Spring 2018 Class and Workshop Listing

Spring class registration begins February 26 | Classes begin starting April 9

Register by April 3 to get $10 Early Bird discount off each class

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Art of Henna Workshop
Afaf Kormouna

Henna is a plant that exudes a non-toxic red dye used for coloring hair, nails, and skin. Elaborately painted henna tattoos are an important wedding ritual for brides spanning East Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Make your own henna cones from scratch, experiment with your own henna designs, and learn about henna’s role in traditional societies. Master henna artist, Afaf Kormouna, from South Sudan, leads the workshop.

Saturday April 28 from 1-3pm
$25 ($20 member)
All materials included.


ArtMOVES: Dance Workshop for Adults
Alethea Bodine

This workshop begins in the newly installed Spring Show exhibit where participants experience artworks as a primer and inspiration. Then participants are guided through an invigorating series of exercises to find a full spectrum of breath and movement – as it uniquely manifests in each of us as human beings. The workshop touches upon many different dance forms, eastern and western and offer students a variety of approach to movement – focusing on building strength, flexibility and agility through breath using silence and a variety of popular, cultural and classical music. Body, mind and spirit required. No prior dance experience necessary.

Saturday April 28 from 9:30–11am
$20 ($15 member)

Students are asked to dress in non-restrictive, comfortable clothing. Recommended footwear – soft-soled shoes, socks, or bare feet. Register

Beginning Knitting Workshop
Shirani Straker

In three sessions students can knit a simple spring shawl or scarf using circular needles. Learn how to cast on, knit and purl and practice under the guidance of a local knitting superstar and owner of the Cultured Purl Knit Shop. No experience necessary, all supplies included.

Thursdays for 3 weeks: April 12, 19, 26 from 6–7:30PM
$70 ($60 member)
All materials included.


Calligraphy Workshop
Tami Hritzay

Learn the art of calligraphy from local artist Tami Hritzay. This three-hour workshop is crafted for beginners and students who have some experience. Class includes a Powerpoint Presentation, one-on-one instruction, and practice sheets. Use your calligraphy to add a personalized touch to gifts, signs, envelopes and invitations! No experience necessary. Ages 12 & up.

Saturday May 26 from 10am–1pm
$50 ($40 members)
Materials not included.


Framing Basics Workshop
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, May 22 and Wednesday, May 23 from 5:30–8:30pm
$90 ($80 member)
Some materials included.


Pysanky Egg Dying Workshop
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. 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. Limit 12.

Sunday, March 18 from 1:30–4:30pm

Adult $30 (member $25)

Child $15 (member $10)
All materials included.


Silkscreening 101 Workshop
Roman Glass

Learn about silk-screening in a relaxed environment and use professional equipment to create hand-printed posters and a t-shirt. Watch demos, then experiment with layout and color to pull a limited edition poster from the studio’s pre exposed screens. Set and print a truly unique four-color designed t-shirt that you can wear home from class. Led by Roman Glass, professional artist and owner of No Dress Code Studios. T-shirt, tools and ink supplied, but students may bring extra supplies for more prints. No experience necessary. This class is ideal for absolute beginners, teenagers, socialites and inquisitive minds. Ages 12 & up.

Thursday, May 10 from 6–9pm
$60 ($50 member)

Sign up together and save! $100 Pair ($90 member pair)

All materials included.


Watercolor Painting Workshop
Wilda Sundberg

Using transparent watercolors, students will paint on location at Presque Isle State Park. Instructor gives demonstrations and critiques; emphasizing technique, color and design. Perfect for beginners and advanced students alike.

Thursday, May 24 from 11 am – 3 pm
$40 ($30 member)
Materials not included.Register

Kids Classes & Workshops

Art Adventures: A Course for Homeschool Students
Carissa Brandt

A class at the Erie Art Museum provides lots to see, touch, and do! Each week students explore new exhibits, experiment with different forms of art making, and play games right in the galleries. Topics range from self-portraits, music, papermaking, sculpting and more. Ages 6-10.

Wednesdays for 6 weeks: April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23
from 2-3:30 pm
$85 ($65 member)

Parents may attend at no cost
All materials included.


Young at Art: Make-a-Face
Erica Whiting

Experiment with a variety of 3D paper sculpture techniques in this fun and creative one-day workshop. Learn about self-portraits and see examples from your teacher. Then use simple classroom tools to cut, fold, and combine colorful paper to represent yourself in your own self-portrait. Ages 8-10, perfect for all skill levels.

Saturday, May 26 from 10 am – 12 pm
$35 ($30 member)
All materials included


Young at Art: Figures and Forms
Tami Hritzay

This three-session workshop is perfect for any curious student who is interested in art. Each session focuses on a different form of drawing, including Manga, Minecraft, and animals. Students even try a simple origami activity each session inspired by their drawing lesson that day. Led by artist, author, and teacher Tami Hritzay, this workshop is sure to be engaging. Ages 6-8.

Saturday, April 14, 21, 28 from 10 – 11:30 am
$85 ($75 member)
All materials included


Young at Art: Intermediate Acrylic Painting
Erica Whiting

This course is perfect for youth wanting to further develop their painting skills. Using great artists for inspiration, students work on personal projects of their choosing. Students receive their own set of brushes and leave with a complete series of paintings. Prerequisite: Students must have previously taken Young at Art: Painting or must be ages 10-14.

Saturdays for 6 weeks
: April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19
from 10 am – 12 pm
$145 ($125 members)
All materials included


Adult Classes

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 including 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: April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15 from 6–7:30 pm
$160 ($110 members)
Materials not included.


Asian Watercolor 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: April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14 from 4–6 pm
$160 ($110 members)
Materials not included.


Beginning Digital Photography
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 are introduced to photo editing software, learn how to print, and enhance their photographs. A camera with settings beyond automatic is mandatory. No experience necessary.

Mondays for 6 weeks: April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14
from 6-8 pm
$210 ($160 members)
A camera with settings beyond automatic is mandatory.


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, while using images of famous paintings for examples and inspiration. Ages 14 and up.

Wednesdays for 7 weeks: April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23
from 5:30–7 pm
$185 ($135 members)
All materials included.


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 6 weeks: April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14
from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
$165 ($115 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 6 weeks: April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15
from 5:30– 7:30 pm
$165 ($115 members)
Materials not included.


Precious Metals Jewelry Making
Janice and Daniel Niebauer

Gain an appreciation for making original handcrafted jewelry with century old methods! Students learn jewelry fabricating and casting techniques (form “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 form idea to completion.

Wednesdays for 7 weeks: April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23 from 7–9 pm
$135 ($85 members)
Materials not included, but tools are provided for use.


Watercolor Techniques
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 basics principles of composition. Experiment with different watercolor media and textural effects. This class promises to be relaxed and helpful for absolute beginners, while students 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: April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19
from 12:30–2:30 pm
$185 ($135 member)
All materials included.