Full season of workshops at Roxbury Arts

Roxbury — The Roxbury Arts Group announces a series of workshops for adults that range through fitness, crafts, fine arts and technologies to assist artists. The series runs from early March through early May and are planned for the most part as one- or two-session introductions to the subject. Some of them are popular offerings that have had strong enrollments in the past, and some of them are brand new. “We know that people want to learn new things, and we get a lot of requests for more workshops,” says RAG’s Executive Director Susan Kenny. All classes, unless otherwise noted, will take place at The Roxbury Arts Center on Vega Mt. Road. Advance registration is required for all the workshops, call 607 326-7908.

The perennial and long-running tap classes with choreographer Patti Dell will resume again on Saturday, March 7 and will continue for 10 Saturdays through May 9. These classes are a great way to exercise. Beginner class 10 a.m.-11 a.m.; Advanced class 11 a.m.-12 noon; Intermediate class 12 noon-1 p.m. Children are admitted if accompanied by an adult.

Yoga and cardio
Raegan Koenig, a certified dance, yoga and group fitness instructor will be offering Yoga Fit and Cardio Kickboxing on Saturdays March 14 and 21. They are scheduled so that participants can take both classes to find out what exercise routines best suit them. Yoga Fit is based on the ancient fitness science of hatha yoga. The class blends balance, strength, flexibility and power, in a user-friendly style. Cardio Kickboxing is a combination of aerobics, boxing and martial arts. This total body workout can improve strength, aerobic fitness, coordination and flexibility. Two classes for $12.

Crocheted jewelry
Barbara Petrini, whose jewelry can be seen at The Catskills Artisans Guild in the Commons Building in Margaretville, will be conducting a workshop in crocheted jewelry on Saturday, March 14 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Students who know the basics of crocheting will create a unique piece of crocheted and beaded jewelry.

Many people feel that they lack the basic skills to take a workshop and create a “take home” of which they can be proud. Sharon Suess’ Watercolor Flowers workshop is the perfect workshop for them. Sharon, a member of The Longyear Gallery in Margaretville, will teach the art of painting flowers and leaves using the “one-stroke’ method. This is a fun, relaxed, nonstress class geared to the beginner, $30 includes all materials— Sat., March 21, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Beginners are also welcome in Debra Joyces Native American Drum Making workshop. Participants will create a beautiful and authentic, skin covered, wood frame Native drum that produces an enchanting sound; $100 includes all materials.

Jill Cline returns to RAG on Sat., April 4 with a class in the basics of felting in which you will also learn some advanced techniques. Jill is one of the area’s most accomplished artisans working in felt. The class will be held from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The class fee is $45 plus a $10 materials fee.

Photographers struggling with imaging technologies will find in Ed Kirstein a fountain of knowledge and the ability to make complex information comprehensible. In this workshop on Photo Image Editing, Ed will teach basic Photoshop and other software elements to help improve your photo images. The class, to be held in the instructor’s home in Roxbury, is on April 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will include a Q and A session. The fee is $40.

The art of Chinese Calligraphy has a history dating back 3,000 years. In “The Art of Chinese Calligraphy,” artist Tara Hu teaches brush techniques that are both ancient and modern. Participants will be introduced to the union between hand, brush and paper, leading to inner tranquility and the creation of beautiful art. The class will be held Saturday, May 2 from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. The fee is $40 and includes materials.

The technique of reduction relief printmaking allows the artist to produce an image rich with color and depth. On Saturday, May 9 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Nina Jordan will teach the basics of this technique using Styrofoam plates. Participants will carve and mark the plates as they would linoleum or wood. Using water-based ink they will print multiple layers of color, each time carving away (reducing) more of the plate. The fee is $30 plus $7 for materials.