Art, Hobbies & Crafts


NEW! Figure Drawing Workshop
Learn how to create a clear framework for mastering the essential guidelines for accurate and expressive portrait sittings with emphasis on hands, feet, and the head. Emphasis will be on how to achieve likenesses and character. The course will also demystify and simplify the rendering of hands and feet from a classical perspective and interpret them from a variety of angles. Work will be in compressed charcoal on 14×17 drawing pads. All levels welcome.
CE-ART 2189, 8 Mon., Sept. 14-Nov. 2, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $160. J Sparks. #83014

Painting and Drawing for Adults
Work with a variety of media and learn different approaches to painting and drawing. Prep a palette, mix colors, use media, work on various surfaces, learn about brushes, investigate the use of colors and shades, and create strong compositions. Drawing and painting from observation will be implemented by working from a live model, still-life arrangements, portraiture, and working outdoors as you develop a working knowledge of art terms and art skills. Class will be encouraged to work together to create the atmosphere of an atelier. For all levels.
At Peekskill Center: CE-ART 2146PE, 12 Sat., Sept. 19-Dec. 12, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, $250 (+ $20 studio fee). #82509

Photography Forum: Sharpening Your Photography Skills
OK, so you’ve got your camera; now what? Make your photography a more meaningful and rewarding experience. A rare opportunity for amateur photographers who would like to share their work with, and get feedback from, a professional. This is a casual gathering, with the teacher guiding the class through shooting assignments and critiques aimed at those who not only want to improve their own photography, but also to increase their understanding and enjoyment of the medium. Historic and contemporary issues will be introduced and discussed relative to the shooting assignments.
At Peekskill Center: CE-PHOTO 2007PE, 6 Wed., Oct. 7-Nov. 11, 7:00-9:00 pm, $258 (+ $50 lab fee). #82510

Pastel Color Theory
This class will focus on the basics of color theory, composition and pastel techniques while exploring a variety of still-life themes. Traditional and experimental approaches will include diverse subject matter such as antiques, floral and fruit arrangements and found objects. Emphasis will be on composition, build-up of color layering, and developing a personal style. This hands-on class is for all skill levels.
CE-ART 2138, 8 Wed., Sept. 16-Nov. 4, 6:30-8:30 pm, Room TBD, $165. J Sparks. #82681

Intro to Printmaking
Explore monotype, woodcut, linocut, collograph, and dry point. Through practice and experimentation, learn to find the appropriate printing techniques to express your ideas.
At Center for the Arts, County Center: CE-ART 2125, 10 Thurs., Sept. 24-Dec. 3 (skip 11/26), 9:30 am-12:30 pm, $350. D Fox. #82997

Fun with Watercolor: Beginners
Explore the unique and beautiful qualities of watercolors! Learn the basic techniques of painting with watercolors such as washes and dry on wet. Brushes, papers, and other materials used in the process will be explained. Contact instructor at for materials list.
At Center for the Arts, County Center: CE-ART 2006, 5 Tues., Sept. 15-Oct. 13, 6:00-9:00 pm, $180. J Cianflone. #82568

Beginning Drawing
Almost all art starts out with drawing as the first step. From quick sketches to detailed compositions, cover the basics of shading, crosshatching, proportion, and size. Learn to use shape, line and texture. Contact instructor at for materials list.
At Center for the Arts, County Center: CE-ART 2038, $180.
Sec. A: 5 Thurs., Sept. 17-Oct. 15, 6:00-9:00 pm, J Cianflone. #82569
Sec. B: 5 Tues., Sept. 29-Oct. 27, 1:00-4:00 pm, B Waldman. #82890

Drawing Workshop
Expand your knowledge of drawing. Gain skills by using soft and hard pencils, charcoal, and other materials. Guided instruction allows the process of individual growth. Contact instructor at for materials list.
At Center for the Arts, County Center: CE-ART 2040, $180.
Sec. A: 5 Thurs., Oct. 22-Nov. 19, 6:00-9:00 pm. J Cianflone. #82570
Sec. B: 5 Tues., Nov. 3-Dec. 1, 1:00-4:00 pm. B Waldman. #82892

Drawing with Color
Learn to use colored pencils and other media to blend and mix tones, shades, and values in your drawings. Subjects covered will be landscapes, portraits, and florals but experimentation with other ideas is welcome. Some drawing experience necessary. Contact instructor at for materials list.
At Center for the Arts, County Center: CE- ART 2149, 5 Mon., Sept. 14-Oct. 19 (skip 10/12), 6:00-9:00 pm, $180. J Cianflone. #82571

Watercolor Workshop
This class is suitable for those who know the basics of watercolor painting but want to develop their skills. Color mixing, and individual projects will be emphasized. Contact instructor at for materials list.
At Center for the Arts, County Center: CE-ART 2014, 5 Tues., Oct. 20-Nov. 17, 6:00-9:00 pm. $180. J Cianflone. #82572

Oil Painting
An introduction to the materials, composition, and fundamentals of painting using oil paints. Students will work on developing style, content and individualized projects.
At Center for the Arts, County Center: CE-ART 2154, 12 Wed., Sept. 30-Dec. 16, 2:00-4:00 pm, $300. S Forman. #83054

