Spring class registration begins February 20, 2017

Register by March 27 to get $10 Early Bird discount off each class!
(discount does not apply to workshops)
Classes begin starting April 3, 2017

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

Kids Classes

Art Adventures: A Course for Homeschool Students
Led by Museum Staff

A class at the Erie Art Museum provides lots to see, touch, and do! Discover how artists tell stories while exploring photography portraits, 18th Century engravings, ancient Indian art, and a soft sculpture restaurant! Students will work with an educator to explore new exhibits each week, experiment with different forms of art making and play games right in the galleries. For students in grades K-12

Tuesdays for 6 weeks
Starting April 4th from 2-3:30PM

$75 per student
Parents can attend at no cost.

Week One: Printmaking and the 18th Century Engravings

Week Two: Ancient Ink Photography Exhibit, Design Activity and Photo Shoot

Week Three: Erie Art Museum’s Permanent Collection and Creating Optical Illusions

Week Four: Avalon Diner, South Asian Bronzes and Sculpture-Making

Week Five: Stop Motion Animation and the 94th Annual Spring Show

Week Six: Wildflower Garden and Watercolor Paintings

Young at Art: Continuing in Paint
Instructor Erica Whiting

Students reference artwork in the galleries, photos and objects to practice painting from observation and advancing their technical skill. Work in acrylic or watercolor on projects of your choosing. Class topics include: shading, exaggeration and introduction to watercolor pencils and pastels. Leave with a handmade catalog of all your work at the end of the session. This class is ideal for those that have completed Young at Art: Intro to Paint. Ages 8 and up.

Saturdays for 6 weeks
Starting April 8 from 10 am – 12 pm

$135 ($115 member)
All materials included


Adult Workshops

Pysanky Egg Dying Workshop
Instructor Katie White

Pysanky is an ancient method that uses wax to create intricate dye patterns. It has been a tradition in many Eastern European families for generations, and children learn from parents or grandparents. Some see the egg as a symbol of spring and new life; others use the egg in observing Easter rituals. In this workshop participants learn the history and meaning of Pysanky symbols, and create their own decorated egg. Children under 12 must be accompanied with an adult.

Sunday, April 9 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Adult $30 ($25 Members)
All supplies included

Child $15 ($10 Members)


Sips and Shirts Workshop
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, May 4 from 6 – 9 pm
($55 members)
All supplies included


Blacksmithing Basics Workshop
Instructor Greg Gehner

Learn basic blacksmithing and make a project to take home. Past student examples have included hooks, firepokers, bottle openers and more. Beginning students are provided with all the materials and instructions they need while those who have taken the course can learn new techniques and keep practicing. Topics include: safety, equipment, heating metal, hand hammer control, and various hot iron forging techniques. Participants focus upon the techniques of drawing tapers, spreading, and upsetting to achieve varied designs. Taught by a blacksmith who is also a professional artist in his Cambridge Springs studio. Ages 14 and up, no experience required.

Adult $80 ($65 Members)
All supplies included

Saturday, March 25 from 9 am  – 1 pm

Sunday, March 26 from 9 am – 1 pm

These workshops are full and no longer taking registrations. If you would like to be added to a wait list for this semester please email ally thomas.

Framing Basics Workshop
Instructor James Pearson   

Learn all aspects of basic framing, including layout, cutting mats, and closing techniques from the Frame Shop Manager at the Erie Art Museum.  Emphasis is on the importance of using archival materials and methods to preserve your art.  Bring one work not exceeding 12” X 16” to class.  The fee covers materials, except frames and glass, which may be ordered.  Limit 6.

