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 .

Join Tim Ebneth for Abstract Still Life Thursdays, July 8, 15, 22 & 29 – 1:30-4:30. $160 for 4 weeks.

In this series of plein air classes, students will work from a large set up of still life objects. Not your typical still life class! They’ll incorporate and explore various mixed media such as acrylic, collage, pastels and graphite. In the class, we look at composition, style and abstraction. All levels.


Join David Lesako for Landscape Drawing in Pencil or Pastel Tuesdays, July 13, 20, and 27, 2 to 4:30 pm. $120

Join David every week in a different location to explore the amazing landscapes of Columbia County through drawing in pencil and/or pastel. The goal is to learn to capture a landscape with basic supplies while working outside  wherever you are. The classes will meet in different locations in Columbia County to explore landscapes of nature and of architecture.


FUN ART Classes with Karen Martin Continue Wednesdays, July 14 and 28, 2 to 4 pm. $10 suggested donation

Karen leads “fun” art classes to explore the use of different mediums that are available or donated for the class. With these, she and the students create around a theme geared toward sparking creative fun and art appreciation. Classes are capped at 10 people/session, so registration is required.


Join Kelly Kynion to Mix It Up! Wednesday, July 21, 3 to 5 pm at the School. $40

Tips and techniques for combining colored pencil, watercolors, and watercolor pencils with water and other bases. Learn tips and tricks to go deeper into a painting or drawing.


Join Gary Finelli in Exploring Space in Landscape Drawing. Saturday July 17, 9:30-12:30. $45

In this concentrated class, students will learn to see parts of a landscape in terms of the positive and negative space. Understanding these concepts allows the artist to both emphasize and eliminate parts to achieve the desired results which, in the end, is a more visually dramatic drawing.


Join HM Saffer in Oil Painting Tuesdays, July 13, 20, and 27, and August 3, 10, and 17, 9:30-12:30. $175 for 3 sessions; $300 for all 6

Whether you’re new to working in oils or are looking to gain new techniques or insights with this expressive medium, you’ll get so much out of working with HM, who has been painting in oils most of his life. His work is exhibited around the world. Check out his bio at All levels.


Join Gerald Seligman to Hone Your Landscape Photography Skills   Saturday, July 24, 10 am to noon. Meets at High Falls in Philmont. $45

Do you ever get home from a walk where you took all kinds of photos only to feel like you weren’t able to capture the beauty of your surroundings the way you imagined? This class will teach you tips and tricks to help hone and improve landscape photos. We’ll cover basic composition and how to frame photos for maximum effect. Plus we’ll talk about camera techniques to enhance what you’re capturing. High Falls in Philmont offers forest scenes, paths, and the waterfall.


Join Each Other for the Art Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, July 20, 6:30 to 8 pm via ZOOM. Free
July’s selection is a fun summertime read: If Picasso Went on Vacation, by Eric Gibbons. In this beautiful children’s book, art teachers from around the world chose artists and landmarks and created their own visual interpretations of them. It’s a combination of art history, geography, poetry, and wonderful artworks. Book group participants will create their own work based on inspiration from the book, making for an especially entertaining chat. Participants must register even though there is no charge





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