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Sunday, December 29, 2019

Winter Scenes January Adult Art Workshops with Catinka Knoth at Rockland Library, 2020

Press Release 

December 29, 2019

Winter Scenes January Adult Art Workshops with Catinka Knoth at Rockland 
Library, 2020

Rockland - Catinka Knoth  will lead an art workshop series for adults, 
on creating scenes such as evergreen trees in snow, lacy snow covered 
branches,  buildings in a snowy landscape, winter animals, and winter 
sports. Each week will be a different subject. Classes meet 11 a.m.  
Mondays, January 6, 13, and 27th at the Community Room, Rockland Public 
Library, 80 Union St.  (The library is closed January 20th, for  Martin 
Luther King Day.) Led by Knoth, participants will  create their own 
winter art. Each week is a different subject. 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 
691-1691 or Rockland Library at 594-0310.

1/06    Evergreens in snow, papercuts
1/13    Winter scenes
1/20    No class - Library closed for Martin Luther King Day
1/27     Penguins & winter sports figures

Knoth will provide instruction and guidance in drawing and creating 
winter scenes of January.  Participants will work with pencil, colored 
pencil,  crayon, and sometimes papercutting, with a focus on drawing in 

Knoth creates 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 - art, watercolor and papercut, by Catinka Knoth

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Cat and Pig love the Winter Solstice and the sun's return. Digital phone drawing, 12/21/19

It, the sun, is rounding the bend at last - also a reminder that the beat goes on, no matter how much we mess things up. Our good parents will not let us burn the house down, much as we may fear. Love to all!

Monday, December 16, 2019

Christmas papercut cards - trees and Angels, adult art class student group display, 12/16/18

This lesson provokes such confusion until one gets it to work. I'll add more info on it later. We did this in a few formats.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Cat and Pig visit Monkeys, digital phone drawings, 12/14/19

Monkey digital phone drawings. I managed to convert the drawing that inverts yesterday but no such luck today. I don’t know what i had done. This is also an attempt to see if uploading here will convert it.

Cat and Pig see a Monkey, ‘touch’ drawing, 12/14/19

Cat and Pig visit Monkeys, ‘sig’ drawing, 12/14/19

Monkey drawings to convert from notes 12/14/19

It did not convert in last email.
Nor by posting here.
The work around is - upload to FB and resale from there. That will convert it. I don’t think I used to have this problem. What had changed?

Monday, December 9, 2019

Holiday cards and ornaments, adult art class, 12/9/19

Class started by practicing with two colored pencils taped together to create a double line drawing tool. One pencil should be forward of the other a bit. Practice straight lines, loops, circles, ribbon like swirleys... and curlies. Try looping around to make a wreath. We should have tried trees too.

Then we practiced imagining spheres as we drew. A simple round circle with a circumference can turn a flat disc into s sphere. Try the atom symbol. Try winding up virtual yarn to make a bigger and bigger ball of yarn. Try an orange with the peel scored. Finally try drawing a sphere by coloring in the imaginary outlines but leave a white belt as a white ribbon.

Write a simple greeting onto any spaces you want on your card.

We drew our cards on folded card stock. Either as two cards from a sheet or one full sheet. I trimmed off one end of the full sheet folded. It is a bit better proportion that way.

Here they have arranged the display of the class work into a tree shape.  

Monday, December 2, 2019

Gingerbread papercraft houses and village paper model scene. Adult art class student display. 12/2/19

Adorable paper houses village by adult art class, 12/2/19.  Class tried there best to follow my rambling instructions and inventing on the fly. In the end everyone made a paper structure. Once it is assembled, it is hard to decorate or draw on. So we stuck decorations etc onto the houses. Here they are displayed as tabletop decorations. But they are also setup to be popup cards. They can be hanging ornaments if you pull a string/loop/hanger up through the middle and cut it free from the big yard! They are so precious. Right now they are set up in the library’s Community room.

I’ll try to do or find some instructions for this later.
You need two longer panels for one set of opposing walls.
You need a set of narrower walls for the ends.
How do you lay them out as a template?
The roof can be a big extension that folds over. It can be one big piece coming off one of the big panels. Just think of all the box possibilities that you have come across. Think of how a milk carton is constructed. Think of how a bag is constructed. Think of how a paper bag is constructed. Lots of ways to go with this.

