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Youth & Teen Classes

Spring 2015


Registration details below.
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Art Explorations- with Sarah Gilchrist

Ages 6-8
This class will create 2D & 3D projects exploring different mediums and materials and will include drawing, painting, collage & sculpture helping kids understand both process and project!
6 Wednesdays 5:00 - 6:00pm
5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/3, 6/10
$110/$105 PAC member ($12 materials fee included)

Creative Kids Clay with Maaike Hoekstra
Ages 6-9
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 Thursdays 5:00 – 6pm  
5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11

$115/$110 PAC members (includes $10 in materials fees)

Creative Kids Clay with Maaike Hoekstra
Ages 10-13
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 Thursdays 6:15-7:45
5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11
$150/$145 PAC members (includes $10 materials & firing fees)

Cartooning with Jim Sparks
Ages 8-12
Drawing is fun but cartooning takes drawing to a whole new level of creativity. Students will learn how to exaggerate a character's facial emotions and body movements along with backgrounds for effect and mood. By telling humorous, scary or melodramatic stories, this class is a truly creative outlet for a child's imagination. A variety of media from charcoal to pen and ink will be used. Materials included.
6 Tuesdays 5:00-6:00pm
5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9
$100/$95 PAC members (includes $10 materials fee)

Fundamentals of Drawing with Rosalie Marcus

Ages 11-14
This class will focus on building mind/eye/hand/body coordination, opening up to different ways of seeing, and applying those abilities to drawing.  The 6 basic drawing techniques of line, shape, volume, gesture, texture, and composition will be covered.  One of the main goals of this class will be to find the connection between what you see and imagine and the ability to express that on paper.   Beginners and more advanced students will be able to apply these skills at their own level, as the class will not be limited by group projects, but rather will focus on each student's personal development.
6 Wednesdays 5:45 – 6:45
4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/3
$100/$95 PAC member ($10 materials fee included)

Portfolio Development with Jeanne Demotses –
Ages 16 to adult. 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 ofquantity 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

Private Lessons in Drawing & Painting availble with Jeanne Demotses or Karen Herbst. Call for details.

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Classes & Workshops for 16 to adult


Basic Ballet - Olenna Truskett
Ages 16+ to Adult

The perfect class for you if you have no ballet experience and always wanted to learn, or if you have not done apliéin some time! Come learn — or relearn — the basics of this exquisite art form, which is not only fun, but good for you, your posture, flexibility and strength. Classes will be taught in a comfortable and supportive environment, by the talented and experienced Olenna Truskett. Leotards and tights are not necessary; however, students should dress to be able to move with hair tied back. Ballet slippers are a must!
6 Wednesdays, 6-7pm
5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/3 & 6/10
$130/$115 PAC members

Intermediate/Advanced Tap with Mary Jane Houdina
Ages 16+ to 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 Mondays 6 -7 pm
5/4, 5/11, 5/18, (no class 5/25), 6/1, 6/8, 6/15

$130/$115 for PAC members

Group Cabaret with Marci Elyn Schein (limited enrollment)
Explore 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.
Two sessions:
Ages 16+ to Adult
6 Thursdays 7-8pm
$130/$115 PAC members

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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 (845-803.8622)

Private Voice and Acting Lessons With Marci Elyn Schein
Ages 16+
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)


Check weekly for additions to the schedule



Click here for REGULAR class Registration Form (NOT for use with Summer Kids Art)

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 (scan form and email to 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 and we DO NOT PRO-RATE TUITION.

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

Drop by the Art Center during office hours Tuesday through Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.Advanced Registration required for all classes & workshops. Classes are registration driven and can only take place when minimum number of students is reached, so please register early to avoid cancelling a program. Do not appear for a class if not registered in advance.

Classes WILL be held during the Winter vacation week - February 20-26 as well as a special program for children. If you have plans to be out of town that week and would miss your class, please tell your instructor on the first day of class (or call the office) and we either find a makeup time for you or cancel the class that week.

Our Faculty of Teaching Artists for children & teens

Monica Cioffi
Monica is a student at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and has been dancing since age three. She began her studies with ballet, but continued her extensive training by adding tap, jazz and modern. She has trained at Logrea Dance Academy, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Ellison Ballet, and American Ballet Theater. She loves the performing arts and is excited to join the Putnam Arts Council team of instructors!

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.

Cathy Faiella
Cathy has been a very popular teacher at the summer program for years and teaches at a variety of art centers and other children’s programs in the area. Students flourish under her energetic and patient teaching style. She is a graduate of Connecticut College.

Sarah Gilchrist
A working visual artist and educator, Sarah introduces children to style and medium by showing them the work of great artists through history and then she encourages them to develop their own techniques, in pastel, watercolor, collage and other media, with light, fun, and playful presentations and activities. She has a Master of Arts degree in education from Manhattanville College and she studied in Italy as well.

Karen Herbst
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 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 shechoreographed The ADVENTURES of SLIM GOODBODY IN NUTI-CITY for Captain.

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.

Amy Menasche
A long-time Mahopac resident, Amy has a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from New York University and Masters of Arts in Teaching from Manhattanville College. She currently teaches art, including three levels of ceramics and sculpture, at Byram Hills High School in Armonk, NY.

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.

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 for more info.

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.



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