Lancaster County Art Association
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Classes and/or workshops for adults are listed below.

Click HERE for the Children’s Schedule of Classes and information about Summer Art Camps.

Click HERE for information about our instructors.

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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SPRING CLASSES

We are limiting the size of our classes to a maximum of 8 students per class. Students will be spaced at least 6 ft. apart and we will be using the gallery in addition to the classroom to maintain social distancing. Please sign up early to be assured a spot.
Instructor & students must wear masks at all times.
We are cleaning frequently and tables, easels and touchable surfaces will be cleaned before and after class. Hand sanitizer is available and frequent hand washing is encouraged.

PAINTING

Creative Composition in Watercolor – Karen Frattali

Tuesday, 12-3pm,
April 13 – May 18,
$135/ $145

This class will explore ways to go beyond the photo reference to create meaningful paintings in any and all subject areas. Each person who participates will get personal help to advance individual goals.
All Skill Levels, adult. Supply list available.

Experimental Wet Watercolor – Henrietta Holton-Thomas

Saturday, 9am-1pm,
April 10,
$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.

Introduction to Painting – (oil, acrylic) – Carol Herr

Thursday, 4-6pm,
April 15 – May 6,
$60 / $70 & $15 materials fee
(paid to the instructor 1st class)

This 4 week class will introduce beginner students to painting in acrylic or oil. The instructor will provide all the materials, so students will be able to try out the paints and canvas before investing money in them. The class will follow the instructor step by step from beginning to finish.
Also, a review of materials and suggestions of what makes a good starter kit for painting.
Beginner Skill Level, Adult.

Landscape Painting Plus - (oil, acrylic) – Carol Herr

Friday, 10am-12pm,
May 7 – June 11,
$90 / $100

This class for oil or acrylic painters will focus on landscape, however students may work on other subjects if they wish. Composition, perspective and color mixing will be addressed. Traditional techniques including using an under-painting to enhance your work will be taught. Students will work on their own individual paintings with help from the instructor.
All skill levels, adult.
A materials list is available. Bring a photo to work from, borrow one from the instructor.

Passion for Pastels – Dot Stepenaski

Thursday, 9am-12pm,
March 4 – April 8,
$135 / $145

With interest in pastels, there are new colors and surfaces to work on.  We 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 work on exercises - 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. Focus is on personal growth.
All skill levels. Adult.
Students should contact the instructor to review the supplies they currently have.

PLEIN AIR

LCAA Fair Weather Painters – monitors: Marita Hines, Carol Dale

Thursday, 9am – noon,
starting in April,
free
Visit  LCAA Fair Weather Painters
for each week’s paint out.

Artist working on a painting at Plein Air.

If you love the thrill of painting outdoors, consider joining the LCAA’s Plein Air Group. They meet weekly at various places across Lancaster County and beyond. Plein Air events are seldom cancelled due to a weather forecast. There is not an instructor, but many of the experienced artists are willing to share their expertise.

An event for each week's paint out will be available on our LCAA Fair Weather Painters Page at: LCAA Fair Weather Painters. A logon to Facebook is not necessary. We strongly suggest checking the page weekly for updates. To sign up for email notifications, send a request to [email protected] with your name, email address and phone (optional).

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.

DRAWING

Drawing in Pencil – Carol Herr

Tuesday, 7-9pm,
April 13 – May 18,
$90 / $100

This class is for the absolute beginner or someone that wants to improve their drawing skills. Emphasis on shape, value and proportion. Homework will be assigned at the end of each class to enhance each class.
Beginner skill level, Adult.
Materials Needed: #2 pencil or a set of drawing pencils, eraser, sketch pad (9x12”). Photo reference.

SCULPTURE

Sculpture Workshop – Henrietta Holton-Thomas

Saturday, 9am-1pm,
May 15,
$30 / $35

This workshop focuses on the rudiments of sculpture, 3-D shape, and viewing form in space, using self-hardening clay with ceramic techniques. Building simple shapes of human, animal, organic or abstract forms, we will turn frequently.
All skill levels. Adult.
Materials: Self-hardening clay (Amaco or Sculpture House, check for softness), tools (pairing knife, wood or wire sculpture tools), board to work on, clear plastic bag to cover piece, material like sheeting to wrap sculpture, and a plastic container for water. Reference photos of subject matter.

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 & completed form below 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.

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.

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 the class registration form.