Educational Services

Educational Services


Photos by Dennis Woodgate A class trip to the artist's castle & studio

Visits to Schools

T. E. Breitenbach is available for a limited number of school visits each year. He has talked and demonstrated to students of all grade levels from Kindergarten through College and has also worked with artist's groups and individuals. His subject matter is easily adaptable to all age groups, needs, or interests. Subjects include but are not limited to:

LIFE AS AN ARTIST - This talk is designed to provide inspiration and encouragement for young artists and includes: a slide show discussion of the artist's paintings (and their meaning and construction) along with his castle, a display of at least one original painting and other items, a discussion of art as language, the business of art, new and old tools for the artist, advice for young artists, and more.
CREATIVITY - This talk encourages young people to follow their dreams, but emphasizes that ideas are fleeting--it takes hard work to make dreams a reality. The artist shares the story of his own dream to build a castle and how he made that happen. The second part of the talk discusses why people are afraid to use their imaginations (because of the pressure to conform), followed by the artist sharing the personal tricks he employs to break away from traditional thinking and to develop new and original ideas.
THE ART OF WRITING A MUSICAL - If your school plans to perform one of the artist's musicals, (or even if it isn't) it will be a special treat for the actors, crew and directors to meet the/a playwright in person. He will tell how he writes shows, how a musical is constructed, lessons he learned along the way, and much more.

Fees start at $350 for schools within a 45 minute driving distance. This entitles you to two classroom talks of about 45 minutes each. Additional talks cost $150 per class. There is an additional charge for long distance travel, and school visits which will pretty much take up the artist's entire day are billed at $1,000 per day plus expenses for travel and hotels. We are listed for B.O.C.E.S. funding. Fees may be negotiated in cases of hardship. E-MAIL US


Studio/Castle Tours & Talks


Photo by Dennis Woodgate - Kids have fun on their visit!
In the background are students studying pond life.

If you can arrange a bus trip for your classes (art groups, senior citizens too) to visit the artist at his studio/castle DO IT! The children (and their chaperones) love this experience and go away very inspired. A typical visit might include, an artist guided tour of a working blacksmith's shop, then a walk around the outside of the castle where he tells how the castle was built and points out fossils in the walls, explaining a bit of the geology of the area (there are also some Native American artifacts indoors). Next, smaller groups are escorted inside, where they learn more of the castle's construction, view the artist's paintings and other works, learn how he makes a living in the arts, and much more.

The artist will answer any questions, pose for photographs with the kids, and even bring out his giant beetle and butterfly collection. Later the students may picnic on the extensive grounds, visit a giant stone labyrinth built by the artist's wife, or study pond life. There are two different types of ponds near the castle and one is home to a particular species of frog which travels for miles each year to mate there, arriving around April 1st. To view additional pictures of the castle CLICK HERE.

(Studio tours/talks are billed at $350 minimum per school visit. This includes two tours of the interior. Indoor groups are limited to about 40 people per tour. We are listed for B.O.C.E.S. funding. Fees may be negotiated in cases of hardship. E-MAIL US


Private Instruction

The artist gives private instruction in his oil painting technique to beginners and professionals alike. T. E. Breitenbach taught himself to paint like an old Master practically overnight, by discovering and using a few simple tricks. He has designed a 10-lesson painting course in which he reveals these secret tricks. The artist believes that so few people are able to paint like the old Masters today because the Master's secrets are no longer handed down. Students today are never given the chance to observe a masterly painter actually painting, not even at art school. Weekly lessons are recommended, however, an intensive weekend course can be arranged for those who live some distance from Altamont, New York. The course costs $1,000 and is a small price to pay if you absorb the information and become an almost "Instant Master". CLICK HERE for more information. A correspondence course is also available for $500.
 
A new E-BOOK version of the course is available for $45 (plus $2 shipping) that you can work on at home. It even includes video demonstrations by Mr. Breitenbach.

Private instruction in writing musicals or in composing and orchestrating music may also be arranged. E-MAIL US


Painting Workshops

The same painting course described above under "Private Instruction" can be given to small groups at schools, at the artist's studio, or through continuing-education programs. Contact the artist to make arrangements and set fees. E-MAIL US
 

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