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2018 Adult Classes

“Chaos and Synchronicity”
Writing Workshops with Jeanne Heiberg
Monday Evenings
September 17, 24,
October 1, 8
6 – 8 pm
Community Room
Rivertown Senior Apartments
19 Third Street, Athens

The meeting room is handicapped accessible, and the workshops are free for all ages over 18.
To register please call: 518 945-3547 or email: jeannesarts@gmail.com

Have you ever experienced chaos, conflict, when everything fell apart, disruption and disorder took over, and you were really challenged? When did it all come together in harmony, peace, serenity? Have you ever experienced synchronicity, when everything fell into place in mysterious, perfect order? Exploring these diverse states, participants will be able to launch new works or bring writings already in progress to share and develop.

Sponsored by the Athens Cultural Center. These workshops are funded in part by Poets & Writers Inc.; with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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Pastels Part II: Studio Practice with E S DeSanna
Four Saturdays, June 30-July 21, 1-4 PM
Adults tuition: $125 plus $5 lab fee; ACC members $120 plus $5 lab fee; teens 15 or older free

This class addresses the principles of editing the landscape to compose a dynamic painting. In the studio, students will explore sketches and photographs for their compositional possibilities.
Students will apply composition, value, and color principles, while developing their own style with this medium. They will learn to create their own supports and be encouraged to try various methods of application. The workshop format is lecture/demo and individual help at easel.
Basic principles of working with pastels will be reinforced; new techniques will be explored and encouraged. For students with some painting or drawing experience.

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E S DeSanna paints mostly landscapes en plein air. Pastel is her primary medium, the splendor of the Hudson Valley her sustaining inspiration. Wanderlust has often taken her to Europe, where she has painted in England and across northern and central Italy. Her work represents the beauty of nature, but often acknowledges a humalo-stellino-copy-sue-desannan presence with the occasional road, the distant village, or a patchwork of fields. Though she works in soft pastel, she applies her pigment thickly on a coarse ground, giving a painterly effect. She also translates her study of the landscape to print. She has long loved the spontaneous aspect of monotypes, and also enjoys more formal printmaking with relief and intaglio methods.

The artist has received awards for her work in both pastel and printmaking. Her work is in collections throughout the U.S. and in Europe. She earned a degree in art from SUNY New Paltz, and has studied at School of Visual Arts in NYC, Woodstock School of Art, Il Chiostro in Tuscany and West Dean College in England. She has taught pastel workshops for small groups around the Valley and in Italy, and currently offers classes in pastel privately, and at diverse venues in the region.


Acrylic Painting Workshops with Marianne Van Lent
Five Fridays, June 29 – July 27, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Tuition: Adults $130, $120 ACC members, teens ages 15 and up are freeimg_6923-1

The Athens Cultural Center is pleased to offer acrylic painting classes with artist Marianne Van Lent this summer for adults and teens ages 15 and up. Marianne has taught very popular painting workshop series and Paint and Wine workshops at ACC and we are happy to have her back in the gallery offering her encouraging and inspiring painting classes. The workshops will take place on five Fridays, June 29- July 27, 9:30AM to 12:30PM at 24 Second Street. The fee for all five sessions-15 hours of instruction!- is $130 ($120 for ACC members, teens ages 15 and up are free) and the workshop is limited to twelve participants. Pre-registration is mandatory, enroll by email at info@athensculturalcenter.org. Participants can bring their own supplies or use our paint and brushes and purchase canvases at cost at the workshop.

Marianne Van Lent lives and works in NYC and Athens, NY on the Hudson River. She received her BFA from Tyler School of Art and her MFA from Cornell University. Van Lent’s paintings have been exhibited in the United States and Europe and inhabit many public and private collections. Recent exhibitions include Nature Abstracted at The Painting Center, and Reflected Light, a solo show at Ulla Surland Fine Art. Her works can be seen online at www.mariannevanlent.com.


 

 

 

 

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Saturday, June 9, 1-4PM
Tuition: $25, $5 materials fee, Students ages 15 and up are free
Enroll by email to: info@athensculturalcenter.org or call 518-945-2136

A wonderful opportunity to explore the medium of pastels. This class introduces the student to the various forms of soft pastel available in the marketplace, general availability, and working qualities. Equally important is the choice of supports, and students will explore working with a variety of surfaces. This is the perfect opportunity for the student to discover their affinity for the medium and the textures they are most comfortable working with. For beginners and experienced artists who want to learn about the medium.

