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


The ACAC currently accepts 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 would like to make a payment through PayPal, a PayPal account is required.

WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital’s Healing HeARTS initiative is part of growing recognition in healthcare that the arts can exert a powerful effect on the healing process. Since its inception in 2015, Healing HeARTS has guided the development of a healing environment within WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital that is intended to promote wellness and self-healing through the arts and reduce stress and anxiety for patients, visitors, and employees.

All classes held at the Adams County Arts Council’s Arts Education Center, 125 S. Washington Street

For culinary classes and events, please note food allergies or dietary needs by calling the office at 717-334-5006.



Vinyasa Yoga

Wednesdays, January 2-30


Vinyasa means “breathe synchronized movement.” We will use flowing sequences and sun salutations to warm the body to reach new levels of flexibility, strength, balance and peace in our poses and practice.  This class is suitable for beginners and intermediate yogis.  Feel free to drop in for $15 per session!

Brenda Insalaco, 200-RYT

$55 ($65 non-members)


Introduction to Chair Yoga

Wednesdays, January 16-30

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair. Through gentle poses, one can improve strength, flexibility, and coordination of body movements.  Each class includes breath work, which can help with stress and pain management.  The beauty of chair yoga is that there is no need to transition up and down from the floor.  It can be adapted to suit anyone’s need.  Chair yoga is an effective way to improve your strength and flexibility in a way that can complement your current medical intervention, therapies, and exercise.

Brenda Insalaco

$32 ($35 nonmember)



Tai Chi Chih

Tuesdays, January 22-March 12


T’ai Chi Chih is a mindfulness practice designed to enhance awareness, inner stability, and balance.  Studies using evidence-based research show positive effects on the immune system, arthritis, depression as well as other physical, mental and emotional aspects of life.  The movements are done slowly standing or seated.  It is not a martial art nor is it a religion.

Margery Erickson

$85 ($95 non-members)

                                                                                                           THIS CLASS IS FULL-PLEASE CALL FOR AVAILABILITY

Yoga Nidra – Guided Meditation

Wednesday, January 30


Yoga Nidra is said to be five times more restorative than regular sleep. This relaxing practice starts with simple yoga postures followed by guided meditation while lying on the floor. This workshop is available to all. You can be experienced in yoga or mediation or brand new to it and is appropriate for anyone looking to find a bit of peace.

Misty Stillman 500 E-RYT 

$15 ($20 non-members)  REGISTER



Introduction to Wheel Throwing

Saturday, January 12 – February 2


If you’ve always wanted to learn to throw clay on the pottery wheel, this class is for you! Work at your own pace in a relaxing atmosphere as you learn to center and make well-formed pottery pieces. No experience necessary! (Class capped at six students)

Jack Handshaw

$120 ($132 non-members) CLASS IS FULL


Stoneware Baking Dish

Saturday, February 16, 10:00a.m.-noon

Imagine the smell of apple crisp coming from your oven and serving it out of a beautifully handcrafted baking dish.  Your dream can come true by taking this easy stoneware hand building class and creating your very own baking dish.

Jack Handshaw

$36 ($40 nonmember) REGISTER

Open Studio Pottery

Saturdays, February 16 – March 9, 1-3 p.m.

Here’s your chance to delve into a project you’d like to create and pace at your convenience with hands-on instruction.  Learn how to hand-build from clay different projects each week to include some of our popular themes: bowls, mugs, pie plates, and vase. Create a few pieces of each theme.  Fun!

Jack Handshaw

$125 ($137 nonmember) REGISTER


The Wonder of Colored Pencil

Friday’s, January 11-February 15


Learn to take your drawing skills and expand them in color!  This course will go over the basics of colored pencil and help you create beautiful pieces.  Materials list provided.

Stanley Gilmore

$128 ($140 non-members)



Hammered Silver Earrings

Tuesday, January 15


Learn how to cut your sterling metal pieces into shapes you’d like to wear and learn how to soften the edges and texturize/hammer your design.  Your finished earrings will look fabulous and uniquely yours.  Wear them home. 

Susan Henry

$36 ($40 non-members)



Intro to Digital Photography

Monday’s, January 21-February 11

6-8 p.m.

Learn to use your camera like a pro! Take great photos, download them to your computer, manipulate them with your camera’s software, and create professional-quality prints. Bring your camera and instruction manual to class.

Bert Danielson

$90 ($100 non-member) REGISTER

Intro to Lightroom Classic

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

Lightroom was designed to make the post-production process efficient and successful.  Learn how to get your photos into Lightroom.  Learn how to import and organize, enhance, develop and retouch your photos.  Learn to publish photos too-all within one place by developing a workflow that fits your style.

Dan Urban

                                                                                      $25 ($30 nonmember) REGISTER


Playing with Watercolor Techniques

Tuesday, January 22


Create a painting (realistic, landscape, abstract) of your choosing using a variety of watercolor techniques with materials to include rubbing alcohol, salt, dry brush, and rubber cement along with your basic watercolors.  Fun!

Erica Werntz

$36 member/non-member, includes a glass of wine


Stained Glass Patchwork Heart

Mondays, February 4 & 11, 6-9:00 pm.

Learn to combine bevels and stained glass to construct two valentine sun-catchers. (approx 4in X 4 in) Brighten your windows with this combination of color and prism.  You will have the opportunity to select pre-cut pieces or cut pieces of their own.   No experience necessary, all materials are provided, class size limited to 6.

Cathy Trostle

$93 ($102 nonmember)


Where Dramatic Waves and Spray Meet:

Watercolor Workshop,

Saturday, February 9, 9-3:00 p.m.

