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Summer 2014 workshops, classes and more.


• JAZZ in the VALLEY – Summer Jazz Camp

Two, one-week sessions will be offered the weeks of July 28 and/or August 4
Students may sign up for one or both weeks (Monday through Friday)

Each day will begin at 11 AM and wrap up at 3 PM. Each session is limited to only 10 students.

For the second consecutive year, MVCA is enthusiastically offering a summer jazz camp featuring legendary vibraphonist, percussionist, composer, educator, band leader, and world citizen, Bill Jacobs. Bill will be incorporating the fundamentals of instrumental jazz theory, technique, performance, and the history of jazz, in all instruments. The camp will culminate with a special musical performance during the Canal Days Celebration.   

Fee: Tuition for the week is $95.

Register: stop in or call MVCA at 315.823.0808

Bill’s message is Humanity in Harmony. His purpose is to deliver this message through his music, speaking, and living skills, to the best of his abilities. Jazz has become a great part of his process, because of its inclusiveness. Bill believes that through the spirit of practicing principles, people can live happy, joyous, and free. 

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

• SUMMER DRUMMING with Bill Jacobs

4-Days of Drumming – August 1, 4, 5, 7 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Our world-famous drumming instructor, Bill Jacobs, is back at MVCA. If you experienced our earlier sessions with Bill, you know how fun, therapeutic, and educational they are. If you've never experienced a drumming circle, this is your chance to join in. Beginners to advanced are all welcome to this special djembe drumming opportunity. If you know others who might be interested, please let them know about this special evening. Let's make this drumming circle GROW! Please bring your drum, if you have one.  One will be provided if you do not.

Fee: $20/session or all $60 for all 4 sessions

Register:Call 315.823.0808 or email

PIANO LESSONS for Children and Adults with Rosann Scalise

Tuesdays 3:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m. (30 minute lessons) beginning June 10

Quality private music instruction, building a solid foundation of skills, technique and music theory.

My goal is to enrich the lives of my students using a progressive teaching method designed to help students reach their musical potential while fostering a love for music.

Instructor: Rosann Scalise, M.Ed., a 25-year veteran Program Director for the YMCA. Rosann taught a variety of programs and activities over her career, from youth sports and adult fitness, to arts and humanities programs. She took up piano lessons at age seven and fell in love with the instrument. Since her teenage years, she has been composing music and playing piano for a variety of vocalists, choral groups, and play performances. She taught piano lessons while working for the Episcopal Church in the province of Bocas del Toro, Panama.

If you have any questions, you may contact Rosann at

Fee: $20 per lesson

Register: Stop in or call MVCA at 315.823.0808


Sarah Bereza is offering solo and group lessons for violin and cello to all ages. A limited number of instruments are available for sale or rent.

Sarah works with each individual’s learning style. She has 8 years teaching experience and great enthusiasm for expanding appreciation and consciousness for music.

Beginner - Covering a brief history, care for instruments, sound techniques, reading and music theory.

Intermediate Transition - Taking basics learned and  utilizing these skills toward growth and empowerment. We will develop a creative outlet through music.

Advanced Organized Orchestra - Once a good basis is formed we will learn to work and play with others creating harmonious sounds. Performances will be our focus.

Mini Musicians Music - Inspirational class for children age 2-10 develops a sense of the musical world through visual arts and interactive fun.

Fee: Group Lessons - $40 per hour
Fridays - June, July, August  3:00 – 8:00 PM

Fee: Private Lessons - $20 per 1/2 hour
Tuesdays - June, July, August  2:30 – 6:00 PM

Register: Call MVCA at 315.823.0808


June 19, August 21 (no open mic in July) 6:30 – 9:00 PM (first act starts @ 7:00 PM)

Come share your musical talents or just come to listen.
We turn our gallery into The Gallery Coffeehouse.

Each act performs for 15 minutes. Sound system and piano available.
Please share this information with all of your musical friends.

Musicians can sign up in advance or at the door.
Call 315.823.0808 or email

Donations Appreciated
Coffee/dessert by Ole Sal’s



Monday – Thursday, weeks of August 11 and/or 18

Morning Session: 9:30 AM. – Noon, ages 7 to 9
Afternoon Session: 1:00 – 3:30 PM, ages 10 to 12

Our very popular art camp returns for 2 weeks this summer. Sign up for one or both weeks.

Painting, drawing, and other fun art projects. Our instructors are certified art teachers. Snacks are provided daily. Children should wear old clothing for class.

Here’s a couple of the projects that will be created:

Louise Nevelson Recycled Sculptures: Students will create a sculpture out of recycled or found objects like the artist Louise Nevelson. They will assemble and then paint their sculptures.

