Children/Family Program

On Saturday, November 26 at 2 p.m., the Farnworth Art Museum and the Strand Theatre will be co-presenting the 18th Annual Animation Show of Shows, shown for the first time in midcoast Maine. Featuring techniques ranging from hand-drawn to stop-motion to the latest computer-generated imagery, the 12 extraordinary films in this family-friendly program (recommended for ages 6 and up) were created by animators from Belgium, Canada, Korea, Latvia, Norway, Russia, Scotland, and the U.S.

Highlights include About a Mother, a new folktale with echoes of Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree, Disney/Pixar’s sweet Piper, and the latest in 360º storytelling in Google’s touching father-and daughter-journey Pearl by Academy Award® winner Patrick Osborne. 

In this 3-day art camp during the February vacation week, kids ages 6 to 8 years are invited to join teaching artist Avis Turner for an exploration of art, music, poetry, and stories. Together, we’ll do a fabric weaving inspired by the book The Spider Weaver: The Story of Kenti Cloth, and create a crayon-resist watercolor landscape with African animals inspired by book Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain—as well as explore other stories, art techniques, and ideas.

Avis Turner, who lives in Rockland, is an artist and educator with a specialty in early childhood development.

Cost: 95; $77 members (includes $5 materials fee)

In this afternoon workshop, adults & children alike (recommended ages 9 & up) are invited to come make a small, match-box crankies. A crankie is an old storytelling art form, which includes a long illustrated scroll that is wound between two spools and loaded into a box with a viewing screen. The scroll is hand-cranked while the story is told or sung.

Participants will have the chance to view a crankie created by local artist Annie Bailey, which is currently on view in The Art of Disaster exhibition (pictured here), and will be encouraged to create their own story to share in this unique visual form.

Cost: $36; $30 members (includes $10 materials fee)


Join us for this annual holiday tradition at the Farnsworth’s Gamble Education Center. Children will be provided with a small, pre-assembled gingerbread house ready to be decorated with a diverse assortment of candies and fresh frosting.

To sign up, please email Please indicate either the 10 a.m. or the 11:30 a.m. session and let us know how many children will be participating. $5 suggested donation at the door.


Lead by Nance Parker, Artistic Director of Shoestring Theater

Children ages 5 to 7 years old are invited to join this week-long summer art camp! Together we will learn about the Artist’s Alphabet and learn ways to use dots, lines, curves, spirals, and angles for creative drawing. We will also be looking at and creating fancy cats & tigers, Koi fish, and other animals. Then, we will explore the world of architecture learning basic terms and forms, such as arches, domes, columns, cantilevers, etc. We will be inspired by the beautiful, whimsical buildings and roof top gardens of the Austrian architecht Hundertwasser.  Using architecture blocks, students will have time to build, exploring their own ideas and forms. This will culminate in mixed media architectural drawings of their own using the Artist’s Alphabet. Every student will keep a portfolio to bring home at the end of the week.

This week-long workshop, students (ages 7 to 11 years) will explore painting, drawing, and collage to create artwork for big picture books. Teaching artist Alexis Iammarino will lead activities and share techniques that invite youth to create n' craft individually and collaboratively. Throughout the week we will read and share brilliantly illustrated books that celebrate color, pattern, landscape, and the animal kingdom. Join us to craft your own striking visual tale!

Artscape 2016: Out of the Ocean
Monday through Friday, June 27 to July 1, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Ashwood Waldorf School early-childhood teacher Beth Lunt will be bringing seasonal puppet plays to the Farnsworth library on five Thursday mornings in the new year: January 21, March 10 and 24, and April 7 and 28, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join us for the fun!

These programs are for children ages 2-6 with an adult, and will also include opportunities for children to enjoy simple singing and finger games that celebrate the seasons.

$5 suggested donation day-of. Advance registration appreciated. Please email