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Monday, February 23, 2015

Happy Chinese New Year! - the year of the sheep/goat/ram. Student work, adult art class, 2/23/15.

The lesson:
Work from reference images found online.
Each student randomly selected from the samples on hand.
Cut paper into quarters.
Color some with red crayons, some w black, keep a white quarter sheet.
    How many you do depends on available time.
    But don't color them all at once.

First red piece:
    on the backside draw the figure as a line drawing. use yr reference sample.
    cut that figure out, smoothly & cleanly, so that you end up with two pieces -     the figure and the background you cut it from.
Second red piece: do the same but cut freehand - no drawing!
Choose one of these red figures and snip out simple designs. keep the figure whole. a chinese papercut would be cut w a knife. here you use scissors so keep it simple.

Third red piece:  on the red side draw the figure in black crayon outline w black line patterns/designs.

Arrange figures and background pieces on the black quarter sheets, and white quarter sheets, as you wish.
    Tip them down with glue stick in strategic spots. No need to glue all over.         That gets too messy and too buckley.

Arrange your little sheets in a long row, to make an accordion fold booklet.
    Tape the joins with strips of paper and glue stick on the back.
    Fold into accordion.
    You can do this w less or more versions.

You can also arrange them into a larger rectangle like a quilt instead.



Friday, February 20, 2015

March adult art programs with Catinka Knoth, at Rockland Public Library, 2015

Press Release

February 20, 2015

"March Motifs" Adult Art Workshop Series with Catinka Knoth at
Rockland Public Library, 2015

Rockland - Catinka Knoth will lead an art workshop series for adults,
on creating art around March Motifs. Participants will visit themes
such as the Iditarod dog sled races, celtic designs for St. Patrick's
Day, greens and the arrival of Spring, the 'Circus Comes to Town', and
Easter. Each
week will be a different subject. Classes meet 11 a.m. on Mondays, in
the Community Room, Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St. Led by
Knoth, participants will create their own art. 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
596-0069 or Rockland Library at 594-0310.

3/02 Iditarod sled dog races & husky dogs
3/09 Greens and the Arrival of Spring
3/16 St. Patricks Day & Celtic designs
3/23 'The Circus Comes to Town'- acrobats and animals
3/30 Easter designs and cards

Knoth provides instruction and guidance in drawing and creating
March motifs. Participants will work with pencil, colored pencil,
crayon, and papercutting, with a focus on drawing in color.

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 at Rockland Public Library, sponsored by Wendy
and Keith Wellin. For more information about Knoth's work visit

Attachments: Artwork by Catinka Knoth

Catinka Knoth
241 Broadway, Apt B
Rockland, ME 04841
207-596-0069 or 207 691-5544

My website:

Notecard sets to order:

My blog:

Children's Drawing Classes, March series 2015, with Catinka Knoth, Rockland Public Library

Press Release

"Let's Draw A March Medley!" - Children's Drawing Workshops at Rockland
Public Library, 2015
Rockland - This March, children will draw the Iditarod Dog Sled Races,
St. Patrick's Day, Spring, and the circus, at Rockland Public Library's
ongoing drawing workshops led by Rockland artist Catinka Knoth.
Participants follow along with Knoth as she demonstrates creating a
variety of subjects for March. Husky dogs, mushers and dog sled teams,
are motifs from the Iditarod Race in Alaska. The class may also
experiment with papercuts of dog teams. St. Patrick's Day has it's
shamrocks, St. Patrick, leprechauns, pots of gold, rainbows, and Celtic
designs. The first day of Spring in 2015 is March 20th. Traditionally
March was when 'the circus comes to town', bringing acrobats, animals,
clowns, and tents. The class will also explore decorative egg designs,
cards, and motifs in preparation for Easter.

Tuesdays; 4-5pm, "Let's Draw a March Medley!"

03/03 The Iditarod Races and Sled Dogs
03/10 St. Patrick's Day
03/17 Spring
03/24 The Circus - acrobats & animals
03/31 Easter

Local patrons, Wendy and Keith Wellin, provide the workshops free and
open to the public, with all materials provided. The workshops, for ages
6 and up as well as the young at heart, offer the opportunity to make
art together. Children age 10 and under need adult accompaniment. Knoth
expects participants to be able to work independently for the most part.
Ongoing workshops meet every Tuesday, 4-5 pm., Community Room, Rockland
Public Library, 80 Union St., hosted
by Friends of Rockland Library. FMI - Jean Young, children's librarian,

attachments, art by Catinka Knoth
Catinka Knoth
241 Broadway, Apt B
Rockland, ME 04841
207-596-0069 or 207 691-5544

My website:

Notecard sets to order:

My blog:

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day - a crayon stencil style drawing drawn freehand after a reference of old stencil art. Lots of fun and good practice to draw this way. Color in the shapes as you go. Use imagined outlines instead of drawing outlines first. Lots of fun to paint like this too. And always attend to keep clean white lines.



Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Chinese New Year! 2015 sheep, goat, ram

Chinese New Year - 2015 is the year of the sheep/goat/ram - does anybody really know which?! Student art, child & adult, kids' art class, 2/10/15. Inspired by Chinese papercuts.