Art and Craft Workshops

Meet the Artists in Residence
This summer this popular week will be July 5th – 11th, 2021. 

Come have an informal discussion with this summer’s artists in residence. Ask questions, view works in progress and share stories. Please let our Front Desk know if you are interested in meeting our artists. They will be staying all week working on their art and would love to meet you!


Artist in Residence Art Exhibit & Sale
July 9th, 10th and 11th, 2021
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July 9th, 2021 is the first evening of this exclusive Artist in Residence
Exhibit and Sale
5 pm – 7 pm under the Tent
July 10th and 11th the Artist Reception will be
10 am – 4 pm


The public is invited to the 6th Annual Artist in Residence Exhibit and Sale which will feature the work of eight women artists from the Northeast.  Artists will have work that has been completed on site at Wiawaka as well as pieces from their collection.  The art, which features originals, prints and jewelry, will be on sale and the artists will donate 25% of the proceeds back to Wiawaka.

It is FREE to attend the art exhibit, no reservations are necessary.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 


Georgia O’Keeffe Week is BACK in 2021!
We will be sharing her story and celebrating our beloved Georgia O’Keeffe.
Programs, lectures and classes are all centered around artist Georgia O’Keeffe in honor of her stay at Wiawaka in 1908.

Read more about her stay at Wiawaka  here.


Wiawaka Wild Flowers
July 8th and July 16th
1:30 – 3:00 pm
Instructor: Diane Collins
WildflowersDid you ever wonder how wildflowers got their names? Or an easy way to identify them? Diane Collins, wildflower photographer and naturalist, author of Trailside Wildflowers in Cole’s Woods, will lead a one-day program on how the common and scientific names of a variety of wildflowers were derived followed by a leisurely wildflower walk on the Wiawaka grounds. We’ll identify a lovely diversity of summer wildflowers, and using Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide you’ll learn a practical system of identification you can use on your own. Both talk and walk will be about an hour each, and handouts will include lists and photos of the many summer wildflowers at Wiawaka.

Cost for workshop is $15 which includes a booklet on wildflowers.

Click here to register for the workshop on July 8th 
Click here to register for the workshop on July 16th


Georgia Inspired Painting with Patrice
SunFlower
July 13th, 2021
2:00 – 4:00 pm

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Patrice Jarvis-Weber is presently coordinator and leader of paint classes for children, families, and adults to help enrich their lives through art. She is a art teacher at World Awareness Childrens Museum. Freelance paint class instructor in multiple area venues.  She has been a Program Planner for the Stony Creek Youth Program and the Stony Creek Free Library Program Coordinator. A Program Coordinator, Gallery Assistant, and Shop Manager at Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council.  She has taught calligraphy, drawing classes, jewelry and clay classes across Warren and Saratoga Counties. Served as a Board of Director for Lake George Arts. For several years Patrice planned art shows, photography contests, Plein Air events and gallery openings for the community. She also gave opportunity for children and adults in her hometown to learn art skills and enjoy hands on crafts. Along with that she has worked in and for local art and educational facilities for over 20 years, leading artistic workshops for adults and children in art centers, libraries, senior centers, and schools. Among them are Saratoga Arts, World Awareness Childrens Museum, Glens Falls YMCA, Lake George Land Conservancy, SUNY Adirondack, BOCES, Double H Ranch, and Girl Scouts of Northeastern NY.

Cost of the workshop is $25
Make it a day pass for $35
Click here to register


Falling Inside Flowers/Intimate Florals Inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe
July 14th, 2021
Natalie Boburka

10:00-12:00 pm ( morning session)
3:00pm -5:00 pm (afternoon session) 
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Create smooth blended intimate paintings through a combination of  Inspiration, observation, and learning some basic new skills.  Georgia O’Keefe knew how to become intimate with flowers enough to pull us inside them in her paintings.  We’ll follow her lead, and examine her abstract floral paintings for inspiration.  Then we’ll be examining and sketching and photographing flowers close up.  We’ll then use our photos and sketches to create small tempera paintings that focus on composition, intense color contrast, and value changes that pull the viewer in.  Go home with a better understanding of Georgia O’Keefe’s floral pieces, and a collection of sketches, and at least one small painting of your own to treasure.

Natalie Boburka is a recently retired, NYS Certified K-12 Art Teacher with 30 years of teaching experience in the Schenectady City School District teaching all levels, including students with special needs, and Teachers through leading and teaching Professional Developments courses in integrating the Arts into other areas of the Curriculum.  She became certified as an International Baccalaureate Visual Art Teacher and spent her last 5 years successfully and consistently assisting students in achieving credit in this college level two year course.  She has a minor in Art Therapy and is adept at being flexible, adapting materials for individuals, and targeted curriculum development.  She has taught adults of all ages, from preschool to Senior Citizens, in a variety of settings.  She has worked with an enormous variety of materials, due to the differing settings she has worked in and populations she has worked with, from clay to recycled plastic and from colored soap bubbles to oil paint sticks.  She is adept at giving clear instructions that relate to the audience she is addressing.  She integrates strong skill based goals for participants within an engaging and interactive class structure.  She believes in using art history and examples from professional artists as inspiration and connection.  She is excellent at establishing a rapport with students, and making them feel comfortable and valued with confidence to grow.  She also establishes a format for critiques that is safe, comforting, and absolutely constructive for all.

