Adult Program + Children/Family Program + Educator Workshop

As part of our ongoing Share the Wonder programming, the Farnsworth will once again host a gingerbread house decorating workshop. To sign up, please email Please indicate whether you would like to participate in the 10 a.m. or the 11:30 a.m. session and how many participants. $5 suggested donation at the door.


This April break, join other young artists (ages 8 to 11 years) as we explore and build sculptures of all shapes and sizes. Using found materials, students will create small dioramas, a "mystery box" creation, and explore art installation. We will be learning about contemporary sculpture and artists.  Be inspired and come create outside the box! (Parents, please note that we will be using hot glue guns and Xacto knives. Participants should bring work gloves and long sleeved shirts.) Lead by artist and art educator, Trelawney O’Brien. 

Cost: $90 for nommembers, 72 for members.

All ages are invited to come make colorful, light-catching sun catchers to take home. Hang it up in your window and get a head start on spring.

All Family Activity Days are free of charge!


When decorating eggs in the Ukrainian style, designs are drawn on the egg with melted beeswax, which flows from a tool called a Kystka. The eggs are then dipped in a series of dyes and the final pattern is revealed when the wax is removed. The Pysanka, a decorated egg, was common among Slavic peoples as far back as 5,000 B.C. and became deeply important in spring rituals, symbolizing nature’s rebirth. All materials will be provided for this workshop. Space is open to 25 participants and is recommended for families with children 8 years old and up. Adults without accompanying children are welcome to attend as well.

Instructor Lesia Sochor is an artist of direct Ukrainian descent who lives in Brooks, Maine. She learned the ancient spring tradition of decorating Pysanka from her mother and has shared this craft in many workshops throughout the state.

Due to Sunday's blizzard, this workshop will start on Tuesday and a make-up class is scheduled for Friday. The class will meet Tues, Wed and Friday from 9am till noon.

During school vacation week, students (ages 8 to 11 years) will explore the traditional culture of India through art, music and dance.  While learning about India's traditional arts, students will then be inspired to create their own contemporary work. Some of the subject matter we will explore include Rangoli, the Holi Festival, Henna Art, Bollywood, traditional music, and block printing. Taught by artist Trelawney O’Brien who recently travelled to India.

All ages are invited to come make Valentines for their loved ones! Lots of supplies and materials will be available. There’s nothing like receiving a handmade card…

Family activity days are always free at the Farnsworth!


Students learn the process of creating, designing and building their own personal mask. Participants will be expected to use their wildest ideas about creatures and myths when designing their work. Work will be executed sculpting clay, papier-mâché, and wire. We will also be adding our own hand- sewn costumes to create creatures both magical and scary. And as a group, we will also build a large parading puppet. These will be part of the Fall Family Festival Parade, which will depart from the Farnsworth’s sculpture garden at 5:30 p.m. on October 18th in Rockland. Participating students should be old enough to work independently, or have adult supervision.

Stories of the Land and Its People, Education Project Manager, Andrea Curtis, will lead educators on a private tour of the Stories of the Land and Its People Exhibition of student work.  She will discuss the arts integration projects of the 2014 yearlong program, the logistics of connecting the museum to classroom learning in local public schools, and share ideas how classroom teachers can connect the arts into their everyday classroom lessons.  This will be a great opportunity for teachers interested in working with the Farnsworth in the fall.  You will have a chance to see how other schools have connected the arts into their classroom curriculum and begin planning your own projects.  We are developing units now!
Facilitated by Ellen Goldsmith
Description: How does writing about artwork enhance the appreciation of art and contribute to the development of writing? Hands-on activities and discussion will illuminate this question and classroom applications will be explored.