Nourish Your Soul ~ Art Ministry

Fall/Winter Art Class Schedule 2017

Classes meet from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Wednesdays in the Albright Room (Art Room) dowstairs. Monthly fees for most classes are $30 inclusive of materials (note some modifications, due to additional meeting days or special materials). Payment due at registration. Class size is normally limited to 12 on a first come/first serve basis. Scholarship assistance is available through the Grace Seifert Memorial Art Fund. For applications, contact Phil Young (607.433.1169) or Angela Eardley (607.434.2435). To register call the church office at 607.432.4102 and leave your name and contact information. Details regarding each class are found below.

September 6, 13, 20, 27: Linoleum Block Printing with Andrea House

October 4, 11, 18, 25: Journal Making with Jamie Ormiston

November 1, 8, 15: Fanny Basket with Martha Bremer

December 6, 13, 20: Holiday Basket with Martha Bremer

Art Show in the Sanctuary!

Beginning September 10, our church will be honoring our beloved Grace Seifert by showing a selection of her artwork in the sanctuary. Grace was a key figure in the rejuvenation and expansion of the Arts Ministry program at FUMC by being on the planning committee, with her unforgettable contributions within numerous classes and with her creation of the cards ministry, which provides ongoing financial support to our program. So many of us have been blessed through her amazing creative, uplifting and beautiful cards. Her work will be up through the Christmas season. Join us as we celebrate this tribute to a wonderfully gifted, great spiritual member of our church whose legacy continues to inspire us. As Grace stated: "I believe art admits us into the inner life of others. Art is the most intense mode of individualism. It teaches the significance of life."

Class Details:

Linoleum Block PrintingFrom simple stamps to complex multi-colored works of art, linoleum offers the clarity and detail of traditional woodcut relief printing, with the ease of working with a uniform and slightly softer material. In this four week workshop series, you will learn how to transfer designs onto blocks, how to use carving tools (safely), how to mix and apply inks, and how to print by hand, including multi-color registration. Perfect for the beginner printmaker, or for those with some experience who are due for a refresher course. We'll walk through the basics and explore the possibilities of 'linocut' printing, while creating unique prints and blocks to take home. (Extra material fee of $5, total cost  is $35.

A 1986 graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Andrea House has been living and working in Otsego County, NY for over 25 years. Her unique oil paintings featuring local landscapes and wildlife have won numerous awards at local venues including the Cooperstown Art Association's Essential Art Show, CANO's Mansion Show, and Fenimore Museum's Art by the Lake event. In an effort to branch out in terms of media, Andrea has lately been focused on exploring the medum of relief printing.

Journal Making: This workshop is to explore methods and meanings in and of personal journals. We will use varied design approaches including collage, digital, drawing and simple painting to design a format to pair with our written thoughts. As a journal implies the passage of time & time a narrative, the goal will be to produce something like a small book; perhaps a story that has waited to be told, ideas long held to find a new home on the page, or honestly, whatever might be of interest. Bring a favorite journal/book to use or find out what might be right for you as things progress. Jamie Ormiston is a local artist and poet, educated in English, studio art, and bookmaking at the University of Maine, among other colleges. He has always been fascinated by the dance of words and images.

Fanny Basket: Make a traditional 'melon' basket, also known as a "fanny basket." Shaped like half a melon, this basket involves learning to weave a God's Eye, shaping and using round reeds. Can either be woven with natural reed or dyed reed. Class limit: 10.

Holiday Basket: It's the holiday season! We will weave a basket with a holiday theme. Using the colors of the season and a wooden base, we will weave a basket that can be displayed and filled with holiday decorations, or the bounty of natural materials. Class Limit: 10.

In the 1980s Martha Bremer studied at the Brookfield Craft Institute with many nationally known basketmakers. Since then she has been mostly self-taught, exploring both traditional and sculptural forms. For the past 25 years, she has taught many classes both to children and adults. Her baskets have been exhibited in group exhibitions throughout New York State. She is also a professional seat weaver and has been repairing woven seats for the past 25 years. Her studio and hom are in Otego.




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