This three-class series will explore a broad range of baking topics, from firing an oven, to mixing and handling dough, to leavening with natural cultures. A different set of concepts and techniques will be emphasized in each hands-on workshop, but in each one we'll follow at least one sort of bread from start to finish. We'll bake in the wood-fired oven, but discuss ways to get the most out of home ovens, too. Participants will have opportunities to taste samples of all our projects, and will receive recipes (and often other things) to take home.
Bakers of any level of experience are welcome. Bring lots of questions and an apron if you like.
October 24th, 6 pm to 9 pm
Focus on Wood-fired Baking
In this class, participants will fully experience Castle Hill's new clay oven, baking pizzas with the live fire and then transitioning to some retained heat baking. Along the way we'll talk about types of firewood, make some pizza dough, learn about judging the oven's heat, and take turns with the pizza peel. After snack time, we'll complete a retained-heat baking project to take home.
November 7th, 6 pm to 9 pm
Focus on Baking Skills
Whether you are new to baking, or just want to jump-start your current practice, this class will help you toward baking your ideal loaf. We'll cover mixing and developing techniques, fermentation basics, and dough handling and shaping. Participants will bake their loaves in Castle Hill's wood-fired oven to take home.
November 21st, 6 pm to 9 pm
Focus on Natural Leavening
Toss out the notion that sourdough is for the "advanced" baker with exacting habits, a white toque, and a degree in microbiology. On the contrary, anyone who enjoys baking may find that stepping into the world of natural leavening improves the flavor and texture of the bread, opens up a range of international specialties, and best of all makes baking so much more fun. Participants will learn the basics of starting and maintaining a culture, and will take home a piece of vibrant natural leavening to get them going. Using the wood-fired oven, we'll bake wheat and rye loaves we've made employing natural leavenings in different ways.
Paula Marcoux is a food historian who lives in Plymouth, Massachusetts. With a background in cooking and archaeology, she has a particular interest in experimenting with bygone techniques, especially those hovering at the intersection of masonry and cookery. She is the food and recipe editor of edible South Shore and South Coast magazine, and the author of Cooking with Fire, from Storey Publishing (available next May, and including many photographs of the oven being built at Castle Hill Center for the Arts, for which we are very grateful!).www.themagnificentleaven.com
The Joyce Johnson Chair honors:
The Anatomy of your Painting -Joan Synder
September 2 -6
(open studio 1-4)
This workshop will explore the process of making a painting from the beginning to the end. What is under there and why? What is covered up? What ends up on top, for all to see? Sorting out the many layers of a work and examining what happens in between will lead to discussions of the materials used to make a work and ways to capture the magic, moments when you can let go and not think about any of these things. We will have a week of you working, me looking and talking, and group discussions and individual and group critiques.
Born April 16, 1940, in Highland Park, NJ, Snyder received her A.B. from Douglass College, New Brunswick, NJ, in 1962 and her M.F.A. from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, in 1966. She is often called an autobiographical or confessional artist, her subjects range from the landscape to love, death, motherhood, sex and politics. Her paintings frequently contain text as well as such materials, as herbs, mud, silk, straw, flowers, and seeds.
Snyder was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship and she received a MacArthur Fellowship. Snyder first gained public attention in the 1970's with her abstract "stroke paintings" which were included in the Whitney 1973 Biennial and the Corcoran 1975 Biennial, and formed the basis of her first solo shows in NYC and San Francisco. Snyder’s work is in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, The New York City Jewish Museum, The Guggenheim, The High Museum of Art and The Phillips Collections. The Jewish Museum in New York City presented a 35-year survey of her work which traveled to the Danforth Museum in Framingham, Massachusetts. Abrams Books published a monograph, Joan Snyder, in conjunction with the exhibit. In 2011, "Dancing With The Dark: Joan Snyder Prints 1963-2010", a traveling retrospective of Snyder's prints, opened at the Zimmerli Art Museum in New Jersey and will be accompanied by a catalogue with essays by Faye Hirsch and Marilyn Symmes.
From the Literal to the Poetic; Working from the Model, Drawing, Painting, Collage, and Sculpture -Ken Kewley
September 20 - 22
Friday - Sunday
8:30 am - 4:30pm
From the Literal to the Poetic: Working from the Model - Drawing, Painting, Collage and Sculpture.
