Art Center of Ambler


Classes and Workshops

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--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


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. Supply list

#FNS2 Plein Air Painting with Nancy Saladik


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! Supply list

#FJT Stained Glass with Jill Tarabar

Tuesdays, 6:00-9:00 pm

#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 15-October 20, (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. Still Life, Perspective, and Landscape drawing will be the focus of subject matter. 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 15-October 20, (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.

#FSZ Make Your Paintings Come to Life with Steve Zazenski

Wednesdays, 1:00 pm-3:30 pm
September 16-October 21, (6 weeks)
$140 member | $155 nonmember

Steve is known for his exciting and colorful landscapes. Learn to form interesting combinations of intense light and mass through step-by-step demonstration of watercolor techniques. You will complete 4 paintings in 4 weeks. Even the most experienced artist will benefit from this class. Supply list

#FLH1: Pottery/Ceramics with Lynn Hornbaker

Thursdays, 1:00-4:00 pm

#FLH2: Pottery/Ceramics with Lynn Hornbaker

Fridays, 1:00-4:00 pm
September 18-October 23, (6 weeks)
$225 member | $240 nonmember Includes materials

Come try your hand at doing pottery with local artist Lynn Hornbaker. There are lots of ways to make things with the potter’s wheel and without it. The choice is yours, but demonstrations will be ongoing so you’ll learn different techniques. You’ll get to work on your own personal projects with lots of guidance and instruction. No experience is necessary. Project ideas and skills will be taught. Just bring a desire to have fun!