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Monday, May 30, 2016

Flags for Memorial Day - student drawings from adult and kids' art classes, 5/23/16 & 5/24/16

Adult class flags - we did some practices of stars carved out of rows of circles working with the negative spaces. That meant coloring in the background, without drawing the star, to create white stars. Proper star arrangement might come later!.

We did an approximate proportional rough of the flag. Seven red stripes and six white stripes to represent the original thirteen colonies. Remember that the top and bottom stripes must be red. The top four line up with the canton. The overall flag proportions are 1.9. So, length = 1.9 sides.

We could also have made stripes by taping two pencils together, had we thought of it in time!


Thursday, May 26, 2016

June Children's Drawing Program at Rockland Library with Catinka Knoth, 2016

Press Release:

"Let's Draw Jubilant June!" -  Children's Drawing Workshops at Rockland
Public Library, 2016

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.

06/07    Summer activities and visits to the seashore
06/14    Father's Day cards
06/21    Floral scenes and summer gardens
06/28    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, Maine 04841
207-596-0069, 207-691-5544



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Birds, Blooms, & Berries - June Adult Art Classes at Rockland Public Library with Catinka Knoth, 2016

Press Release:

May 26, 2016

"Birds, Blooms, & Berries" -  June Adult Art Classes with Catinka Knoth, at Rockland Public
Library, 2016

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.

06/06    Hummingbirds  & Rhododendron
06/13   Cardinals and lilacs
06/20   Cedar Waxwings & cherries
06/27   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 594-0310.

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 studies

Catinka Knoth
241 Broadway, Apt. B
Rockland, Maine 04841



Prints at Fine Art America

Facebook Artist Fan Page 

Youtube channel:

'Catinka's expenses fund' campaign at GoFundMe:

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Spring flowers - crocus, dandelion, daffodils, tulips, kids' and adults' drawings, kids' art class, 5/10/16

Did you know that 'dandelion' comes from French and means 'teeth of the lion' - because of those 'teeth' on the leaves. One of the crayon colors is 'dandelion' and bears the name in several languages. You can see this teeth of the lion in the Spanish translation right on the crayon - 'dente de leon'. We assumed the yellow head is the lion face and mane.

I don't know how or why those foxes got in on the act! Perhaps it was something some of the kids did at school that day.



Lily ponds, egrets, perspective art lesson demos, and student drawings, adult art class 5/9/16

Usually I do this bit of perspective lesson by roughing out an approximate tile in loose one point perspective and then putting in the schematic oval lily pads. This time I made one lily pad and guestimated a tile around it. We then added the rest of the tile ground by estimating. From there we used the tile pond for placing schematic egrets/herons in place. I got mixed up and did not get it unbolluxed. It still manages to show space, even if it is 'wrong'. It gives the idea. Students had only my very errored example to go by for their practice drawings.


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Spring artwork from kids and adults classes 2016 - baby animals, peepers and baby birds in nests, spring flowers, May baskets and Mother's Day

Spring flowers class - we started with some exercises to get a feel for flowers in space, in their volume. I ask people to reduce them to cups and saucers. We draw these at various angles, and further develop them by adding axes propellers. We drew compositions using this conceptual structural method in black crayon. Then came the fun of coloring.

In the spring peepers lesson, there was a bit of an 'argument' over which drawing was more colorful and why one of them appeared to be more colorful. (Sometimes I cannot keep the kids from competing.)

May baskets and Mother's Day cards both classes did  'broken crayon' drawings. We did some experimenting and practicing first to see the different kinds of strokes we could get by using the side of a crayon flat against the paper. Depending on the angle you push and pull the crayon, you get varying stroke widths. If you twist the crayon somewhat like a compass you can get a circular or disc like shape.

There is also a set of baby animal drawings by child and adult, with a cat, pig, calf, and lamb.