in-person fine arts classes at the gallery

Inquire about registration at the front desk of the Islip Arts Council Gallery, Westfield South Shore Mall, 1701 Sunrise Highway, Bay Shore, NY 11706, send email to info@isliparts, or call 631-888-3525.




FALL/WINTER 2021-2022

WORKSHOPS




Winter Wonderland Origami Workshop with Missy Longo-Lewis


Let’s explore the magic of paper folding together! In these origami workshops students will enjoy learning the basics and more, to create some fun age-appropriate models for the winter season. Join us for one session or all three! Beginners are welcome.

Workshops are one hour long / Workshop Fee $25; Members receive a 10% Membership Discount

Students will make & take their models, supplies and paper to continue folding at home. Instructor will provide some origami paper and markers to use during workshop.

Materials Fee of $5.00 for a student kit: Paper, scissors, glue, crayons, in a baggie with name.

Session 1: Friday, February 25, 2022 / Grades 2-3 / 1-2pm
Session 2: Friday, February 25, 2022 / Grades 4-5 / 2:30-3:30pm
Session 3: Friday, February 25, 2022 / All Ages Family Fun / 4-5pm




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VISION JOURNAL WORKSHOP with Kristi Constanteles of Calm & Contained, Inc.


Based on the same concepts of a Vision Board, creating a Vision Journal brings it one step beyond, not only teaching the attendee about visualizing and manifesting the life they want to live, but also they can continue the journey on their own by writing daily notes about their goals, repeating the affirmations that they would like to make for themselves and breathing life into what they once thought could only be a dream. This workshop promotes creativity, self worth, and setting goals. The attending and teaching the attendee how to take the steps to reach those goals. This is a very energetic interactive workshop, where attendees have a freedom to really shape the life that they want to be living; filled with fun, abundance, positive relationship, and self love. All materials will be provided by the instructor.

Workshop is 2 hours long / Workshop Fee $60; Members receive a 10% Membership Discount

Session 1: Saturday, January 8, 2022 / 2-4pm

Session 2: Sunday, January 9, 2022 / 2-4pm



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FALL/WINTER 2021-2022

CLASSES




STAINED GLASS WITH SUSAN RUS


Students will learn the basics of the copper-foil method of stained glass making. Subjects covered will include making a pattern, cutting the glass, copper foiling, soldering, and adding the finishing touches to hang your piece.

Students should bring scrap clear glass to practice glass cutting. The glass specific to you project can be brought to the second class. Instructor will supply some beginner pattern choices, or students may provide some idea choices of their own. Let’s have fun and cut some glass together!

Classes are six sessions long / Class Fee $145; Members receive a 10% Membership Discount

Session 1: Thursdays, February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10, 2022 / 1–3pm

Materials List
Glass cutter
Glass cutting oil (ex. WD40)
Breaking pliers
Grozer pliers
grinding stone , or electric grinder (not necessary but useful)
Solder (60-40)
Soldering iron
¼”copper Foil
Flux and brush
Burnish tool (or pop-sickle stick will work)
Safety glasses
Working surface, instructor preference is homosote (2’x2’)
Clear glass for practicing cutting
Pencil, stiff paper (for pattern), sharpie marker (to make pattern)
“t” pins (or similar) For pattern/holding glass in place
Colored glass for project


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PAINTING IN OILS AND/OR ACRYLICS WITH RANDY WEISBIN


Students work in oils and/or acrylics, painting subjects of their choice in a relaxed workshop environment. Individualized instruction suited to beginners as well as more experienced students. Drawing, tonal value, color theory, composition, technique, and other basic elements of art are addressed as needed. *New students should request materials list upon registration.

Classes are six sessions long / Class Fee: $145; Members receive a 10% Membership Discount

Session 1A: Wednesdays, January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, 2022 / 10:30am – 12:30pm
Session 1B: Wednesdays, January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, 2022 / 1:00pm – 3pm

Session 2A: Wednesdays, February 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23 / 10:30am – 12:30pm
Session 2B: Wednesdays, February 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23 / 1:00pm – 3pm

