Adult Program + Children/Family Program + Educator Workshop

In the late 19th century, American watercolor developed into an internationally recognized art form. Painters such as Winslow Homer, Maurice Prendergast, Edward Hopper and John Marin created many luminous works. The Farnsworth’s Registrar Angela Waldron, who organized the exhibition, will give an overview and discuss some of her favorite works that, due to their fragility, are seldom on view.
Join us for a three-day exploration of color, sculpture and story. Open to children ages 7 to 10, the class will venture into the museum to find inspiration in the colors used by painter Alex Katz, the forms of Louise Nevelson’s sculpture, and the stories expressed on canvas by N.C. Wyeth and in fiber by nineteenth-century rug hookers from Maine. Through guided inquiry the group will discover how featured artists work to accomplish their unique expressions. With these seeds of inspiration, students will explore color through painting, sculpt using various materials, and create clay relief artworks that tell their stories. Students will be instructed in basic color theory, as well as additive and low-relief sculpture techniques. Along with a daily field trip, the class will be provided with a nutritious midmorning snack.

For about a century hooked rugs have been avidly sought by collectors, artists and connoisseurs. Rug hooking spread rapidly from its nineteenth-century origins with the state of Maine central to its progress as a recognized art form. Rug types, makers, and movements all originating in Maine will be discussed. Guest curator Mildred Cole Péladeau is the author of Rug Hooking in Maine 1838-1940.

Open to all ages and levels of practice, this class aims to draw from the participants’ character, experience and hand rather than teach one method of approach to art-making. Through a brief exposure to many media, it will encourage students to find the media their gifts have the most affinity for and pursue subjects they are attracted to. Spirit, energy and strange individuality are supported. 
For over 25 years, instructor Sam Cady has taught in the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. His own work begins with the physical, visible world and the ideas and emotions it triggers. Cady’s work can be seen at the Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland.
Location: Gamble Education Center
Level: beginner to advanced
Encaustic, meaning "to burn in," dates back to the fifth century B.C.  Used as a contemporary medium it is a versatile method of painting with a beeswax-based paint kept molten on a heated palette. In addition to seeing a slide presentation on the history and contemporary use of encaustic, participants will learn about safe studio set up, how to prepare supports and make encaustic medium, and wax application. Techniques such as fusing, color mixing, layering, masking, scraping, etching a line, collaging and embedding found objects will be used with materials such as impasto modeling wax, pigment sticks, graphite and Xerox image transfers. Demonstrations will be introduced between work blocks allowing students ample time to experiment with techniques. 

Drawing is the backbone of all forms of visual arts. Led by artist John Whalley, this course will offer a practical introduction to traditional drawing skills. Proportion, composition and the use of line and value to describe form, space and texture will all be explored. Hands-on demonstrations will introduce these skills, and will include the use of media such as graphite, charcoal, conte crayon and ink.

Paste paper decoration is an old technique of creating patterned paper. It is also a colorful and expressive way of making beautiful, varied papers useful for book arts, paper sculpture and collage, and is also a wonderful surface to write or print on. In the first class, students will decorate the papers and in the second class, learn ways to use them.

Led by award-winning poet Kathleen Ellis, this workshop will explore connections between poetry and the visual arts, using the museum’s exhibitions, Rockland’s waterfront and the historic Olson House as sources for writing. This year’s focus will be on the exhibitions of Alex Katz’s portrait and landscape paintings and Louise Nevelson’s sculpture. Experimentation with various wide, tall, and stringy poetic forms will be used to jump-start new work. Participants will expand their range of possibilities using writing exercises, word games, found objects and daily group critiques.

Have you ever wondered how frescos are made? Join artist Barbara Sullivan for a hands-on exploration of this age-old medium. During this three-day intensive, students will develop an understanding and appreciation of true buon fresco (painting into freshly laid wet plaster) both within an art historical context, as well as in practical applications. Students will learn the many steps involved, such as how to prepare substrates, arriccio and intonaco layers of plaster, how to grind pigments, and how to know when the plaster is ready to accept paint. All these techniques will be put into practice as students design and execute their own portable fresco panels.