Teen Programs

This week-long photo camp for middle school students will experiment with different photo-based projects. We will explore printing digitally on Japanese papers, various transfer techniques, and experimenting with instant films. Included: fun, sun, and lots of printing.
Instructor Deanna Witman is an artist-educator with more than ten years of teaching in the arts who enjoys integrating various art media and the natural world into the classes she leads. She has an M.F.A. in Photography from Maine Media College.
Location: Gamble Education Center
Materials: digital cameras and computers will be available for student use
Class size: limited to 6 students
The Farsworth has continued to partner with RASA (the Rockland After School Alliance) to present a 5-week after school photography program in the Julia’s Gallery digital photography lab. Mentor artist Deanna Witman will lead this program designed for both those students who have little to no experience with digital photography to those with intermediate skills. Beginning with basic technical skills of how to use a (provided) digital camera, the program will cover how to process and print those images. Each class will involve a fun and discreet project that will build on skills acquired in the previous class. The projects will range from cinemagraphs and will include paper & scissors fun along with digital imaging.
The Farsworth has partnered with RASA (the Rockland After School Alliance) to present a 6-week after school photography program in the Julia’s Gallery digital photography lab. Mentor artist Deanna Witman will lead this program designed both for students who have little to no experience with digital photography and those with intermediate skills.
On Thursday, September 29, 3-6 p.m., high school students are invited to learn the art of letterpress printing at the Farnsworth Art Museum. Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists is hosting a short workshop for up to 5 participants. Letterpress printing involves moveable type, a system of printing that uses moveable pieces of type – individual letters, numbers, characters – to reproduce the elements of a document. Invented in China, but popularized by Johannes Gutenberg in 1440, moveable type was like the internet for the 15th century, allowing widespread reproduction of printed materials like books, announcements, and advertising.
This six-week classwill provide middle-school age students with a framework for viewing and understanding photographic images. Through viewing photographs of artists, anthropologists, scientists, and documentarians, we will discuss the common practice of looking. We will view and develop an understanding of subjects including the relation of history, culture, and society to the photographic image within various genres. Each participant will be encouraged to participate in how s/he relates to ever-present imagery surrounding us. In each class, the group will venture out to make their own photographs using the day’s topic and discussion as a spring board. Participants will have access to a media lab and use of iMacs, digital cameras, and software such as Photoshop.
In this late-summer workshop, teens will learn how to screen print on t-shirts and other fabrics. Participants will create hand-generated and photomechanical stencils for their own designs on t-shirts, garments, or fabrics they bring to class. Some art homework will be required between classes. This workshop teaches basic techniques that can be applied to at-home projects after the class is completed. Participants will need to bring in sketches of design ideas and t-shirts (all-cotton works best) for the first day of class. All other materials will be provided in class.
 *Please note, this class has been combined with the adult screen printing workshop.
Ever wondered what your photographs would look like not as stills, but as installations, projections, on the web, as slide show collaborative projects, or as artists’ book? This 10-week summer workshop for high school age students will focus on not only learning basic skills of making photographs, but also what it means to look outside the view-finder by mining the various media available to artists. We will learn about and experiment with the conceptual side of the artistic process. Discussion, occasional readings, and hands-on creation of new (and older) media will be part of this class. Participants will have access to a media lab and use of iMacs, digital cameras, LCD projector, and software such as Photoshop. 
Join us on Thursday, November 4th, at 7:30 p.m., for the film premier of the youth produced music video featuring local singer-songwriter Alexis Pastuhov. This project is a joint collaboration between Julia’s Gallery For Young Artists at the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Strand Theatre. Over a two month period, participants were involved in pre-production, directing, screenwriting, acting, camera work, set photography, sound and post production, working under the guidance of director Nicole Marie Fuller and production designer, Virginia Hastings. The 1920s themed video features fantastical montages and vintage zombies.
Hop on the bus with Trekkers, Maine Media Workshops and Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists to learn photography skills from teen mentors and local artists while investigating the unique character of the region’s working waterfront. Over an eight-week period, students will travel on the Trekkers bus to coastal sites in towns such as Cushing, Thomaston, St. George, Rockland, Rockport and Camden to investigate the history, stories and current issues related to the lobster, groundfish, clamming and seaweed industries, in addition to the tradition of boatbuilding and schooners in midcoast Maine. Students will document their findings through photographs, sketching and interviews and work at the Maine Media Workshops lab to edit and refine their work. The program will culminate in a celebratory exhibition and reception in 2010.
What makes fashion what it is? Julia’s Gallery is pleased to offer a series of hip fashion workshops this fall. Teens are invited to apply to participate in four consecutive, hands-on sessions to investigate contemporary fashion design in relation to the Farnsworth’s collection of 19th century clothing and accessories. Led by designer Beth Bowley, artists Martha Miller and Alex Rheault, as well as curator Janice Kasper, the four workshops will include drawing and painting teen portraits focusing on contemporary teen clothing, a visit to fourTWELVE on Main Street in Rockland, and sketching Victorian clothing and accessories on site at the Homestead.

grades 7-12
Class size: limited to 10 students
Cost: free