The Parrish continues its popular online classes

with Dever’s “Live from the Studio” on June 3,

and Senft’s 3-part writing workshop June 11, 18 & 25

Eric Dever and Jennifer Senft. Photos: Courtesy of the artists.

The Parrish Art Museum continues Live from the Studiofree live-stream art workshops—on Wednesday, June 3 at 11 am with Collage and Assemblage led by artist Eric Dever. On Thursday mornings from 10:30 –12:30 pm, beginning June 11, Jennifer Senft will lead Writing from Home, a creative fiction writing course. Dever’s workshop is free and open to the public; the 3-session writing workshop is $75 for Parrish Members and space is limited. 

“Our first live-stream art workshop attracted more than 70 enthusiastic participants and many shared their work with us on Instagram,” said Cara Conklin-Wingfield, Parrish Education Director. “We’re so happy to be able to continue providing the community and our members with inspiring workshops that are free of charge or affordably priced.”

Dever’s hands-on workshop Collage and Assemblageinspired by works from the Parrish collection by Louise Nevelson, Alfonso Ossorio, and others—focuses on techniques and composition based on upcycled material. Among the many object to work with, the artist suggestswood scraps, small blocks, sticks, shells, small plastic toys, beads, and buttons. For the surface, Dever recommends things like plywood or corrugated cardboard from boxes. Craft glue and spackle are among the possible adhesives; and a spray bottle, squirt bottle, or paint brushes are all options for the application of just about any type of paint—from watercolor to house paint. During the class, participants are invited to follow along with the artists’ instruction while interacting through a live chat. For more information on the workshop, materials list, and to register, visit

Writing from Home, presented as a 3-part Zoom video conference over the course of three weeks, is an intimate creative writing course limited to 10 participants. Jen Senft will lead the class in producing creative fiction inspired by artwork in the Parrish collection. As in her previous highly popular writing workshops, Senft will provide writing prompts prior to each class. The prompts and information on how to access the class online will be provided upon registration, which is required as space is limited.


Eric Dever

A Los Angeleno by birth, Eric Dever moved to New York City in 1986. He studied painting, semiotics and critical theory at NYU (MA ’88), and in 1989, came to the East End of Long Island to exhibit, and later, to live. Yoga practice and Sanskrit chant became a parallel practice to his painting. Dever worked exclusively with white and black paint for 5 years. The methods and materials of painting itself had been his subject. In 2011, he introduced a new color into the work—red, uncovering a limitless succession of red tints, shades and tones, opening a new path to a larger and more complex body of work which involves, in an exciting sense, mixing proportions of light, energy and matter. 


Jennifer Senft

Jennifer Senft holds an MFA in Writing and Literature from Stony Brook Southampton, an MA in Psychology from NYU, and a BFA in Cinema Studies from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is an Assistant Professor in the English and Humanities departments of Suffolk County Community College, works as a private writing instructor and editor, and leads local classes on writing and literature. Her work has appeared numerous publications, and her short story “Prison Visit” was nominated for a 2014 Pushcart Prize.



Collage and Assemblage

Wednesday, June 3, 11– 11:45 am

Advance registration encouraged.



Thursdays, June 11, 18, 25; 10:30 am –12:30 pm

$75 for Museum Members


The Parrish Art Museum’s educational programming is supported, in part, by Milford D. and Janice B. Gerton; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation; Joseph M. Cohen; Long Island Community Foundation; The John J. McDonnell Margaret T. O’Brien Foundation; Bobbie Braun/The Neuwirth Foundation; The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Patricia and David Rung; William Talbott Hillman Foundation; and Town of Southampton. Special thanks to the Art Spirit Foundation. Additional support for the Parrish education programs is provided by the Museum’s annual Spring Fling and Midsummer Party benefit events, and the Book Club Friends of Martha Scriven Campanella.


Parrish Art Museum

Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.


Parrish Art Museum construction photographs © Jeff Heatley.


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