Buffalo, NY

IndicatorArt in Buffalo

IndicatorArt in the Buffalo area meets in our studios on the third floor of The First Presbyterian Church at 9 Paine Street in East Aurora. Each workshop is six weeks long and culminates in a public gallery show or performance for friends and family on the seventh week. In addition, we hold photography and plein air (outdoor) classes at various satellite locations around the area.

Note: Participants need to be accompanied by an aide or caregiver, although multiple participants from a group home setting may be accompanied by a single aide.

Our Classes

  • Painting
  • Mixed Media
  • Photography
  • Musical Improv
  • Drawing

Our class offerings change throughout the year, and private lessons are available upon request. Please see below for a list of Buffalo's upcoming classes that are currently open for enrollment.

Student paintings on coffee shop wall

Announcements

Our first classes of 2020 have already started, but new classes start in March! Enroll now before they fill up.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • LOCATION

    The First Presbyterian Church
    9 Paine St., Third Floor
    East Aurora, NY 14052

  • CONTACT PERSON

    Joan Barten
    Regional Director
    joanbarten@indicatorart.org
    203-246-4989

  • CLASS TIMES

    Classes meet once a week for six weeks and usually last for one hour

  • COST

    $175 per student*
    ($160 for instruction/$15 for supplies)

    We offer a 20% discount if a student signs up for more than one class at a time

Your Teachers

Joan Barten

Joan Barten

Regional Director

Joan has been painting oil and encaustic works for 30 years, and she was a resident artist at Silvermine Art Community and RedFish Studios. She has degrees in Art History and Art Education, and is active in several non-profit organizations. In addition to managing the Western New York branch of IndicatorArt, she is a hands-on mixed media and painting instructor for the program.

Specializations: Mixed Media and Painting

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Amanda Marlinski

Amanda Marlinski

Art and Photography Instructor
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Jenni Spear

Jenni Spear

Volunteer/Art Instructor
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Upcoming Classes

Art Materials and Methods 

Students discover and explore a wide range of artistic processes and materials, including drawing with pencil and charcoal, experimenting with pastels, and painting with water color. All materials are provided.

When:   Starting the week of March 9, 2020

Cost:     $175


Class days and times vary. To reserve a spot or for more information, contact Joan Barten at joanbarten@indicatorart.org or 203-246-4989


IndicatorArt Music Collective

Indicator Art Music Collective is a six week music program where students explore different instruments to discover their strengths and interests, then work together to improvise and create musical pieces. During the final class, they have an open rehearsal/performance for family and friends.

Instruments are provided, but students are welcome to bring their own instruments.

When:   Next class coming soon

Cost:     $175


Class days and times vary. To reserve a spot or for more information, contact Joan Barten at joanbarten@indicatorart.org or 203-246-4989


Let’s Paint Like… (Famous Artist Series)

New for 2020!

Students explore the painting style of a different famous artist (e.g. Picasso, Van Gogh, Cezanne, or Monet) each week for six weeks. Our instructor guides these surveys in a friendly studio setting that combines hands-on exploration with light elements of art history, relatable details from the artist’s life, and famous works of art.

Students then explore the same techniques employed by these artists to create an original work or an interpretation of an existing one, which will be presented to the public in a group show. 

All materials provided.

When:   Starting the week of March 9, 2020

Cost:     $175


Class days and times vary. To reserve a spot or for more information, contact Joan Barten at joanbarten@indicatorart.org or 203-246-4989


Mixed Media

Students build up the surface of a canvas by combining pastel, charcoal, and acrylic painting techniques with a variety of non-paint materials such as plaster, organic elements, cloth, and cardboard. The finished abstract expressionist works are then presented to the public in a group show.

All materials provided. Multiple class days/times available.

When:   Starting the week of March 9, 2020

Cost:     $175


Class days and times vary. To reserve a spot or for more information, contact Joan Barten at joanbarten@indicatorart.org or 203-246-4989


A student painting a canvas

Painting

Students learn a specific process of acrylic painting as they work on the same piece over the course of 6 weeks, from a blank canvas to completion. They also participate in collaborative paintings during the class cycle, too. Along the way, instructors will introduce aspects of color theory, perspective, and various approaches to paint application, always mindful of each student’s capabilities.

At the end of the course, the paintings will be presented in a group show for friends and family.

All materials are provided.

When:   Starting the week of March 9, 2020

Cost:     $175


Class days and times vary. To reserve a spot or for more information, contact Joan Barten at joanbarten@indicatorart.org or 203-246-4989


Photography

Students learn the fundamentals of point and shoot photography as they are taught how to see the world around them in a new way. The first class (instruction and orientation) is held in the studio. After that, students meet at a variety of scenic locations around the Buffalo area, where they can explore and take photos. The final class is held in the studio again, where the instructor reviews the photos with the students and helps them each select a final photograph to be printed, framed, and included in a group show.

A digital camera is provided.

When:   Next class coming soon

Cost:     $175


Class days and times vary. To reserve a spot or for more information, contact Joan Barten at joanbarten@indicatorart.org or 203-246-4989


The Original Scene

Plein Air Painting

Coming this spring!

Students gather at the same outdoor location for the six week session, where they learn about and practice the traditional style of plein air painting, or landscape painting with acrylics. Along the way, students are exposed to basic elements of composition, color theory, and the use of values and light, as they create a finished work that will be presented to the public in a group show.

All materials provided.

Plein Air Painting is offered in two six-week sessions starting in May and again in August. Classes will be held on Saturday or Sunday evenings.

When:   Starting the week of May 2, 2020

Cost:     $175


Class days and times vary. To reserve a spot or for more information, contact Joan Barten at joanbarten@indicatorart.org or 203-246-4989


Sculpture & 3D Art

New for 2020!

Students experiment with modeling clay and other materials, including random objects and organic materials, to create a final 3D sculpture, installation, mosaic or relief. 

All materials are provided.

When:   Next class coming soon

Cost:     $175


Class days and times vary. To reserve a spot or for more information, contact Joan Barten at joanbarten@indicatorart.org or 203-246-4989


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