Adult Studio Art

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.

Getting Started with Oil Paint with Ingrid Ellison
Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Indigo Dyeing + Shibori Workshop with Trelawney O’Brien
Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Learn the resist dye technique, Shibori, and experiment with indigo. All materials will be provided including 2 yards of cotton fabric. Students may bring other natural fibers to experiment with. This class is for all levels.

In this week-long poetry workshop with award-winning poet Kathleen Ellis, participants will expand their range of writing styles by exploring new strategies and techniques. Using contemporary poems and artwork at the Farnsworth Museum & local galleries, we will jump-start new poems based on pop art and Robert Rauschenberg’s “combines” and assemblages. Poets and visual artists of all levels welcome.

In this week-long workshop with poet Kathleen Ellis we will explore connections between memory—truthful or fanciful—and history. How can language assuage or deepen our connections to the past? How do these events shape our values and world views, from our own identity to the plight of immigrants to climate change? Using current exhibits at the museum and local art galleries, photographs, historical events, and a range of poetic styles and techniques, we will jump-start new poems based on our experience and imagination. Open to intermediate and advanced poets and those who have taken at least two of Ellis’ previous workshops.