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Slice n Easy: Papercut Cityscapes

with Rosa Leff

Next session: June 10th to 12th, 2024

$370 More Info

Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced

In this workshop, we will work from personal photographs to create hand-cut paper images. Participants will learn how to navigate the shadows, layers, and movements in a photo and ensure that the cut image remains structurally sound without the use of adhesives. The skills practiced in this workshop can be applied to any image, allowing participants to create dynamic papercuts from their own photos. There will be discussions and demonstrations to assist students through this amazingly complex, and beautiful, art-form. All levels of skill are most welcome.

Rosa Leff has exhibited her work throughout the United States, China, and Mexico. Her work has been acquired by The Canton Museum of Art, The Colored Girls Museum, and The Museum of International Folk Art. She is the recipient of a 2021 Maryland State Arts Council Independent Artist Award, the 2021 Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Artist Travel Prize, and the 2023 360 Xochi Quetzal BIPOC Residency. Leff resides in Puerto Rico with her husband and chihuahuas.

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Fee: $330 + $40 Non-Refundable Registration Fee

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Landscape in the Studio and Afield

with Nathan Loda

Next session: July 5th to 9th, 2024

$570 More Info

Skill Level: Beginner To Advanced

We will learn the fundamentals of technique for landscape painting in the studio, and venture outdoors to use our skills under the beautiful Catskill sky. There will be demonstrations of a methodical approach to painting landscapes that can be used in the studio, as well as painting directly from observation in these ancient mountains, valleys, and glens. The focus will be on representational painting, but we will discuss, and practice techniques used to blend realism, abstraction, and imagination. All levels are more than welcome.

An American realist oil painter, Nathan Loda received a MFA degree from George Mason University in 2015 and a BFA in Painting from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. He shows with Adah Rose Gallery in Kensington, Maryland. Loder lives and works with his young family on a farm, that has been in the family since the Revolutionary War, near Homer, New York.

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Fee: $530 + $40 Non-Refundable Registration Fee

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Exploring Watercolor and Acrylic

with Loreen Oren

Next session: July 19th to 21st, 2024

$390 More Info

Skill Level: Beginner To Advanced

This workshop is designed for beginners or students who wish to continue working with watercolor and other water-based painting such as tempera gouache and acrylics. Techniques such as wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, scumbling and “dry brush” will be demonstrated. Students will learn how to create patterns, layers, color relationships, brush strokes and effects in watercolor painting. In-depth explorations of various types of paper will be led, in addition to using unexpected tools to apply paint and achieve unique results. Bring your creativity and love for color, and let loose in the beautiful, yet unpredictable, world of water-based painting. All levels are most welcome!

Loreen Oren graduated from Cornell University with a dual degree Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, followed by a Master of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute. Art and design as disciplines were instilled in her from a young age, and she is a third generation architect and artist. Loreen has traveled to over 40 countries, which has provided inspiration for her work. She works in various mediums, including watercolors, ink, acrylic and oil paint, but linear repetition inspired by nature is the essence.

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Fee: $350 + $40 Non-Refundable Registration Fee

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Explorations in Natural Paints, Dyes & Pigments

with Patricia Miranda

Next session: August 16th to 20th, 2024

$590 More Info

Skill Level: Beginner To Advanced

This workshop is an exploration of color using natural dyes and pigments. Participants will create color from raw materials such as cochineal, malachite, clay, oak gall, and black walnuts, for use in a diverse group of water-based binders, from gum arabic to distemper to egg tempera. We will explore the potentials of color, and how materials carry content through history, context, physical and aesthetic properties. Considerations of the environmental impact of materials will offer a framework for maintaining a sustainable safe painting practice. Participants will create a set of handmade watercolor paints, a color swatch book, and exploratory paintings on paper, textile, and panel.

Patricia Miranda is an artist, curator, educator, and founder of “The Lace Archive,” “The Crit Lab,” and “MAPSpace.” Grants include the Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, Arts Westchester, Anonymous Was a Woman Relief Grant, and a NEA grant working with homeless youth. Solo exhibitions include Olin Fine Art Center, 3S Artspace, Jane Street Art Center, and group exhibitions Spartanburg Art Museum, Dunedin Fine Art Center; Lyman Allyn Museum. Recent reviews include Art New England and Brooklyn Rail.

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Fee: $550 + $40 Non-Refundable Registration Fee

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The Journey is Real

with Karin Lowney-Seed

Next session: June 28th to July 1st, 2024

$485 More Info

Skill Level: Beginner To Advanced

In this workshop we will explore personal artistic style while venturing new ideas and pathways into your skills in painting. Experimenting and challenging yourself can be the most rewarding process, yet also intimidating. Students will receive instruction in understanding, mixing, and applying paint to create imagery. Learning personal mark-making is central to this experience. This supportive and dynamic workshop instructor will take you on that journey. Join us for what we know will be a life changing artistic retreat.

