BluSeed Creative Classrooms Project & Retreats

Experience New Life Strategies while Exploring the Adirondacks!

BluSeed Studios Creative Classroom Project invites all professionals for year round art integrated workshops that you can interpreted to meet your specific needs, while taking advantage of all the Adirondacks has to offer!

 

  • Expand your network with all professions
  • Foster your creativity
  • Explore project based strategies for your classroom or workplace
  • Connect mind and nature
  • Renew yourself and your life passion in historic Saranac Lake, renowned arts and cultural hub of the Adirondacks.
Why Art Centered Learning is Relevant
These retreats can stimulate new ideas, provide a framework for practical solutions!  By utilizing the full breadth of the arts from visual to culinary, crafts and the healing arts, this retreat will rejuvenate your creative energy!

Relax at Lake Clear Lodge

  • Participants will have the opportunity to learn in a variety of settings including an iconic Adirondack arts center, a Great Camp lodge and nature-based sites.
  • A creative team of teaching professionals, creative artists from performing to culinary, will be featured presenters.
  • Unique “student-driven”,  workshops include dramatizations, demonstrations, interactive creative problem solving and fun culinary experiences utilizing food as an educational tool.

For Educators

Art Integration and art centered learning bridge curriculums together.  CCP workshop leaders are eager to share their knowledge on the various stages of art integration. Most importantly to celebrate your school, your hard work and the dedication it takes to stay passionate to your vocation

For Health Care Providers

“We can get stuck in a rut, overwhelmed by day-to-day activities. No time to think new. Or, we have plenty of ideas but no energy to implement them” remarked Cathy Hohmeyer, Executive Chef & Nutritional Energetics specialist at the Lake Clear Lodge & Retreat. “

All of us are creative and often this part of us is put in the background and we are left without one of our most powerful tools – our imagination and creativity. Unleashing this can be fun, can offer a new approach and re-energize us. This can be done from learning to food and that’s the purpose of these Creative Learning Retreats.”

For Business Leaders

  Re-energizing Your Business with national award winning specialist Ernest Hohmeyer

  • The New Business Energetics
  • Team building immersions – Adirondack style
  • The  New Business Plan: Bringing Your Passion Alive & Monitoring It & You
  • The Adirondacks as an Entrepreneurial Experience

 

Teachers!

Come for the Day or Make it a Getaway!  

Earn Continuing Teachers Leadership Credits (CTLE)

*** See 2018 Workshop Schedules to Register***

These Professional Development days are all about you, the stories you care to tell and what classroom activities interest you the most!

  • When it comes to your students, classroom, colleagues and school you know what you need, to best serve your students, know we support you and hope to help you along the way!  
  • We are here to share, listen to your ideas and celebrate your passion as educators.
  • All the workshops are student driven following a “project based learning”  approach while learning art integration strategies.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to learn in a variety of settings including an iconic Adirondack arts center, a Great Camp lodge and nature-based sites.
  • All in the setting of the beautiful and restorative Adirondack Park. The CCP program is ideal for the whole family to take a quality vacation, as one of the members acquires credits or comes to classes for self improvement/interest.
Make YOUR mark in Education!
Handmade Paper

Make handmade paper while at BluSeed!

You will always remain a part of our CCP family!  If you need our assistance bringing art-centered learning to your classroom or school, Carol Marie Vossler, is a certified art integration specialist.  She will work with you and your colleagues to…

Identify Using Arts Integration, together we can discover where in your own classroom or school the types of lessons and strategies you are using and agree to build your integration program from there.
Develop Curriculum *Curricular mapping between content and art core-standards are one of the key challenges; everyone matters and it is important to see both sides before making decisions. Alignment creates balance and equality, which in turn creates harmony.   When it comes to your lessons we recognize that you know what you need to best serve your students.
Quantify Assessments are necessary to guide lessons and students through an art integration approach. I show how to create authentic **Diagnostic, Formative and Summative assessments that involve and   inform the students from the start. The outcomes will show the students academic success ,leading to   improved classroom behavior and better attendance records.
Evaluate Coaching teachers and administrators through the art integration involves peer coaching. I can help by organizing pre-conferences, class observations and post-conferences discussions. More importantly this creates a mindful-transition allowing the teachers to adapt to the new methods.
Support Use the *Teachers Interest Survey” to help assess educators individual teaching/learning preferences and interests keeps everyone involved. Students should not be left out of the process. Use the *”Student Interest Survey” as well.   As change is implemented, transparency will be maintained and educator’s pain points and/or technical skills addressed
Leader Mentor Coach I am alert to group dynamics and aware how change can create an uneasy atmosphere. Using collaborative *strategies, listening to individual ideas and acknowledging them in a non-judgmental way is how I can help your school transition into an arts integration model. Strategize together on * “What our Why’s” can ensure success and dismiss doubt.
  • Creative Classrooms Project invites educators to year-round arts integration and multi-day workshops, earning Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credits. Here at BluSeed Studios, hands-on collaboration meets innovative curricula, studio experience and exhibiting opportunities in a supportive environment.
  • BluSeed is a New York State Education (NYSED) approved Continuing Leadership Teacher Education (CTLE) sponsor.  Each participant will be provided with appropriate documentation of participation. Participants are responsible for meeting any district requirements for pre-approval prior to the event and for understanding how CTLE credits apply to their particular certification requirements.
  • BluSeed’s Creative Classrooms program is funded in part through New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), and we work in partnership with New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA).  Ask about our special discounts for all NYSATA members.

