EAC’s Summer Workshop Series presented Needle Felting with Audra Christie on July 21 and Zentangle with Ann Cannizzaro on July 28. Each workshop, taught via Zoom, allowed participants an immersive experience with a new art form.
The felting class, which attracted 23 participants aged 6 and up—both local folks from Baileyville, Calais, Robbinston, Eastport and Pembroke, and others from as far away as New York and Canada—used a ‘safety first’ technique. Cookie cutters guided the students’ felting needles in the creation of sturdy and appealing marine creatures. Each ‘poke’ solidified the wool shape more, until quite a rigid critter emerged! Christie showed participants how to further embellish and detail their creatures, and how to assemble them into a sea life mobile.

“I loved the needle felting lesson,” said Barbara Barrett who Zoomed in alongside pal April Mullins. “The instruction was clear and easy to follow. I made two fabulous fish which I sent to my granddaughters who love them!”

This menagerie was the result of a felting spree inspired by Christie’s workshop.

The following week’s popular Zentangle workshop brought 14 enthusiastic doodlers to the next level of fun—creating their own inspiring drawing using a method accessible for all.  Cannizzaro began her lesson by explaining the origins of this method, developed by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.
“This workshop was a clear and thorough introduction to a relaxing art form that one does not have to be a visual artist to enjoy,” noted participant Catherine Lee. “Ann provided a detailed grounding in the eight steps of a process that encourages creativity and mindfulness. By the end of class, each participant had a beautiful and individual ‘mini-masterpiece’ and the basics needed to continue a Zentangle journey.”

Zentangle ‘classmates’ share their artworks in the Zoom.

“I’ve been practicing and I think I’m falling in love with making these little doodles,” enthused another participant, Teresa Graves. “Hopefully someday down the line we can have a get-together where we send doodle together.”

Christie and Cannizzaro are both year-round educators. This summer Christie has been teaching an art history intensive for the University of Maine at Machias, and she will be teaching at Ella Lewis Elementary in Steuben and the Peninsula Elementary School in Winter Harbor this fall. In addition to leading EAC’s I Wonder with Watercolors Summer Arts Camp session, Cannizzaro led an online summer camp for Beatrice Rafferty school in Perry, and will resume her regular teaching schedule there this fall. We’re grateful to both teachers for lending their expertise to our series!