Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 13, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a 10-week workshop entitled Ten Steps to Artistry. The program, led by artist Katharine Cartwright, will take place on Zoom on consecutive Wednesdays through March 17, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The purpose of this 10-week course is to help participants to develop “artistry” in their work by discovering their own artistic voice and style, and by learning how to create paintings that masterfully reflect their unique concepts. Students will also learn how to analyze their work for corrections. Cartwright’s personal philosophy is that a unique artist resides in each one of us and that the expression of our individual artistic voice is the most valuable component to creating a work of art. She values, respects, and nurtures the artist in each of her students as she works with them. Value judgments such as “good” or “bad” do not apply to genuine expression when that expression stems from the authentic “self.” Technique is not the goal, it is only a tool for artistic expression. Student painters at any level (beginner through advanced) may benefit from the concepts taught in this course. All participants may work in any medium that they prefer (e.g. watercolor, oil, acrylic, or pastel). Students have found this class "to be a creative lifesaver" and "offering a jumpstart to a fallow time" in their creative process.

Cartwright received her formal academic training in fine art at Kutztown University, The College of Charleston, and The Maryland Institute College of Art. She also received tutorial instruction from Janet Fish, Christopher Schink, Susan Webb Tregay. She has conferred Signature Status the National Watercolor Society, Missouri Watercolor Society, and New England Watercolor Society, and her work is archived in hundreds of private and commercial collections. She exhibitions nationally and internationally and is the recipient of numerous top art awards. In 2019, she was the artist mentor/designer for the exterior mural at the Mid-Coast School of Technology in Rockland.

The fee for this program is $450; $360 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, please visit farnsworthmuseum.org.