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You don’t have to be Picasso to enjoy our Drawing and Painting classes. Artists of all levels have the opportunity to create mini-masterpieces in The Arts Center’s drawing, painting, and printmaking courses.

Not sure where to begin? Try Drawing for the Terrified, Intuitive Painting, or any other Beginner-level class.

Bring your sense of adventure as you explore new tools, materials, and mediums in Studio Art classes at The Arts Center.

 

Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014
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Create a Collaborative Outdoor Sculpture with Artist-in-Residence Claire Sherwood

September 24, 2014 — 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Claire Sherwood

Take this unique opportunity to create your own sculpture from ordinary cardboard boxes with Local Artist in Residence, Claire Sherwood. Workshop participants will explore the creative possibilities of items of simple cardboard, staplers, hot glue and string. Each participant will create an individual sculpture as well as work on a large scale collaborative piece that will be constructed and displayed behind The Arts Center at the September Troy Night Out. The cardboard sculpture will be left to change and mutate with the natural elements until it breaks down. Students are encouraged to come help construct the final statue on September 26th at 5pm. Come, break out of your comfort zone and create! Workshops can be attended individually, or take all three! All ages welcome. Parents must accompany children under 16, but are encouraged to come and participate with them! THESE WORKSHOPS QUALIFY FOR OUR CREATIVE FAMILIES PRICING.

Saturday, Sep 27, 2014
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The Rural Landscape: Master Class with Robert Moylan

September 27, 2014 to October 18, 2014 — 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM Instructor: Robert Moylan

In this special master class with Robert Moylan, students will focus on how to simplify the subject to its basic forms, perspective and color mixing. Techniques will be demonstrated with gouache paint but watercolor is also welcome. There will be demos and hands on painting. Rain date on Sunday. Class will meet in Schaghticoke. Exact location will be provided before the class begins. Maps will be provided for future classes. Students should bring their painting supplies (brushes, paint and paper), a board to support the paper, sketch paper, pencils & water. A small folding easel is recommended. Students should also plan to bring water, a hat, bug spray, and other outdoor necessities. This class is recommended for students with some painting experience, but beginners are welcome.

Saturday, Sep 27, 2014

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Urban Sketching: Perspective, Proportion & Scale

September 27, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Tony Conner

Get to know the beauty of Troy in this day long intensive. Throughout this workshop you’ll learn how to see and represent proper proportion, scale and perspective by sketching the beautiful downtown Troy cityscape. You’ll develop a thorough understanding of linear perspective, scale and portion, and cover effective light depiction, shade and shadow through the use of color and value. Tony’s paintings are widely exhibited in juried, group and solo exhibits. His work has been included in a number of national juried exhibits including the New England Watercolor Society National Biennial, Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, and the Hudson Valley Art Association Annual National Exhibition.

Monday, Sep 29, 2014
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Introduction to Watercolors with Robert Moylan

September 29, 2014 to November 3, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM Instructor: Robert Moylan

Students will discover their own approach to painting with transparent watercolors. Learn how to use the materials, practice different techniques and apply color theory while creating vibrant watercolor paintings of various subject matter. Some drawing and painting experience is helpful for this class. All materials will be provided.

Monday, Sep 29, 2014

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Keeping a Visual Journal

September 29, 2014 to October 27, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM Instructor: Carol Coogan

ANYONE can learn to draw and be creative, and everyone can begin to do so by keeping a sketchbook, or visual journal. In this workshop you will learn the fundamentals of how to use this tool, and come away with a solid base of experience and confidence you can build upon. You will be shown examples of many different kinds of sketchbooks and many different ways to fill them. You will be guided, inspired, and motivated to sketch, draw, paint, collage, and encouraged to express yourself within a relaxed, non-judgmental environment. The result will be a tangible and unique place all your own, within which you can freely express yourself, and hopefully, develop a fun, healthy and positive lifelong habit that will continue into the future. Professional artists, illustrators, designers, naturalists, archaeologists, inventors, architects, and writers, benefit from the practice of regularly keeping a visual journal or sketchbook. No matter who you are or what you do, you can benefit as well. The sketchbook is a place where you can express yourself, develop and improve your artistic skills, experiment, be creative, explore ideas, and make interesting connections.

