Sweet Treats for SAL Classes

In the upcoming classes in Saturday Arts Lab at SUNY New Paltz, we are planning special projects. The eight-week-long sessions at SAL are long enough that we can cover various techniques in stop-motion animation as described in Introduction and Intermediate Class description, and work on larger projects. So, we asked our friends, Lagusta of Lagusta’s Luscious and Dean Jones of Dog on Fleas, if we could do a little collaboration with them.


Lagusta’s Luscious is an amazing vegan chocolate shop based in New Paltz. Her shop has been featured in numerous media since its inception in 2003. In their words, “Lagusta’s Luscious artisanal chocolates combine a deep commitment to social justice, environmentalism and animal rights with the love of bold flavor of a true foodie and the obsessive commitment to artisan techniques of a chocolatier.” She is one of the many women entrepreneurs in the Hudson Valley I admire, and is sure to inspire our young budding artists.

For the spring session, the older students will be making animation around Lagusta’s beautiful chocolates (this is optional—they can also choose to work on their own projects). It could be a story about fair trade; it could be a movie about how chocolates are made; or could be just a visually delicious animation. She will have sweet rewards for their hard work at the end of the session!


Dean Jones is a member of the beloved Dog on Fleas, our local music band. He is also a grammy-winning producer and a very funny guy! He has two fun tracks from Dog on Fleas’ new CD that could use a little animation. Our morning younger class will take a crack at it! (Again, as an option—the students can choose to work on their own project.)

All final projects will be shown at a public presentation at the end of the session.