Painting, spinning at The Art Loft

Apr 14, 2017
An Art Loft yarn-spinning workshop reveals the secrets of the drop spindle, a simple but effective device with a long history.

Rockland — The downtown nonprofit Art Loft, 85 Main St., Suite 9, offers a Paint Night, as well as painting and spinning workshops, over Earth Day weekend.

Kim Nicoll will lead a Spring Blossoms Paint Night Friday, April 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. The fun night of painting and socializing includes step-by-step guidance through painting a spring blossoms scene. Even those with no art experience will create a canvas to hang at home. Snacks will be served during a leg-stretching break, and participants can bring their own snacks and/or beverages (wine or beer is fine). Cost is $35; sign up for the newsletter or follow The Art Loft on social media for discounts and coupons.

Saturday, April 22, Frieda Hanlon will lead a workshop called Paint the Sky! from 1 to 3 p.m. This subject has fascinated mankind since cave painting days. Participants will use easy-to-work-with everyday materials to create dramatic but simple-to-produce renditions of the sky, be it day, night, full of stars or full of the moon. Using paper as a background, they will apply acrylic paints with brush, palette knives, brayers (printing rollers), even credit cards. Cost is $35 and includes all materials.

Sunday afternoon, April 23, Lori Schafer offers an Introduction to Drop Spinning — Making Wool into Yarn from 1 to 3 p.m. This workshop will go over the very basics of using a drop spindle to make single-ply yarns. Participants will learn about the simple parts of a spindle, how to hold the wool and twist away, as well as be shown an easy and cheap way to make their own spindles. Drop spinning is the gateway to spinning wheel spinning; it’s much more portable, affordable and easy to learn. A small supply of wool for practicing will be provided at no cost; and a list of materials to make one’s own drop spindle and local resources for wool will be provided. Cost is $25.

For more information and to register for any event, visit or call 200-7915.

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

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