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Secrets of Painting the Night Workshop

Secrets of night painting will be revealed in this workshop with nationally recognized artist Zufar Bikbov, a winner of plein air awards for his nocturnes throughout the United States. 
During this full one-day workshop with master artist, Zufar Bikbov, you will learn how to create a nocturnal composition with its unique approach, and how to start, lead and finish the painting. You will learn various techniques using color, light, underpainting, and finishing that are specific for nocturnes.

Oil and Acrylic painters are welcome.

Students must bring their own supplies (scroll to bottom for supply list). Easels are provided.

Workshop Plan:
You will create two artworks:

  • In the morning session, you will create a study that covers the effects of the glowing moon and moonlit clouds. The composition approach and color palette will be explained and applied.
  • In the afternoon session you will work on a larger canvas and create a painting of a moonlit river, utilizing the techniques you learned and adding moonlit objects and moonlight reflections in the river.

The fee for the workshop is $160 and the class is limited to 12 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 Art and Photography Programs./

BIOGRAPHY
Zufar Bikbov’s careers in medicine and art were parallel for years. The medical field gave this avid plein air painter an understanding of the value of human life and communication as well as an appreciation of the beautiful world around us. In 2003 the world of art inspired him to move to the United States from his native Russia. Plein air became a passion as he traveled across the country.

Zufar attributes his early artistic approach to his father, a watercolor landscape painter and engineer. Zufar has received multiple awards at major plein air events such as Plein Air Easton, Laguna Plein Air and many others. He is a member of prestigious organizations such as Plein air Painters of America and The Guild of Boston Artists.

Zufar Bikbov has been teaching painting and drawing at Arts Escape in Southbury and throughout the United States. Visit his wesite www.zufar.com to see more of his work.

SUPPLY LIST
OIL OR ACRYLIC PAINTS (ESSENTIAL LIST)
• TITANIUM WHITE
• ULTRAMARINE BLUE or FRENCH ULTRAMARINE
• MANGANESE BLUE IMITATION or CERULEAN BLUE IMITATION
• CADMIUM YELLOW LEMON
• CADMIUM ORANGE
• YELLOW OCHRE
• RAW SIENNA
• BURNT UMBER
• ALIZARIN PERMANENT or ALIZARIN CRIMSON
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CANVAS / CANVAS PANELS
• OIL or ACRYLIC PRIMED.
• SIZE: 1 canvas/panel 8”x10” or 9”x12, AND 1 canvas/panel 11”x14”.
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BRUSHES. Minimum set
– BRISTLE or SIMILAR TO BRISTLE SYNTHETIC:
FLAT or FILBERT: 2-3 brushes of SIZE 4, 6, 8, 10
-SOFTER SYNTHETIC for OIL / ACRYLIC
FLAT: 1-2 brushes of SIZE 2
FLAT: 1-3 brushes of SIZE 4, 6
ROUND: 1 brush of SMALLER SIZE
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MEDIUM:

  1. LIQUID MEDIUM THAT SPEEDS-UP DRYING TIME e.g. GALKYD MEDIUM
  2. GEL MEDIUM: GALKYD GEL or LIQUIN
    PALETTE FOR OIL PAINTING, STA-WET PALETTE FOR ACRYLIC

    SKETCH PAD OR DRAWING PAD
    DRAWING PENCILS: 1-2 SOFT PECILS, e.g. 2-4B and ERASER


Painting on Silk Scarves

Silk painting originated in China and Japan over 1,500 years ago. This ancient art used natural dyes. Modern silk painting is done with acid dyes which allow the colors to bond to the silk and last forever.

In this 3-hour workshop, students will work in a small group setting and design two unique silk scarves. Scarves of various sizes will be available for you to choose. One scarf will be created using dyes, alcohol, and salt to make geometric patterns with multiple colors. The second scarf will use an acid dye blocker called Gutta, allowing for painting on the silk using line drawings for a more deliberate design.