 


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Shadow-Boxing: Assemblage and 3D Collage with artist/instructor Tina Chaden
Schedule: 2-day class, Saturdays, February 10 and 17, 1-4 PM
Students will be guided in the fabrication of their own multi-dimensional shadow boxes, filling them with stories, mysteries, and whimsy. Using found items from Tina’s person collections, and their own, students will learn various construction techniques in creating original worlds within the shadow box.
Tuition:
$60 for both workshops, $50 for ACC members, FREE for students 15-19 years old
Materials fee: $15
Registration and information: info@athensculturalcenter.org or phone 518-945-2136


2017 Adult Classes

Acrylic Painting Workshops with Marianne Van Lent
Five Fridays,
July 7- August 4, 9:30 AM-12:marlanne-paint-wine30PM

The Athens Cultural Center is pleased to offer acrylic painting classes with artist Marianne Van Lent this July for adults and teens ages 16 and up. Marianne has taught very popular painting workshop series and Paint and Wine workshops at ACC and we are happy to have her back in the gallery offering her encouraging and inspiring painting classes. The workshops will take place on five Fridays, July 7- August 4, 9:30AM to 12:30PM at 24 Second Street. The fee for all five sessions-15 hours of instruction!- is $125 ($115 for ACC members) and the workshop is limited to twelve participants. Pre-registration is mandatory, enroll by email at info@athensculturalcenter.org. Participants can bring their own supplies or use our paint and brushes and purchase canvases at cost at the workshop.

Marianne Van Lent lives and works in NYC and Athens, NY on the Hudson River. She received her BFA from Tyler School of Art and her MFA from Cornell University. Van Lent’s paintings have been exhibited in the United States and Europe and inhabit many public and private collections. Recent exhibitions include Nature Abstracted at The Painting Center, and Reflected Light, a solo show at Ulla Surland Fine Art. Her works can be seen online at www.mariannevanlent.com.



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Saturday, February 18, 1-5PM 

In this special one-day workshop with artist Tina Chaden you will learn how to create beautiful, one of a kind prints using gelli plates. Beginners can enjoy immediate gratification and have a stack of amazing prints in no time while more experienced printmakers are pushed to experiment, adapt, combine, and layer. It’s easy, fun and totally addicting! The fee is $40, $35 for ACC members, all materials are included. Limited to eight participants, pre-registration and payment are required by February 14. Register by email: info@athensculturalcenter.org or phone 518-945-2136.

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2016 Adult Classes

“The Tower” by Michele Micarelli

Saturday, November 5, Noon-5PM
One day workshop with Michele Micarelli

There will be a unique opportunity for area rug hookers to work with Michele Micarelli in a one- day workshop on Saturday, November 5th, from 12-5PM. Participants may bring any project you wish. This may be a new creation or something you have started and need some help with. Michele will have lots of patterns and wool for sale. She is an expert colorist and trouble shooter. There will be coffee and donuts of course and lots of laughs.There is a $40 fee for the workshop, space is limited; pre-register by email info@athensculturalcenter.org or phone 518-945-2136. Come spend an amazing afternoon and then return for a wine and cheese reception party for the “Exploring The Tarot” show from 6-8PM.

 

 


 

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Acrylic Painting Workshops with Marianne Van Lent
Two Fridays,
September 16 & 23, 9:30 AM-12:30PM

Acrylic painting classes with artist Marianne Van Lent for adults and teens ages 16 and up. Marianne taught a very popular painting workshop series, Communing with the Masters and Paint and Wine workshops at ACC and we are happy to have her back in the gallery offering her encouraging and inspiring painting classes. The workshops will take place on two Fridays, September 16 and 23, 9:30AM to 12:30PM at 24 Second Street, Athens. The fee for two sessions is $50 and the workshop is limited to twelve participants. Pre-registration is mandatory, enroll by email at info@athensculturalcenter.org. Participants can bring their own supplies or use our paint and brushes and purchase canvases at cost at the workshop.

