Saturday afternoons, March 2 through May 18, the downtown Farnsworth Art Museum will host Drawing and Painting for Ages 6 to 86 with Sam Cady. The classes will run from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Gamble Education Center, at the corner of Union and Grace streets.

This class is about appreciating the world around us and, as an ongoing workshop, each session varies according to the individuals in the group. The focus of the work is still life set-ups in the Gamble Center and land/seascapes from local excursions ,depending on the season and weather. In-class discussions include the historical and contemporary treatment of these various subjects.

Many approaches are taught, from different drawing media to water-based painting. Working out of a personal, natural inclination is stressed more than a specific style or approach to making art. The class includes participants of all varieties and skill levels who learn from each other.

Cady has exhibited widely around the country, but especially in New York City, Boston and Maine; and has taught in the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He invites the group to his studio once a session to share his experience with the class.

Fee for this class is $360, $300 for Farnsworth members. Scholarships are available for participating children; inquire at education@farnsworthmuseum.org. For more information or to register, visit farnsworthmuseum.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.