The Ned Harris
Education Studio

Enjoy a diverse lineup of workshops with professional artists!

The Ned Harris Education Studio is generously supported by
TAYLOR and the Ned Harris Family.
Ned Harris (1925 - 2016)
A great photographer, artist, curator and beloved friend.

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March 31st, 2018 - 10am - 1pm
Surface Resist
Faculty: Jamie Kimak
$52 + $15 materials fee
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Through the exploration of surface resist methods, students will explore the process of Batik, which is a traditional wax resist design method used by various cultures including Indonesia, Africa, India and China, where the process can be dated all the way back to the Egyptians in the 4th century BC. This art form has elevated a basic craft to fine art status in modern textile design. The process incorporates several techniques including stenciling, hand painting designing, use of found objects and Tjanting tools to create detail and fine line designs with wax

Students will have the opportunity to design their own silk scarves using natural soy wax as a resist method to the fabric dyes where they can choose from a variety of dye colors to hand paint their silk scarves.

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Beyond Words, the Art of Altered Books
Faculty: Rachel Klein, Creative Circle Community
$180 ($45 per session)  Sign Up
Thursday Evenings in April (4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26)

Special perk! On the evening April 26th GARNER Arts Center will host an art opening with live music in the Industrial Arts Brewing Company Tasting Room. Students can head over to the tasting room to celebrate the end of a successful workshop!

The art of altered books invites us to deepen our intuition by reinventing the book in our own image. Once you start cutting into those pages you feel a sense of freedom and excitement, your story begins to unfold on the pages as you make your marks. Altered books are much more than decorating an old book.  This class will be an introduction to the process and you will learn specific techniques to enhance your creative practice and create an original work of art.  

Through a series of journaling prompts, you will explore aspects of your inner and outer worlds. We will explore universal and personal symbols, archetypes, and also just have fun creating for the sake of creating! Absolutely no experience in art or altered books necessary, this is a gift from you to you! Materials are provided (including books), but please bring anything that inspires you to personalize your book!


April 7th, 2018 - 10am - 1pm
Brush Lettering Class
Faculty: Kristen Herman (@kphletters)
$52 + $10 materials fee
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This all-levels workshop will cover the basics of brush lettering and provide students with the tools needed to practice the craft further on their own. Instruction will include mastering the basic strokes used in brush lettering and building letters, words and phrases from those basic strokes. Students will gain an understanding of the tools and techniques needed to create beautiful hand lettered art. Students will bring home their own brush lettered quote, brush pens, and an in-depth workbook with the full course instruction to continue practicing at home.


April 14th, 2018 - 10am - 1pm
Kinetic Sculpture Workshop
Faculty: Rodger Stevens
$52 + $10 materials fee
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Sculptor Rodger Stevens has been working with wire for over twenty years. Using steel, iron, and brass wire of all gauges, he creates both miniature and installation-scale sculptures for galleries and museums around the world. In this workshop you will explore a variety of techniques to create kinetic wire sculptures. Using simple tools and methods you will learn how to create playful figurative and abstract objects that rock, spin, and swivel.

April 28, 2018 - 10:00 - 1:00PM
Observational Drawing Workshop
Faculty: Richard Scarpa
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This Workshop will introduce the essentials of drawing a head, step by step how to construct the head using forms, structure,  planes, proportions , placement and general form of the features, while attaining the likeness and the effect of light and shade on the head. General instruction and artist demonstration as well as individual instruction that will be tailored to one’s level whether one is a beginner or more advanced. Students are asked to bring their own sketch pads and pncils

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April 29th, 2018 - 10am - 1pm
Action Art Workshop
Faculty: Rachel Klein, Creative Circle Community
$30 per student, $20 for siblings
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Give your kids the gift of freedom and creative exploration. We will be splashing, spraying, dripping, and marveling at the magic of color. Using a variety of action art techniques, kids will create a large collaborative work of art and then take a piece of it home!

Warning: We will be making a glorious creative mess! Best part? Leave the clean up to us!

CUSTOM ART PARTIES: We have a wonderful community of artists with decades of collective experience in arts education. Let us design a custom birthday party for any age! Painting, figure drawing, collage, photography, videography – the list goes on! The Ned Harris Education Studio is a beautiful, sun filled artist studio space in the largest artist studio building within the GARNER Historic District. Parties can supply their own food & drink, and we’ll supply the tables, chairs, and the ART! For more information and to reserve your CUSTOM ART PARTY. (Custom art parties directly benefit GARNER Arts Center's educational programming initiatives) To reserve, contact us via email or by phone at 845-947-7108

If you're interested in learning more about Art Parties or the Spring session please call 845-947-7108, email or fill out the below form:

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Ned Harris (1925 - 2016)
A great photographer, artist, curator and beloved friend.