Workshop Descriptions 


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Write for School Arts Magazine

Clinician:  Kasmira Mohanty

Date:  Thursday / Oct. 3, 2019

Time: 4:30-7:30pm

Location:  Huntington High School / Room 251

Share your successful lessons, areas of concern and/or approaches to teaching art by writing for School Arts Magazine. This class will help you select, write about and submit your thoughts and ideas to one of the most respected and read arts education publication. Be the inspiration and encouragement for your fellow art teachers.  Each participant should bring a lesson they would like to share with the group.


Tandy Leather


Clinician: Tandy Representative         

Date:  Thursday / Oct. 17, 2019

Time: 4:30-7:30pm

Location:  Babylon Jr. Sr. High School

The history of leather speaks for itself, dating back to the beginning of mankind when leather was vital for survival by providing protection against the elements of nature when animal skins were used as clothing and footwear. Today, leather continues to be used for clothing; mainly for warmth and fashion, but it goes way beyond those purposes today. Leather has captured the hearts of so many, young and old. Join us for leather crafting during this class.  Some items you can make will include a bracelet, a luggage tag, zip card case and coasters. We will learn how to stamp with tools, use dyes, and use pre-cut and pre punched leather.




Clay Animals with Glaze Alternatives

Clinician:  Nancy Pagano & Carrie Grillo

Date:  Thursday /  Nov. 7 and Nov. 14, 2019*

Time: 4:30-7:30pm

Location:  Middle Country School District

Glaze can be expensive, and most is wasted with younger students. We will show you 4 "one-day" clay projects to do with your students and alternative ways to "finish" your clay other than glaze.


Finding Inspiration

Clinician:  Joy Weiner

Date:  Thursday – Jan. 16, 2020

Time:  4:30-7:30pm

Location: Heckscher Museum, Huntington

2020 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Heckscher Museum of Art! Enjoy a

self-guided tour of the first exhibition of this centennial year that will honor Long Island Artists from the Permanent Collection! Learn about the rich talent right in our backyard! Use a variety of media to create works of art inspired by artists in the exhibition.

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Jerry Uelsmann Inspired Surrealist Landscape

Clinician:  Kasmira Mohanty

Date:  Thursday / Jan. 23, 2020

Time:  4:30-7:30pm

Location:  Huntington High School / Room 251

This beginner to intermediate digital art class, using Photoshop, will show students how to seamlessly meld separate natural elements into a single reinvented image. The resulting imagery will pay tribute to the surrealist images created by Jerry Uelsmann. This class will demonstrate the influence the traditional darkroom has on digital image making. There will be a focus on the pen tool, magic wand, layer masks, brightness and contrast, curves, burn and dodge tools, blending modes and desaturation techniques.


Self-Portrait Block Printing


Date:  Thursday / Feb. 27, 2020

Time:  4:30-7:30pm

Location: Selden Middle School / Room 124

Middle and High School art teachers will experience an alternative method of utilizing the self-portrait with direct printing in the style of the German Expressionsit woodcut artists, such as Emil Nolde, Erick Heckel and Kath Kollwitz.  Self-portraiture is a valuable lesson for the middle and high school student as they enter the phase of

self-discovery and identity formation.  This expressive medium allows for student artists not only to depict what they look like, but also shows an expression of their internal feelings, emotions and personality.  By participating in this project students learn to appreciate their physical as well as personality differences that surface in their print results.


Time to Make the Donuts

Clinician:  Meghan McCarthy

Date:  Thursday / March 12, 2020

Time:  4:30-7:30pm

Location:  Port Jefferson School District

This workshop offers the opportunity to create a hand sewn soft sculpture. Here we will learn how to engage students in working with their hands, minds and draw from personal experiences. Together we will investigate, plan and make a donut sculpture while exploring different sewing techniques to make each donut unique. Come get acquainted with the lost art of sewing.


An Evening of Clay

Clinician: Lisa DiStefano  

Date:  Friday – March 20, 2020

Time:  4:00-10:00pm

Location:  Half Hollow Hills: High School West

Explore a variety of clay techniques and materials.  This workshops sponsored by AMACO.  Representatives from School Speciality, as well as other art catalogue distributors, will introduce new merchandise and provide samples.  Dinner will be provided.



Registration is open until the workshop limit is achieved. First come, first served. 
Once registered, payments are non-refundable.


Exploring Artists and Patterns

Clinician:  Louise Stephenson 

Date:  Thursday / April 23, 2020

Time:  4:30-7:30pm

Location: West Islip School District

Come, experience the joy of patterns and discussing artists to bring back to your classroom. Revisit Henri Matisse focusing on his use of patterns, bold color and collage. Explore the commercial and fine art of living artist Matt W. Moore. Think about the individual pieces together to form an installation. Create samples with materials for the art supplies of a teacher on a budget in mind.


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