Special Art & Literary Workshops Fill the Fall Calendar at Wave HIll
This fall, capture the shifting color and light of the season through various art and literary workshops at Wave Hill. Paint plein air with pastels, and channel your inner Ansel Adams in pastel painting and nature photography sessions. Picturing the Palisades offers a series of visual art workshops inspired by this fall’s Glyndor Gallery exhibition, Foregrounding the Palisades. Participants work with professional artists, and travel to other locations along the majestic Palisades for inspiration. Creative Actions‒Studio Sundays encourage you to explore each workshop leader’s unique practice as professional artists. These include traditional Chinese brush painting and the medium of book art with visual note-taking, paper-cutting and collage.
Registration required, online at www.wavehill.org, by calling 718.549.3200 x305 or at the Perkins Visitor Center.
Pastel Painting: Late Bloomers in Early Autumn Tuesdays, September 4, 11, 18
Capture the shifting color and light of fall blooming plants and the autumn landscape with soft pastels, a favorite portable color medium of plein air artists. Through demonstrations and individual guidance, artist Wennie Huang encourages participants to translate their observations of the changing landscape into this versatile and expressive medium. Workshops will be conducted outside, weather permitting. All skill levels welcome! $90 Member/$105 Non-member. 10AM-1PM.
Nature Photography: Landscapes Large and Small Thursdays, October 11, 18, 25 and November 1, 8, 15
Using Wave Hill’s magnificent grounds and riverfront locations in nearby Riverdale Park, practice the art of landscape photography with photographer Benjamin Swett. Capture big scenes in the style of classic practitioners as well as more intimate, often fabricated landscapes by contemporary photographers. Sessions combine outdoor photography with a consideration of the work of professional and fine art photographers and reviews of participants’ work. All levels welcome. $180 Member/$210 Non-member. 1-4PM.
PICTURING THE PALISADES SERIES
In collaboration with the Hudson River Museum and the Palisades Interstate Park–NJ Section, Wave Hill offers a special art workshop series inspired by Foregrounding the Palisades, on view in Glyndor Gallery. Participants work with professional artists to interpret the Palisades at various points along the Hudson River. $20 Member/$30 Non-member each session.
Session 1: Watercolors and Pastel: Painting the Palisades Saturday, September 15
Taking inspiration from the view of the Palisades from the Hudson River Museum, and from the museum’s collection of related paintings and drawings, artist Wennie Huang guides participants in combining the luminosity of watercolor with the textural versatility of soft pastels. The workshop opens with an exclusive tour by Hudson River Museum Chief Curator of Collections Laura Vookles, who introduces the Palisades through works in the museum’s collection, as well as through Blane De St. Croix’s installation, which is part of Wave Hill’s fall exhibition Foregrounding the Palisades. Meet at Hudson River Museum, 1-4PM.
Session 2: Nature Photography: The Palisades in Focus Saturday, October 20
Join landscape photographer Benjamin Swett for a photographic survey of the landscape as you hike Dyckman Hill Trail to High Tom’s lookout in the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey. As you explore the view from various elevations, experiment with ways to see and represent rocks, trees and the dramatic cliffs in relation to the historic backdrop of the Hudson River. Prior to the hike, Eric Nelson, Historic Interpreter for the Palisades Interstate Park–NJ, recounts the fascinating cultural history of the Palisades from past to present. Both film and digital photographers of all skill levels welcome. Moderate hike. Meet at Palisades Interstate Park–NJ Section, 10AM-1PM.
Session 3: Ceramic Sculpture: Landscapes in Clay Saturday, November 17
Join Paula Winokur, a ceramic sculptor whose work is part of Wave Hill’s fall exhibition Foregrounding the Palisades, in this hands-on workshop inspired by the Palisades. Winokur shared her long-term interest in geologival formation and the creative process involved in making her work, which play with scale and perspective. She demonstrates the techniques she used to construct her piece, and guides participants in building their own small landscape using other methods of hand-building with clay. Prior to the workshop, Wave Hill’s Curatorial Fellow leads an intimate tour of the exhibition. 1-4PM.
CREATIVE ACTIONS: STUDIO SUNDAYS
Engage in a creative dialogue with your surroundings, exploring each workshop leader’s unique practice and relationship with nature through various media. $20 Member/$30 Non-member each session. 1:30-4:30PM
Capturing a Moment: Chinese Brush Painting Sunday, October 7
With Wave Hill as inspiration, explore traditional and modern Chinese brush painting with artist Mansheng Wang. Depicting birds, flowers and landscapes, this genre is one of the world’s oldest styles of art.
Landscape and Memory: Explorations through Book Arts Sunday, November 4
Join visual artist Elizabeth Hamby to experiment with techniques that push the physical and conceptual boundaries of the book. Using techniques of visual note-taking, paper-cutting and collage, weave materials-based research with explorations of memory and sense of place.