Adams County Arts Council – Supporting the arts in Adams County, PA

Adult Classes

The ACAC accepts credit card, cash, check, and PayPal transactions for payment. If you experience registration trouble online, please call 717-334-5006. Registrations and payments are accepted by phone. If you wish to pay with credit card, click the ‘Pay with Debit or Credit Card’ option after submitting the initial sign up form from the ACAC website. If you would like to make a payment through PayPal, a PayPal account is required.

Jewelry Making Classes at Adams County Arts Council

Beginning in January, local artist and jeweler Judy Pyle will be offering private and semi-private jewelry making classes in her arts council studio. The classes will meet for three hours once a week for four weeks, in either afternoons or evenings.

Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced and Enameling classes will be offered. Tools and materials will be provided, with the exception of precious metals and gems. Contact Judy at for more information. To see her work, go to


Thursdays, August 31-October 19, 9:15-10:15 am

Beginner Piano

Here’s your chance to learn to play the piano! Level 1 offers a fun and gentle introduction to the fundamentals. You’ll learn basic annotation and chords and play familiar songs in a low-key group setting. Individualized experience for each student.

Sharon Cooley

$105 ($95 members)

One spot left!  To register, please call 717-334-5006.


T’ai Chi Chih® – A Moving Meditation

Tuesdays, Sept. 5-October 24, 10:30-11:30a.m.

19 easy to learn movements and one posture. There are no special physical abilities required and standing, or seated, movements are done slowly and gently. It will bring balance and serenity to those who practice regularly. All levels welcome.

Margery Erickson

$90 ($80 members)

Registration closed.  If questions, please call 717-334-5006.

Vinyasa Yoga

Tuesdays, September 5-26, 5-6p.m.

Vinyasa means “Breath synchronized movement.” In this class, we will use flowing sequences and sun salutations to warm the body, giving ourselves the ability to reach new levels of flexibility, strength, balance and peace in our poses and practice. This form of yoga offers a range of health benefits as it encompasses all areas of mind, body and spirit. This class is suitable for both beginners and intermediate yogis. Mats are available, however you are encouraged to bring your own personal mat.

Brenda Insalaco, 200-RYT

$12 per class OR $44 ($40 members)


Write from the Heart:

A Workshop for Cancer Patients & Caregivers

Tues.’s, Sept. 5, 19, Oct. 3, 17, 6-8p.m.

The word is out: creative writing from the heart supports cancer recovery. This uplifting, be who you are, four-session workshop awakens the creative spirit, gently, without intimidation. Taught in an atmosphere of warmth, whimsy and trust, it is a safe haven for experienced and first time writers alike, especially those who long to write more freely by overcoming perfectionism and self-doubt. Discover how writing without fear has the power to console, illuminate and heal us. This program is presented by the Healing HeARTS initiative of WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital and the Adams County Arts Council.

Melissa Greene, therapeutic writing coach and teacher.

Registration is required; please call 800-840-5905.

Learn to Waltz with Frank & Linda

Tuesdays, September 5-26, 7:30-8:30p.m.

The romantic Waltz is one of the most popular ballroom dances of all time. Considered by some as the “mother of present day dances” and the “backbone dance” of the ballroom dancing arena, the Waltz is the basis for many dances. Developed in Germany, the Waltz is popular all over the world. A truly romantic dance, the Waltz is comprised of soft, round, flowing movements. Come and join in on the fun.

Frank Daire & Linda Neiswender

$50 per person ($45 members)


3D Printing: Fun & Easy!

Mondays, September 11-October 2, 6-8p.m.

This class will answer your questions (at least some of them) about 3d printing. You’ll identify and review the software, find and choose a printable image and learn how to print it. There are complex routes to follow – we won’t take those paths. We will look at the most direct and simple route and have fun in the process. This used to be expensive. Today we can get a kit printer for 100.00. Your PC can drive it. What FUN! Join us on this voyage.

Bert Danielson

$115 ($105 members)


Presidential Paint Night at Eisenhower Farm
Tuesday, September 12, 4:30-7p.m.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower took up painting at his home in Gettysburg to relieve stress. The NPS and ACAC would like to invite you to pick up your brush, enjoy some wine and spend an evening immersing yourself in history and creativity. The event includes a guided tour of his home, art instruction and refreshments.  No experience needed.

Marie Smith

$50 ($45 members)


Horticulture Therapy: Make a Terrarium

Thursday, September 14, 10-11:30a.m.

Create a terrarium using a container of choice and succulents. Learn about plant care, design techniques and principles while reducing your stress. Take home and enjoy.

