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Workshops + Lectures 2018


Sep
20
7:00 PM19:00

Brenda Buchanan & Elizabeth Peavey on Writing

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Buchanan & Peavey on Writing: all it takes is Grit, Imagination, Warmth, Humor, Professionalism & Determination! And lots of it….

Join Illustration Institute as we welcome crime writer Brenda Buchanan and memoirist Elizabeth Peavey to the Fifth Maine Regiment Museum for an intimate conversation about their work and the work of writing. Two thoughtful and sometimes irreverent writers who are friends & pros at their craft. Pull up a rocker at the 5th Maine & enjoy this lively discussion!

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Brenda Buchanan is a Maine crime writer and former journalist who sets her novels in and around Portland, Maine. An attorney since 1990 and author of the Joe Gale Mystery series, Brenda is currently hard at work on a series about Neva Pierce, a criminal defense lawyer whose hands-on style lands her in deep trouble.

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Elizabeth Peavey is an award-winning writer, performer and educator. Her one-woman show, My Mother’s Clothes Are Not My Mother, has played to sold-out houses. An author of three books, her most recent, Glorious Slow Going, is a collaboration with renowned landscape painter Marguerite Robichaux. Among many other published works, she has written the popular columns Outta My Way! for the Bollard and Outta My Yard! for the Casco Bay Weekly.

Brenda Buchanan and Liz Peavey are Maine writers and storytellers extraordinaire, we’re lucky to have them on the porch for an evening!

Thurs. September 20 7:00 - 8:00 PM 5th Maine Regiment Museum. Free, open to all!

From Portland, take 5:35 ferry at Casco Bay Lines to Peaks. Ten minute walk to 45 Seashore Ave. 8:45 return ferry to Portland. Rain or Shine, Peaks taxi available.

 

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Sep
6
6:30 PM18:30

An Evening with Joe Walsh

Roots Music/Bluegrass Concert at the 5th Maine with Mandolin Master Joe K. Walsh!

THURSDAY, SEPT 6th  6:30-8:00 PM $15 at the door...

call 207-772-3585 to reserve or email Nancy@illustrationinstitute.org. Kids free. 

Proceeds to benefit Illustration Institute & The 5th Maine!!

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Join Illustration Institute and one of the finest mandolin players teaching and playing roots music today. Enjoy late summer tunes on the porch with a view of the ocean - an intimate concert with the brilliantly talented and fun Joe K. Walsh with two rising stars, Brittany Karlson (bass player & singer, of the Goodbye Girls) and guitarist/mandolin player Korey Brodsky.

"Roots music isn't made in a vacuum. It's the creation of a community, of a circle of friends, of a teacher and a student. It’s something to be passed back and forth to be treasured. As an acclaimed master of American roots music, mandolinist and songwriter Joe K. Walsh knows this better than most. He’s toured with countless artists, collaborated with other master musicians like Darol Anger and the Gibson Brothers, founded progressive stringband Joy Kills Sorrow in the early 2000s, and is currently on faculty at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. His new album, Borderland, is an exercise in subtlety and careful creation." 

Peaks Island has a rich tradition of fine musicians - Illustration Institute is proud to welcome Joe to the Faison Artist Residency as he writes for a new album, and to the 5th Maine for a night of live acoustic music you will not soon forget.  Joe K. Walsh is sure to light up the room and fill your heart with pure joy.

From Portland, take the 5:35 ferry at Casco Bay Lines to Peaks. Ten minute walk to 45 Seashore Ave. 8:45 return ferry to Portland. Rain or Shine, Peaks taxi available.

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An Evening With Peter Sis
Aug
29
6:30 PM18:30

An Evening With Peter Sis

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN MEDAL RECIPIENT, MACARTHUR FELLOW

Weds Aug 29  6:30 - 8:30 PM Peter Sis lecture & reception, TEIA club (Trefethen-Evergreen Improvement Association) Trefethen Landing off Island Ave, Peaks Island

Meet a Master: Lecture & Reception

Peter Sís is a Czech-born American illustrator and writer of children's books. As a cartoonist his editorial illustrations have appeared in Time, Newsweek, Esquire, and Atlantic Monthly. Among his many accolades he was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen medal in 2012, the highest recognition available to a writer or illustrator of children's books for his "lasting contribution" as a children's illustrator. Peter is also an award winning author and animator/filmmaker, internationally and for PBS & Nickelodeon. His artwork appears in mural form for permanent public installations nationally and internationally, including in the 86th Street subway station in NYC where his mosaic “Happy City”depicts four large eyes to represent the ingredients of the community and the vibrancy that is New York. