School of Cultural Arts


Students may register online using the link below, or in person at the IAC Gallery at Westfield South Shore Mall, 1701 Sunrise Highway, Bay Shore, NY 11706. Students may also call 631-888-3525.

Arts Council Members receive a 10% Membership Discount on all Classes and Workshops

• FINE ARTS CLASSES inlcude six weekly sessions / Class Fee $145
• ONLINE MASTER CLASSES consist of four video sessions and can be taken at will / Class Fee $80
• WORKSHOPS vary in length and fee amount
• YOGA CLASSES inlcude six weekly sessions / Class Fee $67


Painting for Beginners & Advanced

Wednesdays With Anthony D’Avino / 6-8pm
  • Learn to paint like a professional. Individualized attention and guided instruction allows each artist to develop at their own pace. Instructor will address Color theory, composition, perspective, and the figure. Mature teens and adults.
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    Session 5: July 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22

Oil and/or Acrylics

Wednesdays With Randy Weisbin / 10:30am-12:30pm OR 1-3pm
  • Students work in oils and/or acrylics on subjects of their choice. Individualized instruction for the beginner or advanced student. Drawing, tonal value, color theory, composition, and other basic techniques are addressed as needed.
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    Session 7A: Sept 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19

    Session 8A: Oct 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 30, Dec 7

    Session 7B: Sept 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19

    Session 8B: Oct 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 30, Dec 7

Watercolor for Kids

Sundays With Jody Banaszak / 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Students will learn the basics techniques of watercolor painting. Step-by-step demonstration will be given with personal instruction.

    Session 1: Sept 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16

Pastels/Colored Pencil

Fridays Marlene Bezich / 10am-12pm
  • This class allows both Pastel & Colored Pencil Artists to study their medium of choice! Individual attention goes to both mediums through separate demonstrations/lectures. All levels of expertise are welcomed.
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    Session 6: Sept 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, 14

    Session 7: Oct 28, Nov 4, 11, Dec 2, 9, 16

Watercolor for All

Mondays With Jody Banaszak / 1-3pm OR 6-8pm
  • Students will learn the basics and advanced techniques of watercolor painting. Step-by-step demonstration will be given with personal instruction.
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    Session 6: Aug 26, Sept 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 10

    Session 7: Oct. 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28

    Session 8: Dec. 12, 19, 26, Jan. 2, 5, 16

    Session 1: Jan. 30, 2023 Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6

Introduction to Waterscape & Wildlife Photography

Thursdays With John Cardone / 10:30am-12:30pm
  • This class, designed for the beginner to intermediate levels, is interactive as John brings up topics and hands out weekly photo-shoot assignments to get you involved. Take lots of outdoor pictures and come prepared to discuss your photo work while learning from others. Topics include: camera features, the technical side, waterscape photo composition & techniques, natural lighting, panorama photography, wildlife photography—including the challenge of birds in-flight, understanding sequential photography and settings, a look at macro photography. Students will mat one of their own photos and create a class photo calendar from the best outdoor photographs using Vista Print. A $20 materials fee is paid to the instructor.

    Session 2: July 28, Aug 4, 11, 18, 25, Sept 1

Live Figure Drawing

Tuesdays / 12:00 noon-2:00pm
  • Draw, Paint, or Sculpt from a Live Model at the Gallery! Draped or undraped, you will have the opportunity to study the figure and hone your live drawing skills. Bring your preferred art materials Class meets without an instructor.

    Session 2: Aug 30, Sept 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct 4

Drawing & Sketching

Fridays With Marlene Bezich / 1pm—3pm
  • This time honored medium is essential to any artist’s education. Class will cover the many types of papers and techniques surrounding Charcoal and Pencil rendering. Still Life subjects will be available and if possible a portrait sitting. The art of the “Quick Sketch” will be explored as well as many other drawing exercises. Students will leave the class with a better understanding and appreciation for creating in black and white.
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    Session 6: Sept 9, 16, 23, Oct 7, 14

    Session 7: Oct 28, Nov 4, 11, Dec 2, 9, 16

Stained Glass

Thursdays With Susan Rus / 1-3pm
  • Students will learn the basics of the copper-foil method of stained glass making. Subjects covered will include making a pattern, cutting the glass, copper foiling, soldering, and adding the finishing touches to hang your piece. Students should bring scrap clear glass to practice glass cutting. The glass specific to you project can be brought to the second class. Instructor will supply some beginner pattern choices.
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    Session 4: July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11

College Portfolio Development

Saturdays / 2-4pm
  • For those wishing to attend art college, this class will provide students with the skills necessary to create successful pieces for their portfolio. Projects will be tailored to each individual at any stage of portfolio development. Guidance on what colleges and universities will look for will be discussed, and feedback on your existing portfolio will be given. Please bring some examples of your recent best work for a critique on the first class.

    Session 1 August 6, 13, 20, 27, September 3, 10


Paint Like a Master: Paint and Sip Series - Paul Cezanne

Saturday, Aug 20 / 5:00-7:30pm

Fee: $40
  • In this 2.5 hour workshop, you will create a reproduction of Cezanne's "Apples and Biscuits" and learn about his painting technique. Wine, snacks, and supplies included.

