Course Descriptions: SPRING 2016

Music Classes

Piano for Beginners (ages 8-11)

45 minute classes at: 10 am, 11 am and 2 pm. Discover the joy of music making! Learn how to play the piano in a group setting through a focused study of rhythm, note-reading and piano technique. Students will learn to improvise, make music together, and build a strong piano technique and excellent habits. This course aims to give students a strong foundation to support future musical study and a life-long love of music. ($160)

 

Individual Lessons (All ages and levels)

Available Saturdays and Thursdays. Individual lessons offer one-on-one instruction by MusicLab piano faculty to all ages and levels from the beginner to the more advanced. MusicLab offers affordable, comprehensive and student-centered piano instruction tailored to the unique needs of each student. Students will have opportunities to both perform and to make use of the extensive resources afforded by the SUNY New Paltz music department, as well as become part of a larger musical community. (45 minute lessons: $45)

Instructors: Nana Shi and Danielle Strassman.
Please contact Saturday Arts Lab director to schedule: Saturdayartslab@newpaltz.edu or 845-257-3850.

Saturday Arts Lab Spring 2016 – Visual Arts Classes

Course Descriptions (All classes are $240)

Morning Classes 10:00-12:00 PM

Multimedia Imaginarium (Grades K-2)

For little kids with big imaginations who love experimenting with art materials, this class is a hands-on multi-media exploration of art processes including drawing, painting, collage, printmaking and sculpture. Using basic techniques, we will discover ways of expressing ourselves through color, shape, texture and form. This class offers a playful and enriching approach to art making. We will use our knowledge of the world around as well as our imaginations to create original works of art.

Instructor: Beth Thomas
Shanti Grumbine is a visual artist and educator living and working in New Paltz, NY and Brooklyn, NY. She has exhibited extensively nationally and participated in numerous artist residencies and fellowships in the U.S. and abroad. Her multidisciplinary approach to making art includes drawing, painting, printmaking, paper cutting, sculpture and performance. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Stop Motion Animation (Grades 3-8)

Students will learn the complete production process of stop-motion animation. They will use various objects and materials to animate, capture footage in an animation software, use iMovie to edit, add sound, and upload to the internet or send via email to share their creations. The focus is on spontaneity and experimental fun—each student will create at least one complete short movie in each class.


Instructor: Jose Feliciano
Jose Feliciano is a local artist and art educator from Kingston, New York. He recently graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz with a Bachelor's degree in Visual Arts Education. Jose has served as a student advisor to the board of trustees of the New York State Art Teachers Association.


Photograph your World (Grades 6-12)

Everyone has a story to tell, each one of us is living an interesting and unique life. 
Using a camera to discover and document your world gives light to new ways of seeing, questioning and understanding. Students will be guided through weekly assignments to see and photograph their world in new and different ways. Weekly discussions about students' photographs, ideas surrounding photography, and feedback from Deborah and other students, will inspire you in your photographic journey. Experimental photographic processes will be explored such as photo-collage and image transfer techniques. Our class will culminate in an exhibition of your printed photographs.

Instructor: Deborah DeGraffenreid
Deborah DeGraffenreid is a professional photographer loving her life in the Hudson Valley. Her work can be see regionally in Chronogram and Upstate HOUSE magazine as well as publications such as Architectural Digest; she has also exhibited nationally in galleries. She teaches students of all ages and abilities, enjoying this role for the inspiration she receives from her students, and the ability to encourage and support those wishing to see the world in new and diverse ways.

 

Printmaking Lab (Grades 6-12)

Printmaking is one of the oldest and most diverse forms of art making and it continues to grow and change today. In this course, students will learn how to complete reductive linoleum carvings, create additive collagraph plates and print multiples by hand on a variety of surfaces. This course will focus on student experimentation and the versatility of printmaking as an art form.