Materials List
Reference photo or object
Soft or extra-soft vine charcoal, several sticks (not com-pressed)
Soft cotton rags or paper towels
Any size canvas: stretched canvas, canvas board, wood, heavy paper, or smooth card-board
Palette: disposable paper pad, plastic, plexiglass or safety glass. 11”x14” or larger.
Cans (for water/ brushes
Brushes for oils/acrylics: bristlefor oils, synthetic for oils & acrylics – flats and/or filberts in Sizes #4, #6, #8 to start
Acrylic or Oil Paints: Titanium white (this should be your largest tube), Cadmium yellow light, Yellow ochre or yellow oxide, Cadmium red light, Burnt sienna, Alizarin crimson, Ultramarine blue, Thalo or pthal cyanine blue or cerulean blue, Burnt umber
*Optional: Pencil/kneaded eraser,small sketch pad or scrap paper for quick studies, palette knife, easel (floor or table model. Working flat on a table is not ideal but can be done.)


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PASTELS OR COLORED PENCIL, YOUR CHOICE WITH MARLENE BEZICH


This class allows both Pastel and Color Pencil Artists to study their medium of choice! The instructor will provide individual attention to both mediums through separate demonstrations and lectures. All students will be encouraged to broaden their knowledge through challenging subjects and diverse techniques. All levels of expertise are welcome, classes will be taught in a relaxed and educational atmosphere. So, come join us and celebrate the unique virtues of both these spectacular art forms!

Classes are six sessions long / Class Fee $145; Members receive a 10% Membership Discount

Session 1: Fridays, January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 2022 / 10am – noon

Session 2: Fridays, February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 2022 / 10am – noon

Materials List
Set of Prismacolor Polychrome Pencils
A small pad of Canson Paper or smooth Drawing Paper (11”x14”)
Drawing Board if possible or you can lean on your pad
Kneaded Eraser
Additional information regarding supplies will be discussed in class.




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DRAWING & SKETCHING WITH MARLENE BEZICH


This time honored media is essential to any artist’s education. Class will cover the many types of papers and techniques surrounding Charcoal and Pencil rendering. Still Life subjects will be available and if possible a portrait sitting. The art of the “Quick Sketch” will be explored as well as many other drawing exercises. Students will leave the class with a better understanding and appreciation for creating in black and white.

Classes are six sessions long / Class Fee $145; Members receive a 10% Membership Discount

Session 1: January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 2022 / 1-3pm

Session 2: February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 2022 / 1-3pm

Materials List
Sketch Pad or Sketchbook (ensure it is for charcoal or pencil drawings) 9”x12”, 11”x14”or 16”x20” is fine
Small selection of charcoal and drawing pencils (will be covered in depth during class)
Vine or Willow Charcoal
Kneaded Eraser
Pencil Sharpener
Blending Stump or Tortillon
Sand Paper Pointer or Sand Paper for attaining a point on the pencils
Drawing Board (must have smooth surface)
Wax Paper or Spray Fixative to protect finished artwork

Materials helpful but not required:
Powdered Charcoal
Battery Operated Eraser
Papermate Eraser
Cotton Balls
Pencil Extender


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WATERCOLOR FOR ALL WITH JODY BANASZAK


Students will learn the basics and advanced techniques of watercolor painting. Step-by-step demonstration will be given with personal instruction.

Materials: 140 cold press watercolor pad, watercolor paints: ultramarine blue, lemon yellow, yellow ochre, crimson red, payne’s grey, hookers green, burnt umber, burnt sienna, kneaded eraser, #2 pencil, bin for water, (Chinese take-out container works well). Brushes: 1” flat watercolor brush, 2 round watercolor brushes, one medium and one small. Instructor will supply the watercolor palette if you need it for $12.00. Palette consists of 40 spots for paint, mixing area and top.

Classes are six sessions long / Class Fee $145; Members receive a 10% Membership Discount

Session 4A: Mondays, Dec. 20, 27, 2021, Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 2022 / 1 – 3pm
Session 4B: Mondays, Dec. 20, 27, 2021, Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 2022 / 6 – 8pm

Session 5A: Mondays, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14 / 1 – 3pm
Session 5B: Mondays, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14 / 6 – 8pm

Materials List
140 cold press watercolor pad
Watercolor paints: ultramarine blue, lemon yellow, yellow ochre, crimson red, payne’s grey, hookers green, burnt umber, burnt sienna
Kneaded eraser
#2 pencil
Bin for water, (Chinese take-out container works well)
Brushes: 1” Flat watercolor brush, 2 round watercolor brushes, (one medium and one small.)
(Instructor will supply the watercolor palette if you need it for $12.00. Palette consists of 40 spots for paint, mixing area and top.)


