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AMH provides a range of experiential and creative workshops led by expert practitioners in their fields. 

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Suminagashi, Ink Floating on Water

Explore the magical ancient Japanese art of Suminagashi: ink floating on water. We will learn techniques both modern and traditional to transfer these elemental forms to paper. These unique papers may be used to make monotypes, books, cards, collage, and are art in themselves.

Date: Tuesday, October 13: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Location: Virtual Event

Price: $30 AMH Members, $45 NonMembers

Age: Teens & Adults

Materials Needed: (* denotes items you may have at home or studio)

Dick Blick           BokuUndo Innovative marbling kit                #01309-1009

                                    carrageenan (optional)                  #04821-1005

                                    2 -Plastic palette water cup            #03068-1012

Amazon or Dick Blick

                                    Paint tray palette (can use tops of-lactic containers*)

            Disposable Aluminum Steam Table Pan to fit  9 X 12” paper  (must be larger due to sloping sides)

                                    OR any plastic pan. A scrap book case 11” x 12 is good also because it has a top.

                                    2 or 4 Chinese brushes, small, OR watercolor brushes size 4 – 6*

                                    1 or 2 pads Yasutomo Hosho Paper Pad 9″ x 12 “ (48 sheets per pad)

                                    OR 1 Lowe Cornell Oriental Rice Paper Pad P-906 (48 sheets per pad)

                                    various papers to try, drawing, mixed media, watercolor, handmade*

                                    Mohawk Superfine can be found at Talasonline.com, and much more

                                    Photo Flo OR drop of dishwashing liquid*

Materials on hand:

                                    2 shish-ka-bab sticks

                                    Protection for your table and a smock, cloth, sponge or paper towel

                                    racks, strings and clothespins to hang wet papers

                                    dishwashing liquid, 1 or 2 drops

Optional, for thickened water, ¼ # or ½ # carrageenan power, to be mixed night before in blender w/water

 For people avoiding Amazon, I get materials from colophonbookarts.com and Talasonline.com

Click here to RSVP by October 11

About the Teaching Artist:
Christina DiMarco is a teaching artist in the Hudson Valley for over 30 years. She studied sociology and psychology at Trinity College, Burlington Vermont and SUNY New Paltz. Christina co-founded and studied at a small art school in Beekman, NY, Clove Creek Artists, for nine years in the 80’s and early 90’s with her partner, water photographer and woodworker John Fuchs. They share a love of hiking the many surrounding mountains, photographing and studying nature and living in the woods for 38 years. Christina teaches the elemental arts of Turkish marbling and suminagashi, bookbinding, and many media. She shares her teaching with people of all ages, at Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY; Camp Herrlich, Patterson, NY; the Wappingers School System; Mount Saint Mary College, at the Desmond Enrichment Campus and more, including area libraries. She taught at Mill Street Loft (now known as The Art Effect), in Poughkeepsie, for 25 years.

necklace on a bust
Hand Painted Jewelry

Create your own hand-painted and collaged mini works of art, made from recycled materials, turned into earrings and necklaces or pins.

Date: Wednesday, October 14: 4:00 – 5:00pm

Location: Virtual Event

Price: $25 AMH Members, $40 NonMembers

Age: All ages welcome

Materials Needed: Cereal or other lightweight cardboard box, Acrylic paint, Pencil, Any type of markers, Small paintbrush, Assorted papers, recycled, tissue paper
Jewelry findings for earring or necklaces such as jump rings, fish hooks and leather cord. Needle nose pliers & glue.

Click here to RSVP by October 12

About the Teaching Artist:
Amy Rosen is an Abstract Painter, who has a try anything approach to her art. She has trained at the Woodstock School of Art for the last 8 years. Her most recent works of Jewelry made from recycled aluminum can be found on her etsy site.

japanese bookbinding
Japanese Bookbinding Workshop

We will create one or two books using a traditional Japanese technique of bookbinding. The second book will build on knowledge of the 1st book. Other options will be explored and demonstrated, building on the pamphlet stitch. Bookbinding is a versatile and accessible art through which we can create books to fit our needs for Journals, for creative writing and poetry, drawing, collage, collections, photographs and keepsakes.

Date: Tuesday, October 20: 9:00 am – 12:00pm

Location: Virtual Event

Price: $30 AMH Members, $45 NonMembers

Age: Teens to Adults

Materials Needed:

This course will be conducted via Zoom, so participants need access to a device with video and audio.

