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Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween! October 2016

My (crayon) demonstration drawings from kids' class and from adult art class. You might be able to pull the Halloween scene line drawing for your own coloring fun.

Halloween jack-o'-lanterns, practices and final drawings, adult art class, Halloween 10/31/16

Practices: draw four sets of scary expression with dark crayon
Next page: draw four large circles, draw encircling lines on the first circles horizontally; draw vertical encircling lines on the next column of circles. Now wrap expressions on those globes.
Final drawings: make up a scary jack-o'-lantern scene in color.

Spooky Halloween scenes - witches, bats and cats, jack-o'-lanterns, haunted houses, ghosts, vampires, goblins, mummies - kids art class, adults and kids, 10/24/16

Monday, October 24, 2016

Visions of Autumn watercolor frenchfold note card printable download

Print out on 8.5" x 11" letter paper. For frenchfold card, fold paper in half then half again. My logo &  info will show on the back as shown here. You see the folded card on top.

Or, print twice by turning the sheet around after the first pass. Use cardstock for a heavier card. Frenchfold is for lightweight paper.
 In my Etsy  shop ($3.95) to download and print

Fall foliage, trees, scenes & exercises - student drawings, adult art class, 10/24/16

Exercises involved practices in constructing trees as forms; conceptual trees like spheres, umbrellas, boxes, cones. Students were very skeptical about these conceptual trees, until they stepped back and saw them on the wall. So, hold your judgment until you look at it from a distance! Art often surprises you from that point of view.

The final drawings were to make up a scene using the practices or to work from a piece of my art that I handed out.

I have just finished making up my watercolor, Visions of Autumn, into a printable download card, (again). You can find it in my  Etsy shop. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

November adult art classes with Catinka Knoth at Rockland Library, 2016

Press Release
October 21, 2016

Woodland Animals and November Themes Adult Art Workshop Series with Catinka Knoth at Rockland Public Library, 2016

Rockland - Catinka Knoth will teach drawing woodland animals and themes of November, with a focus on drawing in color, 11 a.m.  Mondays, in the Community Room, Rockland Public Library,
80 Union St. Knoth leads participants in working with colored pencils
and crayons to create their own colored drawings of woodland animals and November themes. Students will use a variety of exercises and methods to help develop new ways of seeing, observing, and designing. Knoth provides the classes free of charge and open to the general public, with materials supplied; Friends of Rockland Library host. FMI Knoth at
691-5544 or Rockland Library at 594-0310.

Knoth will give instruction and guidance in drawing November's themes.
Each week is a different subject, as follows:
11/07      Deer
11/14      Woodland animals
11/21      Wild turkeys & pheasants
11/28      Native American motifs - patchwork quilts/patterns

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

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Press Release - Themes for November Children's Drawing Classes at Rockland Library, 2016

Rockland -  "Let's Draw in Celebration of Native American Heritage
Month, Thanksgiving, and the Coming of Winter!" is the November program for the ongoing free drawing classes led by Catinka Knoth at Rockland Public Library. Children will explore such motifs as woodland animals; Native American designs, lodging, hunting, and game; and foods and family gatherings.  Knoth leads children age 6 and up in these "follow along" sessions every Tuesday, 4-5 pm, in the library's Community Room, 80 Union Street. Children 10 and under should be accompanied by an adult. Knoth expects participants to be able to work independently and encourages adults to join in the drawing fun.  Local patrons Wendy and Keith Wellin sponsor the program, which is free with all materials supplied, and hosted by Friends of Rockland Library. Contact Jean Young, children's librarian, at 594-0310 for more information.

Each week is a different subject:
11/01    Let's Draw Deer!
11/08    Let's Draw Woodland Critters - Chipmunks, Squirrels, mice! 
11/15    Let's Draw Woodland Animals - Bears, raccoons, foxes
11/22    Let's Draw Turkeys, a Pilgrim Feast, and a Cornucopia for
11/29    Let's Draw Native American Designs and Motifs!

Demonstration drawing by Catinka Knoth

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



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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Owls & Cats & Bats... Student art display, kids & adults, children's drawing class, 10/18/16

Owls & Cats & Bats... Student art display, kids & adults, children's drawing class, 10/18/16
And a big piece of candy corn! and a magic pony, (whom I know about)!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Autumn leaves experiments, rubbings, papercuts, cutouts, drawings - adult drawing class, 10/17/16

Peak foliage here in Maine now, (I think). I had only brought a bag of last yea'rs leaves - the emergency stash. Good weather today, so students ran out to gather a good collection.

