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 .


Join Gary Finelli to Explore Photoshop for Drawing and Illustrating
Tuesday, March 9, 5:30 to 7 pm via ZOOM. $25
Photoshop is a tool with unlimited potential for creating layered and magical drawings and illustrations. Gary Finelli has been at it for years and understands its potential – and limitations. In this intro class, he will demonstrate on his computer, via Zoom, how to take a pencil drawing and turn it into a line drawing, laying the foundation for playing with color and other add-ons. If you’ve always wanted to explore this program, take this class. Gary will get you through it so you really understand. A drawing will be provided to students so all will be working together to learn.


Join Maj Kalfus for Landscape Reimagined
Friday, March 12 and 19, 1 to 2 pm via ZOOM. $50
Learn how to take a traditional landscape and transform it into an abstract composition inspired by the original composition. The first class will develop composition and shapes and break down vistas; the second class will interpret several landscape types and produce original images. Classes will include samples of 20th century abstract art and an evolution from expressionism to abstract. Students will work with graphite pencil, eraser, ruler, drawing pad, soft pastels or oil pastels.


Join Kelly Kynion to Paint a Favorite Character in Watercolor
Tuesday, March 16, 3:30 to 5 pm via ZOOM. $25
Kelly will explain watercolor techniques to help build your personal style. Masking, layering, understanding the palette, what different brushes can do, all will be explored as students work from a starting simple drawing of an iconic figure. Who, exactly? We recommend your choice of ONE of the following famously recognizable people: Marie Antoinette, Jon Batiste, David Bowie, Coco Chanel, Lady Gaga, Billie Holiday, Michelle Kwan, Andy Warhol, or Twiggy!  Come to class with your favorite image of one of these, and a simple, starter drawing on watercolor paper or tracing paper. Masking fluid is a useful for this class, available online or at the Chatham Bookstore.


Join Michael Grimaldi for an Artist Talk
Tuesday, March 30, 6 to 7:30 pm via ZOOM. $5
Michael Grimaldi is a recent part-time transplant, with his family, to Columbia County. Grimaldi is currently the Director of the Department of Drawing and a Faculty Chair at the New York Academy of Art, as well as the Program Founder and Instructor of Advanced Artistic Anatomy at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. A native of New York City, Grimaldi has had solo exhibits in NY as well as California, Washington, Missouri, and France, and has been in numerous group exhibitions. He will discuss his practices, influences, and techniques through the presentation of his works. The talk will include a question-and-answer period.


Join EACH OTHER for our NEW Art Book Discussion Group!!
Discussion will be on Wednesday, March 24, 6 to 7:30 pm via Zoom. Free
Yes, there’s making art, and that is the focus of our classes at and through the Art School. But there’s also thinking about art – wondering about technique, practices, colors, and marveling at the lives of artists. There is so much to learn through books, and it’s enjoyed even more when shared. And so we’re launching the Art Book Discussion Group, and we do hope you’ll participate.
The first selection is John Berger’s WAYS OF SEEING. Described as one of the most stimulating and influential books on art in any language, it remains a best seller nearly 50 years since its publication. It’s based on a series Berger did for the BBC, which can also be seen on YouTube (to supplement the reading even further). The Chatham Bookstore is offering a 10% discount on the book when you mention the Art Book Discussion Group. THANK YOU to them for that! Participants need to RSVP here and will be sent the invitation to participate via Zoom the day before. The next book will be announced on March 25th. We so look forward to discussing Berger’s book with you.



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