Lancaster County Art Association



Classes and/or workshops for adults are listed below.

Click HERE for information about the Children’s Summer Art Camp.

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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We will continue to follow CDC rules in place at the time of the each class. Class size may be limited.

Painting Sunsets in Oil or Acrylic – Carol S. Herr

Thursday & Friday, 
June 24 & 25, 4-7pm, 
$45 / $50

We love the colors and light with a beautiful sunset. This 2 evening workshop will help you with painting convincing skies, clouds and the unique light at the end of the day. You can then enter your finished painting in our “Sunrise-Sunset” Exhibit later in the summer!
All skill levels.
Bring your paints, brushes, palette, etc. & a small canvas (8x10, 9x12 or 11x14). Also a photo to work from or borrow one from the instructor. 

Exploring Floral Painting in Watercolor - Karen Frattali

4 Tuesdays 
June 29, July 13, July 27, Aug. 10, 10am-1pm, 
$90 / $100

A Summer Watercolor Class to examine and paint floral blooms.
A couple of spots are still available.
All skill levels. A supply list is available.

Summer Art Thursdays – Carol S. Herr

 Thursdays, 4-7pm
$25 / $30 each 

These fun mini classes will offer a quick introduction to various subjects. Great for the beginner or someone who wants to brush up on their skills. Take one or take them all:

July 8 – “Drawing Exercises”
Work out your pencil with these simple exercises to get your artistic muscles in shape. Bring drawing pencils, eraser, ruler & a drawing pad.

July 15 – “Branch Out with Terrific Trees”
Trees can be one of the most interesting and difficult subjects to tackle, with each tree unique. Bring drawing pencils, eraser, & a fine point sharpie marker.

July 22 – “Don’t Do It!”
Six common mistakes to avoid when composing your drawing or painting. These tips can make your artwork more interesting and dynamic. Bring drawing pencils, eraser, ruler.

July 29 – “Mix It Up!”
Color mixing is difficult but these fun color exercises will improve your abilities. Bring your favorite painting medium, palette, brushes, and canvas paper pad or watercolor paper.

Aug. 5 – “Painting Pizazz!”
Liven up your paintings with color, color and more color! Simple exercises to get you working with different color combinations to enliven your work. Bring your favorite painting medium, palette, brushes, and canvas paper pad or watercolor paper.

Introduction to Watercolor – Henrietta Holton-Thomas

Saturday. 9am-1pm
July 24, 

This 1 day workshop is for beginners, with help to get you started. Beginner Skill Level, Adult. Materials needed: watercolor paints, small, medium & large brushes, watercolor paper.

Sculpture Workshop – Henrietta Holton-Thomas

Saturday, 9am-1pm, 
August 14,
$30 / $35

The rudiments of sculpture, with 3-D shape and viewing form in space. Using self-hardening clay students will build simple shapes of human, animal, or abstract forms.
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, Reference photos of subject matter.

Painting White Objects in Pastel – Dot Stepenaski

Thursday, 9am-3pm
Aug. 19, 
$45 / $50

White isn’t just white! How many times have you worked on a painting and became frustrated because your white subject (snow, clouds, milk(!) came out like lead? Come join Dot and work from different set ups to understand the many colors and subtle value changes in white. Students are encouraged to bring examples of their work.
All skill levels. Adult. Materials Needed- Soft pastels and paper (sanded or plain pastel paper).


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

Thursday, 9am – noon,
starting in April,
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.

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 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.