Adult Studio Art

Through a series of traditional and experimental exercises, discussion and dialogue, visiting artists, field trips and presentations, this class will delve into ways of seeing and creating. With a focus on letting go of entrenched ideas about art-making, students will be encouraged to forge into territory they may not have explored before.

Mark Kelly is a multi-media artist who is based in Lincolnville. He earned his BFA in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art and was a founding partner of Belfast’s Aarhus Gallery. He has exhibited his work throughout Maine and New England. 

Watercolor batik is a fun alternative method to traditional batik painting that has been used worldwide for hundreds of years.  We will use Ginwashi rice paper instead of cloth, and watercolor paint instead of dye.  This method is full of surprises. During this class we will first paint by following a design and then everyone will venture off on individual projects.   

Erica Qualey lives in mid-coast Maine and works as an artist and illustrator. She received her BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and has exhibited in Maine and New Hampshire and is represented in private collections throughout the country.  See examples of her work at

Christina and Alvaro Olson and their house were rich with meaning for Andrew Wyeth who drew and painted there for three decades. In this 3-day workshop, Maine artist John Whalley will explore the role that this historic house played in Wyeth's creative vision, as well as offer instruction in pencil drawing and a demonstration of the technique of egg tempera painting, the techniques Wyeth used in his work there. The final workshop day will conclude with lunch and studio visit to John’s home and studio in Damariscotta Mills.

Painting is the act of call and response. We see a work of art that moves us and are struck by its composition or color.  We take a walk in the woods and the patterns in nature implore us to look more closely.  No matter what brings YOU to this workshop to paint, we will continue these experiences where you will be guided by a series of exercises to hone your use of value, composition, color and more. 

Introduce yourself to plein-air or painting outdoors.  Join us to explore secret local places and stretch our expectations of what plein-air watercolor can be. This course will emphasize combining creative mark-making with accurate seeing.  Learn to slow down and experience your environment through new eyes. 

Annie Bailey is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She has developed a wide range of expression though a variety of materials including paint, soft sculpture, and hand-drawn animation. Her work has been featured in National Geographic, The Society of Illustrators, the Farnsworth, Steel House, the Bunnell Street Art Center, and the Torpedo Factory Art Center. See examples of her work at

Experience the fun and excitement of painting outdoors at night! This summer, you are invited to bring watercolor paints and discover the joy of unexpected outcomes.  We will approach the practice of night painting with a sense of liveliness and play. Some experience with watercolors is recommended. 

Explore a variety of classic and contemporary techniques in oil, tempera, or egg-oil emulsion painting. Egg tempera is a luminous painting medium with great potential for present-day artists as well as those interested in experiencing firsthand the painting methods of old masters. Combining historical Russian and Renaissance painting traditions with a contemporary approach, Scherer and Ouporov will co-teach the preparation of true gesso wood panels, the mixing of paints from dry pigments and egg yolk, egg-oil emulsion, under painting, glazing, gilding, embellishments, and more.  Artists may work in one or a variety of these painting methods.

Experiment with indigo dyeing, traditional resist pattern-making, and carve rubber stamps to create one-of-a-kind hand-printed fabric.  Cotton napkins and dishtowels will be provided. Feel free to bring extra fabric for experimentation. 

Learn a broad range of approaches for the ancient tradition of encaustic or hot wax painting through demos on various tools and techniques. Learn to mix encaustic medium, use color, apply medium to a wood surface with a variety of tools and important safety precautions. Explore hands-on exploration and discovery, with the opportunity to ask questions that arise while working. By the end of class, you will be equipped to continue working on your own.

Capturing light in a painting can bring a subject to life and fill your work with glowing ambiance and mood. In this class, we will focus on light as a main element and create color sketches and studies that build to a strong finished painting, which participants will work on in class. Techniques such as washes, glazing, and masking will be demonstrated at the beginning of each class and discussed.