Studio Art



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, Apr 23, 2014
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SOLD OUT! Drawing for the Absolutely Terrified

April 23, 2014 to May 14, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM Instructor: Kyung Cozza

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 another drawing or painting class.

Thursday, May 1, 2014
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DATE CHANGE: Mental Pauses: The Power Mosaic

May 1, 2014 to May 2, 2014 — 11:00 AM to 02:00 PM Instructor: Tamara DeMartino

As humans we often live through life changes and experiences that take us away from ourselves, and make us forget who we are, make us lose our sense of self. In this weekend workshop, you are encouraged to come with a “mental pause” that you have experienced, be it a marriage, birth, death, or any other significant life change, and create a personalized piece of art that helps you rediscover your center. Using trinkets, bits and pieces of small, private things you have accumulated in your life journey, in addition to materials provided, you will create your own “power mosaic.” The resulting piece of art gives these items a home, interwoven in plain sight, but abstract enough to require no explanation. In this powerful experience, you will revisit, reflect and lay to rest each piece, reminded that who we are is really a collection of many parts amassed along the way.

Saturday, May 3, 2014
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NEW DATE! Political Art: An Aesthetic Account of Dissent

May 3, 2014 to May 18, 2014 — 12:00 PM to 03:00 PM Instructor: Faheem Haider

This class will introduce political art as a historically grounded contemporary art practice that both shapes and is shaped by the content of political dissent. Over the course of 3 weekends students will experience a practical, studio-work course that invites participation, collaboration, and out of the box thinking. We will begin with a crash course in thinking about politics and art, and then set to work making artwork that may be deemed “political”. Throughout the class 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.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
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Introduction to Watercolors

May 6, 2014 to May 27, 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.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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NEW START DATE! Individualized Study in Oil Painting

May 6, 2014 to June 10, 2014 — 06:15 PM to 09:15 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 enrolling have some prior experience with oil painting or have taken Principles of Oil Painting at The Arts Center. Students will need to provide some of their own supplies, but some basics will be provided.

Thursday, May 8, 2014
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SOLD OUT! Master Class with Robert Carsten: Creating Dramatic Atmosphere and Light in Landscape Painting

May 8, 2014 to May 9, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Robert Carsten

This fun and exciting two day workshop in painting with pastels with Master Pastelist Robert Carsten will explore various ways to correspond the subject of landscape with contemporary artistic concerns. Emphasis will be on methods to establish and organize light effect, and to achieve balanced color and atmosphere to lend depth, strength and beauty to your landscape paintings. Concepts of color, design, and techniques will be presented and demonstrated. Critique, at-easel assistance, and lots of painting time will make this an educational and enjoyable painting experience. All levels are welcome from beginner through advanced. A materials list will be included in your class confirmation letter. Robert Carsten is a much sought-after art workshop instructor, national art exhibition and awards juror, demonstrator, and panelist. An enthusiastic promoter of the pastel medium, he is a master pastelist in the Pastel Society of America and a master circle pastelist (2013) in the International Assoc. of Pastel Societies (IAPS).

Saturday, May 10, 2014
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The Rural Landscape: Master Class with Robert Moylan

May 10, 2014 to May 31, 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.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
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Relief Printmaking: Woodcut

May 13, 2014 to June 3, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Joshua Pickens

Woodcut printmaking dates back to 17th century China and is considered to be the oldest form of printmaking. In woodcut, an ink drawing is made on a wood block. The artist cuts away uninked 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 learn woodcut relief printmaking techniques including how to create acetone photocopy transfer as well as carving images on to blocks of birch plywood. When students have completed cutting and carving their blocks, the group will create multiple editions of their prints.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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Introduction to Printmaking

May 27, 2014 to June 26, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM Instructor: Sunghee Park

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 highly textured collage and then using a press to imprint the texture onto the paper. You’ll learn to make single and multiple images, explore the use of color, and the possibilities of layering opaque and transparent images. The printing processes of relief and lithography will also be discussed in relation to the techniques learned in this class. This course involves the use of hand tools requiring fine motor coordination. Special registration polices apply; please call 273-0552.

Saturday, May 31, 2014
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Figure Drawing Open Studio

May 31, 2014 — 01:30 AM to 04:30 AM Instructor: Armando Soto

Pre-registration 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.

Saturday, Jun 21, 2014

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Experimental Pastel Painting with Robert Carsten

June 21, 2014 to June 22, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Robert Carsten

Take a walk on the wild side! Hone your skills as you experiment with color, line and form in new and exciting ways in this two-day workshop designed for pastel painters of all levels. Using the subject of your preference — still life, landscape, or figure — we will explore the power and subtlety of color and the strength and grace of line and form through creative and practical exercises, using both representational and abstract formats. Demonstrations, at-easel assistance, group critiques and plenty of painting time will make for an exciting educational experience.