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Program Services

Artist Entrepreneurial Workshops

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts offers workshops to professional New Hampshire artists who are seeking to enhance their business skills, promote their work and network with other artists.  All workshops in this series are open to the public and available at no charge.  Registrants are encouraged to contribute canned food for the local food bank.

"The Art & Science of Light & Color for the Artist" - FULL!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: PSU College of Graduate Studies, 2 Pillsbury St - 5th Floor, Concord

Map for parking: PDF / Download workshop flyer: PDFArt and Science of Light and Color

This workshop explores the science behind light and color theory and how theory can translate to important decisions artists make when creating artwork, lighting a studio or work space, and displaying artwork in exhibit and gallery spaces. For those in theater, understanding the science of light and color can help make better decisions on stage lighting, stage sets, and costumes.

This hands-on workshop will explain why all white light is not created equal, why red and blue don’t always make purple, how different light sources affect the perception of color, how to apply key historical color experiments to current circumstances, and how artists such as Vermeer applied their findings. Hale will look into the two kinds of primary color sets of RGB and CMYK and how they are made and explore the CMYK system for commercial color printing. 

Presenter: R.P. Hale is an interdisciplinary artist working in a variety of media including wood engraving, calligraphy, and instrument making. And is also an accomplished musician. Hale is a senior educator in spectroscopy, optics and archaeo-astronomy at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord and teaches astronomy and physics at St. Paul’s School, Concord. His work as an archeo-astronomer and solar astronomer gives him a unique perspective on the connections between science and art.

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"Your Music as a Film Score"

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: PSU College of Graduate Studies, 2 Pillsbury St - 5th Floor, Concord
Map for parking: PDF / Download workshop flyer: PDF

Music as a Film ScoreAs the independent film scene becomes more accessible, a greater number of filmmakers are now in need of music with which to score their projects. With the explosive growth of regional filmmaking, producers are looking locally for composers and musicians. Artists who had never before thought of their work being used for film and television projects are increasingly being sought out by cinematic projects both large and small.

In this workshop musicians will be given an introduction into film production through the experiences of local artists actively composing for film and television and those who have had their studio work used in various projects. The conversation will explore the creative process of film scoring, licensing and business issues, as well as advice on how to get your work in front of filmmakers and producers.

Presenter: Dr. Rik Pfenninger holds degrees from Eastman School of Music, The University of Michigan, and Temple University. Rik's music can be heard on the Weather Channel, the Warner Bros. Network's "Survival of the Rich and Famous', Moby Games “Sniper, the Art of Victory”, “ All Star Strip Poker I and II”, Voodoo Head Video Games, The TLC Network, PBS network's "The Difference Between Right and Wrong", commercials for Xerox, Ski New Hampshire and WMUR TV, the WMUR New Hampshire Chronicle, and various indie films including “ My Secret Season” “Distance Makes”, “Brian and the Beach House”, and “Stories From The Other Side”. Rik's jazz recordings and film soundtracks can be heard on Apple i-tunes, MusicMine Records, and “The Best of Smooth Jazz Christmas” by the Universal Music Group. Examples of Rik’s music and film clips are available at

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Last updated: May 14, 2014

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