Classes for Adults

All classes are held in the Hamilton Center for the Arts unless otherwise notified.  

20 Broad Street, Hamilton, New York 13346

To register, please contact Kathy Herold 

(315)368-4453 OR

Open Studio Time

Dates: TBD - Jan 2021

Time: TBD

Price: TBD

Use this as a time to explore your creativity! Come use the materials we have available at the Hamilton Center for the Arts to create your own projects. Most of the materials in the HCA studio are available to use: paints, canvas, paper, oil pastels, sewing machine, fibers, fabrics, paper mache, sculptural materials, and so much more. If you need it, project storage is available. Open Studio Time does not have an instructor but, Kathy will be in the gallery to assist with questions.

Watercolor Classes

Dates: TBD - Jan 2021

Time: TBD

Price: TBD

Instructor: Eric Shute

My watercolor workshop offers all the fundamentals for creating a professional looking watercolor. (Beginners don’t be intimidated). We will start with the basic fundamentals training the eye and mind to interpret a scene in correct values of lights and darks.  Each week we build on the previous lesson using a limited palette at first and gradually expanding the palette to include a wider range of color. We will explore color theory, effective strategies for expressive, spontaneous brush work essential for good watercolor technique.  My workshops start with the basics that builds to more advanced techniques. Whether a beginner or more experienced painter the workshop is designed to make each participant a better painter while having a lot of fun in the process.

Life Drawing Sessions

Dates: TBD - Jan 2021

Time: TBD

Price: TBD

Instructor: TBD

Life drawing is an opportunity for artists to have access to a live model to practice drawing.  Sessions are weekly with no formal instruction.  Students should bring their own supplies to class.  No materials are provided.

Past Classes & Workshops

Pastel Painting Workshop

Date: Saturday, April 25

Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm (with a midday lunch break)

Price: $90 plus $10 supply fee 

Instructor:  Mary Padgett


This workshop is an opportunity for you to receive individualized instruction in the pastel medium from an expert. For individuals new to pastel, Padgett's goal is to educate you about the broad range of pastel products and techniques, to assist you in developing your personal style, and to encourage creative exploration. For experienced pastellists, Padgett's goal is to provide feedback in a supportive working environment. Padgett will set up colorful and varied still life arrangements that you will work from.

For more information about Mary Padgett, click here

Beginner Chinese Brush Painting

Dates: Saturdays, March 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2020

Time: 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Price: $150 for 4 weeks + $25 material fee

Instructor: Donna Lamour

(for KIDS & ADULTS!)

1st class: Discussion of history and culture of Chinese brush painting, discussion of the materials in the kit, demonstration and practice of holding and loading the brush, demonstration and practice of line/stroke by painting wild orchid leaves and blossoms. 

2nd class: Discussion and demonstration pertaining to Chinese brush painting composition.

3rd class: Instruction and practice plum trees - branches and blossoms

4th class: Instruction and practice of the Chrysanthemum - flowers and leaves. 

Alcohol Ink Workshop

Dates: Saturday, December 14, 2019

Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Price: $45

Instructor: Eva Hunter

Stop in and create a beautiful set of holiday ornaments. Using alcohol ink techniques, each participant will make a set of six ornaments to take home. Instruction and all materials will be provided.

Hamilton Center for the Arts 

16 Broad Street, Hamilton, NY
phone: (315) 368-4453