Collage Being-Finding Yourself with scissors and paper

Saturday, Sept 3 / 1:00-3:00pm

Fee: $35
  • Join our artist as we learn about the history, techniques and creative process of creating collage art! Supplies included.

Plein Air Painting

Session 2: Sunday, August 14 / 11:00am-1:00pm

Session 3: Sunday, August 21 / 11:00am-1:00pm

Fee: $25
  • Plein air painting is an age-old practice of painting in the open air. It became popular by the French Impressionists who were fascinated with the nuances of changing light on color out in nature. Studio light is quite static as well as artificial light affects color. Putting paint in tubes was invented in the mid 1800’s and that freed up artists to be mobile and paint on location wherever that might be - so leave your four walls and escape outdoors to experience the difference! All skill levels and mediums are invited to join our NEW Plein Air Painting Workshops, which will be held in the beautiful and historic Connetquot River State Park Preserve. Students will learn how to apply painting techniques to their pieces, while painting from life within the open fields of nature.

action painting for kids

Saturday, August 27 / 12 noon-2pm

Fee: $35
  • In this workshop for children ages 9+ students will learn techniques of abstract expressionism and drip, splash, and smear paint across the canvas to create their own unique work of art.

build and sing with puppets

6-week Workshop for high school students / Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 / 4-5:30pm

Fee: $145
  • Join professional puppet builder and Sesame street puppeteer Austin Costello for a special workshop for high school students. They will build their own muppet-style pupppets and learn how to manipulate them on camera. Paul Little, composer, musician and conductor will help students create their own songs for their puppets to perform. All puppet making supplies are included in this workshop.


Chair Yoga

Thursdays With Angela STRYNKOWSKI 10:00-11:15am
  • This gentle yoga class uses the support of a chair for yoga poses and gentle stretches. Participants will learn how to breathe more efficiently and move with mindfulness, while stretching and toning their bodies. Safe for anyone with limited mobility, pregnant women, and those with existing medical conditions.

    Session 4: June 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14

Gentle Restorative Yoga

Tuesdays With Angela STRYNKOWSKI 9:30-10:45am
  • Gentle Restorative Yoga blended with Pranayama (yogic breathing practices) for balancing, healing, and calming the body and mind. Restorative Yoga uses a generous amount of Yoga Props (blocks, bolsters and blankets) to allow the body and mind to let go and deeply relax into each posture. The majority of this class is on the floor and is suitable for all levels. Props will be supplied.

    Session 4: June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 5, 12


Fee for a Master Class is $80. After registration, you’ll receive an email confirmation with a link to attend your purchased master class. Any questions please contact the Islip Arts Council at

The Ancient Art of Chinese Calligraphy

With Winnie Tsai
  • Learn the beautiful and ancient art of Chinese calligraphy

    Class 1: The History of Chinese Calligraphy and Simple Characters
    Understand the tools (brush, ink paper)
    Learn to recognize & read simple characters
    Practice strokes

    Class 2: The Eight Strokes of the Yong
    Understand the importance of the YONG
    Practice writing the YONG.
    Learn to recognize & read more complex characters
    Exercises to develop brush control and build fluidity - Straight strokes

    Class 3: Writing Phrases
    Learn to recognize & read advanced characters
    Learn to fold a rice paper sheet to achieve artistic balance
    Learn to Write phrases

    Class 4: Painting (Writing) Bamboo
    How to properly load your brush with ink
    Learn to paint bamboo using calligraphic techniques
    Signing your work

Art to Graffiti Poetry

with Isabella Calisi-Wagner
  • Write your own work of art.

    Class 1: Graffiti Poetry in Black and White
    Intro to the “Color Meditations”
    Exploring the freewriting process
    Selecting words from your “Freewrite”
    Drafting your Graffiti Poetry Artwork using a #2 Pencil

    Class 2: The Color of Graffiti Poetry using Color Pencils
    Practice the "Color Meditations” Freewriting process
    Selecting the most colorful ideas from your “Freewrite”
    Drafting your Graffiti Poetry Artwork using Color Pencils

    Class 3: Blending the Colors of Graffiti Poetry with Pastels
    Refining the editing process of your “Freewrite”
    More considerations and editing and drafting your Graffiti Poetry Artwork
    Considerations for Combining writing and color to the Graffiti Poetry

    Class 4: The Dynamic Colors of Graffiti Poetry using Spray Spritzers
    How to create a Spray Spritzer using acrylic paint and water
    Considerations for combining writing and spraying color to your Graffiti Poetry Artwork

Upcycling: Turn Junk Mail Into Jewelry

with Melissa Ramos
  • Your mailbox is a mine that is full of fabulous gems. Learn how to make jewelry out of restaurant menus, travel brochures, coupons and magazines.

    Class 1: Rolling Out The Gems - Necklaces
    Learn how to create the basic building blocks of necklaces, belts and bracelets using Crazy Glue, a chopstick and junk mail.

