Mark-A. Cassata

Mark-A. Cassata
Yorktown Hts, NY
Painting, Drawing
College/University, Community Center, Independent Living, Library
Northern Westchester Watercolor Society

Spring 2010 & 2011 “Art of the Park”, Rye, NY, Group Exhibit of Painters and Craftspeople Fall 2010 & 2011 “Annual Boardwalk Arts and Music Festival”, Group Exhibit of Fine Artists and Craftspeople Fall 2009 Recognition Award from the New York State Assembly, Featured artist in the historical art exhibit to commemorate the centennial of Rye Town Park Fall 2009 “Reflections of Long Island Sound” Solo Watercolor Show, Knapp House Archives, Rye, NY Spring 2009 “Art in the Park” Group Show, 1st & 3rd prizes, Rye Town Park, Rye, NY Fall 2008 “Beaux Arts” Exhibit Participant, 1st & 3rd prize in drawing, Women’s Club of Rye, NY Summer 2008 “Images of Summer” Solo Show, Somers Library, Somers, NY Winter 2008 “Inspirations from the Marshlands” Group Show, The Rye Marshlands Rye, New York Fall 2006 Manhattanville College Alumni Show, Manhattanville College Library, Purchase, New York Summer 2005 Watercolors of Long Island Sound, Group Show, Southampton Inn, Southampton, New York

Pace University,Pleasantville, NY; Adjunct Professor; 1987-present Somers Library, Somers, NY; Drawing & Painting Instructor; 2008-present Bedford Village Library, Bedford, Ny; Drawing & Painting Instructor; 2010-present Center for the Arts,White Plains, NY; Adjunct Art Instructor; 2003-2008 Manhattanville College,Purchase, NY; Drawing & Painting Instructor; 1979-1989
As an artist, instructor and professor for over 30 years, I bring an enthusiasm for art and meaningful experience into each class. Older adults often value my approach which incorporates hands-on practice into each session. The characteristics of my unique style include patience, encouragement, tailoring approaches to the student’s learning style, and integration of art history to peak interest. Specializing in drawing and painting has allowed me to explore and evaluate these two disciplines to gain a very thorough knowledge and experience. While most classes will introduce foundational skills, I am able to also provide more advanced methods for students who want more challenge. I truly enjoy sharing my knowledge and skills in art, and find older adults to be engaging and intelligent students. More often than not, older adults will have their own particular experience to share with the class and I not only allow for this, but approach it as an interesting opportunity. Another benefit I derive as an instructor to older adults is their ability to persevere while working on long-term projects. It is a refreshing contrast to our fast-paced, often distracted culture. My fee is $75-$100/hour.