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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

  • The Art of Sign Painting

    The class will explore traditional sign painting practices and some modern takes on the craft. Students will learn the basics of lettering and lettering styles such as Causal, Script, and Gothic and will p...

    February 2, 2015 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM

    Instructor: Michael Conlin

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  • Studies in Portraiture

    This beginner’s class will explore the fundamental theories of human portrait drawing, and students will learn to draw starting from large shapes moving to finer details. Students will focus on drawing a...

    February 2, 2015 — 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

    Instructor: Dustin Garafolo

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  • Introduction to Screenprinting

    This introductory screenprinting class will cover the fundamentals of the medium from various ways of preparing stencils for a screen to signing the last print of an edition. Students will explore hand cut...

    February 12, 2015 — 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM

    Instructor: Rachel Baxter

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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...

    February 18, 2015 — 06:30 PM to 09:00 PM

    Instructor: Armando Soto

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  • Principles of Oil Painting: A Foundations Class

    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 wel...

    February 26, 2015 — 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Deborah M. Bayly

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  • Community Inclusion Project Classes: Dabbling with Water-Based Painting

    Come experiment and learn to play with different water based paints such as: watercolor, acrylic, gouache, and acrylic ink. Think of this as an eight week class in gaining experience with the many applica...

    March 3, 2015 — 01:30 PM to 03:30 PM

    Instructor: Monica Bill Hughes

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  • 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 ...

    March 3, 2015 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM

    Instructor: Monica Bill Hughes

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  • Keeping a Visual Journal

    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 ...

    March 4, 2015 — 01:30 PM to 03:30 PM

    Instructor: Carol Coogan

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  • Studies in Portraiture

    This beginner’s class will explore the fundamental theories of human portrait drawing, and students will learn to draw starting from large shapes moving to finer details. Students will focus on drawing a...

    March 12, 2015 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM

    Instructor: Dustin Garafolo

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  • Principles of Oil Painting: A Foundations Class

    This is a structured oil painting class for the beginning student emphasizing individual instruction and guidance appropriate with each students’ skill level. Students new to oils are welcome, but this c...

    March 12, 2015 — 06:15 PM to 09:15 PM

    Instructor: Deborah M. Bayly

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  • Beginning Etching

    This workshop 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 gr...

    March 18, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM

    Instructor: Sunghee Park

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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 ...

    April 11, 2015 — 01:30 PM to 04:30 PM

    Instructor: Armando Soto

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  • Botanical Illustration

    In this class, students will focus on drawing plants and flowers based on the incredible illustrations by the Blaschka brothers. Students will carefully explore and draw the full system of a plant; from ro...

    April 13, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Monica Bill Hughes

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  • Introduction to Screenprinting

    This introductory screenprinting class will cover the fundamentals of the medium from various ways of preparing stencils for a screen to signing the last print of an edition. Students will explore hand cut...

    April 13, 2015 — 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM

    Instructor: Rachel Baxter

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  • Geometry in Nature, Art & Architecture

    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...

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

    Instructor: Kurt Przybilla

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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...

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

    Instructor: David Dowd

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Geometry in Nature, Art & Architecture

    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...

    February 4, 2015 — 01:00 PM to 03:15 PM

    Instructor: Kurt Przybilla

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  • Oil Painting for the Terrified

    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 expres...

    March 4, 2015 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM

    Instructor: Chester Rose

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  • Oil Painting for the Terrified

    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 expres...

    April 30, 2015 — 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

    Instructor: Chester Rose

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  • Introduction to Gouache

    Students will discover their own approach to painting with gouache (opaque watercolors) with regional landscape artist, Robert Moylan. Students will learn how to use the materials, practice different techn...

    April 13, 2015 — 06:15 PM to 08:15 PM

    Instructor: Robert Moylan

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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 ...

    February 28, 2015 — 01:30 PM to 04:30 PM

    Instructor: Armando Soto

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  • Intuitive Painting

    Painting intuitively connects us to our source of creativity, often bringing about transformative changes. Come have fun with brushes of flowing tempera color on large sheets of white paper, discovering y...

    March 14, 2015 — 10:30 AM to 03:30 PM

    Instructor: Carol Bollinger Green

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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...

    February 23, 2015 — 09:30 AM to 11:30 AM

    Instructor: David Dowd

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  • Introduction to Sculpture

    As humans, we navigate the physical world around us in three-dimensions. It makes sense that we use three-dimensional design and sculpture to communicate ideas and experiences. This class will introduce ...

    February 25, 2015 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM

    Instructor: Madison LaVallee

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  • Making Toy Theater

    Dating back to the early nineteenth century, Toy Theater (or Paper Theater), is a form of miniature theater now seeing a resurgence among theater, multi-media and film artists, with a number of internation...

    February 21, 2015 — 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM

    Instructor: Morgan Kelly

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  • Altered Books

    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 is a wav...

    April 20, 2015 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM

    Instructor: Megan Ingalls Stasi

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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...

    February 4, 2015 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM

    Instructor: Monica Bill Hughes

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  • Introduction to Icon Writing with Egg Tempera and Gold Leaf Gilding

    This class introduces beginners to the ancient arts of egg tempera painting and gold leaf gilding. Beginners and experienced artists alike will be introduced to classical painting methods of drawing transf...

    February 25, 2015 — 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM

    Instructor: Christine S. Hales

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  • A Hidden Side of Abstraction: The Figure Ground

    Have you ever seen an abstract painting or drawing and wonder why it is visually stimulating? In this class students will learn the basic concepts, ideas, and techniques of the “figure ground”. The fi...

    February 3, 2015 — 11:00 AM to 01:00 PM

    Instructor: Armando Soto

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Intermediate

  • 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...

    February 7, 2015 — 01:30 PM to 04:30 PM

    Instructor: Armando Soto

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  • Continuing Figure Drawing

    Continue your exploration of the human figure. Students will continue to refine skills in measuring proportion, use line quality to convey depth, and learn methods for building volume. Learn to make your ...

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

    Instructor: David Dowd

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  • 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...

    March 21, 2015 — 01:30 PM to 04:30 PM

    Instructor: Armando Soto

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  • Individualized Study in Oil Painting

    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. I...

    March 24, 2015 — 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM

    Instructor: Deborah M. Bayly

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  • Landscape Painting in Oils

    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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  • 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 2, 2015 — 01:30 PM to 04:30 PM

    Instructor: Armando Soto

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  • 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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Advanced

  • Advanced Oil Painting Techniques

    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 th...

    April 22, 2015 — 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM

    Instructor: Chester Rose

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