Art Classes at Lockside Art Center

Lockside Art Center announces its 2016 Spring and Summer art class schedule. All classes are taught by experienced art instructors. Preregistration is required; please contact the instructor for more information, registration, and a supplies list. Additional classes may be available. More information on each class is available at the center, or call the instructors listed below. Classes may be available Monday through Friday days or evenings, and some classes are available on Saturdays.

The center is located at 21 Main Street at Pine, Suite 208, with convenient off-street parking behind the building. For more information, please call 716-478-0239, email LAC is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts organization.

Spring Art Classes


George V. Miller, award-winning artist teaches the renaissance approach to painting. This series of classes includes proper way to hold the brush, prepare the canvas, how to research subject matter, layout and composition, and the application of paint. These classes have proven successful for students at all levels. For more information, or to register, please contact George at 716-418-2664, or visit


Beginning and intermediate pastel painting for students 16 and up. Offered by award-winning artist Jeannette Pikturna. She will teach the grid drawing method, color selection, blending techniques, applying the medium, layering, adding pastel pencil. For more information or to register, contact Jeannette at 716-474-1229,


Award-winning artist Debbie Retzlaff teaches basic and intermediate Watercolor. Classes cover understanding watercolor brushes, paints and paper. Classes will cover fundamentals of watercolor painting, composition, color mixing and design. We will also learn some fun special effects of splatter, splash and pouring paint creating beautiful pictures along the way! A basic supply list will be provided at the first class. Please call to let us know if you have a Saturday or Evening preference for this class. For more information or to register, contact Debbie at 716-778-8337 or


Award-winning artist Debbie Retzlaff will introduce the basics of dry needle felting, a fun and easy process using pre-felted and raw wool. We will be making a one-of-a-kind 2” x 4” felted pin for wearing or used as an embellishment. Please call to let us know if you have a Saturday or Evening preference for this class. For more information or to register, contact Debbie at 716-778-8337 or


Offered by award-winning photographer Karen Gast of KAREN GAST PHOTOGRAPHY. This is a six-hour class over two days. On Saturday July 25, 10am-2pm, we will take photographs at Upson Park to Flight of Five, Clinton Street, Lockport. On Sunday, July 26, 2pm-4pm, we will look at and discuss the previous days photographs at Lockside Art Center, 21 Main at Pine.

Macro Photography
Creating HDR Style Photos & Programs to Use
Slow Shutter for Waterfalls
Depth of Field & Why to Check
Perspective & Angle of View
Using Wide Angle & Telephoto Lenses With Hoods
Filters UV & Polarizer - What Are They Used For
Tripods & How to Use Them
Telling a Story With Photos - The Collage

CLASS LEVEL- Intermediate to Advanced Amateurs (this is not a point & shoot class)

Short & Long Zoom Lenses
Lawn and Leaf Bag

COST- $125.00 For 2 Day Workshop, MUST BE PREPAID.

Call 434-2642 For Class and Payment Information. CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED.


Award-winning photographer Karen Gast of KAREN GAST PHOTOGRAPHY, Lockport, NY will offer beginners’ classes on "Introduction to digital photography" and "How to use your specific digital camera". Karen is an experienced local business owner and photographer with extensive expertise in framing, photography and photo restoration. Karen has had many interests but has a special place in her heart for the Erie Canal and the place it holds in our local history. Karen's attention to detail is evident in her work and in her teaching skills.

For more information or to register you may contact Karen at 716-434-2642 or,


Award-winning photographer Karen Gast will instruct students in a series of two- 2 hour classes on photo editing with Photoshop Elements (c) for beginners. Local award-winning photographer and business owner, Karen Gast has expertise in framing and in photo restoration in addition to over 50 years of photography experience. Karen enjoys the technical side of photography and is always on the cutting-edge.

Participants must attend both classes. Students will learn how to download images from their cameras, how to save and file them appropriately, how to adjust colors, remove red-eye, crop images, clone and other basic tasks using this program. Reference materials will be given to each student to take home along with bonus information on many websites to obtain free software programs. Participants will need to bring their cameras, memory card, extra batteries and manuals. If you have editing software such as Adobe Photoshop Elements©, please bring your laptop and charger.

For more information or to register you may contact Karen at 716-434-2642 or,