? Do you want to take better pictures of your son playing football or your daughter competing in soccer? Times Union photographer Cindy Schultz will lea...

    September 15, 2015 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM

    Instructor: Cindy Schultz

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  • Photojournalism Workshop with Cindy Schultz

    In this six-hour introductory workshop to photojournalism, you'll move beyond taking aesthetically-pleasing pictures and look at telling visual stories. You’ll meet Times Union photographer Cindy Schultz...

    October 10, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Cindy Schultz

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  • Food Photography Workshop

    In this workshop we will discuss how to capture great food photography with a focus on how to style your plates and camera capturing instruction. We will work with an assortment of subjects including raw f...

    October 18, 2015 — 11:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Katherine Wright

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  • Posing for Portraits – All Shapes and Sizes

    In this workshop you will discover how to pose your clients of all shapes and sizes. We will cover some of the photography basics, however the main focus of this workshop is to learn how to engage, connect...

    November 14, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Katherine Wright

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  • SOLD OUT! Long Exposure: Holiday Lights Workshop

    In this fun and unique workshop participants will learn the basics about long exposure and shooting on location. We will start at The Arts Center to go over our camera settings and then head out for some h...

    December 13, 2015 — 03:00 PM to 07:00 PM

    Instructor: Katherine Wright

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  • SOLD OUT! Photography 102

    Students will expand on the basic photography skills taught in Photography 101 and become exposed to a variety of “real world” situations to better improve their images. Students will also be introduce...

    September 14, 2015 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM

    Instructor: Katherine Wright

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  • SOLD OUT! Macro Photography

    In this one day workshop students will explore the world of macro photography. We will see the world close while we explore a variety of subjects in nature through natural and studio lighting. Prerequisit...

    October 24, 2015 — 11:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Katherine Wright

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Advanced

  • Introduction to Off Camera Flash

    In this intense one day workshop, participants will be exposed to the foundation of using flash photography. We will discuss how to create and modify light for various applications including event and port...

    December 19, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Katherine Wright

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