Lancaster County Art Association



Classes and/or workshops for adults are listed below.

Currently no classes for children are on the schedule.

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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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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.

Guest Artist Workshop
Becoming A Working Artist – 1 Day Workshop with Dan Graziano 

November 6, 9am-4pm,
$100 / $110

Have you been considering launching your abilities as an artist into a full time practice? This lecture/workshop is designed to answer many practical questions about taking your work “from the studio to the gallery” and developing a successful career as a working artist. Topics will include building your “business infrastructure”, exploring different outlets for your work, gallery representation, pricing your work, self-promotion and shipping your artwork.
Bring a pen or pencil and a notebook.
Dan is an award winning, nationally exhibited artist who conducts workshops throughout the United States.

Introduction to Painting in Oil or Acrylic – Carol S. Herr

Thursday & Friday,
Sept. 23 & 24, 4-7pm,
$45 / $50
& $10 materials fee (paid to instructor-1st class)

This workshop will give you the chance to try oils or acrylics first, before investing in your own set. Step by step instruction with demonstrations by the instructor. Also, an overview of painting supplies & materials.
Beginner skill level. Adult. All materials included in the materials fee.

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

Friday, 10am-12pm,
Oct. 8 – Nov. 12,
$90 / $100

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,
Sept. 16 – Nov. 4,
$200 / $210

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.

Advancing Your Watercolor Strategies – Karen Frattali

Tuesday 10am-1pm, Sept. 14 – Nov. 9
(excluding Sept. 28),
$180 / $190

Advance your technique in application of watercolor to paper surfaces. Techniques applied to: interesting & unorthodox still life, animals in a landscape & beach scenes with water. Students will build interesting compositions & paint each to completion. Intermediate & Advanced skill levels. Adult.
Materials: Crescent illustration board, cold press paper, hot press paper, watercolor paints & supplies.

Beginner Watercolor – Tony Bonazzi

Monday, 7-9pm,
Sept. 13 – Oct. 18,
$90 / $100

Are you interested in trying watercolor or having trouble with the medium? This class will allow the student to get a better understanding of how to control the paint, color mixing and techniques. Homework will be assigned at the end of each class.
Beginner Skill Level, Adult.
Materials: Watercolor transparent paints, watercolor palette, brushes (#4,8,10,12 rounds; ½” & ¾” flats), water container, #2 pencil and photo reference.

Experimental Wet Watercolor – Henrietta Holton-Thomas

Saturday, 9am-1pm,
Oct. 9,
$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.

Fall Art Thursdays – Carol S. Herr

Thursday – 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 drawing skills. Take one or take them all.

Oct. 7– “Drawing Exercises”
Work out your pencil with simple exercises to get your artistic muscles in shape. Bring drawing pencils, eraser, ruler, drawing pad.

Oct. 14 – “Drawing Exercises - Part 2”
Continue the drawing shape up, with new exercises. Bring drawing pencils, eraser, ruler, drawing paper & a fine point sharpie.

Oct. 21 – “Face Off ”
Learn how to draw a convincing portrait with simple basic steps. Bring drawing pencils, eraser, ruler & drawing paper.

Nov. 4 – “Branch Out with Terrific Trees”
Trees can be one of the most interesting but difficult subjects, each tree unique. Bring drawing pencils, eraser, drawing pad, ruler.

Nov. 11 – “It’s A Stretch” – Additional Materials fee - $20 (paid to instructor at class)
Learn how to stretch your own canvas, save money and have a greater choice of materials. An overview of different types of canvas and painting supports will be given. Bring a light duty staple gun and staples. Students will take home 2 canvases.

Sculpture Workshop – Henrietta Holton-Thomas

Saturday, 9am-1pm,
Nov. 13,
$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 (paring 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.


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

Thursday (or other days), 9am – noon,
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, 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 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.