For more information about workshop opportunities for Youth this summer, Please email: for our revised schedule of workshops and all private lesson inquiries.

Upcoming Classes

Annie bailey painting

Experimental Plein-Air Watercolor for Adults

Date: Week-Long Intensive, 3rd Week of July
Instructors: 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 featured at National Geographic, The Society of Illustrators, BandH Photo, The Farnsworth Art Museum, The Steel House, Bunnell Street Art Center, The Torpedo Factory Art Center, Rockland Shorts International Film Festival and Pecha-Kucha Midcoast Maine. To see her work: instagram @anniebaileyartist

Have you ever wanted to paint outdoors? Join Steel House member and local artist Annie Bailey for a week of plein-air painting! The basics of color mixing, brushwork, and composition will be covered in the studio alongside the experience of painting plein-air in and around the midcoast region. The emphasis of this course will be on combining creative mark-making with techniques to help with accurate seeing. Plan to slow down and experience your environment through new eyes. Open to beginner and intermediate adult students. Experimentation and the joy of unexpected outcomes make this class playful and lively. A basic understanding of watercolor painting is recommended but not required.

Basic supplies provided, but please contact the instructor for a list of other recommended supplies you might like to purchase:

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Creative & Professional Practice with Kim Bernard

Date: Two Day Workshop! July 7-8th, First Weekend in July
Instructors: Kim Bernard

This intensive workshop is designed for artists who want to create a sustainable life making art and advance both creatively and professionally. Creating a strong, body of work is the most important part of being an artist, but how do you pay the bills, juggle time, money, studio and life? This workshop will address the most critical issues in developing a lifelong practice of making art. Issues of how and where to exhibit, documentation, creating a website, grant writing, residencies, developing a supportive community and time management will be thoroughly covered. Participants should be prepared to share images of work for critique, a first draft of their artist's statement, bio and resume, be prepared to examine their studio practice, accept critical feedback on their work and professional development guidance. Work sessions will be broken up with journaling sessions, yoga and dark chocolate breaks.

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