MATERIALS FOR JAPANESE BOOKBINDING

MATERIALS FOR 1 OR 2 BOOKS

Can be purchased at Dick Blick on line, Catskill Art Supplies, Kingston;

Colophon Book Arts, Inc. or art stores

Decorative paper for covers 4 pieces 8-1/2” x 11” or 9” x 12” – 2 per book

Watercolor papers, handmade, Canson Mi-Teintes, Strathmore,

drawings papers 80# or more

Papers for text or inside pages 8 or 12 same size as above, for each book

Drawing paper, @#60; copy paper (recycled is excellent)

Miscellaneous paper, copy paper

Strip of paper 9” x 12” x 1 “

Bookbinding awl,

Bookbinding thread – a color contrasting or complementary to decorative papers, etc.

Or embroidery thread

Bone folder – optional – for folding papers

MATERIALS TO FIND AT HOME

Scissors, pencil, ruler

Embroidery thread

Embroidery needle, blunt preferred

Old magazine to piece the pages

Glue stick – optional

Envelope, small – optional

Piece of wax or old candle

Click here to RSVP by October 18

About the Teaching Artist:
Christina DiMarco is a teaching artist in the Hudson Valley for over 30 years. She studied sociology and psychology at Trinity College, Burlington Vermont and SUNY New Paltz. Christina co-founded and studied at a small art school in Beekman, NY, Clove Creek Artists, for nine years in the 80’s and early 90’s with her partner, water photographer and woodworker John Fuchs. They share a love of hiking the many surrounding mountains, photographing and studying nature and living in the woods for 38 years. Christina teaches the elemental arts of Turkish marbling and suminagashi, bookbinding, and many media. She shares her teaching with people of all ages, at Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY; Camp Herrlich, Patterson, NY; the Wappingers School System; Mount Saint Mary College, at the Desmond Enrichment Campus and more, including area libraries. She taught at The Art Effect (previously known as Mill Street Loft), Poughkeepsie, for 25 years.

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Monsters & Dragons

This workshop is being offered as a virtual community puppet building intensive – an opportunity for individuals, friends, families to convene online and build giant masks and puppets of dragons, monsters, goblins in preparation for Halloween. There will be two parts to the workshop, with the first three sessions dedicated to designing and building the puppets, and the last session dedicated to a virtual story-telling event in which participants can perform with their monsters in a spectacle full of growls, screams, cackling loosely based on Washington Irving’s imaginary and moderated by a gothic MC. There will be presentations at the beginning of each class with films and photographs of giant puppets in action around the world. There will follow demonstrations of building and painting techniques, after which participants will be able to work independently and check back with the instructor for individual consultations. Participants will have the opportunity in the intervening days between sessions to advance their projects, in preparation for the culminating final session. Participants of all ages will be welcome, though children are warmly invited to participate if working in collaboration with adults.

Date: Two Wednesdays & Fridays – October 21, 23, 28 & 30: 11:00 am – 2:00pm

Location: Virtual Event

Price: $75 AMH Members (only $6.25 per hour), $90 NonMembers (only $7.50 per hour)

Age: All ages accompanied by an Adult

Materials Needed:

Materials needed will be standard fare household gear and detritus: Corrugated cardboard from discarded boxes – the bigger the better; some tools, like a box cutter, scissors, needle-nose pliers, ruler; materials for mounting like broomsticks, wire hangers; adhesives like duct tape or masking tape, glue gun if available, Elmer’s glue, corn starch for paper mache; newspaper, brown paper bags; paint, brushes, colored construction paper

Click here to RSVP by October 19

About the Teaching Artist:
Roberto Rossi is a member of Brooklyn-based Great Small Works theater company. He has toured extensively with GSW, the Bread & Puppet Theater and the Boston Puppeteers’ Cooperative and has, for many years, created and led classes in design, mask-making, puppetry, acting, printmaking and architecture in environments including K-12 public schools, universities, walk-in community centers and agricultural cooperatives. He has staged puppet pageants for Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors , the Brooklyn Museum, New Haven’s Festival of Arts and Ideas as well as for municipalities in Europe and Asia; he has also co-curated and designed festivals of miniature theater together with Great Small Works at HERE, Theater for the New City, and St. Ann’s Warehouse in New York. His collaborations with Great Small Works have garnered numerous accolades including a Village Voice Obie Award as well as Citation of Excellence from the Union Internationale de la Marionnette.

pile of paper monsters
Toy Theater - Performance in Miniature

Toy theater is a 19th century puppetry genre that miniaturizes theater to a scale that can be worked with and enjoyed at home: all the props of the stage – proscenium, scenery, characters – are flattened into cardstock and compressed to fit on a kitchen table. In this workshop, participants will be able to explore and realize visions for vast shows in this miniaturized form. Theaters will be cut out of boxes; backdrops colored and mounted on rods; characters painted or collaged onto cardboard and articulated with wire. The materials needed will be cheap, mostly household gear. Participants will have the opportunity over the course of three weekly 2.5 hour sessions to develop their own toy theater shows. Each session will begin with a presentation – on the history of Toy Theater, on its relationship to early cinematic technologies, on its use in political performance. There will follow demonstrations of simple building and painting techniques, with time at the end for participants to work on their own shows and enjoy individual consultations. Participants will have the opportunity in the intervening days between sessions to advance their projects. A good portion of the final session will be dedicated to a presentation by participants of their work. The materials presented, the pace of the work, the manual skills needed make this a workshop ideally suited for participants 16 years old and over, though children are warmly invited to participate if working in collaboration with adults.

