The Love of Everyday Things: Exploring Matisse, a workshop for children


The Love of Everyday Things: Exploring Matisse, a two-part workshop for children 8-12 years old, with artist and art educator Rebecca Poole. Part of a series of free art classes in 2022, with support from the Maine Community Foundation Expansion Arts grants.


Saturdays, April 23 & 30, 2022

9:30am to 12:30pm


During this workshop, students will look at how artists use the feeling of love to create art. Using their everyday lives for inspiration, young artists will learn how to use color, shape, rhythm, texture and pattern to create paintings that voice something about their own lives.


Registration is required, maximum of 8 students. Please email Rebecca to register: ralphandbec@gmail.com



Artist/Teacher, Rebecca Poole-Heyne grew up in Brooksville, Maine and became interested in art at age 10 as a student in a summer art class with retired Artist/Teacher, Ms. Jean Hoxie. The enchantment of observing the world like an artist has never left her. Ms. Poole-Heyne attended the San Francisco Art Institute and received her BFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and her MA AED from Boston University.


Committed to opening doors to young artists, Bec has taught art in museum, public school, and private studio settings to students for over 30 years. Her foundational belief is that developing artistic skills through everyday curiosity and awareness helps us to express what makes us human. Expressing ourselves visually builds connections to others and helps us understand ourselves.


During this workshop, students will probe the big question: How do artists use the feeling of love to create art? Using their everyday lives for inspiration, young artists will learn how to use color, shape, rhythm, texture and pattern to create paintings that voice something about their own lives. Participants in this workshop will learn about the life and art of Henri Matisse, how he used the love of everyday things from home to make his art, and how these beloved treasures inspire them to make art. Through discussions and hands-on explorations, students will use their toys, food, or other objects and create art together that is expressive of personal ideas and feelings.



Class size is limited to eight participants. We will be following CDC guidelines; all class participants and instructors must be fully vaccinated and wear KN95 masks which will be provided by RFS at the beginning of the session.


This is the fifth class in the series Currents: Free Art Workshops at the Reversing Falls Sanctuary, 818 Bagaduce Road, Brooksville, ME; held on Saturdays between January and June, supported by an Expansion Arts Grant from the Maine Community Foundation.





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