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Spring Blooms: An Introduction to Encaustic Painting with Hélène Farrar

April 16 @ 10:00 am 3:00 pm

Tuesday and Wednesday , April 16 and 17, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Whatever your relationship to flowers – an avid gardener, a giver or receiver of a bouquet, or someone with a creative eye – we are excited to bring you a playful workshop looking at summer blooms and the ancient medium of encaustic. Join Artist Hélène Farrar in exploring this hot molten wax painting medium where we will drip, pour, drag, layer, heat, and scrape! In developing a rich variety of textures, we will observe and look to flowers for form, gesture, and color. This will be an uplifting workshop following a long Maine Winter! 

Class time will be divided between demonstrations and individual work time. Proper studio ventilation, wax safety, and how to “finish” artworks in terms of framing and care will also be touched upon. Students will leave with multiple finished pieces and be recharged by this dynamic workshop.

Hélène Farrar is a contemporary American artist who works primarily in encaustic. Her colorful paintings draw themes from both the natural world and her observations of people, and they have a depth and luminousness achieved through careful attention to texture and surface quality. She considers her work part of a conversation about humanity, beauty, and nature. Farrar’s unique style is playful but also serious. Farrar’s art has been exhibited at galleries around Maine and her What We Carry series was featured in a solo exhibition curated by Nancy Davidson at the Maine Jewish Museum in 2022. Farrar comes from a family of self-taught artists and designers. She was raised in Farmington, Maine, and is influenced by the natural beauty of her home state, as well as her parents’ New York City backgrounds and her travels around the world. She has art degrees from the University of Maine, and Goddard College in Vermont, and she is the president of New England Wax.  She lives in Manchester, Maine, with her husband and daughter

Materials note: Starter panels will be provided by the instructor, but students are expected to bring their own panels for finished works or developed drafts. Upon registration, you will receive further details about panel choices, along with a list of additional materials that you are invited to bring to the course.

You can download the supplies list here.

Cost: $250; $225 for Farnsworth members. $50 materials fee.

9 Grace Street
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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