Adult Program

This intensive quilt making class empowers students to become quilt makers as they learn simple yet effective techniques to make a quilt-top with provided fabric and sewing tools.
Each student will be asked to read a different text, exploring topics such as quilt history, quilting subcultures, and textiles in material culture, which the group will then discuss while sewing. The quilt making will be a communal project and will use elements of assemblage and collage to create patterns.
 
Director of Education Roger Delly interview Professor Angela Miller,  professor of art at Washington University, St. Louis and an expert in the cultural history of nineteenth and twentieth-century American art, on the stage of the museum auditorium, followed by a question and answer period.
Didn’t get a chance to see all of the Farnsworth’s great lecture programs this summer? Or would you like a chance to see them again? On Sunday afternoons this winter, special rescreenings of select summer and fall programs will take place in the Farnsworth auditorium.
Location: Farnsworth auditorium
Seating: limited to 60 people
Cost: $3 members, $5 nonmembers
What does it mean to work in a series? In this class, students will learn how to create a body of work using the process of serial imagery—repeated forms shared equally by a group of works. Over the course of six weeks, students will use serial imagery to explore and refine their understanding of a chosen image. Students may work with abstract or representational sources in the water-based medium of their choice. Form and content will be discussed both individually and in group critiques.
 
Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your own hooked rug? Students are invited to join a three-day class devoted to learning the craft of traditional rug hooking. In this introductory class, the rich history of primitive rug design will be discussed and step-by-step hooking basics, including how to prepare foundation material, cut wool and work with yarn will be taught. Students will also learn about tools such as hooks, frames and hoops, and will be shown various techniques and finishing options. By the end of the class, each student will have made a small 8” x 18” rug from start to finish. No prior rug hooking experience is required and a starter’s kit with all necessary materials is included with the cost of the class.
 
Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky, organizer of the museum's Alex Katz: New Works exhibition, talks with Katz about his recent work and his more than fifty-year relationship with Maine.
Didn’t get a chance to see all of the Farnsworth’s great lecture programs this summer? Or would you like a chance to see them again? On Sunday afternoons this winter, special rescreenings of select summer and fall programs will take place in the Farnsworth auditorium.
Location: Farnsworth auditorium
Seating: limited to 60 people
Cost: $3 members, $5 nonmembers
Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb discusses with Director of Education Roger Dell the role of opera in America, the live high-definition broadcasts of Met operas in movie theaters around the world, and the recent production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

Didn’t get a chance to see all of the Farnsworth’s great lecture programs this summer? Or would you like a chance to see them again? On Sunday afternoons this winter, special rescreenings of select summer and fall programs will take place in the Farnsworth auditorium.
 
Location: Farnsworth auditorium
Seating: limited to 60 people

Andrew Wyeth first saw the silent film epic of World War I, The Big Parade, with his father in 1925. Scholar Henry Adams discusses how the film’s emotional impact had an overwhelming and long-lasting effect on Andrew Wyeth.

The tenuous connection between mind and hand are evident in this exhibition of drawings in a range of media and tools prompted by direct observation of nature, intellectual constructions, and purely abstract mark-making hint at of works from the permanent collection. Each drawing is a record of a way of seeing, often pared to essentials that suggest much more than what is seen. Compositions by Leonard Baskin, Isabel Bishop, Edwin Brown, Jonathan Fisher, Martin Heade, Michael Loewe, Ralph Rosenborg, and John Trumbull are among those on display. The talk will be given by the exhibition’s curator, Jane Bianco.

Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky will discuss select pieces in the current installation of contemporary art from the museum's collection, with a focus on the equally persistent strains of abstraction and realism in American art after World War II. Artists in the exhibition will include artists such as Will Barnet, Janet Fish, Alex Katz, Sylvia Mangold, Kenneth Noland, Neil Welliver, and others.

Join the Farnsworth’s curatorial staff and special guest speakers for intimate walking tours in the museum galleries. These monthly talks provide the opportunity to learn from experts about the history behind specific works, details of the artists’ processes and deeper intellectual foundations for their art.