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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Spring Landscape & Flowers (watercolor) – Karen Frattali

Watercolor by Karen Frattali

Tues. 12-3pm,
April 3 – May 29 (no class April 10)
$180 members/ $190 non-members

This 8 week class will focus on 2 favorites in watercolor realism: landscape and flowers. Participants can pick from the 2 subjects or do both. Composition and design as well as how to build appropriate values and luminous color will be covered.

All skill levels, adult.

Supplies needed: usual watercolor supplies.

Drawing for the Watercolorist – Karen Frattali

Thursday/Friday, 10am-2pm,
June 21 & 22,
$60 members/ $70 non-members

During this 2 day program, we will draw with both pencil and paint. We will break down all the steps to get started with a watercolor painting, using the technique of drawing a preliminary drawing and proceeding to the “wet drawing” or underpainting.

All skill levels, adult. 

Experimental Wet Watercolor – Henrietta Holton-Thomas

Saturday, 9am-1pm
May 12,
$30 members/ $35 non-members

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.

Tony Bonazzi

Watercolor for the Beginner – Tony Bonazzi

Thursday, 7-9pm,
April 12 – May 17,
$90 members/ $100 non-members

The student will learn how to handle the medium through wet on wet, wet on dry, and dry to dry techniques. Also, building layers, washes and other techniques to make the student more confident. We will explore masking and fixing mistakes.

Beginner skill level, adult.

Materials needed: pencil, watercolors, brushes (flat 3/4or1”, round#4,8#12), watercolor paper (140 lb.) & container for water.

Carol Herr

Introduction to Painting – Carol Herr

Saturday, 10am-4pm,
April 7,
$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 in expensive 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.

Spring into Painting – Carol Herr

Friday, 9:30am-12noon,
April 13 – May 18,
$115 members/ $125 non-members

This class for oil or acrylic painters will concentrate on landscape, however students may do other subjects. Composition, color mixing and perspective will be addressed. 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.

Painting in Black & White (oil or acrylic) – Carol Herr

Saturday, 9:30am-3:30pm,
June 16 & 23
$90 members/ $100 non-members

Farm Girls, painting by Carol Herr

Do you like the nostalgic look of black and white but want to do more than traditional drawing mediums? This 2 day workshop will focus on creating a painting using this limited palette. Mixing neutrals and grays, as well as traditional painting techniques will be covered. Also, incorporating and creating life like figures in your work will be addressed.

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

Supplies needed: Paints- oil or acrylic, (white, black, warm & cool gray, a selection of your regular colors), canvas, brushes, (Turpenoid-oils only). Bring a black & white photo, (old family photos or newer b & w) to work from.

Holistic Pastel Painting - Dot Stepenaski

Tuesday, 6-9pm,
May 1 – June 5
$135 members/ $145 non-members

Dot Stepenaski working on a pastel.

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.

Portrait Workshop – Dot Stepenaski

Saturday, 9:30am-3:30pm,
April 14 or July 28,
$45 members/ $50 non-members

This 1 day workshop will focus on the portrait, not only the basics of constructing the face but how to convey the life and character of your subject. Students may use any medium.

All skill levels. 

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

Thursday, 9am – noon,
April 5 – August 31,

Artist working on a painting at Plein Air.

Starting in April, the LCAA brought back their Plein Air Group. We call it "Plein Air Thursdays". Every week artists meet at a different location where they paint or sketch from life--landscapes, street scenes, gardens and waterways.. Hours may vary and require an occasional entrance fee for special painting locations. An LCAA monitor will be available to answer questions about Plein Air in general or the scheduled events. This will be a supportive group willing to share techniques, experiences and their passion for painting outdoors. No commitment needed--just show up with your painting supplies and equipment (see suggestions below).

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 new Facebook Page, LCAA Plein Air Thursdays  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,
April 9 – May 14
$90 members/ $100 non-members

This drawing class uses the pencil to learn the basics. Control the pencil and control the world of art! Students will 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!

Tony Bonazzi

Improving Your Drawing – Tony Bonazzi

Tuesday, 7-9pm,
June 12 – July 17,
$90 members/ $100 non-members

Do you have trouble getting your proportions right or do certain objects / subjects frustrate you? This class will give the student the time-tested lessons to draw anything from the simple to the complex. Beginner – Intermediate skill levels, adult.

Materials needed: drawing pad, pencils, eraser.

A Sam Mylin Carticature

Cartoon & Caricature – Sam Mylin

Saturday, 9am-12pm,
March 24
$90 members/ $100 non-members

Caricature & cartooning are fun ways to doodle your time away. This workshop will show the basics of both!

Beginners and all skill levels. Adult, Teen, Children

Materials: Pencils, Markers, Eraser, Paper

Illustration and Invention - Jason Herr

Jason Herr

Wednesday, 6-8:30pm,
April 11 – May 9,
$95 members / $105 non-members

This class will focus on drawing and composition skills that will help to bring to life your own creations. From imagination to sketchbook to finished project, the goal of this class is to give you the tools to take your own individual projects and bring them to life. This is a great class for anyone interested in illustrating a book or other projects.

Beginner to intermediate skill levels. Adult.

Materials: Sketchbook, pencils, eraser, ruler.

Ceramics & Sculpture

Hand-Building Clay - Pat Reed Nute

Saturday, 11am-2pm,)
April 21 – May 19
$115 members / $125 non-members, $25 materials fee

You can make just about anything from a slab of clay- pots, dishes, garden sculpture, tiles, etc. – once you know the basics. Pieces can be small or large, decorated or plain. You will take home completed creations, glazed and fired.

All skill levels. Adult. Supplies available at the class, you may bring clay tools, etc. that you already have.

Hands in Clay – Barry Smith

Throwing a pot on a wheel.

Tuesday, 6-8pm,
April 3 – May 1,
$75 members/ $85 non-members & materials fee

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,
April 21,
$30 members/ $35 non-members

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: 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 above 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.