Classes & Events

Class descriptions follow; registration links are after the descriptions.
The Art School is pleased to offer the following classes. Please register and pay using the links below (scroll past the descriptions) or send a check payable to ASCC and mailed to 1198 Rte 21C, Ghent NY 12075. Thank you. Any questions email .

Young at Art

“Creating Art – Works” for 9- 12 years of age: Mary Flinn
Saturday, 10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
First 3 weeks, September 24, October 1 and 8 $115 non-members, $105 members
Second 3 weeks, October 15, 22 and 29 $115 non-members, $105 members
All Six weeks, September 24 – October 29 $215 non-members, $183 members
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This is a non-repeating 3 week series dedicated to making art through hands –on approaches in drawing, painting, sculpture, collage and more and is designed to be a fun and immersive exploration into nurturing creativity. Art students can sign up for the first 3 weeks and if they miss a class have the option of participating in the next session OR sign up for all the 6 weeks for each unique week. Both long and short term art projects will be included for immersion and discovery. Curiosity, imagination and learning about various art materials to explore will be emphasized throughout the processes of making art.-work. *All materials included.


Michael Saltz

Exploring Drawing: for ages 9- 12 with Karen Martin
Tuesday 3:15 – 5:15 p.m. October 4 – October 25
$165 non-members, $142 members
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There are many approaches for learning how to draw from observation and from using your imagination…. in this class you will learn to draw using both! Students will use pencils, charcoal and brush and ink while delving into and discovering how drawing can be fun, creative and offer opportunities to develop artistic skills that apply to all areas of making art to last a lifetime. *All materials included.


Karen Martin

Drawing in Color for ages 9 – 12 with Karen Martin
Tuesday 3:15 – 5:15 November 1 – November 22
$165 non-members, $142 members
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Color is all around us. In this class we will explore the world of color, make color wheels, learn how colors work together and complement one another. A variety of color drawing materials will be used such as pastels, brush and ink and color pencils. We will learn how to draw portraits and self-portraits, draw from studio set-ups and from your own imagination. *All materials included.


Adult/Teen Classes and Workshops

David Lesako

Drawing in the Studio and in Plein Air: with David Lesako
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. September 12 – October 31
$310 non-members, $265 members
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This class will make drawing fun and accessible for anyone and is essential for developing your drawing skills. This class will provide you with ways to hone techniques for shadowing, shading and the use of color while drawing from the still life studio and plein air on site. Students will have opportunities to draw with pencils, charcoal and color pencils. By the end of this class you will have gained new drawing skills as well as develop confidence in your technical abilities to The class is open to beginners as well as intermediates.


Tim Ebneth

Figure and Costumed Model Mixed Media Class: with Tim Ebneth
Monday 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. September 12 – October 31
$280 non-members, $238 members
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In this friendly creative environment, we invite all levels of experience to develop their skills for drawing and painting the human figure. We will work with the human figure and the costumed figure, offering diverse opportunities. Students may choose their drawing media as well as explore collage, acrylic paint and watercolor to capture the figure model in a variety of gestural short poses and longer poses. The costumed model will offer studies with form, drapery, color and pattern. There will be opportunities for plein air studies with the clothed model. *Includes model fee.


Melissa Forbes

Drawing Your Own Mandala: with Melissa Forbes
Tuesdays 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. November 1 – November 22
$110 non-members, $94 members
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In this class we will explore the mystery of numerology to create your own Mandala through drawing, using the Vedic square. Learn how to calculate your two prominent numbers, discover the colors and shapes associated with them and the qualities connected with each number. This will lead into drawing your own Mandala in color using color pencils and other drawing media. Take your Mandala home and place it appropriately. Open to all levels and interests.


David Lesako

Linoleum Printmaking: with David Lesako
Tuesday 12:00 – 2:30 p.m. October 11 – November 8
$240 non-members, $205 members
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Join David for this” lino” printmaking class and learn the various techniques to create a relief surface to prepare for the use of inks with printmaking. Students will learn to carve into linoleum blocks with lino tools and use inks to print onto papers. “Lino” printmaking is versatile and offers you an accessible printmaking experience for all levels and interests without prior printmaking necessary to enjoy this class.