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014
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Introduction to Printmaking

September 30, 2014 to December 2, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM Instructor: Sunghee Park

This is an introduction to the form of printmaking, monotype. Students will learn a variety of techniques for creating images on monotype plates. Students will work on single-pass and multi-pass printing that combine additive, subtractive, tracing, stencil and transfer techniques. Students will make a carborundum plate as a one of a kind collograph which can produce multiple prints. This course involves the use of hand tools requiring fine motor coordination. Special registration policies apply; please call (518) 273-0552 x 231 to sign up. Last day to register for this class is Friday, September 26.

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014
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Geometry in Nature, Art and Architecture

October 2, 2014 to October 16, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Kurt Przybilla

Discover and explore the geometric patterns found everywhere in the world around us. This hands-on workshop will deepen your understanding and appreciation of the universal patterns found throughout nature, art, and architecture by teaching you classical techniques of drawing with a compass and straight edge. From the sacred geometry of ancient Egypt and Greece and the architecture of the Renaissance, to the works of M.C. Escher and the discoveries of modern science, this course will investigate the geometric patterns and principles that connect everything.

Saturday, Oct 4, 2014
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Oil on Aluminum

October 4, 2014 to October 5, 2014 — 11:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Chester Rose

Painting on canvas is the default and often sole choice as a painting surface. Alternatives to this traditional approach can open many unique expressive possibilities. This workshop will expose you to one such alternative, specifically aluminum. The reflectiveness and smooth uniformity of the surface can result in oil paintings with a luminous jewel like presence. The class will cover the unique technical requirements necessary to successfully utilize this amazing substrate. Aluminum painting surface will be supplied, but students must bring their own painting materials. A suggested list will be given upon registration.

Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014
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Figure Drawing for the Terrified

October 7, 2014 to October 21, 2014 — 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM Instructor: Monica Bill Hughes

Have you always been intrigued by drawing from a live nude model, but lack a little confidence? This class is for you! We will break down the experience of drawing from a model to the most basic techniques. Learn gesture sketches, contour line drawings, and basic proportions. By the end of this friendly class, you will improve your confidence and will be ready to take on more advanced classes in figure drawing and painting! Materials cover the cost of supplies and a live model.

Wednesday, Oct 8, 2014
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Monotype Workshop

October 8, 2014 to October 29, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM Instructor: Sunghee Park

Created in the 1600’s, the monotype is a unique artistic printing process used by artists such as William Blake, Dega, and Pissarro. This four week workshop will be an exploration of monotype techniques for painters and those who are interested in making images with a printing press. Participants will be primarily using water-based Akua inks, and will be introduced to various methods of monotype through demonstrations and individual assistance.

Saturday, Oct 11, 2014
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Figure Drawing Open Studio: The Figure in Motion

October 11, 2014 — 01:30 PM to 04:30 PM Instructor: Armando Soto

Preregistration is mandatory for this class. Immerse yourself in an intensive NEW figure drawing experience! The Figure in Motion is an open studio concept using two live, nude models in a figure drawing session. The models will hold short poses in order to capture the continuous movement and flow of the figures interacting with each other. This will allow the student artist to work with the human figure in a spontaneous manner and focus on the flow and continuous process of the drawing. The Arts Center faculty will be available for discussion, but no instruction will be provided unless requested. Improve your figurative drawing skills, build your portfolio, or simply have some fun! This draw-a-thon is open to all levels. Bring your own paper and pencils or other dry media. Drawing boards and easels will be provided. Students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Students under the age of 18 must have parent or guardian sign a release form.

