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AMH provides a range of experiential and creative workshops led by expert practitioners in their fields. Check out the selection below and join us! All workshops are located at Arts Mid-Hudson (696 Dutchess Turnpike, Suite F, Poughkeepsie) unless specified otherwise.

ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE

ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE

This workshop is for artists and art lovers alike to develop lifelong skills for self care. Learn t the fundamentals of the Alexander Technique and how you can incorporate them into your life.
 

For over 100 years the Alexander Technique has helped people improve their health and how they go about their daily activities.
Scientific studies has shown that lessons in the Alexander Technique help surgeons at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to perform essential surgery in a shorter period of time due to improved posture and stability in their shoulders.

This workshop teaches you the fundamentals of the Alexander Technique and how you can incorporate them into your life to achieve more pain free days.

Dates: Saturdays, March 2-16: 2 – 3pm

Price: $70 AMH Members, $85 NonMembers

Age: 15 years or older

RSVP: Click here to reserve your spot by February 28 

Instructor: Judith Muir 

About Instructor: 

Judith Muir M.M. M.AmSAT is a senior Alexander Technique teacher with over thirty years of international experience. She is a founding member of the American Society of Alexander Teachers (AmSAT), and for twelve years taught the Alexander Technique in the theatre department at Bard College. JudithMuir.com

SUBMIT TO THE CALL

SUBMIT TO THE CALL

Do you struggle with preparing images of your art work to submit for calls, grants, and awards?

Join Arts Mid-Hudson’s Lilia Pérez for tips on how to strengthen your work samples, learn technical skills on resizing and formatting images, and more. Participants can bring their portfolio for a quick review.

Dates: Tuesday, March 5: 3:00 – 5:00pm

Price: Free for 2019 Grantees, $15 AMH Members, $30 NonMembers

Age: all ages welcome

RSVP: Click here to reserve your spot by March 4

Instructor: Lilia Pérez

About Instructor: 

Lilia Pérez joined Arts Mid-Hudson in May 2016. As Grants & Programs Manager, she facilitates a grant program that distributes arts funding for the New York State Council on the Arts’ Decentralization Grant Program, and the Duchess and Ulster County legislatures. Additionally, Pérez manages the Arts Mid-Hudson Gallery and Community Gallery program which provides showing opportunities to artists in our region. She has provided guidance to hundreds of grant applicants, led workshops, and works to strengthen partnerships in our communities through the arts. She graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz with a B.F.A. in Photography in 2015. 

BUSINESS 101 FOR ARTISTS & MAKERS

BUSINESS 101 FOR ARTISTS & MAKERS

If you love to create, and want to sell your products, this 4-week class will get you started with practical advice, money-saving tips, and personal guidance. Appropriate for artists, crafters, photographers, designers and creators of all types. Topics include: developing your brand; marketing and social media; pricing your handmade products; selling online (i.e. setting up an Etsy shop); selling at local crafts fairs; consignment or wholesale to stores; record-keeping; and having fun doing it all! Classes will include lectures, group discussions, and facilitated exercises. We will establish specific goals and work through the necessary steps together so that you learn relevant skills while making tangible progress

Dates: Wednesdays, March 13 – April 3: 6 – 8:15pm

Price: $125 AMH Members, $140 NonMembers

Age: all ages welcome

RSVP: Click here to reserve your spot by March 11

Instructor: Karen Berelowitz

About Instructor: 

Karen Berelowitz doodled all through school, an international development career in Washington DC, and five seasons at the Omega Institute, where her drawings led her to start a small art business – Karmabee – in 2007. Since then she has sold note cards, baby clothes, Tshirts & gifts at crafts fairs in the Hudson Valley, New York City, and DC, as well as in stores and online on Etsy and Amazon. From 2011 to 2016, Karen ran her own studio & store in Kingston, NY. She is also Producer & Studio Manager for an independent documentary film company. Karen enjoys sharing all she has learned about what to do, and what not to do, with anyone enthusiastic about sharing their gifts with the world

THE ART OF PYSANKY: UKRAINIAN EASTER EGGS

THE ART OF PYSANKY: UKRAINIAN EASTER EGGS

An introductory class to learn about how to make Pysanky, Ukrainian Easter Eggs. The course will discuss the historical origins, traditions, customs, and legends surrounding the making of the eggs. Students will learn about and symbolism of the colors and designs used on the eggs as well as the traditional technique of applying wax and dyes on eggs to create them. Modern tools and applications and adaptations will also be discussed. A short video will be shown, examples and literature will be on display and sources for books and materials will be given.

Dates: Saturday, March 23: 10:00am – 4:00pm  (1 hour lunch)

Price: $45 AMH Members, $60 NonMembers

Age: 12 years or older

Students must also bring the following to class:

– 6 small clean jars with lids (11-16 oz jelly / or peanut butter jars with at least 2-3 inch opening) for the mixed dyes.

– Empty egg carton to carry finished eggs home in

– Students will be working with permanent dyes and dress accordingly, bring apron or protective shirts.

