Art, Hobbies & Crafts


NEW! 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 mediums, 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. Students will 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 M/W, June 1-July 8, 7:00-9:00 pm, $250 (+ $20 studio fee), #5849

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, as well as talk photography with their contemporaries. 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 M/W, July 13-29, 7:00-9:00 pm, $258
(+ $50 lab fee). #5850

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 ranging from 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 open to all skill levels.
CE-ART 2138, 8 Wed., June 3-July 22, 6:30-8:30 pm, Room TBD, $165. J Sparks. #5896

Chakras, Color, and Creativity
Discover the power of creativity as a method for increasing vitality and stimulating your body’s own healing process. Using watercolor and mindful awareness of breath and body, explore the flow of energy in your chakras, seven main energy centers of the body. 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, 1 Sat., June 13, 1:00-4:00 pm, Room TBD, $165 (+ $10 materials fee, payable to instructor). S Gibian. #5859

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., May 26-June 23, 6:00-9:00 pm, $180. J Cianflone. #5892

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., May 28-June 25, 6:00-9:00 pm, J Cianflone. #5890
Sec. B: 5 Tues., May 26-June 23, 1:00-4:00 pm, B Waldman. #6106

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., July 2-30, 6:00-9:00 pm. J Cianflone. #5891
Sec. B: 5 Tues., June 30-July 28, 1:00-4:00 pm, B Waldman. #6105

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., June 30-July 28, 6:00-9:00 pm. $180. J Cianflone. #5893

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., June 6-Aug. 1 (skip 7/4), 11:00 am-1:00 pm, Room TBD, $160 (+ $15 materials fee, payable to instructor). V Davis. #5004

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! 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 Thurs., June 4-July 2, 7:30-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $75 (+ $60 materials fee, payable to instructor). K Whitten. #6041

Intro to Scrapbooking
Want to scrapbook but you don’t know where to start? Become familiar with simple scrapbooking terms and techniques such as cardstock, themes, titles, journaling, pictures, and embellishments. Learn basic scrapbooking tools such as: paper punches, decorative scissors, paper trimmer, hole punchers, and cutting board. A fun course that will help bring out the artist in you! Participants are encouraged to bring a copied set of photos to the class.
CE-CRAFT 2032, 1 Sun., June 7, 12:30-3:00 pm, KNC-3, $40 (+ $5 materials fee, payable to instructor). D Machicote. #5805

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., June 2-July 21, 6:00-8:00 pm, Room TBD, $150. D Freeman. #5730