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Water Street Studios School of Art


in Summer 2024

Acrylic Painting (North Classroom)


with Kelley Cappell

Calendar Jun 5, 2024 at 6:30 pm, runs for 5 weeks

This five-week course led by artist Kelley Cappell will introduce you to the beauty of acrylic painting and help you to create several finished compositions. A focus on simple subject matter such as florals, landscapes, paint pouring, and still life ensures that you can confidently learn and practice basic acrylic techniques. 

No previous art experience is required. for adults 16+ 

What students will need for the course:

  • Five, 9" x 12" or 11" x 14" primed canvas panels. 
  • Set of student grade acrylic paint (minimum of red, blue, yellow, black, and white).
  • Brush set (multiple size for painting).

*If a repeat session is offered, it could be ongoing for students to continue their projects and refine skills.

No class June 19.  Class resumes as scheduled the following week.



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Painting Romantic Landscapes - Hudson River School Style (North Classroom)


with Meaghan Green

Calendar Jun 27, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 7 weeks

Would you like to learn how to paint dreamy, beautiful landscapes in oil? Join this perfect summer painting class, for beginner to intermediate students and join this amazing painting adventure this summer! 

This painting class will be a wonderful opportunity to learn to paint gorgeous landscapes in oil! Join Water Street Studios art instructor, Meaghan Green, for a guided painting session learning step by step how to paint lovely landscapes in oil in this immersive guided 7 week session.

No Class on July 4th. Class will resume the following week.

The Hudson River School artists created sweeping, romantic landscapes that invited viewers to experience nature in a way that was both true to life and shockingly grand. Artists like Thomas Cole and Frederic Church drew on aesthetic principles of the sublime, atmospheric perspective, scale, color and light and technical skill to bring to life domestic and exotic views in oil paint. In this course, we’ll create oil landscapes that are not only inspired by the beauty and history of 19th century American landscape painters but reimagined for our modern context and students’ unique styles as developing painters.

Students will learn how to approach their landscape painting in a traditional way, which will include step by step guided painting using the following techniques:

  • composition and preliminary sketching
  • imprimatura underpainting
  • medium preparation
  • color mixing
  • brush work skills and tips and more.

This class is for beginners to intermediates 16+ and is the perfect hands on step by step introduction to the beautiful world of oil painting!

 Please purchase the following and bring to your first class:


  • Basic Set of Oil Paints, (*recommended [Utrecht, Gamblin, Blick's, or Grumbacher]: Cadmium Yellow Hue [cadmium free], Pthalo Blue, Titanium White, Cadmium Red Hue [cadmium free], Raw Umber, Yellow Ochre, students may choose to supplement with additional colors of their choice)
  • Brushes. (Mixed sizes such as Utrecht long handle Maglon Brush Set,  & Princeton Select Synthetic Brush Wave Oval Mop size 1inch or similiar)
  • Primed Wood Panel,  Ampersand Gessobord - 8" x 10", 1/8" Flat
  • Linseed oil (Gamblin Refined Linseed Oil - 4 oz bottle)
  • Brush Conditioner (The Masters Brush Cleaner and Preserver - Travel Size, 0.25 oz)
  • Conte Pencil (Conté à Paris Sketching Pencil - Sepia, Single Pencil)
  • 2 glass jars with lid (Such as mason jar, baby food jar, jam jar)
  • Rags or paper towels
  • Palette Knife
  • Palette Paper
  • Container to carry your supplies (Such as tool kit, and or sturdy canvas bag.)

Supplies available at

  •  *Students will leave with finished compositions and the skills to continue painting! Class can be repeated as needed to further develop and refine skills. * Class will not meet July 5th and will resume the following week. All registered painting students will have extra studio painting time(no instruction)  Sundays 1 - 3pm & the Water Street Classroom will be available to students  as part of registration for this class. *All skill levels are welcome, and no previous experience with oil painting is required; we’ll go over everything you need to get started! This class is for beginners to intermediates 16+ and is the perfect hands on step by step introduction to the beautiful world of oil painting!

Color Theory Painting Workshop (3 -D Classroom)


with Lacy Foy

Calendar Jun 28, 2024 at 5:45 pm, runs for 1 week

Ready to learn more about Color Theory?

 This two hour workshop will be jam packed with knowledge and fun!

Learn to mix an array of tints, shades and tones using Primary Colors and Black and White Acrylic Paint. 

Learn to create and mix;

● Primaries, Secondaries and Tertiary Colors

● Tints

● Shades

*For Beginners 16+ , WSS studio paints, brushes, house supplies  included.



Abstract Acrylic 'Pour' Painting Workshop (North Classroom)


with Kelley Cappell

Calendar Jul 13, 2024 at 1 pm, runs for 1 week

This FUN one day workshop led by artist Kelley Cappell will introduce you to the beautiful art of acrylic 'pour' painting and help you to create finished compositions!

Acrylic pour painting is a technique used to create paintings with flowing abstract patterns. The effect is created by combining acrylic paint with a liquid medium. This mixture is then “poured” onto a surface and spread around by means of tilting the surface or manually manipulating the paint.

