Vaughan Homestead Foundation: Art Workshops

The Harlow Gallery is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a  series of exhibitions celebrating community in 2013. This July, in partnership with the Vaughan Homestead Foundation, artist members of the Kennebec Valley Art Association will present Vaughan Vignettes, an art exhibition celebrating the legacy of the Vaughan family in Hallowell.   The two organizations are offering a series of art workshops to give artists opportunities to create art on the grounds of Vaughan Homestead this winter and into spring.

The art exhibition, Vaughan Vignettes, will take place at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell July 5 – 27, 2013, with an opening reception on Friday, July 5, 5-8pm.  Artists must be current members of the Kennebec Valley Art Association to participate in the art show, but the workshop series is open to everyone.  For information about joining the Kennebec Valley Art Association, visit For information about the Vaughan Homestead Foundation, visit

To sign up for a workshop, call the Harlow Gallery at 207-622-3813, or email Payment is required in advance to hold your seat. Space is limited, so it is advisable to register early.


Introduction to Bookmaking 

Open to anyone who wants to learn how to make their own journal or sketchbook using a traditional book binding technique.  All materials will be provided, but if you have specific paper you want to use on your cover, please bring it along.   Participants will bind (sew) their own book together using waxed linen string and make a hard cover front and back to finish off their book.   Hallowell artist and teacher Jen Paisley has made over 30 books in the past year and has taught bookmaking techniques to her students at Hall-Dale Middle School.

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2013

Time: 9 am-12 pm

Place: The Vaughan Homestead

Instructor: Jen Paisley

Tuition: $30 + $10 supplies fee

* Current members of the Kennebec Valley Art Association or the Vaughan Homestead Foundation.

Old Bottles and Lemon by Sandra Leinonen Dunn

Capturing the Beauty of Antique Objects in a Still Life Painting

Whether you are an accomplished painter or a beginner, come and enjoy a day of painting and fun at the Vaughan Homestead with Chelsea artist Sandra Leinonen Dunn.  Ms. Dunn will give a painting demonstration and share information about how to paint a successful still life from composition to color mixing. All aspects of still life painting will be touched upon.   Students may work in oils or acrylics. Students will choose from several still life set-ups made up of a rich variety of antique items from Vaughan collection. Individual instruction will be offered throughout the day and the afternoon will end with a group critique. This class will be fun and informal – come join us for a day of fun and creativity!  A materials list will be provided upon registration.

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2013

Time:  10 am – 3:30 pm

Place:  The Vaughan Homestead

Instructor: Sandra Leinonen Dunn

Tuition: $50 for members* $60 for non-members

* Current members of the Kennebec Valley Art Association or the Vaughan Homestead Foundation.

Vaughan Homestead 2012 - pinhole camera photograph by Johanna Moore


Introduction to Pinhole Photography on World Pinhole Photography Day

Learn about pinhole photography and join in a community outing using the Vaughan Homestead as your muse. Join Johanna Moore in a discussion about the history and techniques of Pinhole Photography.  Examples of Solargraphy and pinhole cameras by Polaroid, Sharan, and Holga will be on display.  Reference material for those interested in pursuing this fun and rewarding art form will be available.  Optional: The group will then spend the afternoon producing images on the grounds of the Vaughan Homestead and in Vaughan Woods.  Artists who already work with pinhole cameras are invited to join the outing! For information on World Pinhole Photography Day, visit  Participants will have the opportunity to share the images they produce at the Vaughan Homestead outing with the world pinhole community via the website.

Date: Sunday, April 28, 2013

Presentation: 10 am – noon at the Harlow Gallery

Community outing: 12:30-3 pm at the Vaughan Homestead

Instructor: Johanna Moore

Cost to Participate: Free to members*, all others $15 for both events or $10 for outing only

* current members of the Kennebec Valley Art Association or the Vaughan Homestead Foundation.


Pinhole Workshop Prequel (optional)

Date: Thursday April 25, 2013

Time:  6-8 pm at the Harlow Gallery

Instructor: Johanna Moore

Join Johanna in assembling your own Pinhole camera to use on World Pinhole Day.  Attendees can purchase a Sharan cardboard 35mm camera, bring it to the Harlow Gallery and assemble it as a group.  The cameras are intricate but well designed and take a couple hours to fold and put together.  For those are interested in using photographic paper who have access to a darkroom, Johanna will show you how to construct a paint can & cardboard tube camera.

Visit the following sites to purchase film cameras or Sharan cameras: Blender cameras:, Holga cameras:, Sharan cameras:


3 September 2011 – J.Thomas R.Higgins, oil on linen, 30 x 40 inches


Plein-Air Oil Painting at Vaughan Homestead

Instructor: J. Thomas R. Higgins, Professor Emeritus, University of Maine Farmington.

For the painter with some experience in wet-into-wet oil technique, who seeks the rewards and challenges of working spontaneously, from direct observation, at a historic site overlooking the Kennebec River.  The instructor will provide a painting demonstration and individual instruction.  Participants will share their creative experiences at the end of the workshop.  Plan to pack a lunch and picnic on the grounds. Upon registration, the Harlow Gallery will provide you with a list of suggested supplies and equipment.

A plein air painter of the first degree, Tom Higgins balances both art and nature – the act of painting and the subject of his painting – in equal measure at the tip of his brush. His enthusiasm for his subject – usually a respectful view of a solitary Maine prospect – and his interest in technique, applying paint quickly before the moment passes, has propelled him to the front ranks of contemporary Maine landscape painters.  See more of his work at Greenhut Galleries online.

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2013

Rain Date: Sunday, May 12

Time:  10 am – 4 pm

Place:  The Vaughan Homestead

Instructor: J. Thomas R. Higgins

Tuition: $75 for members* $90 for non-members

* Current members of the Kennebec Valley Art Association or the Vaughan Homestead Foundation.

Found Object Construction

with Michael Burbank

Students who attend this workshop should bring some materials that they would like to include in the assemblage. We will review some assemblage art history from master to maniacs to pique our interest in the varieties of form and materials available. We will review “gluing and screwing” techniques.
Michael Burbank is a self-taught artist and “junk” collector. He has been scouring beaches, bottle dumps, and rust farms for years looking for  odds ‘n sods that spark his imagination.  He has installed commissioned works of assemblage in private collections in Boston, North Carolina, San Francisco, and Wellfleet.
Dates: Saturday & Sunday, June 8 & 9th  (one class, total of 6 hours, the time in between is so participants can look for more sculpture material)

Time:  10 am – 1 pm each day

Place:  The Vaughan Homestead

Instructor: Michael Burbank

Tuition: $70 for members* $80 for non-members

* Current members of the Kennebec Valley Art Association or the Vaughan Homestead Foundation.


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