2018 Summer Workshops
Your Pictures as Poetry: Writing from Your Photo Stream 
with Kelly Dumar


Days: Thursdays
July 26
August 2, 9, 16

Time: 3:00 - 5:00PM
Location: The Farmhouse
Fee: $125 for the four class series

The photos we save and the photos we take show what we care about and hope to preserve, what moves and mystifies us, the people, places, stories and experiences that bring meaning into our lives. In this workshop, we’ll write creatively from personal photos that arrest our attention and unpack why they do. Writing stories from photos allows us to approach our pictures as works of art – no matter the quality of the photo, we can approach them with an artist’s perception and awareness of powerful hidden meanings and revelations worthy of development into creative prose and poetry. Writing from photos allows us to express the truth of what we feel - and know - and haven’t said, as we capture the beauty and deeper meaning of an image. Each participant will bring, weekly, 1-3 photos to explore, as we shape images into poetry and prose that reveal personalities, identity, relationships, conflicts, and universal truth and beauty. Participants may choose to bring photos specifically relating to current or prospective projects in poetry or prose. 

Kelly DuMar is a poet and playwright who teaches creative writing workshops across the US, including The Mass. Poetry Festival, The International Women’s Writing Guild, The Power of Words Conference, the Our Voices Festival and Playback Theatre North America Conference. Her poems are published in many literary magazines, including “The Bellevue Review,” “Corium,” “Cape Cod Review,” “Storm Cellar,” “Crab Fat,” and “Tupelo Quarterly,” and she’s author of two poetry and prose chapbooks, “All These Cures,” published by Lit House Press, and “Tree of the Apple,” published by Two of Cups Press. Her award winning plays have been produced around the US and Canada, and are published by dramatic publishers. Kelly founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College, now in its 12th year, and she founded the Farm Pond Writer’s Collective, now in its third year. She serves on the board & faculty of The International Women’s Writing Guild. 
Learn more at kellydumar.com.

Or call 508-693-1850 to register

Women's Writing Workshop with Lara O'Brien
Please visit www.laraobrien.com for more information and to register.
Next Workshop: Women's Restorative Writing, begins August 6th.


Consenses Workshop
August 3-5

Sign up by emailing: consensesart@gmail.com

Slab construction: Vessel forming processes utilizing stretched and textured slabs
with Jeff Shapiro

Dates: Saturday & Sunday
September 22 &September 23

Time: 10:00AM - 4:00PM each day
Fee: $300 for the two day workshop
Additional fee for clay and materials.
Please bring snacks, lunch and refreshments so that you can stay energized.
Location: The Pottery Studio

Participants will learn to make vessels from stretched and textured slabs. At the beginning of the workshop, participants will be encouraged to think about vessel forms that can be constructed in this manner. Jeff will demonstrate, and then work with each student to assist them in their projects. Jeff has become a story teller over the years, and the 9 years he spent in Japan have given him an abundant supply of stories. There will also be a simple tea ceremony. ( Participants can bring tea bowls if they have, for critique and discussion)

There will also be time for discussion about the Japanese aesthetic towards beauty. And Jeff will be give a power point presentation about his work.

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with Lois Hirshberg

October 20 & 21
Saturday & Sunday
10:00Am - 4:00PM each day

Location: Pottery Studio
Fee: $150 for the two day workshop

During this  workshop, we will be experimenting with  various alternative firing techniques:  American Raku, Horse Hair Raku and Foil Saggar.  We will focus on the surface decoration of pots.  Participants will fire their bisqued pottery in atmospheres where the smoke and/or chemicals produce the final surface design.  The pots will range from deep reds and oranges to beautiful white crackle.  Alternative Firing techniques never get boring!  Students should bring 8 to 10 bisque fired pots with terra sigilata (if possible).  Beginners are welcome.

**Please bring lunch, snacks and drinks for Saturday and Sunday...The fall weather is usually cool so please dress warmly (in layers) as you will be outside firing for part of each day.