    Class 2: Jewelry with a Twist - Earrings
    Design unique earrings using the fashion ads.

    Class 3: Coasters and More
    Create colorful coasters for your coffee table using old restaurant menus and magazine pages.

    Class 4: An Ear For Style - Headpieces
    Turn those heavy, glossy real estate post cards or political mailings into perfectly pretty head wear.


with Ward Hooper
  • Bring your watercolors to a new level as Ward takes you step by step from a gray value sketch to a finished painting.

    Lesson 1: A Boathouse
    Learn how to use large shapes, saved whites, and work with large brushes for a fresh, colorful, dynamic result.

    Lesson 2: Still Life - Floral
    Learn how to apply one stroke leaves and paint bright tulips, yellow daisies, and a variety of floral shapes in a glass container with contrasting greens.

    Lesson 3: Landscape with Water - A bridge with millhouse and pond reflections
    This dynamic composition of a bridge across a large pond is an opportunity to include all the landscape elements of sky, trees, bridge, and reflections in water.

    Lesson 4: Landscape and Perspective – A barn on back country road with distant hills in background
    Apply contrasting colors while utilizing perspective in a landscape.

Color - The Language of Artists

with Marlene Bezich
  • Lesson 1: The Basics
    Instructor Introduction; Materials Review; The Color Wheel; Color “Language” of the Masters

    Lesson 2: Color in the Landscape
    Creating a Value Sketch Examining Lights Effect on Color; Atmospheric Color Perspective; Guiding the Eye Using Color Learn to Render Using Photographs

    Lesson 3: Our Furry & Feathered Friends
    I Do Not “See” that Color; Dynamic Lighting and Color Manipulation; Working from Photographs; Composing a Successful Portrait

    Lesson 4: The Human Head
    Skin Tone Colors; The Importance of Value and Lighting; Constructing a Dynamic Rendition “Pushing” Values Using Color Identifying Color Values from Photographs; Render a Self Portrait by looking in a mirror or from a Photograph

Getting Started at the Piano with Elinor Zayas

with Elinor Zayas
  • In this 4-week master class for beginners and returning students music educator Elinor Zayas will teach piano-playing techniques and basic music theory.

    Lesson 1: History of the Piano/Proper posture/Hand Positions
    The Musical Alphabet; Black Key Groups; Five-finger position on “C”, both hands; Note movement: Up/Down; Common note values, rests; Simple melodies in 5-finger C position- C-D-E Songs; C Major scale, Right hand/Left hand

    Lesson 2: Basics of Notation
    Treble Clef-Introduction to the Staff; Stepwise vs. Skipping movements of notes; ; Reading/playing melodies in C major; Five-finger position on “G”; Simple melodies in 5-finger G position; G Major scale, Right hand/Left hand; Learn a song

    Lesson 3: Bass Clef Notation/ Chords/Meter
    Becoming familiar with the bass notation; Constructing chords; Explanation of common meters: 4/4, 3/4, 2/4 time, and rests; Unison exercises to develop facility in both hands; Creating an accompaniment to a melody- chordal, solid/broken; Learn another song based

    Lesson 4: Putting It All Together
    Ode to Joy - learning the Treble Clef melody, with fingerings; Ode to Joy- learning the Bass Clef chords, with fingerings. Playing with both hands!

Drawing: “The Beginning”

With Marlene Bezich
  • Part 1: “The Building Blocks” (materials overview, Examining the Egg, Simple Still Life, value identification)

    Part 2: “Behold the Landscape” (maintaining a Sketchbook, “Quick Sketch”, Utilize Thumbnails, Design and Compositional Elements)

    Part 3: “Our Furry & Feathered Friends” (Utilize Basic Shapes, Working from Photographs, composing a Successful Portrait, Homework- Render a Sketch of any Animal or Bird from a Photograph or from Life)

    Part 4: “The Human Head” (Basic Plumb lines and Guides, The Importance of Value, Constructing a Dynamic Rendition)

Spanish Guitar

with Professor Gerry Saulter
  • This 4 segment video instructional program will guide you through the world of the Spanish guitar. With registration students will receive a link for a FREE bilingual pdf Manual de Guitarra method book provided by Alhambra Guitars of Spain. In just a few fun, spirited lessons this engaging and interactive course will take you from being a novice to playing in the Spanish guitar style.

Origami: The Art of the Fold

with Shrikant Iyer
  • Part 1. Introduction to Origami: Learn about this ancient Japanese art form; about how to select the paper and prepare for projects. You will make a simple practical pocket for all uses which needs no special paper or prior knowledge.

    Part 2. Covering the Base-Ics: You will learn how the beginning folds form the basis and how they can be used in a variety of different projects. Additionally, you will learn basic terminology and, make some fun origami models which can be used at your next party or just to decorate your home or office.

    Part 3. Money Money Money! Folding $ bills is great fun. People love seeing and receiving folded currency as gifts. We will make some neat, fun $ folds which are guaranteed to impress and spread the “wealth”.

    Part 4. The Crane Belt: This lesson is a review of basic folding and you will learn how to make the Origami crane: the definitive symbol of origami.