July 21 – Attendees of the 32nd Annual Gilbertsville Community Arts Workshop were busy on Wednesday, painting T-shirts commemorating a week of learning new skills.
Reverend Randy Palada said he started the art workshop while pastoring Gilbertsville Baptist Church to give children in the community something to do for a week and to “share the donations that God has given me”.
He said the first year the event attracted 12 students. It then blossomed to 40-50 attendees, which overwhelmed the church. He said the program took place for several years in the Grange building before a communion hall was built at the church.
During the week, students learn ways to improve their artistic abilities and learn new techniques, Palada said. During the day, children from K-12 participate, while adults participate in the evening. He said the village helps fund the program and receives donations from the community.
This year, the youngest student is 3 years old. “She has amazing skills,” he said. “Art comes naturally to him.”
Teacher Kimberly Schaeffer said: “She came in the second morning so excited she jumped up and down, which got me excited.”
Schaeffer said she enjoys working with children and seeing their creativity.
She said she has been teaching at the art studio for seven years and taught herself how to pour paint, so she could teach students. She showed off the artwork created by the students and pointed out some of her favorites.
In addition to learning how to pour paint, students improved their painting skills by painting pictures on canvas, rocks and pizza pans.
Lindsay Turnbull, 15, is an intern this year and taught the pizza pan printing course. “You take a pizza pan and paint a design on it,” she said. “You then take a piece of paper and press it against the pizza pan and it creates an impression.”
Lindsay, who is a student at Gilbertsville-Mt. Upton Central School, said she wanted to be an art teacher when she grew up and wanted to gain experience teaching children before going to college. She said she had attended the workshop for four years.
Lindsay was there with her sister, Kacey Turnbull, who was also an intern, and her mother Jackie Turnbull, who volunteered to encourage and support her daughter.
The other intern this week was Nathan Hills, who used his drawing skills during the week to draw outlines on canvas and created a freehand drawing of Wile E. Coyote for Cooper Gundlach’s T-shirt.
Cooper said it was his first year in the program and he enjoyed painting the most.
The community will be able to view the artwork at an open house and reception at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 22 at the Gilbertsville Expressive Movement at the Gilbertsville Commons.
Vicky Klukkert, editor, can be reached at [email protected] or 60o7-441-7221.
Vicky Klukkert, editor, can be reached at [email protected] or 607-441-7221.