Adult & Teen Classes

Art Skills

Framing Basics Workshop             
1 Saturday: February 10, 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; January 9 – February 27, 6 – 8:30 pm (Hoyt)
8 Thursdays; January 11 – March 1, 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: January 13 – March 3, 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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Counseling

Counseling Skills: New Challenges for Parents and Teachers
8 Tuesdays: January 9 – February 27, 6:00 – 7:30 pm (Hoyt)
This course will offer an overview of the challenges facing American youth and how adults can better address new and old issues, such as drug usage, sexual activity, learning and emotional disorders, and bullying. Students will be able to identify and strategise solutions to bullying behaviors, as well as have a basic understanding of how to identify and interact with young people who are afflicted with learning and emotional disorders. They will also learn how drug abuse is connected to other issues. Capacity: 20 students. Minimum: 5 students. Ages 16+. Non-members: $105/Members:  $85.

Instructor: Glorianna Pionati

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culinary

Art of Bread Making
1 Saturday: February 24, 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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DRAWING

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Drawing/Art Basics 1 Workshop
1 Wednesday: January 10 or February 7, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Hoyt), or
1 Tuesday: January 9 or Feb. 6, 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: January 17 or February 14, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Hoyt)
1 Tuesday: January 16 or February, 13, 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: January 24 or February 21, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Hoyt)
1 Tuesday: January 23 or February 20, 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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Drawing Birds Workshop
2 Saturdays: February 24 and March 3, 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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IPad Drawing Basics Workshop
1 Wednesday; January 31 or February 28, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Hoyt)
1 Tuesday: January 30 or February 27, 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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Fiber arts

Apparel Design & Construction
8 Tuesdays: January 9 – February 27, 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: February 7 or February 28, or 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. (Hoyt)
1 Saturday: January 13, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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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History

Minor Textiles In Antiquity
8 Thursdays: January 11 – March 1, 6:00 – 7:30 pm (Hoyt)
This course will highlight the development and westward movement of minor textiles and associated etymology including felt, hemp, asbestos, and brocade from China to Rome. Two sessions will be dedicated to each of the four minor textile topics. Textile usage will be examined through a cultural lens. Students will learn how textiles affected people’s daily lives, in addition to understanding their cultural and mythological implications. A copy of the instructor’s textbook is included in tuition.  Capacity: 20 students. Minimum: 5 students. Ages 16+. Non-members: $110/Members: $90.

Instructor: Glorianna Pionati

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Language/Literature

French for Beginners
8 Wednesdays: January 10 – February 28, 6:00 – 7:30 pm (Hoyt)
This course will engage students in learning French utilizing a student centered learning approach through listening, speaking, writing, and the use of manipulatives. Students will be able to understand basic French phrases and applications. They will be able to give personal information and ask basic questions useful for making acquaintances or traveling. Capacity: 20 students. Minimum: 5 students. Ages 16+.  Non-members: $105/Members: $85.   

Instructor: Regis Kimwanga

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Conversational Italian                 
8 Wednesdays: January 10 – February 28, 6:00 – 8:00 pm (Hoyt)
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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Italian Language In Translation: Dante Alighieri                      
8 Tuesdays: January 9 – February 27, 6:00 – 8:00 pm (Hoyt)
This class is an introduction to the “Divine Comedy.” It will include selected cantos for reflective reading and discussion. No book required. Handouts are included. 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: January 13 – March 3, 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: January 9 - 30 , by appointment (Hoyt)
Session I: 4 Thursdays: January 11 - February 1, by appointment, (Hoyt)
Session II: 4 Tuesdays: February 6 - 27, by appointment (Hoyt)
Session II: 4 Thursdays: February 8 - March 1, 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, January 9 - February 27 , or
Individual: 8 Thursdays, January 11 - March 1, by appointment (Hoyt)
Group: 8 Thursdays, January 11 - March 1, 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: January 9 – February 27, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., (Hoyt) or
8 Thursdays: January 11 – March 1, 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: January 10 – February 28, 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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Open Paint Workshop
1 Tuesday: January 16 or February 20, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. (Hoyt)        
From absolute beginners to more advanced painters, this one-day workshop provides a supportive group atmosphere with plenty of one-on-one instruction to improve your work. Students may work in acrylics, non-volatile oil paints, pastels, or mixed media. No materials provided. Please bring canvas, paints, brushes, etc. Capacity: 15 students. Minimum: 5 students. Ages 16+. Non-members: $55/Members: $45.

Instructor: Kevin McLatchy

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Plein Air Painting
8 Wednesdays: January 10 – February 28, 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: February 6 – 27, 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: January 9 – 30, 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

Photoshop Basics
8 Tuesdays: January 9 - February 27, 6:00 - 8:00 pm (Hoyt Art & Technology 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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Videography

Video Production for Teens
8 Thursdays: January 11 – March 1, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. (Hoyt Art & Technology Lab)      
Learn the four stages of video production (developmental, pre-production, production and post-production) through the creation of your own video!  You’ll gain a basic understanding of camera operations and editing software.  Perfect for those with little to no video experience.  Bring a notebook and flash drive to class.  All other materials provided.  Capacity: 12.  Minimum: 6. Ages 13 - 18. Instructor: Tom Stoops. Non-members: $130. Members: $110.

Instructor: Tom Stoops

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