Adult Studio Art

This four week session is open to anyone new to watercolor. We will focus on learning the characteristics of watercolor and the different tools commonly used. We will also be exploring fun techniques such as masking, building dynamic washes, stamping, pouring and splattering paint, and how to incorporate them into paintings. Individuals will work on a painting throughout the workshop, starting with building an interesting and successful composition through thumbnail sketches and color & value studies, then jumping into the painting process. So come to class with inspiration, ideas, and maybe some photos/sketches of what you would like to paint!

This class is about appreciating the world around us, and as an ongoing workshop, each session varies according to the dynamics of the group. The focus of the work is still-life set-ups in the Gamble Education Center and land/seascapes from area excursions depending on the season and weather. In-class discussions include the historical and contemporary treatment of these various subjects. Many approaches are taught from different drawing-media to water-based painting. Working out of a personal, natural inclination is stressed more than a specific style or approach to making art. The class includes participants of all varieties and skill levels. We learn from each other.

In this weekend workshop, participants will learn how to create a hand bound, hardcover book filled with their own artwork. On day one, we’ll focus on constructing book pages. Instructor Cynthia McGuirl will demonstrate a variety of techniques for attaching artwork to pages, such as cut slots, stitching, and mounting with glue.

Gelatin printing is a fun, fast, and spontaneous process. The basic materials are inexpensive, non-toxic, and clean up with water. No printing press or drawing skills are required to create a wonderfully detailed and layered monotype print. You will learn how to make your own gelatin plate, and how to break it down and restore it. You will create your own stencils, masks, and stamps to use in the printing process. We will explore layering, how to pull a “ghost print,” and utilize common items including found and natural objects as mark-making tools.  On the last day, you will use your printed papers to make a hand-made artist book. 

Monday through Friday, July 25 to 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join local artist Annie Bailey for a week of watercolor painting. The basics of color mixing, brushwork, and composition will be covered alongside the experience of painting plein air in and around the midcoast region. The emphasis of this course will be on combining creative mark-making with accurate seeing. Plan to slow down and experience your environment through new eyes. Open to beginner and intermediate students. Please bring a bagged lunch.

This workshop has been cancelled due to low enrollment.

In this workshop, offered as a collaborative between the Farnsworth Art Museum and the University of Maine, students will begin by touring the major exhibition Pushing Boundaries on its opening day at the Farnsworth and attend a conversation with master printmaker Donald Saff about the multimedia prints he created in collaboration with famed artists such as Jim Dine, Nancy Graves, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, and James Turrell. 

Landscape Painting in South Bristol
with Instructor Kayla Mohammadi and Guest Artist John Walker
Monday through Friday, July 18 to 22, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Noontime Sit at the Farnsworth with Rachel Nixon
Thursdays, April 7 through May 12, noon to 1 p.m. 

White-line Woodblock Printmaking with Willy Reddick
Thursday, July 7, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.