Winter/Spring Workshop Schedule 2020
Art Ministry Program of the
First United Methodist Church
66 Chestnut Street, Oneonta, NY
Wednesday mornings, 10-12 in the Art Room


The monthly fee for a workshop is $35. (Note: Some modifications may occur due to additional meeting days or special materials.) 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 information, contact Phil Young 607-433-1169 or Jeff Gardner 607-432-4102.)

To Register: Call the church office, 607-432-4102 and leave your name and contact information (Name, phone number and email address). Workshop fees are payable on the first day of class. Any questions or special needs, contact the church office @ 607-432-4102.

Parking: We are not permitted to park across Chestnut St. in the “First Baptist” parking lot. Available parking will be up and down Church St., possibly Franklin St. (1st left off Church.) Other options are the parking garage and Dietz St. Parking Lots. There is a walking path that takes you up to the library & church. If you have materials to unload, you may use the courtyard access in front of the church on Chestnut St. Any questions or special needs, contact the church office @ 607-432-4102.

JANUARY 8, 15, 22

Please Note: Meeting times for this class are slightly longer,10 am-12:40 pm, to accommodate instruction over three weeks instead of four.

DRAW, DRIP, PAINT, AND PLY with Ursula Gullow

Discover the bliss of working with acrylic products in non-traditional ways. Students will experiment with an assortment of acrylic mediums and materials like soft pastels, markers, packing tape, and rubbing alcohol. Differing viscosities of paint – from very thin to thick – will be handled, and students will work on several studies before combining them into larger mixed media artworks. This class is suitable for all levels.

Ursula Gullow is a visual artist who grew up in Delaware County, NY and currently lives in Asheville, NC. She has been an art instructor for over 10 years at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, and she is a featured artist in Appalachia Now! An interdisciplinary Study of Contemporary Art in Southern Appalachia currently on view at the Asheville Art Museum. Ursula has received numerous awards including the North Carolina Regional Project Grant (2009,) and residencies with Artspace in Raleigh, NC and Jentel Arts in Banner, WY.

FEBRUARY 5, 12, 19, 26

DRAWING HANDS with Barbara Ardan

Class limit: 12

“The hand is the visible part of the brain.” (-- Kant) And heart!

We will study and draw the structure and proportion of hands with the aid of wood and plaster models. Blind contour, gestural, and schematic approaches give way to in depth observational drawing as we search the expressive and unique characteristics of our own hands in our own drawings. Pencil, charcoal, erasers and paper provided. All levels welcome!

Barbara Ardan has taught drawing and painting at SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College and workshops at numerous venues in or area.

MARCH 4, 11, 18, 25

EXPLORING PAPER ARTS through Snail Mail and Journal Making with Hope Von Stengel

Class limit: 12

When is the last time you sent someone a letter or created a personalized gift for a dear friend? This class emphasizes the simple beauty of paper and the lost arts of letter writing and journaling. Utilizing a variety of papers, we will create everything you need to make someone a personal card- yes, you will design and

craft the card as well as make the envelope! Little journals (perfect for your purse or pocket) will also be made. For class members who are feeling especially ambitious, or those who took last year’s class and want to venture further, materials and instructions to create postcards and stationery will be offered.

Stamping, drawing, calligraphy, collage, folding- this is a hands-on class that lets you work at your own pace, yet bring something memorable home to gift.

Hope Von Stengel is a lover of language and art. She received her BA in English from the University of Oregon and has taken several art classes at Hartwick College.

APRIL 1, 8, 15, 22


Class limit: 12  (This collage workshop differs from earlier ones.)

As usual, an extensive paper collection will be available. But here participants are encouraged to experiment with other materials if they wish. The result can be two- or three-dimensional art.

So, bring your free spirit, imagination, and if you like, things that inspire you: scraps of cloth, leather, drink tabs, photos, type, small boxes, etc. Bring anything that can adhere to your base and makes you happy.

Materials will be provided: substrates, gel, paints, scraps of wood and other ephemera.

Christine Alexander’s work reflects a life-long fascination with color. Often whimsical, her paintings are characteristically brightly hued. She paints in watercolor and acrylic and makes intricate cut-paper collages. She has exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions and teaches art and collage workshops. Prior to painting full time, Alexander worked as a graphic designer, photographer, and teacher. She earned a Master’s degree from North Carolina State University, College of Design, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

MAY 6, 13, 20, 27


Class limit: 12

Choose a different design for each (or use one design on all four) of your choice or select from a group of designs provided by the artist. Paint your designs on canvas placemats with acrylic paint and finish with varnish for a colorful, durable and wipeable addition to your table setting.

Diana Cook, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, has been a professional decorative painter and fine artist for over 30 years. She shows her copper mosaics and mixed media paintings at Tilting at Windmills Gallery in Manchester Center, VT.


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