What’s happening at CNY Arts Center?

A brand new roster of classes for July and August has just been created for summer art fun.

A brand new class for 4-7 year olds, Story Time Art, will start meeting Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. July 2 with Kendra Matott.

Each week children will listen to a story then create an art project inspired by the story.

The first class will read “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” and construct a book of things we can see.

Over the seven week series, “Harold and the Purple Crayon” will help children imagine and see what they can make with a magic purple crayon.

The popular “Fancy Nancy” will get children designing their own Fancy outfits and “Where the Wild Things Are” will guide the children to draw their own “Wild Thing” to take home! These and more great titles and fun art projects are bringing summer fun for children in an age group often overlooked! Don’t miss out. Please pre-register at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

Also starting Tuesday, July 2 is the first of Bonnie McClellan’s painting classes with acrylics painting a wetlands crane from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

More classes to come with McClellan include oil and ink drawing – a class every other week throughout the summer.

Leslie Paice will start a six-week series with Introductory Stained Glass Thursdays, July 11 through Aug. 29 for ages 16 and up.

Coming July 23 is a new class for kids ages 8 to 15, Art of Heroes: Learning to draw Super Heroes.

In addition to the monthly Artist Meet-up at the new Arts in the HeART Gallery at 7 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month, a new open studio will be offered at the center July 11 and Aug. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. All skill levels are welcomed to join other artists to practice life drawing/painting from still life. Bring your own materials or use some of ours. An artist facilitator will be on site. Artists can get practice drawing/painting from life and go home with a finished work.

New writing programs are on tap with Showing and Telling from Carol Thompson meeting selected Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. starting June 25 or 27 (call the office for latest details, 592-3373).

This class will teach writers how to begin, plot and end a novel by showing and telling, while avoiding tense confusion and disruption of flow. Bring any work in progress or finished. Be prepared for class interaction and lots of learning fun! This class starts this week. Get registered right away!

Brittney Jerred offers Journal Entries – On a Personal Note as a one-time workshop July 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. while Jim Farfaglia takes Writers on the Road July 20 with a one day class open to all writers to explore how artwork can inspire and prompt our work.

The program will take place at CNY Arts Center’s “Arts in the Heart” Gallery, located at 47 South First Street in downtown Fulton. Instruction will be provided to guide participants as they write short pieces inspired by the artwork on display at the Gallery.

Writer’s Café July 14 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. is open to all writers to come and share their work.  Author Spotlight July 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. will introduce Jim Farfaglia’s newest book “People, Places & Things, the Powerful Nouns of My Life.”

As CNY Arts Center’s writing coordinator, Farfaglia will share excerpts from his latest book of poetry; will talk about his process of writing and will also work with those in attendance to create a “group poem.”

Exciting things are also planned for August.

Students are reminded to pre-register for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out. Classes and workshops charge a modest fee. Visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com  for more information or call 592-3373 for details and updates.

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