Winter classes, workshops at Waterfall Arts

Jan 11, 2013
Martha Piscuskas Shumanigashi is a technique for making sumi ink monoprints.

Belfast — This winter, Waterfall Arts will hold workshops and classes for adults and children including paper and book arts, life drawing, clay, shumanigashi and more.

Megan Cullen will lead a four-hour workshop in paper marbling, using ancient and modern techniques, Saturday, Jan 19. On Saturday, Feb. 16, Abbie Read will teach gelatin printing, a low tech and inexpensive way of making monoprints using a gelatin surface as the printing plate. Read also will teach Coptic book binding and paste paper, Saturday, March 2.

A 10-week clay class for young people with Linda Stec will begin Wednesday, Jan. 23, and run through March 27. Stec is a master ceramic artist who enjoys working with children and teens, age 5 to 15.

Bill Davis will lead a clay class for adults beginning Thursday, Feb. 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and continuing to March 28. He will teach wheel work, slab construction, hand building and glazing techniques.

Life Drawing will begin again Saturday, Jan. 19, meeting from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The models usually assume long poses in this non-instructional group. Artists bring their own materials.

Shumanigashi, a process in which sumi ink is floated on the surface of plain water and then transferred to a sheet of paper to create unique monoprints, will be the subject of a workshop Saturday, Feb. 23. The workshop is appropriate for those age 6 and older, and families are encouraged to attend.

Bridget Matros will lead February and April school vacation art camps. Tuesday through Friday, Feb. 19 to 22, she will preside over a Sketchers’ Studio from 9 a.m. to noon. During the April school vacation, April 15 to 19, she will have students dive into everything having to with earth — clay, dorodango (dirt balls), seed bombs, recycled papermaking — for a very earthy week. The vacation camps are designed for those age 8 to 12; space is limited and scholarship funds are available.

Waterfall Arts, located at 256 High St., is a nonprofit arts center dedicated to creating community in harmony with nature through the transformative power of the arts. Scholarships for those in need are provided by United Mid-Coast Charities, other foundations and private contributions. For more information on classes, scholarship applications, volunteering, exhibitions and studio rentals, visit or call 338-2222.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or

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