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Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015

Artist Workshops at The Hyde

From mid-October to mid-November, The Hyde Collection is offering a slate of artist workshops for adults. Built to coincide with the exhibitions now on view at The Hyde, including Audrey Flack: Heroines and Pulled, Pressed and Screened: Important American Prints, these one-day, three hour workshops are designed to be fun, informative, and inclusive. Participants of all levels and experience are welcome.

“These workshops, developed by the education team at The Hyde, are driven by our mission as established by the Museum's founder Charlotte Hyde ‘to promote and cultivate the study and improvement of the fine arts,’” stated The Hyde's director Erin Coe. “Providing these workshops helps us get back to our roots by nurturing the growth of artists in our community,” added Evi Fisher, museum educator at The Hyde. 

The first workshop, on Saturday, October 17, is Figure Drawing and Painting. Inspired by the figurative images of artist Audrey Flack, whose work is featured in the Hoopes Gallery, this class will work from a live model to create a figure painting with proper proportions and three-dimensional form. Michael Coughlin, museum educator at The Hyde Collection and professor of drawing and painting at Maria College, will teach this class.

Mixed Media Transcendence on October 24 also takes its cue from Audrey Flack. Students are asked to bring in digital printouts, anything from family portraits to artistic photography, to explore techniques about matting these images to a surface and using mixed drawing and painting media to create their own work.

Workshop Relief Printing on November 7 coincides with the exhibition Pulled, Pressed and Screened: Important American Prints. Experimenting with printing, students will carve a drawing into a 6 x 12 inch rubber block and print that drawing onto paper with ink. Both Mixed Media Transcendence and Workshop Relief Printing will be taught by Grace Ross, a museum educator at The Hyde Collection, who holds a B.F.A. from The Art Institute of Boston.

Lastly, on Saturday, November 14, guest instructor Betty O’Brien will lead Transformed Drawing. Traditional drawing techniques, such as contour and gesture, will begin a transformational process approach to interpreting the figurative subject. Participants can bring an image of a contemporary, historical, mythological, or personal contact that they feel has qualities that are heroic or meaningful in some way. Water soluble drawings materials will be used to help manipulate the expressive qualities of line and form and collage materials will be used to further transform the subject's image in ways that imaginatively signify and enhance it.

All workshops take place in the Art Studio at The Hyde Collection from 1pm to 4pm. Registration fees are $60 for members and $80 for non-members. Materials are included. Space fills up fast, so it’s always best to sign up early.

To register, contact Michael Coughlin, museum educator, at 518-792-1761 ext. 340 or

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