Thursday, July 6, 2017

Wild Center Hosting Monday Morning ‘Art in the Park’ Series

Monday mornings, from July 10th until August 28th, the Wild Center will explore the natural world through art with experienced Adirondack artists.

According to an announcement of the series sent to the press, “each three-hour class is a good way to expand art skills, have fun and learn new art techniques in areas such as watercolor, pastels and mixed media.”

Every Monday is expected to have a different art focus and offer new skills to enhance artistic knowledge.

Ages 15 and up are welcome for each class. Classes are from 10 am until 1 pm. Space is limited, to register click here or call (518) 359-7800. Museum admission is not included. Basic materials are included. Cost is $30 members/$40 non-members.

2017 Artist Lineup

Monotype with Gelli Prints with Guest Artist Carol Marie Vossler on Monday, July 10th.
In this workshop participants will learn how to make monotype prints pulled from a substrate called Gelli plates. The process is fun and immediate, cleaning the plate is quick and easy. Participants will learn how to use a variety of textures, color overlays, organic material and stencils, creating one of a kind works of art.  Time will be taken to explain compositional choices and pattern designs.

Nature Printing on Silk with Guest Artist Cris Winters on Monday, July 17th.
Using textile paints, attendees will print on fabric and paper with freshly-collected plants and other materials. After some practice prints, a silk scarf will be provided for printing and a final treatment with silk dye will result in a useable piece of art.

Working with Pastels with Guest Artist Diane Leifeit on Monday, July 24th.
Plan on getting a little dusty in this short primer on pastel painting in the outdoors. Though participants will not be leaving the classroom they will be working from what can be seen right outside the classroom window. Diane Leifheit will provide a bit of the history of pastel and plein air and how to get outside with a limited palette to capture the Adirondack landscape. Diane will work with each participant to explore the variety of strokes to achieve rich saturation and textures in their work. If the weather is truly not cooperating there will be a variety of sample landscapes to work from. Participants will take away a small landscape and a head full of possibilities for working with pastels outdoors.

Learn about Plein Air Painting with Guest Artist Sandra Hildreth on Monday, July 31st.
This class will involve some demonstration and practice in choosing subject matter, how to select an interesting composition, and what to avoid. Participants will initially work inside the museum classroom, and then hopefully move outdoors. Various sketching and painting materials will be available.

Fun and Easy Watercolor Techniques with Guest Artist Catharine Moore on Monday, August 7th.
Join watercolorist Catharine Moore to learn simple, easy, and fun watercolor techniques. Bring these together to create unique watercolor paintings, inspired by nature.

Depiction of the Natural World in Watercolor with Guest Artist Peter Seward on Monday, August 14th
Use the natural setting of the grounds of the Wild Center for observation and sketching, and then move indoors to continue with watercolor painting. Subject matter will be trees, with the objective of learning the individual characteristics of different tree species through the medium of paint.

Introduction to Acrylic Painting with Guest Artist Georgeanne Gaffney on Monday, August 21st.
Working from photographs, learn how to see color and form, as well as how to mix, apply, and layer paints to translate the image into a finished work of art.

Seeing as a Creative Act with Guest Artist Tim Fortune on Monday, August 28th.
This class focuses on art appreciation and improving latent creativity. Rather than focusing on creating a finished piece of art, participants will focus on ways of seeing and processing art. A sketchbook will be provided.

The Wild Center is located at 45 Museum Drive in Tupper Lake, and open daily from 10 am until 6 pm between Memorial Day and Labor Day. For more information, click here.

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