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Santa Cruz Sunset (Online Class)

$20

with Kari Ganoung Ruiz

Calendar Jul 27, 2021 at 5 pm

Tuesday, July 27, 5:00-7:00pm EST (Advanced Beginner and Up)

In this session we will explore a California sunset, and talk about using complementary colors. Kari will demonstrate the compositional sketch, initial block in, and painting finish using oil color. Along the way, she’ll discuss atmospheric perspective and achieving a feeling of light in your paintings!

Materials:

  • Rigid painting panel 9”x12” aspect ratio with white surface we will be toning during class
  • Oil colors: white, cool yellow (Cadmium Yellow Light), warm yellow (Cadmium Yellow Medium), cool red (Quinacridone Red), warm red (Cadmium Red Medium), Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue
  • Mineral spirits, paper towels, brushes: an array of synthetic long and short flats, paper (or sketchbook), pencil, eraser, reference photo printed out

Click here to view/download the reference image for class!

Reminder - This painting and the sole use of it are the property of Kari Ganoung Ruiz and may not be reproduced without permission. Paintings done in this workshop are for study purpose only and should not be sold or represented as the participant's original work.

About the Instructor:
Kari Ganoung Ruiz was raised at the edge of The Finger Lakes National Forest in Central New York State, which set the stage for her deep connection to the natural landscape. After receiving her BS in Fine Art Painting from Ashland University in Ohio, Kari and her husband Photographer Diego Ruiz opened a picture framing studio and Gallery featuring fine art. An encouraging response to her work prompted more space at the boutique to be used to display paintings, and eventually the move to a much larger location. Due to theincreased visibility of the new gallery, the draw on their time became much greater and began to cut intostudio hours. At this time, Kari began to focus on plein air work; feeling the need to learn about light and shadow directly from the natural world. In 2014, the couple moved the gallery online in order to allow both ofthem to travel and move forward with their artistic careers. Kari and Diego now travel the US, capturing the landscape as they experience it. Awards include Best in Show Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival in New York 2017, First Place Quick Draw at Lighthouse Plein Air Festival in Florida 2018, Grand Prize Two Rivers PleinAir Festival in Texas 2019, and Grand Prize Adirondack Plein Air in New York in 2020. Kari’s work is held in public and private collections across the United States and Canada, most recently added to the collection ofthe Bureau of Land Management in Colorado.

On Instagram as @kariganoungruiz

On facebook as @KGRuizArt

Writing an Art-Inspired Water Scene Poem (Online Class)

$20

with JC Wayne

Calendar Aug 11, 2021 at 5 pm

Wednesday, August 11, 5:00-7:00pm US Eastern via Zoom

Inspired by the Art of Sarah Yeoman

Why has water scenery served as muse to artists and poets down through the ages? Join poet, JC Wayne, to discover the unique allure of water in creative artistic and poetry expression through exploring writing a water scenery poem inspired by Gallery 46 artist Sarah Yeoman's watercolor painting, "Upon Reflection." To support our writing, we'll explore examples of water scenery poems, practice warm-up writing prompts, connect with quick ways to dial up our natural ability to create and observe, and enjoy the opportunity to share our work with each other.

A special bonus: Sarah will be at the workshop to share her inspiration and process in creating her painting and to answer your questions.

Materials:

  • Something to write on
  • Something to write with
  • An open and adventurous spirit

Reference Image

Click here to view/download the reference image for class!

Sunset Over the Harbor (Online Class)

$20

with Cynthia Rosen

Calendar Aug 19, 2021 at 5 pm

Thursday, August 19th, 5:00-7:00 Eastern

This workshop will focus on silhouetting the scene against the brightly  lighted sky reflecting on the water. Cynthia says: "Unlike most of my workshops we will quickly block in the darks and pull up the lights. We will use both brush & palette knife." *For those who do not regularly use a palette knife at all, this will be a great opportunity to try one out to help carve in the boats and posts!*  . 

Recommended Supplies

  • Canvas, panel or heavy watercolor paper (if using water-based medium) - suggested sizes: I recommend a 16x20 surface though a smaller surface will work if you want to minimize detail
  • Suggested paint colors for oils, acrylics, gouache:  Titanium white, prussian blue or thalo blue, purple dioxizine, cobalt blue or ultramarine, alizarin permanent, cadmium red medium, cad orange, lemon yellow or cad yellow light (Note: If using acrylics, Cynthia suggests having some gesso on hand if your brand of white is not very opaque)
  • Brushes: #5, 9, 12, or whatever you are used to
  • Palette Knives: RGM #46 and/or #50 or equivalent shape in other brands.

