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Second annual Arty Day Camp to be held July 15-19

Creative works – Children enjoy creating works of art at CNY Art’s Center Arty Day Camp. The second annual camp is accepting students for July 15-19 and August 19-23. Children can choose from art, writing, dance or theater.
Creative works – Children enjoy creating works of art at CNY Art’s Center Arty Day Camp. The second annual camp is accepting students for July 15-19 and August 19-23. Children can choose from art, writing, dance or theater.

CNY Arts Center’s second annual Arty Day Camp will run July 15-19 and Aug. 19-23 at the State Street Methodist Church in Fulton.

The camp will offer students a choice of art, writing, dance and theatre classes along with lunch and afternoon group art projects from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Art classes with Kendra Matott and Ken Blount will deliver unusual art lessons. Matott, CNY Arts Center’s studio arts coordinator has a love of magic and fantasy and creates a variety of classes and workshops, including storytime art to different ways to draw, including drawing with your feet.

Blount has pioneered a textured, collage art technique which he will share with art students during the week.

Students will disassemble objects before turning them into unique pieces of art.

His work is on exhibit along with Kendra’s at CNY Arts Center’s Arts in the HeART gallery at 47 S. First St., Fulton.

Writing classes boast the talents of a professional writer leading students to explore writing concepts and nurture the love of writing.

Mary Slimmer, retired from the Oswego City School District after 25 years, has written many eclectic articles for newspapers and recently completed her first novel for young adults.

This adventuresome story follows a group of elementary school friends through some challenging and scary events.

“The characters in the book are fictional,” said Slimmer, “but they were inspired by the many children I worked with over the years.”

She has also been recently published in a book of poetry.

Dance classes with Jennica Vehrs will provide students with the opportunity to experience lyrical/contemporary and jazz dancing.

Throughout the course of the week, students will learn and participate in stretches to improve flexibility, across-the-floor exercises to improve technique, and both a lyrical/contemporary routine as well as a jazz routine to implement the components of these dance styles.

Vehrs recently completed her master’s in literacy from SUNY Oswego where she also holds a bachelor’s degree in childhood education.

Drama, improv, theatre games and props will be the order of the day for students interested in theater classes.

Students will be led through exercises to expand awareness of the physical environment, learn the “who, what, where and why” of acting, polish stage presence and discover the tools to create believable characters!

Classes will be taught by Adam Schmidtmann, who recently portrayed the role of Fred in CNY Arts Center’s production of “Helen Keller.”

Schmidtmann began working with CNY Arts Center as stage manager for “Yes, Virginia, The Musical” and was co-director of Kids Onstage production of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”

He will be co-teaching Kids Onstage again this fall.

Students will receive morning instructions with these professionals followed by lunch, which is provided, then group activities.

Fees apply for instruction in art, writing, dance and theater and scholarships are available made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

Registration is available online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

CNY Arts Center is also designated as a Summer Meal Site to offer free lunches to community children 18 and under during the week of ARTY Day Camp.

Children who attend the lunch will be included in afternoon art projects at no charge. Children in the afternoon program should also pre-register at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

Those seeking more information may visit the web site or call the center at 592-3373.

What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center?

New spring classes, two theater productions, a new art exhibit in Cicero, the community mural project gets launched, Author Spotlight on the topic of Alzheimer’s, Arts Fest returns with its talent competition and handmade original art, Arty Camp registration opens, a special community event is expected mid-summer, and the announcement of a gallery opening in May…what’s happening at CNY Arts Center?

More than we can keep track of as we live up to our mission of bringing art experiences to the region with every event.

Author’s Spotlight, tonight at 7 p.m., is especially important this month with a discussion of “I Am Arnold, A Controversial Look at a World War II Veteran’s Five-Year Journey With Alzheimer’s Disease” written by Rev. Diane Bradshaw.

“I Am Arnold,” her first book, is about Rev. Bradshaw’s husband, Arnold, who received care at the VA Hospital in Syracuse. This intimate recalling of that experience takes an honest look at the care a person who is hospitalized receives and the sometimes anguishing role of a loving spouse.

College basketball and Easter themes are the focus of the next culinary arts class, March 23 from 9 a.m. to noon. Students will decorate basketball cookies, cupcakes, and Easter treats. Students must preregister for this class. No walk-ins accepted.