Applying Terra Sigillata: 
Terra sigillata should be applied to a bone-dry or almost bone-dry pot. If you are brushing it on, you need to apply at least three coats. If you are putting white terra sigillata on white clay, three coats is probably plenty. The terra sigillata needs to soak into the clay, but should not be allowed to dry completely between coats. Once you have applied several coats, the surface should be buffed with your fingers, a cloth or chamois-leather before it dries completely. The pot is ready to buff when the surface looks waxy and grey but is no longer wet-looking. If it has lightened in color, it has dried too much and another coat of terra sigillata must be applied. For the greatest degree of sheen, apply three thin coats and buff after each coat.

Watch out for two things when you are brushing on terra sigillata: don’t let it drip down your pot, because the drips will show; and don’t allow your brush to lose hairs, as the hairs will make a permanent mark. Be sure to use a good quality soft brush – a watercolor mop brush works well. If you are brushing terra sigillata onto a wheel-thrown pot, the simplest way to apply a nice even coat is to put the pot on the wheel and let the wheel do the work for you while you move the brush up and down. Once you have enough coats on part of the pot, you can start burnishing with the fingertips of one hand while you are still brushing the terra sigillata onto another part of the pot with the other hand.

Don’t touch the surface until it has soaked in, though if the terra sigillata comes off on your fingers, it isn’t ready to burnish yet, and you will mar the surface by touching it. After you have applied enough terra sigillata to the whole pot, and there are no wet patches, then you can start using a chamois-leather or a soft cloth, or even a thin plastic shopping bag, to bring the surface to a high gloss.
If you are applying terra sigillata to a handbuilt or sculptural piece, you may find it impossible to use the wheel to help with the job. In that case, you can still brush it on, but be careful not to touch any wet spots.

Bisque pieces no higher than Cone 08.

Or call 508-693-1850 to register

Earlier 2018 Workshops:

Palette Knife Painting Workshop
with Donna Thomas

Saturday, April 28
Time: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Fee: $125 
Location: Art Barn Painting Studio
Please bring snacks, lunch and refreshments so that you can stay energized.

Enjoy the freedom of the palette knife by applying luxurious oil paint on a chosen surface. Students will learn palette knife techniques using personal source materials such as flowers, simple still life objects or photo references. Different application techniques including cutting an edge, scraping and layering paint will be explored. Beginning with a simple drawing with paint, darks are laid in followed by mid-tones and, finally, the lights. Finishing touches with the knife and/or a brush will be applied for highlights and edge work. Color palettes may range from bold to neutrals depending on personal taste. Fine art principles will be reinforced including composition and design, balance, color harmony, value and contrast, with “keeping it loose” as the main focus. One-on-one interaction is of utmost importance and critiquing will take place throughout the day on an individual basis. The workshop will close with a time of gathering together to view the work as a group and to share various highlights of the experience.

 (detail on left)


Supply suggestions:
Larger painting surface (canvas or panel) – 12 x 12 or larger, up to 30 x 30

Oil palette:
I want you to use the colors you like to use. You may want to bring large tubes of student grade paints that are a warm and cool of each primary:

Cadmium Red Medium/Alizarin Crimson
Cobalt Blue Hue/Ultramarine Blue
Cadmium Yellow Medium/Raw Umber
White (large size)
Any color that you particularly love that is not easily mixed – turquoise, magenta
I typically use only three colors to do a painting.
Glass jar cleaner
Several brushes for initial sketch and polish at the end
Large disposable or rigid palette – Plexiglas 18 x 24 from Home Depot or Lowe’s works great
Paper Towels and box of Kleenex
Photo or still life references

Variety of palette knives - the type of palette knife should be trowel with a 45-degree angle. This shape gives you the most flexibility with the knife and makes the application easier. Straight knives with no angle are very difficult to use.

Students will learn several approaches to palette knife painting applications by applying fairly large amounts of paint to the canvas surface. Painting fundamentals will be stressed throughout the session.