Reminder - This painting and the sole use of it are the property of Cynthia Rosen and may not be reproduced without permission. Paintings done in this workshop are for study purpose only and should not be sold or represented as the participant's original work.

Reference Image

Click here to view/download the reference image for class!

Questions? Contact Tara tara@lakeplacidarts.org

In-Person Plein Air Workshop

$65

with Kari Ganoung Ruiz

Calendar Aug 22, 2021 at 2 pm

Sunday, August 22, 2:00-5:00pm at LPCA Campus

In this session, we will head outside to paint on the LPCA campus! We will talk about plein air setup, composition, color choices, and how to achieve a feeling of morning light in your finished painting.

Meet outside Annex Studio at LPCA Campus

You will need to bring everything normally needed for painting inside or out: 

  • rigid painting panel (size you're comfortable with) with a white surface we will be toning during class
  • oil colors: white, cool yellow (Cadmium Yellow Light), warm yellow (Cadmium Yellow Medium), cool red (Quinacridone Red), warm red (Cadmium Red Medium), Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue
  • brushes: an array of synthetic long and short flats
  • easel, palette, mineral spirits, paper towels, sketchbook, pencil, eraser

In addition, bring these items specific to outdoor painting:

  • Layers of clothing, comfortable shoes, bag or cart to corral your gear, hat with brim, sunscreen/.bugspray, umbrella (just in case)

About the Instructor

Kari Ganoung Ruiz was raised at the edge of The Finger Lakes National Forest in Central New York State,which set the stage for her deep connection to the natural landscape. After receiving her BS in Fine Art Painting from Ashland University in Ohio, Kari and her husband Photographer Diego Ruiz opened a pictureframing studio and Gallery featuring fine art. An encouraging response to her work prompted more space at the boutique to be used to display paintings, and eventually the move to a much larger location. Due to the increased visibility of the new gallery, the draw on their time became much greater and began to cut into studio hours. At this time, Kari began to focus on plein air work; feeling the need to learn about light and shadow directly from the natural world. In 2014, the couple moved the gallery online in order to allow both of them to travel and move forward with their artistic careers. Kari and Diego now travel the US, capturing the landscape as they experience it. Awards include Best in show Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival in New York 2017, First Place Quick Draw at Lighthouse Plein Air Festival in Florida 2018, Grand Prize Two Rivers Plein Air Festival in Texas 2019, and Grand Prize Adirondack Plein Air in New York in 2020. Kari’s work is held in public and private collections across the United States and Canada, most recently added to the collection of the Bureau of Land Management in Colorado.

On Instagram as @kariganoungruiz

On facebook as @KGRuizArt

Wild Florida (Online Class)

$20

with Kari Ganoung Ruiz

Calendar Aug 24, 2021 at 5 pm

Tuesday, August 24, 5:00-7:00pm EST (Advanced Beginner and Up)

In this session we will explore how to use an abstract beginning to land upon a feeling of realistic detail inyour finished painting! Kari will demonstrate the compositional sketch, initial block in, and painting finish using oil color. Along the way, she’ll discuss brush handling and how to “see” patterns in a complex scene.

Materials:

  • Rigid painting panel square aspect ratio with white surface we will be toning during class
  • Oil colors: white, cool yellow (Cadmium Yellow Light), warm yellow (Cadmium Yellow Medium), cool red (Quinacridone Red), warm red (Cadmium Red Medium), Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue
  • Mineral spirits, paper towels, brushes: an array of synthetic long and short flats, paper (or sketchbook), pencil, eraser, reference photo printed out.

Click here to view/download the reference image for class!

Reminder - This painting and the sole use of it are the property of Kari Ganoung Ruiz and may not be reproduced without permission. Paintings done in this workshop are for study purpose only and should not be sold or represented as the participant's original work.