Marianne Van Lent lives and works in NYC and Athens, NY on the Hudson River. She received her BFA from Tyler School of Art and her MFA from Cornell University. Van Lent’s paintings have been exhibited in the United States and Europe and inhabit many public and private collections. Recent exhibitions include Nature Abstracted at The Painting Center, and Reflected Light, a solo show at Ulla Surland Fine Art. Her works can be seen online at www.mariannevanlent.com.


 


 

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Four Fridays,
August 5-26, 9:30 AM-12:30PM

The Athens Cultural Center is pleased to offer acrylic painting classes with artist Marianne Van Lent this August for adults and teens ages 16 and up. Marianne taught a very popular painting workshop series, Communing with the Masters and Paint and Wine workshops at ACC and we are happy to have her back in the gallery offering her encouraging and inspiring painting classes. The workshops will take place on four Fridays, August 5-26, 9:30AM to 12:30PM at 24 Second Street, Athens. The fee for all four sessions-12 hours of instruction!- is $100 and the workshop is limited to twelve participants. Pre-registration is mandatory, enroll by email at info@athensculturalcenter.org. Participants can bring their own supplies or use our paint and brushes and purchase canvases at cost at the workshop.

Marianne Van Lent lives and works in NYC and Athens, NY on the Hudson River. She received her BFA from Tyler School of Art and her MFA from Cornell University. Van Lent’s paintings have been exhibited in the United States and Europe and inhabit many public and private collections. Recent exhibitions include Nature Abstracted at The Painting Center, and Reflected Light, a solo show at Ulla Surland Fine Art. Her works can be seen online at www.mariannevanlent.com. ;

 


 

 

 


 

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Broken Plate Mosaics Workshop
Saturdays, March 26 and April 2, 1-4pm

Artist Tina Chaden will present a special two part workshop on the art of mosaics on two consecutive Saturdays, March 26 and  April 2, from 1-4pm. Utilizing broken ceramic plates, students will learn how to prepare provided plate materials, create designs and adhere them to objects such as trays, frames and flower pots. In the second workshop the projects will be grouted and completed and a bonus technique using glass will be taught. All materials will be supplied.

This workshop is limited to eight participants so pre-registration is required by calling 945-2136 or emailing info@athensculturalcenter.org. There is a $50 materials fee for adults, teens 13 and up are free. This workshop is supported in part by the Athens Community Foundation.

 


 

Seeing It Through #2:
Image Transfer Workshop with Tina Chaden
Saturday, February 27th from 1-4pm

Image transfer is an amazing technique enabling an artist to layer one transparent image over another creating a collage of richness and depth.

In this three hour workshop students will learn to combine painting and collage methods with basic image transfer techniques. Students ages 13 through adult and at all levels of art-making experience are encouraged to attend. Materials will be supplied and every student will take home a finished original work of art. The workshop is free for teens, there is a $25 materials fee for adults. This special workshop is limited to eight participants so pre-registration is mandatory. Please call 945-2136 or email info@athensculturalcenter.org to register.

Tina Chaden is an award-winning multi-media artist and leading designer of art work for the home decor.marketplace. Her work has appeared in galleries and museums across the country. In addition to her work in the fine arts, Ms. Chaden is also a graphic designer, photographer and 3-dimensional illustrator whose clients have included major magazines such as Discover, Better Homes and Gardens, and Time.nbsp;


 

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Seeing It Through: Image Transfer Workshop with Tina Chaden Saturday, January 23rd from 1-4pm.

Image transfer is an amazing technique enabling an artist to layer one transparent image over another creating a collage of richness and depth.

In this workshop students will learn to combine painting and collage methods with basic image transfer techniques. Students ages 13 through adult and at all levels of art-making experience are encouraged to attend. Materials will be supplied and every student will take home a finished original work of art. The workshop is free for teens, there is a $25 materials fee for adults. This special workshop is limited to eight participants so pre-registration is mandatory. Please call 945-2136 or email info@athensculturalcenter.org to register.

