Your browser is not optimized for viewing this website.

More information »


Filter by Category

Adult Workshops

In-Person 6-week Adult Improv Class


with Joseph Conto

Calendar Sep 22, 2021 at 6:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Wednesdays September 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20 & 27, 6:30-8:30pm 

Break out of your comfort zone! Shake off the cobwebs of quarantine! Join Joe Conto and flex your Improv muscles. New to Improv? No problem. Not so new but need a refresher (hey, it's been a long year)? We've got you covered. Get ready to have some fun...

COVID Safety Requirements:

This class is open to students who are fully vaccinated by the date of the class. By registering you acknowledge you are aware of this, and will be asked to show proof of vaccination at the door.

Joe Conto has been with Montreal Improv Theatre in Montreal, Quebec for 10 years.  First as a student and then as a performer and instructor.  He has taught all levels of experience as well as in classic improv formats such as Harold, Armando, Pretty Flower and Narrative.  He has performed at festivals in New York City, Toronto, Ottawa, Boston, Burlington and Hartford, and has also competed and placed first in Montreal’s city-wide Threepio Competition.  He has studied under improv notables Armando Diaz, Will Hines, Jill Bernard and Kirsten Rasmussen.  Joe Conto continues to teach in Montreal while employed as the Department Chair of Business & Hospitality with Paul Smith’s College.  Most recently, he has begun teaching improv in the tri-lakes area at both BluSeed Studios and Lake Placid Center for the Arts. 

Will run

Mounting & Framing Watercolors with Sarah Yeoman (Online Class)


with Sarah Yeoman

Calendar Sep 29, 2021 at 5 pm

Wednesday, Sept 29th, 5:00-7:00 Eastern, All levels

Calling all watercolor students! Many students have asked for it, now here's your chance to watch Sarah Yeoman as she shares her step by step process for mounting and framing watercolors without glass. Participants do not need supplies for this tutorial. A full list of materials used will be shared with participants during the workshop. Get ready to learn how to proudly display all of your own works. 

Exploring Color: A World of Color Out of 3 (Online Class)


with Cynthia Rosen

Calendar Oct 6, 2021 at 5 pm

Wednesday, Oct 6th, 5:00-7:00pm Eastern

Just in time for the Fall colors! Join Cynthia Rosen for the second in a series of four stand-alone classes exploring all aspects of COLOR to expand your overall skills set. These skills can be transfered to multiple mediums in your artistic arsenal.

From Cynthia:

For for this series, we will be focusing on color, thank you to (and based on) the suggestion of a workshop attendee. Not all 4 workshops need to be taken, as each one will present different color combinations and will teach a different aspect related to color theory, ultimately providing for a good understanding of warm and cool colors, how they mix and how they relate to values, etc. October 6th we will focus on the world of colors that can be created using 3 main colors.

The reference image below will be used. I have provided 4 views of the same scene in order to help people learn to see themselves as divergent thinkers. Each view focuses on different aspects of the scene. This paper is to be printed out and is basically to be viewed as a warm up for the workshop as well as a guide for painting. 

Recommended Supplies:

Paints: For the second session on Oct 6th, attendees should have ready a palette of Prissian Blue, Medium Red, Medium Yellow and White. Cynthia will provide a super quick refresher on perspective and composition as we sketch the image onto our surface so we can then dive into our colors.  

Reference Image

Click here to view/download the reference image for class!

Please keep this printout for the next workshop as well. The more familiar people become with an image, the more they will be free to explore and truly understand colors. Cynthia has chosen this image as it has perspective, a variety of shapes and values as well as sensitive color changes. It should take us far with a lot of lessons inherent in it.  

Question? Please contact 

Black Narratives: 4-Part Series


with Janelle Gray

Calendar Oct 7, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Thursdays, Oct 7, 14, 21 & 28, 6:30EST/5:30CST

This 4-week class will explore art forms such as literature, television, art and song in order to appreciate and analyze Black narratives. Janelle will guide the class in reading work from classic authors such as Toni Morrison and James Baldwin to the more modern Glory Edim and Danez Smith, listening to music by Nina Simone and Lauryn Hill, analyzing Black art commonly shared on Instagram, and discussing the narratives of TV shows like The Cosby Show, Black-ish and Dear White People to name a few.

The class will contemplate the historical and political context surrounding these pieces, the message and why it’s needed and the impact of the art on our communities. The goal is for audiences to develop a broader artistic palette that may provide insight into parallel experiences that would otherwise go unseen. By doing so, the hope is that we all come to respect and hear these forms of expression and ultimately see Black art as simply art. This class is appropriate for adults and young people ages 15+

*Can’t make all the classes? They will be recorded and a video link will made available to participants for a limited time!

Janelle Gray 

Janelle Gray is a creative and instructor from Dallas, Texas. She is a creative writer, blogger, podcaster, producer, teacher, student, and creative writing consultant with experience in assistant directing short films. Gray produces and publishes under her company, All A Gray Area. To date, she has four published books, a CD titled Handle This, and a portfolio of plays, short films, TV series, and feature films. Gray holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Spanish and is a graduate of Harvard University Extension School with a Master of Liberal Arts in Creative Writing and Literature. She is a doctoral student at The University of Texas at Dallas where she also teaches Rhetoric.

 Gray is also the founder and co-producer of Echoes Media — a social justice organization dedicated to eradicating discrimination by promoting platforms to unseen communities. She is passionate about empowering others to use their voices and share their stories in effort to foster a more empathetic and connected global community.

Scholarships Available

If the cost of this class is a barrier, we encourage you to email Tara Palen at, as scholarships may be available.

International Payments

Participating from outside the US? Contact Tara Palen ( and she will help you process your registration payment! 

Forgot password?
Staff Log In