Art Classes at the
Lancaster County Art Association


Classes and/or workshops for adults are listed below.

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Note: Students under the age of 18 cannot take adult classes unless it is specified as accepting children or teens in the class description. In addition, ages for those 18 and younger must be provided on our class registration form

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Mastering Composition with Photo References-(watercolor) – Karen Frattali

Tues. 12-3pm,
April 2 – May 21
$175 / $185

Students in this class will learn how to take and manipulate photographs so they will be good references for future paintings. Not every photo qualifies as a good painting reference. They will learn how to implement the principles of design and to use their references wisely, to create masterful works of art. Students have their choice of subject matter, or can use those orchestrated by the instructor. Top notch materials and good technique will be emphasized. In addition, there will be some exposure to plein air painting during this course.

All skill levels, adult.

Capturing Flowers & Trees in Watercolor - Karen Frattali

Thurs. & Fri. 10am-2pm,
June 13 & 14,
$60 / $70

This 2 day workshop will be an opportunity to practice the techniques in watercolor that work best for rendering flowers, leaves and trees. The instructor will discuss color choices for greens and how to mix them or doctor the tube colors to enhance the results. Also, working on where and how to create a balance between hard and soft edges.

All skill levels, adult.

Experimental Wet Watercolor – Henrietta Holton-Thomas

Saturday, 9am-1pm,
May 25,
$30 / $35

This one-day workshop will focus on experimentation with a wet and loose technique. Students will build several layers of colors, then add subject matter and details as the paper dries. This workshop is for all levels, adult.

Supplies needed: watercolors, large, medium and small brushes, several pieces of lightweight and heavyweight watercolor paper.

Beginning Watercolor – Tony Bonazzi

Wed. 7-9pm,
April 17-May 22,
$90 / $100

This course for beginners will cover the basics to get the novice or those who need a refresher started. Color mixing, washes, and various techniques will be addressed. Differences in materials, such as brushes, paint and paper will be discussed. Value studies and how to effectively use masking in your painting will also be covered.

Beginner skill levels, Adult, Teen

Painting & Color (oil, acrylic) – Carol Herr

Carol Herr

Friday, 9:30am-12noon,
May 3 – June 7,
$115 / $125

Color is one of the most important parts of your painting and one that students often have difficulty with. This class will concentrate on color, how to mix effective colors and how to use color to create harmonious but exciting work. Each student will work on their own individual pieces with help from the instructor.

All skill levels, adult. A materials list is available. Bring a photo to work from or borrow one from the instructor.

Still Life Workshop (oil, acrylic) – Jay Dombach

Saturday, 10am – 4pm,
April 20,
$45 / $50

This 1 day workshop will feature still life and working with objects of the student’s choice. Starting with arrangement and composition, then under-painting and building the painting with a wet on wet technique. The instructor prefers oil but students may work in acrylic if they wish.

This workshop is for beginner & intermediate levels. Materials needed: Oil or acrylic paints, brushes, turpenoid, canvas (11x14). Bring 1 small object that you would like to do a painting of.

Passion for Pastels – Dot Stepenaski

Thursday, 9am-12pm,
April 4 – May 16 (no class on May 2)
$135 / $145)

Thanks to a growing interest in pastels, there are new colors and surfaces to work on.  This class will work with color as value.  When you have a solid understanding of value, you can paint any subject, landscape, portrait or still life.  Students who are new will begin working on exercises with how to handle pastels, value and build colors, then work on a painting.  Those with more experience will be challenged according to their skill level.

All skill levels. Adult. Students should contact the instructor to review the supplies they currently have.

LCAA Plein Air Thursdays – monitors: Marita Hines, Carol Dale

Thursday, 9am – noon,
Starts April 25

Artist working on a painting at Plein Air.

Do you love the thrill of painting outdoors? This group will meet at a different location each week to paint and draw from life- landscapes, street scenes, gardens and waterways, etc. An entrance fee may be required at some locations. There is not an instructor, however a lcaa monitor will be on hand at each location. We are unlikely to cancel due to weather. Dig out your paints and join us at one or all our Plein Air events!

An event for each week's paint out will be available on our LCAA Plein Air Facebook Page at:  A logon to Facebook is not necessary. We strongly suggest checking the page weekly for updates. For email notifications, go to the LCAA  Facebook page and "Send Message" with your name, email address and phone (optional). No need to resend the contact info if you were on last year's email list.

Plein Air Tips

Dress for the site. Experienced outdoor artists wear breathable clothes--long-sleeve shirts and long pants to protect against ticks. A brimmed hat will keep the sun out of your eyes.

Bring snacks and drinking water.

Bring a plastic bag for trash and rags/paper towels for clean up. We must leave the area the way we found it.

For oil/pastel painters, you may want to bring a cardboard box lid to keep wet paint off your car's interior.

