All PAC classes are taught by working artists using quality materials in our climate controlled art studio spaces at
Belle Levine Art Center. We emphasize personal instruction and limit enrollment.
a note about registration:
call to register or print out form available by link
below and return to us
(mail, drop off or scan and email).
advance registration is strongly recommended
classes fill quickly.
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ADULT VISUAL ART CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
(For teen offerings, scroll to bottom of page)
FOR PERFORMING ARTS CLASSES & WORKSHOPS, SCROLL DOWN.
DRAWING & PAINTING
Drawing Fundamentals & Techniques with James Sparks
This class will improve confidence and ability in observational drawing as will explore textures, patterns and imaginative abstract forms. Work will be in charcoal, graphite & conte crayon with some projects on toned paper. One class will have a live model to enhance the figure drawing session. Materials list provided upon registration.
6 Tuesday’s, 6:30-8:30pm 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21
$150/$145 PAC members
Oil/Acrylic with Jeanne Demotses
This course will cover still life and photographic sources and focus on composition as well as the use and care of painting materials. The instructor will demonstrate various painting techniques and also offer critiques in a supportive atmosphere. This class is for students with some experience in painting in oils or acrylics. Materials list provided upon registration - easels will be provided. Register early, enrollment limited to 12.
6 Tuesday’s from 1– 3:30 pm 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14 & 10/21
$180/$175 PAC members
Watercolor Beginner/Intermediate with Jeanne Demotses
Class covers principles of watercolor. Students will develop skills necessary to produce finished paintings. Demonstrations in composition, focal point and design will be covered Bring any watercolors, brushes and paper you have. Materials list provided by instructor at the first class. Register early, enrollment limited to 12.
6 Thursday’s from 1-3 pm 9/18, (no class 9/25), 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23 & 10/30
$150/$145 PAC members
Watercolor Intermediate/Advanced with Jeanne Demotses
Class will focus on still life and photographic resources, and explore the use of gouache and inks, and is designed for students with watercolor experience. Materials List provided upon registration. Register early, enrollment limited to 12.
6 Friday’s 1-3 pm 9/19, 9/26, (no class 10/3), 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31
$150/$145 PAC members
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PHOTOGRAPHY with Dr. Bernie Kessler
UNRAVELING THE MYSTERIES OF DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Personal Individual Instruction You Can Afford – Taught in the Artist’s Studio
Join Dr. Kessler in his studio in Yorktown to learn about any phase of digital photography that interests you, from buying a camera to printing, and everything in-between. Receive clear, uncomplicated instruction. Your creative journey begins with a two hour session in the photographer’s studio which is equipped with 4 printers, a 24" iMac and 2 PC laptops.
Private iInstruction available from Monday - Friday, 2-6pm; contact office to register and schedule instruction – 845.803.8622. Small groups (max of 4) can be accommodated - rates would differ.
Single Private Session @ $50; Three Private Sessions @ $135
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Learn something new and polish your skills at one of the following 6-week clay class offerings. Classes provide personalized instruction and weekly demonstrations of projects and techniques. Personal exploration always encouraged.
Wheel Class from Beginner to Practiced with Gina Keidong
This 3-hour class provides a concentration on wheel throwing and is limited to 6 students so each has access to a wheel. Glazing techniques will also be developed. Hand building is always an option.
6 Tuesdays, 6:30- 9:30 pm 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, & 10/21
$205/$200 PAC members plus 4 cents per cubic inch in materials/firing fees.
General Class from Beginner to Practiced with Michael Cole
In this class, all techniques will be explored including wheel throwing, hand-building and lead-free glazing; open to all levels and limited to 8 students.
6 Wednesdays, 7-9pm 9/17, (no class 9/24), 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22 & 10/29
$150/$145 PAC members plus 4 cents per cubic inch for materials/firing fees.
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Printmaking without a Press with Christopher Staples
This fun 4-week workshop will show you how to make amazing monoprints without a press! Learn how to prepare your inks, use brayers, stencils, create layered effects and leave this workshop inspired with finished prints. Ultimately you will be able to take these skills home to print at your kitchen table or studio! Open to all levels from the professional printmaker to the curious art enthusiast. Individual attention and creative inspiration will be provided! Materials list provided upon registration.
4 Wednesday’s 10am-1pm 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22
$150/$145 PAC Members
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ONE DAY WORKSHOPS
Mixed Media Techniques with Karen Herbst and Christopher Staples
Two experienced mixed media artists will share their different approaches to creating textures, and layering for use in your own art. Whether you're an experienced artist or just beginning, you will come away from this hands-on workshop with new ideas and a collection of samples you create, including photo-altering and photo transfers, texture techniques for watercolor or acrylic, collage, stamping from objects, making your own unique stamps and more! Minimal materials list provided at registration as most supplies are supplied.
