Adult Studio Art

Punch needle rug hooking, also called "New England Style," is easy to learn and fun to do. Create a 12" x 12" square or circular wool hooked project (a mat, pillow top or chair pad) of your own design. With a punch needle threaded with yarn, the rug is worked from the back to form the loops, instead of from the front, as in traditional rug hooking.
Simple, graphic designs work best for this method. Time will be spent introducing and practicing technique, creating a design (perhaps inspired by the museum collection), choosing colors of available 100% wool rug yarn, hooking, and finishing off the project. Participants will have use of Oxford punch needles, hoops and frames during class time as well as all necessary supplies and equipment to complete their project.
This class is an introduction to traditional Japanese woodblock printing. Each person will cut and print an edition of color prints to learn about this non-toxic technique. Mokuhanga provides precise registration and great control over color and a connection to an important chapter in the history of printmaking. We 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.
In this free workshop, students will make a connection between poetry and art. Many poets have been inspired by works of art, and The Poetry of Art will begin with a few poems written in response to famous works of art. With a prompt, participants will proceed to a gallery to choose an artwork to write about. The workshop will end with an exploration of poetry/art connections. This program is part of Poetry Month Rockland, a city-wide celebration of poetry as an art form, produced by the Rockland Public Library in conjunction with National Poetry Month.
Join artist Colin Page for a weekend workshop exploring the fundamentals of good picture making, focusing on oil painting the landscape outdoors. Starting with the premise that there is great value in painting from nature, this class is a great way to improve your painting skills in a supportive environment. Page will use demonstrations and one on one time with students to teach about paint handling, composition, color, drawing, and how to see more carefully. Each session will start by discussing a different idea, and how to improve that aspect in a painting. Not only will the workshop cover the basics of good picture making, but it will also encourage students to take the more challenging task of making an already good painting even better.

Saturdays, February 18 through March 24, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
In this ongoing twelve-week class, all ages are invited to explore drawing and painting. The class does not teach one technique or the “right way” to draw or paint, but is geared to the individual skill level and natural inclination of each student. The aim is to encourage open discipline, freshness, and working outside clichéd ways of making art. Techniques and media can be explored as a wide-ranging survey or in a limited, concentrated way. For 25 years, Sam Cady taught in the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He shows at the Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland, as well as in Boston and New York. Cady’s own work begins with the physical, visible world and the ideas and emotions it triggers.
Please note: Our December E-Newsletter contained an error regarding the date of this class. This class takes place on Sunday, January 29, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Snow Date: Sunday, February 5)
In this one- day workshop, participants will have the opportunity to develop books with imagery and content. In the morning, we will focus on a sculptural pop-up eight-page book, created from a single sheet of paper. In the afternoon, each student will create two more single sheet books that will be designed as a set with a common theme. This workshop is open to all levels of experience.
Students are invited to join a three-day intensive class devoted to learning the craft of traditional rug hooking. In this introductory class, the rich history of primitive rug design will be discussed and step-by-step hooking basics, including how to prepare foundation material, cut wool, and work with yarn will be taught. Students will also learn about tools such as hooks, frames and hoops, and will be shown various techniques and finishing options. By the end of the class, each student will have made a small 8” x 18” rug from start to finish. No prior rug hooking experience is required and a starter’s kit with all necessary materials is included with the cost of the class.