Art, Hobbies & Crafts


New! Creating Pastel Still-Lifes
Achieve an appreciation and full understanding of color theory, composition and expressive techniques when using pastels to explore diverse still-life themes. Both traditional and experimental approaches to pastel use will accompany subject-matter ranging from antique curiosities from flea markets to exotic gourds, floral arrangements, and found objects. Emphasis will be on composition, layering of color and developing a personal style. This hands-on class is open to all skill levels.
CE-ART 2138, 8 Wed., Sept. 17-Nov. 5, 6:30-8:30 pm, Room TBD, $165. J Sparks. #83995

New! Chakras, Color and Creativity
Discover the power of creativity as a method for increasing vitality and stimulating your body’s own healing process. There are seven main energy centers of the body which, in the ancient traditions of yoga and medicine, are called chakras. Using watercolor and mindful awareness of breath and body, explore the flow of energy in each of your chakras. As you engage in the creative process with freedom and curiosity, develop powerful tools for balancing your energy and creating harmony in your body, mind and heart. The watercolor paintings you create in this course will help you to remember your own inner wisdom and radiance. No prior painting experience necessary. Contact the instructor at for materials list.
CE-PRSDV 2102, 8 Tues., Sept. 16-Nov. 4, 6:00-8:00 pm, Room TBD, $165. S Gibian. #84029
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. Held at Center for the Arts, County Center, White Plains.
CE-ART 2038
Sec. A: 6 Thurs., Sept. 18-Oct. 23, 6:00-8:00 pm, $135 (contact instructor at for materials list). J Cianflone. #83946
Sec. B: 6 Tues., Oct. 1-Nov. 5, 1:00-3:00 pm, $135. B Waldman. #83947

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. Held at Center for the Arts, County Center, White Plains.
CE-ART 2014, 8 Tues., Sept. 16-Nov. 4, 6:00-8:00 pm. $165. J Cianflone. #83952

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. Held at Center for the Arts, County Center, White Plains.
CE-ART 2040, 6 Thurs., Oct. 30-Dec. 11 (skip 11/27), 6:00-8:00 pm. $135. J Cianflone. #83953

NEW! Watercolor and Beyond: 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. Held at Center for the Arts, County Center, White Plains.
CE-ART 2132, 5 Tues., Nov. 11-Dec. 9, 6:00-8:00 pm, $100. J Cianflone. #83669

Cartooning and Comic Book Illustration
Vin Davis, editor and illustrator for the horror anthology series END TIMES, takes his students through the creative process of illustrating comic books. Included in this course: figure drawing, hands, perspective, storyboarding, script adaptation, penciling techniques, inking techniques, using comic book software, printing and independent publishing tips. CE-ART 2122, 8 Fri., Sept. 19-Nov. 7, 5:00-7:00 pm, Room TBD, $160 (+ $15 materials fee, payable to instructor). V Davis. #83439

Photography Forum: Sharpening Your Photography Skills
OK, so you’ve got your camera. Now what? Make your own 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, as well as talk photography with their contemporaries. This is a casual style 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 wish 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. 1-Nov. 5, 7:00-9:00 pm, $258 (+ $50 lab fee). #83740

Shoot Film!
Explore the growing popular interest of shooting with film cameras. Yes, you have to wait to see how your photographs turn out; there is no delete button, and you have only 36, or 12, or even fewer chances to commit an idea to an image. But the images are beautiful, with an extraordinary tonal range you don’t get from digital. You’ll also learn how to develop film cheaply and easily and then use your computer to make prints. Explore how to choose and buy a camera (or use one you already have), put it into operating shape, test and calibrate it, and most of all, have fun with it. Designed for any level of expertise, from newbie to working professional. We’ll explore all formats, from 35mm to view camera, and work mostly with B&W (although color is welcome).
CE-PHOTO 2013, 8 Wed., Sept. 17-Nov. 5, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $150. G Miller. #83709


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.

Explore basic beading techniques. Learn to make jewelry pieces using seed beads. No experience necessary. A materials list will be provided upon registration. Held at Center for the Arts, County Center, White Plains.
CE-CRAFT 2000, 5 Fri., Oct. 3-31, 12:30-3:30 pm, $188. J Johnson. #83888

Introduction to Painting
An introduction to the materials, and fundamentals of painting using acrylics or oil paints. Held at Center for the Arts, County Center, White Plains.
CE-ART 2112, 8 Tues., Oct. 7-Nov. 25, 1:30-4:30 pm, $300. TBD. #83890

NEW! Hand Embroidery for Beginners
If you can hold a sewing needle you can learn to embroider! Once you understand a few simple stitches you’ll be able to learn many others. Learn some of those puzzling stitch instruction drawings in embroidery books. Topics include fabric choice and preparation, tools and threads, color and design, books and the Internet as sources of inspiration, some basic bead application, and, of course, stitches. You’ll be given a muslin square on which to begin a sampler/stitch project of your own. Embroidery is portable, inexpensive, and immensely satisfying. When you know how, you can embellish almost anything or design and make things from scratch to suit yourself. We’ll start with the basics but welcome you if you want to refresh your embroidering skills.
CE-CRAFT 2045, 4 Wed., Sept. 24-Oct. 15, 6:30-9:30 pm, Room TBD, $125. C Murphy. #83960

