Adult Studio Art

Learn the resist dye techniques, Shibori, and experiment with natural dyes, like indigo. All materials will be provided including 2 yards of cotton fabric. Students may bring other natural fibers to experiment with.  
Cost: $36; $30 members

This program is part of the Fall Arts & Crafts Series with Trelawney O’Brien

Trelawney O'Brien is a textile based artist and art teacher living in Rockport. She has been teaching at the Farnsworth since 2011, creating unique and inspiring classes for kids and adults. When she is not teaching, she is working in her studio in Hope, creating textiles, art installations for exhibitions, and working on creative commissions. 

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 - and push themselves - into territory they may not have explored before.
Multi-media artist Mark Kelly 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 and lives in Lincolnville.

Cost: $120; $96 members

The white line woodblock, or “Provincetown Print,” is a color woodcut in which a line drawing is cut into a single block using a heavy xacto knife. Gouache or watercolor is applied with a brush, one area at a time, the attached paper is laid down and rubbed with a wooden spoon to print that area only, and so on. We’ll make a colorful, unique print with a painterly quality, with the line drawing remaining integral to the finished piece. Students should be prepared with a 5" x 5" simple line drawing that we will then transfer to the wood block.

Color comes alive on fabric in this four-day workshop, where the color-loving student will be introduced to fiber reactive textile dyes and the breadth of color that they can provide. The class will cover dye and color history, basic dye components and materials, proper dye lab setup, dye safety, and the detailed steps of dyeing natural cellulose fibers. Students will learn both immersion and direct dye methods, which are perfect skills for quilters, sewists, fashion designers, weavers, embroiderers, and artists of any sort. Each student will create a comprehensive dye swatch and recipe book for future dyeing reference, and will gain the knowledge and preparation for taking on personal dyeing projects.

Join us for a series of studio tours with the artists Meghan Brady, Melissa Sweet, Judy Bonzi,  Richard Iammarino, and Julie Crane. The group will depart from the Wyeth Center’s parking lot.  Open to 20 participants. BYO snacks and/or bagged lunch to enjoy en route.

Cost: $30; $20 members; $10 Collective members

Melissa Sweet
Melissa Sweet in her studio.


Artist Richard Iammarino will lead a weeklong intensive offering instruction for drawing with silverpoint and crow quill pen. This class invites participants of all levels and creative inclinations to learn and explore their drawing practice. The class will introduce various techniques to prepare drawing surfaces for use with silverpoint and India ink. Silverpoint is one of several types of metalpoint techniques where a drawing is made by dragging and marking a metal stylus on a prepared surface. The crow quill pen is the finest point used when pen and ink drawing and is ideal for small scale works, either from observation or imagination.

In this week-long  plein air landscape painting workshop, participants will have the rare privilege of painting at one of Maine’s most scenic sites, in beautiful South Bristol at the ocean-front property of artist and instructor Kayla Mohammadi and internationally renowned artist John Walker. Participants will focus on painting what they see from the landscape and will be encouraged to develop their own style.

Create a multicolor print from a single block of linoleum. This process of reducing the block by cutting and printing the colors sequentially in layers can be quite an exciting challenge. Each color is printed first, the entire edition all at once, then cut away from the block before the next layer of color is printed.  The final block is reduced, leaving only the raised surface of the last color printed. Throughout most of the process you will work in reverse and backwards. The reduction method is not only economical it also allows for accurate registration (correct alignment of the block and paper with each color printing).

Class cancelled due to low registration.

This workshop is for photographers and other visual artists who want to add writing to a project and for writers who want to incorporate visual images in a significant way. We will begin by looking at a wide variety of word & image texts to get a sense of the ways artists combine the two. Then, we will focus on each student’s specific interest/project, helping to identify ways to incorporate the two art forms into a whole that works. In the second week, students will work on creating a dummy for a portion of a word & image project. Please bring a laptop or tablet to each class. Open to 12 participants.