Tina Chaden is an award-winning multi-media artist and leading designer of art work for the home decor.marketplace. Her work has appeared in galleries and museums across the country. In addition to her work in the fine arts, Ms. Chaden is also a graphic designer, photographer and 3-dimensional illustrator whose clients have included major magazines such as Discover, Better Homes and Gardens, and Time.

 

 


On-going Classes

 

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ATHENS COMMUNITY CHORUS
4th Sunday of each month, 4:30-6:00 PM

Anyone who loves to sing is welcome to join the Athens Community Chorus. There are no auditions or membership dues. All that we require is a little bit of talent and a big appreciation for good music. We will get together once a month to share our talents and to sing a rich and diverse selection of vocal works, from classical to jazz standards, and Broadway to madrigals.

Please email info@athensculturalcenter.org to add your name to the Community Chorus mailing list to be notified of class cancellations or changes.

If you have any questions, please contact Jen Meehan at 518-210-6435

Fee: Free. Donations to the ACC greatly appreciated.
Registration: Pre-registration is not required
Schedule: 4th Sunday of each month, 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Information & Mailing List: info@athensculturalcenter.org

 


 

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Ballet and Other Smooth Moves for Women of a Certain
Age and Confident Men
Saturdays, 10:30 -noon
Mondays from 6:00-7:00 PM

A class dedicated to the principal that everyone has inner grace. The goal of the class is to improve balance and flexibility and transform your body awareness. The class uses techniques from ballet, modern dance, jazz, soft shoe, and 4th grade Phys Ed. class. All techniques are consistent with the instructor’s age. Attire is required. Loose fitting clothes, ballet or regular slippers, are recommended.

Instructor Bobby LuPone is a Julliard trained dancer and actor. He lives in Greene County with his wife Virginia and son Orlando.

Please email info@athensculturalcenter.org to add your name to the Athens Presque Ballet mailing list to be notified of class cancellations or changes.

Fee: Free. Donations to the ACC greatly appreciated.
Registration: Drop-in’s welcome. Preregistration is not required.
Schedule: Saturdays, 10:30-noon, Mondays from 6:00-7:00 PM
Information: info@athensculturalcenter.org


 

 

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The Athens Cultural Center is pleased to offer a new workshop for adults, Monoprinting Without a Press!, taught by Ruby Silvious. The workshop will be held on two Saturdays, April 25 and May 2, from 1-3 PM. Participants may attend one or both workshops. The tuition is $25 for one session or $40 for both sessions, all materials included.

This workshop introduces students to the technique of gelatin plate monotype printing – a fun, easy method of printmaking without a press. Using acrylic paints on Gelli plates, prints produced resemble several traditional printmaking techniques. Workshop participants are introduced to some of the many methods of printing from gelatin plates, including working with stencils, direct painting, working with textured and natural materials, multiple-stage printing and more. This direct and spontaneous process combines painting, drawing and collage.

These workshops are limited to 8 students and preregistration is necessary. To register for the workshops email info@athensculturalcenter.org or call 945-2136. Ruby Silvious, a visual artist and graphic designer, was educated in the United States, in Europe and in Asia. Her award winning work has been exhibited internationally and is included in public and many private collections.


Conversational French Class for Teens and Adults

Fridays, February 27 – March 27, 7:00-8:30 PM
Free for teens ages 13-19, $75 for adults, $65 for ACC members
Pre-registration is required, by email info@athensculturalcenter.org or call 945-2136
This course will introduce the students to the French speaking culture. No grammar necessary, this class is about being able to read excerpts from a guide book with good pronunciation and clarity, and includes a few basic grammar games, singing, poetry, small skits, a traditional folk dance and a pot luck dinner for the last class. We will focus on conversation, inflection and vocabulary. ALL MATERIALS INCLUDED IN CLASS FEE.
Chantal Van-Wierts has been teaching French for 25 years both in private and public schools for all ages 3 years to 85 years old.


 

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THE WONDER OF AIR WRITING WORKSHOP with Jeanne Heiberg

This workshop is relocated to the Community Room, at 19 Third Street, Athens.

