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A Guide to Studying
at the Atelier

The Atelier at Arlene's has been dedicated to developing creativity in our community since 2015. We are proud to work with an amazing group of talented local artists and instructors that bring the highest level of art education to every student. Classes and workshops are small ensuring everyone receives personalized instruction while benefiting from working in a group. Topics range over a wide variety of artistic pursuits and are geared to all experience levels. There is something for everyone and everyone is welcome to explore their creativity at Arlene's.

Atelier classes/workshops are both in-person and online on a semester basis. We schedule classes/workshops in the Spring, Summer, and Fall Semesters. Students can choose to take a one-day workshop or go in-depth with a class. Many students take several classes/workshops from the same instructor; others take a broad range of classes/workshops to get a diverse approach to creating their art. 

To further enrich the educational experience,  we offer
opportunities,  like Make and Takes, Markets, and exhibitions in our gallery.  These opportunities give students the necessary experience needed to thrive as professional working creatives/artists. 

There are no entrance requirements or examinations at the Atelier, and no previous art experience is required. Each class/workshop, whether in person or online, is clearly labeled as to what experience level they are for. Most classes are designed for beginners and experienced artists alike. Some classes and workshops will be labeled as INTERMEDIATE and in that case, previous experience in the medium is recommended. 


New students can explore the Atelier's offerings online. If you’re not sure which classes/workshops might be right for you, Arlene’s knowledgeable and experienced staff are happy to offer suggestions and advice. You can visit them in person at  57 Fuller Rd Albany, NY 12205 or over the phone at (518) 482-8882. Otherwise, email the Director of the Atelier, Andrew Ochal, at, and he will do his best to asset you. 



Registering for a Class/Workshop

Preregistration is required to attend all classes and workshops at Arlene’s. Students can register online at Otherwise, please come into the store, at 57 Fuller Rd Albany NY, or call us, at (518) 482-8881, to reserve your space. Registrations are accepted on a strictly first-come, first-registered basis. Click here to learn more about all our Registration Information & Policies.



Upon receipt of full payment, a confirmation email will be sent to the email provided. The confirmation notice contains important information regarding your workshop, including your supply list. Please add and to your safe sender list. Please note that our classes/workshops are typically held in the lower level of Arlene's. Because access to the lower level studio is available only by stairs, we ask that students let us know if using the stairs presents any difficulty for you in advance of the class/workshop so we can make alternate arrangements. In the event a student cannot access our lower-level studio the class/workshop it will be set up in our Paper Room, which is on the main level of the store. We want to make sure everyone is able to enjoy and participate in our classes. Please contact Andrew Ochal at or (518) 482-8881 regarding questions about accessibility.

Map of basement studio space.
Map of main level studio space.

The Atelier at Arlene’s is located inside Arlene’s Artist Materials. The advantage of being affiliated with an art supply store is that Arlene’s has everything students need for their class/workshop. Arlene’s knowledgeable staff of professional artist are here to help you select the right products for your artistic practice.

As a member, you get access to a wide range of benefits and offers only for members.  Members will receive at least 15% off at Arlene'sArtist Materials, a reduced rate on classes and workshops at the Atelier at Arlene’s and so much more.

The Atelier is committed to creating a safe place to foster the creativity of everyone in our community. View all the Atelier's policies and guidelines for more information about studying at the Atelier at Arlene's. 

The Academic Calendar is scheduled on a semester basis and is subject to change. Please check back for additional dates and details for future semesters.

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