Spring Classes

Art Skills

Framing Basics Workshop             
1 Saturday: April 28, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Learn the basic aspects of framing your own work – from layout to cutting mats and closing.  Bring one piece of work, up to 12”x16”, to class.  Course fee includes mounting and mat.  Frame and glass may be ordered separately.   Capacity: 16 students. Minimum: 3 students. Ages 16+. Non-members: $65/Members: $55.  

Instructor: Paige Kleinfelder

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Ceramics

Ceramics
8 Tuesdays; March 27 – May 15, 6 – 8:30 pm (Hoyt)
8 Thursdays; March 29 – May 17, 9:30 am – Noon (Hoyt)


Be prepared to get dirty while learning skills of hand building, the potter’s wheel, and glazing. The projects are as endless as your imagination and the studio is available for use outside of class. Glazing and firing included with 25lbs of clay. An additional 25 lbs may be purchased for $50. Capacity: 10 students. Minimum: 5 students. Non-members: $210/Members: $190.

Instructor: Nancy Sontich-Lenhart
Nancy Lenhart received a BA in Art from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.  She continued her studies at Youngstown State University working as a studio assistant in the ceramics department. She owns a private studio in Struthers, OH and has been teaching ceramics at the Hoyt for over twenty years.

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CHESS

The Art of Chess
8 Saturdays: March 31 – May 19, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. (Hoyt)
It’s your move. Come and learn the game of chess with Dianna Boak. Beginners, intermediate, and advanced chess players are welcome.  You will not only learn the art of chess, but will also play games. Players will be grouped according to ability. Bring your chess boards, pieces, and timers, if possible. Some equipment is available. Ages 12+  Capacity: 16 students. Minimum: 8 students. Non-members: $125/Members: $105.

Instructor: Dianna Boak
Dianna Boak is a retired small business proprietor. She studied piano and voice under scholarship at Boston Conservatory of Music. An avid artist, she had her own gallery in Southern California. She has been a member of the U.S. Chess Federation and played rated chess for two decades, participating in many chess clubs.

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culinary

Art of Bread Making
1 Saturday: April 14, 9 a.m. – Noon (Hoyt)
You can have the wondrous smell of freshly baked bread filling your kitchen! Learn to make crisp crusted bread with the nutty flavors that will taunt your taste buds. Come join Nancy Connelly and learn her method of creating artisan bread in 5 minutes. All other materials, including aprons and sample breads are included. Bring a bread pan or baking sheet. Capacity: 10 students. Minimum: 5 students. Non-members: $60/Members: $50

Instructor: Nancy Connelly

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Digital Media

IPad Drawing Basics Workshop
1 Wednesday: April 18 or May 16, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Hoyt)
1 Tuesday: April 17 or May 15, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. (Wampum Station)

This is an introductory workshop for those interested in learning how to draw on their IPAD device. Students must have either Art Studio, Adobe Vector Drawing or Procreate software. Capacity:15 students. Minimum: 6 students. Ages 16+.
Non-members: $40/Members: $30. 

Instructor: Richard DiGia
Richard DiGia has his degrees from Westminster College and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and brings 27 years of experience in advertising and design. He is adjunct professor at Geneva College and has taught at Westminster College and the Butler Institute of American Art.

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Photoshop Basics
8 Tuesdays: March 27 – May 15, 6:00 - 8:00 pm (Digital Media Lab)        
In this class, students work with Photoshop CS6 to edit and retouch their personal photographs. Identify common photography pitfalls and correct them by adjusting hue and saturation, using the spot healing brush, sharpening images and more. Through demonstrations, lectures, and guided practice, students are able to upload tons of finalized photographs to Facebook by the end of the course. Instruction will also touch on scrapbook style collage, meme creation, the use of graphics in social media, and the use of filters. Capacity: 12 students. Minimum: 4 students. Ages 16+. Non-members: $130/ Members: $110.

Instructor: Sarah McCraley

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Developing your Web Content/Social Media Strategy - SOLD OUT
1 Wednesday: April 4, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (Digital Media Lab)
Are you responsible for promoting your business or non-profit? Learn the best practices for posting content to your website, employing various social media platforms, and using these tolls together to improve your online reputation and search engine rank. Capacity: 12 students. Minimum: 5 students. Ages: 18+. Non-members: $45/ Members: $35.