Natalie is currently in her third year as the Education Coordinator for the Athens Cultural Center in Athens, NY. She continues to teach there as well, continuing in her 10th year.  She and her husband, musician Ted Boburka, run Boburka Studios, located in the barn complex of their 1826 brick farmhouse housing art and music workshops, and their private working studios for music and art, as well as gallery space.  They are in the process of completing renovations on two more rooms for more space.

She is a regular exhibitor of her own artwork, currently, primarily in New York.  She has exhibited in galleries from Florida to New York City.  She is a member of the Arts Society of Kingston, Greene County Council of the Arts, Albany Center Art Gallery, The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Saratoga Arts Center, and the Arts School of Columbia County.

Cost for course and materials: $50
Cost for course, materials and day pass: $60


Once upon a Tree

July 15th, 2021
9:30 am – 11:30 am
Instructor: Pam Golden and Deborah Ogden

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All are welcome! No experience is necessary.

Pam Golden- Artist Bio  
Pam is a professional artist/educator. She works with clay and mixed media. Her sculptures have been exhibeted nationally including First Night/Boston, Artsplosure/Raleigh, the Fuller Museum of Art and South Shore Art Center. Pam’s artwork is included in two books: ART.RAGE.US – The Art and Writing of Women with Breast Cancer and ART and HEALING – Using Expressive Therapies to Heal Your Mind, Body and Spirit by Barbara Ganim.
Her three Birch Women sculptures are permanently installed at Wiawaka Center for Women [www.wiawaka.org] in Lake George, NY.
Pam teaches residencies at schools through Young Audiences of Massachusetts [www.yamass.org] creating large-scale community  FRIENDSHIP TREE sculptures.
Deb Ogden -Artist Bio
Deborah Ogden is a graduate of The Art Institute of Boston, Fine Arts Program.
She is  an accomplished visual artist with 35 plus years in the field of Arts and Antiques, Marine Repair and Restoration, and her  Custom Decorative Design Painting Business, Laughing Water Designs.
 Deb has  maintained her own art production as well, using paper collage, mixed media,    graphic design, words, ritual objects and sound.
 Eastern Philosophy,  and Native American Spirituality have informed and inspired much of her work.
She has taught many different art and spiritually based workshops and seminars; hosts drumming and meditation groups, and collaborates with yoga practitioners and musicians with Sacred Sound practices and performances. Her studio is located in Rockland Ma, at the Sandpaper Factory Building.

Cost: $25 includes material fee
Cost: $35 includes workshop, material fee and day pass

Click here to register 


Altered Books
July 17th, 2021
9:30 am – 11:30 am
Instructor: Laura Jackett

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Have you ever wanted to take a pair of scissors to a book? Here’s your chance to destroy a perfectly good book while creating a new work of art. We start with a normal hard cover book that we cut, glue, rip and otherwise desecrate with our artmaking. Students will learn the basics of pop up and kaliedescope books for use within their pages. These books may look strange and funny, but they can pack a powerful message.

Students may bring drawings, magazine images or computer prints up to 4” x 8”. Any found materials such as fabric, dried flowers, feathers, ribbons, etc. can be added as embellishments. If you have an xacto knife and a self healing mat, please bring it.

Cost: Workshop and Material Fee: $25
Workshop, Material Fee and Day Pass: $35


Cyanotype Photography
July 17th, 2021
1:30 pm-3:30 pm
Instructor: Laura Jackett 

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Magic happens! Transform plain white paper into a rich blue photograph. Students will produce blue photographic prints using Cyanotype, one of the earliest and most beautiful non – silver processes in photography.

These blue prints are made with the help of  the sun so bring your sunglasses.

Participants will coat rag-based paper or cloth with a light sensitive solution using a foam brush and dry them with a hairdryer.
To make a negative, students may draw on a transparent sheet using a permanent marker or cut out and tape down pieces of old black and white negatives.

Students will place their negative on their now dry paper and carry outside to the sun. Exposure takes approximately five to ten minutes. For development, the paper or cloth is placed under running water for five minutes. Afterwards, the photos are hung up to dry for about an hour. This workshop is a lot of fun!

Students may also print and bring high contrast black ink images on transparencies. Some home printers will accept transparencies or they may try a print shop. Students can also bring interestingly shaped objects such as lace and shells.

Cost: Workshop and Material Fee: $30
Workshop, Material Fee and Day Pass: $40

Click here to register


Bookbinding
July 18th, 2021
9:30 am – 11:30 am
Instructor: Laura Jackett

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We will learn how to make a finished book in this very busy workshop. We will fold signatures (groups of folded pages), use an awl to punch holes and stitch together our pages. Students will choose lovely paper for the end pages and glue them onto the front and back of the signatures. Japanese paper or paper backed  cloth will be glued onto the bookboard for the covers.

