Adult Studio Art

Sunday, February 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturdays, March 12 to May 21, 1 to 4 p.m.
(no class 3/26)

Monday through Friday, March 14-18, 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 with mystery and surprise. Using models of
contemporary poets as well as current exhibits at the Farnsworth & local art
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.

When decorating eggs in the Ukrainian style, designs are drawn on the egg with melted beeswax, which flows from a tool called a Kystka. The eggs are then dipped in a series of dyes and the final pattern is revealed when the wax is removed. The Pysanka, a decorated egg, was common among Slavic peoples as far back as 5,000 B.C. and became deeply important in spring rituals, symbolizing nature’s rebirth. All materials will be provided for this workshop. Space is open to 25 participants and is recommended for families with children 8 years old and up. Adults without accompanying children are welcome to attend as well.

Saturdays, March 19 – April 16, 9 a.m. to noon
The goal of this course is to practice seeing and representing the figure using fundamental methods of drawing based on principles used since the 19th century. After a series of demos by the instructor, students begin with block-in drawing, learning to see the figure as a whole, and then clearly develop proportions and gesture in a linear way. After, students will start a long pose drawing, which is developed to completion, starting with a loose drawing and progressing to a highly finished and modeled figure drawing. Proper proportion, beautiful gesture, correct anatomy, and an understanding of the relationship between large and small forms will be stressed throughout the course.

Saturday and Sunday, March 5 & 6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This watercolor workshop will include floral still life painting in the studio. We will explore the process of setting up and arranging, as well as composing and painting. Color and movement will guide our focus – passion and vision being our motivators.

Come for the day and recharge your creativity for the winter ahead.  Whether you are a painter, writer, gardener, crafter or thinker, keeping a visual journal is a way to enhance your creative practice. This class will consist of hourly demonstrations using a wide variety of materials and techniques, loads of prompts to get your imagination flowing, and plenty of individual attention.  All materials will be provided, just bring your own sketchbook or journal.  Please bring a bag lunch. Instructor will provide snacks and tea throughout the day.

Artist Ingrid Ellison has a BS from Skidmore College and an MFA from American University. Built in layers, her work is informed by elements of nature, both from the surrounding environment and from the microscopic world.

In this introductory workshop, students will use careful observation as well as pencil and watercolor to create a detailed, full-color illustration of a natural history subject. After beginning with a brief overview of the basic history, principles, and conventions of scientific illustration, students will work one-on-one with specimens to create studies that include careful notes and sketches of the anatomy, shapes, colors, and other details of their subjects. Students will use these studies to then create an accurate and finished watercolor on hot-pressed paper. This class is open to anyone age 14 and up. No experience is necessary. All materials except paint brushes will be provided.