Sue McDowell, HTC

$35 ($31 members)


Intro to Bullet Journaling

Tuesday, September 19, 6-8p.m.

Do you love the idea of journaling but have a hard time finding the time to write and organize your thoughts? Bullet journaling is the perfect solution. Bullets are ideas, thoughts and tasks organized into lists. We will create several basic artistic layouts, to personalization the start of your journal. Karen Hendricks

$36 ($32 members)


The Art of Zentangling

Wednesdays, September 20-October 11, 6-8p.m.

The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Have fun as we explore this pattern-filled form of doodling. Create striking pieces in black and white or in color, fueled entirely by your imagination.

Stanley Gilmore

$95 ($85 members)


iPhone Photography for Beginners

Saturday’s, September 23-October 14, 10-noon

“The best camera is the one you have with you.” iPhone photography allows you to explore your own potential to become the creative force behind the image. Learn how to take and edit photos, as well as use popular apps to enhance those images. You’ll cover proper composition, shooting and editing and will be introduced to social media sources.

Linda M. Toki

$95 ($85 members)


Fall into Fun with Watermedia!

Saturday, September 23, 9-3p.m.

Try something new. Learn, play, experiment and express yourself in this immersive workshop with a variety of water based mediums: Transparent watercolor, gouache, acrylic, water soluble markers/pencils/chalk and more. Versatile artist and watercolorist Steve Bleinberger will explain and guide participants through “the basics” during this informal, hands-on workshop. Steve Bleinberger

$71 ($65 members)


Belly Dance

Tuesdays, September 26-October 17, 5:30-6:30p.m.

Yes, we all have one, and the more you have the more it will dance. Original Belly Dancers are very curvy, full figured women. With the help of some great music to get those hips moving, coin skirts are available to use on a first come first serve basis, they are not required. Come with a great sense of humor and be ready for a great fun workout. Shimmy on over.

Paula Chapman

$45 ($40 members)


Beginner Pilates

Tuesdays, September 26-October 17, 6:30-7:30p.m.

This is a form of exercises that focus on the “Core” the belly, back, butt and thigh area. These exercises are done usually on the floor or could be done in a chair if needed. Matts are available on first come first serve but please feel free to bring your own. Other suggested items to bring but not required are, water, pillow and a strap. All levels of experience are welcome. Come and enjoy the fun, with some great music, different movements to work muscles you did not even know you had.

Paula Chapman

$45 ($40 members)


Glass Mandala Making

Tuesday, September 26, 6-8p.m.

Come relax and have fun creating a one-of-a-kind glass mandala of your own. Instructed by Brenda Cunningham, Board Certified Art Therapist, will walk you through all the steps and a relaxing guided imagery, to complete your own colorful masterpiece that awakens in the light. The technique of glass fusing in a kiln using glass frit, a sand-like substance, will be utilized. This is an experience you won’t want to miss! Open to ages 9 and up.

Brenda Cunningham

$55 ($50 members)


Oil Painting

Tuesdays, September 26-October 17, 6-8p.m.

Here’s your chance to work with an award winning artist and learn about nontraditional methods, techniques and tools that will help you achieve spectacular results. Skills covered to include underpainting. The class focus will be on the student experience. Open to all skill levels

Tim Hirneisen

$100 ($90 members)


Clay Fun: Create Some Critters

Thursday, September 28, 6-8p.m.

Spend an evening with us clay hand-building critters and creatures of all shapes and sizes. Enjoy this therapeutic method by opening up your creativity to all of the possibilities. Create your favorite pet or creature and choose a glaze that suits your fancy.

Jack Handshaw

$36 ($32 members)


Wines for the Season: Old World, New World

Friday, September 29, 6-8p.m.

Spend an evening tasting and comparing a selection of European wines to California wines chosen by Wine Specialist, Nikki Biggus. Experience lush bouquets of roses, the boldness of a French Burgundy, a Spanish Sparkler, A California Chardonnay and more. Food tastings created to compliment the wine and palate. Learn how wine is made and tips for purchasing wine you’ll enjoy with dinner and friends.

Nikki Biggus, Retail Wine Specialist

$55 ($50 members)


Pressed Flower Notecards

Saturday, September 30, 10-11:30a.m.

Spend the morning with popular ACAC note card artist, Barbara Spicer, and learn how to make 2 of your own beautiful pressed flower note cards using locally dried wild flowers. Perfect for giving or cherishing.

Barbara Spicer

$20 ($18 members)