The signatures will be placed inside and glued in.
Voila! Your own beautiful book!
If students have their own exacto knives and self cutting mats, please bring them.
Cost: Workshop and Material Fee: $30
Workshop, Material Fee and Day Pass: $40


Papermaking
July 18th, 2021
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Laura Jackett
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Roll up your sleeves as you’re going to get wet. Make your own paper in various colors, adorned with flowers, sparkles, ribbons, even insects. It’s amazing how simple it is. Rip up bits of existing paper, from newsprint to watercolor paper, put into a household blender with water and grind into pulp. Using the nifty frame you’ve built from wood, duct tape and window screen, the pulp is sloshed on top, forming a wet layer of paper mulch. We flip this onto a sheet of cloth and allow it to dry, forming a whole new sheet of paper from your torn bits. Add any sort of embellishments such as string, sequins or butterfly wings to make it uniquely your own.

Your new dry sheet of paper can be used for scrapbooking, bookmaking, drawing or any other artistic treatment. It may be so beautiful you’ll just want to display it as is.
Students should bring a cookie sheet or cutting board approximately 11″ x 14″ or larger for the transportation of their wet sheets of paper.
Cost: Workshop and Material Fee: $25
Workshop, Material Fee and Day Pass : $35 

Wiawaka WildFlowers

August 2nd, 2021
1:30  – 3:00 pm
Instructor: Diane Collins

Wildflowers

Did you ever wonder how wildflowers got their names? Or an easy way to identify them? Diane Collins, wildflower photographer and naturalist, author of Trailside Wildflowers in Cole’s Woods, will lead a one-day program on how the common and scientific names of a variety of wildflowers were derived followed by a leisurely wildflower walk on the Wiawaka grounds. We’ll identify a lovely diversity of summer wildflowers, and using Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide you’ll learn a practical system of identification you can use on your own. Both talk and walk will be about an hour each, and handouts will include lists and photos of the many summer wildflowers at Wiawaka.

Cost for workshop is $15 and includes a booklet on wildflowers.

Click here to register


Watercolor Techniques – Greeting Cards
August 11th, 2021
9:30 am – 11:30 am 
Instructor: Patti Ferrara 
(Patti is happy to be back!)
With a few simple brush strokes, you will have fun learning techniques to create beautiful greeting cards. A variety of painting “tools” and papers are supplied. but please bring your own if you have any. A demo will be given and you will e able to explore and express your artistic spirit. Everyone will go home with their watercolors greeting cards and the inspiration of creating more beautiful art.

Class size is limited, sign up soon!

Artist Bio:
Patti Ferrara is so happy to be back at our beloved Wiawaka again this summer!
A self taught multi-medium artist, Patti has given art sessions here and cotinues to include her art in her daily living. Patti lives in the land of Rip Van Winkle and Home of Thomas Cole in the heart of Hudson River School of Art.  She does Plein Air, Printmaking, Drawing, Murals, etc …. All Art for Ferrara. http://www.pattiferrara.com

Cost of workshop: $35 includes materials
Make it a day pass for $45

Click here to register


Victorian Valentines and Messages of Love: 
Discussion and Craft
Catherine Golden and Pam Golden
August 18, 2021
9:30 am-11:30 am

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We will return to the Victorian era to learn about and make valentines and greeting cards, which grew in popularity in Victorian England with the coming of the Penny Post in 1840.  Catherine, a professor of Victorian literature at Skidmore College, will present the history of the valentine and show examples of period valentines, which were at times romantic but also gently teasing, quirky, and even insulting (called vinegar valentines).  Like the Victorians who bought supplies from stationer’s shops to make their own valentines and greeting cards, we will turn from discussion to craft.  Pam, sculptor of the Birch Women at Wiawaka and an art teacher at SSCPS, will guide our making of different types of greeting cards and valentines with windows, hidden messages, and popup inserts. We will adorn them with tender Victorian verses, lace, feathers, flowers, shells, and ribbons. Each participant will be able to make 2 personalized valentines or greeting cards to convey a message of love or friendship.

Catherine’s Bio:

Department of English
Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, New York 12866
PRESENT POSITION: Professor of English and The Tisch Chair in Arts and Letters, Skidmore College
EDUCATION: A.B., Brown University, British and American Literature,magna cum laude, 1978.
Ed. M., Harvard University, Teaching, Curriculum, and Learning Environments, 1981.
Ph.D., University of Michigan, English and Education, 1986.
Dissertation: The Victorian Illustrated Book: Authors Who Composed With
Graphic Images and Words.Director: Martha Vicinus

Catherine has an extensive resume with numerous publications on Victorian Literature. She has written and published books and articles and has received notable awards, recognitions and grants for her work.

Cost for Workshop (includes material fee) : $25
Cost for Workshop (includes material fee and day pass) : $35

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