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• 10-WEEK WATERCOLOR CLASS with Lynn Rogers

Classes begin Wednesday, September 17 from 9:30 AM – Noon

This class is designed for the beginner to intermediate student. Watercolor fundamentals, technique, color, and composition will be explored. Instruction and demonstration will be geared to provide each student the tools to express their individual style. Bring any supplies you have to the first class. A supply list will be available at the first class.
Class size is limited to 10 students.

Lynn’s study of watercolor and the art of its glorious transparent medium excites and energizes all her work. Her past has included study with James Toogood, Margaret Crawford, Marge Chavooshian, and Albert Handell. During recent years, Lynn has attended classes with Giorgina Talarico, where many new approaches to her work began.

Fee: 10 weeks at $140 for members/$160 for non-members
Walk-ins: $20 per class

Register: Call MVCA at 315.823.0808 or email

• 10-WEEK MIXED MEDIA with Frank Wilcox

Classes begin Thursday, September 18 from 9:00 - 11:30 AM

Students will work with a variety of media (acrylic, oil, pencil, charcoal) at their own pace. Frank will give group demos, and each student will receive a great deal of individual attention. Students need to supply their own materials: oils, acrylics, drawing media, etc.

Frank Wilcox has been teaching art since 1960 to students of various levels of ability, including pre-school through adult and special-needs students. He received his BS and MS in art at SUC/New Paltz with minors in art history and painting. He has had one-man shows at MVCA, View, Old Forge Library, Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, and Ilion Library.

Fee: 10 Weeks at $140 members/$160 non members
Walk ins $20 per session

Register: Stop in or call MVCA at 315.823.0808


Classes begin Friday, September 19 from 9:00 - 11:30 AM

This class is for artists wishing to improve their skills. The thoughts and techniques of other artists, contemporary and past, will be discussed as well as color theory and design.

Class size limited to 10 students.

Artist and instructor Joan Balder Cook has won awards in juried regional and national shows and has had work accepted in the New England National Pastel Exhibition for five years. She has been teaching pastel at MVCA since 2009.

Fee: 10 weeks at $140 for members/$160 for non-members
Walk-ins: $20 per class

Register: Call MVCA at 315.823.0808 or email


• 6-WEEK 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

• ONE DAY WORKSHOP - Pastels for Intermediate and Advanced Students with Giorgia Talarico

Saturday, September 27 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (with 1 hour break)

Giorgia Talarico, an award-winning artist and educator, will conduct a one-day workshop in pastels for intermediate and advanced students. Working from a photo or an image, the students will produce a pastel painting with people in a landscape or in a cityscape. The workshop will begin with a demonstration by the artist. You will need to bring a photo or an image from which to work, willow charcoal, newsprint, and two watercolor paintsone light and one dark. You will need white or light colored pastel paper with a sanded surface that will take a watercolor underpainting such as Wallis, Colourfix, or handmade gesso and pumice on mat board.

Fee: $50 for One Day Workshop

Register: Call MVCA at 315.823.0808 or email

• FUN and FAST PAINTING with Wilson Bickford

Class is on Saturday, November 8 from 10 AM - 2 PM

Emmanuel Episcopal Church (Parish Hall) 594 East Albany Street, Little Falls

Come and paint Winter Sunrise 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: Call MVCA at 315.823.0808 or email

• THE JOY OF PAINTING with Kathryn Bartscht

Mondays from 10 AM - 3 PM
Class Dates: October 6 & 20, November 3 & 17, and December 1 & 15

Old Barn (former painting class) 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.

All classes start at 10 AM, break for lunch and return to complete the painting. Class size is limited to 10 students.

Fee: $40 members/$50 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.


• DRUMMING with Bill Jacobs

Friday, September 12 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

Our world-famous drumming instructor, Bill Jacobs, is coming back to 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 advance drummers 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.

Reduced Fee: $15

Register: Stop in or call MVCA at 315.823.0808

PIANO LESSONS for Children and Adults with Rosann Scalise

Flexible Scheduling

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: Call MVCA at 315.823.0808 or email

• MUSIC LESSONS - STRINGS with Sarah Bereza

Lessons: 30 minute time slots available Tuesdays 2:30 - 6 PM and Fridays 3 – 8 PM

Sarah Bereza has been teaching for 8 years and offers solo and group lessons for violin and cello to all ages. Sarah works with each individual’s learning style and has great enthusiasm for expanding appreciation and consciousness of music.

