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 .



Printing and Hand Stitching on Fabric: Inspired by Nature: with Linda McNutt
Saturdays June 18 and June 25 12:30 p.m.- 4 p.m.
$150 non members, $128 members

Linda McNutt

In this class you learn how monoprinting, ecoprinting, and direct transfer techniques combine with fabric. The textile designs you make, will then be used to create small hand stitched art works. We will take our inspiration from nature, through observation, sketching, and gathering plant materials, on the lovely grounds of the Art School. 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.


Cyanotype Workshop: with Peggy Reeves
Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and July 10 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
$152 non-members, $130 members with a $25 materials fee

Peggy Reeves

Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces blue prints using coated paper and light. Discovered by scientist/astronomer Sir John Herschel in 1842, this unique process remains contemporary in its interest and applications. The classic Prussian Blue process is a great place for both beginners and accomplished artists alike to explore this medium. Cyanotypes are economical, permanent, and result in few pitfalls. In this workshop, participants will use local flora to create their original pieces as a complete image or as the base for painting, drawing or collage. Both dry cyanotype and wet cyanotype will be explored as each technique offers unique results.


Paper Marbling Workshop with Ulrike Grannis
Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and July 24   10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$190 non-members, $162 members, with a $25 materials fee

Ulrike Grannis

Paper Marbling is an ancient art that originated in Asia and Europe. It is a method of fluid surface design, which can produce patterns similar to smooth marble or similar types of stone. The patterns are the result of paints or ink floated on a water-based “ground” and then carefully transferred to an absorbent surface, such as paper or fabric. In this workshop, you will have opportunities to delve into this hands-on, immersive experience. You will use acrylic colors and handmade “Lokta” paper. This workshop experience will have you creating several pieces of your own marbled paper.



Drawing, Painting, Collage, Interior Design, Fiber Arts and More

Learn to Knit in the Round with: Tempe Croke
Mondays 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. June 27 – August 1
$190 non-members, $162 members

Tempe Croke

Learning to knit in the round is a great next step once you have learned the basics of knitting! In this class you will learn to knit a hat, and in the process learn to cast onto a circular needle and join your knitting to work in the round, ribbing, stockinette stitch, decreasing, and how to switch to and use double pointed needles. Knitting a hat is a great first experience in working with double pointed needles, which you can then use for knitting socks, mittens, and other small circumference projects! This class is for the adventurous beginner – you need to know how to cast on and be comfortable with the knit and purl stitches.


Drawing in Color: with Tia Maggio
Mondays 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. June 27 – August 1
$190 non-members, $162 members

Tia Maggio

Drawing in color offers broad approaches, techniques and processes in developing your artwork. Most of us see the world around us in color, while people tend to draw in black and white. In this class, drawing materials such as color pencil, conte crayon and pastel will help you develop techniques and confidence to work with color media. We will look at how color, composition, space and texture can be altered to create overall effects in your work. This class is open to anyone interested in working on their drawing skills.


Figure and Costumed Model, Mixed Media Class: with Tim Ebneth
Mondays 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. June 27 – August 1
$260 non-members, $221 members, includes model fee

Tim Ebneth

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.


Drawing Still Life in the Studio and Plein Air Landscape: with David Lesako
Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. June 28 – August 2
$285 non-members, $243 members

David Lesako

This class will make drawing fun and accessible for anyone and is essential for developing your drawing skills. While drawing from still life in the studio and on location at sites as the class progresses, you will work with techniques such as shading, shadowing, and some color with pencil, charcoal and pastel. By the end of this class you will have honed your observation skills, perspective and drawing abilities.The class is open to beginners as well those with intermediate experience.


Breathe and Movement into Drawing the Mandala: with Melissa Forbes
Tuesdays 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.. June 28 – July 19
$152 non-members, $130 members

Melissa Forbes

This class is designed to offer you an interdisciplinary experience combining gentle movement and breath practice into drawing the Mandala, both of which hold centuries of insights for health and creativity. Each class will begin with Melissa’s guidance for breath centered movement and the practice of resting in oneself, bringing awareness and calm. This will lead into exploring the mystery of Numerology and drawing your own Mandala. Discover the colors, shapes and light associated with each number as a reflection of yourself. Drawing and applying colors to your own Mandala infuses it with your energy. Take your Mandala home and place it appropriately as a creative and visual guide.