*** See 2018 Workshop Schedules to Register***

Information on CTLE can be found at: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/resteachers/Registration_CTLE_home.html

Health Providers!
Experience Nutritional Energetics with specialist Executive Chef & Occupational Therapist Cathy Hohmeyer.

*** See 2018 Workshop Schedules to Register***

  • Learn to “nutrify” your foods and enhance our bodies energy systems.
  • From ancient teachings of energy fields to new work on the importance of our bodies information systems – responsible for transmitting tonics to respond to deficiencies – must also be “fed” with  nutrients to optimize their strength. Cathy has created her own energetic program beginning with fundamentals and how you can do simple things at your kitchen at home to more advanced multi-dimensional mind, body and spirit, holistic nutrition. A few brief examples include:
    • The Color of Food. Learn the easy way to nutrition, know your foods colors, each color is a nutrient. Enjoy & learn about fresh maple sap and syrup – It’s Adk Maple time!
    • The New World of Nutrified Food. What is it? How can you do it at home? From the basics to the advanced nutritional energetics and what it may mean to you.
    • Superfoods & Superherbs. What are they? How best to maximize their potential. 10 easy ways to incorporate them into your menu.
    • And so much more…

BluSeed is a New York State Education (NYSED) approved Continuing Leadership Teacher Education (CTLE) sponsor.  Each participant will be provided with appropriate documentation of participation. Participants are responsible for meeting any district requirements for pre-approval prior to the event and for understanding how CTLE credits apply to their particular certification requirements.

BluSeed’s Creative Classrooms program is funded in part through New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), and we work in partnership with New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA).  Ask about our special discounts for all NYSATA members.

*** See 2018 Workshop Schedules to Register***

Information on CTLE can be found at: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/resteachers/Registration_CTLE_home.html

Business Leaders!

*** See 2018 Workshop Schedules to Register***

Art integration engages and stimulates immersive team building opportunities for business and/or colleagues!

Connecting Art & Nature

  • Mountain Community Visions was founded Ernest Hohmeyer as a mentoring, facilitating and coaching avenue. This included creating and serving on numerous local and regional organizations, guest lecturer for area colleges and economic development organizations, mentoring entrepreneurs and developing community capacity strategies.
    • Canoe/Kayak/Paddleboard
      • Our pristine beach on Lake Clear, serene and beautiful, and Adirondack hidden gem, is in the window of NYS only wilderness canoe region. Rejuvenate in one of the earth’s most spectacular mountain lake sunsets as the sun sets on the “Sleeping Lady of the Lake” serenaded by the calling loons.
    • Unlimited Hiking Trails
    • Energetics  – Our bodies as energy systems with specialist Cathy Hohmeyer. Topics include:
    • Finding your “home” frequency
    • Intro to Releasing Trapped Emotions
    • Energizing Your Workplace Area

BluSeed is a New York State Education (NYSED) approved Continuing Leadership Teacher Education (CTLE) sponsor.  Each participant will be provided with appropriate documentation of participation. Participants are responsible for meeting any district requirements for pre-approval prior to the event and for understanding how CTLE credits apply to their particular certification requirements.

BluSeed’s Creative Classrooms program is funded in part through New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), and we work in partnership with New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA).  Ask about our special discounts for all NYSATA members.

*** See 2018 Workshop Schedules to Register***

Information on CTLE can be found at: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/resteachers/Registration_CTLE_home.html

2018 WORKSHOPS

BluSeed Studios’ Creative Classrooms Project and the Lake Clear Lodge & Retreat have partnered to develop a series of participant-driven Creative Learning Retreats.

Come for just the daylong main workshop or the full three days of programming.

March 2nd – 4th“Drama in Your Life: Opportunities & Challenges”

March 16th – 18th “Bring Color Back into Your Life”

April 27th – 29th “The World of Plants, Paper to Create Learning Structure”
There are many ways on how to learn to see. When participants learn to transition from a 2-dimensional plane to a 3-dimensional structure, they gain the ability to see three-dimensional space in their heads, this in turn will inspire them to take what they create physically and translate into a design, hypothesis, math problem or story.  Opening yourself up to new ways of discovery expands your comfort zone and increases confidence and self-esteem. Fun food activities include an interpretive dinner “Cooking in Paper for Nutrition and Flavor. How to fold food in Parchment.”

All Together Now: Releasing Creativity with the Orff Music Approach : July 23rd, 24th or 25  Fun for the whole family!  No musical experience necessary!  Families welcome.  Arts & Craft table.