 You can form paper tabs and glue them down. You can close things up with tape either on the inside or the outside. You can make double stick tape by forming loops with your masking tape or scotch tape. We had to use masking tape. Admittedly not very elegant but it works in this situation

Here is a very rough plan. I drew it in my phon’s ‘notes’ feature. Setup the paper to have a grid. That

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Native American patchwork inventions, sun faces, Thanksgiving feasts, turkey drawings - art by students in adult and kids’ drawing classes, 11/25-26/19

Adult art classes started by drawing a series of 4 gridded rectangles on a single sheet. Place in horizontal layout. These rectangles were of varying ‘cell’ numbers. You may find these cell amounts in some of the examples.

‘Box’ A using a dark crayon, create a design or pattern across that grid. Create by coloring in various cells.

‘Box’ B pick two random crayons/colors and create another pattern/design.

‘Box’ C pick a third random color and do as above.

‘Box’ D choose 4 colors as you wish and make a design/pattern.

Final drawing: Reduce paper sheet down to the biggest square possible. Remove excess by cutting or very careful tearing. Fold square into 4 squares by 4 squares. Fold diagonals if you wish. Color squares to create something like a patchwork square.

Put all the these explorations up on the wall arranging to create one large image.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

December Children's Drawing Workshops at Rockland Library, with Catinka Knoth, 2019

"Let's Draw Pictures and Cards for the Holiday Season!" 
 Press Release
Rockland - Children will explore motifs from the traditional celebrations of December in the free drawing classes at Rockland Public Library led by Catinka Knoth. Classes meet most Tuesdays, 4-5pm, in the Community Room, Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St. Children 10 and under need adult accompaniment. The program, sponsored by Wendy and Keith Wellin, is free with all materials supplied, and hosted by Friends of Rockland Library. Contact the library at 594-0310 for more information.

Christmas, Winter solstice, Chanukkah, and the New Year offer lots of imagery for creative fun. Students will create images such as holiday wreaths, trees, gingerbread houses, ornaments and decorations; Santa Claus, toys, & elves; reindeer and sleighs; gift giving and more.

12/03    Gingerbread houses & holiday decorations
12/10    Christmas & holiday cards
12/17    Holiday cards & winter solstice
12/24   No class, library closes early.
12/31    No class, library closes early for New Year's Eve

Class often starts with a period of guessing and brainstorming ideas for the session's drawing. Knoth then leads children age 6 and up in "follow along" drawings.  She expects children to work independently and encourages adults to participate by making their own drawings. If time allows, Knoth takes group photos of the students' work at the end of class.

Holiday Motif Demonstration Drawings  by Catinka Knoth

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Woodland animals and turkeys, student drawings, adult art class, 11/18/19

We warmed up with a set of drawing exercises working from reference photos.
1) draw a critter in white by just coloring in the background.
2) draw a blind contour drawing of a critter - keep your eye on the reference image, tool on the paper, and don't look at the paper. Go slowly and quietly. It is not supposed to look like anything!
3) draw a continuous line of the reference image, keep tool on the drawing
4) draw the forms of a reference image. Egg shapes? But imagine their 3D form how it takes up space.
Turkey - half a sheet drawing script like scribbling. Each line should be connected script forms repeating a mark like a letter. Hmm - would this work as the actual letters of the name?
The other half of the page is to translate the elements of a turkey image into the scribbles of script/calligraphy.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Saturday, November 9, 2019

The time change, loss of light, and dread(?) coming of winter.

