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Friday, 25 June 2010
Kids Draw Birds, Cats, Dogs, Rabbits, Horses & Dragons - an Outreach Art Class
Topic: Kids Art Class

Press Release: 

South School Students Draw Animals at Lincoln Street Center's Spring Outreach Art Program

Rockland - This spring Lincoln Street Center for Arts & Education offered an outreach drawing program for second and third graders at South School.  Catinka Knoth, an artist who offers watercolor classes at LSC,  taught the six session program. Knoth visited each of the five participating classes weekly, about 13 students each, and led them in a series of 40 minute drawing lessons. Approximately 65 students in all, learned several ways of drawing birds, cats, dogs, rabbits, horses, and dragons. Taking part were  Kim Cowan's second grade, Jennifer Woodward's second grade, Roxanne Snow's second grade, Margorie Gerrish's third grade, and Jeremy Holbrook's third grade classes.

The first session started by brainstorming lists with the children of what they wanted to learn to draw. The children wrote their own lists on paper while Knoth recorded some of their requests on a collective list on the board. Individual lists were collected for future reference.

The lesson proceeded with the first subject of the series - birds. Students  observed several  drawings of sets of eyes and compared the differences between them. They drew each set. The object was to finally draw a set of eyes that had 'sparkle' in it - the sparkle of light that is conveyed by a sliver of light area within the pupil area of the eye.

Knoth believes that if one can convey a spirit of life just from the sparkle of an eye, then one can begin to imagine a personality  looking out  from the paper. She says It helps one's drawing to be able to imagine the paper as a field or space in which characters or creatures exist, much as a dollhouse is a space in which dolls live and  interact, a castle is where toy soldiers hold battles, a patch of earth is a building site or race track for cars, and a book is where a story unfolds.

The eye practice completed, it was time to draw the bird. Students followed along with Knoth's step-by-step demonstration. First the eye, then the beak. Then a swoop of the head continuing into a sweeping line of the back and tail. Then the enclosing line for the lower part of the head, belly, and tail. Two bell shapes curves expressed the wings, curling lines the tail feathers, and a series of 'j' or 'c' shaped marks in graceful sweeps completed the wing feathers. The land or water the birds were flying over received spiral marks as decorations, plants, or waves.

In the next five sessions students completed lessons on drawing cats & tigers, dogs & foxes, rabbits, horses, and finally dragons. Inspiration for the demonstration drawing styles ranged from the naturalistic models of cildren's book author/illustrators Beatrix Potter and Maurice Sendak, and Disney animator Ken Hultgren; to sumi-e art. It also included the more abstracted shapes and cartooning work of Ed Emberly. The children practiced mark making and repetition at the start of each lesson. During some sessions they completed four drawings - two for Knoth to take for documentation and two for later coloring.

kids animal art

kids animal art

kids animal art

kids animal art

kids animal art

kids animal art

kids animal art

kids animal art

kids animal art

Lincoln Street Center for Arts & Education, at 24 Lincoln Street in Rockland, Maine, was originally the Rockland High School. It has been operating as a non-profit organization offering opportunities to the public for artistic, cultural, and educational enrichment. The center has an alumni room with a permanent  historical exhibit of school memorabilia and documents. Its 300 seat theatre regularly offers performances and events to the general public. The gym is used for a variety of events including music & dance presented by R Space. The Jean B. Chalmers Gallery hosts changing art displays and receptions. The Center is home to The Watershed School, an alternative education program;  Rockland Ballet School;  a collective Yoga studio, a community photography studio; a  community pottery studio; Splatter Kids, a children's art program;  and several artist's studios. In addition the Center offers classes in partnership with  organizations and individuals, in arts, theatre, and movement. It also provides rental spaces for special events and classes. Office and gallery  hours are 9-1pm, M-F, or by appointment. For more information call 207-594-6490, or visit the website at www.lincolnstreetcenter.org.

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 12:41 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 25 June 2010 2:33 AM EDT
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Sunday, 6 June 2010
Nine Topics - My Recent Comments & Messages on Facebook
Topic: Life

Suggesting friends to connect for access to Stanley cup finals updates A friend of mine is in Italy needing updates on Stanley Cup finals. I sent you two a joint message to friend each other in hopes he could see your updates on the games.

