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 .


Autumn Art Classes 2021

Painting, Drawing and Printmaking:


Landscape Drawing and Painting with David Lesako

September 13 through Oct. 4 10:00 – 12:30 $180

Join David at various, accessible sites to capture the changing, autumn landscape. By using drawing media and watercolor, you will develop skills using these basic supplies so that wherever you are, you may bring this into your life. Open to all levels.


Linoleum Printmaking with David Lesako

October 18 through Nov. 15 12:30 – 3:00 $235

Join David for this” lino” printmaking class and learn techniques used to create a relief surface. Students will design and carve linoleum blocks with tools and print onto papers, resulting in the mirror image of your original design. “Lino” printmaking is versatile and offers an accessible printmaking experience for all. (Some materials included)



Oil Painting with H.M. Saffer

Sept. 28 – Nov. 2 10:00 – 1:00 $305

Whether you’re new to painting in oils or are looking to develop your techniques and insights with this expressive medium, this class is for you.  Studio work will offer you many unique opportunities for honing your skills for both beginners and experienced students. Students will study the composition of landscape painting, emphasizing space, depth, and the concepts of foreground, middle ground and background. H.M. will help you with various techniques to enhance your painting. His work is exhibited around the world.  All levels welcome.



Expressive Arts with Karen Martin

Sept. 15, 29, Oct. 13 and 27 2:00 – 4:00 $160

Join us in this expressive arts class as students discover creative approaches to use media on paper. All materials will be available for your creative explorations. The theme is geared toward sparking creativity through the arts and enjoyment through process.



Sumi-e Painting: The Four Noble Gentlemen with H.M. Saffer

September 30 – November 4 10:00 – 12:00p.m. $215

Students will have the unique opportunity to learn Sumi-e brushstrokes and transform them into graceful forms of nature in the likeness of the four plants that embody the virtues of modesty, loyalty, purity, and integrity. Each plant has certain brush strokes needed to complete it in the Sumi-e style. With each completed plant, students will build on the brush strokes mastered, and learn new techniques for the next, more complicated plant. The Four Noble Gentlemen are: Bamboo • Wild Orchid • Chrysanthemum • Plum Blossom Branch


Abstract Still Life Drawing and Painting with Tim Ebneth

September 9 – Oct. 7 OR Oct. 21 – Nov. 11 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. $215

Explore abstract landscape painting mostly through plein air studies. Each class will begin with drawing and painting warm ups, demonstrations and discussions. Individual creativity and finding your own voice is a focus. Acrylic painting and drawing techniques, as well as opportunities for various mixed media such as collage, gouache and watercolor and how to use them in your paintings will be a part of this class. By the end of the course students will develop a body of paintings, collages, drawings and mixed media works on paper. This course is open to all levels but some experience is helpful.



Coil Basketry with Danimarie Jones

Friday, September 24 10:00 – 2:00p.m. $80

Learn how to weave a coil-basket from start to finish. Traditional materials using jute rope and embroidery thread will be utilized to create your original piece. Coil baskets are functional as well as aesthetic, works of art. The process of creating this basket is time honored. All materials included.


The Meaning of the Flower of Life with Melissa Forbes

Friday, October 8 1:00 – 4:00p.m.  $60

In this class, Melissa will guide you to create the ancient Flower of Life Mandala. Students will draw to depict this image that represents how all life comes from one singular source – the circle in the middle of the pattern. It is believed that a secret symbol hidden within the Flower of Life, holds the most significant and sacred patterns of the universe. The Flower of Life is composed of several concentric, equal, overlapping circles that contain vital information on the secrets of the universe and all living things.


Creating Papers for Mixed Media with Laurie Sussman

Friday, Oct. 22 10:00 – 1:00 p.m. $60

In this workshop, students will create their own stencils and incise the designs into surfaces to print from. This will lead to the creation of making your own papers for collage, while layering colors. Choices for making light and dark papers, applying complimentary colors, or staying monochromatic or layering paint by hand onto the paper to add textures and mark making will be part of this process. Your imagination is your only limitation!


Saturdays and Sundays

Drawing and Painting at Historic Hudson’s Bronson House with David Lesako

Sunday, September 19 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. $95

This is a unique opportunity to step inside Historic Hudson’s Bronson House and experience this special setting. There will be time to draw from this very spacious interior, as well as use varied media throughout the exterior spaces and grounds. David will provide drawing and painting instruction to capture this iconic setting right here in Hudson. You will also hear some history of the Bronson House and speaks about the vision of this organization. Join us in this collaborative and creative opportunity as Historic Hudson and the Art School of Columbia County team up. Please bring a bag lunch.


Drawing and Painting at Mount Lebanon, historic site in New Lebanon, NY with David Lesako

Saturday, October 2 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. $65

Draw and paint with pencil and pastel media on site at this historic setting, David will provide techniques for this plein air, autumnal experience. With ten original Shaker historic buildings, including the iconic 1859 Great Stone Barn and pastures, many opportunities abound for developing compositions and landscapes.  Join us in this collaborative and creative opportunity as the Shaker Museum and the Art School of Columbia County team up.