George Seurat Pointillism Paintings: Students will create a painting in the Pointillism style. Creating anything from a landscape to a portrait using only paint in the form of dots.

Fee: $40/week, both weeks $75

Register: Stop in or call MVCA at 315.823.0808

Space is very limited, so early registration is advised.


Who is that guy… and why is he covered in chalk dust?
He is Eric M. Maruscak. Eric has over 15 years of experience as an illustrator and cartoonist. His main areas of focus are in concept art and sequential illustration for comic books and graphic novels. These days he is mostly known as a Chalk Artist. His giant chalk art and street murals have been appearing at festivals and conventions since the summer of 2004.

Eric will be in Little Falls on June 19 and again on July 17 creating sidewalk art during Third Thursday. He will also host three sessions of a Chalk Art class sponsored by MVCA.

Session 1:  June 19 from 12:30 to 3:00 PM held at the Community Center on East Main St. This class is designed for the 12 year old and up artist. It will cover all aspects of creating sidewalk art from design to execution.  Students will learn 3-D techniques and advanced shading to bring their art to life.

Fee: $20

Session 2:  July 17 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM held at MVCA. This class is designed for the 12 year old and younger artist. It will cover all aspects of creating sidewalk art from design to execution. Students will learn 3-D techniques and advanced shading to bring their art to life.

Fee: $20

Session 3:  July 17 from 1:00 to 3:30 PM held at MVCA. This class is open to all artists young and old. It will cover all aspects of creating sidewalk art from design to execution. Students will learn 3-D techniques and advanced shading to bring their art to life.

Fee: $20

Register: Call MVCA at 315.823.0808

• THE JOY OF PAINTING with Kathryn Bartscht

Mondays (see calendar below) from 10 AM - 3 PM

Using the Bob Ross Wet-on-Wet Painting Technique

Wet on wet oil painting techniques, also called wet into wet, provides a range of options for creating your painting. The wet into wet technique is simply the method of applying fresh oil paint into existing paint that has not completely dried. Kathy is a certified teacher in the Bob Ross style of painting.

Dates of classes and painting that will be created:

June 2
  - Old Barn

July 7
- That Old Tree

August 25
- Beach side

All classes start at 10 AM, break for lunch, and return to complete painting by 3 or 4 PM. Class size is limited to 10 students.

Fee: $35 members/$45 non-members per class does not include all materials. Contact Kathy for detailed questions and for a supply list.

Register: Please contact Kathy 518.993.3737, or the MVCA 315.823.0808 to register.  

• Mono Printing with a Gelli Plate with Shannon Crandall

Mono Printing with a Gelli Plate

Class is on Saturday, June 7 from 10:30 AM – 3:00PM

Fee: $45

Register: Call MVCA at 315.823.0808 or email


This is a beginner class in mono printing. Students will learn how to make one of a kind art prints using a Gelli plate, stencils, acrylic paints, and more. Basic printing techniques will produce frame worthy art work. No experience necessary.

Students will need to bring a Gelli Plate, at least 6 colors of acrylic paint including black and white, a brayer for the plate, paint brushes and stencils. They can purchase the plate and the brayer from or

Intuitive Painting with Shannon Crandall

Intuitive Painting

Class is on Saturdays, August 16
from 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Fee: $75

Register: Call MVCA at 315.823.0808 or email

A class for all levels. Beginners welcome. This class will focus on creating a painting without any preconceived ideas ahead of time. You will use your intuition to guide you along with lots of interesting tools for making marks and creating your background for your painting. There is no ‘wrong’ in this style of painting! You will be surprised to discover what happens!  Please bring a bagged lunch.

Materials: Please bring at least 8 different colors of acrylic paint including white and black (pick your favorites), a water spray bottle, cheap foam brushes, a variety pack of cheap paint brushes that has different sizes and 2 stretched canvases that are at least 12” x 12” in size. Please wear clothes you can get messy   or bring an apron. You can buy most of these supplies right at Walmart. Please- bring any old pens, toilet paper tubes, stencils, bubble wrap or anything else you can think of that you can make a cool mark with.

About Shannon Crandall:  “My mixed media paintings and jewelry reflect the rhythm of life and nature as I see it around me. Layers, textures and vibrant colors play center stage in my creations. I am moved by the surrounding environment, but not necessarily interested in a subject’s physical reality; it is its underlying nature and mood that I want to capture and express. I love to experiment and combine materials in all of the work that I create.”