I just sent a joint message to you and a friend who was at the game, in hopes you two might friend. I imagine he would continue posting about the games and you could get updates that way. Hope he sees the message.

Maybe you two can friend each other? B - P is in Italy wanting to know what is going on with Flyers game. (He lives in Philly) P - B just went to the Flyers game from NYC. ( for the Flyers?)

High school alumni with talent & reputation for fashion illustration Cam O'Grady was the person for all that 'fashion' art work then. I idolized her work, I think DF did too. We certainly learned from her. ..I ran into her in the Village years later c. 1977?- she was then a night club singer or chanteuse, and I think she just called herself 'Camille'. When I get to putting up some of those other '68 yearbook pics, I'll put up A and D's fashion/couple drawings. A, I think you signed alongside A's drawing. Perhaps that is the one you have!? How did you manage to hustle all these drawings and photos from everyone? Sounds like you would also be a good archivist/museum collector/historian.

Montclair High alumni of notoriety post from a friend: 

Did you know that Robert Lawson (born 1892) was an MHS graduate? I'm  just looking at a copy of The Curious Lobster's Island, which has  lovely illustrations by Marion Freeman Wakeman, and find on artnet.com > that she was born in Montclair in 1891, so perhaps they were friends!

Ferdinand the Bull - OK! I 'fess I don't know the other books. ..I was always so taken with the Cheaper by the Dozen & Belles on their Toes books by the Gilbreths and that here was the grandson going to high school when I was, that I never thought further than that. All sorts of connections pop up now it seems. I don't even think the Buzz Aldren thing meant as much to me as the Gilbreths!

Feedback re: request to take a promotional survey to help Thomaston Maine win a prize towards 4th of july funding.

Fantastic everyone - Thank you! ...and thanks for finding out more about the area D - I actually live in Rockland. I came here because of my wonderful memories summering here which led to a fantasy of coming here. I suspected it was just a fantasy ie. would not be what I imagined. In that respect I was right. Nevertheless, I learned it is a real good thing to act on a dream/fantasy . The good of it is in acting on it, not in whether or not it turns out to be what you expected. And now I'm here and unwilling to uproot again (for now)!

...Owls Head is named so for the shape of that section of land I think. There is a painting of Owls Head from long ago by Fitz Hugh Lane. http://www.fitz-hugh-lane.org/Owl's-Head,-Penobscot-Bay,-Maine- large.html Some of my own paintings of Owls Head are on my website under 'midcoast Maine towns collections' - (www.catinkacards.com).

J has a 'camp' near Tenants Harbor. Though we're both from Montclair/MHS, we connected on FB, because he mentioned Clark Island. "Clark Island?! You're right around the corner!".,,,We had a lovely visit/reunion here in Rockland. It is quite the amazing thing for everyone to be connecting with these younger times/older versions of our selves. What fun & magic.

J - saw N (from Clark Island) tonight at the Art Night. She seemed happy to not have the inn anymore. As you said, she is still helping out with it. She's also helping out at another business here in town.

Jo - you'll have to make a trip to Maine one of these summers! The Thomaston Cafe is still here and will surely be packed on the holiday.

Friend's 38th wedding anniversary Happy Anniversary - great to know there are people out there being happy together.

Fashion disapproval and fashion speak - between the generations c. 1968

Here we are talking about another time while the views of our parents came from yet another time that to them was as young and simultaneously present as not present as our old times are to us. (cannot say this properly - if we are finding ourselves as always kids, wasn't it the same for them. And that means that is endlessly going on....)

High school friends re: our gym teacher c. 1968

Hmm. I remember the feeling of what Mrs. H. said but not what she said. It always felt stressful somehow. Was she actually saying 'feel' or was that her pronounciation/accent for 'fall'

Re: meeting at Rockland Art Night, and where to make a fan page on Facebook

Hi K - I think it was you I told I'd find out where you set up a fan page... One place is - on any fan page, bottom of left hand column, there is a link - 'create a page/fan page'. Try that. There should be something similar on one of the sections in your 'account settings'. That is where you'd have to manage the page from once you set it up. You can't just move photos from your personal page to your fan page. You have to re-upload them. But you can update your fan page by cell phone or email. The other thing is that FB does not send notifications for activity on your fan page. You have to actively go in and check on it. Perhaps that is why they don't - to keep you on your toes and checking in. Fun to see you all tonight. 