Karin Lowney-Seed is an award-winning artist with a lively and direct style of painting. Her paintings are bold, colorful, and express a joyful embrace of life. She holds a MFA degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Lowney-Seed was a college professor teaching Art History and Studio art for many years. She has been a featured artist on The Learning Channel and has exhibited in galleries throughout the country. Her artwork is in numerous private collections. Karin also works and owns ‘My Interior’, an interior design firm.

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Fee: $445 + $40 Non-Refundable Registration Fee

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Materials and Methods

with Gabe Brown

Next session: July 12th to 16th, 2024

$580 More Info

Skill Level: Beginner To Advanced

Designed for those interested in not only the basic understanding of oil painting techniques and applications, but this workshop will also address advanced knowledge of practical uses. This workshop is ideal for anyone wanting to perfect their craft with a better understanding of how to apply specific methods to individual studio practice. You will learn application methods of ‘ground’ on various substrates, paint-mixing techniques, presentation, and preparation of artwork for transportation. Primarily focusing on oil, this workshop will also include a range of water media such as acrylic, flashe, ink, and watercolor.

Gabe Brown holds a BFA degree from The Cooper Union in New York City, and MFA in Painting from the University of California, Davis. A recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting and Sustainable Arts Foundation Award, she has been a Resident Fellow at The Virginia Center for Contemporary Art, the Women’s Studio Workshop, and others. Brown’s work has been exhibited nationally in galleries and museums such as Kenise Barnes Fine Art, The Chautauqua Institute, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, Tayloe Piggott Gallery, The Saratoga Arts Center, Garrison Arts Center, SUNY Brockport, The Horticultural Society of New York, and the Albany International Airport, and others. Gabe Brown has taught at Fordham University, SUNY New Paltz and Marist College, and currently lives and works on a sustainable farm.

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Fee: $540 + $40 Non-Refundable Registration Fee

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Find Your Starburst

with Kulvinder Kaur Dhew

Next session: August 2nd to 6th, 2024

$585 More Info

Skill Level: Beginner To Advanced

Join us for a dynamic exploration of drawing where you'll delve into the fundamentals of capturing form, image, and narrative through a wide array of media and tools. This workshop goes beyond the mechanics of drawing, inviting you to discover the profound connection between observation, understanding, and artistic expression. Engage in insightful lectures, stimulating exercises, and engaging presentations that fuel your artistic growth. This workshop is perfect for anyone seeking to deepen their relationship with drawing, whether as a foundation for further artistic pursuits or simply as a rewarding exploration of self-expression. This workshop welcomes artists of all skill levels. 

Kulvinder Kaur Dhew holds a BFA (Hons) from Bath Spa University and an MFA in Painting from The Royal College of Art in London. She was Head of Painting at the Dunedin Art School in New Zealand, and Lecturer at the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak on the Island of Borneo. Kulvinder’s work is included in many collections as diverse as Kazuo Ishiguro and MTV Europe. She received numerous Residencies including the prestigious Delfina Trust in London, ARCO in Lisbon, and most recently at The Vermont Studio Center. A recipient of the New Jersey Artist Fellowship Award, her drawings recently were featured in the book, Water’s Edge, edited by Lenore Manderson and Pulitzer Prize winner, Forrest Gander. Dhew is currently the Director of Sugar Maples Center For Creative Arts at the Catskill Mountain Foundation in New York.

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Fee: $545 + $40 Non-Refundable Registration Fee

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Thinking With Your Hands

with Cyrus Highsmith

Next session: July 7th to 9th, 2024

$380 More Info

Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced

There are few aspects of human communication that are as sophisticated as written alphabets. Integral to language and meaning, letters, designed and drawn, offer infinite aesthetic possibilities. This unique workshop will emphasize the importance of white space, sensitivity to shapes, and ways to render. Students will be introduced to methods that can be applied to type design as well as image-making of all kinds. This workshop will be a dynamic, hands-on, and mostly computer-free, exploration of drawing, making, and thinking about letters in ways that will enable students to see the world in different ways.

Cyrus Highsmith is a drawer of letters, teacher, author, and graphic artist. He teaches type design at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). He wrote and illustrated the acclaimed primer, Inside Paragraphs: Typographic Fundamentals. In 2015, he received the Gerrit Noordzij Prize for extraordinary contributions to the fields of type design, typography, and type education. In 2017, his type foundry, “Occupant Fonts,” became a brand of Morisawa.

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Fee: $340 + $40 Non-Refundable Registration Fee