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Farnsworth offers watercolor workshop with Qualey

Feb 26, 2021
Artwork by: Erica Qualey

Rockland — Beginning Tuesday, March 16, the Farnsworth Art Museum hosts a watercolor workshop entitled “Step by Step Watercolor, Level 2" with artist Erica Qualey. The four-part program will take place on Zoom Tuesdays, March 16 and 30, and April 13 and 27, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Open to advanced beginners and intermediate watercolorist, this class is geared for those with basic skills that wish to bring their paintings to the next step. Qualey will lead participants through live, interactive watercolor paint-alongs, sharing tips and techniques throughout each session to help students grow their watercolor skills. This block of classes will be focused on gaining understanding and control of wet on wet washes, paint consistency, and lost and found edges.

During each session, Qualey will provide step-by-step instruction on how to paint each scene in an easy and approachable way. Prior to the workshop, participants will receive a PDF of the underdrawing, which they can trace or use as a guide to drawing their own; a materials list; as well as a video showing how to get set up and ready to paint.

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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