Friday, April 17, 2020

Virtual Adirondack Art Activities

I live in the Adirondacks and with a stay at home order, even locals need to find ways to be able to celebrate art and community.

Though there are plenty of nationwide organizations sharing their talents,  Adirondack artists and art organizations are representing and celebrating ways to be creative in a pandemic.

Here are five options to make sure that Adirondack art is always part of your life.

Artist Director and BluSeed Studios Founder Carol Marie Vossler has conducted free spring break art classes for area students over the past three years. This year BluSeed took their classes online to share with everyone. With 10 videos targeted for younger children and four videos gears toward middle/high/adults, the art projects are available to all.

According to Vossler most of the projects can be made from simple materials found at home. Through sponsorship through the Saranac Lake Teachers Association and the Adirondack Foundation, BluSeed was able to distribute art kits to area students, though kits aren’t required to complete the projects. Vossler and BluSeed continue to find ways to make art accessible to all.

Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA)  has a mixture of free projects that are mirroring their Afterschool Childrens’ Workshops as well as paid options for those that wish to take a class with a professional artist. The LPCA Virtual  Experience allows patrons to continue to partake in the extensive offerings in Lake Placid. Currently on the docket are a Paint and Sip, Springtime Watercolors, Dough Ornaments, and Winter Thaw Soft Pastel Class.

Saranac Lake’s Pendragon Theatre is putting its resident puppeteer to the task. Matt Sorensen is offering a Puppet Camp with options to learn to make shadow puppets, hand puppets, rod puppets, and even a toy theatre. Each project comes with an added bonus of a theatre history lesson.

The Adirondack Center for Writing is pressing on with writing prompts, a virtual poem village, and writing classes. As always there is the opportunity to learn more about Adirondack’s famous authors, their birthplaces through the Literary Map of the Adirondacks. This map also pins Adirondack locations used in novels.

VIEW in Old Forge is hosting virtual yoga classes as well as maintaining a list of activities to do at home.

I hope you’ll enjoy these virtual Adirondack artistic endeavors until we can all gather together once again.

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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