Art Classes at the
Lancaster County Art Association


Classes and/or workshops for adults are listed below.

Click here for the Schedule of Classes and Summer Art Camps for children and teens. 

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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 the Transparent Pigments in Watercolor – Karen Frattali

Tues. 12-3pm
Sept. 11,18 Oct. 9, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13
$155 / $165 

This 7 week program will give participants a chance to explore watercolor pigments systematically so each person has anunderstanding of the chemistry of each and how they work together. Students will start with a limited palette and add new choices each week to build a palette that the student understands and can manage on their own. Subjects will vary with the pigment choices for each week. The instructor will bring photos to paint from.All skill levels, adult.

Supplies needed: A supply list is available.

Experimental Wet Watercolor – Henrietta Holton-Thomas

Saturday, 9am-1pm
October 13,
$30 members/ $35 non-members

This one-day workshop will focus on experimentation with a wet and loose technique. Students will build several layers ofcolors, 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 oflightweight and heavyweight watercolor paper.

Carol Herr

Introduction to Painting – Carol Herr

Saturday, 10am-4pm,
September 29,
$45 members/ $50 non-members & $15 materials fee (pd. to instructor)

Are you a beginner and not sure how to get started? Have you wanted to try oil or acrylic paint, but you don’t want to invest inexpensive materials in case you don’t like them? This workshop will get you started, and all supplies are included. Students will do a small painting, following the instructor step by step. Tips given on the best paints, brushes, etc. to buy.

This workshop is for beginners, Adult or Teen (16+).

All supplies included.

Painting Landscape & Light– Carol Herr

Friday, 9:30am-12noon,
Oct. 5 – Nov. 9,
$115 / $125

This class for oil or acrylic painters will concentrate on landscape, however students may do other subjects. Composition, colormixing and perspective will be addressed. Special emphasis on how to capture light in your 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.

Holiday Plate Painting – Carol Herr

Saturday, 10am-2pm,
Dec. 1
$30 / $35 & $5 materials fee (pd. to instructor)

Make your own holiday decoration with this fun workshop. We will create a design, then paint it on a bisque plate with acrylic paints, then varnish. The finished piece will be decorative only and not food safe.

The instructor will supply the plate and will have an assortment of acrylic colors available. Students may bring their own paints if they wish and several sizes of brushes suitable for working with acrylic. Also bring photos or reference materials to work from.

This workshop is for all levels, adult or teen (16+).

Still Life In Oils – Jay Dombach

Saturday, 10am – 4pm,
Oct. 6
$45 / $50

This 1 day workshop will feature still life and working with objects of the student’s choice. Starting with arrangementand composition, then under-painting and building the painting with a wet on wet technique.

This workshop is for beginner & intermediate levels.

Materials needed: Oil Paints, brushes, turpenoid, canvas(11x14). Bring 1 small object that you would like to do a painting of.

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

Thursdays, 9am – noon,

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. 

Check the group calendar of locations online or send an email to Marita Hines (subject line lcaa plein air email).

link to our scheduled locations is available on our LCAA Plein Air Facebook Page: at  A logon to Facebook is not necessary. We strongly suggest checking the schedule weekly for periodic updates. If you prefer to get email notifications regarding the events, go to the LCAA Plein Air Thursdays Facebook page and "Send Message" with your name and email address.

Understand that we are unlikely to cancel a Plein Air event due to a weather forecast. Just know that some artists are more adventurous than others. Dig out your paints and see you at one or all of our new Plein Air events!

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 – Sam Mylin

Monday, 7-9pm,
Oct. 1 – Nov. 5,
$90 / $100

This drawing class uses the pencil to learn the basics. Control the pencil and control the world of art! Studentswill experience drawing by doodling, scribbling, scratching, creating sketches and more. Build confidence in your drawing abilities and use the basics to make your artwork strong!

Beginner / Intermediate skill levels. Adult & Teen.

Materials: sketchbook, pencils, color pencils, erasers, straight edge, drawing board.

Tony Bonazzi

Drawing in Pen & Ink – Tony Bonazzi

Thursday, 7-9pm,
Oct. 11 – Nov. 8,
$90 / $100

Drawing in ink takes a different discipline of drawing compared to pencil. Students will learn to interpret values anduse different types of pen strokes and washes to achieve the various textures we see everyday. There will be a demo each class and then practice of that lesson. Students will receive handouts each week to enhance the lessons they learn.

For those who have taken the class before, they will build on the previous classes.

Beginner – Intermediate skill levels, adult.

Materials needed: Drawing ink pens, a bottle of India ink, pad of Bristol paper, pencils, eraser.

A Sam Mylin Carticature

Cartoon & Caricature – Sam Mylin

Monday, 7-9pm,
$90 / $100

This class will introduce the basics of cartooning and caricature. It’s a time to use your imagination to capture the essence of anysituation. Drawing cartoons is both work and play! Come see the ways cartoons can make your holidays more fun!

Beginners and all skill levels. Adult, Teen.

Materials: Pencils, Markers, Eraser, Paper, Drawing Board.

Ceramics & Sculpture

Hands in Clay – Barry Smith

Throwing a pot on a wheel.

Thursday, 6-8pm,
Sept. 27 – Nov. 1 (no class Oct. 25),
$75 / $85 & $40 materials fee (pd. to instructor)

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

Beginner skill level, adult.

Henrietta Holton-Thomas

Sculpture Workshop – Henrietta Holton-Thomas

Saturday, 9am-1pm,
Sept. 22,
$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.

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.