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The Renaissance
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Best Wishes
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Thank You

Vol II Issue 1

Red, yellow, orange, magenta, and aubergine - put these colors together and how do you feel? Warm? Excited? Busy? energetic? All of the above? Autumn colors not only relate to the leaves turning and the coming of a new season - something else happens because colors have subliminal meanings. For example, think about the green of summer. It's so restful to put your eyes down on a patch of green lawn or up on the leaves of a tree as you swing in a hammock. Summer has a slow rhythm - a sense of idleness. Hospitals often are painted a shade of green as a calming device.

Autumn colors, however, signify something else. Think of the energy you need to get back into your schedule, preparing for school and new experiences, and often new settings.

With this in mind, we at Odyssey Art wish you a great autumn filled with wonderful colors. Do something different and get out of your pattern! It will take some energy to do so, but the creativity which will result will make you more aware of the infinite possibilities and choices of life experiences.

When I was teaching in the New York City public schools in the '60s, there was a plethora of federally-funded after school art programs. The theory was that if a child had a successful experience in something, anything, there would be a carry-over into other subject areas. Reading and math scores would improve because the child had a newly-developed feeling of self worth and would just try harder.

In the '70s those programs started to be cut from ever-decreasing budgets, and in the '80s they were gone. Only now, in the late '90s, is art education really recognized as being important. Recently the New York Times ran an editorial that proclaimed that because of "Art Week" at one of the public schools in New York City, it became the kind of place where hopes began to be fulfilled.

A recent article in House and Garden was titled "Why Bother With Art?" and praised the idea of art for the sake of art. What's the point? As Elliot Eisner in Art Education stated - "We do the arts no service when we try to make their case by touting their contributions to other fields." Think about it . . . The study of art is scientific in that it is experimental (and fosters creative thinking as well); it is mathematical in its dealing with mass and weight; it is history in its corrrelation to culture; it is literature in illustrating some of the great works of mankind; and it promotes development of motor skills and communication skills, and I could go on and on . . .

The Odyssey Art program incorporates all of the above, and we believe that our focus this year on the art of the Renaissance is relevant to the current renaissance in art education.

From the early 14th century to the middle of the 16th century, a spirit of intellectual adventure and artistic experimentation transformed Western civilization. Building on medieval developments, artists and scholars searching for truth and beauty explored the culture of classic antiquity and developed new artistic techniques. This period is known as the Renaissance (French: rebirth).

The Renaissance gave birth to many significant artists, and in the coming year in the childrens' classes at Odyssey Art Centers we will focus on Leonardo, Michaelangelo and Rembrandt for their notable contributions to the Renaissance period and to the art world.

Leonardo da Vinci
. . . . Leonardo da Vinci was a man of unique gifts who was skilled in anatomy, botany, sculpture, architecture, music, optics, and much more. What distinguished Leonardo's paintings was his ability to make everything look solid and three-dimensional.
. . . . He also made detailed studies of nature and the human body. Amazingly, some of his sketches resembled tanks, airplanes, helicopters and many more machines that were invented up to 400 years after his death.

Michelangelo Buonarotti has been called the greatest artist of his time, mastering line, design, perspective, and anatomy. Michelangelo was a master in marble, and his sculpture of David ushered in the period known as the High Renaissance, in which art moved far beyond the noblest realms of the spirit.
. . . . One of Michelangelo's greatest accomplishments is the Sistine Chapel. He was just 33 when he began the ceiling, working from a scaffold high above the floor. After 4 years, the ceiling was done, its 5800 square feet of surface peopled by a race of giants -- more than 300 figures, although the original plan called for only 12.

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was one of the greatest draftsmen in the history of art. His production of drawings was prolific, and about 1400 of his drawings survive. Rembrandt's greatest gift as an etcher lay in preserving a sense of spontaneity while scrupulously attending to close detail. He used lights and darks in his paintings to suggest space. His expression of human character showed his concern for true expression of the human spirit.