Also on the schedule March 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is oil painting with Bonnie McClellan. “Autumn in its Glory” will help students learn how to add wildlife to landscapes – a deer, elk, moose and more.

The Arts Center wraps up March with the final class in Digital Photography 101 Tuesday March 26 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Kendra Matott will provide composition tips for composing good photos and improving your basic snap shots!

With better weather ahead, CNY Arts Center launches the spring quarter of classes with Kids Onscreen, the only local film class for kids ages 6 and older. This class will help children create a script for a 10-15 min. short film, and then shoot the film together. Students will learn and enjoy basic scriptwriting process, acting, and the experience of filming a movie to produce a finished DVD to take home. This six week class runs Saturdays starting April 6 from 2 to 4 p.m.

A new writing class, Introduction to Writing, will also start Saturday, April 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. This class for beginning writers will meet once a month with Jim Farfaglia and look at basic elements of all types of writing from fiction to memoirs to poetry. No writing experience is necessary.

Our third festival season starts with Arts Fest June 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the War Memorial Ice Rink. This event offers handmade original art and crafts and promotes the performing arts with a Talent Competition featuring prizes in several categories. Register online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com

Also online is the registration for Harborfest Showcase Oswego booths through CNY Arts Center where vendors can receive a member’s only discount but April 5th is the deadline for this opportunity.

The second annual ARTY Day Camp registrations are available with full details on the web site. This summer camp for ages 5-15 will offer instruction in art, writing, dance and theater, lunch provided with group art projects. Lunch and afternoon art projects are free and open to every child in the community age 5 and up during the weeks of camp, July 15-19 and Aug. 19-23. Some sponsorships are available for morning classes. CNY Arts Center wants every child to have an art experience this summer.

“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “Helen Keller” are both coming to the stage in April; an art exhibit is now up at the piano and organ store in Cicero; and preparation has begun for “Art in the Wind,” featuring the art work of Dr. Angela Arrey-Wastavino on the Community Mural Project to be completed at Harborfest this year.

And stay tuned for news of the grand opening of CNY Arts Center’s first art gallery in downtown Fulton, opening early May.

Students are reminded to pre-register for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out. Classes and workshops charge a modest fee.

CNY Arts Center is located in the lower level of State St. Methodist Church, 357 State St, Fulton.

Visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com  for more information or call 592-3373 for details and updates and look for us here every week with the latest classes and events.

What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center?

The CNY Arts Center marches on toward spring with two more topics offered in Digital Photography 101 with Kendra Matott.

March 19 will cover focus as students learn how and where to focus in a photograph and how depth of field affects what is in focus. March 26 will share composition tips about composing good photos and improving your basic snap shots. Both classes run from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The next Author’s Spotlight, March 20 at 7 p.m., will feature Rev. Diane Bradshaw as she discusses her book “I Am Arnold, A Controversial Look at a World War II Veteran’s Five-Year Journey With Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Bradshaw graduated from Empire State College with a BS degree and from Colgate-Rochester with a master of divinity degree.

Bradshaw has served as an officer (Captain) in the Salvation Army and as a United Methodist minister in Pennellville. It is her first book.

Bradshaw’s husband, Arnold, received care at the VA Hospital in Syracuse. This intimate recalling of that experience takes an honest look at the care a person who is hospitalized receives and the sometimes anguishing role of a loving spouse.

March Madness and Easter come together in another culinary delight, March 23 from 9 a.m. to noon. Students will have fun decorating basketball cookies and cupcakes, and Easter treats too. Students must preregister for this class. No walk-ins accepted.

March wraps up with another oil painting class with Bonnie McClellan. “Autumn in its Glory” will teach students how to add wildlife to landscapes — a deer, elk, moose or more — March 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

New spring quarter classes will start April 6 with a full roster of art, writing, and culinary classes and a return of Kids OnScreen, the only local film class for kids ages 6 and up. Details will be available online soon for all the spring classes.

Our festival season kicks off with open registrations for our third annual Arts Fest to be held June 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the War Memorial Ice Rink.

And registration is open for Harborfest Showcase Oswego booths through CNY Arts Center where vendors can receive a member’s only discount but time is limited. Vendors can find more information at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

Students are reminded to pre-register for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out. Classes and workshops charge a modest fee.

CNY Arts Center is located in the lower level of State St. Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton.

Visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373 for more information.

CNY Arts Center Classes And Events

CNY Arts Center celebrates the New Year with a full calendar of exciting events and classes.

All arts for all ages means students can choose from writing arts, performing arts, studio arts, and culinary arts.

Classes start right away this Saturday, Jan. 5 with Kids Onstage meeting Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m. for ages 7-15. This class will hold auditions for a kids-only production of “Tom Sawyer.”

Each class will teach stage technique, creative movement and character development through rehearsals for the production. “Tom Sawyer” will be presented to family and friends in early April.

Kids Onscreen also returns Jan. 5 for ages 6 and older from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Children will create a script for a 10-15 minute short film and then shoot the film together. Students will learn and enjoy basic scriptwriting process, acting, and the experience of filming a movie to produce a finished DVD to take home.

Studio Art classes will launch with Going with the Flow Wednesday, Jan. 9 and Friday, Jan. 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. with Loie Mechetti. This beginning watercolor class requires no drawing skills. Art kits are available from the instructor.

Different Ways to Draw will be held Saturday, Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kendra Matott will teach a variety of different drawing methods, including some unconventional ones.

Techniques will include still life drawings, energy drawings, paint splatters, and drawing with your feet. They will help widen a student’s drawing skills and provide them with tools to break through creative blocks. For ages 8 to Adult

Writing classes continue with Intro To Poetry Thursdays from Jan. 10 to Feb. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. This class introduces students to the world of poetry in a fun, relaxed fashion. Time in each class will be spent exploring different types of poetry and writing our own poetry. Work will be shared in a relaxed, welcoming environment. No previous writing experience necessary. This is for those ages 18 and older. The instructor is Jim Farfaglia.

My New Year’s Resolution: Write  will be held Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a half-hour for lunch. Start your New Year off with a commitment to your writing projects. Use this full-day workshop to learn the value of timed writing, ways to develop good habits, and share with a listening audience. Story starters will be provided which focus on true life. The last part of the workshop will be dedicated to developing individual projects and goal setting. Please bring a bagged lunch. Instructor is Brittney Jerred.

The second annual Snow Day with new carnival games, arts and crafts, and food will be held Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For details and to pre-register for classes visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

CNY Arts Center is located in the lower level of State St. Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton.

CNY Arts Center classes and events

Welcome to the events listing for CNY Arts Center. There’s a lot happening! Look for us here every week with the latest classes and events. Make your plans and don’t miss out! Pre-registration greatly recommended so your favorite class doesn’t fill up! Visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com for details.

• Saturday Writers’ Club Nov. 17 from 1 to 5 p.m. for ages 8-15 with Karen Burke and Jim Farfaglia. This club is for young people who like to write. Each month the instructors will offer young writers a place to learn writing skills, practice them and share their efforts with others. The club will also feature guest speakers and announce events, contests and opportunities for young writers. Students are eligible to attend one time or every month!

• Launching Your Writing Journey Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Carolyn Dougherty. In this one-day class for beginning writers, we will discuss how to identify and set specific goals for projects, build confidence by reviewing basic elements of writing, and share tips to stay motivated throughout the entire writing process. Pre-registration is required.

• Oil Painting Workshop Saturday, Nov. 20 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. with Bonnie McClellan. “Soaring Eagle” Wet on wet technique, landscapes, step by step instruction in group setting start with a blank canvas, walk out with your very own painting. Wear old clothes, smock or apron. It is a four-hour workshop with all materials provided. Pre-registration is required.

• Ink Drawing Nov. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. with Bonnie McClellan. Learn different styles use, techniques, working with different papers and pens, brushes, adding color, drawing subjects are student’s choice. Pre-registration is required.

• Kids Day Out Saturday, Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Child care while you shop. There will be arts and crafts, story time, games. Qualified adults are always in charge. Please provide snack and/or lunch for your child.

• Artist Cafe Nov. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. for those 18 years and older. Join the growing artist community at this event designed to get artists together for the love of art! Bring your portfolio to share, meet other artists of all skill levels, mediums and interests, exchange ideas and feedback and just enjoy talking with other artists. Refreshments will be available for purchase, hot beverages, cookies and other pastries.

