View announces summer workshops


OLD FORGE — View, the center of arts and culture at 3273 Route 28, will host workshops in the coming weeks on screenwriting, botanical art, fiber art, creative writing and ceramics. All current COVID-19 guidelines will be followed, and hand sanitation stations are located around the building. Pre-registration is required by calling 315-369-6411, or online at

5-Week Screenwriting Adventure Zoom Workshop, July 15-Aug. 12 from 5-7 p.m. Join View and award-winning screenwriter Gregg Guest in his zoom lecture series focused on breaking down the basics of screenwriting.

In this series of classes students will learn the basics of screenwriting, from how to properly develop plot and attention-grabbing characters, what goes into pitching a screenplay, and so much more. If you are interested in creating your own screenplay, have been working on one but quite not sure what comes next, or just a lover of the performing arts, this is the zoom writer series for you.

Cost is $90, $80 for members.

In 2005, Guest began working for Marvel Entertainment as Director of Special Projects, where he wrote spec scripts for “Iron Man” and “Hawkeye” and supported the company’s new media strategies and merchandising programs. In addition to writing screenplays, Guest is a visual artist and musician. His artwork has been exhibited in numerous shows including Arts Westchester’s Give Us the Vote exhibit and the New York State Juried Sculpture Exhibition at View Arts Center. Guest has published numerous music albums under the stage name “Jed Luckless” which are available on most mainstream music platforms.

• Hand-BuildLeaf Dishes with Wendy Seifried, July 16 10 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be a second day for glazing and decorating on July 23, from 10 a.m. to noon.

In this one-day class, Seifried will teach you basic hand building skills to make two medium sized leaf dishes/bowls. Creating these items not only will teach you what you need to begin your ceramic interests, but you will be able to take away your very own leaf dishes. We will use natural leaves, twigs, stamps and rollers to texturize our beautiful free-form pieces. The instructor will provide natural leaves and twigs to use but you are welcome to bring your own to use, too!

Cost is $55, $45 for members. This workshop price includes $12 for materials fee.

Space is limited to 6 students and pre-registration is required. No clay experience is needed. Each student is encouraged tobring their own apron/smock and small hand towel.

• Jump-Start: Writing During the Lazy Days of Summer, July 17 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Join View for a day outdoors while Instructor David Hazard shares some tips and tricks to further developing your writing.

This class is perfect for anyone seeking a social outlet filled with other writers who want to get out in nature, and still have a great time writing their own stories. Students will get the chance to share their stories, learn new skill sets, and enjoy exploring our new Woodland Walkway. After this class, students will find that staying on track with writing doesn’t mean you have to compromise on some fun in the sun.

Cost is $65, $50 for members. In case of poor weather, the class will be moved indoors.

Hazard is an international writing coach, who has launched bestselling, award-winning, and acclaimed authors for 40 years - and the founder of View’s Articulation Writing Program. One of his specialty areas is helping writers handle issues of mindset, organization, and strategy - and how to evaluate their ideas to be sure they’re on the right track for publishing their work.

Petal People with Martha Starke, July 22 2-4 p.m. Starke’s Petal People workshop is ideal for anyone who wants to create one-of-a-kind collages using natural materials. This workshop will demonstrate the process of designing an image based around pressed flowers and ferns. Starke will also go over flower pressing basics so students will be able to repeat this craft in the future. Along the way, you’ll enjoy creating a unique work of art, alongside fellow nature lovers seeking a creative outlet. 

Cost is $60, $50 for members.

Martha Starke began her fascination with pressing flowers as a child when she picked a Lady’s Slipper blossom and proudly offered it to her parents. After gasps and a gentle lesson in endangered species, they let her keep it and press it. She has been making art with pressed flowers ever since.

She has been creating Petal People since 2006, growing her own botanicals but also plucking them from unassuming fields and roadsides as well as the occasional supermarket bouquet.

• Create a Woven Forest Floor Tapestry, July 24 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Join renowned fiber artist Mallory Zondag for a fiber arts workshop, focused around creating a nature inspired woven piece of art.

The Woven Forest Floor Tapestry workshop is ideal for beginners who want to learn what it takes to create a one-of-a-kind nature inspired tapestry. This workshop will demonstrate the process and techniques used when creating woven tapestries.

Zondag will lead with step-by-step demonstrations, then have participants try their hand at creating the tapestry of their dreams with her guidance. Along the way, you’ll enjoy creating a unique work of art, alongside fellow beginners seeking to learn a new creative skill. 

Cost is $110, $95 for members.

Mallory Zondag is a Mixed Media Fiber artist. She graduated from Pratt Institute with honors, a BFA in Fashion Design and a minor in Art History. Since graduating, she has built a career as an independent artist and arts educator.

Zondag has exhibited in galleries, participated in artist festivals, residencies and collective shows in New York and Pennsylvania. She is currently located in Upstate New York.


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