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014
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Relief Printmaking: Linocut

October 16, 2014 to November 20, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM

This six week course is an introduction to fine art relief printmaking techniques and concepts in which each student will create unique and limited edition prints. In linocut printmaking, an ink drawing is made on a linoleum block. The artist cuts away un-inked areas, leaving inked areas raised. Printing ink is applied to the raised surface and a sheet of paper is laid on the block to take an impression by hand or a press. Students will design multiple series of images which can be used as unique holiday cards or personal works of art. Beginners welcome!

Thursday, Oct 23, 2014

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Drawing for the Terrified

October 23, 2014 to November 20, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM Instructor: David Dowd

This is a course for anyone who has ever said, “I can’t draw” (but wished it were otherwise!). In this introductory drawing course (for new students as well as those looking to build on a little experience), you will develop and refine skills and increase your powers of observation. You will learn at your own pace while following a structured course with emphasis on self-discovery and skill development, as you investigate a broad range of drawing materials. You’ll leave with a greater confidence, and the skill to move on to more drawing or painting classes.

Friday, Oct 24, 2014
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Oil Painting for the Terrified

October 24, 2014 to November 21, 2014 — 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM Instructor: Chester Rose

Many people that have a desire to express themselves creatively never try out of fear. Most often this arises from fear of failure. This fear often arises from the incorrect assumption that creative expression requires a talent that one is born with. You have it or you don’t. Some people are born with talents that initially make it easier for them develop the skills but ultimately the ability to paint is a skill, that is acquired through experience.

Methodology: Through carefully setting simple parameters and the number of variables will help you to quickly feel comfortable and create a base of confidence to build on. This class is not about the manner in which to paint (style), nor is it about what to paint (landscape, people, etc.) it is about the process and the craft of painting.

Saturday, Oct 25, 2014
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NEW DATE! Botanical Illustration

October 25, 2014 to October 26, 2014 — 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Monica Bill Hughes

Fall offers a plentiful assortment of colors and unique forms found in flora: gardens, parks and forests. Bring a scientific approach to art making inspired by the outdoors. We will be focusing on drawing plants and flowers for this weekend intensive. Based on the incredible illustrations by the Blaschka brothers, we will carefully explore and draw the full system of a plant: from roots through stems and leaves and flowers. Students will be given the option of exploring watercolor and colored pencil application to add the incredible colors found in nature to the detailed drawings we will create. Bring plants from your own garden if you’d like! Ages 12 and up welcome. THIS CLASS QUALIFIES FOR OUR CREATIVE FAMILIES PRICING.

Saturday, Oct 25, 2014

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Figure Drawing Open Studio

October 25, 2014 — 01:30 PM to 04:30 PM Instructor: Armando Soto

Preregistration is mandatory for this class. Immerse yourself in an intensive afternoon-long figure drawing experience offered in the “open-studio” tradition. The Arts Center faculty will be available for discussion, but no instruction will be provided unless requested. Draw from live nude models posing for quick, action-oriented gesture drawings, as well as longer poses ranging from 20 minutes to one hour. Improve your figurative drawing skills, build your portfolio, or simply have some fun! This draw-a-thon is open to all levels. Bring your own paper and pencils or other dry media. Drawing boards and easels will be provided. Students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Students under the age of 18 must have parent or guardian sign a release form.

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014
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Introduction to Icon Writing

October 28, 2014 to November 25, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Christine S. Hales

This is an introductory course that teaches the ancient art of icon writing using egg tempera on panel with gold leaf gilding. No previous experience necessary! You do not need to be an artist to write icons. Christine Hales is an expert guide through the many different steps including glazing, drawing transfer, and gilding. Icon writing is a process of painting that brings us into a deep and rewarding spiritual experience.

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014

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Individualized Study in Oil Painting

October 28, 2014 to December 16, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM Instructor: Deborah M. Bayly

Learn more advanced techniques in oil painting and work to build upon the skills you already have. The instructor will demonstrate techniques in class and discuss the materials and tools of oil painting. It is recommended that students have some prior experience with oil painting or have taken Principles of Oil Painting at The Arts Center. Students will need to provide their own brushes, palette knives and paints, but canvases will be provided.

