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Intro to Letterpress and Letterpress Projects

Date: Sat. Sun, Mon, April 27, 28, 29
Instructors: Karin Spitfire

This three days are for you to play, utilize and create on the letterpress. The first day will be spent teaching and reviewing use of press, type setting, printing, and planning for projects to be tackled on day two and three.  Projects can include image making with the press, using linoleum block cuts and other materials, printing cards, poems, or poster in any combination. such as one or two color linoleum block prints.  Small book forms are also possible.  Each day printing will be  done by 3 so the press can be cleaned and studio organized for the next day.

Taught by Karin Spitfire who has been using the letterpress since 2008 to make cards, prints, and small editions of books. She attended Penland in 2007 and learned 7 ways to bind books, 7 ways to print on the letter press and all manner of print making.

Spitfire’s artist books include Libretto for Meena,  How it Works,  Habeas Corpus,  Becoming Visible, and A Firmamentous Day, and have been exhibited at the Harlow Gallery, Aarhus Gallery, and the Atrium Arts Gallery.  She incorporates all manner of print making and original poetry in her work.  Spitfire is the author of  a full poetry collections Standing with Trees, a chapbook Wild Caught,  former Poet Laureate of Belfast, and the recent winner of the national Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Contest.



  • 1 day: $150
  • 2 days: $250
  • 3 days: $300
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Introduction to Metalpoint Drawing

Date: Sat & Sun, May 11-12, 10am-3pm
Instructors: Banjie Getsinger Nicholas

Description:  Many of us have seen the delicate drawings of Renaissance masters on softly tinted backgrounds and assumed they were done in graphite. In fact they were usually metalpoint drawings, most commonly silverpoint, and preceded the use of graphite as a drawing medium by several centuries. 

Metalpoint drawing is experiencing a resurgence in popularity in recent times, benefitting from the internet and social media connecting artists attracted to ancient mediums and processes. 

In this two day hands-on workshop we will explore optimal subject matter, techniques in mark making, and prepare a variety of grounds, white and tinted. We will experiment with silver, gold and copper but will work on finished drawings in silverpoint, revered for its luminous glow and gradual oxidization to a characteristic warm tone.  No experience is necessary but a love of drawing is essential.

Bio - Banjie Getsinger Nicholas lived much of her life in rural northwest Connecticut until moving to Port Clyde, Maine where she has summered and vacationed since her teenage years. Nature has been the strongest influence in her life and art since early childhood. Her years of observation of birds, plants and insects formed the foundation of what excites her as an artist today. This excitement has been rejuvenated by the move to coastal Maine and a whole new world of exploration.  

Egg tempera painting and silverpoint drawing are her chosen mediums for interpreting the great strength and fragility of the natural world as she sees it. Banjie’s egg tempera paintings and silverpoint drawings are created on a traditional gesso ground made from rabbit skin glue and marble dust. These medieval materials combined with mixing her paint from dry pigments and fresh egg yolk, enhance her engagement with the process behind the work. 

Banjie is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and has earned certificates in Botanical and Natural Science Illustration from the New York Botanical Garden. She has taught botanical painting and drawing, silverpoint, egg tempera painting and an ongoing weekly class, The Naturalist’s Studio. She is the author and illustrator of a book on silverpoint drawing for beginners titled Silver Linings.

Materials students should bring:  Pictures of subject matter they would enjoy drawing. These should be small (no larger than 5 x 7), monochromatic and may be taken from other sources or be the students own creation. 

Materials instructor will provide: I will provide all necessary materials and a metal point stylus for each students' use during the class. 

Workshop:  200-  

Materials Fee:  10-

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Making a Nuno Felt Scarf

Date: Sat, May 18, 10am-5pm
Instructors: Judith Daniels

Description: In this class students will be introduced to the technique of nuno felting; a wet felting process that involves felting wool into silk or another natural fabric. Nuno felting is an extremely versatile medium that can be used to make accessories, wall hangings, vessels etc. Participants will design and make their own scarves and will leave with a beautiful piece of art-to-wear. Participants need to be able to stand for five hours.

Bio: Judith Daniels is a felt maker living in Rockland, ME. After years of doing one form of art or another- painting, photography, weaving and oriental rug restoration, to name a few- she discovered the art of felt making. From the very first she felt at home in the medium and never ceases to be excited by the possibilities of what can be made with wool, silk, soap, water and a bit of elbow grease. She has a degree in Arts and Crafts and their History from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Materials students should bring:

2 pieces bubble wrap, 24”x142”
2 pieces .5 -.7 mil painter’s plastic 24” X 140”
2-4 towels
Plastic bucket, capacity of about 1 gallon
Plastic bottle with little holes on the cap or ball brause (can be found online at felting suppliers) or small garden pump sprayer (can be found at Home Depot)
Small bottle of plain natural dish soap
3-4 pantyhose legs
2 pool noodles at least 28” long
Tape measure
2 Plastic garbage bags or waterproof containers (to bring home wet materials)
Bring food or plan to get something across the street

Materials instructor will provide:

Silk habotai or chiffon material dyed and sized to make a scarf

Superfine merino wool

Silk scraps and silk roving for embellishment

Bed risers for tables

Measuring spoon

Cost: 90-  

Materials: 25-

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Intro to Plein-Air Watercolor Painting

Date: Sat-Sun, June 8-9, 10am-4pm
Instructors: Annie Bailey

Description:  Practice the art of outdoor painting in the Midcoast area with local artist, Annie Bailey. This course will include the basics of watercolor painting with on-site daily practice. Learn to appreciate your surroundings through new eyes and with a fresh and loose approach to watercolor painting. 

