Tap Into Your Creative Self!
What do you want to learn?
Art is an Adventure!
Whether you want to learn something new, continue to improve your skills, or resume where you left off back in Junior High Art, we have classes for you! Drawing, painting, printmaking, oil pastel, watercolor, and more! Learn in a welcoming and supportive setting with other adults at your skill level.
Take a series of classes over a few weeks or a one session class in a morning or afternoon.
Expand Your Art Knowledge
Botanical Monoprints, Abstract Collage, Waxed Watercolor -- Join guest teachers to learn new media and techniques. Many of these art making sessions don't require any drawing skills, just a willingness to explore, experiment, and be adventurous!
For more information, please get in touch with Katrina today.
More About Us
Our Philosophy and Goals
The Blue Door Studio is a place to create, explore, and discover new ways of looking and thinking. Studio classes focus on teaching adults art making skills and viewpoints, empowering them to believe in their ability to learn, and encouraging them to see how art can add richness and new meaning to all of our lives.
Our approach to teaching is tailored to students' ability levels and interests. Classes range from beginner to advanced, taught by studio founder, Katrina Morse, or guest teachers, and are affordably priced. We occasionally offer children's classes and child+adult classes. We invite you to explore our course schedule, which changes monthly, and stop by the studio for a visit at your convenience.
Blue Door Studio
Our newest instructor is Brenna O'Toole, a calligrapher and pastel painter with a B.A. in studio art. She works with a wide range of scripts and styles, from formal Roman capitals to loose gestural letterforms. She began her calligraphic journey as a rigorous practice of self-study, but since that time she has learned from many accomplished calligraphers including Yves Leterme, David McGrail, Harvest Crittenden, and Sheila Waters. Brenna is excited to share her love of this art form with others. Someday, she hopes to start a calligraphy guild in Ithaca to support calligraphers and the calligraphic arts in the Finger Lakes region. You can see her work at www.brennaotoole.com
Guest instructor Carol Spence grew up in Brooklyn NY, graduated from SUNY Cortland and received her Masters from the Rhode Island School of Design. She recently retired as an art teacher and the Fine Arts Department Chair at Ithaca High School and is currently a member of the State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca, New York. Carol teaches printmaking and other art classes at the Blue Door Studio.
About the Founder
Katrina Morse, founder of the Blue Door Studio, is a longtime Ithaca resident who grew up in Elmira, NY. She paints in acrylic and is also a children’s book author and illustrator. She holds a BA in Studio Art from the University of Vermont and an MS in Art Education from Elmira College.
For more about her children's books, children's book extension activities, and author visits, explore katrinamorse.com. To see some of her paintings, view the State of the Art Gallery website and Katrina Morse Art on Facebook. Katrina enjoys promoting creative thinking and art making with both children and adults.
“I don’t ever take a span of a few hours for myself to create without an end-goal. This was such a gift, to spend time with others in a nurturing space and just create art!”
~ Printmaking Student
“The class was amazing. Drawing in this way is a mindfulness exercise. I could feel my whole body, mind, and soul focus on the simple things like taking time to really SEE what is! Thank you Katrina! Coming back soon!”
~ Student in Introduction to Drawing
“It was a wonderful setting, with an amazing teacher and eager learners!”
~ Paint Party Participant
Get in Touch
Blue Door Studio Ithaca
4190 Dubois Rd
Ithaca, New York 14850