A figure workshop exploring a combination of ways to work with the model that will take us far away from rendering toward the more thrilling realm of composing and closer to the excitement of reality.
Drawing will be used to simplify form. Painting with acrylic on paper, will be used to compare and relate color. Creating collages with cut color paper will be used to push color and form and to make further adjustments to our paintings. Making sculptures will develop our understanding of space. Corrugated cardboard, masking tape, and acrylic paint will be used to make small stage settings and figures after the model. We will draw, paint, and collage from these sculptures. Then, with our expanded sense of space and abstraction, we will go back to working directly from the model. The workshop will be fast paced, and will equip us with many ways to push our figurative work, with or without a live model, once back in our own studios.
Kewley graduated from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. While living in New York City, he was a night watch at the Metropolitan Museum of Art 1980-1990 and considers this a major part of his education. Kewley has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, most recently in a 2012 exhibition of paintings and collages at Rothschild Fine Art in Tel Aviv. In New York his work has been exhibited at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, Lori Bookstein Fine Art and Pavel Zoubok. He has taught workshops and lectured at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Hollins University, University of Arkansas, National Academy of Design, and the Jerusalem Studio School and its Italian Summer Program. His work is included in many private and public collections and has been reviewed in the New York Times, New York Sun, ARTnews, and the New York Observer.
The Perceptual Moment - Stuart Shils
September 20 - 22
Friday - Sunday
8:30 am - 4:30pm
3 Days + Thursday night lecture, 6:00 pm
During these three days we are focusing on cultivating perceptual discrimination and visual clarity by understanding close, critical looking at nature and, the relation of that to constructing a drawing or painting. We’re asking ourselves exactly what we are seeing, how we are seeing, and then what to make of it on paper, panel or canvas. The class is intended to push the mid- range to advanced painter further into a kind of visual boot camp, that is also fun and productive. In the tradition/spirit of “first strike” or alla prima, emphasis will be placed on 1) examining the perceptual processes in front of nature; 2) the editorial response that follows in the head of the painter and how that takes form graphically; 3) and perhaps most importantly, on shaking up and/or questioning what is meant by “finish”. We’re not concerned here with making anything “pretty”, sale - able or trophy-winning. With painting, one never really gets a trophy anyway – it’s always work in progress.
In addition to full day outdoor sessions, on the evening before the first day there will be a 90 minute slide talk presenting paintings and drawings made by past and modern masters, to lay out a foundation of visual themes for the next three days. (All participants should please attend, as it will be impossible to go over the same ground the next morning.) Within those slides I’ll discuss how, via graphic organization, we look at/and or make sense of construction, paint and drawing language, and how different artists have used the processes of working outside (both directly and in the studio) to achieve visual unity in their responses.
Shils (b. 1954), Philadelphia, has painted outside for more than 30 years. His paintings are represented by Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects in New York, Davis and Langdale, New York and Rothchild Fine Art in Tel Aviv. Shils is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship for Residency in Ballycastle, Ireland, and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work has been presented in solo shows in New York, Philadelphia, Tel Aviv, Boston, Scottsdale, Richmond, San Francisco and Cork (Ireland). Critical review and commentary has appeared in newspapers, journals and magazines, including: The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Sun, Ha'aretz, The Jerusalem Post, Art Critical.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Irish Times, Art in America, The New Republic, The New Criterion, Art New England, American Artist, The Hudson Review and The Philadelphia Daily News. For more than a decade he has been an annual visiting critic at the Vermont Studio Center (VSC). He is weekly critic at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) where he also teaches painting and drawing. Shils has also taught the master class for the Jerusalem Studio School in Italy and Jerusalem. Between 1994 and 2006, Shils spent 13 summers painting on the northwest coast of Ireland, an extended painting campaign described in the PBS film documentary, “Ballycastle,” which was presented nationally and won numerous awards, including First Place for Documentary Excellence, Society for Professional Journalists. Shils studied at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts with Seymour Remenick and at the Philadelphia College of Art.
