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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

August Children's Drawing Workshops with Catinka Knoth, Rockland Library, 2018

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for:   News, Community Events, Calendar,
contact:     Catinka Knoth 207 593-6085

July 27, 2018
Press Release:

"Let's Draw Up a Collection of August Maine Memories!" Children's
Drawing Workshops at Rockland Public Library, 2018

Rockland - Children will continue exploring Maine memories this summer
at the weekly drawing classes led by Catinka Knoth at Rockland Public
Library. Knoth leads children, (and adults), ages 6 and up, in
follow-along drawings on a variety of motifs. Children age 10 and under
should be accompanied by an adult.

Wendy and Keith Wellin sponsor the workshops, which are free and open
to the public with all materials provided. Classes meet every Tuesday,
4-5 pm, Community Room, Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., hosted
by the Friends of Rockland Library. FMI - Jean Young, children's
librarian, 594-0310.

August themes will include subjects such as: Maine lighthouses and
boats, Maine farms with blueberry farming and belted galloways; Maine birds such as puffins, eagles, ospreys, chickadees;
and, a Maine country fair. Each week is a different theme.

8/07 "Let's draw Maine lighthouses and boats!"
8/14 "Let's draw Maine farming scenes!"
8/21 "Let's draw Maine birds!"
8/28 "Let's draw a Maine country fair"

Knoth believes that everyone can draw if they keep their minds and eyes
open, and that drawing by 'following along' allows one to discover new
ways of interpreting subjects. She expects participants to be able to
work independently for the most part. Knoth, known for her watercolors
of Maine scenes and animal drawings, also gives art workshops for
adults at the library. Her work may be seen at

Attachments: Demonstration drawings by Catinka Knoth

August Adult Art Classes with Catinka Knoth at Rockland Library, 2018

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Press Release:
For: August programs, schedules, calendar events, art events, community news
Contact: Catinka Knoth, 691-6085,


Knoth Offers Free "Maine Lighthouses and Boats" Adult Art Workshop
Series in August at Rockland Library, 2018

Rockland - Catinka Knoth will teach drawing Midcoast Maine lighthouse
and boat scenes, Mondays in August at 11 am. in the Community Room,
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St. Led by Knoth, participants make
their own lighthouse and boat drawings using colored pencils and
crayons. Each week is a different scene:

8/06 Marshall Point Light
8/13 Rockland Breakwater
8/20 Sailboats by Rockland Breakwater
8/27 Lobsterboat heads home by Marshall Pt.

Knoth offers the workshops free of charge with materials supplied.
The workshops are hosted by Friends of Rockland Library and open to the
general public. FMI Knoth at or Rockland Library at 594-0310.

Participants will learn in the first session how to make a drawing of
Marshall Point Light. Knoth will show how to depict the white forms of
the tower, the pylons, and the walkway, by making the "negative"
shapes of the deep blue sea that shows behind these objects. The dark
turret and cap of the building will appear with the use of minimal
strokes. Broad swaths of crayon marks and accent strokes will suggest
the rocky shoreline. The dark green of Hupper's Island in the
background provides further negative shapes to define the walkway.
This is a subject that needs no preliminary line drawing.

Knoth paints watercolors of Maine and whimsical animal scenes, which
she offers as cards and prints. She teaches a free weekly children's
drawing class, sponsored by Wendy and Keith Wellin, at Rockland Public
Library. For more information about Knoth's work visit

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Maine farming - belted Galloway cows and blueberry picking, kids' art class, group display, 8/14/18

The kids and the adults followed along with my drawing demo. They start with a border or frame. We put in some marks or decorations. It's a great way to warm up.

Then we went into the scene, drawing a cow. One child observed that the cow body we started with looked like 3 moons, (crescents). I hope I remember that next time. These are supposed to be belted Galloway cows. Some people call them Oreo cookie cows. They are black but marked with a broad band of white around the middle.