Friday 9/26 10am - 1pm
$95/$90 PAC Members
PERSPECTIVE: You CAN get there from here!
with Jeanne Demotses & Joann Zwolski
Everything you always wanted to know about one and two point perspective with instruction, examples & exercises. Enrollment limited to 15; bring a pencil, ruler, & kneaded eraser.
Wednesday 10/15 1-4pm
$95/$90 PAC Members
COLOR & BEYOND: Color Theory for Artists with Jeanne Demotses & Joann Zwolski
This class will focus on the use of the color wheel, color palettes and achieving harmony using basic dry and wet media. Enrollment limited to 15; bring ½ or ¾” flat watercolor brush, pencil and kneaded eraser.
Wednesday 10/29 1-4pm
$95/$90 PAC Members
Special offer - New students ONLY - are invited to try any adult or teen class for $20.00, which can then be applied towards full tuition (not offered for one day workshops).
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PRIVATE LESSONS AVAILABLE FOR ADULTS- INQUIRE WITH OFFICE STAFF FOR DETAILS.
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Teen Art Lab Experience with Sarah Gilchrist
Ages 13-17 Grab a few friends and come in with your ideas in this Art Lab - This class is perfect for the teen that wants to explore different mediums that center around their own interests and for those that are looking to build their individually- themed portfolio's. Guidance will be given in using appropriate techniques for the medium, but also for idea formation, composition, use of color, imaginative elements along with generalfine art elements.
6 Thursdays 5:45 - 6:45pm 9/4, 9/11, 9/18, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16
$165/160 PAC member ($15 materials fee included)
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Portfolio Development with Jeanne Demotses
A preliminary assessment will be made covering past art courses taken, work done independently, student's strengths, weaknesses, and aspirations, as well as a review of quantity and quality of work needed to prepare a portfolio for presentation to colleges and art schools. A series of exercises and projects will be designed to assist the student with the development of pieces needed for portfolio presentation for individual colleges. Work will be done one-on-one with the instructor as well as independently.Class open to teens 16 and over.
$65 for a one hour private session. Call to schedule (845.803.8622)
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PRIVATE LESSONS AVAILABLE FOR TEENS- INQUIRE WITH OFFICE STAFF FOR DETAILS.
& workshops for 12-adult
Beginning Tap with Dale Kolanko
Discover your inner Fred or Ginger, and join a fun, friendly and informative class that explores the basics of tap dance. Perfect for the brand new tapper! Dale is a talented and experienced teacher who will guide you comfortably though all of the basic steps. All you need are tap shoes (heeled or flat) and comfortable clothing that allows for ease in movement.
6 Tuesday’s 5-6pm 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28/ 11/4, 11/11
$130/$115 PAC members
Intermediate/Advanced Tap with Mary Jane Houdina
Ages 12 - Adult
Start off your week the right way, with a high energy, exciting tap class with Mary Jane. Tap technique is taught to the experienced tapper, involving the entire body and utilizing light, quick footwork. There is a focus on attitude and quick study of combinations and details, where students are encouraged to put their own unique signature on movements.
Requirements: Four years of previous tap experience necessary.
Low heeled character shoes preferred.
6 Monday’s, 6 -7 pm 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10
$130/$115 for PAC members
Modern Jazz with Mary Jane Houdina
Ages 12 - Adult
Come experience Mary Jane’s uptempo teaching and explore this fascinating class emphasizing Broadway style jazz, as per Peter Gennaro and Michael Bennet. With her varied and vast background in dance and theatre, Mary Jane’s class will focus on excellent technique and the exploration of varied styles. Jazz shoes preferred.
6 Monday’s, 7 - 8 pm 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10
$130/$115 for PAC members
Group Cabaret with Marci Elyn Schein (limited enrollment)
plore your vocal range as you prepare your own songs to perform, cabaret style! Marci has amazing skills and vast training, and will bring out talents you never knew existed! Come with your own song choices, or have Marci choose a song that best matches your style! Course will culminate in a performance TBD.
Grade Five through Grade Eight 6-7 PM
Grade Nine through Adult 7-8 PM
6 Tuesday’s 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11
$130/$115 PAC members
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PERFORMING ARTS WORKSHOPS
Audition Prep for Teen & Adults with Marci Elyn Schein
Prepare for that next theater audition, college audition or your next High School Musical
with Marci’s expertise as she assists you in developing your song (including NYSSMA songs) and monologue choice, and gives you pointers on how to best succeed in your audition.
