Welcome to Education at Saratoga Arts! Our classroom spaces are closed until further notice, but we’re still committed to offering great learning opportunities! Classes and demos are available online, and will be held in outdoor locations as weather permits. We are concerned about your safety! All in person programming will occur with safety protocols in place, including required masks and distancing. Please email education@saratoga-arts.org with any questions or concerns.

Upcoming Classes

    • 4 Jan 2021
    • (EST)
    • 25 Jan 2021
    • (EST)
    • 4 sessions
    • Online
    • 12

    Thom Williams, Instructor

    Lightroom is one of the most powerful software packages for the organization, presentation and editing of photographs. This class walks students through organization and workflow of images as well as the different elements of lightroom. The primary focus of the class will be on the library module and develop module to have students be prepared to maximize the potential of their images. Students are asked to have "Lightroom Classic CC" installed on their computer so that they can follow along with the instructor to learn the different aspects of the software.

    • 3 Feb 2021
    • (EST)
    • 24 Feb 2021
    • (EST)
    • 4 sessions
    • Online
    • 12
    Register

    Thom Williams, Instructor

    A series of 4 classes focusing on beginner composition techniques. It is best if students have a working knowledge of their camera including an understanding of the exposure triangle. Each class will include new instruction and homework designed to put into practice new knowledge. Images created will be reviewed in class for students to receive input and further guidance.

    • 4 Feb 2021
    • (EST)
    • 25 Feb 2021
    • (EST)
    • 4 sessions
    • Online
    • 11
    Register

    Thom Williams, Instructor

    Lightroom is one of the most powerful software packages for the organization, presentation and editing of photographs. This class walks students through organization and workflow of images as well as the different elements of lightroom. The primary focus of the class will be on the library module and develop module to have students be prepared to maximize the potential of their images. Students are asked to have "Lightroom Classic CC" installed on their computer so that they can follow along with the instructor to learn the different aspects of the software.

    • 4 Feb 2021
    • (EST)
    • 25 Feb 2021
    • (EST)
    • 4 sessions
    • Online
    • 12
    Register

    Thom Williams, Instructor

    This 4 session class will help beginners learn the basic functions of their camera as well as the basis of ALL photography: the exposure triangle. Students will, through class instruction and a series of homework assignments, begin to master the use of: shutter speed, aperture and ISO to take complete control of image creation

    • 5 Feb 2021
    • (EST)
    • 26 Feb 2021
    • (EST)
    • 4 sessions
    • Online
    • 12
    Register

    Thom Williams, Instructor


    Students immerse themselves in the art of b&w photography. We will discuss how it differs from color photography, how to maximize the potential of the format as well as best practices to capture images. Part of the class will cover how to maximize your image after capture in post processing.
    • 15 Feb 2021
    • (EST)
    • 19 Feb 2021
    • (EST)
    • 5 sessions
    • 12
    Register

    February 15 - 19, 9AM - 10PM

    Recommended for ages 6-12

    $112.50 Members/$125 Non-Members

    What better way to start your day than with the spark of creativity? In "Wake Up and Draw" young artists will review different morning routines, mark-making exercises, surrealist art & dreams, etc. to jumpstart each day. 

    • 15 Feb 2021
    • 10:00 AM (EST)
    • 19 Feb 2021
    • 2:00 PM (EST)
    Register

    February 15 - 19, 10AM - 10:40AM & 1PM-1:40PM

    Recommended for ages 6-14

    5 Session Pass - $112.50 Members/$125 Non-Members

    Selecting this package entitles you to 5 of the following 40 minute art sessions. Our education staff will follow up to confirm which sessions you would like to attend and arrange for any supplies you need for a contactless pickup.

    Our Art Break  program is designed to give young artists different projects to spark creativity while they are stuck inside. A pass entitles you to 5 sessions of your choice. We will offer 10 sessions, each with a different project so you can pick the ones that are exciting to you. You will learn skills in each session that you can use for years to come. If you want to take more than 5 sessions you can add them one by one.

    Pick Any 5 Sessions (additional sessions available as add ons)

    Monday, February 15

    10:00 AM Session: Word art and music - Using your favorite appropriate lyric we will create an image using word alone. Your own personal handwriting will be used to create an image.

    1:00 PM Session: Monogram Mandala - You will learn how to take you everyday initials and turn them into art, creating a mandala. You will then have your own special mandala to color in your favorite hues.

    Tuesday, February 16

    10:00 AM Session: Imaginary creatures - Drawing lessons on how to blend real world and fantasy creatures to create our brand new products of your imagination.

    1:00 PM Session: Neurographic Art, combining science and art - Your teacher will share a technique learned from another expert using watercolor to enlarge smaller parts of science to new level of beauty.


    Wednesday, February 17

    10:00 AM Session: Let's put it into perspective, City Scape - Create a 2 point perspective city including all those important details such as window, door, signs, curbs, etc.

    1:00 PM Session: Surrealism landscape - We use various sources of paper (old books, magazines, maps, your old homework etc.) to recycle our paper waste and create the landscape of our imagination.

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    Thursday, February 18

    10:00 AM Session: Op art, your eye will deceive you - Give the illusion of three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface by drawing on paper.

    1:00 PM Session: Crackle painting: how to age an image - We will create an image using simple mediums but use a special technique to make it look ancient. Each young artist will choose what to draw but will learn together how to age our images at the end of the session.


    Friday, February 19

    10:00 AM Session: Graffiti mixed media - We will tag our own brick wall image using crayon and watercolor. In this session we will learn how to use mediums that don't mix to make a richer image.

    1:00 PM Session: Under the mask: face proportions - Young artists will create the basic face proportions and turn them into a removable designer mask.

    • 15 Feb 2021
    • (EST)
    • 19 Feb 2021
    • (EST)
    • 5 sessions
    Register

    February 15 - 19, 11AM - 1PM

    Recommended for ages 9-14

    $190 Members/$200 Non-Members

    In Tell Your Story our teaching artist will guide young writers and performers through the playwriting process in a week of 2 hour sessions. Each artist will work on a written performance piece, a  monologue or short scene and will read through them with their peers to better understand how their works can go from the page to the stage.

    • 18 Feb 2021
    • (EST)
    • 11 Mar 2021
    • (EST)
    • 4 sessions
    • Online
    • 12
    Register

    Thom Williams, Instructor

    A series of 4 classes focusing on beginner composition techniques. It is best if students have a working knowledge of their camera including an understanding of the exposure triangle. Each class will include new instruction and homework designed to put into practice new knowledge. Images created will be reviewed in class for students to receive input and further guidance.

    • 3 Mar 2021
    • (EST)
    • 24 Mar 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Online
    • 12
    Register

    Thom Williams, Instructor

    This series is for students that have a clear understanding of the exposure triangle and beginner concepts of composition. We will be covering more advanced techniques and compositional elements in an effort to help guide students toward developing their own unique style. Students will have assignments throughout that will be discussed in class along with a final project at the conclusion of the course.

    • 5 Mar 2021
    • (EST)
    • 26 Mar 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Online
    • 11
    Register

    Thom Williams, Instructor

    This 4 session class will discuss different types of lighting, their use and application. We will cover on/off camera flash, studio strobes, continuous lighting as well as reflectors and light modifiers. There will be several demo's as well as tips on the use and making the appropriate selection for your own photographic needs.


Many of the programs at Saratoga Arts are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


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