Text sent to family:
4:25 PM, 5 PM pitch black out! Sundown in Maine. I had to make a new ‘good things about winter’ list because I can’t find the first one, yet. Writing that had been a godsend, even though I never referred to it. I highly encourage people to make such a list. Love, Catinka

‘Rewriting’ some of that Lost Winter - good things about Winter - List.
Friday, 11/8/19, 7:45 PM

  1. Beautiful winter formations that made for good abstract photographs
  2. The pleasure of watching the animals go about their business no matter what the weather
  3. The coziness a storm inspired
  4. The /come Ratterree/ the camaraderie and community that one felt once the storm was over.
  5. Special recipes and ritual tradition food dishes
  6. The holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year
  7. Special holiday programs on the television and on the radio
  8. Martin Luther King day and the focus on that level of ideas to live by uplifting ideas
  9. The music of the holidays
  10. Making holiday decorations
  11. Baking holiday dishes
  12. Baking Christmas cards making Christmas cards not baking I said oh gosh she was getting so furious at that at that dictation the way it was misinterpreting her words. She had screamed at the dictation phone because of what it was typing out wrong way
  13. Lovely lights and holiday displays that people put out at night.
  14. The time for reflection and turning inward.
  15. Everything was so much sweeter when the warm weather finally returned just by the fact of the contrast
  16. Special treats only for winter special
  17. Special drinks only for winter
  18. The beauty of winter scenes not just the natural formations
  19. That black and white quality the positive negative The high contrast
  20. All the celebrations that happened in February-Chinese new year, Mardi Gras, Valentines    
  21. The challenge of dealing with the cold weather it was a personal challenge
  22. The cat stayed in for the night willingly, or somewhat willingly.
  23. Laundry dried easily
  24. It was conducive to lighting a candle and sitting at dinner with a lit candle.
  25. Giving gifts?

Limited editing because of ridiculous dictation app errors to have fun(?) with.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Deer, exercises and drawing display by students, adult art and kids’ class, 11/04-05/19

Our references for drawing deer came from the Art of Animal drawing, by Ken Hultgren, a Disney animator who worked on the Bambi movie. We also had a set of old silhouette art to work from

We started with a set of experimental exercises. In four rectangles we drew a series of pre-decided lines. The first rectangle was 13 lines crisscrossing perpendicular, like plaid. The next box
Was 13 diagonals crisscrossing. They touched two edges of the box. The next box was the series of 13 arcs crisscrossing and intersecting at two edges of the box. And finally the last box we drew 13 overlapping circles. Then we went through each box and tried to invent or find a creature or critter. We did them in one color of our choice except not yellow.

You should be able to see the connection between the arcs experiment and Hultgren's drawings. Students made their final drawings as they wished using the reference art of Hultgren.

And then from kids’ class:
What fun to have rainbow colored deer. I want to make one as a color wheel spinner!

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Woodland Animals and November Themes Adult Art Workshop Series with Catinka Knoth at Rockland Public Library, 2019

Press Release

Woodland Animals and November Themes Adult Art Workshop Series with
Catinka Knoth at Rockland Public Library, 2019

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 Rockland Library at 594-0310.

Knoth will give instruction and guidance in drawing November's themes.
Each week is a different subject, as follows:

11/04      Deer
11/11      Library closed for Veterans Day
11/18      Woodland animals & wild turkeys
11/25      Native American motifs

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 - art and photos by Catinka Knoth

November Children’s Drawing Classes at Rockland Library, 2019

Press Release:
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; Thanksgiving;
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  children's librarian, at 594-0310 for more information.

Each week is a different subject:
11/05  Let's Draw Deer!
11/12    Let's Draw Woodland Critters - Bears, raccoons, foxes, chipmunks, squirrels, and mice! 
11/19    Let's Draw Turkeys, a Pilgrim Feast, and a Cornucopia for
11/26  Let's Draw Native American Designs and Motifs!

Attachments: art by Catinka Knoth

Monday, October 28, 2019

Halloween pumpkins and black cats; haunted houses and monsters - kids’ and adult class art display, 10/22-28/19

We started with exercises attempting to draw only the black features of jack-o-lanterns. The object is to try for fierce or scary expressions. It is really hard. We usually end up with nice friendly faces. But it is always good to try.

We then practiced a series of pumpkins in conceptual or archetypal form. Schematic is the word!

I drew a black cat silhouette also as a quick follow along model.

Then the class drew their own pumpkin Halloween scenes. In one here, instead of a blue moon, we have a blue pumpkin.

Kids’ class drew haunted house scenes with more Halloween motifs. They did some monsters as well.

This one is all ready to be a coloring page!