Nourish Your Soul ~ Art Ministry

Fall/Winter Art Class Schedule 2018

Classes meet from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Wednesdays in the Albright Room (Art Room) dowstairs. Monthly fees for most classes are $30 inclusive of materials (note some modifications, due to additional meeting days or special materials). Payment due at registration. Class size is normally limited to 12 on a first come/first serve basis. Scholarship assistance is available through the Grace Seifert Memorial Art Fund. For applications, contact Phil Young (607-433-1169) or Angela Eardley (607-434-.2435). To register call the church office at 607-432-4102 and leave your name and contact information. Details regarding each class are found below.

September 5, 12, 19, 26: Creative Stamp Making with Andrea House

October 3, 10, 17, 24: Watercolor For All with Barbara Ardan

October 31, November 7, 14: Traditional Key Basket with Martha Bremer

December 5, 12, 19: Holiday Basket with Martha Bremer


Class Details:

Creative Stamp Making: From simple stamps to complex multi-colored works of art, linoleum offers the clarity and detail of traditional woodcut relief printing, with the ease of working with a uniform and slightly softer material. In this four week workshop series, you will learn how to transfer designs onto linoleum blocks, how to use carving tools (safely), how to mix and apply inks, and how to print by hand, including multi-color registration. Perfect for the beginner printmaker, or for those with some experience who are due for a refresher course. We'll walk through the basics and explore the possibilities of 'linocut' printing, while creating unique prints and blocks to take home. (Extra material fee of $5, total cost  is $35.

A 1986 graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Andrea House has been living and working in Otsego County, NY for over 25 years. Her unique oil paintings featuring local landscapes and wildlife have won numerous awards at local venues including the Cooperstown Art Association's Essential Art Show, CANO's Mansion Show, and Fenimore Museum's Art by the Lake event. In an effort to branch out in terms of media, Andrea has lately been focused on exploring the medum of relief printing.

Watercolor For All: We will practice basic watercolor techniques, composition and color relationships. We will also challenge the conventional rectangular format by using alternative shapes (triangle, circle,). Hand writing/poetry may be included. After the first class students may bring photographs for a starting point of a painting.Limit: 10

Traditional Key Basket: Find your keys!?This class will be making the traditional key basket. A wall basket using round and flat rattan is woven on a two piece key frame. A great place to keep your keys, mail or anything you need to have close at hand and organized. . All materials and tools will be provided. Please bring a towel to help with water clean up.Class Limit: 10

Holiday Basket: It's the holiday season! We will weave a basket with a holiday theme. Using the colors of the season and a wooden base, we will weave a basket that can be displayed and filled with holiday decorations, or the bounty of natural materials. Class Limit: 10.


About our artists:

Barbara Ardan: Barbara Ardan was born and raised near Niagara Falls, spent a high school year in Australia, and graduated from Wellesley College, where she majored in Studio Art, studied under Bunny Harvey, and was awarded the Senior Art Prize. She pursued coursework for an MFA degree at Maryland State College in Salisbury, continued painting and exhibiting while parenting three children, and moved with her family to Oneonta in 1991.  She has been teaching at Hartwick College, SUNY/Oneonta, and other local venues, has exhibited in local, regional, and national shows and galleries. She won “Best Painting” awards at the City of the Hills shows in 2004, 2008 and 2010, and the “Best in Show” Prize in 2014 at the CANO regional artists exhibit in Oneonta.

Martha Bremer: In the 1980s Martha Bremer studied at the Brookfield Craft Institute with many nationally known basketmakers. Since then she has been mostly self-taught, exploring both traditional and sculptural forms. For the past 25 years, she has taught many classes both to children and adults. Her baskets have been exhibited in group exhibitions throughout New York State. She is also a professional seat weaver and has been repairing woven seats for the past 25 years. Her studio and home are in Otego.

Andrea House: At the age of twelve, Andrea House began taking oil painting lessons, and was awarded a scholarship to attend Wesleyan University’s summer residential program, Center for Creative Youth, at age sixteen. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of the arts (Philadelphia College of Art) in 1986. She has received numerous awards as well as having many exhibitions. 

"Living in rural Central New York (Northern Otsego County), I find inspiration daily in the lush and tranquil beauty of the local landscapes and wildlife. To me the natural world represents spiritual reflection, and I use natural elements to express a personal search for balance. Using oil paints on wood panels with photographs, memory, and process as guides, I recreate encounters with nature. The paintings are built up slowly in layers as the forms shift and become progressively more detailed. Attention to drawing, color, and light keep the pictures rooted in representational imagery, while active brushwork and emphasis on abstract patterns invite the eye to linger, and the mind to wander."



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