WEDNESDAY CLAY IN 2013 - 14 with Brian Taylor
Wednesday Clay is an exciting 18-week winter session that is designed to expose students to both wheel throwing and hand building techniques based around pottery making. Demonstrations will vary between handbuilding and wheel throwing depending on class dynamic and interest.
The winter session is broken up into 2, 7-week classes.
Register for 1 classes= $275, 2 classes= $450
Class is held on Wednesdays from 9-Noon.
All classes include free open-studio hours of Tues.-Thurs. 10-4pm.
Wed. Clay I Sept 11,18,25, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23
Wed. Clay II Oct 30 Nov 6, 13, 20, Dec 4, 11, 18
Come and get your hands dirty
Recently receiving his MFA from Alfred University, Brian Taylor is the Ceramics Studio Manager at Castle Hill. He has been a resident artist, taught classes and worked for several art centers and universities across the country and exhibits his work nationally. Brian utilizes a broad range of making processes for his colorful functional pottery.
Throwing Traditional Early American and English Pottery Guy Wolff
Sat. –Sun. 10am-4pm
In this 2 day workshop we will learn to make archetypal pottery like crocks, bottles, jugs, bowls and planters that have evolved for thousands of years. Guy will demonstrate on the pottery wheel while talking about the history of these forms, how they were used and how prominent aesthetic elements of these shapes have developed from needs for efficient stacking in the salt kiln. Pots made in this workshop will only be bisque fired but a salt firing in the Castle Hill salt kiln may be arranged at a future date based on class interest.
Guy Wolff is a traditional potter trained in Britain and America working out of Litchfield County Ct for the last 40 years. His pots are at Monticello, Mt Vernon, the White House, Winterthur Museum, and the Mingai Kon Tokyo. He has also been a frequent guest on Martha Stewart.
Try-It! Family Clay
Date to be Determined
$75 a pair and $25 for each additional related family member
Wish you could take a clay class with your kids? Castle Hill is offering a one-day 3-hour class for families. Father and daughter, Grandma and grandson, or any combination including the whole family! In this class you will learn techniques for hand-building basic pottery forms like bowls, plates and cups. We will color our pieces at the end of class and in a few days they will be glaze fired and ready to go home with you.
This is Brian’s 3rd year as the Ceramics Studio Manager here at Castle Hill. He has been a resident artist, taught classes and worked for many art centers and universities across the country and exhibits his work nationally. Brian utilizes a broad range of making processes for his colorful functional pottery.
Wood Firing - Brian Taylor
October 12, 13, 14
Starts Saturday at 9am Unloading October 19 9 am
Come experience the excitement, camaraderie and beautiful results of wood firing in Castle Hill’s wood kiln! You’ll help stoke the kiln all the way to 2300 degrees using only wood as a fuel source all the while creating colorful flashing and ash deposits on your pieces. Students will participate in all aspects of the firing. Bring your bisque pieces of various sizes (4 cubic feet or about 30 pots) to the kiln on Saturday morning. Keep in mind that we can accommodate thinner forms like bottles and vases better than platters and low bowls. All bisque-ware must be ^10 clay. We will glaze and load all day Saturday and fire the kiln from Sunday morning into Monday night. The exciting unload will be on saturday morning. Contact the Brian if you have any questions about forms, suitable clay bodies, slips and glazes that will take full advantage of the results possible.
Brian Taylor has been practicing ceramics for the past 16 years. He received his Masters of Fine Arts Degree in 2010 from Alfred University and his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Utah State University in 2006. Throughout his career he has taught or been a visiting artist at numerous institutions including Maryland Institute College of Art, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and Western Kentucky University. He has also held residencies at several reputable art centers including Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and Watershed Center for Ceramic Art where he designed and built a low-fire wood kiln. He has fired and helped construct numerous kilns throughout his career including a train-style kiln at USU designed by his professor, John Neely, the original creator of the train kiln design. Brian is currently the Ceramic Studio Manager at Castle Hill and has had the pleasure of firing the train kiln there with great results!
Art in the Digital Age: A Digital Nature Photography - Allen Rokach
Ooctober 17 Lecture
October 18, 19, 20
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
8 - 5pm (times will vary based on sunrise or sunset)
Digital imaging has revolutionized photography and liberated photographers. In this innovative three-day digital photography workshop, master photographer Allen Rokach will guide participants to the limitless possibilities of digital nature, landscape, garden, and flower photography. This workshop is designed to help participants understand and apply the fundamental underpinnings of any fine photograph, including great light, proper and appropriate exposure, and filling the frame in a compelling manner.