Instructor: Tara Grzinic

 

Afternoon Classes 1:00-3:00 PM

Adventures in Art (Grades K-2)

For kids who love to get messy and make all kinds of art, this class is a hands-on, multi-media exploration of basic art making materials and processes such as drawing, painting, collage, printmaking and 3-dimensional sculpture. We will experiment with a variety of media to make colorful and expressive works of art. We will discover together in this energetic and play-based approach to art making.


Instructor: Beth Thomas
Beth Thomas is an assistant professor of Art Education in the School of Fine and Performing Arts at SUNY New Paltz. She is a former K-12 art teacher with 16 years teaching experience, and holds an MA in Integrated Teaching & Learning, and a PhD in Art Education, both from The Ohio State University. 

 

Multimedia Explorations in Art (Grades 3-5)

We will investigate texture, color, line, shape and form through 2-D and 3-D material explorations. With an emphasis on layering, we will experience ways of building up surfaces from mark making, to relief to free standing sculpture. Through experimentation, discovery, and self-expression, we will build technical abilities and creative problem solving skills.

Instructor: Shanti Grumbine
Shanti Grumbine is a visual artist and educator living and working in New Paltz, NY and Brooklyn, NY. She has exhibited extensively nationally and participated in numerous artist residencies and fellowships in the U.S. and abroad. Her multidisciplinary approach to making art includes drawing, painting, printmaking, paper cutting, sculpture and performance. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Stop Motion Animation (Grades 3-8)

Students will learn the complete production process of stop-motion animation. They will use various objects and materials to animate, capture footage in an animation software, use iMovie to edit, add sound, and upload to the internet or send via email to share their creations. The focus is on spontaneity and experimental fun—each student will create at least one complete short movie in each class.


Instructor: Jose Feliciano
Jose Feliciano is a local artist and art educator from Kingston, New York. He recently graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz with a Bachelor's degree in Visual Arts Education. Jose has served as a student advisor to the board of trustees of the New York State Art Teachers Association


Photograph your World (Grades 6-12)

Everyone has a story to tell, each one of us is living an interesting and unique life. 
Using a camera to discover and document your world gives light to new ways of seeing, questioning and understanding. Students will be guided through weekly assignments to see and photograph their world in new and different ways. Weekly discussions about students' photographs, ideas surrounding photography, and feedback from Deborah and other students, will inspire you in your photographic journey. Experimental photographic processes will be explored such as photo-collage and image transfer techniques. Our class will culminate in an exhibition of your printed photographs.

Instructor: Deborah DeGraffenreid
Deborah DeGraffenreid is a professional photographer loving her life in the Hudson Valley. Her work can be see regionally in Chronogram and Upstate HOUSE magazine as well as publications such as Architectural Digest; she has also exhibited nationally in galleries. She teaches students of all ages and abilities, enjoying this role for the inspiration she receives from her students, and the ability to encourage and support those wishing to see the world in new and diverse ways.

 

Introduction to Oil Painting (Grades 7-12)

In this class, we will explore the unique qualities of oil paint. Students will learn how to stretch a canvas, create a palette, and about all kinds of mark making using brushes and other tools. We will learn about composition, color mixing and creating volume and form. Subject matter will be inspired by the interests of students. Class discussions and slide shows will be an integral part of the process of learning the exciting and complex language of painting.


Instructor: Susan Seigel
Hudson Valley based painter Susan Siegel was born in Arcadia, California. In 2010 Siegel earned an MFA in Painting from the New York Academy of Art. Her work has been exhibited widely, including Sloan Fine Art and Flowers Gallery in New York City. Siegel's work has been featured by New American Paintings, The Huffington Post, the Wall Street Journal International and Curate NY. In 2012 Siegel was awarded a studio at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts.


Printmaking Lab (Grades 6-12)

Printmaking is one of the oldest and most diverse forms of art making and it continues to grow and change today. In this course, students will learn how to complete reductive linoleum carvings, create additive collagraph plates and print multiples by hand on a variety of surfaces. This course will focus on student experimentation and the versatility of printmaking as an art form.

Instructor: Tara Grzinic