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.



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)


Fundamentals of Belly Dance with Taschen

Thursday’s, March 7-28


This class combines the elegance and fundamentals of classic belly dance with the sharp and grounded nature of Tribal Fusion.  We will explore these styles to find strength, alignment, and empowerment through movement and vocabulary. All levels of experience are welcome!

Elle Patterson

$48 ($52 nonmember)


Barre/Fitness Class

Wednesday, March 13-April 17


This class features exercises, stretches, and light weight work designed to burn fat, strengthen and tone muscles, and help achieve a more flexible toned body. Aspects of ballet barre, jazz, and Pilates will also be incorporated. Students are encouraged to bring a yoga/Pilates mat and light hand or wrist weights to class..

Rachel Smith 

$65 ($70 nonmember) REGISTER



Introduction to Wheel Throwing

Saturday’s, March 9


If you have 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 so each has access to a pottery wheel.)

Jack Handshaw

$120 ($132 non-members) REGISTER

Stoneware Bird House

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

Build a charming home for your feathered friends—or to keep inside as a unique accent piece! You will use stoneware clay and choose from our attractive selection of stoneware glazes.

Jack Handshaw

$36 ($39 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

Wine / Paint Nights

Paint a Wine or Martini Glass

Thursday, March 21, 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m.

Spend an evening painting a beautiful and easy design on a pair of wine glasses.  This is fun and easy in a social atmosphere.  No experience necessary- Marie will show you what to do from start to finish. Choose your colors and let your creativity flow. Individualized instruction and endless possibilities!

Marie Smith

$36, includes a glass of wine. REGISTER


Basics of Watercolor

Friday’s, March 8-April 12


Learn how to build a strong foundation in watercolor basics.  You will work with the materials, learn about coloring, basic drawing techniques, and how to start and finish your very own watercolor with personalized attention and instruction.

Stanley Gilmore

$125 ($137) – materials list provided




Watercolor Spring Tune-up

Saturday, March 16


Feeling a bit stiff after a cold wet winter? Limber up your fingers for a watercolor class designed for those who want to tune-up their technique and learn fresh new watercolor tips. Award winning artist – Steve Bleinberger’s informal “spring tune-up workshop will focus on developing fast, loose, “fresh” bright watercolors while having fun in the process.

Steve Bleinberger

$65 ($72 nonmember)REGISTER

Overcoming Bad Lighting

Saturday, March 9


Learn how to use and modify your flash in order to bounce light around.  Learn how to over and under expose based on your available light.  Discover the tricks to conquering bad lighting to optimize your results.

Linda Toki

$22 ($25 nonmember)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 18 & 25, 6-8:00 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.


Taste of Israel: Food and Wine Pairings

Friday, March 29

Israeli cuisine today is a delicious melting pot of North African and Middle Eastern as well as some Mediterranean influences.  Spend an evening learning about this culture and tasting this diverse cuisine paired perfectly with wine.  Five courses and flights of wine.

Subarna Sijapati, Nikki Biggus

$50 ($55 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)


Fundamentals of Belly Dance with Taschen

Thursday’s, March 7-28


This class combines the elegance and fundamentals of classic belly dance with the sharp and grounded nature of Tribal Fusion.  We will explore these styles to find strength, alignment, and empowerment through movement and vocabulary. All levels of experience are welcome!

Elle Patterson

$48 ($52 nonmember)






Intro to Finger Knitting

Saturday, March 2


This is an incredibly easy and fun way to learn how to knit without needles.  No experience necessary.  You will learn how to finger knit an infinity scarf – perfect for accessorizing your outfit for the cool spring nights. 

Rachel Maybeth

$22 ($25 nonmember)


Fused Glass Dish

Monday’s, March 11, 6:00p.m.-9:00p.m.

Create a one-of-a-kind fused glass dish. All materials are provided for a piece that is both functional and beautiful.  All materials and kiln fees are provided.  Projects will be fired off site so allow two weeks for delivery.  No experience necessary, all materials are provided, class size limited to 6.

Linn Wichowski

$62 ($68 nonmember)


Introduction to Basket Weaving: Melon Basket

Monday-Tuesday, March 11th-12th, 5:00p.m.-8:30p.m.

The foundational skills will be taught in traditional, rib-constructed basketry that yields strong and beautiful round-bottom baskets using hoops and reed for the ribs and weavers.

Joh Ricci

$80 ($90 nonmember)


Needle Felt a Scarf

Saturday, March 30, 10:00a.m.-2:30p.m.

Design and make a scarf while learning needle felting; one of the oldest of all textile or fiber arts.  Using natural fibers, silk, and a tool with five needles, choose your colors and let the materials speak to you.  Techniques will be demonstrated and step-by-step instructions provided.

Debbie Westmoreland

$72 ($75 nonmember)


Hammered Silver Charms

Tuesday, March 26, 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m.

Learn how to cut your sterling metal pieces into shapes you add to a bracelet or necklace.  You will learn how to soften the edges and texturize/hammer your design. Your finished charms will look fabulous and uniquely yours.

Susan Henry

$40 (member $36)


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) THIS CLASS IS FULL