Adult Studio Art

Keeping a visual journal is a way of record keeping that engages the artistic self on an informal basis while nurturing the creative spirit on a daily basis. In this course, students will be encouraged to get artistic ideas out of their heads and into beautiful books. Each class will introduce new techniques to define the student’s sense of color, line, texture, image and text. Processes covered will include transfers and simple block-printing, gelatin-printing, collage, and the use of various wet and dry media. Whether a beginning or seasoned painter, gardener, chef or thinker, this class is for everyone. If you are a returning participant, this class promises new techniques and refreshing prompts to use in your daily practice.
 
In this one-day intensive workshop, a restricted palette is taught for the purpose of building a knowledge of color theory. Participants will work directly on the palette by mixing tonal relationships that correlate to what is observed in nature. The basic principles of building a painting, such as supports and grounds, viscosities, and painting “fat over lean” to create the skin of the painting, will be discussed. This workshop is designed for experienced beginners and intermediate painters, and participants will complete two to three canvases of exercises and at least one still life painting.
 
This class has unfortunately been cancelled.

What colors do you see in the sky? How many shades of green are in a meadow? Is the ocean gray, blue or turquoise? These are some of the questions you will answer in this class as you design and hook a beautiful landscape using wool material, yarn or whatever fiber you like!  
 
This introduction to silk painting will provide participants of all skill levels the opportunity to produce beautiful and original works of art on silk. Together we will learn how to stretch silk onto a frame, how to apply gutta/resist, and how to apply silk paints and dyes. Through a variety of techniques, we will learn how to create clean patterns and images, and create different shades and textures—with the ultimate goal of creating beautiful images. The first day will be focused on learning different techniques, and the second day will be focused on creating a finished piece—either a scarf or a wall hanging.
 
This class has unfortunately been cancelled.
 
The human form is a wonder; however, to draw or sculpt it well, requires an understanding of broad anatomical structures, surface anatomy, and how the body moves. The foundation of this seven-week class is to have students of all abilities relax and enjoy the study of these challenges on multiple levels.
 
How can place be a character in a story? This class will use as inspiration the Farnsworth’s summer exhibitions depicting islands like Monhegan and the architectural renderings of the Homestead to spur re-imaginings of artworks into prose. Students will view a select work each week, write for forty-five minutes and share with the class for constructive feedback. The final week each student will choose his or her personal favorite to revise and present to the group. The goal of this workshop is to inspire participants to understand and incorporate place as a vibrant component of their work.
 
Many of us know what we mean when we talk about style or aesthetics in visual art: we can recognize a work of art as Abstract Expressionist, Impressionist, Realist, Surrealist, etc. But how does this sense of style translate to writing? What are some parallel movements in American poetry, and how can we think about poem-making through the lens of "style"? In this workshop, we'll try a variety of writing exercises inspired by various aesthetic movements on display at the Farnsworth, but rather than writing poems inspired by the works' content or appearance, we'll aim to make poems that echo the historical and theoretical motivations behind the schools of art.
 
 
Monday, August 6 through Friday, August 10, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
Led by poet Kathleen Ellis, this workshop will explore the connections between poetry and art, using the museum’s current exhibits, Rockland’s waterfront, and Edna St. Vincent Millay’s historic birthplace as sources for writing. This year’s focus will be on Frank Benson’s Impressionist art of North Haven Island and the island-themed work of Jamie Wyeth and Rockwell Kent. Experimentation with a wide range of poetic forms will be used to jumpstart new poems. The workshop will also include activities with charts and aerial photographs as well as daily group critiques.
 
Immerse yourself in drawing for this 3-day intensive. When we were children, drawing was a natural response to the world around us. It most likely brought us great pleasure. Unfortunately, many of us stopped drawing as we grew older, or decided we could not draw. This workshop is about picking up where you left off, without judgment, in a relaxed, supportive environment. Learning to draw is really a matter of learning to “see” in a new way. Once you begin to experience this new way of seeing, you will be able to draw.