Adult & Teen Classes

 

Ceramics

Ceramics
8 Tuesdays; September 12 – October 31, 6 – 8:30 pm (Hoyt)
8 Thursdays; September 14 – November 2, 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: September 16 – November 4, 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: September 12 – October 31, 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: October 21, 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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DANCE


Ballroom Dance
8 Wednesdays: September 13 – November 1 (Hoyt)
Beginners: 7:30 - 9:00 pm     Advanced: 6:00 - 7:30 pm  

Learn to dance like the stars! An introduction to the basic steps of the fox trot, rumba, cha-cha, polka, and swing (jitterbug). Capacity: 20 students. Minimum: 10 students. Ages 16+. Non-members: $105/Members: $85. 

Instructor: Ken Scavnicky

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DRAWING

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Drawing/Art Basics 1 Workshop
1 Wednesday: October 11, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Hoyt), or
1 Tuesday: September 12 or October 17, 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; October 25, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Hoyt)
1 Tuesday: September 19 or October 24, 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: September 27, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Hoyt), or
1 Tuesday: October 3 or 10, 6:00 - 7:30 pm (Wampum Station)

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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IPad Drawing Basics Workshop
1 Wednesday; September 13, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Hoyt)
1 Tuesday: September 26 or October 31, 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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Draw Like Rembrandt Workshop
1 Friday: September 29, 1:00 – 3:00p.m. (Hoyt)
Enjoy a lively, fun-filled workshop in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. Award winning artist and local art educator, Susan Jacobs, will guide you step-by-step in learning to draw your own hand. In just a few hours, you will complete your very own masterpiece. All supplies provided. Capacity: 15 students. Minimum: 6 students. Ages 16+.
Non-members: $45/Members:  $35. 

Instructor: Susan Jacobs
Susan is a retired art elementary educator continuing a career as an artist, art teacher and entreprenuer. Sole proprietor of Blissful Biscuits, she continues to work as an adjunct instructor at Ashland University and the MidWestern Intermediate Unit IV’s continuing education programs. She holds a BS in Art Education and a Master Teacher Secondary Art degree with a concentration in painting from Youngstown State University.

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House Portraits Workshop (Beginner–Intermediate)
2 Tuesday: October 24 & 31, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. (Hoyt)
This is a graphite and medium of choice workshop. Enjoy drawing your home or an architectural structure you appreciate using perspective, lighting, values, and problem solving will be the main focus of the first day instruction. Students will work in medium of choice on the second day. Students should bring drawing pencils, sketch pad (nothing smaller than 11 x 14 inches), white and kneaded erasers, rulers, and transparent tracing paper, along with black and white copies of reference images. Capacity: 15 students. Minimum: 4 students. Ages 15+.  Non-members: $75/Members: $65. 

Instructor: Marianne Hilke
Marianne’s art education includes the Ivy School of Art and the Rhode Island School of Photography, as well as instruction while in Rome, Italy. She has worked in the graphic arts field for many years and instituted a restoration department for a Southern California photography company. She established an art department for a private school in N. Palm Springs, CA, along with an adult educational program.

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Fiber arts

Apparel Design & Construction
8 Tuesdays: September 12 – October 31, 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: September 20 or October 11 or November 1, 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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History

Minor Textiles In Antiquity
September 14 – November 2, 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: September 13 – November 1, 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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The Delightful Memoir Writing Course                 
8 Tuesdays: September 12 – October 31, 6:30 – 8:00 pm (Hoyt)
Author and visual artist, Lynda McKinney Lambert, will host an interactive course in memoir writing. Learn how to turn your ordinary, everyday life experiences into stories and poems. Also, discover a wide variety of publication possibilities for your work. The instructor’s book, “Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems” is a companion text for this course. It can be purchased on Amazon or through the instructor for $15. Students should bring journals or sketchbook-type book or electronic device for notetaking. Capacity: 20.  Minimum: 4. Ages 18+. Non-members: $105/Members: $85. 

Instructor: Lynda McKinney Lambert  

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Basic Sign Language                 
4 Thursdays: September 14 – October 5, 6:30 – 7:30 pm (Hoyt)
This class provides the trending basics of sign language. Adults learn to teach their baby, toddler, or anyone hand signs for wants and needs in a quiet manner. Illustrations will be provided to take home as a reference. Capacity:  15 students.  Minimum:  3 students.  Ages 18+. Non-members:  $75/Members: $65.

Instructor: Mary Ann Shaner

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MUSIC

Private Voice or Piano
8 Saturdays: September 16 – November 4, 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: September 12 – October 3, by appointment (Hoyt)
Session I: 4 Thursdays: September 14 – October 5, by appointment, (Hoyt)
Session II: 4 Tuesdays: October 10 – October 31, by appointment (Hoyt)
Session II: 4 Thursdays: October 12 – November 2, 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, September 12 – October 31, or
Individual: 8 Thursdays, September 14 – November 2, by appointment (Hoyt)
Group: 8 Thursdays, September 14 – November 2, 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

Alcohol Inks on Tile Workshop
1 Friday: September 15, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Hoyt)       
Instructor Susan Jacobs will take you step-by-step through this new process of painting on two small tiles using intense alcohol ink colors. This two-hour workshop is for everyone – no experience needed. Within a few hours in a relaxed atmosphere, you will create two pieces based on a wide range of references, allowing you to take home your completed masterpiece. All supplies provided. Capacity: 15 students. Minimum: 6 students. Ages 16+. Non-members: $50/Members: $40.

Instructor: Susan Jacobs

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Transparent Watercolor
8 Tuesdays: September 12 – October 31, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., (Hoyt) or
8 Thursdays:September 14 – November 2, 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: September 13 – November 1, 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: September 14 – November 2, 3:30 – 6:30 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: October 10 – October 31, 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: September 12 – October 3, 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: September 12 – October 31, 6:00 - 8:00 pm (Hoyt)   
Enhance your knowledge of digital photography with weekly assignments, critiques and demonstrations with Eric Mastrangelo.  Subjects covered include depth of field, shutter speed, flash and low-light photography, long exposures, event work and more.  A functional understanding of your camera is necessary and examples of your work is encouraged.  Bring your camera! Class will meet in the new Arts & Technology Lab. 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: September 14 – November 2, 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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Videography

Video Production for Teens
8 Thursdays: September 14 – November 2, 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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