Adult Program + Children/Family Program + Educator Workshop

Join Four in Maine artists – Susan Groce, Chris Pinchbeck, Sam Van Aken and Brian White – to learn about the nature of art making in Maine today. Each artist will give a special presentation and gallery talk.
 
May 16—Susan Groce
 
Cost: $8 members, $10 non-members 
Limited to 80 participants

 

Join Four in Maine artists – Susan Groce, Chris Pinchbeck, Sam Van Aken and Brian White – to learn about the nature of art making in Maine today. Each artist will give a special presentation and gallery talk.
 
May 9—Sam Van Aken
 
Cost: $8 members, $10 non-members 
Limited to 80 participants
 
The fourth gallery talk in the series, hosted by curatorial assistant Jane Bianco, will explore the prints on view in the Achieving American Art exhibition.These prints serve as sharp commentaries on the national experience during the Great Depression and between the two World Wars. Artists in search of a quintessential American viewpoint made prints celebrating technology and the changing urban and rural landscapes, while other works explored the less romanticized, gritty side of life using satire or symbolism. Printmakers such as Kerr Eby adopted a realistic style in conveying the harsh reality of the huge loss of life from the bombs, poison gases and trench warfare of the first Great War.
Join guest curator, collector and professor emeritus John Wilmerding to learn about Robert Indiana’s paintings as quintessential pop art. Wilmerding will discuss how the artist’s fascination with letters and numbers, billboards and other vernacular signage has resulted in some of the most iconic images in modern American art.
Led by author Kathleen Ellis, this workshop will explore the connections between poetry and art, using the museum's exhibits, Rockland waterfront and historic Olson House as sources for writing. This year's focus will be on Robert Indiana’s outdoor sculpture. Experimentation with various types of collaboration and visual media will be used to jumpstart new poems. Participants will expand their range of possibilities using writing exercises, word games, found objects and group critiques.
Join Scottish artist Paul Bartlett for an artistic exploration of coastal bird life. Participants will enjoy sketching Puffins and rare Terns in plein-air on a boat excursion from Port Clyde to Eastern Egg Rock, followed by creating collage/mixed media paintings from the source material back at the Farnsworth. Bartlett will demonstrate his technique of using ripped magazines and paper in conjunction with paints to construct intriguing collages, as well as offering tips on composition and technique. Bartlett is a self-taught artist with a PhD in animal behavior; he is the guest artist of National Audubon Society.
Drawing is the backbone of all forms of visual arts. Led by artist John Whalley, this traditional course will offer a practical introduction to drawing skills including proportion, composition and the use of line and value to describe form, space and texture. Hands-on demonstrations will introduce these skills as well as media including graphite, charcoal, conte and ink. Whalley earned a BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design in 1976.

The Olson House in Cushing, Maine is classic vernacular architecture: an American farmhouse expanded and changed over its many years. This photography workshop, organized by Maine Media Workshops and taught by Tillman Crane, is a rare opportunity for students to use the Olson House as the subject, as a studio and as the backdrop. Drawing inspiration from artists who have worked in this location, each participant will explore his/her own creativity through diverse assignments. Please contact www.theworkshops.com or 1-877-577-7700 for more information and to register.