COOPERSTOWN — If the light shimmering through a plate of stained glass has ever captivated your imagination, now comes an opportunity to learn what’s behind making one.

You’re convinced you’ll never be another Georgia O’Keeffe? You may be right, but now there is a place where you can improve at watercolor painting.

When it comes to handling a needle and thread, you’re all thumbs. Still, you appreciate the talent and ability that goes into sewing, and figure that with the right teacher you can hone the skills that it takes to read a pattern and complete a project.

Starting this week, the Cooperstown Art Association is enrolling students for 10 classes covering a wide range of disciplines in the world of arts and crafts.

On the art group’s palette is an array of daytime classes and evening offerings, weekday lessons and Saturday workshops.

“These classes are something fun and new to do, and for many people it really does provide a creative outlet,” said Janet Erway, director of the Cooperstown Art Association.

The classes are offered by the association every spring and fall, and they will vary from year to year, she noted.

They tend to fill up quickly, and are generally limited to about 10 students for each course, Erway said, noting that signing up early is the best way to avoid ending up on the waiting list.

This year’s offerings include a two-day “Mosaic Weekend Workshop,” which will be held July 7 and 8, and “Bring a Child to Sew,” to be led by Betsy Foster, which is geared for children ages 7 to 14 accompanied by an adult. It starts Saturday.

“We find there are some people who just like to do this as a hobby and other people who take the classes consistently,” said Erway. “And then there are those who want to try something new, out of the blue.”

Beginners are welcome in most of the classes. However, one called “Plein Air Oil Painting,” a six-week course led by Mary Nolan, is reserved for experienced painters.

The fee for enrolling in the classes ranges from $60 to $330. “We try to keep the classes reasonable,” Erway said. “We  want to make them affordablefor people.”

Those interested in enrolling in the courses may contact the association at 547-9777. The association is located at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown, in the Cooperstown Village Library building.

Additional information, including required materials for specific courses, can be found on the association’s website:

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