Tim Ebneth

Art Exploration for Beginners with Tim Ebneth
Tuesday 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. September 13 – October 4
$155 non-members, $132 members
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This class offers opportunities and encouragement for students with little or no art making experience. Each week you will be introduced to a new art medium and learn how to use art materials such as acrylic and watercolor paint, pencils, charcoal and pastels These art materials will be explored through still life set ups, landscapes, and ways to understand abstraction as well.


Tempe Croke

Learn to Knit Socks: with Tempe Croke
Tuesday 5:30 – 7:30 September 13 – October 18
$190 non-members, $162 members
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Knitting socks is fun and even addictive to knit! They are great for year round knitting projects and for travel because they are small and portable. In this class you will learn how to use (or improve your skills with) double pointed needles and how to knit the various parts of a sock including the cuff and leg, heel turning, picking up stitches, decreasing, how to graft the toe together for a seamless finish and how to knit socks that fit well. Prior experience knitting in the round with double pointed needles is helpful but not at all required for this class.


Marianne Van Lent

Works on Paper – Creating Collage: with Marianne Van Lent
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m September 14 – November 2
$320 non-members, $275 members
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In this class, you will create your own collage materials by repurposing papers, creating richly varied textures, learning enhanced techniques for paper tearing and shape making and composition. Learning techniques for preparing the surfaces for the application of your collage materials such as paint transfer, color palettes, stencils, mosaics, inked rollers and others will offer you an array of inspiring and classic options. Supporting this creative mixed media experience will also include material demonstrations, class discussions and individualized instruction throughout the class.


Sandra Koponen

Painting with Color: with Sandra Koponen
Wednesday 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. September 14 – November 2
$265 non-members, $225 members
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Explore the creative potential of painting with acrylic and oil paint! In this class we will focus on various approaches for painting from life and plein air as a launching point which will lead you to experiment and explore ways of how to lay paint and color onto your canvas, and how to mix color for vibrancy, texture and depth. Refreshing results are likely in this fun and process oriented painterly art experience!  All levels welcome.


Tim Ebneth

Drawing and Painting the Abstract Landscape with Mixed Media: With Tim Ebneth
Thursday 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. September 15 – October 27
$375 non-members, $320 members
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This class explores the broader applications of drawing- realistic, symbolic and expressive. You will have opportunities to work with charcoal, acrylic and oil paint, pastel, collage and assemblage. We will examine what makes a work of art abstract, realistic or somewhere in between as you deconstruct the representational landscape to create an abstracted image. Weekly homework exercises will assist in furthering your understanding of working with materials and processes. The class is open to students with some painting experience.


Karen Martin

Art: Let’s Get Started: With Karen Martin
Thursday 10:00 – 12:00 p.m. October 6 – November 10
$230 non-members, $196 members
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Have you ever wanted to paint and draw, but didn’t know where to begin? Does the idea of the blank page keep you from starting? If so, this class is for you. In this class you will learn the fundamentals of drawing, painting and collage while having fun! Leave your inhibitions at the door, and get ready to experience the joy and freedoms of making art. Experimentation with ink, paint, and other art materials will be encouraged.


Mary Flinn

Painting and Drawing from the Imagination: with Mary Flinn
Saturday 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. October 8, 15, 22 and 29
$190 non-members, $162 members
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The tendency to perceive images, in clouds for example, is called ‘pareidolia’. This idea demonstrates the power of imagination, which we will explore using materials such as acrylic and charcoal. These images may be fantasy monsters, animals, or patterns but each person perceives these hidden images in their own way. Using techniques from artists of the past who have worked in this way such as Redon, Chagall, and Picasso, will help us to uncover images trapped in the subconscious and brought into the conscious world.


