Exploring Creativity
Linda's Corner
Student Snapshot
Arts in Ed
Art History
Worth A Look
Odyssey Interactive
On the Move
Opening Dates
Vol IV Issue 2

Exploring the many channels of creativity ...
Above and left: Recent attendees at an Odyssey Art at Sea training class. Left: Learning to use Model Magic.
Top: Carina Erikson teaching on board QE2. Above and right: Linda Perlmutter conducting a training class for the disabled.
... with Odyssey Art.


Lindaís Corner
After seeing the Frank Gehry exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, I was impressed not only by how well the museum displayed the many architectural projects Gehry designed but also that they let us in on the process that was so key to his achieving so much.

I was delighted at how he experimented and how fearless he was in trying something new. The models that sometimes looked like buildings with crumpled foil taped on the top were shown built in many different ways until Gehry was satisfied. Photographs of the finished products were shown so the evolution of the design and working process was presented. Buildings sometimes echoed the environment in which they were placed. They looked like mountains, plateaus, or whatever, and yet they worked. A horse’s head format was used several times as the core of a building. The experimental part of the process was all laid out for us to see. Gehry was constantly turning designs around. (He even drew an initial design on a napkin!) Gehry would not have and probably could not have come up with his fantastic innovations had he not spent time experimenting. All this reinforced what I know is an important part of the creative process. Experimentation is built into every project in our Odyssey Art Centers on land as well as our program on board ships. Making sketches to crystallize ideas, “playing” with materials to see what they will do, and choosing one’s own materials are important aspects in creating and need to be addressed as much as the subject matter itself.


tudent Snapshot

The Lillis children have been involved with the Odyssey Art program for about 10 years. Here are some of their comments:
Bridget (17): My interest in art started when I took Odyssey Art classes as a child. My teacher guided me towards becoming an outstanding artist. Mrs. Perlmutter had a great impact on my life. I am now seventeen and Mrs. Perlmutter asked me if I would like to assist her in teaching. Teaching art enables me to keep art in my life while making it part of others’ lives. My hope is that these young artists have the same experience with art that I had.

BJ (11): Tuesday is usually the worst day of the week until 6:00, when I go to art class and it becomes the best day of the week! Learning about artists helps you get better at art, because you see what other people do. My favorite thing is working on the big projects that take weeks to finish.

Catherine (7): I think art is a wonderful thing. I love art! Mrs. Perlmutter is a wonderful teacher. My favorite part of Odyssey Art is making sculptures out of wood or clay or anything!

Mom: It is incredible to me to see the difference art classes have made in my children. They have gained confidence and have become very observant as well as creative. I love looking at the ‘objets d’art’ they have brought home over the years.


The Idea Behind Arts in Education
Excerpt from The New York Times
One of the misconceptions about art in education is that children are being groomed to be professional dancers, musicians or muralists. But the current emphasis is on teaching the core curriculum through the arts. The idea is to engage the students in an art form, then study its applications to a particular subject area. For example, Honorť Daumier's drawings may convey more about political upheaval than a standard textbook. On the preschool and elementary school levels, arts educators say that reading and math readiness is aided by the rhymes and rhythms of songs, as well as by patterns and sequences of movement. There is a social component to this approach as well. At the Martin Luther King Child Development Center in New Rochelle, for example, Erica Eigenberg, a dancer and choreographer, is showing children that "when you kick your leg, it's a movement of expressiveness, not something you do to kick someone else."
— Roberta Hershenson


rt History

Above: Pariscraft and papier m‚chť puppet head likenesses made in the Sleepy Hollow summer program.
Left: Linda Perlmutter conducting a free summer driftwood class on the shores of the Hudson River.
Below Left: Pierson Holliday, age 4, Bristles, Sleepy Hollow.
Below: Matthew Marshall, age 5, with his wooden building.
Right: Jacqueline Santo, and Marissa Weissberg, both age 8, playing the Indian Rooster game.

Left: Jaxon Fleder, BJ Lillis and Brenna Carlin doing an Indian dance.


Worth a Lk
Jewish Museum, New York
Marc Chagall Through October 14. Sixty early artworks are presented that were painted, when Chagall returned to Russia after 4 years in Paris and was forced to stay in his homeland for eight years because of World War I and the Russian Revolution.

MoMA, New York
Mies in Berlin. Through September 11. An in-depth look at Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s work from 1905 until his emigration to the United States in 1938. Concurrently, Mies in America, a comprehensive survey of of the architects work from 1938 to 1969 is on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art.


