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Wet felted Handbag
September 3, 2011, 4:42 pm
Filed under: Archives, Member News, Workshop & Classes

Wet Felted Handbag – Saturday, November 12          10AM-4PM

Instructor:  Susanne Farrington

Location: First Baptist Church, Hamilton

Class Limited to 6 adults

MAD Art member $30/non-member $35

 

Create fabric by entangling hairs from sheep or other animals; just add warm soapy water, friction, and enough time for the project to gradually coalesce. Each participant will make a felt bag of colorful carded fleeces, resulting in a unique creation.  All materials included. Participants bring a thick bath towel, small scissors, an apron and a lunch or snacks. Wear comfortable shoes for standing. For more information, call Susanne at 315-824-1106.

 

Susanne Farrington took a felting workshop with Jakobine Cordes in 2004 and has been doing it ever since, in cold weather, which is her off-season for pottery making.  She likes the fact that felting is practical, employs simple tools and work space, and fleece can be obtained locally at no cost if one is willing to prepare it by cleaning and teasing it.  Farrington makes felt hats, bags, and vests to sell, along with her pottery, at the Hamilton Farmers Market.

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June/July 2011 Plein Aire Classes

JHS Sheep farm

Plein Aire Painting Classes

Instructor:  Joyce Halliday Smith

Tuesdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28 and July 5

10am to noon

Tuition:  $100 members /$125 for non-members or $20/$25 per session

Enjoy painting outdoors on location in the Hamilton area with each session at a different site. Instructor, Joyce Halliday Smith will teach you how to quickly capture the scene. You will learn basics of composition, color theory and painting techniques. A list of materials needed and locations will be provided to registrants.

Joyce is a graduate of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY where her major was fine art and her minor area of study was art history. She continued her studies and received a Masters of Fine Art degree from Syracuse University. After being a successful graphic designer and illustrator for many years, she switched careers to her first passion and is painting full time. She has been in numerous juried exhibitions and has won awards in Rhode Island, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Joyce has taught at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, and Stockton College, Pomona, NJ. For several years, she enjoyed teaching art classes for adults and children at Jane Law’s Long Beach Island Studio and Gallery in Surf City, NJ, and later at the Wickford Art Association in Wickford, RI.



Spring 2011 Art Exhibit

spring 2011 show poster

The 2011 Spring Show features Art of Hamilton & Colgate University.

Exhibit runs April 1st till June 4th
Opening Reception is scheduled for April 8th, 6-8pm

 

Come Join Us!




Member Feature- Joyce Halliday Smith

 

Joyce Halliday Smith moved to Hamilton, NY nearly a year ago when her husband, Rev. Wesley Smith was called to the position of minister of First Baptist Church. As a painter, Joyce has fallen in love with the beauty of Madison County. You can find her painting in plein aire in various locations throughout Hamilton and Madison County — if it is warm enough! You too can learn about the joys of painting outdoors by signing up for the MADArt Plein Aire classes, which will be held in June this year.

Joyce completed her undergraduate studies at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY where her major was fine art and her minor area of study was art history. She continued her studies and received a Masters of Fine Art degree from Syracuse University. After being a successful graphic designer and illustrator for many years, she switched careers to her first passion and is painting full time. Her paintings have been in numerous juried exhibitions and have won awards in Rhode Island, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Oil painting is Joyce’s medium of choice for its richness, depth and variety of colors it can produce. Although preferring oils, she has created art with acrylics, watercolors, pastels, oil pastels, graphite, and printmaking processes. In teaching, Joyce brings in knowledge of all mediums as well as an art history background. Her advice to aspiring artists, “Learn from the masters, and excellent contemporary artists, and learn from the tools nature provides. Keep experimenting with your mediums, your style and your subjects, for it is through this kind of study that you will find your true inner artistic voice. If you are in school or college, do your assignments and then create more — push yourself. Remember, the life of an artist is a never-ending freedom to create. Be yourself and your art will become amazing!”

Joyce has taught at Syracuse University, and Stockton College, Pomona, NJ. For several years, she enjoyed teaching art classes for adults and children at Jane Law’s Long Beach Island Studio and Gallery in Surf City, NJ, and later at the Wickford Art Association in Wickford, RI. Presently, she teaches adults and teens in Hamilton: “Discover Art” at First Baptist Church, and “Plein Aire Painting” with MADArt.

Opening on March 25 at 6 pm will be a show of her work at Collections, 40 Milford St., Hamilton. You are welcome to attend the opening. You can also look for upcoming shows and Joyce’s paintings on the website www.hallidaysmithstudio.com

 

 

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Member Feature- Charlotte Blanchard

My name is Charlotte Blanchard and I live in Hubbardsville. In fact, many of you may remember me from the greenhouse business I ran for many years called Enchanted Gardens. Although I have done several things in my lifetime, art is the one constant and has been my passion since early childhood.

 

For the most part, I am a self-taught artist; however as a child while living in Fort Pierce, Florida, I was greatly influenced by “Beanie” Albert Backus who was a well-known artist and mentor to a now famous group of painters known as the “Florida Highwaymen.” Those Saturday morning drawing classes with Beanie did more than just teach me perspective and composition, he taught me a valuable life lesson as well. It was through Beanie that I learned to paint from the desires and passions deep within me for only then would my art be truly my own. I have followed his sage advice throughout my life and would offer it up to any inspiring artists.

 

I began painting in oil, and for a few short years dabbled in watercolor, but I found I liked gouache much better because it was closer to painting in oil. I finally gave in and went back to my first love, working in oils. It’s only right that I should do so because I love all things old; and working in oils is a time-honored endeavor.

In recent years, my paintings have been greatly influenced by my passionate love for traveling through Europe. I paint what I love–the narrow streets, canals and waterways, charming back alleys and picturesque seaports; hoping that you too will step into my paintings and enjoy the sights and sounds I portray.

I have a website where you can see my entire collection of American and European Art, including a series of Colgate University paintings. On the site you can shop in the store which sells originals, poster prints, canvas prints and greeting cards, read my weekly blogs and leave messages. You can also “like” me on facebook or follow me on Twitter .

I am thrilled and fortunate to have a place like Mad Art Inc. so close by and available to me as a place to display my artwork and to meet fellow artists. I currently have “The Wishful Traveler” gallery on display at the Earlville Opera House through Feb. 19. In the spring, I will be displaying my paintings at the Her Hands Show at Mad Art Inc. from March 28 to June 14.

 

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Winter/Spring 2011 Schedule
January 4, 2011, 8:59 pm
Filed under: Member News, Workshop & Classes

Winter/Spring 2011 Schedule

Registration Form

Jan. 31 – Stencil Art

Feb. 5, 12 – Illuminated Initials

Feb. 15 – Online Publishing for the Arts

March 2, 9, 23, 30 –  Figure Study—Drawing the Nude

March 5 – Wet Felted Handbag

March 22, 29; April 5 – Clay Work “Boxes”

April 2 – Introduction to Airbrush Painting

April 4 – Thai Cuisine

June TBA – Plein Air Classes

Stencil Art

Monday, January 31, 7—9 pm

Instructor:  Lori Wilson

Location: Hamilton Public Library, Community Room

$20 member; $25 non-member

This workshop will take you through the steps of cutting a stencil through the execution of the stencil.  You may use either a design you like or one you have created yourself.  Learn about paints and application techniques used for different effects on hard surfaces and on fabric.  Golden Paints will provide the paints and tools.  Please bring a piece of fabric or an article of clothing on which to stencil.  This workshop will be a lot of fun!

Lori Wilson, CSA, is one of the first two artisans certified at the San Francisco SALI convention.  She has taught a four SALI conventions and is the current IDAL Philanthropic Chair.  Lori is the Application Specialist at Golden Artist Colors, Inc.  She tests and helps develop products for both decorative and fine art markets, provides technical assistance to artists, and conducts workshops for practitioners in both fields.  Lori earned her BA degree in fine art and art history at Hartwick College and her MA in art history focusing on glass from the Victoria University of Manchester, England.  She spent over three years training in Europe.