Instructor: Aaron Elliott

 

 

Get the Most out of WordPress
1 Wednesday: April 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (Digital Media Lab)
So you’re in charge of the website – now what? Learn how to use and get the most out of your WordPress website. Instruction will include pages, posts, featured images, plugins, themes, and settings. Capacity: 12 students. Minimum: 5 students. Ages: 18+. Non-members: $45/ Members: $35.

Instructor: Aaron Elliott

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Harnessing Google Tools    
1 Wednesday: May 2, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (Digital Media Lab)
Get the most out of Google’s free tools for your business or non-profit, including your Google Business Page, Google Analytics, Google Search Console, Google Speed Tester, Google Mobile Friendliness Checker, and more. Capacity: 12 students. Minimum: 5 students. Ages: 18+. Non-members: $45/ Members: $35.

Instructor: Aaron Elliott

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DRAWING

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Drawing/Art Basics 1 Workshop
1 Wednesday: March 28 or April 25, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Hoyt), or
1 Tuesday: March 27 or April 24, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Wampum Station)

A great class for beginners!  Explore the basics of drawing with Richard DiGia in this one day workshop. Students will learn to break down what they see into simple shapes, shadows and values to achieve more life-like results. All materials included. Capacity: 15 students. Minimum: 6 students. Ages 16+. Non-members: $40/Members: $30.

Instructor: Richard DiGia
Richard DiGia has his degrees from Westminster College and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and brings 27 years of experience in advertising and design. He is adjunct professor at Geneva College and has taught at Westminster College and the Butler Institute of American Art.

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Drawing/Art Basics 2 Workshop
1 Wednesday: April 4 or May 2, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Hoyt)
1 Tuesday: April 3 or May 1, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. (Wampum Station)

This workshop is an extension of Art Basics 1. You will learn more advanced shading, understand light sources, and more. All materials included. Capacity: 15 students. Minimum: 6 students. Ages 16+. Non-members:  $40/Members: $30.

Instructor: Richard DiGia
Richard DiGia has his degrees from Westminster College and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and brings 27 years of experience in advertising and design. He is adjunct professor at Geneva College and has taught at Westminster College and the Butler Institute of American Art.

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Open Drawing Session Workshop
1 Wednesday: April 11 or May 9, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Hoyt)
1 Tuesday: April 10 or May 8, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. (Wampum)

This is a workshop for students having difficulty with particular areas of drawing. The instructor will provide individualized assistance by teaching techniques and providing insight so that students may better progress in their drawing abilities.  Capacity: 15 students. Minimum: 6 students. Ages 16+. Non-members: $40/Members: $30. 

Instructor: Richard DiGia
Richard DiGia has his degrees from Westminster College and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and brings 27 years of experience in advertising and design. He is adjunct professor at Geneva College and has taught at Westminster College and the Butler Institute of American Art.

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Floral Drawing and Painting Workshop
2 Wednesdays: May 2 and 9, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. (Hoyt)
This two-day workshop is a journey into the stages of floral drawing and painting in which students will learn various techniques and work on problem solving skills. Students will begin with graphite to create their drawings, then finish using any paint or pencil medium of choice. Image references will be made available, but students are encouraged to bring 3 clear references of their own. Make sure that references are large enough to work from. Black and white medium contrast copies are a must. Students must bring a sketch tablet not smaller than 11 x 14 inches, set of drawing pencils (no charcoal), white drafting and kneaded eraser, and good quality transparent tracing paper (ie. Canson). Capacity: 15 students. Minimum: 4 students. Ages 15+. Non-members:  $75/ Members: $65.  

Instructor: Marianne Hilke

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Drawing Birds Workshop
2 Saturdays: May 5 and 12, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Hoyt)
Students will work with basic shapes using value, line, color, texture, and more in this two-day bird drawing workshop. Demonstrations will include the rendering of eyes, beaks, feet and feathers. Students will initially work in graphite. Finished works may be done in graphite, colored pencils, watercolor, or medium of choice. Image references will be made available, but students are encouraged to bring 3 clear references of their own. Students must bring a sketch tablet not smaller than 11 x 14 inches, Project Bristol paper, set of drawing pencils (no charcoal), white drafting and kneaded eraser, and good quality tracing paper. Capacity: 15 students. Minimum: 4 students. Ages 15+. Non-members: $85/Members: $75.  

