Teen Programs

Julia’s Gallery is delighted to announce the re-opening of the teen arts gallery this spring. The first planning meeting for students ages 16-17 years is Saturday, May 2 from 1-4 p.m. and gallery sessions continue on Saturday afternoons through June, as well as Thursday afternoons from 3-5 p.m. Working in a supportive and self-directed environment, students will have an opportunity to tour the museum, matte and frame art work, create and distribute marketing materials for the summer show and ready the gallery space for installation. Julia’s Gallery is located at the corner of Union and Elm Streets in Rockland. The program is free, but class size is limited to 12 students, ages 16-17 years old. Students 18 years old, but entering their senior year next year, are also invited to join Julia’s.

Julia's Gallery is excited to announce the launching of a new studio art program for teens entitled "You Know What I'm Saying? An exploration of personal and community identity as a teen living in MidCoast Maine." Local artist and designer Tom Weis will be the mentor teacher and students will work in 2D and 3D media. This free 10-week program, open to students aged 13 to 15 years living in the midcoast area, will take place at the Farnsworth's Gamble Education Center and Julia's Gallery on Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. between April 18 and June 20, as well as on Thursdays for drop-in hours from 3-5 p.m. between April 23 through June 18.

Vinalhaven artist and teacher Erica Hansen invites teens to consider art objects in relation to the individual that made them, the time they were created and the space they now occupy. By visiting the spaces that art is viewed locally in the Rockland area, students will develop a relationship to artworks as shared experiences rather than isolated objects. Using that dialogue as an impetus for play, participants will create their own artwork drawn from interactions with artists and artwork in their own community. The final product will be an online magazine where student’s critiques, interviews, reviews and original artworks will be displayed.

Vinalhaven artist and teacher Erica Hansen invites teens to consider art objects in relation to the individual that made them, the time they were created and the space they now occupy. By visiting the spaces that art is viewed locally in the Rockland area, students will develop a relationship to artworks as shared experiences rather than isolated objects. Using that dialogue as an impetus for play, participants will create their own artwork drawn from interactions with artists and artwork in their own community. The final product will be an online magazine where student’s critiques, interviews, reviews and original artworks will be displayed. Hansen completed her BFA at the Maine College of Art in 2000 and her MA in Arts and Education at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008.

In this special summer course coinciding with the Robert Indiana & the Star of Hope exhibition, teen artists will learn to print single and multiple color designs on paper and t-shirts from original images. Participants are asked to bring several hand- or computer-drawn bold designs to the first class. Simple compositions containing geometric or organic shapes, play/modification of alphabet, numbers, partial forms or symbols will work best—bring your ideas! Students will tour the Indiana show at the museum during the first class for additional inspiration. Instructor Jason Engelhardt worked with master printers in New York City for four years on limited edition screen prints of work by Robert Indiana, Marisol, Chuck Close, Nancy Spero and others, before receiving his MFA in printmaking at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

In this special summer course coinciding with the Robert Indiana & the Star of Hope exhibition, teen artists will learn to print single and multiple color designs on paper and t-shirts from original images. Participants are asked to bring several hand- or computer-drawn bold designs to the first class. Simple compositions containing geometric or organic shapes, play/modification of alphabet, numbers, partial forms or symbols will work best—bring your ideas! Students will tour the Indiana show at the museum during the first class for additional inspiration. Instructor Jason Engelhardt worked with master printers in New York City for four years on limited edition screen prints of work by Robert Indiana, Marisol, Chuck Close, Nancy Spero and others, before receiving his MFA in printmaking at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Imagine growing up on an island and going to school in a one-room schoolhouse. Now, imagine yourself as a master framer preparing photographs taken by the six students who go to school on Matinicus Island, 15 miles off shore from Owls Head. And now, make it a reality by joining this weeklong, hands-on workshop that includes training sessions with Julia’s Gallery teen mentors and local frame shops in Rockland. Working as a team, you will matte and frame 25 photographs, prepare labels and mount written work, as well as create an installation kit and pack the artwork. Once complete, you will ship the exhibition to Matinicus for the opening reception in early August. The Matinicus photography project is a program of Julia’s Gallery.