Art by the Yard: Printmaking and Dyeing with Sayzie Carr

Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 13 and 14 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. $150

In this two day workshop, Sayzie will teach students to design and create an original repeat pattern and print on fabric and paper. Patterns are everywhere, and we will look at examples of all over designs and patterns in textiles and architecture throughout history. Using their own pattern, students will carve into a lino block and print onto natural, dyed fabric and paper  All materials included.



Photo Composition — Three Sessions to Better Pictures with Gerald Seligman

Wednesdays, September 22, 29 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. $105

The single-most important route to great photography is composition. It’s not the camera, it’s your eye. Come with whatever you have. From smartphone to film to digital, from amateur to pro model, composition remains the same — and knowing how it works will change the way you look at the world through a lens. Students will begin by working in the studio, discovering various ways of seeing and continue by being in and around the art school’s location to explore field work. Gerald’s hands on teaching will be combined with group discussions, all with a lens on composition, painting with light, portraits, storytelling and more.


Art History: From Your Home

A Zoom link will be sent to you for your participation


Andy Warhol: Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction with Carol Salus, Art Historian Ph.D

Tuesday, September 21 6:45 – 8:00 $30

Through the use of photo silkscreen technique, Andy Warhol captured glossy portraits of models, movie stars, political and sports figures, fashion designers, entertainers, and royalty  –  he was enchanted by their fame and glamour. A look into his formative years, filled with sickness and poverty, demonstrates his remarkable drive to succeed. From being the highest-paid graphic designer in the 1950s on Madison Avenue, he developed into a renowned artist and highly creative businessman. Some of his most dramatic and moving works will be discussed to better understand the sensitivity and depth of his art. He remains one of the most popular artists to this day.


Roy Lichtenstein: Pop Art Icon with Carol Salus, Art Historian Ph.D

Tuesday, October 19 6:45 – 8:00 p.m. $30

Roy Lichtenstein was one of the most influential and innovative artists of the second half of the twentieth century. He is preeminently identified with Pop Art, a movement he helped originate, and his first fully achieved paintings, rendered in a style mimicking the crude printing processes of newspaper reproduction, were based on imagery from comic strips and advertisements. There is great variety to his five thousand works and we will see creations beyond these early celebrated images. Carol will also demonstrate, how he turned to various European masters and exuberant canvases inspired by the artists he admired, such as Picasso, Monet, and Matisse.


Faith Ringgold: Art in Activism with Carol Salus, Art Historian Ph.D

Tuesday, November 9 6:45 – 8:00 p.m. $30

Faith Ringgold is a leader for the Black people and women’s rights. Her art is comprised of paintings, sculptures, and quilts. She has, in addition, written and illustrated 20 children’s books. Her thought-provoking work raises awareness of racial issues in our country through the lens of art. Her work is in the collections of the Met, Whitney, MoMA, Guggenheim, Harvard Art Museums, and Boston Museum of Fine Arts. She is the recipient of more than 75 awards including the Coretta King Award for the best illustrated children’s book.


Art Book Discussions with Dominique DeVito

A Zoom link will be sent to you for your participation


Modern Artists on Art, by author Robert Herbert

Monday September, 20 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.


The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art by author Sebastian Smee

Monday, October 25 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.


Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler and 1950s New York, by author Alexander Nemerov

Monday, November, 29 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.


The Young at Art


Exploring Art with Danimarie Jones 5 – 8 year olds

3:30 to 5:30p.m. Sept. 13 to Nov. 8 $304 All materials included

This exploratory studio class offers an inclusive, inspirational space for young people to develop their creativity. Throughout time together, Danimarie will work with students to cultivate uninhibited expression, self-exploration, and comfort levels through hands- on experiences with varied art materials.


Tuesdays Art As Experience with Tim Ebneth 5 – 8 year olds

3:30 – 5:30p.m. Sept. 14 – Nov. 2 $304 All materials included

In this mixed media studio class, students will explore 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional materials. From printmaking and collage to cardboard constructions, these students will also learn about various artists as springboards into their own creativity.



Emerging Artists with Karen Martin 12-16 year olds

3:30 – 5:30p.m. Every other Wednesday Sept. 8 – Nov. 3 $190

All materials included This will be a hands-on discovery into using art materials and tools for creative explorations. Students will make and use their own feather pens with ink drawings, craft their own leather covered journals, make rubbings from unique objects and make their papier-mâché bowls. All this as young people emerge into the expressive arts.



Portraits: The Self and Others with Danimarie Jones

8-12 year olds Every Other Saturday, Sept. 11 – Nov. 6 $190 All materials included

This multi media drawing course encourages individual process while exploring portraiture as vehicles for self-discovery. We will consider the mind/body as a landscape, as something to be tended to and cared for, while focusing on movement and expression. Students will develop their drawing skills, build confidence, and boost creativity both inside and outside the classroom.


Kids Multimedia Art Studio: Painting, Sculpture, Puppets and Sound with Rachel Sherk and Aaron Rourk 6 – 10 year olds

Every Other Saturday Sept. 18 – Oct. 30 $180 All materials included

Join us in a creative journey as we blur the lines between painting, sculpture, puppetry, mask-making and music. We will draw inspiration from artists and artworks across a range of media, from human prehistory to the present day as we explore concepts like color, shape, sound, composition and abstraction.


*Please Note: All member class prices are for new and renewing memberships as of September 1, 2021

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