Tuesday, 25 June 2013 10:59

AAO offers summer exhibits, classes for adults, kids

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     The Art Association of Oswego has a host of classes for both children and adults as well as special exhibits. 



Eight by Ten Photography Exhibit:
     The Art Association of Oswego (AAO) announces the opening of a new art exhibit at the Civic Arts Center called Eight by Ten. The show will be made up of 80 photographs–eight photographs each by ten area photographers. Included in the show are some local favorites Charlotte Arcadi, Robert Clark, Deborah Engelke, Bob Gates, Peter Mahan, Phillip Moore, Paul Pearce, Kimberly Rossiter, Jim Russell and Kate Zacharewski.
     According to Art Association exhibition coordinator Bill DeMott, "This show will include sort of an A-Z of local photographers – Arcadi to Zacharewski – with subjects ranging from still life to landscape to figure. Expect a lot of approaches to photography from traditional black and white to manipulated color collage work. There will be something for everyone – something for everyone to appreciate and something for everyone to learn."
    This exhibit will be on display until Sunday, July 7. Regular gallery hours are from 2-5 pm on weekends or by appointment. Group tours are encouraged.

AAO Annual Members' Show:

     Anyone who is an AAO member is eligible to participate in this show which will run from Saturday, July 20, through Sunday, Aug. 18. Details for submitting artwork to be announced. During the opening reception for this exhibit from 7-9 p.m., July 20, we will also be holding our Second Annual Postcard Salon fundraiser. There will be a slight change this year in that the fundraiser will be held ONLY during the opening reception instead of during the entire exhibition. Also, postcard art will be priced at $10 each with 50 percent going to the artist and 50 percent to the AAO (unless the artist wishes to donate the entire proceeds). We are looking for artists to participate. For further information, contact event coordinator Sandra Dowie at [email protected] or 315-947-6000.
     The Oswego Civic Arts Center is located at the northernmost end of East Fourth Street in Oswego, directly across from Fort Ontario. AAO Gallery Hours are from 2-5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays (other times by appointment) while an exhibition is on display. For further information please call 315-343-5675 or visit them online at www.oswegoarts.org.
Gallery Attendant volunteers are always needed. Please let us know if you can help.


NOTE: All classes are held at the AAO facility unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. We cannot hold a class at these prices unless we have a minimum of four students. Checks or money orders may be mailed to the AAO - PO Box 271 - Oswego, NY 13126, or payments may be made using a debit or credit card via PayPal through the AAO website at www.OswegoArts.org. If the class is cancelled due to low enrollment, the entire payment will be returned.


Living the Writer's Life (for ages 16+)
     So, you want to be a writer? The instructor takes you through four weeks of exercises and timed writings to open your mind to create worlds you didn't know existed. This course will help your inner writer gladly emerge. By the end of the course, participants should have plenty of material to turn into short stories or a novel.
When:10 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 10-31 or August 7-2 (four weeks each session)
Cost: $72 for AAO-members; $84 for non-members for each session.
Instructor: Jill Luigs has been involved in the arts since the 70s with a Bachelor's in English and graduate studies in creative writing. She has participated and facilitated in writer critique groups and writer workshops since for over 15 years
Contact info: Jill - [email protected] or 315-297-0460 to register.


Watercolor Galesway (ages 16+)

     This course will cover how watercolor painting is different from oil or acrylic, tools and their variations, understanding color and art concepts, bringing ideas to paper, and playing with tricks to achieve effect.
Skill level: Appropriate for all skill levels.
When: 6-8 p.m., Thursdays, July 11 through Aug. 1 (6 weeks)
Location: instructor's residence in Fulton.
Cost: $72 for AAO members; $84 for non-members; plus supplies.
Instructor: Gale Armstrong is a Syracuse University art major who's been painting in various mediums for more than 50 years.
Contact info: Armstrong - [email protected] or 315-593-3575 to register and for a list of supplies.

Watercolor 1 (ages 16+)
     This introductory course will focus on the fundamental techniques and concepts of watercolor such as a flat wash, graded wash, direct painting, charging, glazing, and dry brush techniques. Special effects such as spattering, masking out, sponges, and adding salt to create textures will also be discussed.
Skill Level: beginner
When: 6-9 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 16, July 18, July 23 and July 25 (bi-weekly for two weeks)
Cost: $72 for AAO-member; $96 for non-members; plus supplies
Instructor: Kimberly Rossiter has an MS in education; NYS certification for art education K-12; 30 hours of college level art coursework; and has taught two sessions of Intro to Watercolor @ AAO in 2012.
Contact info: Kimberly at [email protected] or 315-297-4439 to register and for a list of supplies.


