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Workshops at CNC

Escape to the woods and use your hands to create, cultivate, or learn something new during our 2024 workshop series.

  • Cumming Nature Center
  • Ongoing

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Explore new skills from bird carving to plein air painting to canning vegetables in a workshop at Cumming Nature Center!

Our workshops are designed to create a supportive space for talented teachers and craftspeople to share their knowledge through fellowship and intensive instruction. Classes are relaxed, informative, and recognize the value in heritage skills and place-based knowledge. Past workshops have included spoon carving, native gardening blacksmithing, food preservation, pysanky, and more.

Leave your screen behind, escape to the woods, and use your hands to create, cultivate, or learn something new this year!


PLEIN AIR PAINTING CLASSEs

July 21 | PAINTING in the Pines

9:30am – 12:30pm
$35

Get outside and paint beneath the majestic red pines of the Cumming Nature Center this summer! This plein air painting class will cover the basic tools and techniques needed to paint outdoors, including how to set up a palette and choose a subject. Beginner painters will have the option to use a pre-sketched canvas as the foundation for their painting. After a short demonstration, participants will enjoy one-on-one instruction and interaction with instructor Victoria Brzustowicz as they work at their own pace.

This class is suitable for beginner and more experienced artists. All tools and materials will be provided.

september 15 | PAINTING BY THE POND

9:30am – 12:30pm
$35

Join us for a relaxing and creative morning outdoors as we paint a quiet pond set beneath the changing leaves of Cumming Nature Center. This plein air painting class will cover the basic tools and techniques needed to paint outdoors, including how to set up a palette and choose a subject. Beginner painters will have the option to use a pre-sketched canvas as the foundation for their painting. After a short demonstration, participants will enjoy one-on-one instruction and interaction with instructor Victoria Brzustowicz as they work at their own pace.

This class is suitable for beginner and more experienced artists. All tools and materials will be provided.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Victoria Brzustowicz is an award-winning painter and illustrator. A native of Rochester NY, Brzustowicz graduated from Wells College with a BA in Studio Art. At Wells, she studied with the painter Bill Roberts.

Brzustowicz focused on abstract painting for most of her career, but in 2015 she was introduced to the techniques of painting alla prima through classes with noted plein air painter Carol L. Douglas. Her work explores the line between abstraction and representation, with an emphasis on surface and mark-making.

Brzustowicz is co-founder and chair of the Greater Rochester Plein Air Painters, an inclusive, active group of painters that get together throughout the year to paint outside of the studio. She is affiliated with Flower City Arts Center where she teaches drawing, painting, and linoleum block printing, and the Art Stop, in Penfield, NY where she teaches oil painting.


Weaving CLASSES

July 20 | Learn to Weave: Foraged Basketry

12pm-4pm
$
95

Students in the Foraged Basketry class explore the fundamentals of using organic, foraged materials like grapevine to weave a basket or natural form. The instructor will demonstrate the weaving technique with students using beginner-friendly materials before moving on to weaving with grapevine. There will be plenty of time for individual instruction.

This class will be held outdoors, weather permitting, in order to draw inspiration from the natural world and provide a restful setting for creating natural woven art. Students will leave with a basic knowledge of the weaving technique, and a grapevine basket or form.

This class is suitable for beginner or for beginner/intermediate students. All supplies will be included.

August 4 | Learn to Weave: Tapestry & Frame Weaving

12pm-4pm
$115

Explore the basics of weaving with a simple frame loom. During this 4-hour, hands-on class, expert instructor Tami Fuller will teach participants how to warp, select materials for texture and strength, and offer instruction on tabby, twining, and selected intermediate techniques as you build a small wall hanging.

This class will be held outdoors, weather permitting, in order to draw inspiration from the natural world and provide a restful setting for creating beautiful woven art. Instruction will include weaving time, finishing, and hanging. Students will leave with beginner weaving knowledge, along with a completed and mounted fiber art piece.

This class is suitable for beginner or for beginner/intermediate students. All supplies will be included. Use of a student loom is provided during the class, with the option to purchase the loom at the end if desired.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Tami Fuller is a second-generation fiber artist and works as an educator and working artist out of East Aurora. Her work integrates the traditional foundations of hand-constructed processes with modern technique. Her workshops are designed with an eye toward revitalizing and modernizing fiber, ensuring the continuation of these skill sets by exposing the art form to new people within new contexts. She was trained in ebru marbling on fabric in her youth and has refined her process on paper and on silk. She teaches retreats and workshops throughout the North East and the Pacific Northwest, where her family has a large sheep farm that specializes in breed conservation for rare or at-risk breeds of sheep.

Her work has received awards from NY Sheep and Wool and the Carnegie Art Center. In 2022, she was defined as a WNY artist culture-maker and a recipient of the NY Council on the Arts “Creatives Rebuild NY” grant, tasked with rebuilding arts access post-COVID. She has shown in several solo and group shows locally and her work can be found in collections in the United States and Australia.


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