Adult Program + Children/Family Program + Educator Workshop

Now in its 6th year this workshop will show you an arts-integrated, inquiry-based approach to teaching that will help your students develop skills of imagination, creativity, and innovation.

This is a a free summer program for all Maine teachers. 
A hands-on, immersive experience that is suitable for all grade levels & subjects.
Workshops facilitated by Lincoln Center with Teaching Artists from New York, NY.
Maine teachers receive full scholarships.

Join us for this Educator Open Session.

Facilitator(s): Andrea Curtis, FAM Education Project Manager

Registration is required for this workshop.  Please contact Andrea Curtis at to reserve your space.

Contact Hour(s): 1 hours

Come join artist Margaret Rizzio to learn about the surprising world of ephemera and mail art. She will show examples of her own personal mailings including handmade postcards, envelopes and even a piece of toast! Spend an evening learning unique art projects to bring back to the classroom.

Margaret Rizzio, a Camden resident received her BA from Bennington College and MFA from SUNY Purchase. She returned home to create art. Her current work uses a wide range of mediums including vintage ephemera, found objects and re-purposed frames to embrace the passage of time. She currently shows work at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery and Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle. ‬

This year’s Artscapes for Young Artists (ages 8 to 12 years) will explore form and representation through portraiture and mask making of human and animal forms. Discovery field trips into the Farnsworth's summer exhibitions will inspire and complement our week’s immersion into realistic and fantastic portraiture in two and three dimensions. We’ll roll up our sleeves to construct plaster masks embellished with a variety of treasures to bring out their magical and unique animal energies.  A healthy snack is provided and children should plan on bringing a lunch along with their creativity.

Instructor Kathleen Gass studied drawing and fiber arts at the State University of New York and has been an art educator for the past 25 years. She is currently teaching in the Belfast Public School System's Gifted and Talented program.

This weeklong workshop will provide children ages 8 to 12 years old with a strong foundation of artistic skills including color understanding, line variety, and what makes a strong composition. Weather permitting the group will work outside and make visits to the museum and local galleries. Each session will end with a constructive critique of the day’s work, which parents are invited to attend. Students should come with a bagged lunch.

Instructor Kristine Biegel is an experienced teaching artist who works with artists of all ages and abilities. She believes in the power of arts to further learning in all aspects of our lives. She offers a variety of programs at her studio, The Creative Child and Adult Arts Program, in Scarborough. 

Cost: $250, $200 members

Come make a beautiful handmade vase and a playful, every-blooming bouquet of flowers. Open to all ages.


Learn how to incorporate art-making into your natural science lessons with local artist, Karen Talbot.  In this workshop, participants will study local species and their habitats as they create realistic illustrations that connect to classroom learning.  Karen will lead educators through her process of investigation with a hands-on art-making lesson.

Facilitator(s): Karen Talbot, Artist
Registration is required for this workshop.  Please contact Andrea Curtis at to reserve your space.
Contact Hour(s): 2 hours


Connecting to the Hindu festival of Holi, the Farnsworth Art Museum is celebrating color and spring.  Arts educator, Ingrid Ellison, will explore these themes in the museum galleries, followed by a hands-on art-making activity for educators to share with their students in the classroom. 

Facilitator(s): Ingrid Ellison, Arts Educator
Registration is required for this workshop.  Please contact Andrea Curtis at to reserve your space.
Contact Hour(s): 2 hours


During FAM Educator Open Sessions, local educators are invited to lesson plan in the FAM galleries.  This is a free period, in which educators receive professional support in developing arts-integrated lessons.  Educators may choose to work independently on school projects or collaborate with other educators.  We encourage educators to invite colleagues to create in-school partnerships.  At the end of the session, participants share their plans for group feedback.