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Jarrett Markel Creativity Boot Camp


Wednesday 10/28/2020: Sculpting Cities with Nicole Lattuca at Newburgh JCC 

Registration required

Limited class sizes apply.

Time and Ages:
2 – 2:45 pm for Ages 5 – 8
3 – 3:45 pm for Ages 8 – 12
4 – 4:45 pm for Ages 12 – 16
$10 suggested donation per class. Classes starting September 16th.

The Jarrett Markel Creativity Boot Camp was created in loving memory of Jarret Markel. Jarrett’s love for motocross was surpassed only by his love for his family. In order to become the best possible mechanic, he attended Motorcycle and Marine Tech, Orlando, Florida. His exceptional mechanical skills enhanced not only his own career but those of friends and his motocross family. He was a lifelong resident of Newburgh, New York. His persistence, determination, kind spirit and soul will be forever missed.

The Jarrett Markel Creativity Boot Camp brings professional teaching artists from Orange County to provide hands-on arts opportunities for students in our community. Classes are geared towards specific ages groups; 5-8, 8-12, and 12-16. Activities range from paper arts, book arts, creating with nature, comic book creation, story telling, drawing, and painting.

Contact info@ocartscouncil.org to learn more.

Tel. (845) 202-0140

View Recordings of Classes:

Project 1: Spirit Animals with Agrisculpture Amy Ages 5-8

Project 2: Recycled Bird Feeders with Agrisculpture Amy Ages 8-12

Project 7: Cardboard Animals with Martin Dominguez Ball: Ages 5-8 (English)

Project 7: Cardboard Animals with Martin Dominguez Ball: Ages 5-8 (Spanish)

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Past Classes

These live classes have been completed. Recordings in both Spanish and English will be available soon.

Project 3: Nature Journals with Agrisculpture Amy Ages 12-16

Project 4: Contour Drawing with Heidi Lanino

Project 5: Van Gogh Lesson with Heidi Lanino

Project 6: Mini Super Hero Comic Books with Carri Skier

Project 8: Popup Cards with Martin Dominguez Ball

Meet the Teachers:

Nicole Lattuca

Nicole Lattuca is a teaching artist and curator based in Newburgh, New York. Nicole holds an M.A in Exhibition and Museum Studies from the San Francisco Art Institute and an undergraduate degree in studio art. Over the past 20 years she has taught all ages from sensory introductions into art for babies to college portfolio preparation. Nicole’s graduate thesis at SFAI investigated the topic of alternative education and progressive pedagogies, which she incorporates into her teaching style.
Nicole’s creative work spans both the artmaking and curatorial realm. She is interested in the spaces where sculpture, design, and architecture meet learning, (un)schooling, and play. In her most recent project, she was Co-Founder of Practice Space Design Studio, a storefront for Art, Design, and Neighborhood Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Nicole is currently the studio assistant for the Hudson Valley sculptor, Vivien Collens, where she sands, saws, and drills metal works.
Nicole has exhibited internationally and participated in competitive artist residency programs such as The Banff Center for Arts and Creativity in Alberta, Canada and Fogo Island Arts in Newfoundland, Canada. She has worked at SFMoMA, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and lived on the grounds conducting daylong, outdoor tours of the collection at Donald Judd’s Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas.
To learn more about her work: NicoleLattuca.com + Practice-space.com

Tamara Rafkin

    Tamara Rafkin is an American/ Belgian Artist that has been living and working in Newburgh since early 2019. Having graduated from The Atlanta College of Art in the early 90’s, she has exhibited her artworks extensively in the US, Europe and in South America. Most recently her work has been seen with ASMP at the Aqua Art Fair in Miami 2019, as part of a 2020 summer group exhibition at Lyons Wier Gallery in Chelsea NYC, and at Holland Tunnel Gallery in Newburgh during Newburgh Open Studios 2020.

While continually working as an exhibiting artist, Tamara has also pursued a commercial photographic career doing mostly editorial and event photography for the entertainment industry and various magazines. Her work has been published in various locations such as VIBE, Spin and Detour Magazine, with McGraw Hill Publishing, for Interscope Records and Warner Music; as well as entertainment news for several years with the Flemish Radio and Television Network in Belgium.

Previous lectures and workshops have been for the Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs’ High School Summer Program, Bell South Communications, The Arts Festival of Atlanta, and with the Cultural Department of the city of Aalst, Belgium (in Dutch) for both children and adults.

To see Tamara’s artwork you can visit her website at www.tamararafkin.com


Heidi Lanino

Heidi Lanino was born in New York and raised on the south shore of Long Island.  As one of four recipients of a full-tuition merit scholarship, Lanino studied drawing and painting at Pratt Institute. For several years she worked as an art director for L’Oréal.  She is also a passionate educator of the arts, who understands the importance of bringing art and the creative process to young people and the community at large.

Lanino’s work has been exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions including Flatiron Prow Art Space, New York, NY; A.I.R Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, NJ; Chris Davidson Gallery Newburgh, NY; Gibbs Museum, Charleston, SC; Mindy Ross Gallery, Newburgh, NY; Storm King Tavern, Cornwall, NY; Albert Wisner Library Sculpture Park, Warwick, NY, and The Other Art Fair, Brooklyn, NY; Los Angeles, CA. The artist is currently based out of Tuxedo Park, NY.

Martin Dominguez Ball

Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Martin Dominguez Ball moved to New York in the mid-1980s. He is a multidisciplinary artist with a BFA in graphic design and a MFA in interdisciplinary arts. A prolific creator, Martin’s paintings, drawings and sculptures have been well received in galleries in New York City and beyond. Additionally, he is a a filmmaker, Stop motion animator, musician, and professor at Fordham University and St. John’s University.

In 2015 Martin founded of O STREET DESIGN, a multidisciplinary design studio that work with clients to help them realize their vision in the medium that most benefits their business.

Carri Skier

Amy Lewis Sweetman – Agrisculpture Amy

AGRISCULPTURE Amy loves to create metal sculpture informed by nature and farm equipment, to restore the Earth by foraging abandoned agricultural machinery as media and to teach environmental awareness through youth and public workshops involving recycled materials, the creative process of adaptive reuse and sensitivity to nature. When Amy’s not making sculptures and teaching classes, she is foraging wild organic food – which you can buy at (her family’s) Sweetmans Farm Stand at 33 County Route 1A, Warwick, NY and making short films about these edible plants in her 2020 public service film series “Foraging, Firebuilding & Feasting.” View new episodes every Monday/Wednesday/Friday on www.agrisculpture.com/films.

The virtual program was presented by Orange County Arts Council in partnership with The Newburgh Armory Unity Center and Newburgh Englarged City School District.