Teens & Adults
with Taylor McGill
In this workshop, we will become well-practiced in the habit active noticing. The normal and seemingly mundane things in our environment will become the subjects for extraordinary prose. We will step away from our desks, our writerly solitude, and with a journal in hand we will collect the details of the day by wandering, watching, gathering, communicating, moving, playing, and eavesdropping. In our journals we might scribble, glue torn newspaper, tape gum wrappers, or press flowers. We will perform wild experiments; arranging and collaging and collaborating to generate imaginative writing that engages, extends, and defies the "rules" of various genres including poems, short stories, plays, letters, comics, questions, and more!
How does an artist develop their own personal “voice”? In this course we will focus on ways to convey ideas and feelings while painting from observation by using color, expressive brushwork, and a range of techniques in paint application. Students will build fundamental skills in oil painting through explorations in color mixing, value, and composition. Daily presentations of work by contemporary painters and their studio processes will inform our goal of learning to find inspiration in the world around us. During the week, students will participate in quick studio games and exercises while also creating a finished oil painting on canvas based on the landscape and sculpture at Art Omi. No prior experience is necessary. Materials included in tuition fee.
Hilary Baldwin is a painter in Catskill NY. Her work has been included in solo and group exhibitions in New York, Chicago, Boston, Toronto, and Berlin. She has attended residency programs at The Ragdale Foundation, The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, and in 2014 received a cultural grant from The City of Chicago to attend The Atlantic Center for the Arts, where she studied with the painter Dana Schutz. Hilary has worked with children, teens, and adults as a teaching artist for over ten years, and an artists’ book featuring her series of food paintings was recently published by Soberscove Press in Chicago. She holds a BFA in painting from The Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from The School of The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Teens will learn essential playwriting skills including creating characters, writing dialogue, crafting monologues, and learning about conflict and resolution. Through group and individual writing activities, as well as some improvisation and acting, young playwrights will develop and share their scripts. Students will also learn about the masters as they dissect famous plays, old and new. This indoor/outdoor program will include time in The Fields, where students will look to nature and contemporary sculptures as inspiration for their own writing. By the end of the week, students will have a collection of several short plays of different styles.
Emilia Teasdale is a New York State certified teacher who taught theater in New York City for several years. She has a BA in theater from Union Collage, a MA in Arts and Humanities Education from NYU, and trained at Young Playwrights, Inc. in New York City. Since moving to Columbia County a decade ago, Emilia has taught several playwriting programs for young people through PS21. She also ran the Drama Club at Chatham’s Mary E. Dardess Elementary School, teaches a summer playwriting program at Chatham Kids’ Club, and taught the Playwriters’ Dreamshop at Art Omi in 2017.
In an era where image making has become less tactile, this camp will explore alternative photographic processes that welcome back the presence of the hand. Students will blend digital image making with traditional photographic processes and learn how to make digital negatives, pinhole cameras, cyanotype prints and photograms. They will see images appear before their eyes in a camera obscura, and experiment printing on a variety of surfaces including cloth, plant material, and paper. They will learn the history, and science of a photograph and develop an understanding of issues in contemporary photography. Materials included in tuition fee. Students may bring their own digital camera or smart phone (optional).
Caroline Valites was raised in Stratford Connecticut. She received her B.F.A at the University of New Haven in 2005, where she studied biology and fine arts with a focus in photography. She received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2013. As a photographer and installation artist, she is inspired by physical phenomenon and uses her background in science to work with materials such as light, sound, and magnetism. Caroline has exhibited her work nationally and is published in Photographer’s Forum Magazine. She has also been awarded a grant from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst Arts council.