Campus celebrates one year anniversary of the Arts Project

September 11, 2012

Center Valley, PA -- Penn State Lehigh Valley celebrates the one year anniversary of The Arts Project at Penn State Lehigh Valley by offering a new series of mini art workshops this fall designed for adults and teens. The workshops are approved for ACT 48 credit for Pennsylvania teachers. All instructors are Penn State adjunct faculty for the campus’ growing art program and bring a wealth of artistic experiences to the program. Courses run Sept. 18 to Oct. 24. The campus offers newly renovated studio facilities and is conveniently located across from the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley. For more information, call Ann Lalik at 610-285-5261 or visit online. To register, contact Carol Buddock at 610-285-5058.

Newly designed workshops include:

Exploring Printmaking with Ron DeLong
Printmaking is the process of making artworks by printing, normally on paper. Exploring Printmaking will cover some of the simplest processes to create prints with an element of originality using simple contemporary techniques. Students will produce multiples of the same work, which is called a "print." Each print produced is not a copy but considered an original since it is not a reproduction of another work of art and is technically (more correctly) known as an impression. Printmaking is not chosen only for its ability to produce multiple copies, but rather for the unique qualities that each of the printmaking processes lends itself to. Contemporary print techniques in this course will employ stenciling, stamping, as well as other simple processes.

Drawing and Design Fundamentals with Ron DeLong
This class will cover basic drawing techniques which may include graphite pencils, pen and ink, inked brushes, color pencils, crayons, charcoal, chalk, pastels, various kinds of erasers, markers, styluses, and various metals (such as silverpoint). A variety of drawing surfaces and design concepts will be explored.

Photography: The Landscape and City with Greta Brubaker

This course will explore the role of landscape and the city in photography: the intersections between the history of the landscape and city in photography, the role that photography plays in our understanding of our surrounding environment and how to approach this subject photographically. It will look at the history of environmentally based photography both in the United States and abroad and how it has evolved over time. The workshop will also address the technical/practical aspects of this kind of photography: lighting/time of day/weather, location and approach. Students will be asked to photographically explore several locations and, as a class, will analyze the deeper meaning behind choices.

Other courses include Jewelry Making with Ann Lalik and Exploring Drawing through Nature with Karen Steen

About the Instructors:

Ron DeLong, master of education and bachelor of science from Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pa.
DeLong enhanced his degree training studying painting and European cinema at the University of Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria. He served as a guest lecturer/professor for National Art Education Getty Center Post-Graduate DBAE Institutes and Crayola Institutes. Among his many awards and accomplishments, he was named National Northeast Art Educator of the Year in 2000; Pennsylvania Art Educator of the Year 2002; received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Crayola in 2007; and was recognized by Art Education of New Jersey with an Executive Board Award for distinguished service to the field. DeLong maintains an extensive fine art exhibition portfolio with a regional, state, national, and international focus. In addition to teaching, he is co-president of Studio & Gallery 2908 LLC in Slatington, Pa.

Ann Lalik, master of fine arts; bachelor of fine arts in metalsmithing Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa.
Lalik is gallery director and arts coordinator at Penn State Lehigh Valley. She brings many years of teaching and program coordinating experience to the Lehigh Valley campus. As an artist, she focuses on designing and creating wearable art objects that chronicle her life as a woman in modern society, using precious and non-precious metals, plastics, and found objects. Her work has been exhibited regionally and nationally in galleries and museums.

Greta Brubaker, bachelor of arts from Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pa.; master of fine arts in photography, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI.
Brubaker currently pursues her own fine art photography and exhibits extensively. In addition to teaching at Penn State Lehigh Valley, she teaches photography at Muhlenberg College and Lafayette College. Her approach to teaching is to encourage students to explore the medium of photography, both technically and aesthetically with guidance to generate an environment in which they can explore innovative ways of seeing, thinking, and talking about art.

Karen Steen, master of fine arts from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; bachelor of arts in illustration, The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena; bachelor of science from Business, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Co.
Steen started her professional career as an editorial illustrator. Her scientific paintings were published in a number of books and magazines that related to health and medicine. More recently, Steen has started combining her technical experience with a more experimental and intuitive approach. She has won numerous awards and exhibited widely throughout the United States.


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Last Updated September 12, 2012