Children/Family Program

This year’s Artscapes for Young Artists (ages 8 to 12 years) will explore form and representation through portraiture and mask making of human and animal forms. Discovery field trips into the Farnsworth's summer exhibitions will inspire and complement our week’s immersion into realistic and fantastic portraiture in two and three dimensions. We’ll roll up our sleeves to construct plaster masks embellished with a variety of treasures to bring out their magical and unique animal energies.  A healthy snack is provided and children should plan on bringing a lunch along with their creativity.

Instructor Kathleen Gass studied drawing and fiber arts at the State University of New York and has been an art educator for the past 25 years. She is currently teaching in the Belfast Public School System's Gifted and Talented program.

This weeklong workshop will provide children ages 8 to 12 years old with a strong foundation of artistic skills including color understanding, line variety, and what makes a strong composition. Weather permitting the group will work outside and make visits to the museum and local galleries. Each session will end with a constructive critique of the day’s work, which parents are invited to attend. Students should come with a bagged lunch.

Instructor Kristine Biegel is an experienced teaching artist who works with artists of all ages and abilities. She believes in the power of arts to further learning in all aspects of our lives. She offers a variety of programs at her studio, The Creative Child and Adult Arts Program, in Scarborough. 

Cost: $250, $200 members

Come make a beautiful handmade vase and a playful, every-blooming bouquet of flowers. Open to all ages.

 

As part of our ongoing Share the Wonder programming, the Farnsworth will once again host a gingerbread house decorating workshop. To sign up, please email kfinlay@farnsworthmuseum.org. Please indicate whether you would like to participate in the 10 a.m. or the 11:30 a.m. session and how many participants. $5 suggested donation at the door.

 

This April break, join other young artists (ages 8 to 11 years) as we explore and build sculptures of all shapes and sizes. Using found materials, students will create small dioramas, a "mystery box" creation, and explore art installation. We will be learning about contemporary sculpture and artists.  Be inspired and come create outside the box! (Parents, please note that we will be using hot glue guns and Xacto knives. Participants should bring work gloves and long sleeved shirts.) Lead by artist and art educator, Trelawney O’Brien. 

Cost: $90 for nommembers, 72 for members.

All ages are invited to come make colorful, light-catching sun catchers to take home. Hang it up in your window and get a head start on spring.

All Family Activity Days are free of charge!

  Suncatchers

When decorating eggs in the Ukrainian style, designs are drawn on the egg with melted beeswax, which flows from a tool called a Kystka. The eggs are then dipped in a series of dyes and the final pattern is revealed when the wax is removed. The Pysanka, a decorated egg, was common among Slavic peoples as far back as 5,000 B.C. and became deeply important in spring rituals, symbolizing nature’s rebirth. All materials will be provided for this workshop. Space is open to 25 participants and is recommended for families with children 8 years old and up. Adults without accompanying children are welcome to attend as well.

Instructor Lesia Sochor is an artist of direct Ukrainian descent who lives in Brooks, Maine. She learned the ancient spring tradition of decorating Pysanka from her mother and has shared this craft in many workshops throughout the state.

Due to Sunday's blizzard, this workshop will start on Tuesday and a make-up class is scheduled for Friday. The class will meet Tues, Wed and Friday from 9am till noon.

During school vacation week, students (ages 8 to 11 years) will explore the traditional culture of India through art, music and dance.  While learning about India's traditional arts, students will then be inspired to create their own contemporary work. Some of the subject matter we will explore include Rangoli, the Holi Festival, Henna Art, Bollywood, traditional music, and block printing. Taught by artist Trelawney O’Brien who recently travelled to India.

All ages are invited to come make Valentines for their loved ones! Lots of supplies and materials will be available. There’s nothing like receiving a handmade card…

Family activity days are always free at the Farnsworth!

 

Students learn the process of creating, designing and building their own personal mask. Participants will be expected to use their wildest ideas about creatures and myths when designing their work. Work will be executed sculpting clay, papier-mâché, and wire. We will also be adding our own hand- sewn costumes to create creatures both magical and scary. And as a group, we will also build a large parading puppet. These will be part of the Fall Family Festival Parade, which will depart from the Farnsworth’s sculpture garden at 5:30 p.m. on October 18th in Rockland. Participating students should be old enough to work independently, or have adult supervision.