Teens & Adults

Mill Art Center & Gallery provides an environment in which the community can express and develop their artistic abilities through instruction, observation and interaction with professional artists. Our unique blend of classroom studios and professional gallery exhibition space encourages students to immerse themselves in art, with inspiration from instructors and the art that surrounds them. 
Children and teen classes follow the public school calendar. Arrangements may be made with specific instructors for make-up classes. Gift certificates for art classes and art purchases are available.

photoshop for the beginner

Adobe Photoshop helps you bring out the best in your photographs.    You’ll learn how layers, selections, masks, and filters help you make a great image and find out why resolution, file formats, and color profiles matter. Students will break down commonly-heard technical jargon so you know what others are saying and you’ll learn keyboard commands that will make your work easier.  By the end of this class you’ll be confident and comfortable working in Adobe Photoshop and know how to troubleshoot when problems arise. 

Instructor:  Mary Rapp Reakes                                                                                                                                                                          

Who :: Teens and Adults                                                                                                                                                               

Fees :: $25/hour (one on one) Register                                                                                                                                                                    

Days and times are flexible

WATER COLOR applications and techniques - landscape paintings

This class will explore the three applications for watercolor and the related textures found in landscape painting.  Regardless of any medium, be it oil, acrylic or watercolor, these textures must be “symbolized” with the brush and technique.  Understanding symbolism, shape and texture will make painting more understandable.  Working with watercolor will also become easier once we understand how the “water” reacts to “water”.  We also can’t forget about the paper, it’s use and critical part of the equation. This class will teach you how to get the paper to work for you, not against you.

Instructor ::  Paul Taylor                                                                                                                                                                                              Who ::  Adults   Fees ::  $90 for 6 consecutive classes (supplies included)                                                                                           

 Fee :: $90 for 6 consecutive classes (supplies included) ::  Register                 

Class Dates ::  Tues. 10:15 - 12:15 :  RETURNING IN 2017 (Dates will be announced)                                                                                                                                                                                  


This is a class for students of all levels with basic instruction in chalk-pastel techniques. We will immerse ourselves in color exploration. Emphasis on figure drawing, portraiture and still life composition.

Instructor :: Jane O'Donnell
Who :: Teens and Adults
Fee :: $85 for 6 classes, plus $5 surcharge (two class sessions w/ models) :: Register
Class Dates :: Weds. 2:00-4:00.


You've always known you had talent, and now you have a little time to spend on yourself. Learn to draw, from the basics! With demonstrations and careful one-on-one lessons, Denise will start you drawing in black and white. Learn how to sketch the things you see, then how to draw the forms, shadows, and perspective. Learn to create a pleasing composition. Drawing techniques will be introduced. Color and painting techniques will be introduced.

Instructor:: Denise Heischman
Fee :: $90 for 6 classes :: Register 
Who :: Teens and Adults
Class Dates (NEW) :: Thursday, 1:30 - 3:30PM


With Denise you will have individualized instruction in traditional and mixed media. She will work with you on painting and drawing fundamentals and at advanced levels. Discussions on concepts, personal directions and techniques are all part of this course.

Instructor:: Denise Heischman
Fee :: $90 for 6 classes :: Register 
Who :: Teens and Adults
Class Dates (NEW) :: Friday 10:00 - 12:00 (Ongoing year round)


Work in a variety of media to expand your skills and develop your personal drawing and painting style. Individualized instruction allows you to focus on your interests. All types of media are available.

Instructor:: Denise Heischman
Fee :: $90 for 6 classes :: Register
Who :: Teens and Adults
Class Dates (NEW) :: Thursday, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

PORTFOLIO CLASS - Portfolio Series

Round out your portfolio for college submission. Our instructor has reviewed portfolios for students applying to college art programs, and taught Drawing and Design for RIT. Don't let another semester go by and get caught unprepared during your busy senior fall application time! Ongoing class.

Instructor :: Denise Heischman
Fee :: $90 for 6 classes :: Register
Who :: High School students or college transfers /adults
Class Dates (NEW) :: Thursday. 6:00 - 8:00 PM


Explore painting with oils AND portraiture in one class! Enjoy the experience of working with a live model as you learn to mix colors and systematically build your portrait. Value analysis and drawing principles examined, developing skills at your own pace. Model fee included.

Instructor :: Jane O'Donnell
Who :: Teens and Adults, beginner to advanced
Fee :: $95 per 6 classes :: Register
Class Dates :: Tuesdays 3:30 - 5:30 PM (4 students minimum)

2 D IN THE STUDIO - Portfolio Series

One of the portfolio series designed to encourage young artists to grow in their skills and develop their repertoire. Work with a variety of media, including Photoshop. Learn the fundamentals of design composition, a necessity for all 2D media. Discover your own style.

Instructor :: Denise Heischman
Who :: Ages 11 and up
Fee :: $90 for 6 classes :: Register
Class Dates :: Thursday, 6:00 - 8:00 PM (Ongoing:  September - June)

DRAWING FIGURES & FACES - Portfolio Series

Learn how to render people, likenesses, hands and feet: the really tough stuff when it comes to drawing people! Loosen up with several quick gesture drawings of live models, then focus on longer studies of the human form. This is a necessity for the future art major's portfolio. Models will be clothed. Bring a kneaded eraser and a large drawing pad. Students will also work from a life sized accurate skeleton

Instructor :: Jane O'Donnell and Denise Heischman
Who :: Ages 12 and up
Fee :: $90 for 6 classes :: Register
Class Dates (NEW) :: Thursday. 6:00 - 8:00 PM (Ongoing: September - June)


Expert instruction for all levels in oil and acrylics. Students will use still life to explore color, design and composition, or you may work on their individual projects. Bring your canvas and painting supplies. Call Lanna for supply list. (585)-624-3585

Instructor:: Lanna Pejovic
Who :: Teens and Adults
Fee :: $90 for 6 classes :: Register
Class Dates :: Wednesdays, 9:30 to 12:30, (Ongoing: September - June)