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Soft Pastel – Fur and Feathers

Working from your own photo reference (or the instructor’s), you will learn how to paint and draw the animal and create their fur and/or feathers.Karen will demo each day and give personalized attention each day.

Materials:

soft pastels(Nu pastels and other brands)*SEE BELOW

paper towels

a soft inexpensive brush for corrections on the pastel

optional:  watercolors and a 1/2” flat w/c brush and or rubbing alcohol and a 1/2” flat inexpensive nylon brush.

Suggestions for student pastels;  Students will need a lot of colors in different consistencies and shapes.  The suggestions below are reasonably priced for the quality and can be found at Jerry’s online.

Faber Castell  goldfaber soft pastel set of 72

Nu pastels(about 1.00/stick), single sticks in the following colors: ochre, cordovan, bottle green, spruce blue, black, white, greys, nut brown or cocoa brown

Mungyo Gallery Extra Fine Soft Pastel, Set of 60

Mungyo Gallery Semi hard pastels Squares set of 12

Mungo gallery artists soft pastel squares set of 12

Rembrandts half stick set of 5 (they are about 8.00 for each set of 5)..(yellow ochre , burnt sienna, dark shades, are useful sets

The fee for the two-day class is $195. The workshop is limited to 10 students. 

*Students must be registered and paid in full three business days before the start of the class/workshop. Exceptions only with permission from the Director of Fine Art/Photography.

Karen Israel’s pastel paintings are defined by their dynamic compositions and unique viewpoints. She is influenced by the light and mood of the subject and allows those elements to dictate her approach. These subjects are rendered with a strong appreciation for the rigors of formal design coupled with a fearless array of color choices. In addition to numerous awards, Karen’s work has garnered the honor of Signature Member with the American Artists Professional League, Master Circle with the International Association of Pastel Societies, and Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America. Karen is an artist member of the Salmagundi Club, NYC, the Copley Society, Boston, and the Lyme Art Association

COVID POLICYOnly fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the first day of class or you may email a copy of your card prior to the class by sending it to: info@artsescape.org. Masks are optional.

Writer’s Workshop

Online/In-Person

Writers may work alone but the feedback of other writers is vital. The Writers’ Workshop gives students an opportunity to share their works-in-progress with fellow writers under the guidance of instructor Nancy McMillan.

Writers can bring in up to five double-spaced pages to be read aloud and critiqued. Writers will receive constructive feedback from other writers and the instructor. Critique guidelines will be provided.  The workshop runs for two hours, to allow plenty of time for each writer to receive thorough attention.

The Workshop runs for two hours and the fee for the workshop is $30.

Workshop is limited to 6 students. All students must register by Thursday, September 15 to receive the Zoom link. Students have the option to take this workshop ONLINE on Zoom or In-person.

COVID POLICYOnly fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the first day of class (one time only). Don’t forget to bring your vaccination card. * Masks are optional.

Please use the drop-down menu when registering for in-person or zoom.

Poetry for Everyone

Find your poetic voice in this 90-minute session. Students will learn how to express themselves through several types of poetry. We’ll read some poems, look at how they are constructed and discuss how to generate ideas for poems. We’ll try out some fun creativity experiments. Each student will have the opportunity to write at least one poem of their own. The instructor will provide prompts and instructions for a variety of poetry forms.

The fee for the workshop is $35. Class size is limited to 20 attendees.

Bonnie Riedinger is a writer and artist. Her poetry has been published in journals based in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia.  She received her MFA in poetry and fiction from The Ohio State University and has taught creative writing at several colleges and universities. She has been a journalist and editor with non-fiction publications in numerous newspapers and magazines including the Writer’s Chronicle. She enjoys helping students, whether beginning or advanced, advance their writing goals and experience the joy of creativity.

**Our top priority is the safety of our students, instructors & staff. Please note: classes may be cancelled if we feel it is not safe, and your tuition will be refunded.

COVID POLICYOnly fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the first day of class (one time only). Don’t forget to bring your vaccination card.

Introduction to Pastel: A Demonstration

Pastel artist, Karen Israel will demonstrate a simple still-life subject in a 2.5-hour demonstration. During this demo, she will speak about materials, color mixing, layering, and how to create volume with the objects. There will be general instruction on the basics of drawing and perspective, and the topics of value, hue, and saturation of color will be discussed and demonstrated.

This is for all levels, especially beginners to pastel.

The fee for the class is $55. The workshop is limited to 12 students. 

Karen Israel’s pastel paintings are defined by their dynamic compositions and unique viewpoints. She is influenced by the light and mood of the subject and allows those elements to dictate her approach. These subjects are rendered with a strong appreciation for the rigors of formal design coupled with a fearless array of color choices. In addition to numerous awards, Karen’s work has garnered the honor of Signature Member with the American Artists Professional League, Master Circle with the International Association of Pastel Societies, and Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America. Karen is an artist member of the Salmagundi Club, NYC, the Copley Society, Boston, and the Lyme Art Association

COVID POLICYOnly fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the first day of class or you may email a copy of your card prior to the class by sending it to: info@artsescape.org. Masks are optional.

Children’s/YA Writers Forum

Read Out Loud

Via Zoom

This monthly writers forum is for beginner and seasoned writers who write for children and young adults. If you are interested in sharing your work for gentle critique and feedback, this monthly group may be just for you. This is a great opportunity to share your work with fellow writers in a positive, non-judgmental format.

Please try to keep pieces to 5 pages, doubled spaced.

***Remember that you never need to make an edit to your piece just because someone suggested it. Your piece is your own.  You only need to take what is most helpful to you.

Admission is Free
The Writer’s Forum is limited to 8 participants.

Tina Tocco’s writing for children has appeared in HighlightsHighlights High FiveCricketAppleSeedsHumpty DumptyTurtle Magazine for Preschool KidsPockets, and other children’s publications. She is the author of the children’s poetry collection The Hungry Snowman and Other Poems (Kelsay Books, 2019). Tina’s fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have also been published in various literary journals and anthologies, such as New Ohio ReviewCrab Creek ReviewPotomac ReviewRiver StyxHarpur PalateOvunque SiamoBest Small Fictions 2019, and Wild Dreams: The Best of Italian Americana. In 2019, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in fiction. Tina earned her MFA in creative writing from Manhattanville College, where she was editor-in-chief of Inkwell, the college’s national literary journal.

First Thursday – Open Mic

MONTHLY FREE EVENT

Arts Escape invites writers to share their creative work in our monthly open mic. Bring your work-in-progress-either fiction or non-fiction-or something new you’re trying out. It promises to be an evening of fun, support, and community! Want to listen only? We welcome you. Reservations are required and participants are limited to 20

IN-PERSON AND VIA ZOOM