FREE Watercolor Classes for Adults
The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center is pleased to announce a series of free watercolor classes for adults in the Studio at the Gmeiner. All classes will be led by Kathy Pilling-Whitney of Tioga, who has many years of teaching experience and is an accomplished watercolor painter. There will be two beginner sessions in June, and then a series of three classes in July for those who want to learn more advanced techniques. The classes are free, but students must provide their own materials. For these classes, students will need to purchase a set of watercolor paints (tubes or pans – not opaque), at least six sheets of 140 pound watercolor paper (8×10”, 9×12” or 11×14”), a watercolor palette to mix colors, and a set of watercolor (NOT acrylic) brushes.
The beginner class will be offered on two dates – Sunday, June 4th and Sunday, June 25th from 10AM – 12PM. Students should sign up for one session or the other by emailing email@example.com or calling 570-724-1917. This class is intended for students who have little to no experience with watercolor painting and is limited to 12 students per session. The beginner class will be an exploration of the properties of transparent watercolor so that students can become familiar with the medium and increase their confidence in using it. The two-hour class will include discussion of the following: masking white vs. leaving white vs. using tape, transparent vs. opaque watercolor, and the use of watercolor markers and watercolor pencils. Students will also explore fluid (wet-in-wet), wet-on-dry, and drybrush techniques. Demonstrations and coaching will be done for both still life and abstract designs. Students should leave the class with at least one painting, increased skills and confidence in using watercolors, and perhaps a desire to continue developing their skills in the advanced series of classes.
The advanced classes will be held on July 9th, 16th, and 23rd from 10AM – 12PM. Students should sign up for all three sessions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 570-724-1917. This series of classes is intended to greatly develop the students’ ability to use watercolors, and is open to students who took the beginner class or who have previous experience with watercolors. It is limited to 12 participants. The first class will start with a review of basic techniques, and then participants will practice various watercolor techniques over the course of the three days using a variety of subject matter. Students will paint a mostly white still life creating depth and shadows without using black. They will paint a floral design and learn about color glazing with watercolors, and they will complete an abstract design.
Writer’s Night Open Mic
Tuesday, June 6 at 7PM
Do you write poetry, fiction, lyrics, non-fiction? Want to share with other writers and an appreciative audience? Then come to the Writer’s Night Open Mic at the Gmeiner!
First Tuesday of the month (we will be taking July off due to the 4th of July holiday!). Readings start at 7PM. Come early at 6:30 to sign up to read, grab a cup of coffee and some snacks, and socialize a little.
Writers are asked to only share original work, and to keep their presentations to 10 minutes. Those in the audience are asked not to record without permission.
You do not have to be a writer yourself to attend! It’s fine to just come to listen and enjoy!
Friends of the Green Free Library Annual Book Sale
The Friends of the Green Free Library will be holding their annual book sale this year INSIDE The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center. Browse to your heart’s content regardless of the weather!
This fantastic fundraiser for the library will be held one week earlier than usual this year, from June 7th through the 11th.
Wednesday, June 7 from 12 – 6PM
Thursday, June 8 from 10AM – 6PM
Friday, June 9 from 10AM – 6PM
Saturday, June 10 from 10AM – 1PM
Sunday, June 11 from 12 – 2PM ($5 a bag sale!)
Come grab a stack of books for a great price – you’ll also be supporting all of the wonderful programs that the Green Free Library offers!
Open Mic Night for Musicians
Musicians of all ages are invited to participate, and all acoustic styles are welcome. The open mic concept is very welcoming and relaxed. Each musician or group will have up to 15 minutes to share their music with the audience. We hope to have everyone from beginners to seasoned performers participate.
Musicians should arrive by 6:30 in order to sign up for a performance time. These will be arranged on a first-come, first-serve basis. If a musician isn’t comfortable with a full 15 minutes, we will accommodate that as well. Performers should bring their own instruments, unless they plan to play the Gmeiner’s piano. There will also be a basic sound system available. If all of the 15-minute slots do not fill up, we may end the evening with a jam session. This is a great opportunity to have fun and meet other local musicians.
If you are a music lover, please come out to enjoy the performances and cheer on the brave souls who step up to the mic. Admission is free, and there is plenty of space for an audience. For further information or if you have any questions, contact Anne at 814-203-7581 or Carrie at email@example.com
FREE Art Camp for Kids
The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center is thrilled to announce that this summer’s artist-in-residence, Stacy Kelley, will be offering two free art camps for children the week of July 10th through the 14th! Stacy will focus her lessons on “Learning to See Like an Artist” for students in grades 6-12. We will offer two sessions per day. The morning session (10AM -12PM) will be for children ages 10-13 and the afternoon session (1PM – 3PM) will be for students ages 14-17. Registration is free and limited to 15 students per session. Students must be able to attend all five days in a row. To sign up for these classes, please contact Carrie Heath, the director of the Gmeiner, at 570-724-1917 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the five-day residency, Stacy will teach students how to use tools including a viewfinder, color wheel, and possibly a value scale. The classes will be focused on developing greater mastery in drawing still lives. Stacy will teach them techniques such as properly holding a pencil, naming an angle, and finding the golden section. Students will use these tools and techniques to learn to look at the world around them with an artist’s eyes. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate and display their work.
Stacy Kelley is a newly rostered teaching artist with the Northern Tier Partners for the Arts. She recently had her first solo art exhibit at the Lycoming Arts Gallery in Williamsport. Rewarding art experiences all throughout her school years eventually led Stacy to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in 2000. Her love of drawing, and interests in communication, design, and psychology have inspired her through the years. Stacy says, “I believe in paying attention to uncelebrated, but telling moments that highlight character and qualities that might otherwise go unnoticed. Mining out these nuances provides the inspiration for my work. I strive to communicate essence through gesture, a deliberate arrangement of elements, or a specific point of view. The representational aesthetic of my work leans into the philosophies of Romanticism and Impressionism. To me, art is an indispensable way to focus, consider, communicate, reflect, explore, and triumph.”
“This project was made possible through the AIE Partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The PCA Arts in Education Partner in this region is Northern Tier Partners for the Arts (NTP4Arts). NTP4Arts supports Arts in Education Residency programs in Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Sullivan, and Tioga counties. NTP4Arts’ Arts in Education Residency Program strives to provide intensive on-going arts experiences that affirm the creative potential of each person, enhance technical knowledge and ability, inspire creativity, stimulate the expression of personal vision, and applaud excellence.” This art camp is also free for participants due to the funds raised by Art’s Friends benefit auction held on April 29th.
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