Catinka Knoth will teach drawing Midcoast lighthouse and boat scenes Mondays in August at 11 am. in the Friends Community Room of Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St. Knoth offers the adult workshops free of charge, with materials supplied. They are hosted by Friends of Rockland Library and open to the general public.

Led by Knoth, participants make their own lighthouse and boat drawings using colored pencils and crayons. Each week will focus on a a different scene: Aug. 5, Marshall Point Light; Aug. 12, Rockland Breakwater; Aug. 19, sailboats by Rockland Breakwater; and Aug. 26, lobsterboat heading home by Marshall Point.

In the first session, Knoth will show how to depict the white forms of the Marshall Point tower, the pylons and the walkway, by making the "negative" shapes of the deep blue sea that shows behind these objects. The dark turret and cap of the building will appear with the use of minimal strokes. Broad swaths of crayon marks and accent strokes will suggest the rocky shoreline. The dark green of Hupper's Island in the background provides further negative shapes to defineĀ  the walkway. This is a subject that needs no preliminary drawing. Knoth has taught students of all ages to do their own variations of this view.

Knoth paints watercolors of Maine and whimsical animal scenes, which she offers as cards and prints. She also teaches a free weekly children's drawing class, sponsored by Wendy and Keith Wellin, at Rockland Public Library. For more information, call Knoth at 596-0069 or the library at 594-0310. For more information about Knoth's work, visit

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