Creative Edge: Feeling a little stale or unimaginative at work? The solution may be as simple as a good workout. A study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that after exercising for 25 minutes, participants were more creative in their thinking than they were after watching a documentary for the same amount of time. While exercise has been proven to boost energy -- and even mood -- this is among the first studies to show that working out can boost creativity as well.

Send back your answers via e-mail or regular mail to the follwing quiz to win and Odyssey Art Centers' hat. The five responses with the most correct answers will win. In the event of a tie(s), a random drawing will be held to determine the winners.
Van Gogh's Family Tree

1. The grandfather who moved to Yugoslavia ____
2. The brother who bleached all of his clothes white ____
3. The really obnoxious brother ____
4. The uncle who worked in a convenience store ____
5. His dizzy aunt ____
6. His magician uncle ____
7. The nephew who drove a stagecoach ____
8. The aunt who loved ballroom dancing ____
9. His bird loving uncle ____
10. His nephew, the Freudian psychoanalyst ____
11. His Mexican cousin ____
12. The aunt who taught positive thinking ____
13. The little bouncy nephew ____
14. A sister who loved to disco ____
15. His neice who traveled the country in a van ____

A. Tang Gogh
B. Winnie Bay Gogh
C. Please Gogh
D. E. Gogh
E. Wayto Gogh
F. Flaming Gogh
G. U. Gogh
H. Po Gogh
I. Wheredidy Gogh
J. Amee Gogh
K. Hue Gogh
L. Wells Far Gogh
M. Stop. N. Gogh
N. Go Gogh
O. Verti Gogh

Some of the passengers in our Odyssey Art at Sea program have been making combs with personality! Take a plain plastic comb and decorate around the edges and on the handle. Try using fabric paint as glue and add beads and trims to give your comb some sparkle.

Rainforest Cafe is an environmentally conscious and very creative setting to have a meal. You can experience the sights and sounds of the jungle through a thunderstorm and live birds. Your creative child, or the creative child in you, will have a blast! The Rainforest Cafe is located in the new Palisades Mall in New York, or call for a location near you! (800) 747-4960.

Who's on the QE2?
Dorothy Calio - October 15-21 1998
Maritza McCaskill - October 21-November 10 1998
Clare Verre-Ciancio - November 10-21 1998
Annie Coan - November 21-26 1998
Linda Perlmutter - December 20 1998 - January 5 1999
Who's on the Royal Viking Sun?
Marilyn Rees - October 21 - December 3 1998
Katherine Barnwell - December 19 1998 - January 8 1999

Who's at Canyon Ranch?
Linda Perlmutter - October 9-11 1998
Joanne Ponzo - November 13-15 1998
Carole Hickey - December 4-6 1998

The Odyssey Art at Sea tranings are continuing. We are now booking Odyssey Art at Sea instructors for the 1999 season. Our program has been very well received, and we're looking forward to putting more Odyssey Art instructors on board. If you or someone you know is interested, please call 914-631-7148 or write Odyssey Art Centers, Box 512, Tarrytown, NY 10591.

Jackson Fleder has been an artist since before he could do representational drawings. When he was three and four years old, he used to arrange curious collections of objects on the floor or the table. We called these arrangements "tableaus." They usually featured a Halloween mask, kitchen items, articles of clothing, and a piece or two of sculpture. He was so inventive and so intense, and he still is this way -- you can't talk to him when he is focused on his art. His father and I knew we were seeing an artist at work, but we are word people, writers and editors. We didn't know what to do for him. He asked me to stop on the Bronx River Parkway one day and pick up some of the discarded tires so he could make a sculpture in our backyard, but that scared me. A mutual friend told us about Linda Permutter's long waiting list and two-hour art classes. Compared to sculpting with tires, that sounded reasonable.

When Jackson was six, he began taking classes with Linda. After the first class, he jumped in the car and said he wanted to take art with Linda forever. We have been closing the distance between Chappaqua and Phillipse Manor ever since - he'll be her student again this fall in the sixth year.

