Adult Studio Art

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.
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.