Spring Classes 2016

Spring class registration begins February 22, 2016
Register by March 21 to get $10 Early Bird discount off each class!
(discount does not apply to workshops)
Classes begin starting April 4, 2016

For registration info and cancellation policy click here

Kids' Classes

Young at Art-Intro to Paint
Erica Whiting
Does your child wish they were in art class every single day? This course allows art lovers to immerse themselves in a fun learning environment and develop their skills with the guidance of a local artist and educator. Children explore the EAM buildings and galleries, construct narratives from your favorite pieces of artwork and discover new art materials to put your most imaginative ideas onto paper. Ages 8-12

Saturdays for 6 weeks
Starting April 9 from 10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

$135 ($115 members)
All materials included

Clay for Kids

Sarah Whitman
Roll up your sleeves and work in a real clay studio with professional tools and a local ceramic artist! Learn methods such as coiling, pinching, basic hand building and glazing to make exciting pottery and figurines. Students add their own creative style to statues, instruments, bowls, cups and more. Ages 4 and up. Children under 8 must take the class with an adult.

Sundays for 6 weeks
Starting April 10 from 1:30 – 3 pm

$265 ($215 members) for 1 child and 1 adult
$155 ($135 members) for child alone
Cost includes all materials and firings.


Workshops are excluded from $10 discount

Pysanky Egg Dying
Tami Hritzay
Pysanky is an ancient method that uses wax to create intricate dye patterns. It is a long-standing tradition in many Eastern European families where 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 by a parent or guardian; no extra cost for the adult chaperone.

Saturday, March 19 from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
$25 ($20 members)

All supplies, tools and one egg per registration provided. (Participants may bring up to 5 additional eggs) 

Framing Workshop: Basics and Beyond
Lin Lang Su & James Pearson
This class works with students that have some framing experience or have taken the Framing Basics workshop. Work with the professional team at the Erie Art Museum to refresh your knowledge of framing and learn more advanced techniques including double matting and assembling a wooden frame. Students come to class with a small 2D artwork measuring no more than 8 by 12 inches. Cost includes matting materials, but wooden frames much be purchased during class.

Wednesday and Thursday, April 27th and 28th from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

$95 ($80 members)
Materials Not Included


All clay classes are held at ClaySpace, 1505 State Street.

Ceramics on the Wheel
Ron McCorkle
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. Classes include demos, group exercises, and one-on-one guidance. Students also learn decoration techniques such as carving, stamping, wax resist and will glaze their work. All are given creative freedom and challenged to develop their own personal aesthetic! Ages 14 to adult.

Thursdays for 8 weeks
Starting April 7 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm

$260 ($210 members)
Includes 25 pounds of clay, all glazes and firing.

Sculpture and Handbuilding in Clay

Chris Adelhardt
Explore what you can create using your hands! This class welcomes students of all skill levels from absolute beginner to those looking for a little more support in the studio. Students choose their projects based on their own interests (architectural, representational, abstract) and work with the instructor to develop the techniques necessary to create sculptures in clay. Instructor provides project guidance and demonstrations in handbuilding techniques and surface treatments while encouraging students’ creative freedom. Ages 16 and up.

Wednesdays for 8 weeks
Starting April 6 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm

$240 ($190 members)
Includes 25 pounds of clay, all surfacing materials, and firing


Beginning Digital Photography
Jill Kambs
Students cover the basic use of a digital camera learning to compose and capture the moment, to photograph still and moving objects, to use light, and to work in low light conditions. Students are introduced to photo editing software. Although a camera with interchangeable lenses is ideal, any digital camera is acceptable for use with this class.

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

$185 ($135 members)
Materials not included

Photoshop: Beyond The Basics
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.

Mondays for 6 weeks
Starting April 20 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

$175 ($125 members)
Materials not included.

Street Photography
Denise Keim
Whether you photograph architecture, abstract forms, people, or landscapes find inspiration in the streets of Erie! Students build a series of images on a variety of subjects while learning new ways to see what they already love to photograph. Class includes weekly assignments, two excursions, in depth reviews and learning from master photographers both old and new. All levels of photographers are welcome. Ages 16 & up.

Saturdays for 5 weeks
Starting April 23 from 12:30 -2:30 p.m.

$185 ($135 members)
Materials not included

Digital Photography: The Next Step
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 at twilight and at night, shooting motion, 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.

Mondays for 6 weeks
Starting April 11 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$175 ($125 members)
Materials not included

Precious Metals Jewelry Making
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 13 from 7 - 9 p.m

$145 ($95 members)
Materials not included, but tools are provided for use

Beginning Acrylic Painting

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 and uses images of famous paintings for examples and inspiration. Ages 14 and up.

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

$175 ($125 members)
All materials included

Oriental Painting

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 4 from 4 – 6 pm

$160 ($110 members)
Materials not included, but may be ordered through instructor

Open Paint

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 4 from 10 :30 am – 12:30  pm

$165 ($115 members)
Materials not included.

Absolute Beginner: How to Draw

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 one sees and learning to use the tools of drawing. This class provides exposure to a variety of drawing media, such as pencil and conte crayon.

Thursdays for 6 weeks
Starting April 7 from 6 – 7:30 pm

$160 ($110 members)
Materials not included

New Approaches to Life Drawing
Deb Sementelli
In an open studio setting, students work from photos and from nude models to create quick gestures and work up to longer poses. This class welcomes both novices and seasoned artists.

Tuesdays for 6 weeks
Starting April 5 from 7 – 9 pm

$160 ($110 members)
Materials not included

Beginning Watercolor

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 representational art. This class promises to be relaxed and helpful for absolute beginners, while more advanced artists will be challenged. All students are encouraged to experiment and pursue personal expression as well as developing their technical skill.

Saturdays for 6 weeks
Starting April 9 from 12:30 – 2 pm

$170 ($120 members)
All materials included

Watercolor Painting
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 21 from 12 - 3 p.m.

$150 ($100 members)
Materials not included 

Open Studio Drawing
Ehren Knapp
This class is for beginners who have some art experience and those who wish to have more practice time to hone their skills. The class covers basic techniques in a studio environment where students work more independently. Students complete challenges to create still lifes, figure drawings, and utilize the art from current exhibits while exploring a variety of media such as conte crayon and pencil. Ages 16 and up.

Thursdays for 4 weeks
Starting April 21 from 7:30 – 9 pm

$110 ($60 members)
Materials not included.

Painting in Acrylics or Oils

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.

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

$165 ($115 members)
Materials not included.

Open Studio on Saturdays, 11 am – 2 pm

ClaySpace is open to all clay students who want to work on their own at no extra cost