Adult Studio Art

In this 4-week introductory class, students will explore watercolor's transparent qualities. Together we will learn about washes, gradations, tonal values, manipulating and controlling the medium while being open to its endless surprises. Repeat students are welcome to participate.

Artist Lesia Sochor is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art and is an enthusiastic teacher who believes anyone has the ability to create. She has lived, painted and exhibited in Maine for 34 years.

Materials: Participants can bring 140lb. watercolor paper and any paints (either pan paints or tubes) or brushes you might have. Materials will be discussed at the first class.

Cost: $123, $105 members

This class will provide an introduction to a variety of materials and techniques while participants work on one larger cradled panel or canvas to complete a unique personal narrative piece.  We will use a range of water-based materials, glazing, collage, transfers and found objects to complete the work.  All materials needed and plenty of individual support will be provided each class. Students need only arrive with a concept or idea and the rest will unfold in the class. Students are encouraged to bring a mixed-media sketchbook or journal to work in alongside their larger piece.

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 week-long workshop led by poet Kathleen Ellis, participants will read and write poems that are not limited to only one kind of language. From odes to curses to poetic “selfies,” we will explore the driving force of a poem. Using models of contemporary poets as well as drawing on the Farnsworth’s current exhibits and local art galleries, we will jump-start new poems.  There will be in-class exercises and daily group critiques, and the class is open to poets and visual artists of all levels. Please bring personal writing materials to class.

Led by poet Kathleen Ellis, this workshop is for writers who would like to deepen and broaden their own work as well as engage with the work of their peers and contemporaries in a critical manner. Exploration of and experimentation with a wide range of poetic forms will be used to jumpstart new poems. There will be in-class exercises and daily group critiques. Open to intermediate and advanced poets, or those who have taken at least two previous workshops with Ellis. Please bring personal writing materials. Open to 11 students.

In this week-long writing workshop with poet Kathleen Ellis, participants will ratchet up their range of poetry writing tools, moving from metaphor to metonymy, mining new sources, and exploring new strategies. Using models of contemporary poets as well as drawing on exhibits at the Farnsworth and local 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. Please bring personal writing materials. Open to 11 participants.

Come play and paint a “masterpiece”! No artistic or creative talent necessary! We will provide an assortment of paint by number kits and all materials. Bring your friends, enjoy some refreshments, and paint the night away! Pretend that you too are a master! Preregistration is recommended, drop-ins are welcome while supplies last. Open to 20 participants.

Winter Blues Craft Series:
Shake off the winter blues and get crafty with us! While we all like to do a bit of hibernating in the winter, we invite you to get out of the house and spend some time in the studio with other creative-types. We’ll encourage you to some risks and have fun! Lead by artist Trelawney O’Brien.

Cost: $40; $34 members (includes materials)

Collage, sew, and paint a set of personal handmade postcards.  Come meet other creative minds, inspire each other and go away with 5 new pieces to send on the road! Preregistration is recommended, drop-ins are welcome while supplies last.  Open to 30 participants.

Winter Blues Craft Series:
Shake off the winter blues and get crafty with us! While we all like to do a bit of hibernating in the winter, we invite you to get out of the house and spend some time in the studio with other creative-types. We’ll encourage you to some risks and have fun! Lead by artist Trelawney O’Brien.

Cost: $35; $29 members (includes materials)

   

Cancelled due to low enrollment.

Revamp that old sweatshirt or piece of ho-hum fabric.  Using Pentel fabric pastels, we will be creating a stencil and typography to add color and design.  Invite your friends and make a colorful and fun design, then leave with a new piece to wear or play with this winter!  Students need to bring a plain sweatshirt or plain cotton fabric. Preregistration is recommended, drop-ins are welcome while supplies last.  Open to 20 participants.

Learn and play with basic surface design techniques.  We will be exploring 3 different styles:  stenciling, stamping with natural and carved stamps, and free-hand painting.  Students will leave with newly designed fabric.  There will also be an opportunity to collaborate and have a "cloth swap" at the end of class.  Open to 20 participants.

Winter Blues Craft Series:
Shake off the winter blues and get crafty with us! While we all like to do a bit of hibernating in the winter, we invite you to get out of the house and spend some time in the studio with other creative-types. We’ll encourage you to some risks and have fun! Lead by artist Trelawney O’Brien.

Cost: $70 nonmembers; $58 members (includes materials)

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM ITS ORIGINAL MEETING TIME ON SATURDAY 1/31 and will now be meeting on Sunday, 2/1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. due to the winter storm.

In this one-day introductory workshop, learn wax resist and hand-dyeing techniques.  Create your own design using typography and handmade stencils applied to a yard of fabric. Leave with a one-of-a-kind, well-designed piece.  Open to 20 participants.

Cost: $50 for nonmembers; $42 members (includes materials)