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PAINTING FOR BEGINNERS AND ADVANCED WITH ANTHONY D'AVINO


Learn to paint like a professional. Individual attention and guided instruction allows each Artist to develop at their own pace and ability. Each student will work in the media they select. Instructor will address Color Theory, Composition, Perspective, and the “Figure” (for Mature Teens and Adults).

Classes are six sessions long / Class Fee $145; Members receive a 10% Membership Discount

Session 3: Wednesdays, December 8, 15, 22, 29, January 5, 12, 2022 / 6 – 8pm

Session 4: Wednesdays, January 19, 26, 2022, February 2, 9, 16, 23 / 6 – 8pm

Session 5: Wednesdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6 / 6 – 8pm

Materials List
18”x24” drawing pad
Charcoal & Graphite pencils
Nu pastel, sepia and black
Vine charcoal
Kneaded eraser
Exacto knife
24” metal ruler
Canvas panels of stretched canvas
Odorless paint thinner
Peel off palette
Cans for water or paint thinner
Roll of paper towels & masking tape
Oil paints & Acrylic paints
Water colors tube, or set
Sandpaper for sharpening pencils
Red rope envelope or portfolio
Portable easel
Spray fixative
Copal painting medium
Liquid gloss acrylic
Damar varnish
Spray acrylic gloss
18”x24” drawing board


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CHAIR YOGA WITH ANGELA STRYNKOWSKI


This gentle yoga class uses the support of a chair for yoga poses and gentle stretches. Participants will learn how to breathe more efficiently and move with mindfulness, while stretching and toning their bodies. Safe for anyone with limited mobility, pregnant women, and those with existing medical conditions.

Classes are six sessions long / Class Fee $67; Members receive a 10% Membership Discount

Session 2: Thursdays, January 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3 / 10 – 11am



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CLASSICAL HATHA YOGA WITH ANGELA STRYNKOWSKI


This class is appropriate for students new to yoga as well as for more seasoned practitioners who want to refine their technique and refresh their understanding of the fundamentals. Through mindful work and attention to the breath, students will learn safe alignment in basic postures and sun salutations. Build strength, flexibility, balance, and awareness to prepare to enter more advanced classes safely.

Classes are six sessions long / Class Fee $67; Members receive a 10% Membership Discount

Session 2: Tuesdays, January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1 / 8:00 – 9:15am

Session 3: Thursdays, January 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3 / 8:00 – 9:15am



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GENTLE RESTORATIVE YOGA WITH ANGELA STRYNKOWSKI


Gentle Restorative Yoga blended with Pranayama (yogic breathing practices) for balancing, healing, and calming the body and mind. Restorative Yoga uses a generous amount of Yoga Props (blocks, bolsters and blankets) to allow the body and mind to let go and deeply relax into each posture. The majority of this class is on the floor and is suitable for all levels. Props will be supplied.

Classes are six sessions long / Class Fee $67; Members receive a 10% Membership Discount

Session 2: Tuesdays, January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1 / 9:30 – 10:45am



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ONLINE MASTER CLASSES





The Ancient Art of Chinese Calligraphy with Winnie Tsai


Learn the beautiful and ancient art of Chinese calligraphy

Class 1: The History of Chinese Calligraphy and Simple Characters
Understand the tools (brush, ink paper)
Learn to recognize & read simple characters
Practice strokes

Class 2: The Eight Strokes of the Yong
Understand the importance of the YONG
Practice writing the YONG.
Learn to recognize & read more complex characters
Exercises to develop brush control and build fluidity - Straight strokes

Class 3: Writing Phrases
Learn to recognize & read advanced characters
Learn to fold a rice paper sheet to achieve artistic balance
Learn to Write phrases

Class 4: Painting (Writing) Bamboo
How to properly load your brush with ink
Learn to paint bamboo using calligraphic techniques
Signing your work


Fee for this class is $80. After registration, you’ll receive an email confirmation with a link to attend your purchased master class. Any questions please contact the Islip Arts Council at info@isliparts.org

Islip Arts Council Members receive a Membership Discount on class fees for online master classes.





