PURSUIT Classes


2024 PURSUIT Schedule

Expand creativity and reignite passions with PURSUIT classes and workshops at Artisan Gallery. All classes will be held in the Broome County Arts Council classroom, Artist Studio, or Artisan Gallery, located at 223 State Street, Binghamton.

Prices vary by class. Classes at BCAC require minimum registration to proceed as well as maximum participant capacity. Schedules are subject to change. If you are interested in a class, early registration helps us plan accordingly. Thanks for your understanding!

Pre-registration required – see descriptions below. For questions, contact us at 607-723-4620 or information@broomearts.org

Open Figure Drawing

First and Third Tuesday of Each Month

From 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

$15/session

Presenter: Linda Ciallelo/Reda Abdelrahman

UPCOMING 2024 DATES:
January 2 & 16
February 6 & 20
March 5 & 19

Join us in the gallery for open figure drawing with a live model. Bring your favorite drawing supplies; easels provided. Cost includes model fee. Sessions may feature nude models. All skill levels welcome. Class space is limited.

Introduction to iPhone Photography

February 1 / 8 / 15
Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:30PM
3 Sessions | $90
Presenter: JW Johnston

Photography Fundamentals includes: Basic Focus and Exposure, Portraits, and Video. This workshop not only helps you grow as an iPhone photographer. It also changes how you see the world and enhances your engagement with “the everyday.”

Session One: The iPhone camera’s basic tools and the finer points of portraiture (yes, including selfies), panoramas and video.

Session Two: Introduction to some amazing and easy apps that get your iPhone to work very much like a dSLR and expand your phone’s digital darkroom capabilities.

Session Three: Fine-tune your images for a gallery wall and get comfortable with Instagram.

Also included:
Panoramas
Your Phone as Digital Darkroom
Additional Apps for Image Capture & Editing
Prepping for Instagram
Exercises Between Sessions
Supportive Reviews of Your Work

This course is designed for iPhone users only.

Guided Collage Workshop (Ages 18+)

Thursday, Feb 15 from 5 – 8PM
1 Session | $35
Presenter: Sam Muré

Join us for an open-ended mixed media collage workshop. Participants may start with a short creative writing prompt to provide a launching point to help get your project started. Everyone will finish with an individual completed mixed media collage and may contribute to a larger collaborative piece. All materials will be provided, all skill levels welcome.

Introduction to Zentangle® (Age 13 and Up)

Thursday February 22 & 29 from 6 – 8PM
2 Sessions | $55 (includes all materials)
Presenter: Lynette Menichelli, Certified Zentangle Teacher

The Zentangle Method® is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. If you can write your name, you can learn this method. Get in touch with your creativity again and create in a positive, nonjudgmental environment.

The Zentangle Method has been taught around the world by Certified Zentangle Teachers. Students of this method find that it can promote calmness and relieve stress. To learn more, go to zentangle.com.

Experimental Fun with Paint and Learning to Draw with Juliette

Saturday, February 24
from 11:30 – 2:30
1 session | $5 per participant
For ages K-4th grade
Presenter: Juliette Anne Varnowatts & James Watts

Juliette Anne Varnowatts, the current exhibitor in the Artful Child Youth Gallery, will be holding a children’s painting and drawing workshop for ages K-4th grade. Children and caregivers are welcome to visit the classroom at Artisan Gallery any time from 11:30 – 2:30 to learn and experiment with drawing and painting. Cost is $5 for each participant, which covers the cost of materials and your own artwork on canvas board to take home. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver; plan at least 30 minutes for the activity. Participants are encouraged to bring their own sketchbook, beverage, and snack.

Guided Collage Workshop (Ages 12-18)

Saturday, Feb 24 from 12 – 3PM

1 Session | $35

Presenter: Sam Muré

Join us for an open-ended mixed media collage workshop. Participants may start with a short creative writing prompt to provide a launching point to help get your project started. Everyone will finish with an individual completed mixed media collage and may contribute to a larger collaborative piece. All materials will be provided, all skill levels welcome.

Introduction to Zentangle® for Child & Parent

Saturday, February 24 from 1 – 4PM
1 Session | $60 (includes all materials for two participants)
Presenter: Lynette Menichelli, Certified Zentangle Teacher

Spend an afternoon with your child or grandchild and learn The Zentangle Method® together! It is an easy to learn and fun way to create together by drawing structured patterns. The Zentangle Method is taught around the world and students have found it promotes calmness, creativity, and relieves stress. Anyone who can write their name can learn! Bring a snack and spend a fun afternoon learning something new.

