Adult Program + Children/Family Program + Educator Workshop

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.

Featured Exhibit: Four in Maine: Site-Specific
On view through December 2010
 
The Farnsworth Art Museum’s Curatorial staff will give a walking tour of the new exhibition, Four in Maine: Site Specific, for teachers interested in learning more about this exhibition showcasing the work of four Maine artists. The tour will be followed by a catered reception in the museum library.
 
Nevelson built sculptures by seeing the beauty in materials and shapes; in the arrangement of forms she saw their harmony with one another. Her approach is recognizable as assemblage or collage in her sculpture and printmaking. Connections between these art forms, with emphasis upon Nevelson prints in the Farnsworth collection, will be discussed.
 
"In making a portrait, I attempt to reveal something of the psychological and emotional depth of the individual, but also something more archetypal, what it means to be human—to have a past, passions, and a spirit." –Martha Miller
 
In this class students will be guided in creating portraits that go beyond rendering and speak of the inner workings of each individual. They will create self-portraits as well as work from live models using an array of mixed media drawing media including pastels, charcoal, oils, and pencil.  
 
Relief printing is the oldest and most direct method of making an impression on paper. Participants in this workshop will experience the medium of linoleum by designing and cutting their own bold, simple design motifs inspired by natural forms. The unique properties of linoleum will be explored through the consideration of line quality, texture, pattern and the relationship between negative and positive shapes. Participants will create a personal inventory of designs on same sized blocks which they will use to experiment with a variety of printing options in black and white and color. Registration using the key block and reduction methods will be introduced.
 
Is a tree really green?  Is its shadow really grey?  Is a red apple really red?  In An Eye For Color we will pay homage to color pioneer Josef Albers by working with ColorAid paper to, say, make two different colors look identical, or to make color shapes look like they vibrate and dance right off the page.  By creating surprising optical illusions, students will discover exciting moments of color so often taken for granted in the world around us and in art.  “A-ha!” will be our class motto as we learn to see in a new and exciting light. 
 
ACHIEVING AMERICAN ART: Fifty Years of Change and Challenge
9-Week Lecture Series, Wednesdays, March 31 – May 26, 10 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.
at The Strand Theater, Rockland
 
Presented by Director of Education, Roger Dell & Guest Scholars                       

SERIES OVERVIEW
ACHIEVING AMERICAN ART: Fifty Years of Change and Challenge
9-Week Lecture Series, Wednesdays, March 31 – May 26, 10 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.
at The Strand Theater, Rockland
 
Presented by Director of Education, Roger Dell & Guest Scholars                       

SERIES OVERVIEW
SERIES OVERVIEW
The Farnsworth is pleased to present Achieving American Art: Fifty Years of Change and Challenge, the third installment in this popular, annual lecture series. The 2010 course will focus on the art of the nation from 1945 to the present. The series will be divided into three sections by media (painting and drawing, architecture and photography) and will be presented by Farnsworth staff members and guest speakers from museums and colleges. The Farnsworth’s Director of Education Roger Dell will host the series, providing an introduction for each guest lecturer’s presentation. The same ninety-minute lecture will be offered twice every Wednesday (10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.) at The Strand Theatre in Rockland.
 
ACHIEVING AMERICAN ART: Fifty Years of Change and Challenge
9-Week Lecture Series, Wednesdays, March 31 – May 26, 10 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.
at The Strand Theater, Rockland
 
Presented by Director of Education, Roger Dell & Guest Scholars                       

SERIES OVERVIEW