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014

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Drawing Studio Concepts

October 28, 2014 to December 9, 2014 — 11:00 AM to 01:00 PM Instructor: Armando Soto

This is a next-level class for the ”slightly less terrified” beginner. Students will be guided through some of the basics, and then explore further topics including studies in line, value, composition, trying different mediums, portraits, and more. Great for beginning students wishing to continue their study of drawing. No Class 11/25.

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014
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Advanced Oil Painting Techniques

October 29, 2014 to December 10, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM Instructor: Chester Rose

When learning to paint most students are taught through what is traditionally called Ala Prima or wet into wet. Though very effective as a means to acquire basic skills it will not expose you to many of the advanced techniques available. This class will give you an understanding and direct experience with techniques such as under painting, glazing, scumbling, and advanced methods of blending. Students will be asked to bring in older work, or works in progress that they would like to improve upon with the techniques learned in class. Students are expected to supply all of their own materials.

Each class will be taught within the context that a “finished” painting is not the ultimate goal, but the continuous process which will give you new tools for solving pictorial problems such as color harmony, visual effects related to surface representation and compositional harmony. It will also open new paths for creative exploration and expression. No class 11/26.

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014

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Continuing Figure Drawing

October 29, 2014 to December 10, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: David Dowd

Continue your exploration of the human figure. Students of all levels will continue to refine skills in measuring proportion, use line quality to convey depth, and learn methods for building volume. Learn to make your compositions come alive as you develop your skills in rendering the figure through both short and extended poses. Try a variety of drawing mediums while you build confidence in your ability to work from life. Focused time will be given for critique and discussion of students work. Studio fee includes drawing supplies and the cost of an experienced live model. No class 11/26.

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014

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Beginning Figure Drawing

October 29, 2014 to December 10, 2014 — 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM Instructor: David Dowd

Drawing the human figure is both challenging and rewarding. Through direct observation of a model, you’ll learn methods for simplifying what you see, creating proper proportions and use of light and shadow. Examples, demonstrations and photographs of artists’ figure studies will serve to inspire and inform. This class focuses on drawing a live, nude model. Materials fee covers the cost of the model and basic drawing supplies. Students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Students under the age of 18 must have parent or guardian sign a release form. No class 11/26.

Monday, Nov 3, 2014
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Political Art: Freedom Through Artistic Expression

November 3, 2014 to November 17, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM Instructor: Faheem Haider

In this country, we often take our right to express our opinions for granted, yet this is a valuable freedom not all countries share. The ability to produce art that exhibits a political point of view is a valued freedom in a democracy. This class will introduce political art as a historically grounded practice that both shapes and is shaped by the content of political dissent. Students will begin this short course thinking about politics and art, and then will create artwork by using various materials that may be deemed “political”. Throughout the workshop we will be analyzing and discussing the reason why the work we are making succeeds or fails as political art. After all, good political art must first be good art! All ideas about the political and about art will be made welcome.

Monday, Nov 3, 2014

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Principles of Oil Painting: A Foundations Class

November 3, 2014 to December 8, 2014 — 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Deborah M. Bayly

This is a structured oil painting course for the beginning student emphasizing individual instruction and guidance appropriate with each students’ skill level. Returning students new to oils are also welcome, but this class is not suggested for those comfortable with oils. Discussions regarding materials and tools of oil painting will be combined with technique demonstrations for working with oil on canvas. Topics will include color mixing, composition, light, and rendering techniques. All materials will be provided and students will be supplied with some brushes and palette knives to take home. Some basic drawing experience is helpful.

