Dioramas, also known as shadowboxes, are an art form in which assemblages of objects depict a scene, tell a story or express an idea or emotion. On Saturday, Sept. 17, Penobscot Marine Museum will teach the art and craft of shadowbox construction in a workshop at the downtown Farnsworth Art Museum. The program is inspired by the work of Anne-Emmanuelle Marpeau, a French diorama artist whose work is currently on display at Dowling Walsh Gallery, also in Rockland.

Marpeau is renowned for her meticulously-crafted dioramas that depict the history and folklore of Maine islands and coastal communities. In 2010, an exhibit of Marpeau’s work at Searsport’s Penobscot Marine Museum proved so popular that it was extended for several months beyond its scheduled closing date. Last month, the museum sponsored “Art Afloat,” a series of programs that visited several Maine islands and ports with a new exhibit of Marpeau’s work plus illustrated history presentations and shadowbox workshops for adults and children.

“Now that the ‘Art Afloat’ exhibit has come ashore at Dowling Walsh Gallery, it’s fitting that we should offer the workshop right across Main Street, at the Farnsworth Art Museum,” said Susan Henkel, the program’s coordinator at Penobscot Marine Museum.

The Sept. 17 workshop will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Materials will be provided, but participants should bring their own photos and keepsakes to incorporate into their designs. Registration is $10 for an adult, $15 for an adult and child. To register, contact Susan Henkel at 548-2529, ext.202 or shenkel@pmm-maine.org.

Now celebrating its 75th anniversary, Penobscot Marine Museum is Maine’s oldest maritime museum and home to outstanding collections of marine art and artifacts, small craft, ship models and historic photography. Open seven days a week, Penobscot Marine Museum is on Route 1 in downtown Searsport. For more information, visit penobscotmMarinemMuseum.org.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.