Schweinfurth Art Center Adult Classes Registration Policies

Pre-registration is required for classes unless otherwise stated. Payment is due at the time of registration. No refunds will be given for cancellations within one week of class start date.

Supply lists will be provided for certain classes. Students should purchase and bring the supplies to the first day of class unless otherwise indicated. Supply lists will be posted on the Art Center website as soon as possible, or emailed to registered students.

Special Accommodation for Schweinfurth Art Center Classes & Workshops

Participants that require special accommodation are encouraged to request accommodation at the time of registration. At least 2 weeks notice is requested.

All classes take place at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, located at 205 Genesee St., Auburn, NY 13021.

Questions? Please call the Art Center at 315-255-1553.

Creating Lively Portraits

Create lively portraits from life in this two-day intensive charcoal portrait workshop! It’s perfect for beginners or more advanced students wanting to practice and learn new techniques! The first day we will complete a series of small portrait studies. We will practice seeing light and shadow, discuss tricks for feature placement and how to apply and lift charcoal using traditional tools and techniques. The second day we will learn some exciting contemporary portrait techniques and work on one long pose! Instructor will bring experimental materials and demo both days to ensure a solid understanding of concepts and techniques.

This workshop will be held at the Cayuga Museum's Carriage House Theater, located directly behind the Schweinfurth Art Center. 

When: Saturday-Sunday Jan. 25-26,10-5pm, 1 hr break at noon.
Who: 16 and up
Teacher: Hetty Easter
Cost: $180 members / $200 non-members
Supply List: Portraits Class Description and Supply list.pdf

To register, please click here or call the Art Center at 315.255.1553.

Figure Drawing with Model

Practice figure drawing and painting with a nude model in our 6 week figure series. There will be no formal instructor but the model will do a series of poses for short drawing exercises and longer poses to create finished works. This class will be held in the Carriage House behind the Art Center. 

Students may sign up for all 6 weeks, or drop in on a per-class charge basis.  Questions?  Please email Davana at

This series will be held at the Cayuga Museum's Carriage House Theater, located directly behind the Schweinfurth Art Center. 

When: Thursdays, February 6th- March 12th, 6-8pm. In the Carriage House behind the Art Center.
Who: 16 and up
Cost: $65 for members / $75 for non-members. OR $15 drop-in per class

To register, please click here or call the Art Center at 315.255.1553.

Finding Your Voice: developing your personal style in watercolor

This watercolor workshop offers all the fundamentals for creating a professional watercolor. Beginners don’t be intimidated:  We will start with the basic fundamentals training the eye and mind to interpret a scene in correct values of lights and darks.  Each week we build on the previous lesson using a limited palette at first and gradually expanding the palette to include a wider range of color.  We will explore all elements needed to create a work of art including color theory and effective strategies for expressive, spontaneous brushwork.  The workshop starts with the basics and builds to more advanced techniques.  Whether a beginner or more experienced painter the workshop is designed to make each participant a better painter while having a lot of fun in the process.   

When: Tuesdays 1-3pm March 3rd-April 7th, 2020
Who: All Levels
Teacher: Eric Shute
Cost: $ 160 members / $170 non-members
Supply List: Watercolor Materials List.pdf

To register, please click here or call the Art Center at 315.255.1553.

Clay Open Studio

Inspired to work on your own project? For artists and students with pottery experience interested in working independently without instruction, our Clay Studio is available to use on a monthly and drop-in basis. Open to ages 15 and up. A short orientation is required prior to using the studio unless you have taken a clay class at the Art Center.
Open Studio Hours
Tuesdays: 10am-4pm
Wednesdays: 10am-3pm
Thursdays: 10am-4pm
Fridays:  10am-4pm 
Use of Clay Studio is free for students enrolled in an ongoing class in the Clay Studio
Monthly fee:  $30 for members / $35 for non-members
Drop-in fee:  $10 for members / $15 for non-members
Monthly fees include use of glazes, community tools and tables in Clay Studio and room outside studio. Firing fees are additional. Firing fees are $1/mug size for a bisque firing and $1/mug size for glaze firing. $1 extra per 6 extra inches in height.  Drop-in students are charged for firing on a per piece basis ("$1/mug size" fees apply). 
Clay is available for purchase in a 50lb box ($30) or 25lb bag ($17) . Note that clay used in the Clay Studio must be purchased through the Art Center. This allows us to reclaim clay and to minimize problems in kiln firings.  Exceptions possible if approved by a Clay Studio teacher.

When: Monthly Fee for Open Studio (for one month beginning date paid)
Who: Ages 15 and up
Cost: $30 for members / $35 for non-members

To register, please click here or call the Art Center at 315.255.1553.