Date: Three Saturday classes in November 7, 14, 21: 11:00 am – 2:00pm

Location: Virtual Event

Price: $75 AMH Members (only $8.30 per hour), $90 NonMembers (only $10.00 per hour)

Age: All ages accompanied by an Adult

Materials Needed:

We’ll be making stuff, so we’ll need materials: we will all need a cardboard liquor box; some tools, like a box cutter, scissors, needle nose pliers, ruler; adhesives like duct tape or masking tape, glue gun if available, glue sticks, Elmer’s glue, double sided tape; paper materials like manila file folders, a role of brown craft paper or white bond paper, or lacking that, 8.5X11 bond paper, brown paper bags. Large pieces of corrugated cardboard – from refrigerator or TV boxes for example; for designing – sharpies, pencils, crayons, watercolor or acrylic paint…as the workshop progresses, we’ll be able to identify and bring in other custom materials.

Click here to RSVP by November 4

About the Teaching Artist:
Roberto Rossi is a member of Brooklyn-based Great Small Works theater company. He has toured extensively with GSW, the Bread & Puppet Theater and the Boston Puppeteers’ Cooperative and has, for many years, created and led classes in design, mask-making, puppetry, acting, printmaking and architecture in environments including K-12 public schools, universities, walk-in community centers and agricultural cooperatives. He has staged puppet pageants for Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors , the Brooklyn Museum, New Haven’s Festival of Arts and Ideas as well as for municipalities in Europe and Asia; he has also co-curated and designed festivals of miniature theater together with Great Small Works at HERE, Theater for the New City, and St. Ann’s Warehouse in New York. His collaborations with Great Small Works have garnered numerous accolades including a Village Voice Obie Award as well as Citation of Excellence from the Union Internationale de la Marionnette.

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Creating & Recreating Words: Virtual Writing Workshop

This is a generative workshop designed to unleash your creativity and build your body of work. Through using in-class writing prompts and sharing our new work in a supportive environment, we will not only build your body of work but also begin to look at, listen, and use words in new ways.

Date: Monday, November 15: 1:00 – 3:30pm

Location: Virtual Event

Price: $55 AMH Members, $70 NonMembers

Age: All ages welcome

Materials Needed: This course will be conducted via Zoom, so participants need access to a device with video and audio.

Click here to RSVP by November 13

About the Teaching Artist:
 Linda McCauley Freeman has been widely published in literary journals and anthologies, including a Chinese translation of her work for an international journal. She recently won Grand Prize in Storiarts poetry contest honoring Maya Angelou, and her work was selected by the Arts Mid Hudson for inclusion in their Artists Respond to Poetry 2018 show and Poets Respond to Art 2020 show. She was a three-time winner in the Talespinners Short Story contest judged by Michael Korda. She has an MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington College and is the former poet-in-residence of the Putnam Arts Council.

Family photo with mom, dad and three daughters
Folklore in Your Life

Join Elinor Levy for an introductory exploration of folklore and the folklore in your life. After a brief discussion of the definitions of folklore, we will talk about ways to identify and gather folklore. As we enter the Thanksgiving holiday it is a perfect time to explore and celebrate your own traditions.

Date: Tuesday, November 16: 7:00 – 9:00pm

Location: Virtual Event

Price: $5 AMH Members, $20 NonMembers

Age: All ages welcome

Materials Needed: A family photo or heirloom

Click here to RSVP by November 14

About the Teaching Artist:
Elinor Levy, joined Arts-Mid Hudson in September 2016 as the Folk Arts Program manager. A native of Oakland, California, she has bounced around the country from California to Indiana, Georgia, Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and now New York. Previously, she worked in Las Vegas as the folklorist for Clark County Parks and Recreation and as executive director of the Northwest Jersey Folklife Project. Having spent the last decade as a folklorist consultant and an adjunct professor, she is excited to be doing public folklore again especially in the culturally rich Hudson Valley. She has a master’s degree in Anthropology from California State University, Sacramento and a doctorate in folklore from Indiana University, Bloomington. She is a folk artist in her own right as a third generation knitter on her mother’s side. In the past three years she has added spinning her own yarn to her skills and looks forward each year to helping a friend shear a small flock of Jacob sheep.