Adult Studio Art

In this four-day workshop, painter Tina Ingraham will open paths of visual awareness for students while painting in the open air. Topics of learning include what to do with the foreground, dealing with the cast shadow, translating the nuances of green into paint, and how to describe three-dimensionality on a two-dimensional support with color, paint, brush and surface, including the “Alla Prima Process,” which involves gauging time, light and passion for finding a painting’s resolution in one sitting. On Tuesday afternoon Ingraham will present and discuss a selection of plein-air paintings.
Learn the art of Mokuhanga, a traditional Japanese woodblock printing process, in this intensive introductory workshop. Each participant will cut and print an edition of color prints to learn about this water-based, nontoxic technique. Mokuhanga provides precise registration and great control over color and a connection to an important chapter in the history of printmaking. Students will cut blocks during the first half of class and print during the second half. Each class will begin with a discussion of a different aspect of Japanese woodblock.
Engaging in the act of art making asks questions of us, such as “Who am I? What do I have to say?” Any creative endeavor provides us with an opportunity to explore, think, discover and express ourselves. The intention of this class is to give participants space and time to awaken and stimulate the creative process. We will "play" in order to strengthen our ability to recognize our own creative voice. Using paper, paint, ink, cardboard and an assortment of other materials we will draw, paint, cut, tear, glue and construct 2D and 3D work. Each day, projects will be suggested to get you started. Both the absolute beginner and the more experienced artist will enjoy and benefit from this experience. Participants are encouraged to bring any personal art materials they may have for themselves and the group.
Led by poet Kathleen Ellis, this workshop will explore the connections between poetry and art, using the museum’s current exhibitions, Rockland’s waterfront, and Edna St. Vincent Millay’s historic birthplace as sources for writing. 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.
Kathleen Ellis is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently Narrow River to the North. She is the winner of the Southwest Review Poetry Award and Nimrod’s Pablo Neruda Prize. She lives in Orono, Maine where she teaches English and Honors at the University of Maine and coordinates POETS/SPEAK! for the Bangor Public Library.
In this intensive weekend workshop, students will learn the centuries-old technique of screen printing. Using both the hand-cut stencil and low-impact fluid stencil methods, students will learn to transfer drawings and other images on to cloth and paper. We will explore different tools and media, including inks and textile dyes. The course will cover the screen printing process from start to finish, including appropriate studio setup, preparation of artwork, printing multiples, and finishing and setting. Students will be encouraged to learn through a combination of experimentation, improvisation, and thoughtful planning. This course is perfect for the beginning screen printer, whether you plan to print your own greeting cards, create a fine art edition, or dabble in textile printing.
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.
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.
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!