• FUN and FAST PAINTING with Wilson Bickford

Class is on Saturday, June 14 from 10 AM - 2 PM

Presbyterian Church, Little Falls (corner of Jackson and E. Lansing Streets)

Come and paint Winged Grace 16 x 20 canvas). Learn oil painting techniques to create a beautiful realistic painting. No previous experience required and all participants will leave with a completed project.

Class size is limited to 30 students. Sign up today to guarantee your spot!

Wilson Bickford, artist and art educator, has perfected the art of the ‘wet-on-wet’ painting technique. This extremely popular painting style is easy to learn and yields fantastic results.

Fee: $65 which includes all materials. Participants must prepay to guarantee a place in class.

Register: Stop in or call MVCA at 315.823.0808.


• ART CLASS with Jim Parker

Classes are held on Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:30 PM

From Old English style watercolor painting to Japanese anime characters and manga comic drawing, Jim will work one-on-one with students in whatever style they desire. Classes open to ages 12 through adult; special needs students welcome. Class size is limited to 10 students to allow one-on-one instruction.

Fee: $60 for 6 weeks if prepaid, or $12.50/week

Register: Call MVCA at 315.823.0808 or email


• 10-WEEK CLASS: TAI CHI for Health with Rosann Scalise

Wednesdays 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM beginning June 11

June 11 and 18 classes are FREE – come check it out!

For most folks exercise implies some sort of vigorous and often times strenuous movement that typically increases both one’s heart and breathing rate. Yet, there exists a form of exercise known for its exceedingly slow, controlled movements, which has been shown under rigorous scientific studies, to have a powerful effect on health. That exercise is Tai Chi.

Tai Chi is known for its slow, fluid movements. The central premise in Tai Chi is to integrate the mind and body. It has been shown to promote balance, flexibility, muscular strength and cardiovascular fitness, as well as increased levels of psychological well-being and reduction of anxiety and stress. This form of Tai Chi, developed by Dr. Paul Lam, a family physician and renowned Tai Chi expert, has been shown to be particularly effective for people who have arthritis and/or joint problems. One study found that Tai Chi, in comparison with regular stretching, showed the ability to reduce pain and improve overall physical and mental health in people over 60 with severe osteoarthritis of the knee.

Tai Chi is accessible to most everyone, even those who may be wheelchair bound. One of its appealing attributes is that you never get down on the floor. The movements are all performed standing, or seated for those who may have mobile impairment. It is this wide accessibility that has brought Tai Chi programs to hospitals, nursing homes, senior centers, and town recreation centers.

Instructor: Rosann Scalise, M.Ed., is a certified Tai Chi Instructor through the Tai Chi for Health Institute, a world-wide Tai Chi organization developed by family physician and renowned Tai Chi expert, Dr. Paul Lam. She has been teaching Tai Chi for three years.

Introductory pricing: 10 weeks (begins June 25) $100 for members/$125 non-members

Register: Stop in or call MVCA at 315.823.0808.

• 10-WEEK CLASS: Meditation with Rosann Scalise

Tuesdays, starting June 10 from 5:30 - 6:30 PM

June 10 class is free! Come check it out!

In this program participants will learn the basics of mindfulness meditation; a practice dedicated to bringing understanding to the mind and heart. Meditation practice, beyond its
scientifically proven benefits of reducing stress, improving immune function, increasing positive emotions and attentive abilities, and deepening the qualities of empathy, inner calm and patience, is designed to help practitioners see into their deepest nature, and in so doing, become freer from suffering and able to feel gratitude for what each day brings

Rosann Scalise, M.Ed., has been a meditation practitioner for 25 years and taught meditation for eight years at the YMCA of Greater Westfield in Westfield, MA.

Introductory pricing: 10 weeks (begins June 17) $100 for members/$125 nonmembers,
weekly walk-ins $15

Register: Call MVCA at 315.823.0808 or email

Above classes are held at the MVCA unless otherwise noted. Call MVCA today at 315.823.0808 to sign up for workshops or classes.

For Classes and Workshops:

  • Classes start on the dates and times listed.
  • All classes and workshops are held at the Art Center unless otherwise stated
  • Tuition for all of the 10 week classes is $135 for members and $160 for non-members.
  • Tuition for all other classes is found in the class description.
  • Tuition must be paid before classes begin.
  • Some classes may require a materials fee.
  • Drop in students allowed, ONLY where specified in the class description. Tuition is $20 per student.
  • No refunds are given  once class has begun.
  • Checks, cash and MasterCard/Visa are acceptable forms of payment. Checks and cash can be mailed to MVCA, 401 Canal Place, Little Falls, NY 13365. Credit cards can be processed over the phone. Please call 823-0808 for credit card payment.

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