The dates and hours are:
Tuesday, February 17th, 6:pm to 8 pm
Saturday, February 20th, 10 am to noon
Tuesday, March 3, 6 pm to 8 pm
Tuesday, March 10, 6 pm to 8 pm

To get to 19 Third Street, turn up third Street from 384-Washington Avenue. When you see the first of two large grey buildings with white picket fences curving into the parking lots, turn into the first. And park in the visitors section to your left, near the road. No Spaces? Go out onto the road and turn left into the fire road that runs between the two buildings and park there. There is more picket fencing to lead you towards the building.

Earth, Air, Fire (or Light) and Water are the four classic elements ancients believed make up the physical world. They are still powerful physical phenomena that mirror inner worlds of thought and feelings. All four are great stimuli for writing.

Air is the least visible of the four elements, yet the one most necessary to life; people and animals can go only a short time without it. Air symbolizes other invisible things people need for life such as love, purpose, belonging, appreciation, forgiveness, compassion, happiness, and other positive, life-giving invisibles. There are also negative invisibles such as fear, meanness, anger, hopelessness, guilt, apathy and more. Both kinds of invisible air-energies are good for writing. Stories needs challenges, conflicts, things to be overcome, turned around, puzzles and problems to be solved.

Of course, these invisible energies affect things seen. Just as air announces itself in the motion of trees, clouds, sails, blowing hair and clothes, invisible energies of feeling and meaning are seen in the way people stand, walk, talk, act, and interact. Tolstoy said art is conscious communication of feeling, and writers need to be familiar with emotions, how they drive and express action, plot and story, character, and the work as a whole. Writers need to be good observers of their invisible inner world of feeling, thought, memory and imagination, and of their external world of things seen and heard and grasped through the senses.

During this workshop you will have the opportunity to grow in observation of inner and outer worlds in a setting near the Hudson River, as you further explore writing through some tried and true methods such as Imagery reflections, dialogue games, free-writes, and some notes on the writing craft. The overall theme will be the element of air, but participants are free to explore their own inner urgings and directions in what they write.

Writing sessions will be facilitated by Jeanne Heiberg MFA, published author/artist, and seasoned workshop provider, who helps both beginners and experienced writers find their writing voice, get writing juices flowing, and overcome writer’s block. Pens, pencils and paper are all you need.

This event is funded in part by Poets and Writers Inc. with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. Register at (518) 945-3547 or email Jeanne Heiberg at 12jh31@mhcable.com.


 

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Merino Wool Fleece Angels – Adults and kids ages 12 +
Saturday, Nov. 15th, 4 – 5:30 PM
Create beautiful Angels with fine unspun sheep’s wool
Free, materials supplied!

Join artist Chantal Van-Wierts to create these heirloom angels for the holidays. Unspun sheep wool, fleece, is a warm pleasant material to work with. The beautiful soft figures are formed from knots and threads adorned with small decorative beads and ribbons, mini stars, silky threads and anything you wish to bring along to enhance your nature spirit which can adorn your festive tree or just hang in a special place. Sewing skills are helpful but not a must, if you have a sewing basket please feel free to bring it. (AGES 12 and UP)

 


 

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Magic Lantern Puppets n Crafts Theater Workshops
Ages 12+ – adult
Saturdays, October 18th – December 13th
2:00-4:00 PM

If you would like to be a part of an exciting troupe creating a large scale shadow puppet production of Scrooge, the Athens Cultural Center wants you! Teens and adults are welcome to be part of the creation of a theater piece based on Charles Dickens novella “A Christmas Carol”. The workshops, lead by master puppeteer Chantal Van-Wierts, will take place on Saturdays starting on October 18th and running weekly through the grand presentation at the Annual Athens Victorian Stroll on December 13th.

Work along side Chantal Van-Wierts as the Victorian tale of Ebenezer Scrooge is brought to life. This new production will tell the story of bitter old miser Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation resulting from supernatural visits by Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come through shadow puppets, projections, a costumed greek chorus, live music and an elaborate Victorian set. All artistic skills are welcome. Do you sing? Are you good with scissors? Have an urge to perform in Victorian garb? There will be intricate paper puppets and shadow puppets, costumes and Victorian sets to create.

