The Art Loft welcomes Kocian

Apr 20, 2017
“Peppers 3” is a colored pencil drawing by Hope Kocian.

Rockland — The Art Loft, the downtown nonprofit arts center at 385 Main St., Suite 9 (lobby level of Thorndike building), welcomes Hope Kocian as a new series class instructor. Her first offering will be Colored Pencil Basics, running Wednesdays, May 3 through 17, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Kocian recently moved to Rockland with her husband and three of her favorite subjects, their Siberian Husky dogs. She received her BFA in Theatre Design from Ithaca College, Ithaca, N.Y. Her work has been exhibited in juried art shows in Connecticut and Florida and is included in private collections.

Working in colored pencils has enabled her to continue to create her own artwork while managing and curating museum art and historical collections at the Weir Farm National Historic Site in Connecticut/National Park Service and for the Gulf Coast Heritage Association’s Historic Spanish Point in Osprey, Fla.

In her class, Kocian will cover the basics of how to “paint” with colored pencils, mixing colors and creating highlights and shading as one would with wet media. Students will be using artist-quality colored pencils that contain a high degree of wax and pigment that can easily be layered and blended together to create artwork with rich colors and texture. Cost for the class is $45, which includes all three weeks and materials.

On Friday, April 28, from 6 to 8 p.m., Kim Nicoll will host an Art Social focused on Urban Sketching. Urban Sketchers are a global community of artists who practice drawing on location in the cities, towns and villages they live in or travel to. Participants will learn pen and ink drawing skills and add washes using watercolor pencils. Cost is $25.

On Saturday, April 29, Maine Master Gardener Hilary Mank will lead a hands-on workshop on how to Build Your Own Mason Bee House from 1 to 3 p.m. In this garden art class, participants will learn about mason bees, types of mason bees and their lifecycle. They will make mason bee houses out of recycled and natural materials, producing a whimsical, earthy habitat for native pollinators. Each participant will get to make and bring home at least two mason bee houses to strategically place in their home gardens. Cost is $25.

To sign up for any of these options, 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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