Adult Studio Art

In this week-long workshop led by poet Kathleen Ellis, participants will read and write poems that are not limited to only one kind of language. From odes to curses to poetic “selfies,” we will explore the driving force of a poem. Using models of contemporary poets as well as drawing on the Farnsworth’s current exhibits and local art galleries, we will jump-start new poems.  There will be in-class exercises and daily group critiques, and the class is open to poets and visual artists of all levels. Please bring personal writing materials to class.

Led by poet Kathleen Ellis, this workshop is for writers who would like to deepen and broaden their own work as well as engage with the work of their peers and contemporaries in a critical manner. Exploration of and experimentation with a wide range of poetic forms will be used to jumpstart new poems. There will be in-class exercises and daily group critiques. Open to intermediate and advanced poets, or those who have taken at least two previous workshops with Ellis. Please bring personal writing materials. Open to 11 students.

This workshop is for photographers and other visual artists who want to add writing to a project and for writers who want to incorporate visual images in a significant way. We will begin by looking at a wide variety of word & image texts to get a sense of the ways artists combine the two. Then, we will focus on each student’s specific interest/project, helping to identify ways to incorporate the two art forms into a whole that works. In the second week, students will work on creating a dummy for a portion of a word & image project. Please bring a laptop or tablet to each class. Open to 12 participants.

In this week-long writing workshop with poet Kathleen Ellis, participants will ratchet up their range of poetry writing tools, moving from metaphor to metonymy, mining new sources, and exploring new strategies. Using models of contemporary poets as well as drawing on exhibits at the Farnsworth and local galleries, we will jump-start new poems based on what we see, read, imagine, and re-vision. Poets and visual artists of all levels welcome. Please bring personal writing materials. Open to 11 participants.

Come play and paint a “masterpiece”! No artistic or creative talent necessary! We will provide an assortment of paint by number kits and all materials. Bring your friends, enjoy some refreshments, and paint the night away! Pretend that you too are a master! Preregistration is recommended, drop-ins are welcome while supplies last. Open to 20 participants.

Winter Blues Craft Series:
Shake off the winter blues and get crafty with us! While we all like to do a bit of hibernating in the winter, we invite you to get out of the house and spend some time in the studio with other creative-types. We’ll encourage you to some risks and have fun! Lead by artist Trelawney O’Brien.

Cost: $40; $34 members (includes materials)

Collage, sew, and paint a set of personal handmade postcards.  Come meet other creative minds, inspire each other and go away with 5 new pieces to send on the road! Preregistration is recommended, drop-ins are welcome while supplies last.  Open to 30 participants.

Winter Blues Craft Series:
Shake off the winter blues and get crafty with us! While we all like to do a bit of hibernating in the winter, we invite you to get out of the house and spend some time in the studio with other creative-types. We’ll encourage you to some risks and have fun! Lead by artist Trelawney O’Brien.

Cost: $35; $29 members (includes materials)

Revamp that old sweatshirt or piece of ho-hum fabric.  Using Pentel fabric pastels, we will be creating a stencil and typography to add color and design.  Invite your friends and make a colorful and fun design, then leave with a new piece to wear or play with this winter!  Students need to bring a plain sweatshirt or plain cotton fabric. Preregistration is recommended, drop-ins are welcome while supplies last.  Open to 20 participants.

Winter Blues Craft Series:
Shake off the winter blues and get crafty with us! While we all like to do a bit of hibernating in the winter, we invite you to get out of the house and spend some time in the studio with other creative-types. We’ll encourage you to some risks and have fun! Lead by artist Trelawney O’Brien.

Cost: $35; $29 members (includes materials)

Learn and play with basic surface design techniques.  We will be exploring 3 different styles:  stenciling, stamping with natural and carved stamps, and free-hand painting.  Students will leave with newly designed fabric.  There will also be an opportunity to collaborate and have a "cloth swap" at the end of class.  Open to 20 participants.

Winter Blues Craft Series:
Shake off the winter blues and get crafty with us! While we all like to do a bit of hibernating in the winter, we invite you to get out of the house and spend some time in the studio with other creative-types. We’ll encourage you to some risks and have fun! Lead by artist Trelawney O’Brien.

Cost: $70 nonmembers; $58 members (includes materials)

In this one-day introductory workshop, learn wax resist and hand-dyeing techniques.  Create your own design using typography and handmade stencils applied to a yard of fabric. Leave with a one-of-a-kind, well-designed piece.  Open to 20 participants.

Cost: $50 for nonmembers; $42 members (includes materials)

Winter Blues Craft Series:
Shake off the winter blues and get crafty with us! While we all like to do a bit of hibernating in the winter, we invite you to get out of the house and spend some time in the studio with other creative-types. We’ll encourage you to some risks and have fun! Lead by artist Trelawney O’Brien.

Is a tree really green? When is a red apple not red? What exactly do we mean when we say a shadow is grey? In this class we will pay homage to color pioneer Josef Albers and work with ColorAid paper to disable our auto-pilot approach to the observation and articulation of color. Learn to make two different colors appear identical. Learn to make color shapes vibrate outside the space of a frame. Create optical illusions that reveal keys to exciting moments of color so often taken for granted in the world around us and in art. Leave your color wheel and your anxiety about mixing paint at home — this class doesn’t require either and is open to everyone from the color-newbie to the professional. All will be challenged. Experience “A-ha!” moments and watch your capacity to engage in the visual culture around you explode with possibility.