Adult Studio Art

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.
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.