Workshops

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.

Saturday, February 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
or
Sunday February 4, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Both Saturday and Sunday workshops are full. We are no longer taking reservations. If you would like to be added to a waiting list for the current semester please email Carissa.

$80 ($65 member)
All materials included


Beginning Calligraphy
Instructor Tami Hritzay

Learn the art of calligraphy from local artist Tami Hritzay. This three-hour workshop introduces the skills and tools necessary to create lettering from the Chancery Cursive alphabet. Class includes 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, January 13 from 10 am – 1 pm

$45 ($40 member)
Materials not included

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Digital Camera Basics
Instructor Ed Bernik

Learn how to operate your digital camera with ease! Local photographer Ed Bernik introduces students to the fundamentals of photography including aperture, shutter speed and composition. Practice in the galleries, share your work with classmates and complete homework assignments that help you better understand how your camera functions. Absolute beginners are welcome, but a camera with settings beyond automatic is strongly advised.

Saturday, January 20th and 27th from 9 – 11 am

$70 ($60 member)
Supplies not included
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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.  Past student examples have included framed photographs, paintings, postcards, and even needlepoint! 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 and Wednesday January 23 and 24 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm

$95 ($80 member)
Some materials included

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Framing Workshop: Basics and Beyond
Instructor James Pearson

This class works with students that have some framing experience or have taken the Framing Basics workshop. Work with the Frame Shop Manager at the Erie Art Museum to refresh your knowledge of framing and learn more advanced techniques including double matting, assembling a wooden frame or a project of your choosing. Students come to class with a small 2D artwork measuring no more than 12 by 16 inches. Cost includes matting materials, but wooden frames much be purchased during class.

Wednesday and Thursday, February 7th and 8th from 5:30 – 8:30 pm

$95 ($80 member)
Some materials included

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Portrait Photography
Instructor Ed Bernik

Learn the history of the portrait from the beginnings of photography through contemporary times. Explore different lighting styles using existing light, tungsten lighting and strobe lighting to develop a personal style. A basic camera and knowledge of manual controls is needed and a tripod is recommended.

Saturdays, February 10th and 17th from 9:30 – 11:30 am

$70 ($60 member)
Supplies not included

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Kids Classes

Young at Art: Acrylic Painting
Instructor Erica Whiting

Develop basic painting skills by focusing on new exhibit related projects each week. Find inspiration in the Museum galleries, experiment with a variety of art materials, and put your most imaginative ideas on paper. Exercises include: color mixing, painting on canvas, and brushstroke techniques. Leave with a handmade catalog of all your work at the end of the session. Ages 8-12.

Saturday for 6 weeks
Starting January 13 from 10 am – 12 pm

$135 ($115 member)
All materials included

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Adult Classes

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 January 9 from 6 – 7:30 pm

$160 ($110 members)
Materials not included

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Asian Watercolor 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 January 15  from 4 – 6 pm

$160 ($110 members)
Materials not included

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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 January 10 from 5:30 – 7 pm

$185 ($135 members)
All materials included

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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 6 weeks
Starting January 8 from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

$165 ($115 members)
Materials not included

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Mondays for 8 weeks
Starting January 8 from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

$200 ($150 members)
Materials not included

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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 6 weeks
Starting January 10 from 7:15 – 9:15 pm

$165 ($115 members)
Materials not included

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Wednesdays for 8 weeks
Starting January 10 from 7:15 – 9:15 pm

$200 ($150 members)
Materials not included

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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.

Wednesday for 6 weeks
Starting January 17 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

$185 ($135 members)
Materials not included

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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 January 20 from 12:30 – 2 pm

$185 ($135 members)
All materials included 

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