Ceramic Surfaces Workshop (ages 16+)
     This class will provide an in depth exploration into the possibilities of ceramic surface treatments, including: stamping, under-glazing, layering glaze, masking, over-glazing and lusters, image transfer, decaling, and how to add mixed media elements post-firing.
Skill Level: Most appropriate for those who already know how to throw or build by hand, but beginners are welcome also to experiment on clay slabs also.
When: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesdays, July 2 through Aug. 20 (eight weeks)
Cost: $96 for AAO-members; $112 for non-members; plus materials fee of $50
Instructor: Caroline Hayward is a local ceramic artist with experience in many methods of building with clay, including throwing on the wheel. She received her BFA with a studio emphasis in ceramics and a minor in art history from SUNY Oswego. Before she got her art degree, she ran a business selling her pottery both nationally and internationally.
Contact info: Caroline at [email protected] or 315-868-1465 to register

Ceramics - Throwing on the Wheel for Beginners (ages 16+)
     This class will teach beginners the basics of throwing functional forms on the pottery wheel. Students will learn how to throw forms, trim, finish, glaze and fire their work through demonstrations and independent practice.
Skill Level: Beginner
When: 6-9 p.m., Wednesdays, July 3 thru Aug, 21 (eight weeks)
Cost: $144 for AAO-members; $168 for Non-members; plus materials fee of $50
Instructor: Caroline Hayward (see above for more info)
Contact info: Caroline at [email protected] or 315-868-1465 to register

Ceramics - Wheel Throwing & Hand Building Basics (ages 16+)
     This ceramics class focuses on throwing and trimming basics along with hand building techniques. Skills to be covered include: proper throwing techniques, stamping, press molding, handle pulling, glaze mixing, and firing.
Skill Level: Beginner to intermediate.
When: 6-9 p.m., Thursdays, July 11 through Aug. 29 (eight weeks)
Cost: $144 for AAO Members; $168 for non-members; plus materials fee of $50
Instructor: Jessie Joss graduated from Sage College of Albany with her BFA concentration in ceramic sculpture and a master's degree in art education.
Contact info: Jessie at [email protected] or 315-529-5705 to register.

The WABI Way of Raku Pottery (ages 16+)
     Instruction will be given on wheel throwing and hand building. Students will have 2 class days in which to throw or hand build the majority of their larger Raku forms. The third class will involve applying terra sigillata, cleaning the "green-ware" and making any smaller pieces. Glazing and Raku firing will happen the last day.
Skill Level: Beginner to advanced
When: 1-3:30 p.m., Mondays and Thursdays, July 22, July 25, July 29 and from 9 a.m., Thursday Aug. 1 until firing is finished (four-six hours).
Cost: $69 for AAO-members; $81 for non-members; plus $25 materials fee.
Instructors: Billie Jo Peterson and Linda Knowles
Contact info: Billie Jo at [email protected] or 315-591-8401 to register.


Coiled Bead Cap Anklets (ages 16+)
     Create your own coiled bead cap anklet.
Skill Level: Beginner
When: Two sessions, 7-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 30 or Aug. 20
Cost: $20 for AAO-members; $25 for non-members (materials included)
Instructor: Jeanne Czirr has been beading for more than10 years; currently owns and operates a hand-made jewelry business.
Contact info: Jeanneat [email protected] or 518-866-0378 to register.


Stained Glass Window Panel (ages 16+)

     Students will learn about the Tiffany method of stained glass and get an opportunity to design & create their own stained glass window panel
Skill Level: Best for those who have already done at least one small project in the past.
When: 6-9 p.m., Tuesdays, July 9, 16, 23, 30, and August 6 and 13 (six weeks)
Location:  Instructor's studio in Oswego
Cost: $110 for AAO-members; $130 for non-members, plus tools & supplies
Instructor: Laurie Cardinali Kester has been working in stained glass for about 30 years and has held several highly-popular classes for the AAO.
Contact Info: Laurie at [email protected] or 315-343-6599 to register and for a list of supplies.


Art Postcards (ages 16+)

     Local artists Sandra Dowie and Marcella Slater are offering a workshop at their Fire Fly Studio to facilitate the creative process for making these diminutive (4" x 6") pieces of art (i.e. painting, drawing, collage, stamping, metalwork, ceramic, beading, etc.).
Skill Level: Beginner to advanced
When: Second session is 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 6
Location: Fire Fly Studio in Sterling
Cost: $12 for AAO-members; $14 for non-members; $10 for materials
Contact info: Sandra at [email protected] or 315-947-6000 to register


Friday Night Art Date! (for ages 5-12 WITH adult)
     This is an opportunity for a parent (or other adult) & child (5-12 years old) come to a Friday Night Art Date once a week for three weeks to each create side-by-side crafty projects. Parents may participate with more than one child if they wish.
When: Two sessions, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Fridays, July 5-19 or August 8-16 (six different classes will be taught over the two sessions; you may take one or both sessions).
Cost per session: $16 for AAO-members; $21 for non-members; plus $15 for materials (per person, for each 3-week session)
Instructor: Diana Bukowski
Contact info: Diana at [email protected] to register.

Nature as Art for Kids (ages 9+)
     Every class will have students and instructor Jill Luigs out in nature around the AAO grounds gathering what is necessary for most of the items for creative use. The students can also bring anything from home they would like to incorporate into their pieces, such as pinecones, flowers, leaves, etc.
Dates: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m, Mondays in July and August.
Cost per class: $18 for AAO-members; $21 for non-members; plus materials (typically $3-5)
Instructor: Jill Luigs
Contact info for registration: Jill at 315-297-0460 or [email protected]

Polymer Clay S'Mores (ages 10+)
     Students learn to create graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate bars out of polymer clay, and then assemble them into earrings, a bracelet, or necklace.
When: Two sessions, 1-2 p.m., Tuesdays, July 9 and 16, or Aug. 6 and 13
Cost: $12 for AAO-members; $14 for non-members; plus $10 for materials
Instructor: Diana Bukowski
Contact info: Diana at [email protected]

ART for YOUth
     This will be a series of grant-funded (meaning FREE to participants) classes for children on Wednesdays in July and August. Topics & times to be announced later.

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