First-time Plein Air painters may want to bring items they already have in lieu of purchasing expensive equipment right off the bat. Come with a chair and small table (a foldable bench works)--items that are easy to carry. You'll see a variety of setups used by artists that will make you a more informed buyer when the time comes to invest in equipment.

Bug spray and sunscreen come in handy.

Don't forget all of your painting supplies--paper, canvas, medium, paints, brushes, etc. Make a list so you don't get to the painting location and realize you're missing something important.


Basic Drawing – Jason Herr

Monday, 6:30 – 8:30pm,
April 15 – May 20,
$90 / $100

This class will explore the basics of observational drawing by looking at perspective, composition, line, shape and tone. Using still life set ups as sources of visual inspiration, students will use a variety of traditional drawing media to learn fundamental drawing skills.

Beginner, Adult.
Materials Needed: Sketchbook, drawing pencils, color pencils, eraser, straight edge.

Drawing Skills for the Painter – Carol S. Herr

Sat. 10am-1pm,
April 13,
$30 / $35

This workshop focuses on improving your drawing skills to help you with the painting process. Often it is the preliminary work before the paint goes on the canvas that will make all the difference in creating a successful piece. The instructor will give simple useful tips on how to improve your work.

Beginner – Intermediate skill levels. Adult, Teen.
Materials Needed: Drawing pencils (2H, HB, 2B, 4B), Sketch book, eraser, ruler, canvas or panel. Bring photos you might want to do paintings from or you can borrow from the instructor.

Ceramics, Sculpture, Fine Crafts

Henrietta Holton-Thomas

Sculpture Workshop – Henrietta Holton-Thomas

Saturday, 9am-1pm,
April 27,
$30 / $35

This workshop focuses on the rudiments of sculpture, 3-D shape, and viewing form in space, using self-hardening clay withceramic techniques. Building simple shapes of human, animal, organic or abstract forms, we will turn frequently.

All skill levels. Adult.

Materials: A box of self-hardening clay (Amaco or Sculpture House, check for softness), tools (pairing knife, wood shaped or wire headed sculpture tools), board to work on, clear plastic bag to cover piece, material-like sheeting to wipe hands and wrap sculpture, and a plastic container for water. Reference photos of subject matter.

Hands in Clay - Barry Smith

Working on a pottery wheel

Thurs. 6:30 – 8:30pm,
April 11 – May 9,
$75 / $85 & $20 materials fee (pd. to instructor)

This class will teach you the basics of working in clay. Learn to prepare clay, use the wheel, hand throw bowls and pots, shape forms, and finish and glaze your pieces.

Beginner skill level, adult.

Introduction to Needle Felting – Kristin Glowacki

Saturday, 1-4pm,
May 4,
$25 / $30 & $5 materials fee (pd. to instructor-1st class)

Needle felting is one method of felting wool. In this 3 hour class you will learn the basics. This is a hands on class where you will create and finish a 3D mushroom sculpture. You will be encouraged to use your imagination while using these techniques to sculpt a fantasy or realistic mushroom of your own design. Summon your inner child, have fun and take home a one of a kind wool sculpture.

Beginner skill level, adult. Supplies included in the materials fee.

Glass-On-Glass Mosaics – Sukey Starkey

Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm,
May 18 & 19,
$90 / $100 & $25 materials fee (pd. to instructor-1st class)

Sample of Glass-On-Glass Mosaic

This class is for those who’ve always wanted to try mosaics. Students will design and create a glass-on-glass mosaic using a variety of transparent stained glass shapes, baubles, etc. We will learn to use several glass cutting tools to make specific shapes. Finished pieces will be framed and suitable for window display. Day 1: Creating / Gluing Day 2: Grouting / Cleaning

All skill levels, adult. All supplies included in the materials fee.

Additional Information

Prices listed by LCAA member / non-member.

Materials fees are paid separately to the instructor at the first class. Payment for class fee is due upon registration, at least one week in advance of starting date.

Send payment to the LCAA, 149 Precision Ave. Strasburg, PA 17579 or call 717-687-7061. Please include your name, address, phone, email, age (for children) & list the classes you will be attending.

The LCAA charges a $35 fee for all returned checks.

Classes may be cancelled if minimum enrollment of 5 students is not reached & payment returned to student.

Students under the age of 18 cannot take adult classes unless it is specified as accepting children or teens.

Classes may be cancelled or rescheduled due to inclement weather. The instructor will contact students about changes to the schedule.

Students are responsible for purchase of supplies needed for class unless provided by the instructor.

Withdrawal – before class begins, a $10 fee is charged, but the remainder of the fee will be returned. After the first class, a reimbursement of 50% of tuition will be returned. There is no reimbursement for other missed classes. Student must contact the LCAA office about withdrawal from class in a timely manner.