Asian art for April vacation

Mar 31, 2013
Sumi-e artist Frederica Marshall will work with children at Rockland’s Coastal Children’s Museum during the April vacation week. Pictured is her ink painting “Great Wave.”

Rockland — Coastal Children’s Museum will present a celebration of Asian art to coincide with National Haiku Poetry Day, which this year is Wednesday, April 17. Sponsored by The Country Inn and Camden/Rockport, Philbrook and Associates Bookkeeping and Business Services and Suzuki’s Sushi Bar of Rockland, the April Vacation Asian Art Celebration will bring the sights, sounds and tastes of Asian culture to children of all ages.

Kicking off Tuesday, April 16, the museum will open exclusively for a day of workshops with renowned sumi-e painter and educator Frederica Marshall. At her Deer Isle studio, Marshall teaches watercolor courses and Japanese brush painting (sumi-e) to adults and children from all over the country. At 10 a.m., Marshall will lead a kamishibai storytelling program for children age 3 to 6. Kamishibai (“paper theater”) visually tells stories through painted illustrations pulled through a theater box. This show is free for museum members, $5 per family for non-members. After the show, children will be free to play in the museum until 11 a.m.

From 11 a.m. to noon, Marshall will lead a gyotaku fish and nature T-shirt printing workshop for children age 3 to 6. T-shirts and all materials will be provided to make a print from a fish or natural object. Advanced signup is required; cost is $10 per child, $5 for members.

After lunch, Marshall will be teaching a longer art workshop for children 6 and older from 1 to 3 p.m. Participants will make a T-shirt using the gyotaku fish printing method, then move onto experience making sumi-e paintings using wet rice paper, soft brushes and ink. Again, advanced signup is required and cost is $10 per child, $5 for members.

On Wednesday, April 17, the museum will open as normal and to celebrate National Haiku Poetry day with a mixed-age rhythm workshop and a haiku poetry writing workshop. At 11 a.m., B.J. Kopishke, museum volunteer and Music Together teacher, will be using hands, chants and songs to play with the beats that form the basis for not only language and song, but also for haikus. From 1 to 2 p.m., Liga Jahnke, a retired educator and member of the American Haiku Society, will be writing haikus with children 6 and older. Jahnke has more than 30 years of experience with haiku and was a contributor to 2011’s “Scent of Pine: a Maine Haiku Anthology.” Space is limited and registration is requested for this workshop, which is included in museum admission.

On Thursday, April 18, the Good Tern Co-Op of Rockland will offer an Asian-inspired lunch from noon to 2 p.m. There will be samples of sushi rolls and sweet rice with coconut milk and mangos. A fun way to introduce new tastes and textures to the sometimes picky palates of children, this visit is included in admission and open to all visitors to the museum.

On Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20, there will be activities and crafts all day at the Arty Party table.

To sign up for any of the workshops, send email to or call 596-0300. One can also stop by the office Wednesdays through Saturdays at 75 Mechanic St.

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

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