The fee for the 3-hour class is $60.00 which includes all supplies. 

The workshop is limited to 12 students. 

Kothy has been teaching and working in the art field all of her life and is knowledgeable in all forms of art, painting, sculpting, drawing, and crafting.

***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.

Dot Painting Workshop with Faith Vicinanza

Come and enjoy the creative process of dot painting with poet and artist Faith Vicinanza.

A dot painting is produced by repeated imprints of a paint-covered brush, dotting stick, or other implement onto the painting surface creating recognizable “dot” marks on the canvas.

Tools, paint, and practice cards will be provided. You are welcome to bring a blank journal to try your hand at a design on a book cover. There will be options to paint a notecard or ornament as part of the workshop. The primary focus is on learning about tools and techniques.

Wear clothes that you are not afraid to get paint on.

The fee for the 3-hour workshop is $50 which includes all supplies to use during class. Class size is limited to 10 students. Tools will be available for purchase after the class if you wish to keep a set of the dotting tools.

You can find Faith’s work on Instagram @faithv2016.

*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 Art Programs.

Children’s/YA Writers Forum

Read Out Loud

Via Zoom

This popular monthly writer’s 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 via a “Tip Jar.” Use the dropdown menu to choose an amount. There is still a free option; all tips are greatly appreciated.

The Writer’s Forum is limited to 8 participants. Students must register by Tuesday, June 6, to receive the Zoom link.

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.

Act Up! A Four-week Workshop

This workshop series is for all levels of actors, from beginners to seasoned community theatre actors and professionals.

Building on the exercises in the the introductory acting “Playshop,” OX will guide students in developing their acting skills while customizing workshop content to the group. In a user-friendly environment, students will learn by doing. Attendance at the introductory session is not a prerequisite for attending this four-week class.

Theatre games and exercises will include non-verbal and verbal communication, creating characters, and script analysis.  Participants will do both very short monologues and dialogues.  No memorization will be necessary. 

Dress in comfortable clothes you can move in.

The cost for the four-week workshop is $100. The minimum enrollment is 6 participants, and the maximum is 20.

OX

OX has been a professional actor for twenty years with work on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in feature films, TV movies and daytime, commercials, and voice-overs. OX is the creator of Acting is Easy, a user-friendly acting technique that works for all genres.

He has taught acting technique to over 5,000 actors, models, athletes, and amateurs of all ages, including work with physically and mentally challenged students. OX is the owner of The Acting Laboratory, one of the first on-camera acting training centers in the East. As a casting director, he has overseen 50,000 individual auditions and has directed over 100 plays, musicals, revues, television commercials, and promotional videos.

COVID POLICY – Until further notice, proof of vaccination is no longer required to attend classes and workshops. Masks remain optional.

Acting Is Easy – A Free “Playshop”

This free PLAYSHOP is for all levels of actors, from beginners to seasoned community theatre actors and professionals.

Acting is about playing. That is why they call it a Play.

Participants will begin with non-verbal communication theatre games. In a user-friendly environment, students will learn by doing. Then students will venture into verbal communication and be introduced to script analysis and creating characters, all of which works for any genre.  Participants will do both very short monologues and dialogues.  No memorization will be necessary. 

Dress in comfortable clothes you can move in.

This workshop will be followed by a four-week class on Saturday mornings in May. See this listing on our website.

This introductory workshop is free! The minimum is 6 participants, and the maximum is 20.

OX

OX has been a professional actor for twenty years with work on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in feature films, TV movies and daytime, commercials, and voice-overs. OX is the creator of Acting is Easy, a user-friendly acting technique that works for all genres.

He has taught acting technique to over 5,000 actors, models, athletes, and amateurs of all ages, including work with physically and mentally challenged students. OX is the owner of The Acting Laboratory, one of the first on-camera acting training centers in the East. As a casting director, he has overseen 50,000 individual auditions and has directed over 100 plays, musicals, revues, television commercials, and promotional videos.

