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December 29, 2010

Bright Hill to offer literary workshops

For the 17th year, Bright Hill Literary Center will offer its literary workshops for children ages 5 to 18. This year, each workshop will begin with a trip to an upstate science, history or art museum, followed by four days of research, writing and visual and interdisciplinary art in Bright Hill's Education Wing at 94 Church St. in Treadwell.

The first workshop, Session I, which will take place on Saturdays, will begin with a trip by chartered bus to the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Beuche Planetarium in Schenectady on Feb. 12, followed by four all-day (9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) workshops at Bright Hill. This session is limited to students ages 5 to 13.

The second workshop, Session II, also limited to students ages 5 to 13, will begin with a visit to the Iroquois Museum & Howes Cavern in Howes Cavern, followed by four days of workshops. The session will begin Tuesday, June 28, and concludes on Saturday, July 2.

Session III, for ages 5 to 13, will take place from Tuesday, Aug. 2 through Saturday, Aug. 6; it begins with a trip to Sainte Marie Among the Iroquois Living History Museum in Liverpool, followed by four all-day workshops at Bright Hill.

Session IV, for ages 13 to 18, will begin with a trip to the Herbert F. Johnson Art Museum at Cornell University in Ithaca on Aug. 16 and continue through Saturday, Aug. 20, at Bright Hill.

At the museums, the students will select objects that interest them, taking notes and drawing pictures. Upon returning to Bright Hill, they will use the BHLC Library and Internet Wing to research the objects and artist who made them, then create their own works of art as persona pieces in various disciplines; activities will include reading, writing, cutting, painting, coloring, sculpting, constructing, and dancing. They will then write about the objects and their experience in poetry and story form.

The results of the students' work will be featured at a special exhibit in Bright Hill's Word & Image Gallery as well as a mini-version at the Delaware National Bank of Delhi.

During the teen session, participants will learn how to set type and assemble individual chapbooks of their work.

The workshops will be guided by Bertha Rogers, BHLC's director, and interns, including Heidi Ruetenik of Delhi; and Elizabeth Moon of Treadwell, veterans of the Bright Hill workshops.

Registration will begin Jan. 3; students may sign up for one or more workshop sessions, depending on space availability; pre-registration is required.

Bright Hill, for the third year, is making the workshops available to all at no charge except for a $35, non-refundable and payable-in-advance fee to help defray costs of travel and materials. Students will bring lunch and snacks for each museum trip and lunch only for the remaining days, when snacks will be provided by Bright Hill. Parent volunteers for the trips will be needed and may sign up at time of registration.

Bright Hill Center's youth programs have been funded, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O'Connor Foundation; the Delaware Youth Bureau, through the auspices of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services; the Tianaderrah Foundation; Price Chopper's Golub Foundation; Dewar Foundation; the Delaware National Bank of the Delhi; A. C. Molinari Foundation; Stewart's Shops; area merchants and businesses; and Bright Hill Press members and friends.

For registration forms and more information on the workshops, call 829-5055, write to BHLC, 94 Church St., P.O. Box 193, Treadwell, NY 13846, visit http://www. brighthillpress.org, or e-mail wordthur@stny.rr.com.

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