Bio:  Annie Bailey is a visual artist from midcoast Maine. As a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and a student of Ronald Frontin, The Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, The Rome Art Program and Maine Media Workshops she has developed a wide range of expression though a variety of materials including paint, soft sculpture and hand-drawn animation. Her work has been exhibited at the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Caldbeck Gallery, National Geographic, The Society of Illustrators, BandH Photo, The Steel House, Bunnell Street Art Center, The Torpedo Factory Art Center, and at the Rockland Shorts International Film Festival.

Materials students should bring:

Pigments: If you already own a watercolor set and are comfortable with it, great! You are all set. If not, I recommend either the Windsor Newton Professional Watercolor Field Box or a collection of pigments that include: Cadmium Yellow Light or Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Ocher, Cadmium Red, Quinacridone or Alizarin Crimson, Cerulean, French Ultramarine, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber. This will give you a big range of color potential because it includes a warm and cool of each of the primary colors, in addition to a few earth pigments. Don’t worry too much about having the exactly “right” colors, you will experiment with what you have, share with your fellow students, and eventually come up with a palette that works for you. 

Brushes: 1 1.5”-2” flat brush for washes, 1 #6 round, and 1 flat or bright #8 or larger. If this makes no sense to you, just come to class and I will explain the first day. I also highly recommend a water brush (a brush that has a reservoir in the handle). 

Palette: Get something lightweight that you can mix big patches of color on. I like the plastic folding version that is around 12” by 6” when closed because I find it easy to move around with and it keeps my paint contained but is also spacious enough to mix on. 

Water container: an old yogurt container or tupperware works well and is light to carry around. Bring a jug of water to fill from that closes tightly. 

Paper: There are different kinds of watercolor paper and they each have their own properties. If you already own paper, use that first and then decide what you might like to try next. I prefer cold pressed 140 lbs paper on gum edged watercolor blocks, but you can also bring a pad, masking tape and a firm surface like a piece of foamcore if that works better for you. Try working on large paper (18”x24”, for example) and small paper (5”x7”, for example) and see what works best for you. This is a chance to try something new, so take a leap and get out of your comfort zone! 

Masking Tape or Painter’s Tape Pencil

Rubber kneaded eraser- or hard, if preferred

Pencil sharpener and paper towel roll 

Materials instructor will provide:  Assorted extra materials for mark making exploration, large scale watercolor paper, and extra snacks.  

Workshop:  180-

Materials:  20-

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Conversations in Paint

Date: Mon-Fri, 6/17-21, 10am-3pm
Instructors: Ingrid Ellison

Description:  No matter where you are in your personal painting timeline, having a solid week to devote to your work allows you to focus and embrace changes as they happen. You will be encouraged to try ideas and techniques that will begin to develop your unique voice through process and experimentation. And hopefully you will be armed with enough new ideas to sustain the momentum once you return to your home studios. 

Be prepared to make a lot of work. In the mornings there will be presentations, demos and simple exercises that will focus on different aspects of construction a strong painting. In the afternoons you will work will be of your own investigation. There will be plenty of time for discussion, one on one conversationYou may work abstractly or representationally.

Brief Bio:  Ingrid Ellison is a painter and arts educator working in oil, mixed media and printmaking. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Ingrid’s earliest memories of Maine were floating aboard a little sloop amidst the fog and rocks of the coastline during family vacations.  Since moving to Maine in 2007 Ingrid has exhibited at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Åarhus Gallery, the University of Maine Bangor, the Cynthia Winings Gallery and AVA Gallery and Center for the Arts. 

Ingrid Ellison is a graduate of Skidmore College and earned her MFA from American University. As an undergraduate she spent a year studying printmaking at Il Bisonte in Florence, Italy. A consummate learner, Ingrid has participated in residencies and workshops notably at the Vermont Studio Center, Maine College of Art, and Castle Hill Center for the Arts.  Ingrid has a passion for sharing what she does with a greater community and makes connections with students both school aged and adult.

Materials students should bring:  

*Sketch book or journal

*a pad of heavy weight drawing paper suitable for wet and dry media-I like a water color block for this

*painting supports: you will be working on more than one piece at a time, so have between 3 and 12-you never know how much you will accomplish.