Illuminated Initials

Saturday, February 5 & 12, 9 am – noon

Instructor:  Bev Choltco-Devlin

Location:  Hamilton Public Library, Community Room

$20 members; $25 non-members

In this two-part workshop, participants will create their own illuminated (decorated) initial letter inspired by such works as The Book of Kells, the Lindisfarne Gospel, the Books of Days and those of William Blake.  You can model your letter after the traditional forms and styles used by illuminators over the millennia or create your own expressive initial with motifs and symbols from your own life.  Fundamentals of letterform construction will be covered as a starting point.  All basic paper and supplies will be supplied but an optional materials list will be provided to registered participants.  No prior lettering, drawing or calligraphic experience is needed.  This workshop in intended for teens and adults.

Beverly Choltco-Devlin studied art and printmaking at the Academy of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the De-

Young Museum and the Munson-Williams Proctor Institute.  Her professional work in calligraphy has included clients in San Francisco (The Executive Forum and several other corporate businesses), Colgate University, and a variety of commissioned works.  Bev works as the reference and electronic resources specialist for the Mid-York Library System.

Online Self-Publishing for the Arts

Tuesday, February 15, 6:30 – 8 pm

Instructor:  Rich Grant

Location:  Case Library, Colgate University

$15 member; $20 non-member

This workshop is designed for photographers, artists, and authors who wish to self-publish their work using an online publishing service such as Blurb.  Rich will discuss how to prepare artwork and photos for publication and demonstrate the process of laying out a book to submit it for publication.

Rich Grant is the Associate Director of Technology Planning at Colgate University and has extensive experience in all aspects of digital imaging technology.  In addition to his technical background in digital imaging, Grant is an accomplished fine art photographer and operates Digital Media and Art from his home studio in Hamilton, NY.

Figure Study – Drawing the Nude

Wednesday, March 2, 9, 23, 30, 6-9 pm

Location:  Picker Art Gallery, Dana Arts Bldg., Colgate U.

$12 member; $15 non-member (per session)

Each week will begin with a short talk from a contemporary artist about their approach to the human figure.  Adults of all skill levels are encouraged to learn from the artist and the nude model, Jackie Odell, how to capture the nude figure in their drawings.  The Picker Art Gallery, surrounded by art, is the perfect setting from which to draw inspiration.  Materials needed are drawing paper, graphite pencil, conte crayon or other dry media appropriate for drawing in the gallery.  Easels will be provided. 

Sign up for any or all sessions.

Wet Felted Handbag

Saturday, March 5, 10 am – 4 pm

Instructor:  Susanne Farrington

Location:  First Baptist Church, Hamilton

$30 members; $35 non-members

Class limited to 6.

Create fabric by entangling hairs from sheep or other animals; just add warm soapy water, friction, and enough time for the project to gradually coalesce.  Each participant will make a felt bag of colorful carded fleeces, resulting in a unique creation.  All materials provided.  Participants are asked to bring a thick bath towel, small scissors, an apron and a lunch or snacks.  Wear comfortable shoes for standing.  For more information call Susanne at 315-824-1106.

Susanne Farrington took a felting workshop with Jakobine Cordes in 2004 and has been felting in cold weather (her off-season for pottery) ever since.  She likes that felting is practical, employs simple tools and work space.  Fleece can be obtained locally at no cost if one is willing to prepare it by cleaning and teasing it.  Farrington makes felt hats, bags, and vests to sell, along with her pottery, at the Hamilton Farmers Market.

Clay Work “Boxes”

Tuesday, March 22, 29 & April 5, 6-9 pm

Presenter:  Cate Valk

Location:  Clay Play Studio, Bouckville

$45 member; $50 non-member

Using the slab method of working with clay, Cate’s workshop will focus on creating boxes, trays and cylinders.  Various glazes will be available with which to experiement and express one’s self.  All materials and firings are included.  Intended for both the beginner and the person who wants to further their skills.

