Adult Studio Art

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.

Come for the day and recharge your creativity for the winter ahead.  Whether you are a painter, writer, gardener, crafter or thinker, keeping a visual journal is a way to enhance your creative practice. This class will consist of hourly demonstrations using a wide variety of materials and techniques, loads of prompts to get your imagination flowing, and plenty of individual attention.  All materials will be provided, just bring your own sketchbook or journal.  Please bring a bag lunch. Instructor will provide snacks and tea throughout the day.

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 introductory workshop, students will use careful observation as well as pencil and watercolor to create a detailed, full-color illustration of a natural history subject. After beginning with a brief overview of the basic history, principles, and conventions of scientific illustration, students will work one-on-one with specimens to create studies that include careful notes and sketches of the anatomy, shapes, colors, and other details of their subjects. Students will use these studies to then create an accurate and finished watercolor on hot-pressed paper. This class is open to anyone age 14 and up. No experience is necessary. All materials except paint brushes will be provided.

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.