Instructor: Marianne Hilke  

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Fiber arts

Apparel Design & Construction
8 Tuesdays: March 27 – May 15, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Hoyt)
Learn the art of clothing design and construction in a variety of materials and styles!  Projects can range from dresses and gowns to a simple pair of slacks!  Hands on assistance will teach you to alter custom and commercial designs to fit an individual.  Some sewing experience and “homework” will be required.  Portable sewing machines will be available in class, but feel free to bring your own. Ages: 16+. Capacity: 10 students. Minimum: 3 students. Non-members: $105/Members: $85.

Instructor: Dianna Boak
Dianna is a retired small business proprietor (40 years apparel design). She studied piano and voice under scholarship at Boston Conservatory of Music. An avid artist, she had her own gallery in Southern California. She has been a member of the U.S. Chess Federation and played rated chess for two decades, participating in many chess clubs. She has also encouraged and sponsored youth to become active in club and tournament competition.

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GLASS

Mosaic on Tile
1 Wednesday: April 11 or May 2, or 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. (Hoyt)
This is an introductory workshop that will gain students the techniques needed in shaping mosaic surfaces. Students will create brilliant mosaics on tile using glass and grout. Students will acquire the skills necessary to take on larger projects. All materials included. Capacity:15 students. Minimum: 5 students. Ages n/a. Non-members:  $75/Members:  $65.

Instructor: Kate Burke

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Language/Literature

Conversational Italian                 
Italian I - 8 Wednesdays: March 28 – May 16, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Italian II – 8 Tuesday: March 27 – May 15, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Students rave about this class! More than just vocabulary, Dr. Trecasse leads you into the Italian language with an understanding of the culture and travel. Capacity: 20 students. Minimum: 4 students. Ages 16+. Non-members: $120/Members: $100.

Instructor: Dr. Frank Treccase

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MUSIC

Private Voice or Piano
8 Saturdays: March 31 – May 19, by appointment (Hoyt)
One-on-one instruction with voice and piano coach Dianne Kozyro. Each Saturday session will build your voice or piano skills in ½ hour lessons tailored to your skills. Ages 10+. Appointments Noon – 4:00 pm.  Voice: $160 Non-members/ $140 Members, Piano: $130 Non-members/ $110 Members.  

Instructor: Dianne Kozyro
Dianne Kozyro received her Bachelor of Music from the D’Angelo School of Music at Mercyhurst College. A soprano, she has received numerous awards including the “Semper Fidelis” Award for Excellence in Voice, and the Medal of Excellence in Music from Venango Christian High School.  In 1999, Dianne was selected as an adjudicator of the PA Federation of Music Clubs Competion and the Junior Festival for piano.

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Individual Harp – 4 Week Primer
Session I: 4 Tuesdays: March 27 - April 17  by appointment (Hoyt)
Session I: 4 Thursdays: March 29 - April 19 , by appointment, (Hoyt)
Session II: 4 Tuesdays: April 24-May 15 , by appointment (Hoyt)
Session II: 4 Thursdays: Apr 26-May 17, by appointment (Hoyt)

A shorter introduction in the basics of playing, notereading, rhythms and tuning of the harp.  Perfect for those curious to try the instrument before making a larger commitment. Instrument provided in class. Non-members: $75 /Members: $65

Instructor: Alissa Pesavento
Alyssa Pesavento is a highly accomplished Harpist who received an MA from Kent State. She has taught extensively at universities and privately.  Her performances includes solos, festivals, and events.

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Harp Lessons – Full Course
Individual: 8 Tuesdays, March 27 – May 15 , or
Individual: 8 Thursdays, March 29 - May 17, by appointment (Hoyt)
Group: 8 Thursdays, March 29 – May 17, 7 - 8:30 p.m. (Hoyt)

Whether group or 1:1, the instruction in the harp covers the basics of playing, notereading, rhythms, tuning, and other general topics. The harp and worksheets are provided with practice time available outside of class. Capacity: 6 students. Individual lessons are scheduled in one-hour appointments from Noon – 7:00 pm. Non-members: $140/Members: $120. 

Instructor: Alissa Pesavento
Alyssa Pesavento is a highly accomplished Harpist who received an MA from Kent State. She has taught extensively at universities and privately.  Her performances includes solos, festivals, and events.