About the Instructor:

Kari Ganoung Ruiz was raised at the edge of The Finger Lakes National Forest in Central New York State, which set the stage for her deep connection to the natural landscape. After receiving her BS in Fine ArtPainting from Ashland University in Ohio, Kari and her husband Photographer Diego Ruiz opened a picture framing studio and Gallery featuring fine art. An encouraging response to her work prompted more space at the boutique to be used to display paintings, and eventually the move to a much larger location. Due to the increased visibility of the new gallery, the draw on their time became much greater and began to cut into studio hours. At this time, Kari began to focus on plein air work; feeling the need to learn about light and shadow directly from the natural world. In 2014, the couple moved the gallery online in order to allow both ofthem to travel and move forward with their artistic careers. Kari and Diego now travel the US, capturing the landscape as they experience it. Awards include Best in Show Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival in New York2017, First Place Quick Draw at Lighthouse Plein Air Festival in Florida 2018, Grand Prize Two Rivers PleinAir Festival in Texas 2019, and Grand Prize Adirondack Plein Air in New York in 2020. Kari’s work is held in public and private collections across the United States and Canada, most recently added to the collection ofthe Bureau of Land Management in Colorado

On Instagram as @kariganoungruiz

On facebook as @KGRuizArt

In-Person 6-week Adult Improv Class

$90

with Joseph Conto

Calendar Sep 22, 2021 at 6:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Wednesdays September 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20 & 27, 6:30-8:30pm 

Break out of your comfort zone! Shake off the cobwebs of quarantine! Join Joe Conto and flex your Improv muscles. New to Improv? No problem. Not so new but need a refresher (hey, it's been a long year)? We've got you covered. Get ready to have some fun...

COVID Safety Requirements:

This class is open to students who are fully vaccinated by the date of the class. By registering you acknowledge you are aware of this, and will be asked to show proof of vaccination at the door.

Joe Conto has been with Montreal Improv Theatre in Montreal, Quebec for 10 years.  First as a student and then as a performer and instructor.  He has taught all levels of experience as well as in classic improv formats such as Harold, Armando, Pretty Flower and Narrative.  He has performed at festivals in New York City, Toronto, Ottawa, Boston, Burlington and Hartford, and has also competed and placed first in Montreal’s city-wide Threepio Competition.  He has studied under improv notables Armando Diaz, Will Hines, Jill Bernard and Kirsten Rasmussen.  Joe Conto continues to teach in Montreal while employed as the Department Chair of Business & Hospitality with Paul Smith’s College.  Most recently, he has begun teaching improv in the tri-lakes area at both BluSeed Studios and Lake Placid Center for the Arts. 

Black Narratives: 4-Part Series

$60

with Janelle Gray

Calendar Oct 7, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Thursdays, Oct 7, 14, 21 & 28, 6:30EST/5:30CST

This 4-week class will explore art forms such as literature, television, art and song in order to appreciate and analyze Black narratives. Janelle will guide the class in reading work from classic authors such as Toni Morrison and James Baldwin to the more modern Glory Edim and Danez Smith, listening to music by Nina Simone and Lauryn Hill, analyzing Black art commonly shared on Instagram, and discussing the narratives of TV shows like The Cosby Show, Black-ish and Dear White People to name a few.

The class will contemplate the historical and political context surrounding these pieces, the message and why it’s needed and the impact of the art on our communities. The goal is for audiences to develop a broader artistic palette that may provide insight into parallel experiences that would otherwise go unseen. By doing so, the hope is that we all come to respect and hear these forms of expression and ultimately see Black art as simply art. This class is appropriate for adults and young people ages 15+

*Can’t make all the classes? They will be recorded and a video link will made available to participants for a limited time!

Janelle Gray 

Janelle Gray is a creative and instructor from Dallas, Texas. She is a creative writer, blogger, podcaster, producer, teacher, student, and creative writing consultant with experience in assistant directing short films. Gray produces and publishes under her company, All A Gray Area. To date, she has four published books, a CD titled Handle This, and a portfolio of plays, short films, TV series, and feature films. Gray holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Spanish and is a graduate of Harvard University Extension School with a Master of Liberal Arts in Creative Writing and Literature. She is a doctoral student at The University of Texas at Dallas where she also teaches Rhetoric.

 Gray is also the founder and co-producer of Echoes Media — a social justice organization dedicated to eradicating discrimination by promoting platforms to unseen communities. She is passionate about empowering others to use their voices and share their stories in effort to foster a more empathetic and connected global community.

 

Scholarships Available

For anyone interested in signing up but for whom the registration fee is a barrier to participating, we have some scholarship funding available. Please contact Tara Palen at tara@lakeplacidarts.org

International Payments

Participating from outside the US? Contact Tara Palen (tara@lakeplacidarts.org) and she will help you process your registration payment! 





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