On Saturday December 17th we threw our holiday party, A Winter Wonderland For Love, we celebrated the holidays with students, parents, Veterans and friends of the Spirit of Huntington! At this holiday party there was a special students art show, dancing with the artist named Con, drumming performance by World Beat Rhythm, Holiday Tree and cookie decorating and a custom train layout that was just amazing. All the students worked for weeks on the giant 40 ft mural of the Polar Express scene to highlight the huge train display. Delicious food, hot chocolate and eggnog were served to those who came. A night of joy was had by all as we celebrated the holidays together with students and our proud Veterans.
Later in the night we had a special tribute to a recently fallen soldier, Anthony Martinelli, who was given an honoring and special dedication with the train display and special prayer and presentation led by our founder Erich Preis. We are so very thankful for all who took part in this special holiday event. A special thank you for all of the beautiful work that was created by the classes and the volunteers and sponsors who made this celebration possible.
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Spirit of Huntington Art Center
Artists Come Alive Art Camp Summer 2016
Thank you for joining us for our Fifth Annual Spirit of Huntington Art Center Artists Come Alive Art Camp. We have loved sharing this week with you. We have had a record number of volunteers this year and that just makes our hearts happy. Almost all of our counselors and CITs are former campers and your willingness to come back to assist our artists is what The Spirit of Huntington is truly all about. As Vincent van Gogh so eloquently said “There is nothing more artistic than to love others”. And boy do we love you guys!!!! Here is a quick overview of the artists we have studied this week:
Monday- Claude Monet- En Plein Air Watercolor Painting
We went on visual journey through France via Monet’s beautiful watercolor masterpieces.
From Bridge Over Giverny to his famous Water Lilies. We learned that Monet painted scenes outdoors over and over again using the different times of days to affect the light. Then we went outside and created our own En Plein Air paintings mixing watercolors and inspired by the beautiful green landscape around us.
Tuesday – LeRoy Neiman – Olympic Posters
Piggybacking on the excitement of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, we learned about LeRoy
Neiman’s amazing Olympic posters and artwork using bold streaks of color to simulate
movement. Each camper picked his/her favorite Olympic sport – from the more popular soccer
and gymnastics all the way to rugby and “water volleyball”. The students created backgrounds
with bold, strong strokes using paint or oil pastels and then designed their chosen Olympic
athlete in motion.
Wednesday – Romero Britto – Kites
And they should actually fly!!! We searched to find an aerodynamic way to create a Romero Britto inspired kite! Brazilian-born and Miami-made, Romero Britto is an international artist that uses vibrant, bold and colorful patterns to reflect his optimistic view of the world around him. Britto was recently honored as torch-bearer at the 2016 Rio Olympics! The New York Times describes Britto’s work as “exuding warmth, optimism and love”. Helping others and making a difference in this world is why Britto says he creates. He tells us that “art is too important not to share!”
Thursday – Georgia O’Keeffe- Sculpture Flowers
Georgia O’Keeffe is known as the “mother of modern art”. She is one of the most significant and intriguing artists of the twentieth century, known internationally for her boldly innovative art. Her distinct flowers, dramatic cityscapes, glowing landscapes, and images of bones against the stark desert sky are iconic and original contributions to American Modernism. We were inspired by her flowers to create our own sculptures and then painted a setting in which to display them. The students had fun mixing colors and using various art materials to compose their unique 3D projects.
Friday- Frida Kahlo- Face Drawing
Frida Kahlo is Mexico’s most famous female artist best known for her self-portraits. “I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.” So, who else would we use to draw a self portrait, but YOU! We learned how to draw faces by using our own portrait to show us symmetry, line, form and shading. We used charcoal and pencil and recreated the other side of our portrait, but no one had eyebrows like Frida who painted her eyebrows to resemble the wings of a bird!
Our flag half staff at The Spirit of Huntington Art Center in memory of Joe Preis, father of Erich Preis.
The funeral arrangements will be on Thursday, June 30th at Brueggemann Funeral Home 522 Larkfield Road East Northport. 2-4 & 7-9pm. Religious service is at 8.
We are all sorry for your loss!
Join us for a special collaboration art show as The Spirit of Huntington Art Center welcomes The Teaching Studios of Oyster Bay for an exhibit that will highlight some of the amazing work coming out of Long Island’s best traditional art school. All benefits of the show will support veteran art classes and give our soldiers the opportunity to engage in their own unique creative expression.
Teaching Studios of Art Oyster Bay students click here to register your artwork for the show.
Join us on Friday evenings from to learn about and explore different artists and techniques each week. Check out some of our regular students enjoying creative expression, and of course, pizza! Click here for class info.
The Spirit of Huntington Art Center put on another successful art show with our proud Veteran’s, at the Northport VA, culminating after the 10-week creative arts program. It was a wonderful morning of kids’ and vets’ artwork, refreshments, and flutes! See below for entire gallery.
Join us this Thursday evening for our annual holiday party, as we celebrate with all of our students, parents, veterans and friends. Check out the invitation below to see all the fun and creative things we have planned. It’s sure to be a very special night. Hope to see your there!
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Our students recently created “identity collages” inspired by illustrator and artist, Martin O’Neill. For over 20 years O’Neill has been creating unique collages for a wide range of international clients encompassing advertising, design, editorial and publishing. Each of our students used this approach to create a unique collage which represents their own personalities, likes, hopes and dreams. Come down to the art center and check these masterpieces out while they’re up!
Our students from 5 different classes created subway poster art similar, to that of artist Keith Haring, on black board with white chalk. Students represented themselves in both words and drawings, like that of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. The final piece was then photographed and digitally applied to their very own business card, reflecting their own stories, and ultimately, their “brand.”