Adult Program + Children/Family Program + Educator Workshop

Séraphine is the true story of Séraphine Louis, a simple and profoundly devout housekeeper who in 1905 at age 41 — self-taught and with the instigation of her guardian angel — began painting brilliantly colorful canvases. In 1912 Wilhelm Uhde, a German art critic and collector — one of the first collectors of Picasso and champion of naïve primitive painters— discovered her paintings while she worked for him as a maid in his lodgings outside Paris. Director Martin Provost builds his story around the relationship between the avant-garde art dealer and the visionary cleaning lady, forging a testament to the mysteries of creativity and the resilience of one woman’s spirit. (French with English subtitles.)
Norman McLaren's Oscar-nominated short film Pas de Deux (1969) is a beautiful surreal dream. Pas de Deux bends our perception of movement, shape and form—and ballet itself—as two dancers, first seen in normal dance become endless reflections of themselves. McLaren became a ground-breaking abstract experimental filmmaker accumulating a body of influential short films.
Educators are invited to explore art together, to express their ideas and creativity, and consider the connections between the arts and the rest of the curriculum in a day-long workshop focused on the museum’s exhibition, Elegantly Attired: Victorian Apparel and Accessories Found in Coastal Maine. Exploring clothing and accessories including day and evening attire, nightgowns, undergarments, hats and shoes, fans, and jewelry dating from 1850 to 1900, this workshop will feature a gallery tour with the exhibit curator, a talk by an expert in fashion design, and opportunities for participating in activities, discussion and reflection to help integrate this exhibit into classroom practice. CEUs available.
This event is free
Teachers from across the state are invited to join us for our second year of Educator Evenings. These professional development gatherings introduce teachers of all grade levels and disciplines to the museum’s collection and exhibitions, and include short lectures, gallery walkthroughs and classroom arts integration tips. Time in the galleries will be followed by a reception featuring wine and hearty hors d’oeuvres, offering networking opportunities with other teachers.
This event is free

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This is a 10-week course in direct, primal drawing from life, forgetting "rules" and letting one's character dictate style. Participants of all ages will explore the self and the richness of the world. For over 25 years, Sam Cady has taught in the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts in New York and shows at the Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland. His own work begins with the physical, visible world and the ideas and emotions it triggers.
Level: ages 6 to 100; beginner to advanced
Materials: to be discussed at first class
Class size: limited to 15 students
Cost: $240 members, $300 non-members

Curator of Historic Sites Janice Kasper will provide for an overview of the Victorian costume and accessories, with a focus on what was considered stylish in late 19th century women's fashion.

Peer into the minds of the Farnsworth’s curatorial staff and special guest speakers for intimate walking tours in the museum galleries. These talks provide the opportunity to learn from experts about the history behind specific works, details of the artists’ processes and intellectual interpretations of the art. The exhibits have been chosen by month, and each curator will select one or two specific works for thorough investigation. There will be ample time for questions and discussion.

Julia’s Gallery teen curators and photographer Charlotte Dixon will share the story behind this exhibition of 30 student photographs with an introduction to VoiceThread, an on-line editing and curating tool.

Come take a closer look at landscapes made around 1935 by Marguerite Zorach, Marsden Hartley, Allen Erskine Philbrick, and Carol Thayer Berry, all of whom worked in Maine. Curatorial assistant, Jane Bianco will focus on how paintings or prints by these artists, currently on view in Achieving American Art, incorporated aspects of biography and regional identity during the interwar period