Art to Graffiti Poetry with Isabella Calisi-Wagner

Read Isabella's recent interview with the Queens Gazette here.


Write your own work of art.

Class 1: Graffiti Poetry in Black and White
Intro to the “Color Meditations”
Exploring the freewriting process
Selecting words from your “Freewrite”
Drafting your Graffiti Poetry Artwork using a #2 Pencil

Class 2: The Color of Graffiti Poetry using Color Pencils
Practice the "Color Meditations” Freewriting process
Selecting the most colorful ideas from your “Freewrite”
Drafting your Graffiti Poetry Artwork using Color Pencils

Class 3: Blending the Colors of Graffiti Poetry with Pastels
Refining the editing process of your “Freewrite”
More considerations and editing and drafting your Graffiti Poetry Artwork
Considerations for Combining writing and color to the Graffiti Poetry

Class 4: The Dynamic Colors of Graffiti Poetry using Spray Spritzers
How to create a Spray Spritzer using acrylic paint and water
Considerations for combining writing and spraying color to your Graffiti Poetry Artwork


Fee for this class is $80. After registration, you’ll receive an email confirmation with a link to attend your purchased master class. Any questions please contact the Islip Arts Council at info@isliparts.org

Islip Arts Council Members receive a Membership Discount on class fees for online master classes.





Upcycling: Turn Junk Mail Into Jewelry with Melissa Ramos


Your mailbox is a mine that is full of fabulous gems. Learn how to make jewelry out of restaurant menus, travel brochures, coupons and magazines.

Class 1: Rolling Out The Gems - Necklaces
Learn how to create the basic building blocks of necklaces, belts and bracelets using Crazy Glue, a chopstick and junk mail.

Class 2: Jewelry with a Twist - Earrings
Design unique earrings using the fashion ads.

Class 3: Coasters and More
Create colorful coasters for your coffee table using old restaurant menus and magazine pages.

Class 4: An Ear For Style - Headpieces
Turn those heavy, glossy real estate post cards or political mailings into perfectly pretty head wear.


Fee for this class is $80. After registration, you’ll receive an email confirmation with a link to attend your purchased master class. Any questions please contact the Islip Arts Council at info@isliparts.org

Islip Arts Council Members receive a Membership Discount on class fees for online master classes.





Watercolor with Ward Hooper


Bring your watercolors to a new level as Ward takes you step by step from a gray value sketch to a finished painting.

Lesson 1: A Boathouse
Learn how to use large shapes, saved whites, and work with large brushes for a fresh, colorful, dynamic result.

Lesson 2: Still Life - Floral
Learn how to apply one stroke leaves and paint bright tulips, yellow daisies, and a variety of floral shapes in a glass container with contrasting greens.

Lesson 3: Landscape with Water - A bridge with millhouse and pond reflections
This dynamic composition of a bridge across a large pond is an opportunity to include all the landscape elements of sky, trees, bridge, and reflections in water.

Lesson 4: Landscape and Perspective – A barn on back country road with distant hills in background
Apply contrasting colors while utilizing perspective in a landscape.


Fee for this class is $80. After registration, you’ll receive an email confirmation with a link to attend your purchased master class. Any questions please contact the Islip Arts Council at info@isliparts.org

Islip Arts Council Members receive a Membership Discount on class fees for online master classes.





Color - The Language of Artists with Marlene Bezich


Lesson 1: The Basics
Instructor Introduction; Materials Review; The Color Wheel; Color “Language” of the Masters

Lesson 2: Color in the Landscape
Creating a Value Sketch Examining Lights Effect on Color; Atmospheric Color Perspective; Guiding the Eye Using Color Learn to Render Using Photographs

Lesson 3: Our Furry & Feathered Friends
I Do Not “See” that Color; Dynamic Lighting and Color Manipulation; Working from Photographs; Composing a Successful Portrait

Lesson 4: The Human Head
Skin Tone Colors; The Importance of Value and Lighting; Constructing a Dynamic Rendition “Pushing” Values Using Color Identifying Color Values from Photographs; Render a Self Portrait by looking in a mirror or from a Photograph


Fee for this class is $80. After registration, you’ll receive an email confirmation with a link to attend your purchased master class. Any questions please contact the Islip Arts Council at info@isliparts.org

August 1 to 31, 2021 AARP Members receive a 20% Discount on class fees for online master classes. Enter discount code: APIAC21

Islip Arts Council Members receive a Membership Discount on class fees for online master classes.