Friend's Mom signed up to Facebook

That alone is huge! If she's open to it, she'll be able to learn. She's not resistant. Start writing easy tutorials and post them as notes. That's the only place to find things on FB it seems, and pics (links too I guess).


remote Posted by Catinka Knoth at 12:37 AM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 6 June 2010 1:02 AM EDT
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Monday, 24 May 2010
Spring Migratory Birds Watercolor Workshop Series with Catinka Knoth
Topic: Watercolor Class

goldfinches art by Catinka Knoth
Press Release:

"Birds & Brushes - Part I" Watercolor Workshop Offered by Catinka Knoth

Rockland - Catinka Knoth will teach "Birds & Brushes - Part I", a watercolor workshop, at Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education, 24 Lincoln St. The four week class will meet Tuesdays, 10am-Noon, from June 1 through June 22nd. An alternate schedule may run Thursday evenings from 6-8pm, starting June 3rd. Participants may sign up by suggested donation of $80 for the complete series, or $25 per individual session. Call Knoth at 596-0069 or 542-7317 to confirm space.

Students will work in the studio creating from either their own or provided reference photos. Each week will focus on a different spring migratory bird. Part I will focus on bluebirds, goldfinches, warblers, and orioles. Knoth will demonstrate exercises and painting techniques such as sumie style calligraphy, working with washes, creating textures with wet-in-wet and drybrush, direct painting, and using negative spaces to create shapes. Students will learn skills of observation and expression that will enhance their future study and enjoyment of birds. Knoth, known for her watercolors of Maine scenes and whimsical animal drawings, regularly gives workshops in watercolor and drawing for adults and children. Her website www.catinkacards.com shows examples of her art and teaching.

remote Posted by Catinka Knoth at 4:58 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 24 May 2010 5:24 PM EDT
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Saturday, 24 April 2010
Crocuses and a Poem
Topic: Seasonal/Holiday


Pokes out of just cold ground
Quietly shouts the news of spring
Opens its face to singing sun,
The sign to us the world goes round.

With strength to push through dirt and cold,
It knows the sunlight will be greeting.
From deep within its core,
It feels the sun's return.

By appointment, or by sense,
It must start the rising push,
And sideways nod to us
That all is coming round.

©Catinka Knoth 4/24/2010

purple crocus 1, photo by Catinka Knoth

Crocuses  have  come and gone for awhile now. Several things have prompted me to try my hand at writing this now. My upcoming "Paint Spring Flowers!" workshop, a search for existing poems on the flower subjects we'll paint, that April is National Poetry Month, and the example of a friend's writing for spring. Try it! 

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 4:07 PM EDT
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Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Drawing Spring Peepers -Coloring Pages, poem attempt, & kids art
Topic: Kids Art Class
Demonstration drawings of spring peepers from kids class - click the links for coloring pages, listen to the peeper chorus, and see how small a peeper is.

spring peepers drawing

Spring Peepers coloring page 1

spring peepers drawing

Spring peepers coloring page 2

We tried brainstorming rhyming words to make a poem on Spring Peepers. The whiteboard below shows my fast attempt at a 'poem'. The kids tried some rhyming lines too. An english teacher told me once that one should avoid the rhymes with kids writing poems because they'll worry too much about rhyming, rather than thinking about what they want to say. Steven Sondheim, in an interview with Terry Gross tonight, said, "First think of what you want to say, then you hit the rhyming dictionary to come up with ways to say your meaning in rhyme." (my paraphrase of his words on writing song lyrics.) Maybe you'll have a go at a poem. There are no poems on these fellows (to speak of). Let us start - here is the updated version.

Spring Peepers - Poem

As we peepers peep
We keep the people from their sleep.

Others hear our chorus
    And know such swells of spring
A surest sign new life it is to bring.

In our search for other peeps,
We sing all night as we creep
    And jump around the deep.

©Catinka Knoth 2010

spring peepers peom whiteboard brainstorm

Listen to chorus of spring peepers - mp3 recording

Peepers are only thumbnail size! Peeper sitting on a thumb.

Kids Art
spring peepers kids art group photo

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 8:32 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 21 April 2010 9:40 PM EDT
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