Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Welcome and Welcome Back!

Thank you so much for visiting Catch the Artbug! It is my sincere pleasure to say hello and welcome you! This four-roomed studio is a lively, vibrant working and learning space in an old farmhouse in Manchester, Maine! Artists of all ages and all levels are encouraged and make work here.

Soap Carving, Watercolor, Hand-building with Clay, pastel, paper mache, moldmaking  - - - there is so much to do and explore. Join us for an after-school art class for kids, Wednesday watercolor group and come after the work day to our Thursday evening Open Studio. Please take a look at our fall schedule and see what might work for you and yours  - - - and feel free to reach out with any questions and if you'd like to schedule a studio visit. Email helene@helenefarrar.com  Call 485-5691 and speak to Helene (rhymes with Maine, sounds like HAH-lane).

Table View from a Workshop in Encaustics = beeswax paint
My name is Helene and I am the artist-in-residence here. Its hard to believe that I have been an Art Educator for over twenty years and I am STILL deeply passionate about art, teaching art with positivity, and working with my students individually. My formal training as an artist and art educator began at the University of Maine, but I also attended graduate school in Vermont at Goddard College where I received my Master of Fine Arts. My earliest learnings as an artist were from my extended family of artists, designers and engineers. In particular, it was my Mom who was both an artist, art educator and active community member who really pushed me and sometimes even lead my hand to be the enthusiastic instructor I am. And I really couldn't have "pulled this all off" without her encouragement:) Regarding my teaching experience, I have been fortunate to have a very rich and varied resume. More information about me at www.helenefarrar.com

Let's connect soon!

Helene in front of two encaustic paintings exhibited at the Saco Museum.










Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The CURE for Cabin Fever!

Details below for PAINT NIGHT, Early Start in Art, and Introduction to Encaustic Painting!

Paint Night  - - - - Marsden Hartley and Maine's Mountain!
Friday, March 2nd 6 to 9 PM!

Please join us in an extraordinary, sassy and classy PAINT NIGHT evening LIKE NO OTHER at Hélène Farrar Art in Manchester! Get out of your winter funk and be a part of the fun on Friday, March 2nd from 6 to 9 PM! Learn about the wonderful Maine Artist Marsden Hartley and we will paint the mountains, and the light!!!! And enjoy delicious heavy hors-d'oeuvres and wine from our Lighthouse. Paint the blues away  - - -  -Leave inspired! Cost is $45. Register here.





Early Start in Art! For Young Artists Ages 3,4,5
STARTS Friday, March 9th! Join us for 5 weeks from 9 - 945 AM! 
Art helps small children develop mentally, socially, and emotionally plus it boosts small children's ability to analyze, and problem-solve in a myriad of ways! And why not help your littles self-confidence sky rocket? So join us - we'll explore the basics of color, line and shape while we play with paint, clay and more! And great fun for the grown ups too - good coffee included!
  


Register Here for "Crash Course in Encaustic Painting" Sunday, March 18th 10 AM to 3 PM
What are encaustics? How do artist’s use encaustics? What is the history of encaustics? Learn this, plus how to layer, fuse and make a variety of marks in this seductive medium. Learn painterly approaches plus how to etch and scrape into the surface. Take your flat collections such as your drawings, collected papers, pictures and embellish them into the wax! Leave with two small finished paintings and artistic inspiration!

We will also briefly touch on proper studio ventilation, wax safety, and how to “finish” artworks in terms of framing and care. Class time will be divided between demonstrations, individual work time, and discussion.







Tuesday, August 8, 2017

NEW FALL SCHEDULE IS LIVE!

Hello Friends. We hope you are still having a wonderful summer. Our new schedule is live here. Classes for Kids Afterschool, Early Start in Art, Teen Open Studio, and Classes for Adults. Woo hoo!
Look online here to register and to become a part of it! Feel free always to reach out to Helene by phone (207) 485-5691 or email Helene@helenefarrar.com


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Paint Night Friday, June 23rd 6 to 9 PM! Featuring Flowers and learning about the Artist Georgia O'Keeffe

Please join us in an extraordinary and classy PAINT NIGHT evening at Hélène Farrar Art in Manchester! It's Friday, June 23rd from 6 to 9 PM!  We will paint gorgeous Calla Lilies and enjoy delicious heavy hors-d'oeuvres and wine from our Lighthouse. Learn about the American Artist Georgia O'Keeffe, her life story, paint practice and inspirations.... and paint the night away  - - -  -Leave inspired! Cost is $45. Register here.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Warmer Weather = Spring Art Show, Classes and Art Camps to Look Forward to!

JOIN US!
Our children's Student Art Show "Coloring Outside the Lines" is now ON! Come by and see it!


Register Here for Early Start in Art! STARTS Thursday, April 6th!


Register Here for "Crash Course in Encaustic Painting"
Saturday, April 29th 10 AM to 2 PM!




And.... Art Camp for Kids! REGISTER at the Summer Camp Page
http://catchtheartbug.blogspot.com/p/workshops-fall-2014.html






Sunday, January 15, 2017

For Your Special Valentine, A Lovely Specialized Pottery Piece

"I love you to the Moon and Back." Do you have a special photograph or phrase you'd like to personalize onto a handmade piece of pottery to give to your loved one for Valentine's Day? A photograph of the two of you enjoying a fun night out or a goofy selfie of you and that special loved one? Mary K Spencer of the Potters House in Litchfield has created some beautiful twelve ounce mugs and various small bowls for this - - - - Start "decorating" with your special photograph and continue your design with Mary K's various love-inspired graphics and text...Enjoy this creative space with amazing positive energy...make a meaningful gift for a loved one or two.
Registration is required. Email 1 jpg image to Mary K by February 1st to thrownpottery9@gmail.com . Last year one participant used silly family photos from Halloween, and now have some have keepsake dishes forever!

Sunday, February 5th 11:30 to 1. $29. covers the expense of one mug plus yummy brunchie items and coffee/ tea:) Bring a friend and get $5. back at the event in cash. Registration is required.







Saturday, December 31, 2016

Paint Night to Benefit MES 5th Grade! Saturday, January 28th 5 to 8 PM!

Please join us in an extraordinary and classy PAINT NIGHT evening at Hélène Farrar Art in Manchester! We will paint our beloved Cobbosseecontee Lake in it's last hour of light, a sunset picture, enjoy delicious heavy hors-d'oeuvres and wine from our Lighthouse. Learn about the Canadian Artist Lawrence Harris and paint the night away  - - -  -Leave inspired! This special evening is a benefit for the MES 5th Grade. Cost is $48. Register here.
MES 5th Grade says THANKS!