Hands-on Art Program
The Artist as Explorer
April 10 – 27, 2018
Reception: April 10, 5 – 6 pm
Open House: April 14, 2 – 4 pm
Women’s Studio Workshop, in collaboration with Kingston City Schools, devotes 12 weeks each year to providing in-depth, day-long workshops to local school students. The spring session brings fourth and eighth grade students to the studios to learn the basic processes of papermaking, intaglio, and silkscreen printing, along with the planning and experimentation needed to produce new artwork. In its over thirty-year history, the Hands-on Art curriculum, also known as the Art-in-Education Program, has brought countless professional artists to Hudson Valley to lead these workshops, giving students a glimpse into the life of an artist.
For this session, students worked loosely with the theme of exploration—conjuring hypothetical, fictitious, and memory-based imagery to connect with their classroom studies. Their prints and paper works range from imagined geographies and landforms to futuristic scenes to infographic surveying. In addition to making these prompted images, students explored the qualities of ink and paper pulp. Three total weeks of workshops were led by artists-in-residence Kristen DeGree, Carlotta Origoni, and Kyung Eun You.
The Art-in-Education program is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.