the Studio & Forum
and ready to begin again - in a new space and new situation. We have moved to 300 Shore Road in Cornwall-On-Hudson, N.Y. Shore Road is the "original" scene shop in the Hudson Valley: many of the shops we know today had their start here in the 70's and 80's and the paint deck is still in use. Scenic Art Studio, our old location in Newburgh, needs their space back so it can begin to fully recover from these difficult months. So off we go and are busy outfitting our NewOld Shore Road space.
Because we have the space full-time, we will eventually be able to hold more classes - more seminars, and more students. If there are more than 14 students, the Studio Class may have two sections - one section on Saturdays and one on Sundays. That will allow for appropriate social distancing so we're not crowding ourselves and our paintings.
Now, for the bad news - the Founder of the Studio and Forum Joe Forbes will not be joining us this Fall, nor probably the Spring Semester either. As a heart transplant patient, Joe is considered immunosuppressed. Even though he is fully vaccinated, Joe has to be extremely careful to avoid large groups of unmasked people. Or even masked people....PEOPLE in general. And that would be US! He may be able to teach remotely down the road, but for the time being....no Joe.
We will continue the Studio Class beginning September 18th. Jeff Baringer will carry on with the Molding and Ornament (Donut) Project as he has done for the last 6 semesters, and I will be teaching the Landscape, Trompe l'oeil, etc. . Some other changes : the Semester will be 12 classes, 5 1/2 hours long, which is the equivalent of the old 13 , 5-hour classes. So we will go from 9am - 2:30 pm.
The School is requiring everyone - staff and students - to be vaccinated. There is a form in your Application/Registration package that you must sign to attest to the fact of your vaccination, and you won't be admitted if you're not (unless you can claim a religious or medical exemption). We all want to feel safer, so we may ask for you to wear a mask most of the time, depending what the CDC reccommends. Also, no one but students and staff are allowed in the School. More on all the protocols on the Health and Safety Page.
Sorry about all the verbiage here, but a lot has happened with us, as I'm sure it has with you. The Studio and Forum is moving forward, like you are, and this Fall we will be particularly and especially thrilled to see you!
Instructor, pro tem Managing Director, and Window Washer
SPEED PAINTING SEMINAR : a 7-hour class in which a student is given a painting to copy in a much larger scale. The student must figure out the dimensions, draw it, and paint it, with the clock ticking and the judges watching. An excellent Rehearsal for the USA Local 829 Practical Exam for Scenic Artists.
Wooksie, Nick, Julian, Lisa, Ken, Rachel, Unfamiliar Guy, Rosalind, Reilly, and Angela - 8 out of 10 students here took the 829 exam and passed.
The canvases tacked to the floor, the mess of paints being palletted on the paper, the stocking feet, the creaking bamboos - that's how we do it.