Adult Studio Art

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.

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.