Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Painted Fiber Art with Elizabeth Busch

"Excellent class with a superb instructor! Really accomplished a great deal." - Chris L.
Our last class of the 2016 season was with the wonderful Elizabeth Busch from Maine. She taught The Painted Quilt: Creating Small Works. The first couple of days was spent painting on canvas. Then the remainder of the class was spent on composition. Enjoy the photo tour! IMG 2407
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IMG 2410 Because the first day of the workshop was Halloween, the breakfast special of the day was pumpkin pancakes! Of course, the full breakfast menu was still available with a wide range of choices. IMG 2406
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IMG 2415 Monday night, for dinner, a number of people got in the Halloween spirit and dressed in costume! IMG 2416
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IMG 2417 Thanks to Carol E. we had a bunch of options for those who "forgot" to pack a costume! IMG 2418
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IMG 2423 It was quite the marvelous week and there was even plenty of Fall colors around the grounds to be enjoyed. IMG 2424 It was a satisfying and inspiring year of workshops. We thank everyone who made it possible - students, teachers, and staff. We look forward to another exciting year in 2017. The classes are already filling up and we haven't even sent out the brochures yet. Keep warm and we'll see you next year!

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Composing Compositions with Cynthia Corbin

"Class was life enriching. I am thrilled to have spent time with Cynthia before she retired. This is the best environment in which to create!" - Cheryl K. "Cynthia has the ability to bring out our most creative self. This is a lovely inn. You make sure we are comfortable and well-fed, including afternoon cookies. The workroom/studio is excellent, wonderful light and super chairs." - Sharon C.
It was a great week with Cynthia Corbin as she taught a 5-day workshop to a full house of students. We even "ordered up" a little snow to the delight of our 3 Californians! The students all said they had an amazingly productive week and I only wish I had had the opportunity to stop in the studio to take more pictures. IMG 2375
Except for the one day of light snow, we had some gorgeous Fall weather and there was still plenty of colorful leaves to enjoy. IMG 2377
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Cynthia gave a nice presentation about her work and inspiration after dinner one of the nights. IMG 2390
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Intrepid Watercolors with Alvaro Castagnet

"Alvaro's demos were very worthwhile. He is a gifted artist. The meals at the inn were extraordinary! It was an excellent experience." - Nancy
Alvaro Castagnet was here last week teaching a 5 day plain air watercolor workshop. He was here at the right time to catch all the fall colors at the peak! IMG 2341
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Even though one day was on the rainy side, this intrepid group still went out to a local farm to paint for the day and only had to escape to inside a barn for a short period of time. It was a great opportunity for Alvaro to do an interiors demo! 14700851 10154657843746670 8882449106067811472 o On another day the group went down to paint riverside by the Hudson River in the town of Athens. Lots of great subject matter and they also enjoyed discovering the local brewery, Crossroad Brewing Company, for lunch. IMG 3971
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A floor "gallery" of the maestro's paintings both during the class demos, and well as on location at many of Alvaro's international travel spots. IMG 2369 A merry and spirited time was always had around the dinner table every night, but the final dinner on Friday night was especially festive. There were toasts, speeches, singing, and dancing. 14692043 10154662354171670 832096763521836365 o Do miss your opportunity to discover this experience next year when Alvaro returns to teach a 3 day workshop in July.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Not-So-Basic-Basics with Skip Lawrence

"Skip's class is always great. He's a serious teacher with a great sense of humor who guides students to create great art no matter what or how they paint." - Betsy J.
Skip Lawrence has been teaching at the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops every year at the same time in the Fall for decades. If you haven't taken at least one workshop from Skip, you owe it to yourself to give it try and discover why Skip's students come back year after year to learn from this master. About half the students from this year's class signed up for his 2017 workshop before they left. So don't delay sign up now before you lose the opportunity. IMG 2303
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The crisp autumn air is just starting the color to creep into the leaves around the inn grounds. IMG 2307
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This was the vegetarian dinner option one night - Chili Verde topped with feta and avocado. IMG 2313
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