Lancaster County Art Association



Classes and/or workshops for adults are listed below.

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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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Plein Air Watercolor Workshop - with Brienne Brown

Mon.-Wed. 9am-4pm
June 29-July 1, 2020
$260/ $300

We are pleased to announce this exceptional workshop with a talented artist who is a rising star in the Plein Air movement. She has won awards in many plein air and watercolor competitions. Signature member status has been conferred on her from the National Watercolor Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society and Utah Watercolor Society.
Brienne’s work has been published in Splash 17: Best of Watercolor, Plein Air Magazine and Watercolor Artist Magazine. Her workshops are held throughout the United States and Europe. The workshop will include both class- room and plein air time. Space is limited. 

Painting Animals in Watercolor – Karen Frattali

Tues. 12-3pm,
Jan. 7, 14, 21
$70/ $80

Students in this class will have a chance to choose from mammals, birds or whatever animals they wish to try. We will apply basic fundamentals of realism in the painting process.

All skill levels, adult.

Supply list available.

Figures & Faces in Watercolor – Karen Frattali

Tues. 12-3pm,
March 10, 17, 24,
$70 / $80

This class focuses on figures and faces in watercolor and developing color schemes for skin tones. Students will also practice with facial features and work on gestural figures for landscapes.

All skill levels, adult.

Supply list available.

Experimental Wet Watercolor – Henrietta Holton-Thomas

Saturday, 9am-1pm,
Jan. 25,
$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.

Painting Landscape, Gardens & Flowers (oil, acrylic) – Carol Herr

Friday, 10am-12:30pm,
Jan. 17 – Feb. 21,
$115 / $125

Carol Herr

This class for oil or acrylic painters will focus on landscape, gardens & flowers, however students may work on other subjects. Composition, perspective and color mixing will be addressed. Special emphasis on how to capture the beauty of nature with light and shadow. Students will work on their own individual piece 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.

***Paint A “Hearts & Flowers” Ceramic Box*** – Carol Herr

Sat. 1-4pm, Jan. 18
or Sun. 1-4pm, Jan. 19,

Join us for this free workshop & we supply all the materials! We just ask you to donate your finished ceramic box to the LCAA’s fundraiser in Feb. (Boxes will go on sale Feb. 14). The instructor will give tips on painting on ceramic and will have a selection of acrylic paints available to use. You can paint hearts or flowers or any other subject or design. Come either day or both and join in on the fun!

Adult or Teen, any skill level.

Canvas Stretching Workshop– Carol Herr

Saturday, 10am-1pm,
March 7,
$25 / $30 & $15 materials fee (paid to instructor)

Learn to stretch your own canvas and save money! Be able to work on various sizes or shapes that you can’t find in the store. This 1 day workshop will get you started. Students will leave with 2 finished canvases.

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

Bring a light duty staple gun & staples. The instructor will supply all other materials.

Passion for Pastels – Dot Stepenaski

Thursday, 9am-12pm,
Jan. 16 – Feb. 20,
$135 / $145

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.

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

Not held in the cold weather months but will be back on the schedule in the spring.
Thursdays, 9am – noon,

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. Drawing and painting from life is a great way to sharpen your skills and share your passion with other artists. Locations include landscapes, street scenes, gardens, waterways, etc. 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 Plein Air Facebook Page at:  A logon to Facebook is not necessary. We strongly suggest checking the page weekly for updates. For email notifications, go to the LCAA  Facebook page and "Send Message" 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.


Basic Drawing – Sam Mylin

Monday, 7-9pm,
Jan. 6 – Feb. 24,
$120 / $130

Control your pencil ... control the world of art! Become confident with your pencil and look at the world around you from a different perspective. Use the basics of art to go deeper on your creative journey.

Beginner, Adult.

Materials Needed: Sketchbook, drawing pencils, eraser.

Cartoon Mania...A New Era...Old School – Sam Mylin

Sam Mylin - Cartoon self portrait

Monday, 7-9pm,
March. 2 – April 6,
$90 / $100

Cartoons are fun but also an art form. Through the creation of character, lettering, format and story, cartoonmania will really “grow” on you!

All skill levels, Adult, Teen

Drawing in Pen & Ink– Tony Bonazzi

Wed. 7-9pm,
Jan. 15 – Feb. 19,
$90 / $100

This course will cover basic thru advanced methods of drawing in pen and ink. The instructor will give one on one attention to each student and their skill level, beginner – advanced. The aim is to help each student grow in the medium.

All skill levels, adult.

Materials Needed: Ink pens with India ink, #2 pencil, Bristol Pad (9x12), photo reference to draw. No markers or sharpies. Drawing ink pens and sets are fine.

Ceramics, Sculpture, Fine Crafts

Henrietta Holton-Thomas

Sculpture Workshop – Henrietta Holton-Thomas

Saturday, 9am-1pm,
March 28,
$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.