ROCKLAND — Beginning on Monday, April 25, the Farnsworth Art Museum presents a five-week figure drawing class taught by artists Rachael and John David O’Shaughnessy. The workshop, which draws from figure-inspired works in the Farnsworth collection, takes place via Zoom on Mondays, April 25, May 9, May 23, June 6 and June 20, from 6 to 8 p.m.

This five-week class explores the formal aspects of making a sensitive and powerful figure drawing. Students will learn how to use line, value, composition, perspective, and sensitive mark-making to form convincing figure works of their own. Each week a different figure-inspired work from the Farnsworth’s permanent collection is featured and thoughtfully seen by the students as they acquire new skills. Students will develop a connection with some of the museum’s most inspiring works, while also building their own direct observation and receiving gentle guidance in drawing the figure.

Rachael O’Shaughnessy is perhaps best known for witnessing thousands of consecutive sunrises over the ocean and translating them into atmospheric drawings and paintings. A contemporary romantic and luminist painter, and art instructor, Rachael has a passion for ocean storms as they meet the timeless and sublime.

Awarded Hewnoaks Artist Colony Residencies, Vermont Studio Center Residencies, Pace Residencies, and others, Rachael incorporates her work in museums into her own visceral experience of nature. Bob Keyes of The Portland Press Herald writes: “She trusts that her single-minded dedication shows itself in deeper paintings that express not what she sees each morning but how she feels. She wants to transfer the energy of the sun and the movement of the water to the surface of her paintings.” In recent years, sublime works by J.M. W. Turner, Albert Pinkham Ryder, and Frederic Church cue in her passion for color and light as they meet the New England coastline.

Rachael received a BFA with honors in painting from Maine College of Art. Her residencies include Vermont Studio Center working with Lois Dodd; and Wolf Kahn, Barre Center for Buddhist Studies; and independent studies in Europe. An instructor for the Currier Museum of Art, and Historic New England Museums, among others, Rachael’s work is shown in numerous public and private collections.

John David O’Shaughnessy has developed his eye over the years through his work in the field of design. His paintings are known for carrying an intensity of movement that are held in bold gesture, saturated, improvisational color, and an unrelenting pursuit of fugitive light. John David can often be found painting seascapes directly from life in all shifts of weather along the coast of Maine, or on the edges of hidden coves along the New England coast. He was inspired by his study in Stonington, Maine for two summers in recent years with the late Jon Imber, breaking into a new phase of language in his paintings. John David teaches drawing, painting and printmaking. He shows his paintings in galleries throughout Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. He is a member of the Ogunquit Art Association in Maine. John David studied painting at Massachusetts College of Art where he received his BFA in painting.

The fee for this five-week program is $310; $290 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, visit