Dates: Saturdays, October 18th – December 13th
Time: 2:00-4:00 PM


 

 

 

 

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GUITAR WORKSHOP WITH PETE WAGULA
Guitar for Beginner and Intermediate Players
Three session workshop for ages 16+
August 26, 27 and 28th from 6:00-8:00 PM
Classes are FREE for teens and ACC members, $45 for non-members.
Pete Wagula, Instructor: When not playing bottleneck he teaches guitar clinics and workshops in New York and New Jersey. Pete has also studied with jazz great Tal Farlow and has been a contributing writer for Guitar Player Magazine.

Dates: August 26, 27 and 28th
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Class fee: Classes are FREE for teens and ACC members, $45 for non-members
Register: Email info@athensculturalcenter.org to register or call 945-2136.

Limited to 10 participants – Please bring a guitar!

 


 

“COMMUNING WITH THE MASTERS” PAINTING WORKSHOP SERIES
5 Fridays, July 11- August 8, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM

“Communing With the Masters” is a free acrylic painting workshop series for teens and adults running five Friday mornings, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM from July 11- August 8. The painting instructor, Marianne Van Lent, will lead the workshop participants through the process of choosing a modern master painting as a reference for interpretation and painting in that style. Images will be chosen from the instructor’s archive of modern master paintings. Each student will research facts about the chosen artist’s life, the zeitgeist of the time in which the artist lived and the painting techniques and materials the artist used.

Marianne Van Lent lives and works in NYC and Athens, NY on the Hudson River. She received her BFA from Tyler School of Art and her MFA from Cornell University. Van Lent’s paintings have been exhibited in the United States and Europe and inhabit many public and private collections. Recent exhibitions include Nature Abstracted at The Painting Center, and Reflected Light, a solo show at Ulla Surland Fine Art. Her works can be seen online at www.mariannevanlent.com.

Fee: Free, Materials Provided, Pre-registration required.
Class Schedule: 5 Fridays, July 11- August 8, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Registration: Pre-register by calling 945-2136 or email info@athensculturalcenter.org.

 


 

THE DOWNS AND UPS OF LIFE: Feelings and Facts in Writing
Free Writing Workshop Series
Saturday, July 26, and Tuesday evenings, July 29 and August 5, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Everyone needs to tell their story, whether in conversation, or in more enduring forms such as poetry, fiction, memoir, or creative non-fiction. Getting in touch with the part of your story that needs to be told now will be the theme of a four workshop series that begins Saturday, July 26, with one workshop 10 am to 12 noon, and after lunch, another from 1 to 3 pm. Both sessions will take place at the handicapped accessible community room of the Rivertown Senior Apartments, 33 Third Street, Athens NY. It is for all adults from 18 to 88 and up.

The series will continue for two more sessions on Tuesday evenings, July 29 and August 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Athens Cultural Center, 24 Second Street, Athens.

Participants are invited to attend individual workshop, or the series for a deeper creative immersion. During workshops held last October, participants wanted to continue as a group for a longer period, so these sessions are designed to meet that need.

Each workshop will begin with introductions, warm ups and games that involve minds and hearts in fun, enjoyable ways, followed by imagery reflections that engages participants with their friendly inner observer, from which great and authentic writing naturally flows. After time for free-writing, there will be opportunities for those who wish to read back what they have written in a supportive setting. Participants may also bring other works of writing to read for helpful sharing and feedback

The workshop will be led by Jeanne Heiberg, MFA, a widely published writer and visual artist who has provided writing workshops for 16 years, with work as a journalist and teacher on her resume. Her published work includes Winning Your Inner Battle (Resource Publications, San Jose CA), Contemplation and the Art of Saladmaking (Resource Publications NY) and Advent Arts and Christmas Crafts (Paulist Press, Mahwah, NJ). With over 500 features and columns to her credit, including Ms. Jeanne’s Greens (The Princeton Packet, Princeton NJ), she is currently a contributing editor writing features and a column, Meditation Moment for a Peter LI educational magazine.

Workshop Schedule: Saturday, July 26, and Tuesday evenings, July 29 and August 5, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Registration: To register, please call (518) 945-3547 or email 12jh31@mhcable.com.