$75.00 for one hour private session. Call to schedule (845-548-8343)
Private Voice and Acting Lessons for ages 8 to 80! With Marci Elyn Schein
Join Marci and get personal, hands-on performance instruction, in either voice or acting, or both! Marci’s students have performed in Broadway, Off Broadway and Regional productions.
$75.00 for one hour instruction. Call to schedule (845-548-8343)
COMING SOON: Master Classes in Dance!
Visit often for ongoing updates and additions!
Summer Office Hours through August are Monday - Thursday, 10am-4pm
***INFORMATION ABOUT REGISTRATION
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Advance registration is required for ALL classes & workshops. Classes are registration driven and can only take place with sufficient enrollment. Please register early so that we do not cancel a class. Do not appear for a class if you have not already registered with the office.
REGISTRATION can be done in person, by mail, by email or phone. Please access our registration form and get it to our office when completed with your payment. Payment forms accepted include cash, MC/Visa, personal check or money order along with the form and can be hand-delivered, mailed, scanned & emailed or call.
REFUND POLICY: A refund will be granted prior to the first class. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GRANTED AFTER THE FIRST CLASS MEETING. Full refunds are issued for classes cancelled by the Putnam Arts Council.
We attempt to accommodate everyone but DO NOT SCHEDULE MAKE UP CLASSES.
ABOUT MATERIALS: Adult Classes may require materials and a list will be provided upon registration. Youth classes include all materials unless stated.
CLOSINGS/CANCELLATIONS: It is the policy of the Putnam Arts Council to follow the Mahopac Schools for weather delays/closings. This information is available at WHUD, 100.7 FM and on their website, and at.mahopac.k12.ny.us
|Our Faculty of Teaching Artists - adult offerings
Michael, a resident of Mahopac since 1997, took a pottery class in August 2011 and has quickly developed a new passion for throwing pottery on the wheel. A “Recovering Actor” (having performed in musical theatre productions in New York and across the country), he makes his living as personal assistant to Stephen Schwartz, composer and lyricist of the Broadway shows GODSPELL, PIPPIN and WICKED (among others). Mr. Cole’s voice can be heard on the soundtracks of the DreamWorks animated feature Prince of Egypt, the Wonderful World of Disney television special Geppetto and Disney’s live-action feature Enchanted. Other passions include home improvement and waterskiing. On pottery: "I'm particularly drawn to the idea of altering the basic wheel-thrown form, the sculptural aspects of pottery and juxtaposing finer elements with the more 'earthy' bisque-ware."
Jeanne's primary medium is oil. She also often works in watercolor, acrylic, pastel, monotype and collage. She experiments in making her own paper to use as a ground for her pastel work, and uses the paper as a collage element. Her work ranges from the figurative to the abstract and often combines aspects of both. Jeanne's paintings are in many collections in the U.S. and in Europe. She maintains a studio in Peekskill and is a member of that community's growing artist district. In addition to her classes at the Putnam Arts Council, she also teaches oil and watercolor painting at other schools, and portrait painting in her studio. Jeanne studied art at Hunter College, the Art Students League and the Westchester Art Workshop.
An artist-educator and workshop instructor, her interests include children’s book illustration, painting, printmaking, mixed media collage and exploring the image-word connection in her art journals. She encourages experimentation with many art forms and believes there are no mistakes in the creative process, only opportunities to learn and grow. She received her BS in Art Education from Kuztown State University and her MA in Studio Art from the College of New Rochelle and has recently retired after teaching art for 32 years in the Pleasantville school district.
Mary Jane Houdina
Mary Jane has had a varied a prolific past in the performing arts. She was associate choreographer for the movie THE GREAT GATSBY and tap consultant for Peter Allen at Radio City Music Hall. On Broadway, she was associate choreographerfor the original ANNIE, and choreographer for INTO THE LIGHT. Regional theatre productions have seen her work in a myriad of musicals, including OKLAHOMA! star Jean Stapleton, FOLLIES star Juliette Prowse, and SHOWBOAT star Gavin MacLeod. She is the 1998 Barrymore Award recipient for her choreography for CRAZY FOR YOU at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, and Barrymore nominee in 2001 for SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, and in 2006 for 42nd ST. On TV shechoreographed The ADVENTURES of SLIM GOODBODY IN NUTI-CITY for Captain
A practicing artist and art teacher, formally trained at SUNY New Paltz in Art Education with a focus in ceramics, she currently teaches in Croton-Harmon High School. Gina has been working with clay as a medium for over 10 years. From throwing to hand building Gina takes a holistic approach to teaching ceramics reaching out to her students individually, taking them from the point they are at to the next stage in creating.
