Woodstock School of Art proposes an interactive art making event at the Matthewis Persen House, a cornerstone of the City of Kingston’s historic Stockade District. They will provide two WSA instructors to lead visitors in unique and engaging hands-on experiences in printmaking and mixed media art creation. In collaboration with WSA printmaking instructor Savannah Baker, Melanie Delgado will present visitors with a “Mystery ART Bag” filled with mixed media materials to create their own ‘unknown’ piece of ART. This is an art opportunity for all ages to experience creating on the X SPOT Art & exemplifies the work Melanie creates year-round with her students in the Emerging Artists class at WSA. Savannah Baker, our printmaking instructor, will guide visitors to hand print using black etching ink different X designs with pre-cut linoleum blocks. Before printing, visitors can glue colorful cut out X’s onto the paper to create depth. Finished prints will be hung to dry on an outdoor line, strung in a “X” shape, making the the event part workshop/part installation. Participants will be able to take home their creations after they have dried. These two projects connect with the theme of “X” by embracing the unknown with mystery bags, and by connecting people invisibly to each other by the shared use of the the “X” linoblocks. In addition, participants will leave with their very own unique “X” themed artwork.
The Woodstock School of Art, Inc. is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3, educational institution chartered under the laws of the State of New York. The school is located in New York’s famed artists’ colony of Woodstock, surrounded by the pristine woodlands of the Catskill Mountains, about 100 miles north of New York City. Woodstock School of Art’s mission is to offer high quality, affordable instruction in fine art; maintain stewardship of its unique and historic buildings for continued use as an art school; and provide opportunities which engage the community in allied arts activities and exhibitions. Savannah Baker, a High Falls native graduated from the SUNY at Purchase College where she studied with Ron Swainston and Stella Ebner while earning a BFA degree in Printmaking in 2017. Before Purchase she attended SUNY Ulster County Community College, majoring in Fine Art, for two years before transferring to Purchase College. While attending SUNY Ulster, she participated in the Thompson Family Foundation Scholarship program at the Woodstock School of Art and took classes in monotype, drawing, and sculpture. Later, during her time at Purchase, printmaking stood out and became a creative calling. Returning to the Woodstock School of Art, she became a monitor and press assistant, and then an instructor. Melanie Delgado was born and raised in Morris County, NJ. She currently resides in the Hudson Valley with her husband Marc Delgado & their daughter Mary where she has been focusing on her abstract oil paintings. From spray paint to oil sticks, Melanie uses playfulness, a child-like vision and a heavy dose of street art to bring her voice to the canvas, door, window or piece of wood. Her background has been in the field of education ranging from high school to preschool. She instructs young artists at the Woodstock School of Art. Delgado is curious about the stories behind the dilapidated fence, the overgrown pines and what comes next.