Penobscot Marine Museum will present a series of art workshops titled Inspired by the Oriental Trade in July. Participants will learn a variety of art techniques and create beautiful objects inspired by 19th-century artifacts in the museum’s collections.

Projects will include a Japanese tea box, watercolor-painted fans, an orihon accordion book, a habotai scarf and a lacquered tray. Workshops will take place on four Tuesdays, July 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Like other travelers, sea captains have always collected souvenirs, said workshop co-instructor Betty Schopmeyer, the museum’s education director. Penobscot Marine Museum maintains a collection of arts and craft items collected in China and Japan by 19th-century sea captains from Searsport.

Participants will view the museum’s exhibits of Oriental artifacts and get a behind-the-scenes look at many other items in the museum’s collections, according to Cathy Melio, the museum’s program and outreach coordinator and the workshops’ other co-instructor.

All levels of experience are welcome and instruction will be tailored to individual needs. Preregistration is required and space is limited. Cost for the series is $160, plus a materials fee of $75. Museum members receive a 10 percent discount. For more information or to register, call 548‑2529 or send e-mail to

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to