RSVP: Click here to reserve your spot by February 15

Instructor: Marianna Crans

About Instructor: 

Marianna has an Associate of Applied Science in Fine Art from Ulster County Community College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from SUNY New Paltz. Being an active artist all her life, she has created pieces in pencil, colored pencils, printmaking, pen & ink, pastels, watercolors, scratchboard, oils, photographs, and acrylics with many pieces derived from her own photos. She has show works in local galleries, shows and special events.

Marianna is a member of the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America, and through them, and has immersed herself in learning about her ethnic culture and heritage. As a member and an artist, Marianna has used ger skills to further one of the League mandates to help preserve and protect our culture, traditions and art forms, and to also educate and share them with others.

THE ART OF THE CARD: SPRING!

THE ART OF THE CARD: SPRING!

In this 2.5 hour workshop, Patti will guide participants in designing greeting cards with a spring theme using a variety of art and antique papers from her collection. She will  discuss the origin of greeting cards, how they inspired her art career, copyright law in design and reproduction, adhesives and other methods used for adhering paper, fabric, and embellishments into the work. She will also discuss the use of printing, watercolor, and photography in card design 

Dates: Monday, March 25: 11:00am – 1:30pm

Price: $35 AMH Members, $50 NonMembers

Age: 16 years or older

RSVP: Click here to reserve your spot by March 22

Instructor: Patti Gibbons

About Instructor: 

Patti Gibbons is a fine artist and designer who resides in Kingston, NY. She holds an AA degree in Visual Arts, and a BS and MS in Art Education. Patti was a public school art teacher for over 20 years, and now works from her home studio full time.

Inspired by women of the 19th century who designed handmade Valentines, Patti has been designing greeting cards for historic sites, private clients, and local specialty shops for the past 25 years. She incorporates sewing, watercolor, ink, antique, vintage, and specialty papers – to design one-of-a-kind framable works of art, and fine art collages.

NO JUDGMENTS ACTING CLASS

NO JUDGEMENTS ACTING CLASS

Are you curious about acting but nervous to try something new? Maybe the last time you were in a play was in high school, but you remember it being really fun? Step back into the world of imagination and expression with this no judgment acting class. We will delve into the actor’s toolbox and explore exercises in observation, imagination and expression. Expect to have lots of fun, make new friends, and learn the basic building blocks of the actor’s trade.

Dates: Thursday, March 28: 6:30 – 8:30pm  

Price: $20 AMH Members, $35 NonMembers

Age: 17 years or older

RSVP: Click here to reserve your spot by March 27

Instructor: Liz Dahmen

About Instructor: 

Liz Dahman is the founding artistic director of The Middle Company and the Hudson Valley Performing Arts Laboratory (The Lab). As a director, Liz’s work has been seen at The NY International Fringe Festival, Dixon Place, and PS122. In 2018 she directed The Lab’s first devised theater production entitled Living Closely. Also in 2018 she directed #QueenE The Musical for HVTI in Beacon. Liz has worked as a teaching artist for The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival since 2015. Acting credits include Varya in The Cherry Orchard at The Classic Stage Company, and Stella in Ex-Antwone at PS 122. She has a BFA in Acting from the Tisch School of the Arts and an MA in Educational Theatre from Steinhardt/NYU. Liz is a member of the National Alliance of Acting Teachers.

LIFETIME OF WORK

LIFETIME OF WORK

Join fellow artists who have accumulated a lifetime of their work, to discuss possible plans for their artworks, both before or after their death. This workshop/discussion will provide an opportunity for older artists with a lifetime of work in storage, to share their knowledge, experience, and problems with other artists in the same situation. Sydney Cash will lead the discussion, and share his experience with archiving, and appropriately giving artwork away.

The discussion will center around: 1. What a normal situation this is. 2. How to think about and deal with the emotional impact of your accumulated artwork. 3. How to begin to begin to archive and manage your artwork estate. This workshop occurs every couple of months.

Date: TBA

Price: TBA

Instructor: Sydney Cash

About Instructor: 

Cash has had a diverse and experimental career: In the first half of his career creating sculpture with flat glass & mirror. Then later working with paper, making pattern paintings and portraits. He’s explored process, material science, movement and personality. He has exhibited world-wide, having over 40 one-person exhibitions and been included in more than 70 group shows.

Through Arts Mid-Hudson, Cash currently facilitates a group for older artists, focused on archiving, estate planning and what it means to dedicate one’s life to art.

Museum collections includes:
•MoMA-NYC
•The Philadelphia Museum of Art
•Le Musee des Arts Decoritifs in Paris and Lucerne.
Commissions include:
•Museum of Modern Art – designed a group of glass optical vases
•New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority – created 16 ten foot tall optical panels for the Queensborough Plaza Subway Station.
Awards include:
•National Endowment for the Arts fellowship
• New York Foundation for The Arts fellowship
• Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant
•NYFA’s Fillissimo Design Award.
Cash’s long-term interest in spirituality has led him to become a Buddhist practitioner, a student of the Ridwan school, and member of an Edgar Cayce study group. These interests have been fundamental to his personal exploration of “Seeing” (the intuitive basis of artistic creation).