Monday Morning Beginning Artists Series

Tupper Lake, N.Y. - Art enables us to experience nature - including the Adirondack Park - from a fresh perspective. Drawing and painting refines our observation skills and helps us notice new details like the purple-green scales on a fish or the unique way a flower unfurls its petals in the morning sunlight. Scientists and explorers have used art throughout the ages to open their eyes to the wonders of the natural world. Every Monday morning in July and August, The Wild Center will host a two-hour adult beginner art classes taught by Wild Center staff and local guest artists. Ages 15 and up are welcome for each class. Classes are from 9am until 11am.



Date: Monday, July 7th
Title: Plein Air Printmaking from Nature
Guest Artist: Carol Marie Vossler, Artistic Director - BluSeed Studios
Cost: $35 non-members/$30 members. Includes materials.

Using nature as our inspiration, this hands-on printmaking workshop will focus on generating a series of prints from nature. With basic printmaking techniques, participants will create unique monoprints on a printing plate and then run them through a small table press for a one of a kind work piece. We may work from a collection of natural objects such as flowers, leaves, and more to do direct printing from the natural objects. All inks are water-based and non-toxic. No prior printmaking experience is necessary.

Date: Monday July 14th
Title: Spectacular Sunsets
Instructors: Kerri Ziemann and Kristen Balschunat
Cost: $20 non-members/$15 members. Includes materials.

Have you ever experienced a spectacular mountaintop sunset but been unable to fully capture the moment with your camera? Try painting it instead! Watercolor is the perfect medium for depicting the smoothly-blended oranges and reds of the evening sky. In this hands-on workshop you will learn how create your own sunset silhouette masterpiece. Our naturalists will guide you through a step-by-step process and discuss techniques like washes, wet-on-wet color blending and silhouette painting. No prior watercolor experience is necessary.

Date: Monday July 21st
Title: For the Birds
Instructors: Kristen Balschunat and Jen Kretser
Cost: $20 non-members/$15 members. Includes materials.

Do you think watercolor painting is for the birds? Whether you consider yourself a novice or an advanced artist, join us for a beginner art course all about birds. We will discuss techniques for drawing and painting beaks, feathers, eyes, nests and more. Our naturalists will guide you through a step-by-step process and you will go home with an original painting of a native Adirondack bird. Come and let your creativity soar! No prior watercolor experience is necessary.

Date: Monday, July 28th
Title: Composing Good Paintings
Guest Artist: Sandy Hildreth
Cost: $35 non-members/$30 members. Includes materials.

Join artist Sandy Hildreth for a hands-on workshop focused on composition. When learning to paint and draw from nature, it is important to choose subjects and compositions that are pleasing to look at, attract the viewers' attention, and are well balanced. These elements matter whether doing something up close like a wildflower or working on a large panoramic landscape. Participants will learn how to create good compositions and interesting arrangements of subject matter through instruction, demonstration, and practice drawing and painting from nature. This workshop will incorporate a variety of materials including pencils, oil pastels, markers, and watercolors and may venture outside, weather dependent.

Date: Monday August 4th
Title: Trees through the Seasons
Instructors: Kerri Ziemann and Kristen Balschunat
Cost: $20 non-members/$15 members. Includes materials.

Have you ever doodled a tree in the margin of your notebook or planner? This workshop will help you paint more realistic trees with textured bark, lush leaves and beautiful backgrounds. You will learn how to paint native Adirondack trees in all four seasons and will go home with a series of original tree paintings. All skill levels are encouraged to join us for this beginner art class. No prior watercolor experience is necessary.

Date: Monday August 11th
Title: Monarch Migration
Instructors: Kerri Ziemann and Kristen Balschunat
Cost: $20 non-members/$15 members. Includes materials.

In this hands-on art workshop you will learn how to paint monarchs step by step from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. Learn to see the smallest details from the pattern on wings to the wispy seeds of milkweed plants that monarchs love to eat. Learn about their incredible migration journey and maybe even see a few live butterflies in the Wild Center gardens. You will go home with a series of original monarch-themed watercolor paintings. No prior art experience is necessary.

Date: Monday, August 18th
Title: Painting the Landscape in Watercolor
Guest Artist: Tim Fortune
Cost: $35 non-member/$30 members. Includes materials.

Through demonstrations and talks, painting techniques such as washes, brush strokes, color and layer applications will be covered. We will also cover basics such as setting up your palette, brush and paper selection, and how to get started. Watercolor can be challenging so a major focus will be to instill confidence in the student by providing proven techniques that can "fix" most disappointments that emerge from the painting process. A relaxed and encouraging environment will be provided. In addition to bringing a notebook and any painting materials you may have, please include your sense of humor as the artist has a tendency to enjoy himself while teaching.

Date: Monday, August 25th
Title: Telling a Story through Painting
Guest Artist: Georgeanne Gaffney
Cost: $35 non-members/$30 members. Includes materials.

Artist Georgeanne Gaffney will lead you through the steps of painting a landscape using a unique style of layering acrylic paint on a canvas board. Working from photographs from the same location/landscape at different times, spring into summer, participants will layer each time period building toward a complete piece. Students will paint from a series of site-specific photographs that show the landscape through the seasons, creating a storied landscape.

The Wild Center is open daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. between Memorial Day and Labor Day. For more information, visit www.wildcenter.org.

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Contact: Tracey A. Legat, tlegat@wildcenter.org