Classes And Workshops

Please register for classes as soon as possible after May 1 as class space may be limited.

Class fees are due at time of registration. There is a registration form at the back of this catalogue. You may also register by phone 315 646-3502. Checks may be mailed to Sackets Harbor Arts Center, PO Box 237, Sackets Harbor, NY 13685.

Occasionally we need to cancel a class due to low enrollment. If a class is canceled students will be notified and fully refunded. If a student needs to withdraw from a class they may do so and receive a full refund up to two weeks before the class begins. If a student fails to show up for a class no refund is granted.

As a courtesy to our instructors who travel from all over NY State to teach at our Arts Center please follow these guidelines as closely as possible.

We have a great assortment of classes this summer at Sackets Harbor Arts Center: drawing, painting, photography, creative writing, jewelry making and experimental processes. Please note that some of our classes are for all ages, others exclusively for kids or adults/teens. And also note that in some classes all supplies are included, and other classes may require the students to bring their own supplies.

Download a copy of our 2017 Program Guide here.

Meet our artists

Charlotte Foster
As a long-time resident of Watertown, NY and upon my husband's early retirement from Niagra Mohawk Power Company (now National Grid), I explored the world of painting and found a new world of color, light, the play of shadows and the beauty of nature found in the world around us. What a liberating experience! Today, I'm still learning, painting and expressing myself through my art by teaching and entering art competitions. I have taught "one stroke" painting for 13 years and have won several awards at the AANNY Spring Art Show. In addition, I am a proud charter member of The Arts Association of Northern New York, established in 2000,  which is located in Sackets Harbor NY. Our remodled building, known as the Sackets Harbor Arts Center, is circa 1809, and helps to promote the arts in Northern New York. 
Bill Christopherson
Bill Christopherson has been a recognized artist in the North Country for many years, having received award recognition at many NYS juried art shows, including Central Adirondack Show, Old Forge;  the Along The Rivers Edge Art Show, Clayton; and the annual Sackets Harbor Spring Art Show. He paints in mediums of watercolor, acrylic and oils, in impressionistic style and is an avid outdoor "plein air" painter. 

Eileen Ditch 
Eileen is a retired Banker who continues to work with figures. The figures she works with now are created with water, instead of ink. Her success with watercolor proves you don’t need a formal art education in order to have fun. Since retirement in 2005, Eileen has spent winter months in Mount Dora, Florida. She takes classes at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts with Jackie Molsick. She’s studied the art of water color with Lynn Ferris, AWS.NWS, Don Getz AWS NWS, Tom Jones, Janet Rogers, AWS, and Jane Slivka. While at home in Henderson Harbor, NY she has the advantage of living on the lake. The beautiful colors of the season changes inspire her beach and boat paintings. A true multi-tasker, Eileen finds water coloring to be a relaxing way to spend some time away from it all. She plans to teach beginning water color during the summer of 2013 and welcomes all to join her in a weekly open studio at the AANNY Center in Sackets Harbor. 

Sue deLearie Adair
Sue's artwork is inspired by her love of the natural world, close to her home and far afield. A birder for 30 years, Sue is an avid naturalist who draws her inspiration and reference material directly from observations made in nature. She works various combinations of watercolor, colored and graphite pencils. Drawing is her favorite discipline, and wild birds are her favorite subjects. Sue's work has been juried into a number of national and international exhibts and her work has been selected for publication in four of the "Strokes of Genius" best of drawing books. Sue is a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists and the Colored Pencil Society of America.

Susan Murphy
Sue Murphy recently retired after teaching middle school art for 36 years. She has been a signature member of the Central New York Watercolor Society since 1986 and has had work shown in the Arkell Museum, the Munsen Williams Procter Institute and the Remington Museum. Most recently Sue had two paintings in the 2014 Cooperstown National Art Show. Sue believes that everyone can create art, they just need to try it!