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WINTER 2016
visual and performing arts courses
for ADULTS & TEENS

All of our courses are taught by working artists & educators using quality materials in our climate controlled art studio spaces at the Belle Levine Art Center. Limited enrollment, individual instruction and a nurturing environment are hallmarks of our educational programs.

please note that if you registering for one of our courses,
constitues agreement with our registration
and refund policies provided at the bottom of this page
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2016 Class Registration Form



Instructor BIOS available below.

 


DRAWING


Drawing Fundamentals & Techniques with James Sparks
This informative, hands-on drawing class will be geared to improving confidence and ability in both observational drawing as well as the many possibilities of textures, patterns and imaginative abstract forms. The emphasis will be on investigating a variety of media and may cover portraits, basic animal forms, still life and fantasy. Materials list provided upon registration.

6 Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm
February 23,
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
$150/$145 PAC members
Session
Student Name(s)

PAINTING



WATERCOLOR - BEGINNER TO INTERMEDIATE
with JEANNE DEMOTSES

This class covers the basic 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 upon registration. Register early, enrollment limited to 12.

6 Thursdays, 1-3 pm
February 25,
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

$150/$145 PAC members
Session
Student Name(s)


WATERCOLOR INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED
with JEANNE DEMOTSES

This course 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 Fridays, 1-3 pm
February 26,
March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1

$150/$145 PAC members
Session
Student Name(s)


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 Tuesdays, 1-3:30 pm
February 23,
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

$180/$175 PAC members
Session
Student Name(s)

 

 

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PHOTOGRAPHY


PHOTOGRAPHY with JAMES SPARKS

Mr. Sparks is a painter and visual artists/educator who stresses a fine arts sensibility to the art of photography. The emphasis in his instruction is with mastering light and space with a variety of camera accessories including lenses (both zoom and fixed) and the knowledge of creative lighting techniques with electronic flash and ambient or "available light" conditions. Basic camera operation is understood only as a means to an end in conveying a visually arresting and meaningful personal photograph.
One hour private lessons @ $50.
Three one hour private lessons @$135.
Advance payment required. Call the office to schedule, 845-803-8622.


PHOTOGRAPHY with MARGARET RIZZUTO
Margaret is a Portrait Photographer who teaches the Basics of Photography on a one-to-one or small group basis. Classes are taught in Margaret's Mahopac Studio where she teaches "proper camera handling; the "Exposure Triangle" which includes: Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO. She'll also review you're your camera's automatic and manual settings. Margaret will delve into image composition, planning and styling your shot to get the results you want. Working full-time as a photographer allows Margaret a wealth of resources for camera purchases, location shoots, props, publications, etc. which she is happy to share.
One hour private lessons @ $50.

Three one hour private lessons @$135.
Advance payment required. Call the office to schedule, 845-803-8622

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POTTERY

Learn something new and polish your skills at one of the following 6-week clay course offerings. Classes provide personalized instruction and weekly demonstrations of projects and techniques. Personal exploration always encouraged.

WHEEL CLASS FROM BEGINNER TO PRACTICED with MICHAEL COLE (this class is currently FULL)
This 3-hour course provides a concentration on wheel throwing and is limited to 8 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 THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL.
February 23,
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

$205/$200 PAC members plus 4 cents per cubic inch for materials/firing fee
Session
Student Name(s)

GENERAL CLASS FROM BEGINNER TO PRACTICED with MAAIKE HOEKSTRA
In this course, all techniques will be explored including wheel throwing, hand-building and lead-free glazing; open to all levels and limited to 8 students. Choose either Wednesdays or Saturdays.

6 Wednesdays, 7-9pm  
February 24,
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
$150/$145 PAC members plus 4 cents per cubic inch for materials/firing fees
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~ OR ~
6 Saturdays, 12noon-2pm 
February 27,
March 5, 12, 19, 26,
April 2
$150/$145 PAC members plus 4 cents per cubic inch for materials/firing fees
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Session
Student Name(s)


HAND BUILDING CLASS - CLAY IN YOUR DAY FROM BEGINNER TO PRACTICED with ELIZABETH BARKSDALE
Explore the versatile media of clay - Bend, Fold, Bond, Imprint and more - using tools and your hands. Create a variety of 3-dimensional projects such as figures, masks, animals, flowers, containers, wall hangings, etc.