Whatever your level, award-winning watercolorist Steve Bleinberger will guide you in personalized tips, and techniques used to capture the dramatic impact where waves and ocean spray meet.  Bring your own favorite photo reference, share in Steve’s ample supply of ocean/water/wave shots, or create “from scratch”. Bring your own gear though the instructor will gladly share his ample supplies with the group.

Steve Bleinberger

$65 ($72 nonmember)  REGISTER

Picture the Blues: Photography for Healing

Feb. 12-Mar. 19, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Artistic expression is a helpful way to work with feelings of sadness, the blues, or depression.  Discover photography as an expressive form while learning techniques that can be used with your camera or cellphone to take pictures that represent your journey. A group exhibition opportunity is available, along with helping a community research project about depression.

No fee: funding is provided by WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital Healing HeARTS.  

Photography Instructor: Bert Danielson  

Course Facilitator: Julie Falk Ph.D 

Please call or stop by ACAC to register for this class. 717-334-5006

Hammered Silver Pendant

Tuesday, February 19, 6-8 p.m.

Using the same hammering techniques learned in the hammered earring class, you will create a pendant by learning how to cut, fold on an angle, texture and antique your sterling pendant piece.   Learn how to soften the edges and add a dangle, if you’d like.  Your finished silver pendant will look fabulous and uniquely yours.

Susan Henry

$38 ($42 nonmember) REGISTER


Intro to Oil Painting: Shades of Black & White

Wednesdays, February 20-March 13, 6-8 p.m.

Here’s a fun intro to the joy of painting in oils using white and black and all the values in between.  Learn to work with traditional and nontraditional methods, techniques and tools.  This class will help get you started on a painting, how to finish, and everything in between.  Group and individual instruction.  Materials list provided.

Erica Werntz

$90 ($100 nonmember) REGISTER

Contour Line Drawing

Saturday, February 23, 10-noon

If you like to draw but feel too rigid, this one day contour line drawing workshop is just the ticket.  Try your hand at contour line, continuous line, blind contour and even “asynchronous” drawing (2 handed drawing!) Warning: this is not your typical realism sketching class.  It’s fast paced a bit abstract and more about process than final product.  All skill levels welcome.  Fun!

Lisa Harman

$41 ($46 nonmember) REGISTER



∗ For culinary classes and events, please note food allergies or dietary needs by calling the office at 717-334-5006.

Ice Dinner: Food and Wine Pairings 

Thursday, January 24


Enjoy a five-course dinner and flights of wine with a winter theme.  You’ll be transported to other regions and parts of the world that are known their wintry faire.  Discover the history of these regions and what make the dishes and wines so special.  The evening will include a special ice carving by Subarna.  You don’t want to miss this unique and sumptuous event.

Subarna Sijapati & Nikki Biggus

$50 ($55 non-members) 


Air Fryer Meals Monday

February 18, 11-1 p.m.

Are you trying to decide if you’d like to buy an air fryer or are you unsure what it is?  Already love it and want new recipes?  This is the perfect class for you.  Learn to make delicious, healthy and quick meals and dishes. Amazing and tasty! Complimentary wine with lunch.

Anna Robison

$40 ($44 nonmember) REGISTER

Wines for the Season: Old World New World

Monday, February 25, 6-8:00 p.m.

Spend an evening tasting delicious food and wine pairings created with an old world/new world theme. Compare a selection of European wines to California wines chosen by Wine Specialist, Nikki Biggus with tantalizing foods created to complement the wine by Chef Anna Robison. Experience the lush bouquets of roses, the boldness of a French Burgundy, a Spanish Sparkler, A California Chardonnay and more.

Anna Robison & Nikki Biggus

$50 ($55 nonmember) REGISTER


Tap Dance

Wednesday, January 23 – February 27


You will have fun while improving your health and fitness by tap dancing. This class is a great refresher for those who’ve studied tap in the past. It covers the basic steps of different types of tap dance in a group environment. Bring tap shoes if you have them or wear soft flat shoes.

Rachel Smith

$65 ($70 non-members) REGISTER


Learn to Waltz with Frank & Linda

Tuesdays, February 5-26

7:30-8:30 p.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

$45 per person ($50 nonmember) REGISTER





Weaving on a Simple Frame Loom

Mondays & Tuesdays, February 4th & 5th; 11th & 12th 

5:30-8:30 p.m. each day

This workshop will be an introduction to the vocabulary and basic techniques of tapestry weaving using a simple, inexpensive and portable frame loom that you will make and keep!  Learn the basics of tapestry weaving using yarns of different thicknesses, colors, and fiber content to create a woven sampler.  

Joh Ricci

$170 ($180 nonmember) REGISTER

Learn to Knit, Thursdays, February 14th, 21st & 28th, 1-3 p.m.

This class is for the beginner or intermediate knitters. If you are interested in joining the ranks of folks that love to knit, please consider signing up for this class.  Local knitters, Kathy Glahn & Mary Malewicki are teaming up as class instructors to help get you started or improve your skill level.

Items needed:  1 skein of cotton yarn 3.5 oz. – preferably solid medium to light color. 

 Needles: Size 7 or 8  All supplies can be easily found at Walmart or craft store.

Kathy Glahn, Mary Malewicki

$64 ($72 nonmember) REGISTER



Exploring Music: Music and Art of the Baroque

Tuesdays, February 26- April 9, (no class on March 5, 12) 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Take this opportunity to explore and enjoy music with Adams County’s own maestro, Dr. Norman Nunamaker, Professor Emeritus of Gettysburg College and Director of the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra.  Delve into the music and art history, theory, and philosophy of the Baroque period. This course will move into areas that students would like to discuss.  Wine and cheese will be served.  All proceeds will benefit the ACAC.

Dr. Norman Nunamaker

$85 ($95 nonmember) REGISTER