Summer 2017 Art Schedule

Join us for any of the following workshops offered this summer and fall at Clear Path. Classes are free to military members and just $10 to the general community. Call (315) 687-3300 to reserve your place.

VETERAN & COMMUNITY ART SHOW // 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12

Our second annual Veteran and Community Art show will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 at Clear Path for Veterans. All are welcome to attend this gallery reception and tour the artwork of various mediums created by members of our surrounding community.
Click here to register to submit your artwork.
Artists are welcome to submit work between Aug. 1 and Oct. 1. Veterans, active military members and their families are welcome to submit works of their choosing. Community members are encouraged to submit their works that are Veteran- or military-inspired or patriotic in nature. The fee to submit work goes to support future art programming in Clear Path’s Warrior Arts program.


Wood Carving // Wednesdays 9 a.m. to Noon

June 7, 14, 21, 28; July 5, 12, 19, 26; Aug. 9, 16, 23, 30; Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27

Learn to carve, burn and paint wooden figurines, wall hangings and walking sticks. Work on the project of your choosing in a casual and comfortable class setting. Some tools and materials provided, enthusiasts encouraged to purchase a small set of basic tools for repeated personal use.

Wood Shop Projects // Thursdays 9-11 a.m.

June  29; July 6, 11, 20; Aug. 3, 10, 15, 24

Learn to cut, build and design small projects under the supervision of experienced professionals. Project options vary and have included canoe paddles, bird houses, shelves and benches. Safety introduction to machinery required; please communicate with your instructor before beginning.

Wooden (Culinary) Cutting Boards // Tues/Wed/Thurs Noon to 2 p.m.

July 12, 26; Aug. 8, 22; Sept. 21, 28

Create a beautiful and durable wooden cutting board from all natural hardwood to accent your home. With careful supervision, participants will make a product that can last for decades. Choose from common hardwoods like Oak, Maple and Walnut or use something a bit more exotic like tropical woods such as Bloodwood and Purple Heart. Natural beauty that will last a lifetime!

Jewelry Beading // Fridays 1-3 p.m.

June 30; July 14, 28; Aug. 11, 25

Join in this fun and conversational group class to socialize and work on beading projects of your choosing. Projects have included earrings, necklaces, lanyards, bracelets and more. Some tools and materials provided, enthusiasts encouraged to purchase a small set of basic tools for repeated personal use.

Restoration Project: Furniture Painting // Mondays 10 a.m. to Noon

July 10, 17, 24; Aug. 1, 7, 14

The Restoration Project uses the power of creativity as a means to restore healthy mind, body and spirit. Creativity has powerful healing properties and can bring meaning and purpose to our lives.

Join local artist Mary Mollica-Ward and Occupational Therapist student Jennifer Catney for a mindfulness-based creative arts workshop transforming used furniture into funky works of art.

Participants may bring their own piece - a small chair, table, picture frame, etc. to work on, or may choose from donated materials being collected for the project.  All painting materials are provided and no experience is necessary.

Each session begins with a brief guided meditation, followed by a mini-lesson on a specific painting technique.  Participants will learn to prep and prime their pieces and then will practice the techniques on canvas, finally applying to their own unique pieces of furniture art.

An important goal of the six-week session is for every participant to complete two pieces – one to keep and one to give away.  This is our way of "paying forward" beauty in our community. Make something beautiful and experience the restorative power of the creative arts in the process!  Prepare to get dirty - paint clothes are a must!

Quilting // Thursdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

July 27; Aug. 3, 24; Sept. 21

New and experienced quilters are welcome to attend this instructor guided class. Participants are encouraged to bring their own sewing machines for projects. For those new to quilting, ask instructor for assistance before purchasing tools and materials. Pack a lunch and enjoy this social sewing circle for a day of fun!

Participants are encouraged to come with the following starter kit of items:

  • Loose leaf notebook
  • Folder
  • Fabric Glue Stick
  • Flower Head Pins
  • One (1) spool of neutral color thread
  • Sewing machine if you already own one

Pin Cushions / Appliques // Fridays 1-3 p.m.

July 7, 21

Learn the art of wool appliqué from an experienced instructor.  A great class for anyone who is curious about this addictive art form. This method of sewing is often found to be more forgiving than most other forms- so beginners are very much welcome to join in!

Participants are encouraged to come with the following starter kit of items:

  • Scraps of wool
  • Perle cotton or embroidery floss

Natural Home Remedies // Mondays 5:30-7 p.m.

July 10, 17, 24

Make your own natural home remedies with Jen Capozzi, owner of Barlume Apothecary. As a private Plant Medicine Practitioner, Plant-Based Chef + Herbalist, Jen weaves together plant medicine; seasonal foods, medicinal herbs and essential oils into a daily self care practice tailored to the unique needs of her clients to bring them to a place of healing and restoration. Currently Jen is on a cross-country journey visiting farms that sustain the earth and their communities, while also sharing her own journey from sickness to health to healer.

Creative Writing // Thursdays 2:30-4 p.m.

July 6; Aug. 17; Sept. 14

New and experienced writers are welcome to become a part of Clear Path’s writing community. This is a class for those looking to workshop various pieces and to learn new techniques and tricks of the trade. This class provides a positive and encouraging setting for participants to explore new and familiar genres. Excerpts from known texts are sometimes incorporated.

Evening Reading Group // Tuesdays 6-7:30 p.m.

July 18; Aug. 1, 15, 29

Looking for an evening away over the summer? Join us Tuesday evenings from 6-7:30 p.m. in Clear Path’s Art House and enjoy moving literature with easy discussion amongst new friends. The first book in the lineup is Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad. From there, the group will work to choose additional readings at the desired pace.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, this No. 1 New York Times bestseller from Whitehead is a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. Click here for an additional review. Click here to purchase this book.

Heads Up! Paper Mache Self Portrait

Aug. 9, 16, 23 Noon to 4 p.m. *Veteran or Active Duty ONLY

Participants explore identity and the duality of life in the military and out. Professional artist Linda Bigness will guide students in creating sculpted papier mache and plaster heads as expressive self-portraits. Special artist’s reception to take place at the conclusion of the series so family and friends can hear from the creators about the positive aspects of their creative journey.

Participants are encouraged to bring:

  • Smocks or paint shirts
  • Tissue paper, ribbons, yarn, fabric or other materials – artist’s choice
  • Small items to incorporate into the sculpture – artist’s choice
  • One (1) roll of paper towels
  • One (1) bottle of Elmer’s glue

Drawing + Painting // Wednesdays Noon to 4 p.m.

Sept. 6, 20, 27

Learn the basics of drawing and painting with professional artist Linda Bigness. This basic course will cover the introduction to drawing and painting with various materials and techniques. Participants will explore different drawing material and painting mediums to discover and develop skills in composition, layout and application. This is a basic course offered to beginning and experienced students to encourage creative skills and hone technical knowledge. Some of the materials we will use are charcoal, pencil, pastel, acrylic, watercolor and ink.

Student are welcome but not required to bring:

  • A sketch book
  • Charcoal vine sticks, or blocks and pencils
  • Graphite
  • Pastels
  • Pencils: 2B, 3H, HD + erasures
  • Brushes for various mediums