SECOND SUNDAYS: Pencil Drawing, a Different Kind of Self-Portrait

Sunday, February 11, 2-4pm | FREE | All Ages | 100 Water St., Hallowell

February’s SECOND SUNDAY event is “Pencil Drawing: a Different Kind of Self Portrait”, lead by Wendy Burton on Sunday, February 11, 2-4pm at 100 Water Street in Hallowell. Open to all ages and experience levels. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Please pre-register your space by calling 207-622-3813 or emailing

In this pencil drawing you’ll use your own things to represent you instead of your face.  Presenting your ‘stuff’ will tell a story about you.  The viewer can get a glimpse into what you are all about.  The key will be to a careful selection of items to represent you.  Items should be small, so while your bicycle could very well be a significant part of your life it would prove to be difficult to integrate into a small still life drawing on paper.  Instead you could choose a small part of the bike.  A variety of natural and man-made items is also suggested.

Here are some ideas:

  • A package (like chips or candy) from a food item or the food itself (think apple) that you love.  Maybe just the label from a bottle of wine.
  • Something with your handwriting on it; an envelope, notes, your ID
  • A shoe
  • Jewelry like earrings, necklace, or watch (fitbit)
  • An intriguing (to you) natural item such as a feather, a shell, a leaf, a flower, seeds or acorn
  • Everyday item of yours such as your phone, keys, pen/pencil, ribbon, shoelaces, coins, concert ticket stub…..


Be thoughtful about the selection of your still life items.  Remember this is all about you!  Usually a minimum of 3 items is suggested just for the sake of the composition but so much depends on the character of the items themselves.  It’s always better to have lots of items culling at the time of arrangement for good composition.  

SECOND SUNDAYS are community art-related events on the second Sunday of every month from 2-4PM at the Harlow Art Center. These events are free and open to the public. Some materials are provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own as well. SECOND SUNDAYS are opportunities to both try something new and sharpen old skills – they are open to everyone; beginners and masters alike. SECOND SUNDAYS brings artists and art lovers together to enjoy the process of making art as well as looking at art and discussing it. Most events are perfect for families, and all are welcome.

The Harlow Art Center’s Education Committee organizes and hosts SECOND SUNDAYS, a monthly series of free community art-making events which is led by volunteer presenters and sponsored by Camden National Bank.

Donations and sponsors to support gallery programs like Second Sundays are welcome. The Harlow Art Center is a 501(c)3, membership-based nonprofit – your gift is fully tax deductible in accordance with current tax law. If you have an idea for a future Second Sunday event, please email us at

The first four SECOND SUNDAY events of 2018:

Sunday, January 14, 2-4PM:  Personal Identity Clay Sculpture with Rachel Hamlin (the event is now full)

Sunday, February 11, 2-4PM:  Pencil Drawing: A Different Kind of Self-Portrait with Wendy Burton

Sunday, March 11, 2-4PM:  Recycled Robots with Gayle Chung

Sunday, April 8, 2-4PM:  Nature Journaling with Andrea Lani

The Harlow Art Center, located in downtown historic Hallowell is home to the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in central Maine since 1963.  

Programs at the Harlow Art Center are funded in part by a Partnership Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and by a generous gift from the Roxanne Quimby Foundation, Inc.

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