The Art of Handstitching – Abstract Fabric Collage with Linda McNutt
Tuesdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm. June 28 – August 2
$230 non-members, $195 members

Linda McNutt

What is fiber art? Is it stitched or woven? Flat or sculptural? Quilted, knitted or dyed? Textile art often takes on a personal meaning beyond the literal use of the materials. In this class we will be taking a meditative and intuitive approach to hand stitching while using needle and thread as an artistic medium. You will learn basic stitch techniques, and make small sewn works using textiles, found objects, and stitching as mark-making, for your piece of personal expression.


The Collage Within You : with Marianne Van Lent
Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m June 29 – .August 3
$285 non-members, $243 members

Marianne Van Lent

In the world of collage, there are artists who have paved the way such as the Bauhaus artists, Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky. In this class, you will develop the richness of techniques for applying various materials to prepared surfaces to create aesthetically exciting collages. Areas such as paint transfer, choosing a color palette and papers, tracing, stencils, paper mosaics, inked rollers and others will offer you an array of inspiring options. Supporting this creative venture through materials demonstrations, guidance in how to plan your collage and decisions in how to execute your ideas will all be included.


Design Concepts and Landscape Drawing with Gary Finelli
Wednesdays 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. June 29 – August 3
$228 non-members, $194 members

Gary Finelli

Creating a visually dynamic landscape drawing while using design concepts, will be the focus of this class. You will discover new ways in how to “look” at a landscape, eliminate some areas and emphasize other areas for the creation of an overall effective drawing. In order to apply your own creativity, exploration and a certain amount of risk taking is helpful in this landscape drawing class. The design concepts you learn in this class, will apply to your interests in painting, sculpture, photography or others. Both graphite and color pencils will be used in the class.


Getting Painterly: with Sandra Koponen
Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. June 29 – August 3
$285 non-members, $243 members

Sandra Koponen

Do you want to explore the potential of paint and hone your unique vision? In each class we will focus on different ways of approaching painting from life, leaving plenty of room for subjectivity. Seeing objects as abstract masses, developing composition and negative space and mixing colors all helps to achieve depth, mood, contrast, texture and layering colors. Small quick studies will start each class so that students have a chance to consider how they want their vision to appear on canvas before developing a painting to completion.  Paying attention to the things that intrigue you most is the best way to manifest your unique vision.  Acrylic paint will be the medium and use of a palette knife encouraged in at least one class.


Explore Landscape Painting: with H.M. Saffer
Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. June 30 – August 4
$325 non-members, $277 members

Mountain Vista, H.M.Saffer

The landscape of Columbia County provides countless opportunities for artistic renderings which capture beauty, color, depth and nature’s best onto your canvas. Using oil paints in the class, you will paint plein air at sites that are accessible and offer scenes that are chosen to inspire you to paint. You will learn to develop your color palette skills, how to organize your canvas to create an effective overall composition and methods for brushwork to create texture. Students will be guided through demos, individual feedback, and class discussions. All levels welcome.


Abstracting the Landscape / From Realism to Abstraction: with Tim Ebneth
Thursdays 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. June 30 – August 4
$325 non-members, $277 members

Turtle Pond, Tim Ebneth

This class will explore painting the landscape through photographs and life studies while examining what makes a work of art abstract, realistic or somewhere in between. Each week, we will deconstruct the representational landscape until we realize an abstracted image. The formal principles of art – line, form, value, movement, composition, color, shape, etc. will be emphasized as we transition our works into abstraction. Weekly homework exercises will assist in furthering your understanding. The class is open to students with some painting experience.


The Artful Interior: Using Decoupage and Stenciling: with PJ Mehaffey
Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. July 7 – August 4
$190 non-members, $162 members

PJ Mehaffey

Historically artisans in Florence, Italy produced decorative objects using decoupage techniques while stencils have been used in Europe since the fifteenth century and were commonly used to color “old master” prints  In this class, you’ll explore the tools and materials and learn hands-on decorative techniques for decoupage and stenciling and the surprising ways they can be used to enhance your truly unique interior. Choosing colors, application techniques, wall and floor pattern design decisions, and discussions relating to the design elements you will have added to your home will all be a part of the class. All skill levels welcome to the first in the series of the Artful Interior classes.


Creative Insights: with Carolyn DiFiori Hopkins
Fridays, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. July 8 – August 5
$285 non-members, $243 members (a $25 materials fee to be paid at class)

Carolyn DiFiori Hopkins

Study the art of visual creativity and be introduced to exercises which carefully explore your own narrative, along with automatic drawing and collage as key aspects of the creative process.
Writing, vision quest journaling, guided imagery, and various techniques will assist in activating your imagination. Through these practices your inner creativity will become enhanced while learning how to give agency to your own work.



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