Art Center of Ambler


Classes and Workshops

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--Classes and fees may be subject to change.

#SUJT1 - Stained Glass for Beginners with Jill Tarabar

Tuesdays, 6:00-9:00 pm
July 7-August 11 (6 weeks)
$140 member | $155 nonmember (includes $15 lab fee) * (plus $30.00 for glass package for the first project, payable to instructor*)

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 3-piece sun catcher, then build a larger panel of your choice. *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.

#SUGS1 - Pen & Ink with Watercolor with Gabrielle Sivitz

Tuesdays, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
July 7-28 (4 weeks)
$80 member | $95 nonmember

Combine watercolor with pen & ink to create special effects that will enhance both your pen & ink drawings and your watercolor paintings. Instructor and artist Gabrielle Sivitz will guide you step by step through the process, and encourage you to experiment and play with these two mediums to create your own unique works of art. No painting experience necessary. Some drawing experience recommended, but not required.

#SUGS2 - I Wish I Could Draw with Gabrielle Sivitz

Tuesdays, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
July 7-August 11 (6 weeks)
$120 member | $135 nonmember

Many people believe that you’re either born with the ability to draw or you’re not. This class will prove that myth wrong! Join instructor and artist Gabrielle Sivitz for her signature class that’s perfect for anyone who has always wanted to be able to draw, but thinks they have no talent, or hasn't drawn in years and is afraid they've forgotten how.

#SUJT2 - Intermediate Stained Glass with Jill Tarabar

Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00 pm
July 8-August 12 (6 weeks)
$140 member | $155 nonmember (includes $15 lab fee)

Three-Dimensional Stained Glass: Do you have the stained glass copper foil basics down? Cutting glass, foiling and soldering? Try your hand at three-dimensional stained glass construction as we first create a votive candle holder and then move on to a small box with a hinged lid. Design ideas will be supplied or design your own. Prerequisite: Completion of my beginner stained glass class or actual experience creating stained glass items in the copper foil method. Bring your own tools and supplies, glass grinders will be provided. A list of tool and supply needs will be distributed after registration.

#SURC - Mosaics (From Concept to Completion) with Regina Coyle

Thursdays, 10:00 am-1:00 pm
July 9-July 30 (4 weeks)
$185 member | $200 nonmember (Includes $35 materials fee)

Beginner to intermediate. Beginners will learn fundamental skills and intermediate students will fine tune best practices with their glass nipping skills to create a 6” square mosaic. In the process, students will gain a firm understanding of appropriate substrates, adhesives and grouts for various applications. Once complete, students will work on a 12” mosaic of their choosing. Students will complete this class with a finished piece of art worthy to hang on their wall.

Students are required to bring wheeled glass nippers and safety goggles to class. A 6” and 12” square substrate, stained glass, adhesive, and grout are included. Other materials will be available to purchase separately. (Custom substrates, glass rods, ball chain, recycled glass tile etc. and/or students can bring their own tesserae to incorporate in their mosaic as well.)

#SUMM - Funky Functional Ceramics with Maegan Marin

3 Saturdays, 10:00 am-1:00 pm
July 18, July 25, August 1
$100 member | $115 nonmember (Materials included)

Explore the tactile joys of hand-building! In this workshop, we will focus in on the pinch pot construction method to create unique functional ceramic wares. Participants will learn how to form their own mugs, plates and bowls. Making pinch pots is an expressive and forgiving process. Folks of all ages, skill and experience levels will find this method to be fun and approachable.

Take One or All Three!
#SUCW - Poetry and Visual Art Combination 3-part Series with Cleveland Wall

Saturdays, July 11, August 1, August 22, 11 am-2:00 pm
$115 member | $130 nonmember

#SUCW1 - Part 1: Postcards from the Mind: An Introduction to Mail Art

Saturday, July 11, 11 am-2:00 pm
$40 member | $55 nonmember (+$10 material fee payable to instructor)

Mail art is a fun, free exchange of art with others through the postal service. In this class we will create several 4 x 6 postcards with collage on one side and a short poem on the flipside, prompted by the collage. The idea is to keep it spontaneous and free, invite the subconscious mind to play, and share with other artists.

#SUCW2 - Part 2: Pastoral Poetry and the Single-Page Book

Saturday, August 1, 11 am-2:00 pm
$40 member | $55 nonmember (+$10 material fee payable to instructor)

In this class, you will learn how to make an 8-page booklet from a single sheet of paper. Then we will explore this format as a setting for pastoral (nature-inspired) poetry. The resulting booklet can be easily photocopied to share with friends, and is pocket-size—perfect to take along on a country ramble.

#SUCW3 - Part 3: Poems by Heart

Saturday, August 22, 2:00-5:00 pm with a performance for friends and family at 5:00 pm
$40 member | $55 nonmember

Have you seen someone recite a poem from memory and wondered how they do it? It is absolutely a learnable skill. In this class, you will learn how to map a poem and use its inner logic and lyricism to guide you. We will work with short poems—20 lines or fewer. You can bring your own or choose one from the selection provided. The class culminates with a public reading for friends and peers.

Credit Cards Accepted



Comic Book Workshop
#VAR - Bring Your Story to Life! with Amber Ross

Comic Book Workshop

7:00 pm-8:00 pm
July 8-August 5
$55 member
$70 nonmember

#VGS - Unlocking Color with Gabrielle Sivitz

Unlocking Color

7:30-9:30 pm
June 29-August 3
$120 member | $135 nonmember

#VKW - Fabric Collage Postcards with Karoline Wallace

Fabric Collage Workshop

Saturday, July 25
1:00-3:00 pm
$35 member
$50 nonmember



#SUPB - One-day Watercolor Workshop with Pauline Braun

One-day Watercolor Workshop

Wednesday, July 15, 9:30- am-12:00 pm
$35 (Supplies included)

Beginners and experienced painters will enjoy working from this painting.

#SUKW - Fabric Collage with Karoline Wallace

Fabric Collage Workshop

Saturday, July 11, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
$40 members | $55 nonmembers + $10 (optional) for fabric kit payable to instructor

These gorgeous fabric collages look stunning as wall hangings or framed. Make one for yourself or as a handmade gift. They are made from beautiful 100% cotton batiks. In 2 hours you can leave the class with a fun, fully framed 8″ x 10″ work of art. Students must bring good scissors and inspiration. DETAILED DESCRIPTION

#SUCC - Introduction to Abstract Painting with Chris Canan

Intro to Abstract Painting

Saturday, August 1, 10:00 am-1:00 pm
$50 member | $65 nonmember (Supplies Included)

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. Supplies provided. Please bring a photograph to work from.

More Workshops Are Coming. Stay tuned!