Monday, Nov 3, 2014

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Altered Books

November 3, 2014 to December 8, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM Instructor: Megan Stasi

With the recent uprise in the Kindle, the Nook, the iPad and other e-readers it seems that books are becoming more disposable. Libraries routinely throw away large quantities of print books. There are a wave of artists who take advantage of this free supply and are making exquisite creations. I have developed a series of techniques that turn a book headed into the dumpster into a unique piece of art. This is a very flexible and enjoyable project appropriate for ages 10 through adult, and you will leave with several unique pieces of art! THIS CLASS QUALIFIES FOR OUR CREATIVE FAMILIES PRICING. Megan Ingalls Stasi is an artist, occasional theater designer and aspiring art teacher trying to escape an accidental career in the music industry. She holds a BFA from Hofstra University, a BS in Visual Art Education from SUNY New Paltz, and an MFA in Scenic Design from Northwestern University. She is a NYS certified k-12 teacher in the Visual Arts.

Thursday, Nov 6, 2014
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Principles of Oil Painting: A Foundations Class

November 6, 2014 to December 18, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM Instructor: Deborah M. Bayly

This is a structured oil painting course for the beginning student emphasizing individual instruction and guidance appropriate with each students’ skill level. Returning students new to oils are also welcome, but this class is not suggested for those comfortable with oils. Discussions regarding materials and tools of oil painting will be combined with technique demonstrations for working with oil on canvas. Topics will include color mixing, composition, light, and rendering techniques. All materials will be provided and students will be supplied with brushes and palette knives to take home. Some basic drawing experience is helpful. No class 11/27.

Friday, Nov 14, 2014
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Introduction to Watercolors

November 14, 2014 to December 12, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM Instructor: Carol Bollinger Green

Explore the fun of pure color on wet paper! In this class, you’ll discover your own approach to painting with transparent watercolors. Learn how to use the materials, practice different techniques and apply color theory while creating vibrant watercolor paintings of various subject matter. All materials are provided.

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014
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Figure Drawing Open Studio

November 22, 2014 — 01:30 PM to 04:30 PM Instructor: Armando Soto

Preregistration is mandatory for this class. Immerse yourself in an intensive afternoon-long figure drawing experience offered in the “open-studio” tradition. The Arts Center faculty will be available for discussion, but no instruction will be provided unless requested. Draw from live nude models posing for quick, action-oriented gesture drawings, as well as longer poses ranging from 20 minutes to one hour. Improve your figurative drawing skills, build your portfolio, or simply have some fun! This draw-a-thon is open to all levels. Bring your own paper and pencils or other dry media. Drawing boards and easels will be provided. Students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Students under the age of 18 must have parent or guardian sign a release form.

Monday, Dec 1, 2014
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Political Art: Cartoons & Cartooning

December 1, 2014 to December 15, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM Instructor: Faheem Haider

Political cartooning is as old and as rich as the first drawing that featured a funny mustache on a political leader. This simple way of understanding one’s view to dissent is powerful, and a small, comical drawing can turn into a powderkeg. In this class you will be introduced to the history of political cartooning and create some of your own. You’ll discuss what makes interesting political cartoons, in newspaper, magazines (think The New Yorker!) and contemporary blogs. Finally, while making these political cartoons, we discuss ways of publishing and hosting these cartoons, whether as Facebook posts, memes, or content ready for publication in magazines and journals.

Saturday, Dec 6, 2014
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Figure Drawing Open Studio: The Figure in Motion

December 6, 2014 — 01:30 PM to 04:30 PM Instructor: Armando Soto

Preregistration is mandatory for this class. Immerse yourself in an intensive NEW figure drawing experience! The Figure in Motion is an open studio concept using two live, nude models in a figure drawing session. The models will hold short poses in order to capture the continuous movement and flow of the figures interacting with each other. This will allow the student artist to work with the human figure in a spontaneous manner and focus on the flow and continuous process of the drawing. The Arts Center faculty will be available for discussion, but no instruction will be provided unless requested. Improve your figurative drawing skills, build your portfolio, or simply have some fun! This draw-a-thon is open to all levels. Bring your own paper and pencils or other dry media. Drawing boards and easels will be provided. Students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Students under the age of 18 must have parent or guardian sign a release form.