• Artist Spotlight Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. This monthly event will feature the work of a local artist who will then teach a class at the arts center in the following month. Mixed Media Artist Kendra Matott kicks off this new program with an exhibit and presentation on her style, technique and unique art. Kendra will teach a class in January. There is no charge for this event and refreshments will be provided.

• Writing Your Holiday Gift Fridays, Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. with Jim Farfaglia. During the busy holiday season why not take some time to create your loved ones a special gift of your writing. This class will help you select an appropriate topic and writing form (memoir, poetry, fiction, etc), then will guide you through the process of creating your finished gift. No previous writing experience is necessary.

The CNY Arts Center is located in the lower level of State St. Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton. Attendees are asked to use the Park Street entrance. Those seeking to pre-register for classes may visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

CNY Arts Center launches Kids Onstage and fall lineup for youth

With kids back to school, the learning begins and students of all ages will have new options this fall with the opening of CNY Arts Center facility in the lower level of State St. UMC at 357 State St., Fulton.

While adult classes continue, children will have Kids Onstage and Kids Onscreen to try out in Saturday classes that begin Sept. 29th and run to Thanksgiving.

Kids Onstage will offer classes for 3-5 year olds in creative movement, sharing the basics of ballet, jazz and modern dance under the direction of Choreographer Amy Price.

Children will learn about facial expressions, hand gestures, and the physicality of storytelling from 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 6, 13, 20 and Nov. 3, 10 and 17 with an anticipated performance for family on the final day of classes.

Price will continue her directorial expertise alongside Nancy Fox with Kids Onstage theatre classes for 5-18 year olds from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturdays, Sept. 29 through Nov. 17.

Students will enjoy creative movement and acting through theatre games and improvisation, develop stage presence, experience team building, and learn character development.

Immediately following Kids Onstage, Kids Onscreen will continue from 2 to 4 p.m. for all ages from 6 and older. Under the direction of Courtney Angell, the children will be guided through creative story writing to develop short stories for filming.

Once the students film their short stories, each will be edited by Angell. The shorts will be presented to families at a special movie screening.

Students will keep a copy of their completed DVD. Size of class and age of students will determine how the class is constructed and whether one film or individual films will be completed.

Monthly classes open to youth and adults include culinary arts–cake decorating Sept. 29, spooky desserts, Oct. 27, Thanksgiving treats, Nov. 19 and classic Christmas desserts Dec. 15. Children must be at least age 7 to attend this class and ages 7-12 must be accompanied by an adult for these classes, which meet from 9 a.m. to noon.

Holiday Arts & Crafts will also take place on those same Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon with Oct. 27 featuring Halloween crafts such as spooky ghosts, decorated pumpkins, and painted masks.

Nov. 10 will offer Thanksgiving crafts making turkeys, Pilgrim hats, crafting with fall leaves and painting Thankful rocks.

Dec. 15 will focus on Christmas crafts with ornaments, trees, making wrapping paper and a special gift. These classes are open to all ages; any child under 6 must be accompanied by an adult or sibling 12 and up.

Children may also audition for the Christmas premiere of Macy’s “Yes Virginia…The Musical.”

The musical has just been released to schools and local theatre companies for the first time and CNY Arts Center will present the timeless story onstage.

Auditions for children will be held Saturday, Sept. 29 from 1 to 2 p.m. Adults may audition Sept. 25 or 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. The production will run Dec. 7-9 and 14-16.

Art classes for children are also part of the exciting fall line-up with a workshop in Different Ways to Draw Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon for ages 12 and up. Instructor Kendra Matott will teach a variety of different drawing methods, including some unconventional ones. Techniques will include still life drawings, energy drawings, paint splatters, and drawing with your feet.

Students can learn the fun techniques of textured art with classes taught by Arts Programming Coordinator Ken Blount. This class will show students how to make textured art using almost anything around the house and is for all art types and skill levels.

Ages 3-5 will meet Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 16 and 18 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Ages 5-10 will meet Saturday, Oct. 13 and 20 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. while ages 11-15 meet the same Saturdays, Oct. 13 and 20, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Ages 15-18 will enjoy four consecutive Friday classes — Oct. 5, 12, 19, and 26 — from 3 to 9 p.m. with time for more extensive projects as will ages 17 through adult with six consecutive Thursdays, Oct. 4 through Nov. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Information on classes and instructors along with class registration may be found at www.CNYArtsCenter.com or by calling 216-8790.