We started with blind contour drawings.
Then regular contour drawings.
Some freehand paper cuts either from imagination, memory, and/ or referring to the real leaves.
Papercuts where symmetrical cutting over folds in lightweight paper. That leaves a background white sheet, (no pun intended).
Color a new sheet in a variety of colors any way that you wish. Cover the sheet. We are using crayons here. Place the white cut out background sheet over the colored sheet and just admire. Later you can choose to attach it to the background sheet.
Use the colored background sheet to make rubbings of real leaves and/or the papercut leaves.
Hopefully you can see edges of your leaves. Color in that background from the edge of the leaf all-around so that it is darker. It will be hard to see the edges of the leaves. This is an experiment that may or may not work. So many ways to play with this. Go to town. Have fun.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Swallowtail butterfly, zinneas, petunias. Large watercolor from my demonstration video, as note cards.

The video of my painting this Swallowtail butterfly zinnea and petunia watercolor demonstration on my youtube channel. The painting is about 19" x 25". I did a quick crayon line drawing, and then painted it - upside down so the video recording would show right side up? One photo here shows a set of eight note cards and envelopes. Cards measure 4.25" x 5.5". Envelopes to fit. I have also set up a digital download file from which one can print one card formatted for a frenchfold card using light weight paper. One can also put the paper through the printer twice and make two cards using cardstock. Just turn the sheet around to print it again.

Eight note card set @ $15.00 + $3.50 shipping (USPS First class parcel post)
(The cancel link on the Paypal order takes you to my website.)

Digital printable note card download pdf $3.95

on my Etsy:
directly from me and I  send you a download link by email for download payments.
Or contact me: info(at) 

Tomatoes, gift from neighbor's veggie garden end before winter tear down.

The bag outside my door yesterday (?) held these!

Monday, October 10, 2016

September drawings from adult art class in 2016. These are some well-known buildings in St. George Maine along Route 131. Harjula's barn, Robinson's farmhouse, and Wiley's Corner St. George grange.

September drawings from adult art class in 2016. These are some well-known buildings in St. George Maine along Route 131. Harjula's barn, Robinson's farmhouse, and Wiley's Corner St. George grange.

The barns: we did exercises in coloring somewhat architectural plane shapes - one version is to draw the shape in outline and color it in, the next version is to color it into an imaginary outline. After some practice we worked from the reference photo, Harjula's barn here on Rte 131, in Maine, a previous September's scene. It was an experiment to see what happens if you draw the basics of the barn and scene in black crayon as in the coloring in practice, and then work some color on top of this drawing. It would be a kind of grisaille crayon drawing.

Maine farmhouse: exercises in just coloring in the roof shapes, some like parallelograms and some like odd shaped parallelograms, (trapezoids).
Getting the windows hanging off of a straight line rather than being individual shapes, as if they are laundry except you don't want that line curved. The front face of the house is also an odd shaped 'parallelogram'. The side part of the house - if you look you can see an irregular arrow formed by the attic. Note that the side part of the house looks like  a white irregular arrow.

Drawing the St. George Grange we had some basic perspective lessons. Then we worked from our photo reference, not yet shown here, to depict the actual Grange Hall

Catinka Knoth
241 Broadway, Apt. B
Rockland, Maine 04841
207-596-0069, 207-691-5544



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Monday, October 3, 2016

Apples on a bough, student art display, adult drawing class, 10/02/16

Apple lesson:
We practiced drawing a flat circle and turning it into a sphere first, by just drawing an arc around it. We layered in shading to make it more spherical. With the highlighted area these spheres look like pool balls. We did the form building with black crayon. Then we lay in local color, red. This is a type of  grisaille  drawing. (They told me it was spelled grissaille, but I thought not. Guess what! I am right. Look it up.) If a sphere is in such strong light it will cast a shadow so we drew the cast shadow. Apples in a tree cast their shadow onto other apples. We tried a similar exercise drawing a green apple casting its shadow onto another green apple. A shadow cast onto a spherical form is different than one cast onto a flat surface. Our reference photo had some examples of this light and shade effect. We did some quick continuous line drawings of my reference photo. Then students did their final drawings working as they wished mostly from the reference photo. One could use the whole image or home in on a section of it. One person had brought in a real apple picking photo and used that as a reference.