Lancaster County Art Association



Classes and/or workshops for adults are listed below.

Click HERE for Art Camps for children & teens.

Click HERE for information about our instructors.

Click HERE to download a printable PDF class schedule and registration form.

We continue to follow recommended CDC safety protocols at the time of the class. Currently, we ask that everyone wear a mask when inside the building. This policy may change at any time.

Register at least 1 week in advance of the class or workshop starting date. In case of bad weather – the instructor will contact student to reschedule the class.

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.

Art class students working on their pieces.

Drawing Basics – Carol S. Herr

Thurs. 4-6:30pm,
April 7 – 28,

This 4 week class will focus on building your drawing skills in pencil. Each week will feature a new subject.
We will start with basic drawing skills and exercises then tackle still-life, landscape and portraits. We will work on proportion, line, value, composition and perspective.

Beginner skill levels. Adult.
Materials: Sketch Book (11x14 or larger, Vellum Bristol paper is a good choice), Drawing Pencils (2H, HB, 2B, 4B or an entire set), Eraser (kneaded or white), Ruler.

Introduction to Painting (acrylic or oil)– Carol S. Herr 

Sat. April 9, 9:30am – 3:30pm,
$50 / $55 & $10 materials fee (pd. to instructor)

This one day class is for beginners or those who wish to try oils or acrylics for the first time. The instructor will guide students thru the painting process, starting with a sketch, under-painting , color and final touches.
The materials will be supplied by the instructor, so just bring yourself!

Pen & Ink – Tony Bonazzi

Thursday, 7-9pm,
April 14 – May 19,
$95 / $105

Drawing in pen & ink has different rules than drawing in pencil. Students will be using different types of lines to create values. The first class will focus on technique and the remainder will be on drawing with pen.
Beginner - Intermediate Skill Level, Adult.
Materials: Bristol Pad (9x12), Pens/ Micron, quill pens with bottle of india ink or technical pens. (Please - No Sharpies, ball point, brush pens or markers!), Pencil, eraser and photo reference.

Experimental Wet Watercolor – Henrietta Holton-Thomas

Saturday, 9am-1pm,
April 23,
$35 / $45,

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.

Experimenting in Watercolor– Karen Frattali

Tuesday, 10am-1pm,
April 26 – May 31,
$140 / $150 & $15 materials fee (pd. to instructor)

This class for adults is an opportunity to try out different surfaces and materials that work with watercolor. If we only do what we have always done, we will get the same results. Students will try new approaches to see if there are other ways to use the medium that will enhance the finished product. This will include different options in framing.
All skill levels. Adult.
Materials: bring your regular watercolor supplies.

Landscape Painting Plus (oil or acrylic) – Carol S. Herr 

Friday, 9:30am-12pm,
April 29 – May 27,
$100 / $110

This class will focus on landscape, however students may also work on other subjects. Composition, perspective and color mixing will be addressed. Traditional techniques including using an under-painting to enhance your work will be taught. Students will work on their own individual paintings 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. 

Passion for Pastels – Dot Stepenaski

Thursday, 9am-12pm,
May 5 – June 9,
$140 / $150

With interest in pastels, there are new colors and surfaces to work on. We 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 work on exercises - 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. Focus is on personal growth.
All skill levels. Adult
Students should contact the instructor to review the supplies they currently have. 

Color Basics – Carol S. Herr

Thurs. 4-6:30pm,
May 5-19,

This 3 week class will focus on the basics of color, color mixing and the impact of various color combinations on your paintings. We will be doing exercises, color charts and small color sketches rather than a finished painting. This is a great class for anyone having difficulty mixing color or having your color choices work in your painting.
All Skill Levels, Adult.
Materials: Bring your favorite painting medium (acrylics are a good choice), Brushes, Palette, Palette Knife, Canvas Paper or Heavy Watercolor Paper, Pencil, Eraser & Ruler. 

Sculpture Workshop – Henrietta Holton-Thomas

Saturday, 9am-1pm,
May 14,
$35 / $40

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.

Anything Goes! – Carol S. Herr

Thursday, 4-6:30pm,
June 16, 23, & 30, Aug. 4, 11,
$25 / $30 per day

Are you having trouble with your drawing skills, need help with a painting or just can’t get started? Whether it’s a landscape, still life, portrait, etc. – the instructor will help guide you. Need help with composition, color mixing, or perspective? This class will help each student with their individual problems. Take one or all 3! Students may also continue to work into the afternoon if they wish.
Any skill level, adult.
Bring your own materials, work in progress, photo references, etc. to work with. 

Painting Flowers in Watercolor – Karen Frattali

Tuesday 10am-1pm,
July 12 & 26, Aug.9 & 23,
95 / $105

We will break down the process and do a step by step approach to painting flowers: as they grow, in a vase or in a still life composition. The choice will be up to the painters. Students will be doing different compositions.

All skill levels. Adult.
Materials: Bring your regular watercolor supplies. 


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

Thursday (or other days), 9am – noon,
LCAA Fair Weather Painters
for each week’s paint out.

Note: We are looking for a volunteer to take over the Plein air group.  Suggested painting sites and emails of artists interested in Plein air will be provided.

Artist working on a painting at Plein Air.

If you love the thrill of painting outdoors, join with them as they meet weekly at various locations. Locations include landscapes, street scenes, gardens, waterways, etc. 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 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 this form.