The Farnsworth Art Museum will present a three-day workshop on fresco painting Friday through Sunday, May 19 through 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Led by artist Barbara Sullivan, the workshop will take place at the museum’s Gamble Education Center on the corner of Grace and Union streets.

Fresco painting often brings to mind large-scale mural painting, but the focus of this workshop will be making portable fresco panels. Participants will learn the techniques of this age-old medium as they make substrates of wood and lathe, grind pigments and paint true “buon fresco” on freshly laid wet plaster. All levels are welcome. Registrants should bring watercolor brushes.

Sullivan teaches foundations at University of Maine at Farmington and she is represented by Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland. She has taught many fresco workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Bowdoin College, University of Maine, College of The Atlantic and Pratt University. She is the recipient of both a Pollock/Krasner and Gottlieb foundation grants. She recently was awarded a Monhegan Island Residency and a residency at The Virginia Center for The Creative Arts.

Fee for this workshop is $285, $245 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, visit

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