The EAC Sketchbook Project’s inaugural session will conclude with a special event for the public from 1-3 pm, Saturday, March 30. Project participants—who have included students of 4 local schools and community members—are invited to bring their sketchbooks to the center for a special reception and to be photographed for inclusion in an online exhibition, which will be shared here.

Project participants are invited to drop off their sketchbooks between 11 am and noon on Saturday, March 30, or to bring them to the reception, which is being held from 1 to 3 p.m. Labels will be provided for participants to affix to the exterior of their books. They will be asked to pick a favorite page or pages, to be photographed for display in an upcoming online exhibition. All are welcome to come and see the sketchbooks during the reception; participants will take their books home at the end of the event. Participants who aren’t able to come to EAC on March 30 are invited to send photographs of a favorite page or pages, to info@eastportartscenter.org for inclusion in the online exhibition.

Here’s a collage made in response to a prompt from the EAC Sketchbook Project, by participant Mary Anderson. Among her materials were several flyers for past EAC events (Mary is one of our longest standing publicity volunteers!) 

A collaboration between Eastport Arts Center and the Eastport Gallery, the 8-week project aimed to help participants stretch their imaginations and to connect them with the creative community. Instructor Alison Ross led weekly Saturday drawing sessions at EAC, which were attended by a mix of children and adults, ages 10 and up; and also worked with students of Cobscook Institute (high school freshmen and sophomores), Edmunds Consolidated School (5th through 8th graders) and Sipayik Elementary(6th graders). Meanwhile, Eastport schools’ art instructor Sara Myrick has been working independently with her elementary and high school students, who also received EAC sketchbooks.

The springboard for all participants has been a booklet of 20 drawing prompts designed by Ross, a multi-faceted artist and president of Eastport Gallery. These ideas for things to draw and ways to go about drawing them endeavored to pull participants out of their comfort zones and explore drawing in new ways. 

Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at www.eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible. EAC abides by the State of Maine CDC COVID guidelines, revisiting our policy monthly. At this time, the use of masks in our building is optional. 

Instructor Alison Ross created this page from the prompt, ‘draw a can of sardines.’