Inspired by the works of Maine artists, Dahlov Ipcar and Marguerite Zorach, explore colors, shapes, patterns, and textures in picturesque representations of animals and plants in the Farnsworth’s “Marguerite Zorach – An Art-Filled Life” exhibition. How can we use color and shapes to tell a story? Joined by artist and scientific illustrator, Karen Talbot, we will practice techniques of blending, mixing, and shading in the studio as we try our hand at representing the Maine Chickadee using bold shapes, textures, patterns, and color.
Greta Van Campen is known for her fresh, bold approach to color, and in this hands-on workshop, she will facilitate an exploration of color and shapes as we create abstract compositions based on 3-D objects. We will work with acrylic paint in the studio and gather inspiration from the museum galleries. Educators will connect their artwork to poetry writing activities.
Partnering with artist and naturalist, Tim Christensen, we will deeply notice New England landscapes in the Farnsworth’s collection of American art. Through an examination of land formations and environmental details, participants will uncover ecological clues embedded in 18th and 19th century landscapes. We will consider symbiotic relationships found in nature and select our own natural objects to study in the studio. Practicing the ancient technique of sgraffito, we will consider positive and negative space and texture as we classify and etch representations of our natural subjects into clay.