Summer class registration begins May 1, 2017

Register by June 5th to get $10 Early Bird discount off each class!
(discount does not apply to workshops)

Scholarship Application Form (Financial aid is available)
*Download the application form as a PDF


Sips and Shirts
Instructor Roman Glass

In this three-hour workshop participants will learn about silk-screening in a relaxed environment and use professional equipment to create t-shirts and posters. Watch demonstrations, socialize with your classmates, and experiment with layout and color to make limited edition prints. Use pre-exposed screens from the studio or design your own stencil from lettering and cardstock. Leave class with a hand printed poster and t-shirt! Led by a professional artist and the owner of No Dress Code Studios. Shirts, beer and wine will be provided. No experience necessary, ages 21 and older. Limit 10.

Thursday, June 15 from 6 – 9 pm

$65 ($55 member)
All materials included


Kids Classes

Young at Art: How to Draw Animals
Instructor Erica Whiting

In this two-day drawing workshop, students will learn how to draw a realistic animal through instructor demonstrations, exercises in the gallery and observing live animal models. Develop your drawing skills by completing shape and contour exercises, sketching textures and learning from your classmates. Students work with pencil and colored pencil. Take home practice sheets will be provided. Ages 7 – 12.

Saturday and Sunday, July 22 and 23 
from 1 – 3 pm

$55 ($50 member)
All materials included


Adult Classes

PhotoShop Beyond the Basics
Instructor, Matt Mead

Students improve their workflow by exploring new features, tools and techniques in PhotoShop CS6 and above. Learn how to use the functions and interfaces on the program to sort photos, create composites, and work with masks and layers. Experiment with creative effects by using brushes, filters and color channels to edit and manipulate your images. The instructor works closely with each student to provide relevant and helpful tips. Laptop and software required.

Wednesdays for 6 weeks
Starting June 21 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

$185 ($135 members)
Materials not included


Beginning Digital Photography
Students cover the basic use of a digital camera; learn how to compose and capture the moment, how to photograph still and moving objects, how to use light, and how to work in low light conditions. Students are introduced to photo editing software, and learn how to print, frame and hang their artwork. Leave class with a framed print suitable for the home or gallery. A camera with settings beyond automatic is mandatory.

Wednesdays for 6 weeks
Starting July 5 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm

$210 ($160 members)
Cost includes price of framing materials
To register call 814-459-5477

Digital Photography: Next Step
Students work on developing their own artistic vision and learn to “see” as a photographer, while advancing their technical knowledge. This class covers shooting portraits, still life, studio lighting techniques and an introduction to photo editing. For those who have completed the Beginning Digital Photo class or already fully understand the features of their camera.

Saturdays for 6 weeks
Starting July 8 from 9 – 11 am

$185 ($135 members)
Supplies Not Included

To register call 814-459-5477

Adventures in Digital Photography
Instructor Matt Mead

This class is designed for people with photography experience, and it is ideal for those who have taken advanced photography classes at the Museum. Students meet to practice shooting at the Museum and other inspiring locations including sports arenas, festivals and the Warner Theater. Class topics include: panoramic photography, sports photography, in camera HDR, multiple exposures and more. Some excursions may be scheduled outside of class time. Instructor will consider student requests and interests in planning the final classes.

Wednesdays for 6 weeks
Starting July 26 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

$185 ($135 members)
All materials included


Oriental Painting
Instructor Esther Hong

Want to step inside another culture and learn about Asian philosophy through its art? Learn the ancient tradition of using watercolors and rice paper to capture bamboo, orchids, plum blossoms and chrysanthemums. Learn how to paint with control and a calm mind. This class offers a great deal of structure and tutelage, yet students remark that it offers a serene meditative way to create art.

Mondays for 6 weeks
Starting June 19 from 4 – 6 pm

$160 ($110 members)
Materials not included


Absolute Beginner: How to Draw
Instructor Ehren Knapp

This class introduces basic techniques and materials to those who have no art experience. Students learn the fundamentals of drawing; looking closely, drawing what they see, and learning to use the appropriate tools. This class provides exposure to a variety of drawing media such as pencil and conte crayon.

Tuesdays for 6 weeks
Starting June 13 from 6 – 7:30 pm

$160 ($110 members)
Materials not included


Clay Classes

The Erie ClaySpace Artists Association offers a variety of clay classes at their studio on 1505 State Street.
For a list of current offerings visit their website.

Join Erie ClaySpace Artists Association
ClaySpace is a complete and spacious professional ceramics studio located on the 3rd floor of the Artworks Building at 1505 State Street. It is independently run by artists. The Museum uses ClaySpace for ceramics classes, workshops, and parties. Anyone who already has knowledge of working with clay who would like studio access should consider joining the association. Check out the guidelines here. Any questions contact ECSAA Studio Manager, Sarah Whitman.