To learn more, go to zentangle.com.

Working with Soft Pastels

February 29, March 7 / 14 / 21 / 28
Thursdays from 5:30PM-8PM
5 sessions | $125 plus materials
Presenter: Reda Abdelrahman

Using the dry soft pastel medium, you will produce your own composition interpreting your chosen art subject ranging from Still Life to Portraits, Human Figures. Observing proportion, you will be using charcoal pencil for outline, contour that is the foundation of the artwork. The next step, which is the application of colors, you will learn choosing the appropriate soft pastels to use in blending, shading, final detailing, and connectedness that will render your artwork in perspective and proportions, We can also highlight the uses of pastels in contemporary art or abstract paintings.

Supplies needed: Charcoal pencil, Soft pastels, Pastel pencils, Sanded pastel paper, Artist tape, Pastel paper (gray or browns, Spray fixative, Blending stumps, Soft paintbrush (or soft makeup brush)

Reda Abdelrahman graduated from the fine art faculty in 1988, received a master’s degree in 1995, and a Ph.D. in the Philosophy of Fine Art in 1999 from the University of Minya.

Basic Drawing

March 7 / 14 / 21 / 28, April 4 / 11
Thursdays from 6 – 8:30PM
6 Sessions | $125 plus materials
Presenter: Richard Henry

Discover the art of drawing in this introductory course. An expert drawing teacher will guide you through the fundamentals of art, including line, shape, shadow, and perspective. Perfect for aspiring artists looking to build a solid foundation in drawing. Materials list to be provided after registration.

Painting with Acrylics

April 4 / 11 / 18 / 25 & May 2
thursdays from 5:30PM – 8PM
5 sessions | $125 plus materials
Presenter: Reda Abdelrahman

Acrylic painting can provide a lifetime of enjoyment. Learn how to express yourself using the vibrant colors of this delightful paint. You will be surprised how quickly your skills will improve by observing the instructor and painting along, during step-by-step class presentations. This class format will make it easy to get started and build upon what you learn, gaining new techniques and putting them directly into practice, soon becoming second nature. Enjoy the satisfying ability to represent the world around you in liquid colors, as you create unique works of art. This course is intended for students at the beginning-to-intermediate level, as it will cover the basics of painting with acrylics. Some background or education in drawing, while not required, is strongly recommended, since this class will focus on observational painting.

Reda Abdelrahman graduated from the fine art faculty in 1988, received a master’s degree in 1995, and a Ph.D. in the Philosophy of Fine Art in 1999 from the University of Minya.

Supplies needed:
Acrylic painting colors
Acrylic brushes (small, medium, large 2/4/6/8/10/12)
Canvas, canvas board, or Acrylic paper 16”-20”or larger
Charcoal or graphite pencil
Brush washing bottle
Bottle of medical glycerin
Sponge
Small towel
Small water sprayer

Take an Encaustic Workshop!

Saturday, April 13th &
Sunday, April 14th 10AM-5PM
2-day workshop | $195
Presenter: Linda Bigness

This two-day, personalized workshop is for beginners or experienced artists. Most participants take home two finished encaustic tiles. All materials, equipment, and instruction provided. A small materials kit will be available for purchase if you wish to take home some supplies.

*To allow time for preparing materials, registration deadline for this workshop is on Saturday, March 23.

Using Your Voice: A Poetry Workshop for Authenticity!

Saturday, April 20 from 1 – 2:30PM
$15
Presenter: Samantha L. Terrell

This 90-minute, hands-on style workshop, will allow participants to deep-dive into issues such as: using one’s poetic voice, aligning poet and audience, and best practices on social media. For the $15 cost of participation, each student will receive a paperback copy of Terrell’s book: A Self-Taught Poet’s Handbook for Self-Taught Poets, which will aid in the discussion of understanding poetry vernacular, experimenting with poetic form, and getting published. The workshop will also include time to craft poems, feedback from fellow writers, and a closing Q & A session.

SAMANTHA TERRELL is a Pushcart-nominated poet and the author of multiple collections, most recently Dismantling Mountains (Vellum Publishing UK, 2023). Her poems have been widely anthologized in publications such as Dark Winter Lit, Green Ink Poetry, In Parentheses, Misfit Magazine, Open Journal of Arts & Letters, Poetry Quarterly, Red Weather, Wildfire Words, and others. Terrell writes from Upstate New York where she lives with her husband, two teenagers, two cats, a dog, and a growing collection of over-watered houseplants.

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