Archive for September, 2013

Stained Glass Open Studio

Monday, September 30th, 2013

This is an open studio for students currently in stained glass classes here at the Arts Center. Run by assistants trained and cleared by Instructor.

Figure Drawing Open Studio

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Pre-registration is mandatory for this class. Immerse yourself in an intensive afternoon-long figure drawing experience offered in the “open-studio” tradition. The Arts Center faculty will be available for discussion, but no instruction will be provided unless requested. Draw from live nude models posing for quick, action-oriented gesture drawings, as well as longer poses ranging from 20 minutes to one hour. Improve your figurative drawing skills, build your portfolio, or simply have some fun! This draw-a-thon is open to all levels. Bring your own paper and pencils or other dry media. Drawing boards and easels will be provided. Students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Students under the age of 18 must have parent or guardian sign a release form. Pre-registration is mandatory for this class.

Introduction to Gouache

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Students will discover their own approach to painting with gouache (opaque watercolors) with regional landscape artist, Robert Moylan. Students will learn how to use the materials, practice different techniques and apply color theory while creating vibrant gouache paintings of various subject matter.

Landscape Painting in Oils

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Paint with expression the landscapes you love! This class will explore the popular, inspiring genre of landscape, and will enable the painting student to develop an attitude or “landscape sense” that will help build a confident approach to landscape painting. Discussions and demonstrations of developing foreground, mid-ground, and background to successfully enhance your image. Students should bring original photos or sketches of sights they wish to paint. It is recommended that students have prior experience in oil painting, or have taken Principles of Oil Painting at the Arts Center.

Icon Writing with Christine Hales

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Learn to gild and paint in the ancient Byzantine tradition using egg tempera, rare natural pigments, and 23 ct gold leaf on a specially prepared wooden panel using the image of Saint Michael the Archangel. In ten classes, taught by Master iconographer, Christine Hales, you will complete an icon of your own which will last for centuries, while learning the history and theology of the icon, and viewing work by modern international iconographers. The steps of transferring a drawing and using the yolk of an egg to paint in layers are demonstrated and individual attention is given to each student. All levels welcome! Students will be responsible for bringing a gesso board, which can be found at and either the 8 x 10″ or 9 1/2 x 12 1/2 ” are recommended, but all other materials will be provided. Students who sign up late can purchase a gesso board from the instructor. Christine Hales icons can be found in Albany are churches, as well as Private collections both nationally and internationally. No Class 11/28 PLEASE NOTE: CHANGE IN START DATE FROM 9/19 to 9/26. No class 11/28. This is different form the Catalogue information

Jewelry Open Studio

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Supervised open studio is for experienced jewelry and metalworking students who wish to work independently on their own projects. Students who are enrolled in a six or ten week class may attend open studio at no cost. For experienced students, Open Studio Cards are sold in ten-hour increments that can be used freely during any open studio session. Students must have taken at least Jewelry I and complete a brief studio orientation with a faculty member or studio assistant. A once-annual $45 fee must be paid at the purchase of your first card to cover the cost of flux, solder, and other expendable studio materials. To purchase a card, pay your annual material fee, and/or set up an orientation, please call 273-0552 x 222. PLEASE NOTE: CARDS CANNOT BE PURCHASED ON LINE

Troy Night Out | September 2013

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Join us this September Troy Night Out for an evening of art exhibits, theatre, performances, and artists.

Closing reception for Overgrown in the Main Gallery, (un)Settled in the President’s Gallery, and Farms, Food and Photography in the Foyer Gallery. DJ’ed music by Emily Luddy from 7-10PM. RPI Players performing “The Complete History of America (abridged)” by Adam Long, Reed Martin, and Austin Tichenor at 6:30 in the Black Box Theatre. Dance performances by RPI Dance Team and Eighth Wonder following The Player’s presentation. Reveal of hand and face casting pieces at 7PM. Watch artist Richard Hochheimer work on stop motion puppetry from 7-9PM.

Belly Dance

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Glide across the floor with elegance as you frame your body with beautiful hand and arm movements, learn shimmies both soft and powerful, and hypnotic movements of the hips such as figure eights, mayas and undulations. Set to the exciting rhythms of North Africa and the Middle East, students will learn a fun choreography incorporating these techniques. Belly dancing is a great low-impact workout, suitable for beginners and dancers of all ages.

SOLD OUT! Glass Beads: Introduction to Lampworking

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Glass bead making is an ancient Venetian art form that has experienced a great resurgence in the past several years. There are countless varieties of style, color and shape that combine to make beautiful and unique glass beads. In this workshop, you will be introduced to the equipment, tools, materials and techniques used to safely melt and form glass into an array of bead shapes and styles. You will leave the class with your own beautiful beads in hand and perhaps a dose of glass bead fever!

Character Development for Fiction Writers

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Ready to create a life? Bring an outline, draft, or sketch for a piece of fiction. We will discuss what goes into making a character, how to flesh them out and develop their back story, and how that history you create will shape them.