River Arts in Damariscotta is offering three one-day drawing workshops this spring. Rachel Eastman will teach two one-day drawing workshops and will co-teach a third with John David O’Shaughnessy.
“Drawing up a Storm,” offered on Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be an adventure in drawing and learning to create one’s own convincing storm. “Drawn to and Drawn From — Intuitive Objects in Nature” will be offered on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will explore a variety of traditional and experimental approaches to drawing in dynamic response to objects from nature. Each of these two classes is available to members for $60 and for nonmembers for $65.
Eastman’s and O’Shaughnessy’s jointly taught workshop on Saturday, April 27, “Drawing Powerfully from Memory and Observation,” focuses on empowering students in drawing from their own direct observation and from the trail of their memory. This workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and costs $90 for members and $100 for nonmembers.
Eastman is best known for witnessing thousands of consecutive sunrises over the ocean and for her resulting atmospheric drawings and paintings. She has a passion for ocean storms as they meet art. Awarded Hewnoaks Artist Colony residencies, Vermont Studio Center residencies, and a Pace House residency at Maine College of Art, Eastman incorporates the Hudson River School research from her museum work into her visceral experience of nature.
Known for painting seascapes directly from the shifting light all along the New England coast, O’Shaughnessy comfortably strides abstraction and figuration with the gestural mark of his brush. A New Jersey native who studied painting at Massachusetts College of Art with Rob Moore, Jeremy Foss, George Nick, and others, O’Shaughnessy has been featured in numerous juried shows and plein air events and is sought for carrying an intensity of movement that is held in bold gesture; saturated, improvisational color; and an unrelenting pursuit of fugitive light.
To register or for more information, call 563-1507 or go to riverartsme.org/classes.