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Accenting the Personal

Artist Ward Lamb chose visual art as a career because to him it parallels his love of music. Consequently, during the program, “Accenting the Personal,” classical music will play to create an ambience conducive to observation and calm. The art master class/workshop will start at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7 in the OCTC Great Room 101 in Kaplan Hall at SUNY Orange. The session is free and open to the public 15 years old and older. No registration is required.

“My master class will focus on portrait as expression and insight. It will combine observation of the subject combined with intuition and a feeling we have about our subject,” Lamb explains. During the class, line, texture, and watercolor to emphasize form and color will be demonstrated and attendees will have plenty of time to have a hands-on experience.

The class will begin with a character model doing several shorter poses over a one-hour period to warm up participants’ skills. Then, the session will move on to a 40 minute study that will combine charcoal pencil/ebony pencil drawing and color wash. Attendees will be able to take home their piece of artwork. Materials will be provided. However, attendees are encouraged to bring their own charcoal/ebony pencils, if they own them.

Lamb holds a BFA from SUNY Stony Brook and an MFA from Brooklyn College. He taught on a Fulbright Scholarship in the UK and worked at Minisink Valley High School retiring recently as chair of its art department. He loves to paint and draw. “Figurative Works, recent drawings and paintings” is his solo show in the Mindy Ross Gallery also in Kaplan Hall. Over the years, many of his works have gone to public and private collections in the United States and abroad.

Free, secure parking is available in Kaplan Hall parking garage accessible via 73 First Street. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-4891/9386 or Information is available through the website at

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Cultural Affairs