Community Art Classes
The Erie Art Museum aims to build community among artists, art students and the public. In order to further encourage the burgeoning art scene in our city, this page will highlight art classes offered in the Erie area. All the featured classes are led by professional artists and/or educators and are open to the public. Students make original artwork and are able to evaluate their experience at the end of the course. If you or your organization would like to be included on the list please email our Education Coordinator Ally Thomas.

3330 West 26th St, Erie, PA, 16506

V Gallery is a new exhibit space on the west side of Erie with a classroom for digital photography students of all skill levels. Managed by Erie Art Museum exhibiting artist and educator Denise Keim, the courses provide weekly assignments, access to professional printing equipment and a creative forum for practicing photographers. To register for any of the following classes visit

Workshop: How to Use Your Camera

Saturday September 16th from 9:30 – 11:30

Still on AUTO? This is a 2 hour refresher on the fundamentals of MANUAL Camera Operations.

Cost: $50

Photo One

Tuesdays for 5 weeks starting starting September 19th from 9:30-11:30 AM or

Tuesdays for 5 weeks starting September 19th from 6-8 PM

This course is designed for those who have little or no previous experience in photography. The course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of photography through exercises and creative assignments using a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera.

Students gain a basic understanding of digital media, a thorough knowledge of camera operation and photographic processes, engaging in concepts of composition, style and medium. Class sessions include critiques, lecture, in class hands-on exercises, and the review of weekly shooting assignments.

Cost: $200

Photo Two

Mondays for 5 weeks starting September 18th from 6-8PM

Now What? Portraits, Landscapes, Still Life, On location and of course PRINTING.

In addition to weekly shooting assignments, class sessions include critiques, lecture, and the review of weekly shooting assignments. Critiques are an important aspect of photographic education and class reviews will acquaint students with the language of photography and the basic critical skills for conceptualizing, creating, viewing and discussing photographic images.

Cost: $200

For additional workshops including Smartphone Photography, Night Photography and PhotoShop classes visit the V Gallery website.

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.
Ceramics on the Wheel
Instructor Sarah Whitman
Learn how to use the potter’s wheel and create your own unique ceramic ware! For both beginners and those with some experience. Students work with a variety of traditional techniques to create cups, bowls, plates and other vessels. Students are given creative freedom and challenged to develop their own personal aesthetic! Ages 14 to adult.
Tuesdays for 6 weeks
Starting September 12 from 10:30-1PM
Thursdays for 6 weeks
Starting September 14th from 5:30PM-8PM
Cost: $225

Hand-building, 4-Week Class
Instructor Sarah Whitman
This 4 week class is a terrific way to unwind after work. Learn to create a variety of functional food safe wares that you can use everyday, such as: Mugs, Plates, Bowls. Vases, Coasters,Trivets and containers. (These pieces also make unique gifts!). Perfect for beginners. Ages 14 to adult.
Wednesdays for 4 weeks
Starting September 20th from 6-8PM
Cost: $120

Cocktails and Clay

Try your hand at the potter’s wheel! An afternoon pottery workshop in Erie, PA. This ceramics class is the perfect way to introduce yourself to throwing on the wheel without having to commit to a multi-week class. You will spend two hours learning beginner’s throwing techniques from a local ceramic artist and will create 2-3 pieces all your own. Bring your own snacks and drinks, get a little muddy, and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. Bring a friend, significant other, or just treat yourself! All trimming, glazing, and firings will be completed by the instructor and you can pick up your pieces approximately two weeks after
Friday September 8th from 6-8:30PM
Saturday September 9th from 2-4:30PM
September 10th from 12-2:30PM

Cost: $45

Open Studio
Erie ClaySpace offers free open studio sessions for its students included in the cost of the class. Every student enrolled in a multi-week ceramics class can come to the studio for two hours on Saturday to hone their craft and practice techniques learned in class. Open Studio is self-study time; while there is no instruction during this time, ECSAA members are available to provide guidance and assistance as needed.