Adult Studio Art

Learn a broad range of approaches for working with encaustics through demonstrations on various tools and techniques. Topics will include: mixing encaustic medium, applying color, applying medium to a wood surface using a variety of tools, appropriate safety precautions, and more. You will be allowed plenty of time for hands on exploration and discovery, with the opportunity to ask questions that arise while working. Upon finishing the class, you will be equipped to continue working on your own.

When we think of fresco painting we often think of large-scale mural painting. The focus of this workshop will be making portable fresco panels. Learn the techniques of this age-old medium, as you make substrates of wood and lathe, grind pigments, and paint true “Buon Fresco” on freshly laid wet plaster. The use of fresco on both traditional and unusual/unlikely surfaces will allow you to make work your own in a contemporary context as you learn this revered medium. All levels welcome. Please bring watercolor brushes.

This class is designed for people who have had some basic experience watercolor painting or are feeling adventurous and want to jump right in. During the five sessions we will look at different experimental approaches to painting with watercolor and how we can incorporate them into paintings. We will learn how to create dynamic washes, interesting textures, patterns, and marks that would be hard to achieve with traditional methods but can make a painting glow.

This class is designed to help the painter that feels stuck or would like to learn ways to loosen up and be free with their painting. There will be weekly demonstrations and lots of encouragement to try new things.

Please see the suggested materials list below. Participants will be expected to bring their materials to the first class.

This class will offer simple and easy artistic techniques to create one-of-a-kind pieces and provide various paper products to use, including handmade paper and various recycled materials. Learn the steps on how to make a sculptural vessel that you can use in the home or give as a gift.

Trelawney O'Brien is a textile based artist and educator living in Rockport. When she is not teaching, she is working in her studio in Hope, creating textiles, art installations for exhibitions, and working on creative commissions. To see examples of her work, go to

Cost: $46; $40 members (includes $10 materials fee)

Monday through Friday, March 13 to 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In this week-long workshop with poet Kathleen Ellis, participants will expand their range of poetry writing styles, and explore new strategies for re-energizing their work by creating and stretching tension and surprise. Using models of contemporary poets, as well as current exhibits at the Farnsworth, we will jump-start new poems based on what we see, read, imagine, and re-vision. Poets and visual artists of all levels welcome.

In this four-week workshop, join artist Margaret Rizzio, with her wealth of vintage ephemera and paper supplies, and learn various collage techniques. Breathe new life into once-forgotten materials in these collage filled afternoons. Through different prompts, we will explore what it means to use pattern vs. image, cutting vs. tearing, bold vs. muted colors, and textured vs. flat surfaces. Please feel free to bring collage materials you would like to incorporate, but know there will be plenty of materials to share. There will also be time to discuss and share our work with the group. 

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.

Come join artist Margaret Rizzio to make unique valentines just in time for the 14th! In this one-day workshop, participants will learn various card-making techniques and the creative freedom the medium of collage provides. Using a wide variety of ephemera and various vintage print materials, we will make one-of-a-kind greetings. Please feel free to bring collage materials, but know there will be plenty of vintage print materials to use and share. 

Explore the relief potential of collagraphs in combination with linocuts during this 4-day workshop. We will start with a focus on creating a dynamic design using paper, cardboard, string, and other materials to make a collagraph block. Using a press, participants will have the opportunity to make embossings and try out various inking options with their collagraph block. Participants will further develop their image by designing and cutting a linoleum block in response to their collagraph. See what surprises are in store when combining the two blocks by layering and overprinting the designs.

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!