8 Thursdays, 10am-12noon
February 25,
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31,
April 7, 14

$190/$185 PAC members plus 4 cents per cubic inch for materials/firing fee
Session
Student Name(s)

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STAINED GLASS

STAINED GLASS - BEGINNER TO ADVANCED
with ELIZABETH BARKSDALE

Explore the colorful world of stained glass. Come learn to create sun catchers or small 3-D works. Glass cutting, fusing and copper foil soldering will be covered in this fun class. Equipment supplied. A materials list will be provided with estimated costs.

8 Thursdays, 1-2:30pm
February 25,
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31,
April 7, 14

$150/$145 PAC members
Session
Student Name(s)

PRIVATE LESSONS AVAILABLE FOR ADULTS- INQUIRE WITH OFFICE STAFF FOR DETAILS.

STUDIO RENTAL AVAILABLE FOR POTTERS WITH EXPERIENCE.


Try a Class

An affordable way to try something new through a one-time class (one day or one evening) for $20. This offer is available to new students only, as space permits and does not insure your enrollment for the full session. Pre-registration through the office is required.

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Teen offerings in the Arts:

CREATIVE KIDS CLAY AGES 10-13
with MAAIKE HOEKSTRA

Creative Kids Clay focuses on exploring the art of designing, building and creating 3D clay projects through hand building, throwing on the wheel and sculpting and is ideal for first time students and returning potters. The course encourages personal expression through structured age-appropriate projects and individualized instruction.

6 Wednesdays, 5-6:30pm
February 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
$130/$125 PAC members plus 4 cents per cubic inch for materials/firing fees
Session
Parent Name
Student Name(s) and Age(s)


PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT with JEANNE DEMOTSES

Ages 16 and over.
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.
$65 for a one hour private session. Call to schedule (845.803.8622)

 
 

PRIVATE LESSONS AVAILABLE FOR TEENS-
INQUIRE WITH OFFICE STAFF FOR DETAILS

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performing arts classes & workshops for 16 to adult

private piano for ages 2nd grade through adult

YOGA

YOGA with MARY BRENNAN
This semi-private six week yoga journey, exclusive to beginner's course, is limited to only four students. This will allow Mary to personalize and zone in on each student's needs and go in depts. With each pose. Mary will focus in on basic poses with alignment, breathing and adapting poses to meet the student's ability. Through the yoga poses students will feel amazing while working on strengthening the body, through balance, stretching, flexibility and posture. Guided meditation will be done at the end of class to help focus and quiet the mind. This journey, hopes to bring awareness and inner calm. Leave feeling relaxed and ready to face the world! Give it a try, "The mind is everything. What you think, you become." Buddha
Please bring to class a yoga mat, towel or blanket, a pillow and a water bottle.

6 Tuesdays, 11am-12:15 pm
February 23,
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

$110/100 PAC members
Session
Student Name(s)


Private Lessons:

AUDITION PREP FOR TEENS AND ADULTS
with MARCI ELYN SHEIN

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 845.803.8622 to schedule lessons @ PAC.

VOICE AND ACTING LESSONS for ages 8 to 80
with MARCI ELYN SHEIN

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 845.803.8622 lessons @ PAC.


 

 
 


INFORMATION ABOUT REGISTRATION & REFUNDS

Registration: Advance registration is strongly recommended as classes fill quickly. Students are only guaranteed a spot after payment has been received. We accept registration online @putnamartscounil.com, by phone, by mail (make check to Putnam Arts Council and mail it with registration form to PO Box 156, Mahopac, NY 10541) or scan and email a completed registration form to joyce@putnamartscouncil.com. For after hours, a locked drop box is available to the right hand side of our building's main entrance.
PAC does not confirm registration and notifies students only in the event of cancellation.

Enrollment: Minimum enrollment: Every class, program or workshop has a minimum number of students needed to run and is
subject to cancellation or postponement.


Refund Policy:
A full refund will be given if a class is cancelled by PAC or if a workshop, program or class reaches maximum enrollment before your registration is received.
Students who wish to withdraw from a class or workshop will receive a full refund only upon receipt of written notification postmarked two weeks (14 days) prior to the start of the originally scheduled date. In no instance, will there be a refund after the first class.
Refunds will be processed in a timely fashion and will be provided in your original method of payment. Gift certificates are non-refundable.

Make ups are at the discretion of the Arts Council staff in coordination with instructors.


Closing info: Weather (or emergency) related closings will be announced at WHUD (100.7 FM) and/or posted to their storm center page.

