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OPEN STUDIO PAINTING WORKSHOP AT ST. MARGARET’S HOUSE
New Horizons Wing, 49 Fulton Street, New York, NY

September 2016 – May 2017
September 2015 – May 2016
September 2014 – May 2015
September 2013 – May 2014
September 2012 – June 2013
January – April 2012

These fifteen-week fine art studio classes are open to ten artists from NYC social service agencies, supportive housing residences, shelters and community groups. The workshop, lead by artist Joan Mellon, gives participants the opportunity to enhance their painting, drawing, and mixed media skills through themes and subjects for each of the fifteen week sessions.

The January 2012 workshop was supported, in part, by public funds from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation. The September 2012 – June 2015 workshops were supported, in part, by public funds from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation.

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DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP AT HENRY STREET SETTLEMENT
290 East 3rd Street, New York, NY

October 2016 –  June 2017
October 2015 – June 2016
October 2014 – June 2015
October 2013 – June 2014
October 2012 – June 2013
November 2011 – March 2012
January – April 2011

In three 15-week workshops taught by photographer Louisa Marie Summer and three fifteen week workshops taught by photographer Margaret Shannon, participants were instructed on the techniques of photographing with a digital cameraThey also learned the process from image taking to image editing and processing the final print or presentation. Throughout the course, participants enhanced their photography skills and their knowledge of portraiture, street photography, photojournalism, and conceptual photography. Our current workshop is taught by artist Gwendolyn Black

The workshops through March 2014 were supplied with loans of cameras and paper by the Josephine Herrick Project (formerly Rehabilitation Through Photography). The January 2011 workshop was supported in part by public funds from the The New York State Department of Parks, Recreational and Historic Preservation and the Milton and Sally Avery Foundation. The November 2011 and the 2012-2015 workshops were supported in part by public funds from The New York Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with The City Council and The Milton and Sally Avery Foundation.

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PAINTING WORKSHOP AT ST. MARGARET’S HOUSE
49 Fulton Street, New York, NY

This ongoing workshop taught by artist Beverly Bergman teaches eight to twelve senior men and women drawing techniques and painting methods in various mediums. This workshop serves residents of St. Margaret’s House and neighboring residences.

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DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP AT HENRY STREET RESIDENCE
290 East 3rd Street, New York, NY

November 2011 – March 2012

Photographer Louisa Marie Summer taught this 17-week photography workshop to a group of six to eight students. Participants were trained in the fundamental principles, techniques, and creative process of digital camera-based image making.

Designed to meet the needs of the creative photographer, the workshop was an exploration of various assignments, excursions, and discussions contributing to aesthetic interpretation of photographs. Emphasis was put on the development of the student’s individual perspective and the stimulation of their creative self-expression.

This program was supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council as well as by The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation. Cameras and photographic paper were loaned by Rehabilitation Through Photography (RTP).

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DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP AT HENRY STREET RESIDENCE
290 East 3rd Street, New York, NY

January – April 2011

Louisa Marie Summer, a recent M.F.A. graduate of RISD, taught this second level 15-week photography workshop. Twelve residents were introduced to advanced steps of creative image-capturing and became familiar with the workflow process from shooting the images, editing and processing, to final output as a presentation or print. Through demonstrations, hands-on class experience, plus critiques of their work, students deepened their knowledge of portraiture, photojournalism, and conceptual photography. By shooting individual assignments, the group had opportunities to explore their neighborhood as well as the Lower East Side. An insightful field trip to the Metropolitan Museum provided the course synopsis with an enriched focus.

Funding for this workshop was provided by The New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation with thanks also to Assemblyman Brian Kavanaugh and the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation. Cameras and photographic paper were loaned by Rehabilitation Through Photography (RTP).

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP AT HENRY STREET RESIDENCE
290 East 3rd Street, New York, NY

April – June 2010

Artist Nathan Fitch taught this 12-week digital photography workshop. Weekly assignments covered many of the concepts of photography, including principles of composition, light, and perspective. With heavy elements of critique, hands-on shooting, and participation, the workshop involved frequent field trips to practice concepts such has portraiture, light and shadow, and street and landscape photography.

Funding for this workshop was provided by The New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation with thanks also to Assemblyman Brian Kavanaugh.

FINE ARTS OPEN STUDIO WORKSHOP AT ST. MARGARET’S HOUSE
49 Fulton Street, New York, NY

February – May 2010

Taught by artist Jayne Holsinger, this 15-week workshop for 8-9 special needs artists included residents of St. Francis Residences, The Point, Henry Street Settlement, and St. Margaret’s House, among others. The participants were first sent on “photography outings” with the photographers Danielle Kelly or Matt Taylor. They then worked from their photographs, creating truly amazing paintings. Many artists also chose to paint from their imagination.

This workshop was funded in part by Public Funds from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.