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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

  • Mixed Media Exploration: Community Inclusion Project

    If you love all things art, you’ll love this class! This fall the focus will be on Photography and Mosaics. If you’re ready to join the community and explore new mediums, join us. No experience necessa...

    September 9, 2015 — 09:30 AM to 11:00 AM

    Instructor: Tamara DeMartino

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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...

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

    Instructor: Dustin Garafolo

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  • Diving into Drawing

    In this beginning to intermediate class for the no longer terrified you will experience drawing a variety of subject matter, sharpening skills and learning techniques while exploring still-life, portraitur...

    September 16, 2015 — 09:30 AM to 11:30 AM

    Instructor: David Dowd

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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 student’s skill level. Returning students new to oils are also wel...

    September 17, 2015 — 06:15 PM to 09:15 PM

    Instructor: Deborah M. Bayly

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  • Traditional Chinese Brush Painting taught by Zhong-hua Lu

    Chinese brush painting is about the interrelatedness of all things in nature. Xie yi hua is one kind of traditional style of painting. Students will learn philosophical and technical aspects of this ancien...

    September 18, 2015 — 01:00 PM to 03:30 PM

    Instructor: Zhong-hua Lu

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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,...

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

    Instructor: Armando Soto

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  • 2D to 3D Relationships

    This class will begin working in 2D (drawing and painting), and transition into making 3D work (sculpture and installation). There will be a series of steps to guide you from working on paper to working in...

    September 22, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Madison LaVallee

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  • Sweet Ink! The Ins and Outs of Successful Tattoo Design

    This is an introductory course into the collaborative process of designing a custom tattoo between an individual collector and a tattoo artist. There will be discussion of placement on the body to enhance...

    September 22, 2015 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM

    Instructor: Nicholas Reinert

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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...

    September 28, 2015 — 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM

    Instructor: David Dowd

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  • Dabbling with Watercolors 2.0

    In this continuation of Dabbling, you will continue to experiment in the medium, and play with applications and techniques, continuing to create unique paintings. ...

    September 29, 2015 — 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM

    Instructor: Monica Bill Hughes

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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...

    October 1, 2015 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM

    Instructor: Kurt Przybilla

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  • 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...

    October 5, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM

    Instructor: Sunghee Park

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  • Introduction to Printmaking

    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 t...

    October 6, 2015 — 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM

    Instructor: Sunghee Park

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  • Sculpting with Clay

    For those interested in learning to sculpt in clay, this introduction will give you the tools and guidance to begin. You’ll begin by sculpting your ideas on a small scale, and then learning how to enlarg...

    October 17, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM

    Instructor: Nancy Steckel

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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...

    October 24, 2015 — 10:30 AM to 03:30 PM

    Instructor: Carol Bollinger Green

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  • White Line Woodblock “Provincetown” Print

    Experience a beautiful and accessible form of printmaking. The white line woodblock print, otherwise known as the “Provincetown Print”, is made by a process that requires one tool, watercolors, and a s...

    October 26, 2015 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM

    Instructor: William Skerritt

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  • Drawing and Sculpting from Nature

    This class will focus on how nature is organized, and will use this concept to make drawings and sculptures that are strong in patterning and repetition. This will be a jumping off point for making abstra...

    October 27, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Madison LaVallee

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  • Introduction to Watercolors

    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 ap...

    October 30, 2015 — 10:30 AM to 01:30 PM

    Instructor: Carol Bollinger Green

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  • Diving into Drawing

    In this beginning to intermediate class for the no longer terrified you will experience drawing a variety of subject matter, sharpening skills and learning techniques while exploring still-life, portraitur...

    November 2, 2015 — 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM

    Instructor: David Dowd

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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...

    November 2, 2015 — 06:30 PM to 09:00 PM

    Instructor: Armando Soto

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  • Dabbling with Acrylics

    In this fun and informative class you will begin with learning some basic painting techniques and brush handling as well as color mixing with acrylic paints which are flexible, quick drying and water solub...

    November 3, 2015 — 06:15 PM to 08:15 PM

    Instructor: Monica Bill Hughes

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  • Traditional Chinese Brush Painting taught by Zhong-hua Lu

    Chinese brush painting is about the interrelatedness of all things in nature. Xie yi hua is one kind of traditional style of painting. Students will learn philosophical and technical aspects of this ancien...

    November 4, 2015 — 06:00 PM to 08:30 PM

    Instructor: Zhong-hua Lu

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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...

    November 5, 2015 — 09:30 AM to 11:30 AM

    Instructor: David Dowd

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  • Collaborative Sculpture: Community Inclusion Project

    This class will have everyone work together to make large sculptures. Each person will start by working on a piece individually, and then we will start combining all the pieces together. Or maybe we’ll g...

    November 17, 2015 — 01:30 PM to 03:30 PM

    Instructor: Madison LaVallee

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  • Sweet Ink!: The Ins and Outs of Successful Tattoo Design

    This is an introductory course into the collaborative process of designing a custom tattoo between an individual collector and a tattoo artist. There will be discussion of placement on the body to enhance...

    November 21, 2015 — 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Nicholas Reinert

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  • Mixed Media Exploration: Community Inclusion Project

    If you love all things art, you’ll love this class! This fall the focus will be on Photography and Mosaics. If you’re ready to join the community and explore new mediums, join us. No experience necessa...

    November 4, 2015 — 09:30 AM to 11:00 AM

    Instructor: Tamara DeMartino

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Intermediate

  • 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 ...

    September 12, 2015 — 01:00 PM to 04:00 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...

    September 21, 2015 — 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Deborah M. Bayly

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  • Urban Sketching: Perspective, Proportion & Scale

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

    September 26, 2015 — 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Tony Conner

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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 ...

    October 10, 2015 — 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Armando Soto

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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 painting student to develop an attitude or “landscape sense...

    October 28, 2015 — 06:15 PM to 09:15 PM

    Instructor: Deborah M. Bayly

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  • Introduction to Portrait Painting

    This course will focus on accurate portrait drawings executed in oil paint on canvas. Working from live models and photo reference materials, students will learn about the structural proportions that are...

    October 29, 2015 — 06:15 PM to 09:15 PM

    Instructor: Deborah M. Bayly

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  • Surpassing the Visible: Spirituality & Abstraction

    In the twentieth century, painters came to rely on abstraction as the ideal approach to convey concepts of spirituality and transcendence. In this course we will investigate how various formal strategies...

    November 5, 2015 — 06:15 PM to 09:15 PM

    Instructor: Dorothea Osborn

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  • Micrographia: The Art of Scientific Illustration

    The master of the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of plants and anatomy haunt our imaginations to this day. Do you want to learn to draw in that detailed and incredible way? This class will expl...

    November 14, 2015 — 01:00 PM to 04:00 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 ...

    November 14, 2015 — 01:00 PM to 04:00 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 ...

    December 12, 2015 — 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Armando Soto

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