Art Center at Ambler, 45 Forest Road, Ambler 19002

Art Center of Ambler


Classes and Workshops

2 Ways to Register:
Online (click "Online Class Registration") or by Mail (click "Class/Workshop Registration")

--Classes and fees may be subject to change.


#FPB Basic Watercolor & Acrylics with Pauline Braun

Wednesdays, 9:30 am-12:00 pm
September 23-October 28, (6 weeks)
$140 member | $155 nonmember

Learn how to create paintings starting with the basics. We will use watercolors and acrylics to explore color, paint applications, and try new color combinations. Students can work from photographs or abstractly. All levels.

#FNS1 Botanical Drawing and Painting with Nancy Saladik

Thursdays, 9:30 am-12:00 pm
September 10-October 15, (6 weeks)
$140 member | $155 nonmember

This course is designed to encourage your discovery of plants and flowers as the subject of your art through direct observation. Discover the beauty of the plant world through botanical drawing/painting with water-based media. In this workshop you will incorporate contour line drawings with your choice of water media: inks, dyes, gouache or watercolor to produce works on paper. Working from observation, you will explore the colors, shapes and beauty that nature provides when examined up close. Participants are encouraged to bring foraged specimens into the studio, and instructor will also offer a range of plant subjects. Each week a topic will be explored. Topics to include: botanical terms, botanical illustration history, drawing and composition, natural dye making, and media techniques and demonstrations. No previous experience is required for this workshop, only a genuine interest in nature and art. Appropriate for all levels.

#FNS2 Plein Air Painting with Nancy Saladik

Tuesdays, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
September 15-October 20, (6 weeks)
$165 member | $180 nonmember

Learn various approaches to plein air painting (painting outdoors) and new ways to depict the landscape. Inspired by nature, unique buildings and interesting views, learn how to compose a scene and capture the color, light, forms, and textures of painting outdoors. This class will meet at different outdoor locations each week – locations to be within a 10 mile radius of the Art Center (location, directions, etc. will be provided. First class will meet at the Ambler Art Center). Short topics will be demonstrated/discussed each week to give us time to get set up and to paint! Topics to include supplies, composition, perspective, color mixing, and textures. All levels welcome!

#FJT Stained Glass with Jill Tarabar

Tuesdays, 6:00-9:00 pm
September 22-October 27, (6 weeks)
$155 member | $170 nonmember

#FJT2 Stained Glass with Jill Tarabar

Wednesdays, 10 am-1:00 pm
September 23-October 28, (6 weeks)
$155 member | $170 nonmember

Learn the basic art and technique of the age-old craft of stained glass. We will cover pattern making, glass cutting, copper foil method of panel assembly, soldering and finishing. Begin with a 6-piece sun catcher, then build a larger panel of your choice. If you have some experience with stained glass, join us to hone your skills and create a larger piece of your choice. *Beginners: Tools are available to borrow until you decide to invest in a set of your own. $30 supply package for first beginner project, payable to instructor.
*Additional supplies can range anywhere from $25-$130, depending on what you may already have at home. Materials will be discussed in depth in the first class. Supply list

FJA1 Have Fun Drawing! with Janice Trusky

Tuesdays, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
September 8-October 27, (6 weeks)
$135 member | $150 nonmember

All Levels. Beginners and experienced artists are welcome. Learn the techniques and tricks to quickly help you render what you see. While beginning students learn the basics, more experienced students will be able to take their skills to the next creative level. Each student will be working at their own pace with the instructors’ personal guidance and feedback. All different kinds of drawing mediums will be discussed and demonstrated. Sill Life, Perspective, and Landscape drawing will be the focus of subject matter. We will be drawing from life and from your chosen photographs.

#FJA2 Portraiture Drawing with Janice Trusky

Tuesdays, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
September 8-October 27, (6 weeks)
$135 member | $150 nonmember

All Levels. This class will focus on portraiture. Beginning students will be surprised at how easy it is to draw a portrait with just a few guiding steps. Students will learn about facial proportion and how to draw the features of the face from different angles. Emphasis will be on rendering mood and expression. Skeletal and muscular structure will be discussed. We will be drawing from life and from your chosen photographs.

#FJA3 Figure Drawing with Janice Trusky

Tuesdays, 5:30 pm-8:30 pm
September 8-October 27, (6 weeks)
$160 member | $175 nonmember Includes model fee

All Levels. Learn the techniques and principles necessary for depicting the human form. Each class will begin with quick successive poses and end with a long pose so each student can learn how to capture a figure in motion with loose gestural drawing and then practice the techniques necessary for rendering the figure in more detail. Historical and contemporary use of the figure in art will also be explored. Beginners to figure drawing are encouraged to use either charcoal, conte, or graphite sticks or pencils. More experienced artist can use their medium of choice. Supplies and material will be demonstrated and discussed during first class.

#FCC Introduction to Abstract Painting with Chris Canan

Mondays, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
September 14-October 5, (4 weeks)
$90 member | $105 nonmember

Take a dive into the style of abstract painting. We’ll discuss the difference between “non-representational” and “abstraction” paintings. Imagine Mark Rothko vs Richard Diebenkorn. For the remainder of the workshop students will work on their own piece of abstraction. Please bring a photograph to work from.

Credit Cards Accepted



#FGS Abstracted Watercolor Landscapes Online Workshop

Saturday, September 12, 2020
10:00 am-12:30 pm
Presented on Zoom

Abstracted Watercolor Landscapes Online Workshop

Interactions between water, paper, and pigment can create watercolor landscapes full of atmosphere. Instructor Gabrielle Sivitz takes you step-by-step through the process of "planned spontaneity," using methods she developed in her daily painting practice. During the workshop you will create a number of small paintings, learning and experimenting with the techniques which can, if desired, then be applied to full-sized works. Designed for students with some watercolor experience.

More Workshops Are Coming. Stay tuned!