Participants will explore the wonderful natural areas in and around Truro: landscapes, beaches, pastures, woodlands, flowers, birds, meadows, and ponds. Through lectures, field sessions, review sessions, and individual consultations, participants will receive in-depth instruction on everything from choosing the right lens for any situation and making the best use of light to creating exciting compositions and using software programs designed to enhance photographic images.
In addition to the technical aspects of image making, personal vision and creative growth are constants throughout the workshop. Rokach emphasizes the importance of color and composition and explores creative solutions to difficult working environments. Special attention will be given the Allen's unique approach in utilizing and sharing his innovative after capture techniques known as the "Rokach Effect.".
Allen Rokach is a preeminent nature, garden, travel and location photographer whose 35-year career includes being a senior photographer for Southern Living magazine for 11 years. His assignments have ranged from extreme macrophotography done in-studio to on-location documentaries of the vast Amazon Rainforest.
Rokach has been widely published. He has authored twelve books on photography, art and travel and coauthored with Anne Millman 8 books and numerous articles on various aspects of photography, nature and travel. These include “Focus on Flowers: Discovery & Photographing Beauty in Gardens & Wild Places,” published by Abbeville Press and winner of the 1991 Book of the Year from the Garden Writers of America. Rokach and Millman also coauthored “Focus on Travel: Creating Memorable Photographs of Journeys to New Places,” published by Abbeville Press in 1993, as well as a series of books for Amphoto called “The Center for Nature Photography Field Guide to Photographing:” The series included books on “Flowers,” “Landscapes,” “Trees,” “Birds,” “Gardens” and “Seasons.” In addition, they were frequent contributors to Popular Photography, Outdoor Photographer and have co-written for The New York Times and for all major photographic magazines. Mr. Rokach also sole photographer for such other important books as: “Gardens of the Heartland” (Abbeville Press) and “A Three Year Garden Journal” (Fulcrum Publishers) and Monet’s Giverny, (Abbeville Press).
Allen’s assignments have come from numerous prestigious travel, photography, specialty and general interest publications, resulting in his photographs of flowers, gardens and people from around the globe appearing in or on the covers of Southern Living, National Geographic, Audubon, Camera 35, Popular Photography, Coastal Living, Modern Photography, Natural History, Parade, Pinnacle, Fine Gardening, Garden Design, Horticulture, Outdoor Photographer, Garden, Southern Accents, Progressive Farmer, Landscape Architecture, Cooking Light, Science Digest, Garden Gate and The New York Times, among others. Rokach and Anne Millman's article on “Dams” in Science Digest won the Annual Engineering Journalism Award in 1983. Allen’s portfolio “Bursting with Color!” & “Forest Fire! Southern Accents, October 1996 & May 2001 won "Best Magazine Photography" from the Garden Writers of America.
In addition, Rokach has received many corporate commissions, including from PepsiCo, Massey-Ferguson, The Biltmore Estate, Chase Manhattan Bank, Bankers Trust, Becton Dickinson, Cunard, Air France, Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center, Netherlands Board of Tourism, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Royal Cruise Line, Travel Dynamics International, Beth Israel Medical Center and Edward Durrell Stone Jr. & Associates.
In 1988 Rokach founded The Center for Nature Photography, which sponsors instructional nature and garden photography workshops to such prime locations as Acadia National Park, in Maine; Crested Butte & Steamboat Springs, in Colorado; Arches and Canyon Lands National Park, in Utah; Monument Valley, in Arizona; the hill country of Texas; and Bosque del Apache Bird Sanctuary and White Sands National Monument, in New Mexico.
