The Farnsworth Art Museum will host a two-day workshop in technical painting methods, led by artist and Farnsworth Curator Jane Bianco, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 19 and 20. The class will run from 9 a.m. to noon at the downtown museum’s Gamble Education Center, at the corner of Union and Grace streets.

What would it have been like to be an artist hired by the WPA’s Federal Art Project? During the Depression, artists were hired to picture the nation’s rich legacy of decorative arts. In this workshop, inspired by the museum’s current “Maine and the Index of American Design” exhibition, participants will attempt to emulate the techniques used in creating paintings of textile designs and wood carvings following the technical manual that was issued to artists at the time. Subject matter (wood and fabric artifacts) and all supplies will be available, except for brushes; and participants will work with a limited color range of watercolor and white gouache.

Bianco, who curated the exhibition, has worked as a technical illustrator and graphic designer. The fee for this program is $98, $86 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, visit

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