Adult Program + Children/Family Program + Educator Workshop

In 2009, Governor John Baldacci proclaimed July 12 as Wyeth Day throughout the State of Maine, and urged all citizens to honor N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, Betsy James Wyeth and Jamie Wyeth who have collectively served this state for almost ninety years. On Tuesday, July 12, 6 p.m. the Farnsworth Art Museum will celebrate the third annual Wyeth Day with a lecture by the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky given free to the public.
 
Award-winning poet Kathleen Ellis and participants in her annual poetry writing workshop invite the public to a reading in the museum's auditorium, which will be the culmination of the group's week-long poetry workshop. Guest poet Kristen Lindquist will also be featured.
 
During the workshop, participants wrote in response to works on view in the museum such as photography by Paul Caponigro, Wyeth's drawings for Christina's World, and sculpture by Jesse Salisbury & Kazumi Hoshino.
 
Presenting poets include: Carol Bachofner, Elizabeth Berkenbile, Audrey Friedman, Lenora Goldman, Ellen Goldsmith, Eileen Hugo, Judy Kaber, Dita Ondek, Gayle Portnow, Wendy Satin Rapaport, Marge Roberts, Hadassa Wisch, and others.
Led by poet 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 Paul Caponigro’s landscape photography and the preliminary sketches for Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World. Experimentation with a wide range of poetic forms will be used to jumpstart new poems, and the workshop will also include activities with maps and photographs, as well as daily group critiques. On the last day of the workshop, instructor Kathleen Ellis will give a 1 p.m. public reading in the museum auditorium and workshop participants will be invited to read a selection of their poems written during the workshop.
 
In this one-day workshop, students will learn how to transform a common object, a single sheet of paper (or two), into an entirely new form with endless possibilities. In fact, some of the least known and most elegant books are simply pieces of paper folded together. Similar to origami, but more than just decorative items, these playful books are also useful. Structures taught include a classic lotus form, Hedi Kyle’s brilliant Blizzard Book, and a Swedish miniature book.
 
This weeklong workshop will provide kids ages 8 to 12 years old with a strong foundation of artistic skills including color understanding, line variety, and what makes a strong composition. There will be many creative opportunities for participants to share their unique stories and ideas. Weather permitting the group will work outside and make visits to the Farnsworth museum and local gallery shows. Students should come with a bagged lunch. Each session will end with a positive critique of the day’s work, which parents are invited to attend.
 
Through a study of color, form, and space, young artists will transform a variety of media into unique artscapes. Venturing into the museum for discovery trips, participants will find inspiration from artists such as sculptor Louise Nevelson, photographer Paul Caponigro, and painter Andrew Wyeth. Through guided inquiry, children will explore how these artists create their places of imagination and carry the magic of these discoveries into the studio to transform materials into their own worlds of imagination. A healthy snack will be provided, and kids should also 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 20 years.
Location: Gamble Education Center