Materials: Adult Classes may require materials and a list will be provided upon registration. Youth classes include all materials unless stated otherwise.

Closings/Cancellation: It is the policy of the Putnam Arts Council to follow the Mahopac Schools for weather/emergency delays/closings.
This information is announced on WHUD, 100.7 FM and on the storm center page at www.whud.com

Our Faculty of Teaching Artists - adult offerings


Michael Cole
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 sound tracks 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.

Emma Crawford
Emma Crawford is an award winning graphic/package designer and artist whose work has been exhibited locally and in NYC, Emma is a graduate of Pratt Institute with a BFA in Book Arts/Printmaking and a MS in Communications/Package Design. After many years as a partner/owner of a NYC design company Emma returned to the Hudson Valley to pursue her fine art printmaking and continues to work as a children's book designer/illustrator as well as teaching classes in botanical drawing and watercolor, printmaking and jewelry.

Jeanne Demotses
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.

Therese Fokine
I have always been a creative person, with crafts and hands on pieces of art. I have been inspired by many people in my life, and by life itself. I began painting later in life,  with Lee Hochberg, of Yorktown, NY.  Later taking drawing with Joanne Zwolski of Yorktown, and then with Jeanne DeMotses, an amazing teacher and friend. It is a passion and a brilliant way to see the world,   Art makes you truly LOOK.

Mary Jane Houdina
Mary Jane has had a varied and 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 choreographer for 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 she choreographed The ADVENTURES of SLIM GOODBODY IN NUTI-CITY for Captain

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.

Deb Lecce
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.

Rosalie Marcus
Rosalie is a painter, illustrator, and graphic designer.  She has exhibited her paintings in New York, New Jersey, Colorado, Nova Scotia, and California.  Her art work has been reviewed in many newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Bergen Record (NJ), and ArtNews Magazine.  Rosalie has also designed books, fabric, housewares, brochures and corporate logos for such clients as Warner Communications, King Features, Bloomingdales, and The National Organization of Women.  She was also an art director for a housewares company.  She attended Cornell University, got her BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, and her MFA from California Institute of the Arts.  Locally, Rosalie has taught art workshops at the Mahopac Public Library, at the after school program at Fulmar Road School, and is presently teaching drawing at PAC.

Margaret Rizzuto
Margaret Rizzuto is a published photographer who specializes in contemporary women’s portraits. She is a self-taught, perennial student who loves that there is always something to learn and something to teach about photography. She has an easy-going style that lends itself to casual yet inspiring classes.

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.

James Sparks
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.

Mark Snyder
Mark was formally trained at Juilliard and is a published and recorded composer. Mark is an experienced and accomplished instructor who has taught many piano students throughout the county, and is still doing so. He has appeared in TV, in the movies, in many theaters and on many sets throughout the years. Mark's stage credits include Fagin in Oliver, Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Creon in Antigone, Captain in Mr. Roberts, Frank in Over the River and Through the Woods, Norval in Dearly Departed, Maurice in Social Security and most recently, Erronius in A Funny Thing Hpppened on the Way to the Forum.

Christopher Staples
An award-winning mixed media artist and workshop leader, Staples cross pollinates collage and print making 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.

Olenna Truskett
Olenna Truskett has enjoyed many artistic endeavors as a dancer and choreographer. As a child, she relished ballet classes in the US, Japan, the Philippines, and Iran. As a teenager, she trained with Mary Marshall in Virginia, and at the Harkness and Joffrey schools in New York. At the College of William and Mary, she studied modern dance and worked summers at Busch Gardens, clogging and being cut in half 5 times a day during a magic show! Settling into an engineering career, she moonlighted for many years, dancing and choreographing for the Fairfax Ballet in Virginia and Lee Harper & Dancers in Georgia. She later taught dance at Northern Westchester Center for the Arts, helped incorporate and run Prelude Ballet Ensemble, a nonprofit youth company in Putnam Co., and served as faculty at several William and Mary summer dance intensives. Currently, she indulges in dance classes at Union Hall Studio in North Salem with other dance enthusiasts and serves on the Board of the Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition with the mission to renovate and open a performing arts theater above the Studio Around the Corner at the Old Town Hall in Brewster.

Joann Zwolski
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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PAC’s programs and services are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and NY State Legislature. Public support is also provided by Putnam County Government.  Additional revenue is generated by the Putnam Arts Council through membership, educational and creative programs, fundraising efforts and through donations from the public and private sectors.


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