Adult Studio Art

This class will offer simple and easy artistic techniques to create one-of-a-kind pieces and provide various paper products to use, including handmade paper and various recycled materials. Learn the steps on how to make a sculptural vessel that you can use in the home or give as a gift.
“A poet writes the history of his [her] body.”—Henry David Thoreau, The Journal
Led by poet Kathleen Ellis, this workshop will explore the connections between poetry and art, using the museum’s current exhibitions and practicing acts of cultural dumpster-diving (both literally and figuratively) to trigger our creative juices. We will generate new poems that challenge who we are in our historical, cultural, and natural environments, using real-world references to address the paradoxical inevitability of modern life. There will be experimentation with a wide range of poetic forms, visits to exhibits (different from the Aug. 5-9 workshop), daily group critique, and revision sessions.
Punch needle rug hooking, also called "New England Style," is easy to learn and fun to do. Create an 8" x 8" square or circular wool hooked project (a mat or pillow top) 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.
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.