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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.

 

Beginner

  • Dabbling with Charcoal

    Come experiment and learn about the expressive medium of charcoal and conte crayon. Think of this as a “crash course” in learning to use dry drawing materials and becoming more familiar with the vast ...

    April 29, 2015 — 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

    Instructor: Monica Bill Hughes

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  • Introduction to Watercolors

    Explore the fun of pure color on wet paper! In this class, students will discover their own approach to painting with transparent watercolors. Learn how to use the materials, practice different techniques,...

    May 1, 2015 — 10:30 AM to 01:30 PM

    Instructor: Carol Bollinger Green

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  • Monotype Exploration

    This class is designed for students with an interest in painting and printmaking and would like to try one of the most direct ways of making a print: monotype. This technique offers flexibility in mark mak...

    May 6, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM

    Instructor: Sunghee Park

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  • Painting the Night in Pastel with Master Pastelist Robert Carsten

    Towns, villages, and cities at night provide fun and intriguing opportunities as subjects. In a more free and expressive manner, they capture things such as perspective, building, streetlights, daily life,...

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

    Instructor: Robert Carsten PSA-mp, IAPS-mc

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  • Figure Drawing Open Studio

    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 ...

    May 30, 2015 — 01:30 PM to 04:30 PM

    Instructor: Armando Soto

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  • SOLD OUT! Community Inclusion Project Classes: The Ancient Art of Mosaics

    Come and experience this ancient art form! In this eight week class, students will design and complete unique mosaic pieces using a variety of forms. You will learn about color, design, tools, tile placeme...

    April 28, 2015 — 01:30 PM to 03:30 PM

    Instructor: Tamara DeMartino

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  • NEW CLASS! Beginning Etching

    This class is open to all level students who are interested in learning or refreshing the technique of etching and covers the basics of line etching, hard ground, aquatint for tonal effects, and soft groun...

    May 8, 2015 — 12:00 PM to 03:00 PM

    Instructor: Sunghee Park

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  • Introduction to Printmaking

    This is an introduction to two forms of printmaking, monoprint and collograph. Monoprints are one-of-a-kind prints that are made through a process similar to painting. Collographs are made by creating a hi...

    May 26, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM

    Instructor: Sunghee Park

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  • Community Inclusion Project: Multi Media Madness

    Come create using a variety of textures, dimensions, mediums and ideas. You’ll explore a variety of projects using a multitude of artistic media, creating unique expressions of your ideas. ...

    April 29, 2015 — 09:30 AM to 11:00 AM

    Instructor: David Dowd

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  • SOLD OUT! Drawing for the Terrified

    This is a class for anyone who has ever said, "I can't draw" (but wished it were otherwise)! In this introductory drawing class for new students as well as those looking to build on a little experience, yo...

    April 28, 2015 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM

    Instructor: David Dowd

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  • Dabbling with Watercolors

    Come experiment and learn about the fluid and beautiful medium of watercolors and its many applications and techniques in this three week class in color! Students will use a playful approach and explore u...

    June 11, 2015 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM

    Instructor: Monica Bill Hughes

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  • Abstract Painting

    Express yourself through line and shape. No need for realism and you can’t fall back on your brush! Students will work independently as they are guided through investigating the general language of abstr...

    June 15, 2015 — 06:30 PM to 09:00 PM

    Instructor: Armando Soto

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  • Drawing for the Terrified

    This is a class for anyone who has ever said, "I can't draw" (but wished it were otherwise)! In this introductory drawing class for new students as well as those looking to build on a little experience, yo...

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

    Instructor: David Dowd

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  • Impressionist Summer Landscape in Pastel with Master Pastelist Robert Carsten

    With compositional and color lessons derived from early American Impressionist paintings as presented by the instructor, learn to achieve stunningly rich color, strong hue contrast, and subtle color temper...

    July 24, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Robert Carsten PSA-mp, IAPS-mc

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  • Drawing Studio Concepts

    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,...

    August 18, 2015 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM

    Instructor: Armando Soto

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  • Oil Painting Bootcamp for Beginners

    An intensive two day session for the beginner or slightly experienced painter. Students will create monochromatic images on toned canvases from landscape images provided by the instructor or from the stud...

    August 29, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Deborah M. Bayly

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  • Community Inclusion Project: Portraits and Selfies

    Come and explore the various methods of self portraiture. In this eight week class, you will use photographs, mirrors, and other ways to look at yourself and express what you see through drawing, painting...

    June 30, 2015 — 01:30 PM to 03:30 PM

    Instructor: David Dowd

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Intermediate

  • Urban Sketching: Perspective, Proportion & Scale

    Get to know the beauty of downtown Troy in this two week weekend intensive. Throughout this workshop students learn how to see and represent proper proportion, scale, and perspective by sketching the beaut...

    May 30, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 03:00 PM

    Instructor: Tony Conner

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  • NEW START DATE! Figure Drawing Open Studio: The Figure in Motion

    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 s...

    May 9, 2015 — 01:30 PM to 04:30 PM

    Instructor: Armando Soto

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  • Painting Rensselaer County’s Rural Landscape: Master Class with Robert Moylan

    In reflection of the current exhibit at the Rensselaer County Historical Society, Scenic Overlook, this special master class with Robert Moylan will allow you to create your own interpretation of a beautif...

    June 20, 2015 — 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM

    Instructor: Robert Moylan

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  • Drawing Boot Camp

    In this intensive study for the slightly less terrified you will be able to take your drawing skills to the next level. Guided by the instructor, you’ll focus on direct observation of still life, figures...

    July 20, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 02:30 PM

    Instructor: Monica Bill Hughes

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  • Figure Drawing Open Studio

    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 ...

    June 27, 2015 — 01:30 PM to 04:30 PM

    Instructor: Armando Soto

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  • Figure Drawing Open Studio

    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 ...

    July 18, 2015 — 01:30 PM to 04:30 PM

    Instructor: Armando Soto

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  • The Ever Changing Rensselaer County Landscape: Two Day Oil Painting Workshop

    An intensive two day session in which the student's landscape subject will be their favorite view in Rensselaer County. It is requested that the student should visit the ongoing exhibit Scenic Overlook, P...

    August 1, 2015 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Deborah M. Bayly

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  • Figure Drawing Open Studio

    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 ...

    August 22, 2015 — 01:30 PM to 04:30 PM

    Instructor: Armando Soto

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  • Oil Painting Boot Camp

    In this intensive oil painting boot camp for the intermediate and experienced painter, students will work on large toned canvases using house painting bristle brushes, working quickly to block in images t...

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

    Instructor: Deborah M. Bayly

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  • Landscape Painting in Oils: LIMITED SPACE Call to Register

    Paint with expression the landscapes you love in Oils! This class will explore the popular, inspiring genre of landscape, and will enable the student to develop an attitude or “landscape sense” that wi...

    April 30, 2015 — 06:15 PM to 09:15 PM

    Instructor: Deborah M. Bayly

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