COVID POLICY – Until further notice, proof of vaccination is no longer required to attend classes and workshops. Masks remain optional.

Children’s/YA Writers Forum

Read Out Loud

Via Zoom

** PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN DAY FOR THIS MONTH TO TUESDAY EVENING

This popular monthly writer’s 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 via a “Tip Jar.” Use the dropdown menu to choose an amount. There is still a free option; all tips are greatly appreciated.

The Writer’s Forum is limited to 8 participants. Students must register by Monday, May 1, to receive the Zoom link.

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.

Children’s/YA Writers Forum

Read Out Loud

Via Zoom

** PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN DAY FOR THIS MONTH TO TUESDAY EVENING

This popular monthly writer’s 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 via a “Tip Jar.” Use the dropdown menu to choose an amount. There is still a free option; all tips are greatly appreciated.

The Writer’s Forum is limited to 8 participants. Students must register by Monday, April 3, to receive the Zoom link.

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.

Turning Words into Art and Art into Words

Enjoy a stress-free fun session of writing and painting! Ekphrastic writing–a piece of writing penned in response to a piece of art–and impressionist painting will be explored and intertwined to inspire
and challenge your creative self. You’ll be led via guided prompts and demonstrations. All levels are welcome and no experience is required.

The fee for the workshop is $65. All supplies are included.

Betsy Rogers-Knox received a Certificate in Botanical Illustration from the New York Botanical Garden in 2006 and has been illustrating plants ever since. Betsy’s work has been shown widely in the U.S. and was exhibited in London at the Royal Horticultural Botanical Art Exhibition 2016  where she was awarded the prestigious Silver Gilt Award for her series of paintings entitled The Life Cycle of the Milkweed and Monarch. Her work has been exhibited at the American Society of Botanical Artists Annual International Exhibitions in NYC. Find more at https://www.rogersknoxart.com/.

Nancy McMillan of Bethlehem is the award-winning author of March Farm: Season by Season on a Connecticut Family Farm. Her essay “For the Love of Linen” (CT Lit Anthology 2020) was a Pushcart Prize nominee. Litchfield Magazine publishes her feature stories, one of which won first place in the CT Press Club 2022 Contest. Her work has appeared in Pangyrus, The Sunlight Press, Persimmon Tree, Fiction Southeast, and Edible Nutmeg, and her reviews have run in Connecticut newspapers.

She directs the writing program at Arts Escape, where she helps students embrace and inhabit their innate creativity. Find more at www.nancymcmillan.com.

COVID POLICY: Until further notice, proof of vaccination is no longer required to attend classes. Masks remain optional .

*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 Writing Programs.

Acting Is Easy – A Free “Playshop”

In-person

This free PLAYSHOP is for all levels of actors, from beginners to seasoned community theatre actors and professionals.

Acting is about playing.  That is why they call it a Play.

Participants will begin with non-verbal communication theatre games. In a user-friendly environment, students will learn by doing. Then students will venture into verbal communication and be introduced to script analysis and creating characters, all of which works for any genre.  Participants will do both very short monologues and dialogues.  No memorization will be necessary. 

Dress in comfortable clothes you can move in.

This introductory workshop is free! The minimum is 6 participants, and the maximum is 20.

SNOW DATE: Saturday, January 28, 2023

OX

OX has been a professional actor for twenty years with work on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in feature films, TV movies and daytime, commercials, and voice-overs. OX is Creator of Acting is Easy, a user-friendly acting technique that works for all genres.

He has taught acting technique to over 5,000 actors, models, athletes, and amateurs of all ages, including work with physically and mentally challenged students. OX is the owner of The Acting Laboratory, one of the first on-camera acting training centers in the East. As a casting director, he has overseen 50,000 individual auditions and has directed over 100 plays, musicals, revues, television commercials, and promotional videos.

COVID POLICY – Only 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.