Welcome Art in 2021! The Art School is pleased to offer the following classes online via Zoom. Please register and pay using the links below or send a check payable to ASCC and mailed to 1198 Rte 21C, Ghent NY 12075. Thank you. Any questions email

Architecture of the Face with Maj Kalfus
Friday, January 22 and 29, 1 to 2 pm via ZOOM. $50

Class I on the 22nd will be a review and discussion of composition of a portrait, including how famous artists approach portraiture. The class will learn about the skull, neck and shoulders to show how a face is formed and what’s underneath; how to add features and where they fit into the skull; how hair is composed on the skull; how features look from a side view, 3/4 view, faced up and chin down. Students will do a self portrait in pencil.
Class II on the 29th will focus on features – eyes, nose, mouth, ears and how to create a likeness by examining dominant features. Students will focus on drawing shadows and plains of the face by using images of classic bust forms, looking again at works of famous artist to see their approach. Students will do a self portrait in pencil. Students will  need a drawing pad (9×12 or larger), soft black graphite pencil (preferably #7, 8 or 9, and/or vine charcoal), small standing mirror, kneaded eraser, and some pastels.

Join Kelly on Zoom to Paint a Queen!
Tuesday, February 16. 3:30 to 5 pm via ZOOM. $25

Queen Elizabeth I was a bit of a heartbreaker, but she didn’t care!  She knew marriage was the ultimate glass ceiling. She said, not for me, dressed up in the most bedazzled outfits imaginable, and got on with the work of ruling 16th century England.  Let’s indulge our inner divas and celebrate a strong woman in her finery: pearls, lace, and to-the-max couture. Students will work in watercolor and will also need opaque white watercolor/gouache. Added goodies like gold acrylic ink or markers, pearlescent and other paints, if you have them. Be sure to have a small brush with a good point, for details. Kelly will email reference images before class.

New: Join Michael Stern for Introduction to Cyanotype Printing

Tuesday, January 26 and February 2, 6 pm to 7:30 pm, with a “hangout” class on Thursday, January 28. Classes via ZOOM. $50

Ghostly and gorgeous – these are just some of the effects you can produce with a cyanotype print. And it’s safe and easy to do – and fun to experiment with! Michael Stern is a professional photographer who produces large-format cyanotype prints right here in Columbia County, and his classes will have you comfortable with the technique in no time. Join Michael to learn more and make your first prints. Classes are January 26 and February 2, 6 pm to 7:30 pm, via Zoom. The first session will cover materials, coating, and exposure. The second will be sharing works and troubleshooting, with an introduction to toning cyanotype prints.

On Thursday, January 28, starting at 6 pm, there’ll be a Zoom hangout for an hour or two. This session is totally optional and casual. During this session, people can print on their own, but with the company of Michael and fellow students for motivation and guidance. The cost for the two classes and the hangout session is $50.

The cyanotype photographic printing process uses a blend of the chemicals ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide to prep paper for light exposure. If the thought of playing with chemicals sounds dangerous, fret not! They are completely safe and can be used without gloves and without special ventilation. Minimal amounts are needed for good quality, and they’re also inexpensive and readily available. A supplies list and more information about storing and using the chemicals and other tools you’ll need for cyanotypes will be provided upon request.

Mixed Media INTERIORS with Tim Ebneth
Thursday, January 7, 14, 21 and 28. 12:30 to 2;30 pm via ZOOM. $135

Tim continues his very popular classes exploring themes of Interiors. Per Tim, “The Interiors Class is an examination of where all of us have been in 2020. The class is not limited to your home interiors, but the interior of all that is you. The interior of your mind, your dreams, your pockets, medicine cabinet, etc. We will work in mixed media but I’d like each student to pick a medium for the term and focus on that medium. Try something new like watercolors, colored pencils, collage! We will look at well-known Interior works spanning abstract to representational. We’ll discuss one and two point perspective as a basis for constructing an interior work and the elements in a room.”

If you’ve been working with Tim through 2020, you know what pleasures and surprises are in store! If you’re new to his classes, you’re in for a treat.


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