Then we drew a set of big ears on either side of the top of the head. Yes, it looked a bit like a cow-pig, as one child said! My cow then got a set of big eyelashes. I always think of cows as having big eyelashes. Long triangles for legs with the grass they stand in. Hay coming out of the mouth like a set of whiskers.

Boxes of picked blueberries in the foreground, and a blueberry rake.
Barely enough room for mountains, trees, flowers, butterflies, and a rainbow.

I asked for some words to write for viewing or possible spelling needs. A very young child who can write some letters already, suggested the shortest of words - in, it, is, at. I think perhaps the child had learned how to write these already. And then came a bunch of techy electronics words. Oh I could hardly spell these. And I drew the line at DVD. We barely had room for the more narrative words. Purple, blueberries, elephant, rainbow. No one used any in their drawings that I know of. I find they do like to have a word of their choice up for all to see with everyone else's.

One grown up told that they grow blueberries and theirs are done already, because of when we had the heat. Blueberries flower in May and because they are small cup shaped drooping flowers, the bees have a hard time getting in there and pollinating. And, blueberries come in blues and pinks. Blues are sweeter because in their darkness they soak up more sun, which makes them develop the sugars more. Note the blueberry flower drawing this participant so kindly drew for us.

The Union Fair starts 8/18. It is a country fair in Union Maine in celebration of blueberry farming. Our last August  topic is 'A visit to a country fair'. (Next week is Maine birds.)

Monday, August 13, 2018

Rockland Breakwater - adult art class, 8/13/18, student group display, and exercises

We started by practicing block drawings in dark crayons, without using outlines. We alternated between boxes and that old 'weight' symbol. The hope is that one gets to feel the difference between sloping planes of a form and perpendicular planes of a box . We added flaps, triangle blocks, and/or roofs to some of our blocks. One of them we turned into a birdhouse.

As reference for the final drawing, we used an outline digital conversion of my watercolor that I'd done from my reference photo of the Breakwater.
Class only had the line drawing to work from for their final drawing. Most of them drew in line and then colored in.

I tried drawing with black crayon in the same manner as the exercises but using that line conversion as my reference. I know the photo and the painting pattern well enough that I was able to do it, somewhat.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Maine lighthouse and boats, kids' drawing class, 8/7/18

Class visitors had a connection to Owls Head Light, so we tried a follow-along drawing for that. We also drew a skiff, and a Friendship Sloop sailboat.

Questions to ask people at a smallish luncheon gathering, ideas

A friend invited a small group over for a porch party. I 'armed' myself by making a list of questions I could ask people, or might ask if I were doing a podcast interview. (That is something  I may try one day.) I don't think I got to ask any of these questions. People had plenty of things they wanted to tell each other, or that they just asked each other. Still, I liked that I had my list tucked away. I want to write it up on little question cards too. The wordings in these ideas is not that fluid - more in note form. Later I sent this list to my friend, since I had told her of it but had not been able to find it then. And I included a little digital drawing of this porch party.
  1. Work before retirement?
  2. What liked best about it?
  3. What liked least? 
  4. Why Maine?
  5. Why here?
  6. How long ago retired?
  7. How long ago moved?
  8. Current interests and activities?
  9. Your intentions for retirement?
  10. Book group, knitting, art, music, foreign language study, birds, nature/journal, Exercise, writing, book genres?
  11. Highlights - short events tours highlight short events tours
  12. Group tour experiences
  13. Volunteer activities
  14. How did you develop friends etc. in your new places?
  15. What are you liking most here?
  16. What are you liking the least here?
  17. Snowbirds?
  18. Winter travels and migrations
  19. Family
  20. Leaving where you used to live
  21. Miss careers?
  22. Podcast/interview questions topics, people
  23. What questions do you ask people?
  24. Drawing 

World Lion Day 8/10/18

I just saw that it is supposedly World Lion Day today, except I heard it a couple days late! Here are a few from a long time ago. The papercuts I cut freehand - used the scissors to draw with! I did the line drawing as a large demo, using compressed charcoal.