The results are FUN and abstract! You will complete 4 paintings!

No previous art experience is required. (for 16+)

Included in class registration:

  • Four 11" x 14" primed(painted white) canvases. 
  • WSS will provide instruction and other art materials in registration.

 Course PNT.129.324.03

4 in 1 Bold & Bright Watercolor Painting - Paint and Sip for 21+ (North Classroom)


with Rosalie White

Calendar Jul 13, 2024 at 2 pm, runs for 1 week

Escape & create for two hours in this delightful bold and bright watercolor class!

Students will create four bold and bright watercolor designs at in this 2-hour class to frame or gift.

Explore the medium of watercolor paint and experiment with different simple techniques to create your own original watercolor art work.

Sign up with a friend and enjoy a fun time to socialize and enjoy the fun and relaxing practice of painting.

Beginners are welcome.

*Everything will be supplied:  paints, brushes just bring your enthusiasm. A drink ticket is included with registration. This is a perfect class for a relaxing creative friends & family get together!



Pet Portrait Workshop (North Classroom) * New Class


with Kelley Cappell

Calendar Jul 20, 2024 at 1 pm, runs for 1 week

Immortalize your beloved furry friend and create your own one-of-a-kind masterpiece!

Join us for a delightful pet portrait art class designed exclusively for adults ages 16 and up.

In this fun and imaginative workshop, you'll embark on a journey of artistic expression as you capture the unique personality and charm of your pet. Guided by experienced instructor, Kelley Cappell, you'll learn essential techniques in portrait drawing and painting, tailored specifically for capturing the essence of your companion.

No prior art experience is necessary – just bring your love for your pet and an open mind! Throughout the workshop, you'll enjoy a relaxed and supportive atmosphere, perfect for unleashing your inner artist and exploring different mediums and styles.

Best yet, you will leave the class with a heartfelt keepsake to cherish for years to come!

*Materials are included, please bring a large 8.5 x 11 photo of your pet, preferrably a head shot. (The bigger the photo the better.) 


Mid Summer 'Escapes' Watercolor (North Classroom)


with Jill Adzia

Calendar Jul 24, 2024 at 4:30 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Create what you love about Summer in this two week watercolor painting class!

We will cover Landscapes,  which include beach or lake scenes, sunny meadow scapes, river or forest inspired scenes....this watercolor class is ideal for anyone who enjoys watercolor painting inspired by NATURE.

 This class will include understanding balance and perspective, color mixing and applying layers & glazes for a dynamic art composition.  The use of warm and cool colors will also be introduced . Reference material is encouraged,  however the instructor will supply a variety of subject material.

Whether you're a seasoned artist or just beginning to explore your creative talents, all skill levels are warmly welcomed to join.  Prepare to embark on an unforgettable artistic adventure surrounded by fellow nature enthusiasts.

Students will leave with new skills to continue to paint after class! 

Please bring the following essentials to your first class:

  • Sketchbook (Your choice of size)
  • HB graphite pencil
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Roll of masking tape
  • Watercolor Pad 9 X 12 inch (140 lb cold press paper)
  • 3 Brushes (Small & Medium round, & larger)
  • Palette
  • 11"x14" foam board for mounting final project(if desired by student)

Water Street will have the following in house supplies for enrolled student use or please purchase your own supplies from the list below if you want to keep them after class:

  • Small Water Containers(2)
  • Classic Watercolor paint set (Winsor Newton)
  • Drawing Board 
  • Basic Watercolor pencil set

Don't miss your chance to bask in the beauty of summer's bounty and unleash your inner artist in our Mid Summer 'Escapes' in WATERCOLOR class. Enroll today and let your creativity bloom!


Introduction to Oil Painting Portraiture (For Teens 14 +) (3 - D Classroom)


with Nikki Kelsay

Calendar Jul 29, 2024 at 4 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Learn to paint with oils in this five session class.  This class guides students through the process of painting a portrait using oil paint. This session class will meet Monday July 29th, Wednesday July 31st, Friday August 1st, Monday August 5 and finish Wednesday August 7th. 

Students will go over the basics of oil painting and learn about color mixing, lean vs. fat, value (lights and darks), creating washes, underpainting, and grisaille. Both anatomy, and proportions will be discussed and practiced using oil paints. Students will create their own portrait paintings over the course of this 5-week class.

What you will need to bring to class on first day:

  • Oil Paints (Basic Set of colors): Burnt Umber, Titanium White, Ivory Black, Naples Yellow, Cadmium Red, Phthalo Blue, Cadmium Yellow, Sap Green, Alizarin Crimson.
  •  A Selection of brushes: #1/ #3/ #5 round brushes, #4 filbert brush, and 3/8” flat brush or similar; Turpentine, Linseed oil, paper palettes, a palette knife, small mason jar with Lid (for turpentine), Cotton Rags (2), brush cleaner(optional) and a bag or box to carry your supplies in.
  • 3 Canvases 11" x 14" or larger. 

* Supplies are readily available from stores such as Amazon, Dick Blick and Michaels. 

Class can be repeated to refine and build skills.


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