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PAINTING

Transparent Watercolor
8 Tuesdays: April 3 – May 22, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., (Hoyt) or
8 Thursdays: April 5 – May 24, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. (Hoyt)


Join recognized regional painter, Jocelyn Beatty, for a step by step instruction in this versatile medium. Instruction includes use of watercolor and drawing techniques. Several paintings will be completed in the course of the eight weeks. Capacity: 25 students. Minimum: 14 students. Ages 16+. Non-members: $120/Members: $100

Instructor: Jocelyn Beatty

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Landscape Painting In Watercolor
8 Wednesdays: March 28 – May 16, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Hoyt)
Join professional painter Bryce Herrington and learn the techniques of painting landscapes in watercolor. This class is perfect for beginners and intermediate level students. Students will learn important skills, like layering transparent colors to build lights and darks, achieving luminous colors and painting sky conditions and light. The instructor will help students understand patience, creativity, and personal style are key ingredients of success in the medium. Preparing your canvas, composition and design, creating an initial sketch, transferring a sketch, applying masks, wash techniques, and applying courage will also be covered. A supply list will be made available upon registration. Capacity: 20 students. Minimum: 5 students. Ages 16+. Non-members:  $105/Members: $85. 

Instructor: Bryce Herrington

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Plein Air Painting
8 Wednesdays: March 28 – May 16, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. (Hoyt)   
Join Nancy Hawkins and learn how to paint like an impressionist. Classes will meet at the Hoyt, but students will also go into the surrounding community to find inspiring landscapes and cityscapes. A materials list will be provided. Capacity: 10 students. Minimum: 5 students. Ages 16+. Non-members:  $135. Members: $115.

Instructor: Nancy Hawkins

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Painting Cityscapes In Watercolor
4 Tuesdays: April 24 – May 15, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Hoyt)   
Learn the art of creating landscape paintings in watercolor with Instructor Bryce Herrington. This course is perfect for beginner to intermediate students. Students will learn to use their creativity with color, style, and nuance that can’t be achieved with any other media. An emphasis will be placed on light and shadow and how these factors influence a painting. A supply list will be made available upon registration. Capacity: 20 students. Minimum: 5 students. Ages 16+. Non-members: $75/Members: $65. 

Instructor: Bryce Herrington

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Painting Wildlife In Watercolor
4 Tuesdays: March 27 – April 17, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Hoyt)       
Learn to capture your favorite wildlife creatures in watercolor in this informative four-week course. An emphasis will be focused on form and color. You will learn to use brushwork to add reality and texture. Preparation of canvas, composition and design, creating and transferring sketches, applying masks, and wash techniques will be covered as well as utilizing courage and creativity. A supply list will be made available upon registration. Capacity: 20 students. Minimum: 5 students. Ages 16+.  Non-members: $75/Members: $65.

Instructor: Bryce Herrington

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photography

Photography: On Assignment
8 Tuesdays: March 27 – May 15, 6:00 - 8:00 pm (Hoyt)        
This class is for beginning to advanced students.  Students should have a functional understanding of their cameras and be able to bring in examples of their photography (prints, laptop, etc.). Cameras can be film or digital. Lessons will focus on weekly assignments and critiques, plus demonstrations of techniques pertaining to each upcoming assignment. Subjects covered will include creative use of depth of field, shutter speed, flash and low light photography, long exposures, event work, and the like. Critiques will be done in a positive and encouraging environment. Bring your camera and laptop, if available. Capacity: 12 students. Minimum: 3 students. Ages 16+. Non-members: $115/Members:  $95.  

Instructor: Eric Mastrangelo

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On Assignment, The Sequel: Intermediate Digital Photography
8 Thursdays: March 29 – May 17, 6:00 - 8:00 pm (Hoyt)        
This class is for intermediate to advanced students. Students are required to have a DSLR or advanced mirrorless camera, as well as a solid functional understanding of both their equipment and basic photographic concepts such as aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Lessons are based on weekly demonstrations of topics such as shooting workflow, post-processing/editing techniques and software, color management, and off-camera flash. The class will also include weekly creative assignments and critiques to promote creative/practical problem solving as well as to strengthen the students’ visual vocabulary. Capacity: 12 students. Minimum: 3 students. Ages 16+. Non-members: $115/Members: $95. 

Instructor: Eric Mastrangelo

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