Rokach has been active as a photographic educator throughout his career. During his 12 years as the staff photographer and Director of Photography at The New York Botanical Garden, he initiated and coordinated the Certificate Program in Nature and Garden Photography. He also taught photography at numerous organizations including The New School for Social Research, The American Museum of Natural History, The International Center of Photography, The Biltmore Estate, The Chicago Botanic Garden, The Winterthur Museum & Gardens, Manhattan- ville Collge, The Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, The Clark Institute of Art, and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Allen also teaches a Master Class “Color in the Digital Age” at the Vero Beach Museum of Art. Among his courses he leads groups on travel-oriented photo workshops to such varied locations as: West Africa, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Holland, India as well as diverse places throughout the United States.
One-man shows of Rokach’s work have been mounted in New York at The Brooklyn Museum, The New York Academy of Sciences, Nikon House, Wave Hill, The New York Botanical Garden, and The Horticultural Society of New York, Chromatics in Nashville, the Alabama Council on the Arts, Mississippi University for Women & The BellSouth Gallery. Allen's photographs are in the following corporate collections: The Brooklyn Museum, The Jewish Museum,. Forbes, Inc., Western Electric, PepsiCo, I.B.M. Corporation, Yeshiva University Museum and the Studios of Key West.
Allen has also has judged local, national and international photographic competitions.
Adventures in Travel Photography: South India
January 8-26, 2014
$5,000 includes all 5 star hotels & breakfast and dinner
India is one of the world’s most exotic, visually rich and culturally fascinating photo destinations -- a photographer’s dream. You’ll marvel at the fabulous Hindu temples, colorful markets, magical festivals and all kinds of amazing people. National Geographic Traveler called this part of India one of the “Ten Paradises of the World” and “Fifty Places of a Lifetime” to visit.
You are invited to join master photographer Allen Rokach, who has explored India numerous times, on a unique 19-day travel photography workshop to South India next January, a temperate season that coincides with the Pongal harvest festival.
This travel adventure pays special attention to the needs of photographers. We’ll have enough time in each location for serious photography and opportunities to respond to the unexpected. We’ll even schedule review sessions as we travel from Chennai (formerly Madras) to Bangalore. In between, we’ll go off the beaten path to visit typical villages, beautiful gardens, misty hillside tea plantations, and all sorts of artisan workshops – potters, weavers, etc. We’ll also make regular stops along the road to photograph people at work, weddings, funerals, etc. The group will be limited to 12 participants so each person gets plenty of individual attention and so we can more comfortably interact with local people and adjust to changing conditions.
The price of this incredible journey is $5,000 per person, which includes double room accommodations at luxury 4-and 5-star hotels throughout; transfers at arrival and departure; all breakfasts and dinners; air-conditioned transportation; monument entrance charges; taxes and service charges; and excellent English-speaking guides guides who know the region and its people. Single supplement: $1,000. International airfare is not included, but we can help you with making flight arrangements. -NOT INCLUDING TRAVEL-
Storybook Holland: Focus on Flowers: April 17 -27, 2014 Allen Rokach, Instructor
$4,000 including 5 star hotels + breakfast and dinner
Where We Go: Vacation and education converge over the course of nine day spent photographing the colorful tapestry and storybook landscape that defines Holland. A career photographer best know for his for his garden, flower and landscape work created all over the world, Allen Rokach is a wealth of knowledge and experience. Fluent in digital technology, Allen is an accomplished artist, photographer and instructor. Allen has prepared a wonderful itinerary to guide you from the colorful, tulip-blanketed acres of Kuekenhof Gardens to the town of Giethoorn, where you revel in the towns system of canals. You photograph tulip bulb fields in the countryside, iconic windmills in the town of Lekkerkirk and visits a private gardens for a wonderfully rare experience.
What You Learn: As former director of photography at the New York Botanical Garden, Allen knows a thing or two about photographing flowers and gardens. In a small group setting, you benefit from Allen's years behind the lens by receiving personal attention and one-on-one assistance at times throughout the workshop. During lectures he will discuss a variety of topics ranging from how to convey a sense of place in your travel photographs to choosing the right lens for creating exciting compositions with color, texture and lines. Allen will also illustrates ways to make your images “pop” using easy post-capture techniques and make the most of different kinds of light throughout the day and night, and in all kinds of weather.
The price for this workshop is $4,000 per person double room occupancy; $4,800 per person single occupancy.
A $1,000 deposit to hold a space is due by January 15; the deposit is refundable less a $100 administrative fee until February 15 and the balance due by March 15.