 


 


 

WAGE/WORKING JUKEBOX PROJECT AUDIO PORTRAITS WORKSHOP
Workshop sessions: May 28 and 30th, 6-9PM
Opening reception: May 31st, 5-7PM

The Athens Cultural Center and WGXC 90.7-FM announces an exciting participatory workshop, Audio Portraits: An Introduction to Interviewing, for ages 14-adult. In this workshop participants will produce a short audio portrait of the working life of an Athen’s resident to be included in the Wage/Working Jukebox which will be on exhibit at the Athens Cultural Center, 24 Second Street from May 31-Dec. 1, 2014.

Wage/Working is a jukebox-based installation featuring stories and sounds from the working lives of residents of Greene and Columbia counties. The stories are edited to a length, corresponding with the amount of time it takes each interviewee to earn $1, creating an inverse relationship between monetary value and time. The project, which was first exhibited at the Cairo Public Library, was created by Tennessee Watson & Laura Hadden as a part of an AIR Live Interactive Residency during the Spring of 2013 at free103point9 Wave Farm, and WGXC 90.7-FM in Acra, NY, with financial support provided, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

In this two-session workshop participants will learn the basics of documentary interviewing technique, digital audio field recording, story scripting and digital editing through guided tutorials and hands-on exercises; and with facilitator support will assemble a short audio portrait.

Session 1 will take place Wednesday May 28th 6 – 9 pm and Session 2 will be on Friday, May 30th, 6 – 9 pm. Please note that participants must attend both sessions. Participants will also be required to do work outside of class prior to Session 2, which involves interviewing a community member about their work, reviewing the recording and creating a brief outline. These workshops, co-sponsored by WGXC, 90.7-FM, will take place at the Athens Cultural Center, 24 Second Street, Athens, and are offered free of charge but pre-registration is necessary. Register on-line at info@athensculturalcenter.org or by calling 518-945-2136.

On Saturday May 31, from 5-7 PM, there will be an Opening Reception of the Wage/Working Jukebox at the Cultural Center featuring a listening session and celebration of pieces produced in the Audio Portraits workshop.

About Laura Hadden and Tennessee Watson:
Hadden and Watson were cited in 2011 by the International Documentary Challenge in the Best Film and Best Directing categories for a previous joint project, Matthew 24:14. The collaborators have a diverse history working in documentary film and radio. Laura Hadden is an independent media producer who spent the last three years producing projects for the storytelling organization The Moth in New York City. Before that, she facilitated workshops at The Center for Digital Storytelling and was an apprentice and community media producer at KPFA in Berkeley, CA. Tennessee Watson is an artist and activist based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work draws from the documentary and oral history tradition, but with an interactive and performative twist. Prior to moving to NY, she spent four years at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University producing radio documentaries, instructing courses and coordinating Youth Noise Network, a radio project for teens in Durham, North Carolina.

Already have audio production skills and you’d like to submit a story to the jukebox?
Community members, who don’t take the workshop, are also invited to submit Wage/Working stories from Greene or Columbia county as long as they follow the project format. To have your work considered for inclusion in the Wage/Working jukebox, please contact wageworking@gmail.com for more information.

Workshop sessions: May 28 and 30th, 6-9PM
Opening reception: May 31st, 5-7PM
Registration Register on-line at info@athensculturalcenter.org or by calling 518-945-2136.

 


 

Chinese Brush Painting Workshop with Linda Schultz
At the Athens Cultural Center
Saturday, March 1, 1-4PM

Nature is the heart of Chinese Brush painting. It is intended to be a meditative and spontaneous art form, capturing the essence of an image or idea with very little attention to precise details. Come and learn the basics for this meditative art form. Using the “Four Treasures”, the brush, ink stick, ink stone and the paper, you will learn the techniques to create the “Four Gentleman”, the bamboo, orchid, plum and chrysanthemum. Each “Gentleman” introduces a new stroke or idea and reinforces techniques already learned. Continual demonstrations will be provided through out the classes, along with individual attention.

Limited to 12 participants ages 10 and up. Students 10-18 years old free of charge and materials supplied, 19 and over $15 tuition plus materials fee of $13.00.

Date: Saturday, March 1
Time: 1 PM-4 PM
Registration: Sign up or more information at: info@athensculturalcenter.org.
Fee: Ages 10-18 Free, 19 and over, $15 plus material fee of $13.

 


 

     
 
 
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