Adult Program + Children/Family Program + Educator Workshop

Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Farnsworth Art Museum!
Families are invited to come participate in a special St. Patrick’s Day craft activity. Kids, be prepared to roll up your sleeves and use some finger paint to create a hand-printed rainbow, under which you can make your own pot of gold. All materials will be supplied. Also, enjoy some soft pretzels and listen to some fiddle music during your visit. Education staff will be available to assist and to take a Polaroid photo of you as an orange-bearded leprechaun surrounded by good luck shamrocks.
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.
Young artists are invited to transform a variety of media into celebration of summer. Venturing into the museum for discovery trips, participants will find inspiration from Farnsworth exhibiting artists Frank Benson, Jamie Wyeth and Rockwell Kent. Through guided inquiry of color, form, and space, kids ages 7 to 11 years old 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.
Kids ages 5 to 8 years old are invited to join art instructor Trelawney O’Brien and other creative kids this winter school break at the Farnsworth’s Gamble Education Center. Create your own crazy worlds out of string in the studio, look at cool maps and learn about other cultures by recreating traditional face painting and making Mexican “sun faces” out of clay, go outside and hang handmade birdfeeders, build snow sculptures and make awesome t-shirts to wear to school. We will inspire and learn from each other while also making cool art projects to take home!
Families are invited to come make special Valentines Day cards for their special someones.
  • Use lots of great art supplies--colorful papers, doilies, tissue papers, markers, glue, glitter, etc.
  • Have a Polaroid photo taken of you inside a heart to present along with your lovely Valentine.  
  • Enjoy some sweet treats, such as hot cocoa and heart shaped sugar cookies. 
Recommended for ages 4 to 9.
This program is free of charge. No advance reservations necessary.
Come to the Farnsworth and join in the Halloween spirit!

Schedule of events from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.:
  • Decorate your own trick-or-treat bag
  • Enjoy face painting
  • The film It's the Great Pumkin Charlie Brown will run in the museum auditorium throughout the day beginning at 10 a.m.
Gallery Talk by Exhibition Research Assistant Gordon Wilkins
The Farnsworth is collaborating with the Penobscot Marine Museum to present a shadow box workshop. A shadow box can tell a story, honor a person or event, focus on a theme, or can be an assemblage of related or unrelated objects. In this workshop, participants will create a unique, self-contained diorama within a box, using a wide variety of techniques and materials including collage, assemblage, sculpture, painting, lettering, and more. A collection of objects and materials will be provided. Participants may also bring special objects and materials of their own to incorporate into their shadow boxes. Each participant will choose whether to bring an empty shadow box or use a provided 12” x 12”x ¾” black framed style.
This year’s presentation of Four in Maine, an annual exhibition program featuring the works of living artists in our state, focuses on the nature and use of drawing by this year’s artists: Mary Barnes, Emily Brown, Tim Lawson and John Moore. Their approaches to subject matter and medium range widely, and the panel discussion will enable the exhibition organizer, Farnsworth Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky, to engage this articulate group of artists on the importance of drawing in their work. There will also be an opportunity for members of the audience to ask questions.
Seating: limited to 60 people
Cost: $5 members, $8 nonmembers
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