Adult Studio Art

Cancelled due to low enrollment.

Revamp that old sweatshirt or piece of ho-hum fabric.  Using Pentel fabric pastels, we will be creating a stencil and typography to add color and design.  Invite your friends and make a colorful and fun design, then leave with a new piece to wear or play with this winter!  Students need to bring a plain sweatshirt or plain cotton fabric. Preregistration is recommended, drop-ins are welcome while supplies last.  Open to 20 participants.

Learn and play with basic surface design techniques.  We will be exploring 3 different styles:  stenciling, stamping with natural and carved stamps, and free-hand painting.  Students will leave with newly designed fabric.  There will also be an opportunity to collaborate and have a "cloth swap" at the end of class.  Open to 20 participants.

Winter Blues Craft Series:
Shake off the winter blues and get crafty with us! While we all like to do a bit of hibernating in the winter, we invite you to get out of the house and spend some time in the studio with other creative-types. We’ll encourage you to some risks and have fun! Lead by artist Trelawney O’Brien.

Cost: $70 nonmembers; $58 members (includes materials)

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM ITS ORIGINAL MEETING TIME ON SATURDAY 1/31 and will now be meeting on Sunday, 2/1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. due to the winter storm.

In this one-day introductory workshop, learn wax resist and hand-dyeing techniques.  Create your own design using typography and handmade stencils applied to a yard of fabric. Leave with a one-of-a-kind, well-designed piece.  Open to 20 participants.

Cost: $50 for nonmembers; $42 members (includes materials)

Is a tree really green? When is a red apple not red? What exactly do we mean when we say a shadow is grey? In this class we will pay homage to color pioneer Josef Albers and work with ColorAid paper to disable our auto-pilot approach to the observation and articulation of color. Learn to make two different colors appear identical. Learn to make color shapes vibrate outside the space of a frame. Create optical illusions that reveal keys to exciting moments of color so often taken for granted in the world around us and in art. Leave your color wheel and your anxiety about mixing paint at home — this class doesn’t require either and is open to everyone from the color-newbie to the professional. All will be challenged. Experience “A-ha!” moments and watch your capacity to engage in the visual culture around you explode with possibility.

Students learn the process of creating, designing and building their own personal mask. Participants will be expected to use their wildest ideas about creatures and myths when designing their work. Work will be executed sculpting clay, papier-mâché, and wire. We will also be adding our own hand- sewn costumes to create creatures both magical and scary. And as a group, we will also build a large parading puppet. These will be part of the Fall Family Festival Parade, which will depart from the Farnsworth’s sculpture garden at 5:30 p.m. on October 18th in Rockland. Participating students should be old enough to work independently, or have adult supervision.

In this 3-week introductory class, students will explore watercolor's transparent qualities. Together we will learn about washes, gradations, tonal values, manipulating and controlling the medium while being open to its endless surprises.

Artist Lesia Sochor is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art and is an enthusiastic teacher who believes anyone has the ability to create. She has lived, painted and exhibited in Maine for 34 years.

Cost: $123, $105 members

This 7-week class will introduce a variety of techniques and will focus on integrating new processes on the painting surface. Each class will begin with a demonstration, and allow plenty of time for experimentation and individual attention. We will work on a number of smaller “practice pieces” as well as develop a larger piece to work on throughout the course. Basic composition, theme and concepts of design will be covered during class time. We will be using water-based paints and mediums, drawing, collage, printing, and various tools for paint application. Whether participants choose to work figuratively or abstractly, they will be encouraged to find expression and meaning in their own work.

In this 10-week class, students will work on existing drawing and painting projects or on a directed course of the basics, depending on each individual’s level of skill and personal needs. The class will primarily take place in the lower classroom of the Gamble Center and outdoors, weather permitting. Each session will have brief discussion at the beginning and a sharing critique of work completed at the end. Working between sessions is encouraged. The class is open to all ages (6 to 90).

Note: The class may meet in an alternate space on 10/18 & 12/13.

For over 25 years, artist Sam Cady taught in the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He shows at the Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland. His own drawings and paintings begin with the physical, visible world and the ideas and emotions it triggers.

In this half-day introductory class, participants will learn the basics of relief printing, one of the earliest forms of printmaking.  The class will begin at the Project Puffin Visitor Center (located at 311 Main Street in downtown Rockland), where participants will observe and sketch seabirds via the Center's webcams. The group will discuss image ideas and design approaches by looking at examples of relief prints, including those on view in exhibition at the visitor center by artist and instructor, Sherrie York.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your own hooked rug? Students are invited to join a three-day 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 rug hooking basics will be taught, which will include preparing foundation material, cutting the wool, and hooking with yarn and silk. Students will also learn about tools such as hooks, frames and hoops, and they will be shown various hooking techniques and finishing options. By the end of the class, each student will have made a 12” x 12” rug from start to finish. No prior rug hooking experience is required.  All materials will be provided by the instructor.