Explore Mixed Media Collage
Move beyond the traditional watercolor painting by adding decorative papers, pastels, oil crayons, and other media to the paper. The result will be a unique and personal work of art! Contact instructor at for materials list.
At Center for the Arts, County Center: CE-ART 2132, 5 Mon., Oct. 26-Nov. 23, 6:00-9:00 pm, $180. J Cianflone. #82573

Cartoon Characters, Action Figures and Fantastic Creations
Would you like to learn how to draw outrageously funny cartoon characters quickly? How about drawing action figures and super heroes using just 25 basic shapes? Do you want to create fantastic scenes where creatures from another world can roam about freely? Highly instructional class with easy to follow step by step instruction taught by a professional cartoonist. Also included: drawing hands, animals, figures in motion, and exciting perspectives and shading techniques.
CE-ART 2122, 8 Sat., Sept. 19-Nov. 7, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $160.V Davis. #8257

Materials Fee for Craft Classes
For many of these arts and crafts classes, the needed materials are supplied in class by the instructor. An additional materials fee is required, paid directly to the instructor; see each class for the amount of this fee.

New! Drawing with Thread
Use thread instead of pencil to create drawings on textile. Learn preparation of embroidery floss and basic embroidery stitches to create an artwork of personal interest. Includes additional design techniques such as applique (a cutout decoration fastened to a larger piece of material); research gathering in sketchbook; presentation of contemporary artists; and composition development.
CE-CRAFT 2051, 3 Thurs., Oct. 8-22, 6:00-8:30 pm, Room TBD, $75 (+ $20 materials fee, payable to instructor at class). M McFerran. #83021

New! Beaded Jewelry for Beginners

Create your own one of a kind, personalized, beaded jewelry designs using a variety of glass, semi-precious gemstone beads, and wire. Learn basic beginner wire working and crimping techniques, as well as basic bead stringing and design. Students should be able to finish at least 5 projects of their choosing such as necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. All tools and materials are provided. Contact instructor at
CE-CRAFT 2048, 5 Mon., Oct. 19-Nov. 16, 7:30-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $75 (+ $60 materials fee, payable to instructor). K Whitten. #82709

Knitting Workshop
Want to improve your knitting skills? Bring #7 needles with worsted weight yarn or a project in process. You’ll talk about techniques, gauge, problems, reading patterns, and abbreviations.
CE-CRAFT 2010, 8 Tues., Sept. 22-Nov. 10, 6:00-8:00 pm, Room TBD, $150. D Freeman. #82598

Explore basic beading techniques. Learn to make jewelry pieces using seed beads. No experience necessary. A materials list will be provided upon registration.
At Center for the Arts, County Center: CE-CRAFT 2000, 5 Fri., Oct. 9-Nov. 6, 12:30-3:30 pm, $180. J Johnson. #83001

Living Decor: Terrarium Holiday Ornaments
Add to your home décor or trim your holiday trees with small glass globes filled with air plants, moss, glitter, and signs of joy! Learn how to maintain your ornaments long after the holidays are over. Create 2 small glass ornaments to take home. Materials provided: 2 hanging glass globes, air plant, moss, and decorations.
CE-GRDN 2066, 1 Sat., Nov. 21, 11:00 am-12:30 pm, KNC-5, $20 (+ $25 materials fee, payable to instructor). M Colletti. #82519

Introduction to Ceramics
All levels are welcome in this hand-building and wheel-throwing ceramics class. Explore making functional pottery forms, such as bowls, cups, vases, and more. A materials list will be provided upon registration.
At Center for the Arts, County Center: CE-ART 2086, 8 Tues., Oct. 6-Nov. 24, 6:30-9:30 pm, $300. D Hughes. #83002

NEW! Creating Your Personal Jewelry
Using a variety of materials, such as polymer clay, fabric, wire, and more, you will gain true freedom of expression! Learn to mix and match your creations, resulting in a true statement piece!
CE-CRAFT 2052VA, 6 Tues., Oct. 6-Nov. 10, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $120 (+ $20 materials fee, payable to instructor). R Demers. #83046


New! Stamp Collecting for Fun
You’ll be given an album and hundreds of stamps. Listen to true stamp stories while you soak stamps off paper and mount dry stamps in your albums. You’ll also be shown rare stamps and learn stamp valuations.
CE-HOBBY 2010, 3 Wed., Sept. 16-30, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $60 (+ purchase The U.S. Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps at any post office & $10 materials fee, payable to instructor). T Riley. #83024

Advanced Scrapbooking
If you know the basic steps to scrapbooking why not step it up a notch? Use rubber stamping to embellish pages, create borders, backgrounds, or simply add style. Experience dry vs. heat embossing to give your scrapbooks a fabulous touch! Please bring themed photos such as birthday, wedding, showers, travel, etc.
CE-CRAFT 2046, 1 Sun., Oct. 18, 12:30-3:00 pm, KNC-3, $30 (+ $10 materials fee, payable to instructor). D Machicote. #82737

New! When Old “Trash” Becomes New Treasure!
Learn how to create new, positive and exciting things from discarded, recyclable materials! What you may consider trash could be fabricated into new items and may even yield possible financial gains, be used for decorations or even a new fashion trend. These activities can be therapeutic and also help to develop a sense of awareness that nothing is really wasted!
CE-CRAFT 2050, 5 Sat., Sept. 26-Oct. 24, 9:00-11:00 am, KNC-2, $95 (+ $20 material fee, payable to instructor). A Hall-Crawford. #83065