Jackson particularly enjoys the international and historic perspective Linda offers in her class. Though he really likes modern artists, the classes on ancient Greece were probably his favorite. He also loves the variety of materials he gets to experiment with, like sumi brushes, sculptural paint, and that horrible green stuff that flakes off in your hands and ends up all over everytyhing, but makes a great sculpture. This past spring he made two fantastic pieces using only his hands for tools. One was a baby bottle and the other was a little Jeep. We had so much to carry after that art show that even though there were two of us I had to set something down to unlock the car!

Unfortunately, I set the green sculptures on top of the car and forgot about them. About a week later, Jackson found the botttle wedged under my luggage rack, and he figured out that the Jeep had taken off. We both were very calm about it. I think we expect there will be more to come.

The following comments are from notes Andrea Osnow recieved while she was teaching on board QE2 last July:
I have enjoyed your classes and have not done any painting since I was in school . . . It has encouraged me to look into art around the ship. . . Perhaps a future hobby may deveop. -- P.T.

The leader of the art class is energized and enthusiastic. Classes went extremely well - regardless of the experience of each participant. . . The Odyssey Art at Sea is great. -- O.D.

If Andrea is an example of Odyssey Art at Sea classes, Cunard should wholeheartedly turn over their art classes to this company." -- anonymous

we welcome your comments and suggestions

to Kim Dunn, who has decided to retire from teaching to
devote more time to her family. We wish her the best of luck.

Louis Comfort Tiffany at the Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933). On view are examples of his renowned decorative art objects, including leaded-glass windows and lamps and blown glass. The exhibit is on display through January 31, 1999.

Also at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is Heroic Armor of the Italian Renaissance: Filipo Negroli and his Contemporaries. Featuring more than 60 works from international collections, this is the first exhibit of the clasically inspired Renaissance parade armors by Filipo Negroli, the most famous Italian armorer of the 16th century. You can view this exhibit from October 8 1998 to January 17 1999.

The Annenberg Collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Masterpieces, including pieces from Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh and Picasso, returns to public view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through November 17, 1998.

Many of the children in the Odyssey Art program made their own chess sets in the spring. To learn how to play chess, for a very young child, try the CD ROM "Chess Mates" ($29.95). For an older child, try "Maurice Ashley Teaches Chess" ($29.95).

H.G. Caspari has published two new Hanukkah cards and three new Seasons Greetings cards by Linda Perlmutter for the 1998 season. Also, a new box of three floral notecards has been published.

to the following students from Carole Hickey's Fleetwood Odyssey Art Center for this issue's "Artifacts" illuminated letters: Caitlyn Raymond, Megan Incledon, Emily Kirkland, Alex Byers, Gabrielle Grantham, Ezra Wise, and Carolyn Lee.

to Binney & Smith for the Model Magic and structural paints for our Odyssey Art at Sea programs on board QE2, Royal Viking Sun and Vistafjord; Linda Mattera and Magi Wilson for doing the mailings for our newsletter; and Seafarer Canvas Co. for some wonderful fabrics for our Odyssey Art at Sea program.

Our last newsletter went to...
9 Foreign Countries: Russia, Germany, Scotland, Canada, Denmark, England, Costa Rica, Japan, and China
26 States:
CA, CT, MA, OR, HI, VA, MI, N, NJ, PA, RI, ID, NC, BT, IL, TX, MO, WA, CO, OH, SC, MN, KY, AZ, FL, MD, and Washington, D.C.
and 41 villages in Westchester!

Watch Linda Perlmutter teach Odyssey Art techniques as she paints in watercolor on Media One Cable System, Channel 19 Community Channel Network on Wednesdays at 9:30pm and Thursdays at 4:30pm.

"There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun." -- Pablo Picasso

If you are a former student (more than 10 years ago) and would be interested in attending a reunion (another get-together of the clones????), please e-mail us or write so we can begin planning an event.

P.O. Box 512 Tarrytown, NY 10591
Sleepy Hollow - 914-631-7148
Fleetwood - 914-669-3584
South Salem - 914-763-6244
please feel free to e-mail us!