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Sunday, February 26, 2017

March Adult Art Program with Catinka Knoth at Rockland Public Library, 2017

Press Release

February 24, 2017

"March Motifs" Adult Art Workshop Series with Catinka Knoth at
Rockland Public Library, 2017

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 and greens for St. Patrick's Day, Spring, and the 'Circus Comes to Town'. 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
691-5544 or Rockland Library at 594-0310.

3/06    Iditarod sled dog races & husky dogs
3/13    St. Patricks Day & Celtic designs
3/20    Spring
3/27    'The Circus Comes to Town'- acrobats and animals

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 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

Attachments: Artwork by Catinka Knoth


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

Press Release:


"Let's Draw A March Medley!" - Children's Drawing Workshops at Rockland
Public Library, 2017

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 children's 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 2017 is March 20th. Traditionally March was when 'the circus comes to town', bringing acrobats, animals, clowns, and tents.

Tuesdays; 4-5pm, "Let's Draw a March Medley!", 2017

03/07    The Iditarod Races and Sled Dogs
03/14    St. Patrick's Day
03/21    Spring
03/28   The Circus - clowns, acrobats & animals

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, 594-0310.

Attachments: art and demonstration whiteboard drawings by Catinka Knoth

Friday, February 24, 2017

Rooster - Chinese New Year and Presidents, kids and adults art from children's drawing class, 2/21/17

Class had missed the Chinese New Year rooster session because of the snowstorm that day. I still had materials for it in my bag. I asked class if they wanted to do Presidents Day or Roosters for the New Year. Several wanted the rooster. One child really wanted to do the presidents, (Washington and Lincoln), although only the parents had known what the scheduled subject was to be. I decided we would try to do both!

We did a drawing of one of the simpler papercut designs I had for reference. As usual, the class follows along with me. We start with a border and make some simple marks in this frame/margin area as a kind of warm-up. It goes under the guise of decoration.

As soon as the drawing is done, everyone colors. Most people love to color. A four year old had not been up to trying the drawing. (Neither is that expected.) The child colored mother's drawing with great concentration. I asked the child to maybe try drawing a rooster after the coloring was finished. What a surprise rooster came from that hand. I still cannot believe it.

For the presidents we started with a typical Lincoln silhouette. This is a sacrilegious action for children to accept this kind of drawing process where one is not to do it by outline but by simply coloring in. And they did it by following along with me. Horrors - how could I insist on such a thing! Washington - ok I will draw this one with more lines and you may do it that way too.

Another set of amazing, (I think), portraits they all turned out.

Save my demonstration drawing to print out and color.



Friday, February 10, 2017

Almost moon and water-main break after snowstorm, 2/10/17

Woke @ 3:40 am to see car drive slowly long with a flashlight sweeping around from passenger side. They are searching for something. Cop car? Looking for what? Then some public works trucks pass slowly by, also heading south. Then I see that water is bubbling up from the road seemingly just a few feet south of our drive. It is flowing down our drive. It looks like more than a little trickle. Like a stream. I must go look out the window proper in the front. Yikes there is a lot of water pouring up through and down along the street, pouring north, and looking deep. Coming down our drive too but something keeps it flowing down the road more. I call the county communication dispatch and describe. Yep, it is a water-main break. They should be along shortly. Where? Down the road from you. ... I wonder if I should be alerting anyone from the building involved with the care of it. Then I see the moon and realize I might be able to get a shot that shows both the moon and the water. Hard to see in this pic what is what. Moon at top with its reflection in the window. Another light midway down, maybe another moon reflection in bottom pane? Along the bottom is the road with its river. I can hear the stream. But I have yet to hear any thumping of the road crew machinery breaking through pavement. And I don't see their flashing yellow lights down the road. I don't hear anything other than the rushing water. Do they really have this? Sending this up now. Then will call dispatchers again to confirm they found the source.