Introduction to Life Sculpture:

An introduction to sculpting from a model in clay. Topics will include proportion, facial features, basic anatomy and expression. Held at Center for the Arts, County Center, White Plains.
CE-ART 2111, 8 Wed., Oct. 1-Nov. 26, 6:30-9:30 pm, $350 (includes model fee). R Mineo. #83892

Introduction to Printmaking
Explore monotype, woodcut, linocut, collograph, and dry point. Through practice and experimentation, students will learn to find the appropriate printing techniques to express their ideas. Held at Center for the Arts, County Center, White Plains.
CE-ART 2125, 10 Thurs., Sept. 18-Nov. 20, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, $375. D Fox. #93911

Digital Scrapbooking
Not sure what to do with all your memorabilia? Don’t throw it away – digitize it and make beautiful keepsake scrapbooks. Learn computer skills for scrapbooking and engage in design principles that emerge and are helpful for making a visual image that keeps you looking. Bring your own photographs, collect images, and remix to make an original scrapbook, art collage book, announcement card, and/or commemorative design.
At Peekskill Center: CE-DGART 2034PE, 6 Tues., Oct. 7-Nov. 11, 7:00-9:00 pm, $258
(+ $50 lab fee). #83739

Intro to Scrapbooking
Want to scrapbook but don’t know where to start? We’ll help you become familiar with simple scrapbooking terms and techniques such as cardstock, themes titles, journaling, pictures, and embellishments, then learn to use basic tools such as paper punches, decorative scissors, and paper trimmer. It’s a fun & easy course that will help bring out the artist in you! Please bring several pictures to class in a particular theme such as birthday, baby, vacation, pet, etc.
CE-CRAFT 2032, 1 Sun., Oct. 5, 12:30-3:00 pm, KNC-2, $40 (+ $5 materials fee, payable to instructor). D Machicote. #83706

New! Advanced Scrapbooking
Enhance your scrapbooking skills using a variety of embellishments such as glitter, embossing powder, pigment ink, embossing machine, cutting machine, and cutting dies.
CE-CRAFT 2046, 1 Sun., Nov. 9, 12:30-3:00 pm, KNC-3, $30 (+ $10 materials fee, payable to instructor). D Machicote. #84012

Fabulous Holiday Table Décor
Do it yourself! Create holiday table arrangements that will enchant your guests. Discover how to arrange centerpieces using a variety of holiday styles. Learn how to choose your accessories, flowers, and more for elegant and formal designs. Prior knowledge of floral arrangements required.
CE-CRAFT 2040, 2 Fri., Nov. 14 & 21, 6:00-8:30 pm, Room TBD, $30 (+ $90 materials fee, payable to instructor). M Desire. #83596

Creating a Winter Wonderland Indoors!
Bring the outdoors inside! Learn how to create designs that will turn your home/cocktail party for the holidays into a wonderful winter wonderland. Learn about special techniques, different accessories, colors, and more that can be used to create beautiful winter-scape designs.
CE-CRAFT 2039, 2 Fri., Dec. 5 & 12, 6:00-8:30 pm, KNC-2, $30 (+ $80 materials fee, payable to instructor). M Desire. #83597

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. 30-Nov. 18, 6:00-8:00 pm, Room TBD, $150. D Freeman. #83444

Ceramics: Hand Building/Wheel Class
Whether you are experienced or just a beginner, all levels are welcome in this hand building and wheel throwing ceramics class. Explore making functional pottery forms, such as bowls, cups, and vases as well as your personal artistic vision. A materials list will be provided upon registration. Held at the Center for the Arts, County Center, White Plains.
CE-ART 2086, 8 Tues., Oct. 7-Nov. 25, 6:30-9:30 pm, $300. D Hughes. #84908

Hobbies & Games

Mah Jongg for Beginners
Learn and play the American version of this ancient Chinese game. The course will cover the rules of the game as sanctioned by the National Mah Jongg League. The game is easy to learn, fun to play, and a very sociable pastime. Students should bring a current Mah Jongg card to class. It is available from the National Mah Jongg League, / 212-246-3052.
CE-HOBBY 2002, 6 Sun., Sept. 21-Oct. 26, 12:00 noon-2:00 pm, meet in GTW-LOBBY by the Café. $115. S Frank. #83710

Mah Jongg Sundays
Play Mah Jongg with your friends or make new Mah Jongg friends. Supervised and guided play for those with some knowledge of the game, or those who have completed Mah Jongg for Beginners. Students should bring current Mah Jongg card to class. It is available from the National Mah Jongg League, / 212-246-3052.
CE-HOBBY 2009, 6 Sun., Sept. 21-Oct. 26, 2:30-4:30 pm, meet in GTW-LOBBY by the Café. $115. S Frank. #83711