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Sunday, January 27, 2019

February Adult Art Program, 2019

Press Release:

February Celebrations Adult Art Workshops with Catinka Knoth at Rockland Library, 2019

Rockland - Catinka Knoth  will lead an art workshop series for adults,
on creating motifs for  celebrations of February:    Valentine's Day,  Chinese New Year - the Year of the Pig, Black History Month

Each week will be a different subject.
Classes meet 11 a.m. most Mondays in February, (library closed for Presidents' Day, Feb. 18), 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 593-6085, or Rockland Library at 594-0310.
2/4  Chinese New Year - Year of the Pig
2/11 Valentines  Day - papercuts and cards
2/18 Presidents' Day - no class
2/25 Black History Month

Knoth will provide instruction and guidance in drawing and creating the
fantasy images of February's celebrations. Participants will work with pencil, colored pencil, crayon, and papercut, 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 - art and photos by Catinka Knoth

February Children's Art Programs with Catinka Knoth, 2019

Press Release 

January 25, 2019

"Let's Draw February's Celebrations!" - Children's Drawing Workshops at
Rockland Public Library, 2019

Rockland -  Children will draw images from February's celebrations and
traditions at Rockland Public Library's ongoing drawing workshops led
by artist Catinka Knoth. Participants draw along with Knoth as she
demonstrates how to draw and make motifs for Chinese New Year, Valentine's Day, President's Day, and Black History Month. Each week is a different subject:

2/05   Valentines Day cards and papercuts                
2/12    Presidents' Day
2/19    Chinese New Year - Year of the Pig
2/26    Black History Month

Sponsored by Wendy and Keith Wellin, the workshops, for age 6 and up,
are free and open to the public, with all materials provided. Knoth
expects participants to be able to work independently for the most
part. Children age 10 and under should be accompanied by an adult.
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.

Young artists will  draw a wide range of motifs. Valentine's Day cards often have motifs such as hearts, birds, cupids, lace, ribbons, and roses. In honor of the presidents and Black History Month, students might also explore  classic portraits and scenes. Chinese New Year 2019 is the Year of the Pig. Participants may explore traditional zodiac papercut  designs, Chinese dragons, and Lion Dancers.

Attachments: whiteboard demonstration drawings and art by Catinka Knoth

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Winter scenes, papercut snowflakes, snowmen- kids' art class, 1/22/19

Cutting paper snowflakes get trickier when working from a hexagon rather than a square or rectangle.

Decent folding & cutting instructions here:

Here the students experimented with various spontaneous cuts. The snowflakes were small enough to go onto a background drawing. A darker background would show up the flakes. Some colored their flakes as well.

And a new website by
Papercut artist Roma Devanbu:

Friday, January 18, 2019

Cat & Pig discover National Michigan Day! Mini digital phone drawings, 1/18/19, -CK

Could that be a very long suspension bridge, made for traveling between the Upper and the Lower Peninsula, somewhere on that huge Lake Michigan? Cars! Then women in the workforce, like Rosy the Riveter, started here! Motown music....

Learn a bit about Michigan here:

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Penguin collage cards, art class, kids and adults, 1/15/19

Cut card stock into quarters. Color a piece black, (or close enough), with crayon. Good to use the side of a broken peeled crayon. Freehand cut various tear drop shapes from this blackened card. Now arrange on a blank piece of card until you see something resembling a penguin. Remember that some penguins have big white bellies. Stare at your arrangement or keep moving the pieces until a penguin shows up. It seems your mind eventually lets you see invisible edges - it fills in the blank for you! And if it doesn't happen - just make an arrangement you like. Then stick the pieces down. (Use whatever!)

You might try just drawing one of these freehand by coloring in the shapes into the imaginary outlines. That's always a good practice to work at even if you don't like it. It helps you look at things differently and keeps you flexible!

I find these beautiful - these black shapes against the white grounds.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Winter scenes - evergreens in snow papercuts. Adult art class, 1/14/19

This is a project that can really bullox our brains! We try to cut 3 trees in 3 frames in the top sheet, (which is copy paper). We color backgrounds on card stock. We then fasten the papercut to the background sheet.
We have tried to fold the top sheet into accordion folds from which we cut trees in window frames. Those frames often get dropped somehow! We can end up with just trees! Or a reversal of the background coloring being the trees! Lots of possibilities..

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Cat & Pig at a messy desk table, mini digital phone drawings, 1/11/19

Somewhere in January there is a day made for inspiring people to clear their messy desks. 

Cat and Pig confront a messy desk table - what will they do? They may need a list of ideas for how the might move on!

I like  this article which may give me some peace of mind on the issue..

Ideas for tackling messy desk table:      1/12/19, 12:19 PM, CK
Not necessarily in priority order.
  1. Take a 'before' picture
  2. Set a timer
  3. Throw everything into a catchall box
  4. Use clear plastic bags to separate or sort the stuff
  5. Cull the garbage you really don't want
  6. Pull out the good stuff and sort that
  7. Make designs and art type pieces out of the trash
  8. Gather the scrap paper and bind up into figures
  9. Inventory of the contents and write it as you go on a piece of paper. Make copies of this sheet one for the box, one for a binder
  10. Keep a running list of tasks related to the box that you'd like to do at some point.
  11. Keep a running list of tasks that you need to do as the next actions.
  12. Write up several two minute next steps
  13. Take pictures of the box contents
  14. Seal up or archive that box - as per Andy Warhol.
  15. Make up a story about the box contents
  16. Turn the whole thing into a story or study or journal entry
  17. Document process
  18. Show off your progress
  19. Commit ahead of time to someone of whatever steps you intend to take and report back after you've done it
  20. Get a buddy to do this with you in person
  21. Get a buddy to do this at the same time  you are doing it.
  22. Try to do something just to improve the situation a little bit
  23. Make a list of such possibilities small improvements you can make. That you are willing to do
  24. Keep a list of what you have done  
  25. Find a way to reward the small steps that you accomplish and celebrate at certain milestones that you  designate ahead of time, or not

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Cat & Pig January mini digital phone drawings, January 2019

 Cat and Pig have a snow & rain day.

Cat & Pig for Apricot Day!

Cat & Pig and Save the Eagle Day

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Cat and Pig on National Bird Day, digital phone drawings, 1/5/19

They could have said "Happy Bird Day!", but they did not think of it soon enough. They had only just learned it was Bird Day, (National we presume).

Friday, January 4, 2019

Cat & Pig, mini digital phone drawings, and ditty, 1/4/19

Cat and Pig went to market,
They thought they'd be able to lark it,
But found everything seemed to spark it,
So they took their goodies to the parklet,
And had a fine picnic with appley tartlet!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Happy Mew Year for Cats Day and National Sci-Fi Day, digital phone drawings, 1/2/19

Who Mew? ..That It was Happy Mew Year for Cats Day or National Sci-Fi Day on Jan 2?
Experiments on what to draw in the mini digital phone drawings...