Nancy Pepper's (Odyssey Art at Sea Instructor)
Upside Down Cake
Preheat Oven 350ľ
Topping: Heart iron.skillet on stove top. Melt 1/4lb. butter in skillet. Mix in 1 cup light brown sugar with melted butter. Prepare fruit, such as apples, peaches or pineapple. Place sliced fruit in sugar butter mixture.
4 eggs, separated
1 cup sugar.
1 teasp. melted butter
1 cup flour
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking powder
Beat eggs yolks until thick. Add melted butter and vanilla. Beat egg whites until stiff. Gradually fold in sugar. Blend egg yolk mixture into egg white mixture. Sift baking power with flour. Fold flour mixture into egg mixture. Pour over prepared topping. Bake 30 minutes.


dyssey Interactive
Comments received by Carole Hickey on the Crystal Harmony:
I enjoyed reaching back to a very dormant creative side. What I lacked in talent, we made up for in enthusiasm! — E.U.
The art classes were great. it was fun and I learned many new techniques as well as meeting people with very good art techniques and talents. — M-A.M.
I enjoyed the Odyssey Art at Sea program very much. I did things that, at home, I can't do. — O.S.

Comment received by Christine Fitzgerald on the Coronia:
... One of the activities that many of us look forward to is the “At sea day’s art” each afternoon. This time we were delighted to find that we had Christine to run the activity for us. Of course we understand that in a few days there is only limited scope that can be achieved, but this time the range of materials that were made available extended our, or certainly my, knowledge and experience. The modeling material was fascinating, even if it felt and smelt odd, and was enjoyed by all. — M.W.


     Odyssey Art on the Move
Crystal Symphony
Julie Martin
August 26 to September 7, 2001

Betsy Leitzes
September 7 to 19, 2001

Jan Brazier
October 1 to 25, 2001

Cathy Van Der Meulen
October 25 to November 16, 2001

Radisson Navigator
Louise Waters.
November 21 to December 7, 2001

Radisson Mariner
Marissa Klein.December 17 to 27, 2001
Crystal Harmony
Carole Reeve-Newson/Enid Roitman
September 1 to 18, 2001

Dorothy Calio
October 21 to November 1, 2001

Nancy Armano
November 1 to 12, 2001

Carolyn Wayman
November 12-23, 2001

Sonia Grineva (Odyssey Art at Sea Instructor),
third from left, at the art show on board the
Cyrstal Symphony



Kara Bohigian, Odyssey Art graduate, Sleepy Hollow, competed in the International Powerlifting Federation world championships in the Czech republic in May. She competes in Olympic-style weightlifting, as well..She is a 1993 .graduate of Sleepy Hollow High School.
Annabel Ibanez, former Odyssey Art artisan and master, Sleepy Hollow was inducted into the Foreign Language Honor society at Sleepy Hollow High School.
Zoe Maltby, Odyssey Art artisan, Ossining won the Gold Division in the second round of the national language arts competition (she was one of only twelve third graders to do so). She attends the Morse School in Tarrytown, N.Y.

Please let us know of other awards or items of interest! Send to Odyssey Artifacts, Box 512, Tarrytown, New York 10591


The Odyssey Art Centers childrens' classes will be focusing on African and Oceanic art in the 2001-2002 school year.

Adult classes will continue to be in watercolor and mixed media.

Big Bristles (Age 5)
Monday, Sept. 10, 2001.3:30 to 5:00 pm
Bristles (Age 3-4)
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001.12:30 to 1:45 pm or
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2001.10:30 to 11:45 am
Artisans (Age 6-8)
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001 or.Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2001.4:00 to 6:00 pm
Masters (Ages 9 and older)
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2001
4:00 to 6:00 pm

Artisans (Age 5-10)
Monday, Sept. 10, 2001
Bristles (Age 3-5)
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001.1:00 to 2:15 pm or
Artisans (Age 5-9)
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001.3:30 to 5:30 pm or
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2001.4:00 to 6:00 pm
Masters (Ages 10 and older)
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001.6:00 - 8:00 pm
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001.8:30 - 10:30 pm

Linda Perlmutter's holiday cards are now available at stationary and department stores. Look for the H. G. Caspari display.
Tote Bag
Carry all your art materials to class or all your everything anywhere else in this extra large heavy cotton duck boat bag, with zipper, blue trim and embroidered Odyssey Art Center logo! $30.00 We'll pay postage (US only). Just end us a check and a piece of paper with your Name, Full Address with zip, and Phone number with area code).

Creativity Is ... a celebration of life - my celebration of life. It is a bold statement: I am here! I love life! I love me! I can be anytyhing! I can do anything!

The chef is holding a cake - but one piece is missing. Where is it? Turn upside down to find out.
Can You Believe?
Our last newsletter went to 18 foreign countries and 50 states, and Washington D.C.

Thank You
... to the following students for .this issue’s “Artifacts” illuminated letters: Sam Gaylin, Sydney Gaylin, Catherine Lillis, Mathew Marshall, Olivia Myles and Theresa Phoenix, all of Sleepy Hollow Odyssey Art Center

Also to:
"Flourishes", 200 Lexington Avenue, New York City, for wonderful fabrics for our programs. Paul Zolkind, former Odyssey Art artisan and master, Sleepy Hollow, Tony Apuzzo and Jess Arcate for helping take apart the old studio and setting up the new. Binney & Smith for Model Magic. Jeanette Ho and Baskin Robbins for the 5 gallon ice cream drums which will be made into African drums. Linda Mattera and Magi Wilson for doing the labels.