**Donna Thomas studied drawing and painting at the University of Georgia in the early seventies. She has owned two galleries, exhibited work in numerous galleries in the Atlanta area and opened an art school in Atlanta (The Art School in Sandy Springs) in 2005. She has taught in Georgia, North Carolina, and Washington state. Donna has judged several art shows in Georgia and NYC and has co-authored a book, “A Studio Guide to Creating Encaustic Art”. She strongly feels that creating art is a very personal, emotional and exciting journey and that painting for oneself is the essence of true creativity

Flower Power
with Kim Cutler 

Date: Saturday, May 19

Time: 10:30 to 11:30AM
Fee: $15 per person
Location: Art Barn Painting Studio

"Flora Rewind," an illustrated talk by Kim Cutler

A discussion outlining how floral designers use the same elements of art in their arrangements as fine artists (line, color texture etc.) Illustrations will be from flower shows but mostly Flora in Winter at the Worcester Art Museum.

A Flower Arranging Demonstration 
with Kim Cutler and Sarah Ribeiro

Date: Saturday, May 19

Time: 2:00 – 4:00PM
Fee: $35 per person
Location: Art Barn Painting Studio

Worcester Art Museum's Flora in Winter chairs Kim Cutler and Sarah Ribeiro hope to bring flower power from Worcester, MA to the Vineyard. Using tried and true techniques and giving away a few design secrets, they will create eight live floral arrangements while you watch. Four of the designs will be focused on dramatic but simple techniques, and four will be more complex and trendy. All the designs will be raffled off at the end of the demonstration for guests to take home. Questions will be encouraged.

Kim and Sarah have been friends for 35 years and share many interests. Both are potters, both have been docents at the Worcester Art Museum, and both are active gardeners and flower arrangers. They enter every flower show they can and their work has been found in the MFA, Tower Hill, Worcester Art Museum, and Boston, Providence and Newport flower shows. Both have won blue ribbons and specialty awards for their designs at these venues. In addition, this year they were humbled to receive the Barbara Spaulding Cramer Award for Floral Design Education from the Garden Club of America.

Color Dynamics with Pastels
with Gigi Horr Liverant

Dates: Saturday, June 16 & Sunday, June 17
Time: 9:30AM to 4:30PM each day
*Option for one day Saturday workshop as well

Fee: $250 for the two day workshop
*OPTIONAL 1 DAY (Saturday) Rate $150 
Please bring snacks, lunch and refreshments so that you can stay energized.
Location: Art Barn Painting Studio

Pastel Society of America Master Pastelist, and International Association of Pastel Societies Master Circle member, Gigi Liverant, will guide you through a variety of easy exercises to help you discover the most authentic version of your inspiration. Pastels are a medium that begs to be "played with" and Gigi will show you how to implement color dynamics to gain greater impact with the medium. Students will have the opportunity to explore the use of quick studies to focus your artwork toward a more compelling visual expression.

The two-day workshop is geared towards the individual artist's goals and abilities.

The first day will include a demonstration and discussions about the pastel medium, followed by examples of the quick studies employed by Gigi in her own work. You will then have the opportunity to explore color dynamics through studies of imagery of your choosing.

The second day will provide ample time and guidance to implement your studies to develop your unique painting.

A supply list will be provided

Gigi Horr Liverant Bio

Gigi has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including Best in Show at the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts 2014, the M.H. Hurliman Armstrong Award at the Pastel Society of America 2016,

First Prize Connecticut Women Artists, Best in Show Connecticut Pastel Society, the Andrew Giffuni Memorial Award at the Pastel Society of America Annual Exhibition in 2009 and the Diane Bernhardt Gold Medal Award at the PSA Annual Exhibition in 2000. She is an International Association of Pastel Society Master Circle member, a Pastel Society of America Master Pastelist and a Signature Member of the Connecticut Pastel Society. Liverant has also been awarded important national and regional commissions including the Cow Parades in New York, West Hartford, CT and Boston, MA and murals at multiple private and public locations including the Connecticut Savings Bank. She has been featured in the Pastel Journal and INK magazines and is much sought-after teacher and lecturer in the area.

Gigi’s paintings are included in the collection of the Lyman Allyn Museum, Connecticut College, Pfizer, Three Rivers Community-Technical College and the New Haven Paint and Clay Club, in addition to numerous private and corporate collections nationally. Liverant exhibits her work at the Cooley Gallery in Old Lyme, CT and the Granary Gallery in West Tisbury, MA as well as numerous juried group exhibitions throughout the region. She is a graduate of Paier College of Art in New Haven, Connecticut. Gigi Liverant lives and works in Colchester, Connecticut.