By Ashley M. Casey
Those who are interested in dabbling in different forms of art are in luck in January and February.
CNY Arts Center is holding a class series called “The Art of Self-Expression,” featuring writing, cooking and studio art.
Local author and CNY Arts Center Writing Coordinator Jim Farfaglia will be teaching the writing portion. Culinary Arts Coordinator Diane Sokolowski will be teaching cooking and Studio Arts Coordinator Kendra Matott will lead the studio art section.
The first session, to be held Jan. 4, will present a 40-minute introduction to each section. After that, participants may choose one or two of the three sections to pursue for the next three sessions.
“We’re looking at this as a way to build their artistic muscle,” Farfaglia said. He likened the program to New Year’s resolutions, a way to delve into something new.
“A lot of people say they want to try art, but they’re unsure of what genre to try,” he said. “We’re trying to get them to at least try it and see if they like it.”
Farfaglia said his writing assignments would include a short story based on a picture and memories of school and vacations.
Matott said her studio art sessions would include a mix of traditional and unconventional techniques. She said she would teach still-life drawing basics, but her students will also draw with their feet and their non-dominant hands.
There also will be a basic Photoshop demonstration.
“It’s a really great opportunity for people to dabble in different types of art,” Matott said. “This is a great opportunity for someone who’s interested in trying a whole bunch of things in a welcoming environment.”
The Art of Self-Expression will be held 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 4, 8, 11 and 25 at CNY Arts Center, 357 State St., Fulton. There will be a February session as well. The class costs $40 per person.
“Gift bags” for the class series are available for sale at the ARTs in the HeART Gallery at 47 S. First St., Fulton. You may also sign up at cnyartscenter.com or call 592-3373.
Showcase your work
The next CNY Open Mic Night will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at the ARTs in the HeART Gallery. Artists of all genres are welcome to display their talents for the community.
“We hope that the people who take our classes will decide to share at that event,” Jim Farfaglia said of the event.