Cate Valk graduated from The High School of Fashion Industries and attended Brooklyn College majoring in art.  She began working with clay in 1996, taking classes at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute and attending numerous workshops.  Cate’s work has been exhibited at MAD Art Community Art Space, Hamilton Music Mix Festival, Hamilton Farmers’ Market, Skaneateles Craft Show, Cazenovia Craft Show, and many galleries in central New York.  She teaches in her home studio, Clay Play Studio.

Introduction to Airbrush Painting

Saturday, April 2, 10 am—1 pm

Instructor:  Mike Townsend

Location:  Charlton Hall, Room 205, Morrisville College

$30 member;  $35 non-member

Whether you are a novice or have some painting experience, this class will be fun and creative!  The class starts by learning control of the airbrush by doing linework, letting, and shading.  You can choose to do a stencil or just “go at it” in a freer manner—abstract or representational.  Every level of student will be able to create wearable art!  Golden Paints will provide all materials.  You supply the T-shirt.

Mike Townsend is an artist/technician with Golden Paints in New Berlin, NY.  As support technician, he is instrumental in working with artists to answer questions about paints and their uses for varying projects.  He is the airbrush expert there.  His work in product feedback with the airbrush led to the creation of the testing methods used for developing the Golden line of paint created for airbrush use.  Mike wrote the tech support information for those products.

Thai Cuisine

Monday, April 4, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Instructor:  Leslie Yacavone

Location:   Park United Methodist Church, Hamilton                                                     

$30 members; $35 non-members

Do you love Thai food but are afraid to try it at home?  Leslie will demystify this exotic cuisine and give you the confidence to create meals for you and your family.  Learn three dishes and what spices are necessary to serve this cuisine at home. 

Leslie Yacavone comes from a family of renowned professional chefs and restaurateurs and has a life-long passion for cooking.  Four years ago, as owner of The Peppermill, a kitchenware store in Hamilton, NY, Leslie began offering cooking classes to her clientele.  Since then, the classes have grown in popularity, offering instruction in French, Thai, Indian, Chinese cuisines and more!  Leslie also caters and does special events for the community and Colgate University.

Plein Air Painting

Tuesdays, 10 am—noon starting in June

Specific dates to be announced

Instructor:  Joyce Halliday Smith

Locations:  TBA

$20 member; $22 non-member (per session)

Join one or all sessions!  Materials list with registration.

Plein air refers to the type of painting done “in the open air”.  With easel and paints, an appealing location and subject matter, the artist works quickly to capture the scene.  Although Smith’s medium is oils, students may work in the medium of their choice.  All skill levels are welcome and no previous experience is necessary.

Joyce Halliday Smith completed her undergraduate work in fine art at Skidmore College and received her Masters of Fine Art degree from Syracuse University.  After being a successful graphic designer and illustrator for many years, she switched careers to her first passion, painting.  Her work has been in numerous juried exhibitions and has won awards in Rhode Island, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  She has taught at Syracuse University and Stockton College and enjoys teaching art to both adults and children.

Registration Form



Stencil Art
January 4, 2011, 8:48 pm
Filed under: Member News, Workshop & Classes

Stencil Art

Monday, January 31, 7—9 pm

Instructor:  Lori Wilson

Location: Hamilton Public Library, Community Room

$20 member; $25 non-member

This workshop will take you through the steps of cutting a stencil through the execution of the stencil.  You may use either a design you like or one you have created yourself.  Learn about paints and application techniques used for different effects on hard surfaces and on fabric.  Golden Paints will provide the paints and tools.  Please bring a piece of fabric or an article of clothing on which to stencil.  This workshop will be a lot of fun. 

Lori Wilson, CSA, is one of the first two artisans certified at the San Francisco SALI convention.  She has taught a four SALI conventions and is the current IDAL Philanthropic Chair.  Lori is the Application Specialist at Golden Artist Colors, Inc.  She tests and helps develop products for both decorative and fine art markets, provides technical assistance to artists, and conducts workshops for practitioners in both fields.  Lori earned her BA degree in fine art and art history at Hartwick College and her MA in art history focusing on glass from the Victoria University of Manchester, England.  She spent over three years training in Europe.




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