Weekend Workshops

Suzi Banks Baum

Book Arts Workshop with Suzi Banks Baum:
September 17 and 18, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$325 non-members, $295 members
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This two day workshop is dedicated to the creation of book art. Participants will create two soft covered hand bound journals using the Coptic Stitch binding technique. This ancient binding style, developed by the Egyptians Copts, is the first book form that allows a book to open flat for ease. On the first day you will make a paste paper, a colorful and intuitive process as a technique for patterning decorative papers. On the second day you will assemble and sew the book bindings. By the end of the workshop, each person will have created at least one Coptic Stitch soft covered journal, as both a functional and an aesthetic art form. From the tactile to the tangible, participants will find this to be an engaging and immersive experience. *All materials are included in the cost of the workshop.


Spencertown Academy Arts Center 17th Annual Festival of Books
September 2 through September 5
Distinguished authors, children’s programming, and giant book sale

Spencertown, New York—Spencertown Academy Arts Center’s 17th annual Festival of Books takes place over Labor Day weekend, September 2 through September 5. The Festival features a giant used book sale, two days of discussions with and readings by esteemed authors, and a children’s program. Featured authors include Daphne Pilasi Andreades, Jean Hanff Korelitz, David Nasaw, Mayukh Sen, and James Shapiro. There will also be a bookmaking arts exhibit by Suzy Banks Baum. Admission is free to all of the events, save for the Members Preview early book-buying opportunity detailed below. Masks are required inside the building. Authors’ books will be available for purchase and signing. Healthy, delicious snacks and beverages will also be for sale on Saturday and Sunday, including the Academy’s signature “To-Die-For, No-Alarm Vegetarian Chili.”


Suzi Banks Baum

At Spencertown Annual Festival of Books:
BOOK ARTS DISPLAY by the Art School of Columbia County with artist Suzi Banks Baum

The Art School of Columbia County will mount a tabletop display with the artwork of writer and mixed media and book artist Suzi Banks Baum. This display will feature handmade book arts, specifically paper making and Coptic Stitch binding pieces, which will be on exhibit throughout the festival. Suzi Banks Baum will be teaching a two-day book arts workshop in this uniquely functional and aesthetic style on September 17 and 18 at the Art School of Columbia County. Please visit for further information and to register for the workshop.


Linda McNutt

Printing and Hand Stitching on Fabric: Inspired by Nature: with Linda McNutt
Saturday September 24 and October 1 12:30 p.m.- 4 p.m.
$145 non-members, $124 members
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In this class you will have hands-on opportunities to discover how monoprinting, ecoprinting, and direct transfer techniques work with your fabric and textile hand stitched designs. We will review basic stitch techniques, and make small sewn works using textiles, found objects, and stitching as mark-making, for your piece of personal expression. You will learn how to combine your hand stitched designs with this variety of printing techniques. We will take our inspiration from nature by incorporating some sketching and plant materials, gathered on the lovely grounds of the Art School.


Gerald Seligman

Photo Walk – Ooms Pond: with Gerald Seligman
September 24 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
$40 non-members, $35 members
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A one-day crash-course in how to frame and capture photos from nature.Learn the techniques of composition, shutter speed and aperture all while taking a leisurely stroll through the varied terrains and vistas of the pond. The rule of thirds; how to line up foreground-midground-background; using leading lines, painting with light, exploring depth of field – each new technique will make you a vastly better photographer. Plus… these can be applied to all manner of photography. Come with the equipment you have, whether formal camera or “smart phone”. For people with mobility concerns, we will offer all instruction within the first section of the pond.


David Lesako

The Art School of Columbia County Paints Plein Air at The Thomas Cole National Historic Site: with David Lesako
Saturday, October 8 10:00 – 4:00
$150 (includes entrance fee into the gallery)
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This workshop offers beginning and intermediate artists a bucolic, pastel plein air experience on site at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. This Hudson River historic site and artist’s home lends itself to what plein air is all about. David Lesako, who is a practicing professional artist and teaches at the ASCC, will provide and guide you with how best to capture the composition of this plein air setting with the use of dry pastels as a medium. Students will work at their own pace with David’s guidance and will have an opportunity to create as many as three pieces during the time frame of the workshop. Students participating in this workshop will have time to visit the gallery at The Thomas Cole National Historic Site at the end of the workshop. Students will receive a small supply list upon registering for the workshop.

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