Council Offers Summer Schedule of Adult and Teen Classes

The Council for the Arts of Chambersburg will offer painting, cartooning, photography, book-making, basket-making, painting on glass, and knitting classes this spring at its 159 South Main Street site.  For information about the content of classes, call Education Coordinator Laurie McKelvie at 477-2132 or email .  For class times or to register, visit the council’s website at  or call 717-264-6883.

Weekly classes

Starting Monday June 3, 6:30-9:30 pm
Fiesta Tote: students can choose from two sizes of this tote basket with natural reed and brightly dyed seagrass. All skill levels welcomed by instructor Susan Matson

Starting Tuesday, June 4, 1-4 pm
Painting the Figure from Life: students will work from a live model, concentrating on drawing, composition, color and design, with quick charcoal studies leading to paintings in the medium of their choice, all guided by instructor Marti Yeager.

Starting Thursday, June 6, 6-9 pm
4 Weeks – 4 Books: instructor Kate Reynolds will show students how to create a new book each week: an accordion pocket-fold book, a Japanese stab-bound book, a pop-up book, and a mini-accordion photo book.

Starting Wednesday, June 12, 1-4 pm
Paint Around the World in Watercolor: students will explore the different characteristics of landscapes as they paint a place from every continent except Antarctica! Take a painting trip around the world this summer with instructor Kent Roberts.

Starting Monday June 24, 6-8:30 pm
Painting on Glass:   students will learn this popular technique with a pro. No experience in drawing or painting required by instructor Gail Cox.

Starting Monday, July 1, 1pm – 4 pm
Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor and Pastel Painting: Instructor Mark Brockman will offer occasional demos and lots of personal instruction for beginners to advanced students working on the subjects of their own choice.

Starting Wednesday, July 3, 6-9 pm
Portrait Painting: Beginners and intermediate students will work from a live model, and learn to paint a face in correct proportion and perspective with instructor Ski Holm.

Starting Tuesday, July 9, 6-8 pm
Introduction to Knitting: students ages 12 & up will develop basic skills in the art of knitting and then apply those skills to knit a hat, scarf, purse or children’s toy. All practice yarn will be provided by instructor Nancy Walker.

Starting Thursday, July 11, 1-4 pm
Paper and book-making!: instructor Kate Reynolds will teach students how to create hand-made paper from pulp, and then transform the paper into a book using techniques such as water marks, infusing organic materials into paper, paper molding and tinting.

Starting Saturday, July 13, 8:30 – 10:30 am
Digital Photography: beginners and people with some experience will learn the bells and whistles of digital photography!  Maximum class size of 6 means lots of individual attention from instructor Kristen Pixler.

Starting Thursday, July 18, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Design and Composition Secrets: students will learn the secrets of composing a successful painting. Instructor Nicole Troup will provide demonstrations, and students will practice design and composition exercises, and then create a finished oil or acrylic painting.

Starting Monday, July 22, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Digital Photography Darkroom: students will learn to process, edit and manipulate digital photographs, enhance original images or create a new piece of art using the powerful tools in their own computers.  Maximum class size of 5 means lots of individual attention from instructor Kristen Pixler

Starting Wednesday, July 31, 6-8:30 pm
Cartooning and Comic Book Characters 101!: students age 11 & up will each create and design a protagonist, antagonist, and creative cartoon world where their story takes place, and then will create their own “zine”, a miniature comic book with these characters! Examples and materials will be provided by instructor Hannah Stephey

Starting Tuesday, August 6, 6-8:30 pm
Open Studio Colored Pencil: instructor Amy Lindenberger will guide students in colored pencil, using their own ideas & reference photos.

Starting Wednesday, August 14, 12 noon – 3pm
Painting Dogs & Cats in Watercolor: professional pet portrait artist Kent Roberts will demonstrate how to paint a realistic dog and cat. In hands-on practice, they will paint the softness of fur, the sparkle of the eyes, and dampness of the nose, as the animal seems to come alive.


One-time “Just for Fun!” Classes!

Friday July 12, 6-9 pm and Tuesday August 13, 6-9 pm Open Studio Canvas & Corks!: beginners, or painters who just want to have a fun night out, will do a one-night painting at the Council with instructor Sasha Coleman Arnett.

Unless otherwise described, all adult classes are open to ages 14 & up and are open to both beginning and intermediate students.  For prices, or other details about the Council’s classes, call 717-264-6883 or visit