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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Cedar or Bohemian Waxwing birds - Exercises and studies/practices in watercolor, 6/20/17

Tuesday, 6/20/17
First some wash practices on decent copy or multi-purpose paper. Aim for getting down a sloppy mix that lets the pigment and water do its own thing. While those sheets are drying, practice capturing the birds, (from some photo references you have found), by painting only the darkest parts. Do a whole bird at a time that way. You can see there is only the face mask, some wing tips, and legs/feet. You have to imagine the rest of the bird in order to place these markings as one bird, and not a chopped up bird. When a sheet of washes is dry, paint a bird as previously. Add some painting in the negative areas to bring out the bird.

These birds gather here in early spring picking old berries off the fruit trees. I want to know where they go after they have cleaned up.

In adult art class on 6/19/17 we did variations of this, drawing with crayons. Students were to select two crayons/colors randomly. (Blindly take two crayons out of the box. If they are too similar, put one back and pick again. No white crayons either.)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

June Children's Drawing Program at Rockland Library with Catinka Knoth, 2017

Press Release:


"Let's Draw Jubilant June!" - Children's Drawing Workshops at Rockland
Public Library, 2017

Rockland - Children will explore 'early summer' themes for this
month's children's drawing classes led by Catinka Knoth at Rockland
Public Library. June provides subjects such as summer
activities and seashore scenes; Father's Day cards; floral scenes with
poppies, roses, lilacs, and lupine; and 4th of July celebrations.
Students follow along with Knoth as she demonstrates drawing a variety
of motifs. Knoth gears the classes for age 6 and up, including the
young at heart. She expects participants to be able to work
independently for the most part. Children age 10 and under need adult
accompaniment, according to Library policy.

06/06 Summer activities and visits to the seashore
06/13 Father's Day cards
06/20 Floral scenes and summer gardens
06/27 4th of July Celebrations

Wendy and Keith Wellin sponsor the workshops, which are free and open
to the public, with all materials provided. The ongoing 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.

Attachments: Demonstration drawings by Catinka Knoth

Catinka Knoth
241 Broadway, Apt B
Rockland, ME 04841
207 691-5544

My website:

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Birds, Blooms, & Berries - June Adult Art Classes at Rockland Public Library with Catinka Knoth, 2017

Press Release

May 19, 2017

"Birds, Blooms, & Berries" - June Adult Art Classes with Catinka Knoth,
at Rockland Public
Library, 2017

Rockland - Local artist Catinka Knoth will lead a series of free drawing
classes for adults on creating birds and floral or berry motif art and
cards, at Rockland Public Library. Classes meet at 11am, Mondays in
June, 80 Union St, in the Friends Community Room. Participants will
create art using pencils, colored pencils, crayons, and sometimes
scissors, with
an emphasis on drawing in color. Students do warm-up practices before
working on final drawings. Each week is a different bird and plant
combination - birds such as hummingbirds, cedar waxwings,
and cardinals. Knoth will give instruction and guidance.
She invites students of all levels to come make art in this communal
and diverse environment.

06/05 Hummingbirds & Rhododendron
06/12 Cardinals and lilacs
06/19 Cedar Waxwings & cherries
06/26 Red, White, and Blues!

Knoth provides the classes free of charge, with materials supplied.
Friends of Rockland Library host the workshops, which are open to the
public. FMI Knoth at or Rockland Library at

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

Attachment: Artwork (and photos) by Catinka Knoth - demonstrations, and

Catinka Knoth
241 Broadway, Apt B
Rockland, ME 04841

My website:

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Drawing American Flag students' art displays, kids and adult classes, 5/22-23/17; and How to draw video

In adult art class, drawing the American Flag,  we did some practice on other ways to depict stars in the canton first. Draw circles and carve out the dark areas to convey the white star figures. We did not draw the stars in the usual line drawing star method. We also did a half sheet practice to get the proportion of the canton, (blue rectangle of starts), and the stripes.

The stars should be 6 across then 5 across continuing until there are 9 rows in all. That equals fifty stars for fifty states. One way to convey this without being detailed, is to draw blue criss-cross lines. That is good for small flags.

Red and white stripes, 13 in all for the original 13 colonies: Seven red and six white. Top edge is a red stripe, as is the bottom edge. Four red stripes off the canton and the three below that area. The hard part is to asses freehand how wide the red stripes off the canton are. Probably  would all be easier if one were measuring!


Here is Catinka's Live "How to draw American Flag" video, where my little cat toy figure tries to help me draw. So far I keep making these live videos late in the afternoon, evening when the sun is streaming in from the west. I can't see a thing in that lighting. One of these days I'll learn!

Catinka's Live "How to draw American Flag" video