Maine lighthouses, boats inspire workshops

Aug 02, 2017
Watercolors by Catinka Knoth provide springboards for her free adult art workshops at Rockland Public Library.

Rockland — Catinka Knoth will teach drawing Midcoast Maine lighthouse and boat scenes Mondays in August at 11 am. in the Community Room of Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St.

Led by Knoth, participants make their own lighthouse and boat drawings using colored pencils and crayons. Each week is a different scene: Aug. 7, Marshall Point Light; Aug. 14, Rockland Breakwater; Aug. 21, sailboats by the breakwater; and Aug. 28, a lobsterboat heads home by Marshall Point.

Knoth offers the workshops, hosted by Friends of Rockland Library and open to the general public, free of charge with materials supplied. For more information, contact the artist at or the library at 594-0310.

Participants will learn in the first session how to make a drawing of Marshall Point Light. Knoth will show how to depict the white forms of the tower, the pylons and the walkway, by making the "negative" shapes of the deep blue sea that shows behind these objects. The dark turret and cap of the building will appear with the use of minimal strokes. Broad swaths of crayon marks and accent strokes will suggest the rocky shoreline. The dark green of Hupper's Island in the background provides further negative shapes to define the walkway. This is a subject that needs no preliminary drawing.

Knoth paints watercolors of Maine and whimsical animal scenes, which she offers as cards and prints. She also teaches a free weekly children's drawing class, sponsored by Wendy and Keith Wellin, at the library. For more information about her work, visit

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


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