Aug. 3rd – 5th “The Papermaker’s Toolbelt” Silk Aquatint on Handmade paper 
This two-session workshop blends contemporary applications of hand paper-making, serigraphy, and callographic processes. Students will use pulp painting and pulp printing to create unique paper pieces that will be brought into the printmaking studio to be printed on using a callographic process called silk aquatint. Fun food activities include making “edible paper” and an interpretive dinner titled “Cooking in Paper for Nutrition and Flavor: How to fold food in parchment, will round out this unique art integrative weekend!

Aug. 6-8 “The World of Plants, Paper to Create Learning Structure”
There are many ways to approach a new challenge. During this workshop, participants learn to transition from a 2-dimensional plane to a 3-dimensional structure.  The intention is that by experiencing this process, each person will be able to integrate the project and connect it to a hypothesis, a math problem or a new story.  Opening yourself to discovery launches the imagination and  has proven to increase confidence and self-esteem in one’s life.

August 18th: “Real Bugs”: Natures Wonder & Creativity made by Invertebrate Insects  : To start out the day, Mary Hall from the Utica Zoo will introduce you to a selection of invertebrates and explain their vital role in the ecosystem. Then it is out to the beautiful Adirondack forests to search for these natural artists and gather materials and inspiration for your own art.  Back at BluSeed Studios, you will create your Nepalese pulp painting using fiber from recycled t-shirts.

September 30th: Plein Air Painting with Peter Russom

2019 WORKSHOPS

 

BluSeed Studios’ Creative Classrooms Project and the Lake Clear Lodge & Retreat have partnered to develop a series of participant-driven Creative Learning Retreats.  The workshop dates are set, so mark your calendars!  Final details TBA soon! We  are here to support your passion.  We would love to help you design your own professional development program that best suits the needs of your group and calendar!  We are available any day, season or time!

Come for just the daylong main workshop or the full 2.5 days of programming.  Most importantly come for the Adirondack experience!

January 18th or 25th:  Make a Broadside print!

February 15 or 22nd: Using Mathematics & Physics to create a Clay Vessel

March 1st “Fabric Marbling: STEAMing Up Your Classroom: Fabric Marbling
How Art Integration can Work in your Classroom: 

March 29th or April  5“The World of Plants, Paper to Create Learning Structure”

 Orff Music Creative Learning Getaway : July 15th – 17th or 18th – 20th  Fun for the whole family!  No musical experience necessary!


Aug. 1-3″The Papermaker’s Toolbelt”

CCP: Papermaking retreat


This two-session workshop blends contemporary applications of hand paper-making, serigraphy, and callographic processes. Students will use pulp painting and pulp printing to create unique paper pieces that will be brought into the printmaking studio to be printed on using a callographic process called silk aquatint. Fun food activities include making “edible paper” and an interpretive dinner titled “Cooking in Paper for Nutrition and Flavor: How to fold food in parchment, will round out this unique art integrative weekend!

Aug. 5th & 6th“The World of Plants, Paper to Create Learning Structure”
http://www.bluseedstudios.org/event/ccp-plant-paper-structure-retreat/

There are many ways to approach a new challenge. During this workshop, participants learn to transition from a 2-dimensional plane to a 3-dimensional structure.  The intention is that by experiencing this process, each person will be able to integrate the project and connect it to a hypothesis, a math problem or a new story.  Opening yourself to discovery launches the imagination and  has proven to increase confidence and self-esteem in one’s life.

August 17th Nature & Art: Real Bugs & Invertebrate  Art: Join Carol Marie Vossler & Mary Hall, Director of Education from Utica Zoo.  Mary brings invertebrates from around the world, then we venture into the woods to find  & record their artwork.  We then come back to BluSeed and using our observations, create our own pulp-painting and handmade paper artwork!

September 27: Plein Air Painting- Professor Peter Russom, SUNY Plattsburgh will guide you through his own unique style of composing a plein painting during the peak of the Adirondack autumn colors.

LODGING PARTNERS

 

Lake Clear Lodge & Retreat

Lake Clear and our region is one of the oldest travel destinations in the Adirondack Park. We think civilization started here as many have said it is a portal! A combination of 5 Native American tribes, early explorers, our internationally recognized place to come for cure during the Cure Cottage days, the Olympics in 1932 & 1980, the pristine nature creating the Great Camps and Grand Hotel, our strategic geographic point between the Canadian rum runners and metro New York during Prohibition made for an illustrious history and the Lodge now stands as the oldest continuing operating Great Camp with many Fireside stories to tell. Plus, Ernest was the founding director of an Adirondack Park Sustainable development effort that won National recognition for its innovative initiatives so who better to give a broad picture in a fun and informative way?!

The Lake Clear Lodge & Retreat is one of the last original Adirondack lodges open to the public where your room is 25 acres of woods and water with tranquil beach with one of the most spectacular mountain-lake sunsets in the Adirondack Park.

http://LodgeOnLakeClear.com, 518-891-1489

For additional lodging options, please visit SaranacLake.com/lodging

 

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