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Beginner watercolor workshop at Farnsworth

Feb 26, 2021

Rockland — Beginning Thursday, March 18, the Farnsworth Art Museum hosts a beginner watercolor workshop entitled “Possibilities with Watercolor 2" with artist Erica Qualey. The five-part program will take place over Zoom on Thursdays, March 18 and 25; and April 1, 8 and 15, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Due to popular demand, the Farnsworth is offering this second class of "Possibilities in Watercolor." All are invited to dig out their paint brushes and get their creative juices flowing. Qualey leads this virtual beginner watercolor workshop that is also perfect for those with some experience but wanting to fine-tune their technique.

Watercolor is a fun and beautiful medium to use and with the understanding of some basic skills can produce rich and illuminating paintings. In this class, participants will dig deep into some of watercolor’s core techniques to learn the “ins and outs” of how to use it successfully. All will be encouraged to push themselves, experimenting and playfully searching for happy accidents that will help grow a deeper understanding of the medium and free you from painting tentatively. Qualey’s hope is for everyone to gain confidence and joy in their paintings through what they learn in this class.

Qualey lives in Midcoast Maine with her husband and two daughters. She is a landscape painter that works primarily in watercolor and watercolor batik. Leaving her hometown in northern Maine, she earned a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. She worked as a graphic designer for several years along with teaching design, drawing, and Adobe programs at a small college in New Hampshire. She has since focused on her personal art, exhibiting throughout New England and is represented in private collections around the United States and Canada. She is a member of the New England Watercolor Society and American Watercolor Society and has been published in the 19th edition of Splash, a yearly publication of 125 watercolor paintings from around the world. She currently teaches workshops at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland and River Arts in Damariscotta, and has had the privilege of teaching at other art associations such as Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle. Qualey also enjoys working with kids, sometimes working as a visiting artist in schools and running programs through Skidompha Public Library in Damariscotta.

The fee for this program is $144; $120 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, visit

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