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BluSeed Studios hosting printmaking classes

SARANAC LAKE - Learn to draw from a live model and improve drawing skills or gain knowledge in the art of printmaking by attending BluSeed Studios two new five-week art classes.

"Live Figure Drawing" and "Contemporary Printmaking" will begin Tuesday, May 12 from 7-9 p.m. through June 9 and will be taught respectively by BluSeed Studio's artists-in-residence John LaFalce and Melanie Finlayson.

All levels of drawing experience are welcome to attend the "Live Figure" drawing class. This class will focus on the foundation of figure drawing, while strengthening any student's future pursuit of drawing for years to come. Participants must supply materials (drawing boards and some easels available). The fee for this class is $50 to cover all five sessions or $15/class. Class size is limited to 12 participants and with a minimum of eight for the class to run.

The printmaking class will cover many different methods of monotype (ghost printing from plant life and other found materials and stenciling), pronto plates and chine colle. There will be an additional "open studio" night, Wednesdays from 6-11 p.m. During the open studio sessions, the instructor will be available from 7-9 p.m. to help the student with their printmaking projects. The cost of this class, which includes five instructional sessions and five open studios and all materials, is $250/ $225 for BluSeed members. Class size is limited to six participants and must have a minimum of four for the class to run.

John La Falce was born and raised in Buffalo and has been an artist-in-residence at BluSeed Studios since last summer. His work encompasses an array of media and it projects an "open approach" in style, content and purpose. He received his bachelor's of fine arts in painting in 2002 from Buffalo State College. In recent years, he has been traveling with his art among these projects, one of them being the "Combat Paper Project" where he is a collaborator and participating artist working with returning Iraqi veterans.

Melanie Finlayson's love for the arts and outdoors began in Albany, where she was raised. She completed her BFA in printmaking and sculpture at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh in 2004 and went on to receive her masters of fine arts in print media in 2007 from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

To register for classes or for more information, contact Bluseed Studios by calling 891-3799 or visit their Web site at bluseedstudios.org.

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