Snack provided. Lessons are given in 30 minute intervals

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: $20 per 30 minute session per each individual

Register: Call MVCA at 315.823.0808 or email

• OPEN MIC NIGHT - Third Thursday in Little Falls

September 18, October 16, and November 20 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.

Come share your musical talents or just come to listen! We turn our gallery into The Gallery Coffeehouse. Musicians can sign up in advance or at the door.

Register: Call MVCA at 315.823.0808 or email

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

Donations Appreciated
Coffee/dessert by Ole Sal’s


• 7-WEEK CLASS: MEDITATION with Rosann Scalise

Session 1 – begins Tuesday, September 16 from 5:30 - 6:45 PM (7 weeks)

Session 2 – begins Tuesday, November 4 from 5:30 – 6:45 PM (7 weeks)

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.

Fee: $84 per 7-Week Session

Register: Call MVCA at 315.823.0808 or email

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

Session 1 - begins Wednesday, September 17
Level 2 from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM for intermediate and advanced students (students who have taken Level 1 or who have experience with Tai Chi)
Level 1 from 10:40 - 11:40 AM for beginners

Session 2 – begins Wednesday, November 5
Level 2 from 9:30 - 10:30 AM
Level 1 from 10:40 - 11:40 AM

Note: Classes held at the former Masonic Temple, 5 Prospect Street, Little Falls

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.

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.

Fee: $70 per 7-Week Session

Register: Call MVCA at 315.823.0808 or email

• 3-WEEK CLASS FENG SHUI with Betty Ann Petkovsek

October 6: Free introductory session providing an overview of Feng Shui 7:00 - 9:00 PM

October 20, 27, November 3 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Feng Shui offers easy applications for creating positive energy flow for enhancing balance and harmony in your life. This ancient Chinese tradition of working with the surroundings’ energies is a natural and can be utilized anywhere, complimenting any personal style or décor.

The workshop covers the Mystical History of Feng Shui, Opening the “Chi” and working with the Five Elements. Compass Alignments and 8 Mansions of Life are explained, along with Protective Landform and Free Flowing Chi. You will discover your Best Facing Directions and Tips for Three VIP Areas of your home with this fun hands-on learning workshop. Included: workbook, handouts, and a certificate of completion Betty Ann Petkovsek, is a Holistic Practitioner and completed Traditional Feng Shui Mastery course in 2008 from AmChi School of Binghamton, NY. She provides Feng Shui consultations for area businesses and private homes. Her business, Silver Mist Connections offers “Alternative Holistic Choices for Your Life’s Path” and is located at 410 Canal Place, Suite 206, Little Falls. Betty Ann may be reached at 315-717-3164 or visit for more information.

Fee: 3-Weeks at $85

Register: Call MVCA at 315.823.0808 or email

• The HeArt of Creating a "Mid - Life+" You Love

Tuesdays (see calendar below) 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Mid-life naturally is a time of questioning the life we have. What if you could engage confidently and skillfully in creating your life as a living work of art you love and are meant to live? We all create in many “non-traditional artistic” ways. This workshop will help enhance your ability to HeArt-fully create your 2nd half of life through helping you learn to masterfully use your “inner media” (skills, tools, gifts, heart’s desires).

Kelly Myszkowski, Certified Transformational Coach, will guide you to learn to think, see, and create in more empowering ways using a system of heartcentered relaxing, deep self-assessment, releasing, goal setting, planning, and accountability. Learn meditation and imagery/imagination skills for the process of listening to your heart. Journey through change with enhanced life-creative skills and clearer pictures of the life you may choose for yourself, and how you may create it.

Module 1. Tue. April 1 and April 8: Relaxing, clearing the slate, clarifying your palette of wants, values, gifts, traits, talents. 
Module 2. Tue. April 22 and 29: Building on Module 1: exploring life themes/story, unveiling your unique Vision, Mission, Purpose. 
Module 3. Tues. May 13 and 20: Bringing your Masterpiece to life - your Life by Design Plan. 

Fee: (3 successive 2-part modules), each module:  $70

Participants will:
1. Return a questionnaire to Kelly prior to the start of the program.
2. Purchase in advance personnel journaling and note taking supplies.
3. Work will be submitted via e-mail.

If you have any questions, please visit, or contact Kelly at, or (315) 823-0484.

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 $140 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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