CAA Calendar


March General Meeting

Tuesday Mar 10, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

March 10: Michael McFadden. Michael is a painter, sculptor, and woodworker as well as many additional creative media. His painting and drawings charm with a sense of naivete and whimsy, but the simple shapes and bright colors belie the intricacy of his work. Michael starts out planning his paintings using pencil, ink and watercolor on rice paper fragments to build a vocabulary of marks and shapes. These fragments are then used to create larger compositions in casein or oil paint. Mr. Mcfadden has a great deal of teaching experience under his belt as well, having taught private, high school and undergraduate students. Michael attended a CAA meeting last season, when he provided excellent technical support for his wife, illustrator Doris Ettlinger.

April General Meeting

Tuesday Apr 14, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

April 14: Eugene Lagana: You are going to love Mr. Lagana’s artwork! He is an excellent photographer with many skill sets and a wide range of subjects. But he truly excels at macro photography – extreme close-ups of (usually) small subjects. He has taken this interest a step further with a series of staged miniature scenes which he calls “Small Surrealism.” You will call them clever, delightful, and funny. He says he loves watching people’s reactions the first time they see his work. Eugene has shared his knowledge at local workshops aimed at helping participants to get the most from the photographic gear they currently own, including cell phones.

May General Meeting

Tuesday May 12, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

May 12: Lana Privatera. Lana Privatera is known for her luminous watercolors full of rich detail. She feels a special connection to history, and often depicts historical buildings or arrangements of treasured antiques. Lana is originally from Spain, where she studied Fashion Design and Art History. Her highly realistic watercolor paintings have been accepted and exhibited in numerous competitions, often winning top awards, so it is surprising to learn that her watercolor skills are largely self-taught. Now she passes on her acquired knowledge as an art educator She is currently an instructor at the Wallkill River School of Art and conducts Realistic Watercolor workshops in the USA and internationally. You can preview her excellent and straightforward teaching methods on her website, which features several step-by-step demonstrations.

Lana Privatera Workshop

Wednesday May 13, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

May 13: Lana Privatera workshop
The Magic of Layers
If you are interested in learning to paint realistic watercolors but are having trouble mastering your color mixes and values, this is the workshop for you. 
Lana Privitera will lead you step-by-step and will demonstrate, with the help of some basic watercolor techniques, how you can paint an object realistically in just 4 simple layers.