Dr. Bernie Kessler
Bernie Kessler has been an award winning photographer for over 50 years, exploring and celebrating the beauty of nature, including human nature. His images have been exhibited internationally and are in corporate and private collections. He is recognized as an outstanding teacher. His ease of style creates a non-threatening learning environment. Students have fun and feel very personally inspired as they improve their photographic skills.
Frustrated by the lack of true beginner tap classes offered to older children and adults in the Westchester/Putnam area, Dale was intrigued when PAC approached her about teaching this type of class. A long time advocate of visual and performing arts, Dale is presently co-producer for Magical Productions (documentary films) and associate producer for Little Fig Stage (youth theater). Previously she was executive director of Encore Dance Arts, a school she co-founded as a means to bring dance education to early childhood and after school enrichment programs and later expanded to include quality training for young and pre-professional dancers. In addition she was co-director of Saw Mill Club’s theater arts summer camp, regisseur and choreographer for Westchester Theater Dance Performing Troupe, assistant choreographer for Encore Conservatory, and teacher for The Pulse Performing Arts Studio and Westchester Theatre Dance Academy. She was the choreographer for performance art piece Harmonies, which toured the Northeast, New Orleans, and Italy. She received her BA from Southern Methodist University
In 1971, while still in high school, she first embraced clay. As she wandered the halls searching for the stone carving room, she stumbled upon the clay studio. Looking back at it now, this was and is the only time that she had ever been grateful for her lack of directional skills. She observed the students at their wheels, and the hand builders shaping expression into developing forms. She was enamored. From this moment on she knew that clay was my passion. The potter’s wheel is her primary tool. It allows her to create a canvas for embellishment while also challenging the physical boundaries of the medium. Wavering rims, darted forms, and paddled surfaces help her discover which direction a piece will go. She has attended Alfred University, Penland, Haystack, as well as Peters Valley. She co-created Clayworks on Columbia, Brooklyn, NY.
Marci Elyn Schein
Marci is a performer in jazz and classical vocal music and all disciplines of musical theatre, as well as a producer, director, musical director, vocal coach and proud member of Actors Equity Association. She most recently played the Adult Female and was the Musical Director for the Garage Theatre Group's production of Spring Awakening. She currently concertizes and records for composer Philip Springer (Santa Baby, How Little We Know). She has entertained audiences of over 14,000 at Tavern on the Green for the NYC Marathon multiple times. Marci has been featured on numerous CD’s: HOT MAMAS LIVE, HOMEWARD BOUND (Philip Springer) and THE HOPELESS ROMANTIC COLLECTION CD (Michael Ficocelli ) and many more. Marci has originated many roles off Broadway and regionally including the role of Selena Peake in SO BIG (based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book by Edna Ferber), sharing the stage with Broadway veterans such as J. Mark McVey, Loni Ackerman, Joe Kolinsky, Bruce Sabbath and more. Regionally, she has performed in such shows as FOOTLOOSE, THE KING AND I, COMPANY, SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM and many others as well as performing her Cabaret show in Atlantic City, Foxwoods Resorts and numerous venues throughout the east coast. She holds a Bachelor of Music in voice (classical and jazz) and theatre. As a jazz vocalist Marci has performed with an array of jazz greats some of which include, Jeremy Wall (Spyro Gyra), Joel Rosenblatt (Spyro Gyra) and Dave Weckl (Chic Corea), to name a few. Please visit www.marcielynschein.com for more info.
Jim is a prolific painter and photographer whose work has been shown and collected country-wide. His special talent and energetic style as a teaching artist is widely known. His experience ranges from elementary level on up, with particular emphasis on college level instruction in art history, drawing, photography and painting (College of Mt. Saint Vincent, Bronx Community College, Connecticut Institute of Art and others). His BFA in Painting is from Washington University and MFA from the University of Southern California.
An award-winning mixed media artist and workshop leader, Staples cross pollinates collage and printmaking with painting and drawing in her abstract works. Combining words and images is of specific interest. She has a passion for bringing new and rich creative experiences to people of all levels of artistic ability, opening and pushing the boundaries for the creative voice she believes is inherent in all of us. She has a studio in a converted barn, is Executive Director of LOOK | ART, and exhibits regionally. Further information is available at www.christopherstaples.com.
Joann works with a wide variety of mediums. Her work visually expresses a passion for line and color. Her palette is full of brilliant hues from a wide spectrum. She combines both abstract and thematic elements in her "works on paper". She has exhibited through solo and group shows in the tri-state area and Delaware. Joann received her BFA from Pratt Institute and her MA from the College of New Rochelle. She has taught art for over thirty-five years to students from kindergarten to high school and has been teaching adults drawing for the past several years in a variety of places.
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Watch For Additional Visual Arts Classes And Workshops To Be Announced Soon - For Adults And Children.
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Student rate $50, all others $100
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