Tuesday, April 4th and Wednesday, April 5th from 5:30 – 8:30 pm
($80 members)
Some materials included


Adult Classes

Precious Metals Jewelry Making
Instructors Janice  & Daniel Niebauer

Gain an appreciation for making original handcrafted jewelry with century old methods! Students learn jewelry fabricating and casting techniques (from “beginner basics” to advanced techniques including gemstone setting) and use traditional hand tools along with extensive jewelry studio and lapidary equipment. The first class is held at the Museum and includes a slide show, list of materials, shop rules and basic techniques. The remainder of the sessions will be held at the West Millcreek studio location.  Each student is briefed on good jewelry design and layout techniques while following a personal project plan that they will develop from idea to completion.

Wednesdays for 7 weeks

Starting April 12 from 7 – 9 pm

$135 ($85 members)
Materials not included, but tools are provided for use

This class is now full and no longer taking registrations. Please check back in the Fall for our next Precious Metals Course.

PhotoShop Basics
Instructor, Matt Mead

In this class, students work with Photoshop CS6 or Elements to edit and retouch their personal photographs. Identify common photography pitfalls and correct them by adjusting hue and saturation, using the spot healing brush, sharpening images and more. Through demonstrations, lectures, and guided practice, students are able to upload tons of finalized photographs to Facebook by the end of the course. Laptop and software required, basic understanding of your computer is mandatory.

Mondays for 6 weeks
Starting April 3 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

$185 ($135 members)
Materials not included


Beginning Digital Photography
Instructor Denise Keim

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 learn how to print, frame their artwork and leave with a framed print suitable for the home or gallery. A camera with settings beyond automatic is mandatory.

Saturdays for 6 weeks
Starting April 15 from 9 – 11 am

$210 ($160 members)
Cost includes price of framing materials


Digital Photography: The Next Step
Instructor Ed Bernik

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 April 8 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

$185 ($135 members)
Supplies not included

This class has been cancelled for the spring semester.

Beginning Acrylic Painting
Instructor Scott Rispin

This class introduces basic techniques to those who have little or no art experience. This class covers color use, how to mix paints, and different application techniques, while using images of famous paintings for examples and inspiration. Ages 14 and up.

Wednesdays for 7 weeks
Starting April 5 from 5:30 – 7 pm

$185 ($135 members)
All materials included


Open Paint
Instructor Scott Rispin

This course welcomes all – absolute beginners to more advanced painters. The class provides a supportive group atmosphere with plenty of one-on-one instruction. Students work in acrylics or non-volatile oil paints on subjects of their choosing.

Mondays for 7 weeks
Starting April 3 from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

$165 ($115 members)
Materials not included


Painting in Acrylics or Oils
Instructor Scott Rispin

This class is structured for beginning to advanced painters. In a workshop setting, students have the opportunity to interact with each other, as well as the instructor, to maximize the class experience. Students work on personal projects of their choosing in water mixable oils or acrylics.

Wednesdays for 7 weeks
Starting April 5 from 7:15 – 9:15 pm

$165 ($115 members)
Materials not 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 April 3 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 conté crayon.

Tuesdays for 6 weeks
Starting April 18 from 6 – 7:30 pm

$160 ($110 members)
Materials not included


Watercolor Techniques
Instructor Deb Sementelli

Students learn the basics of watercolor painting through fun and interesting exercises. Topics include the fundamentals of color theory, using painting tools and materials, and basic principles of composition. Experiment with different watercolor media and textural effects. This class promises to be relaxed and helpful for absolute beginners, while returning students and artists with experience will be challenged.  All students are encouraged to explore and pursue personal expression as well as developing their technical skill.

Saturdays for 6 weeks
Starting April 8 from 12:30 – 2 pm

$170 ($120 members)
All materials included


Watercolor Painting
Instructor Wilda Sundberg

Using transparent watercolors, students work on location when weather permits and at the Museum on rainy days. Instructor gives demonstrations and critiques; emphasizing technique, color, and design. Beginners have the opportunity of working with advanced students in class.

Thursdays for 6 weeks
Starting April 27 from 12 – 3 pm

$150 ($100 members)
Materials not included

This class has been cancelled.
Contact Ally Thomas if you have any questions.

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.