Getting Started at the Piano with Elinor Zayas


In this 4-week master class for beginners and returning students music educator Elinor Zayas will teach piano-playing techniques and basic music theory.

Lesson 1: History of the Piano/Proper posture/Hand Positions
The Musical Alphabet; Black Key Groups; Five-finger position on “C”, both hands; Note movement: Up/Down; Common note values, rests; Simple melodies in 5-finger C position- C-D-E Songs; C Major scale, Right hand/Left hand

Lesson 2: Basics of Notation
Treble Clef-Introduction to the Staff; Stepwise vs. Skipping movements of notes; ; Reading/playing melodies in C major; Five-finger position on “G”; Simple melodies in 5-finger G position; G Major scale, Right hand/Left hand; Learn a song

Lesson 3: Bass Clef Notation/ Chords/Meter
Becoming familiar with the bass notation; Constructing chords; Explanation of common meters: 4/4, 3/4, 2/4 time, and rests; Unison exercises to develop facility in both hands; Creating an accompaniment to a melody- chordal, solid/broken; Learn another song based

Lesson 4: Putting It All Together
Ode to Joy - learning the Treble Clef melody, with fingerings; Ode to Joy- learning the Bass Clef chords, with fingerings. Playing with both hands!


Fee for this class is $80. After registration, you’ll receive an email confirmation with a link to attend your purchased master class. Any questions please contact the Islip Arts Council at info@isliparts.org

August 1 to 31, 2021 AARP Members receive a 20% Discount on class fees for online master classes. Enter discount code: APIAC21

Islip Arts Council Members receive a Membership Discount on class fees for online master classes.








Drawing: “The Beginning” with Marlene Bezich


Part 1: “The Building Blocks” (materials overview, Examining the Egg, Simple Still Life, value identification)

Part 2: “Behold the Landscape” (maintaining a Sketchbook, “Quick Sketch”, Utilize Thumbnails, Design and Compositional Elements)

Part 3: “Our Furry & Feathered Friends” (Utilize Basic Shapes, Working from Photographs, composing a Successful Portrait, Homework- Render a Sketch of any Animal or Bird from a Photograph or from Life)

Part 4: “The Human Head” (Basic Plumb lines and Guides, The Importance of Value, Constructing a Dynamic Rendition)


Fee for this class is $80. After registration, you’ll receive an email confirmation with a link to attend your purchased master class. Any questions please contact the Islip Arts Council at info@isliparts.org

Islip Arts Council Members receive a Membership Discount on class fees for online master classes.








Spanish Guitar with Professor Gerry Saulter


This 4 segment video instructional program will guide you through the world of the Spanish guitar. With registration students will receive a link for a FREE bilingual pdf Manual de Guitarra method book provided by Alhambra Guitars of Spain. In just a few fun, spirited lessons this engaging and interactive course will take you from being a novice to playing in the Spanish guitar style.

Fee for this class is $80. After registration, you’ll receive an email confirmation with a link to attend your purchased master class. Any questions please contact the Islip Arts Council at info@isliparts.org

Islip Arts Council Members receive a Membership Discount on class fees for online master classes.







Origami: The Art of the Fold with Shrikant Iyer


Part 1. Introduction to Origami: Learn about this ancient Japanese art form; about how to select the paper and prepare for projects. You will make a simple practical pocket for all uses which needs no special paper or prior knowledge.

Part 2. Covering the Base-Ics: You will learn how the beginning folds form the basis and how they can be used in a variety of different projects. Additionally, you will learn basic terminology and, make some fun origami models which can be used at your next party or just to decorate your home or office.

Part 3. Money Money Money! Folding $ bills is great fun. People love seeing and receiving folded currency as gifts. We will make some neat, fun $ folds which are guaranteed to impress and spread the “wealth”.

Part 4. The Crane Belt: This lesson is a review of basic folding and you will learn how to make the Origami crane: the definitive symbol of origami.


Fee for this class is $80. After registration, you’ll receive an email confirmation with a link to attend your purchased master class. Any questions please contact the Islip Arts Council at info@isliparts.org

Islip Arts Council Members receive a Membership Discount on class fees for online master classes.





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