*paint-for our purposes water based is preferred for the quicker drying time, but as an oil painter myself, oils are fine too. Bring whatever colors you have but at a minimum you will need :  black

white, ultramarine blue, pthalo blue, alizarin crimson, cadmium red light, cadmium yellow medium

You can truly make anything with just these colors, but certainly feel free to bring any other colors you have on hand or want. I know it is hard not to buy a beautiful tube of color when you see it. 

*matte medium, palette paper, brushes- a variety of shapes and sizes, palette knife, rags or paper towels, plastic bucket for water

Bring if you want:

watercolor or gouache set, collage material or ephemera paint markers, oil pastels, dry pastels, any other materials you like to use, etc. I will have some of these on hand to share.

Bring a bag lunch or plan to run into town. Snacks and Teas will be provided-bring a mug.

Materials instructor will provide:  handouts and see above in “bring what you want”

Workshop:  500-

Materials:  0-

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iPad Painting Using Procreate: Technique & Artistry

Date: Sat-Sun, 8/3-4, 9am-5pm
Instructors: Jeremy Sutton

Description:  Enjoy learning how to sketch and paint with your iPad using premier pro painting app Procreate 4 in a loose, artistic, expressive way, making use of versatile brushes and powerful layers. This workshop combines the technical with the artistic. Whether you are completely new to drawing and painting, or are an experienced artist, you’ll find this workshop an enjoyable, educational, stimulating and inspiring experience that will equip you with the skills and insights to make the most of your iPad as a fabulous portable art studio!

Bio:  Jeremy is one of the top iPad live event painters in the world, performing at corporate, private and museum events across the globe. Originally from London, Jeremy is a San Francisco-based artist, author of the Painter Creativity: Digital Artist's Handbook series and founder of the educational video tutorial and online learning resource Whilst studying for his Physics degree at Pembroke College, Oxford University, he attended drawing, sculpture and print-making classes at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, later studying lithography and drawing at the Vrije Academie in The Hague, the Netherlands. Jeremy was a pioneer in digital painting, using the Mac as a painting tool since 1991, speaking at numerous international conferences and being selected to be a Corel Painter Master Elite. His live event painting work has included performing for Cirque du Soleil as part of their Totem show, for the Smithsonian American Art Museum at their America Now! Innovation in Art celebration, for the de Young Museum at the opening of the epic David Hockney Bigger Exhibition, and painting live on stage for five weeks in twenty cities as part of the Tommy Igoe Birdland All-Stars’ Art of Jazz east coast tour. You’ll find Jeremy is not only knowledgeable and expert in his field, but also is a very fun, encouraging, effective and enthusiastic teacher!

Materials students should bring:  

  • iPad Pro and Apple Pencil (iPads that are not Pros and styluses that are not Apple Pencils will also work, though the Pros and Apple Pencils are undoubtedly the best tools for the job)
  • The latest version of Procreate, installed
  • Bring chargers and have everything fully charged at the beginning of class. 
  • Know your Apple ID and password in case you wish to purchase or download additional apps
  • Have at least 5 GB of available free storage space on your iPad (see Settings / General / iPad Storage). 
  • Have sufficient iCloud storage to back up the iPad (to manage this go to the Settings / iPad Name / iCloud / Manage Storage). 
  • Bring a notebook and pen 
  • Bring a folding chair for when the class goes outside for plein air painting
  • Students should visit: for a summary of the art and art related apps on my iPad that they may wish to explore, plus some useful accessories.

Materials instructor will provide:  I will provide the students with some extra brushes for Procreate. I'll bring with me my iPad pro, Apple Pencil, iPad easel and HDMI adaptor.

Workshop:  600-

Materials:  0-




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Artist as Small (but Creative!) Business

Date: Sat-Sun, 8/10-11, 9am-5pm
Instructors: Kim Bernard

Description:  From A-Z, everything an emerging artist needs to know to be a Small (but Creative!) Business:  artist-gallery relationships, banking, branding, budgeting, business plan, business structure, contracts, commissions, copyright, federal and state tax ID’s, funding, hiring an assistant, insurance, inventory, licensing, marketing, money management, permits, registering, sale of works and taxes.  Bernard will tackle these dry by necessary topics with interactive exercises, humor and dark chocolate.

Bio:  Kim Bernard shows her sculpture, installations and encaustic works nationally and has been invited to participate in many exhibits, some of which include the Portland Museum of Art, Currier Museum of Art, Fuller Craft Museum, Colby College Museum of Art, Art Complex Museum and UNH Museum of Art. Her work has been reviewed in the Boston Globe, Art News and featured in Art New England. Bernard is the recipient of the Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant, a NEFA grant, several Maine Arts Commission Grants and was an artist-in-residence in the Physics Department at Harvard University in 2015-16 and is currently the artist-in-residence at the University of New England. She received her BFA from Parsons in 1987, her MFA from Mass Art in 2010 and currently teaches at the Maine College of Art. Bernard gives presentations, lectures and offers workshops nationally as a visiting artist.

Workshop:  250-

Materials:  0-

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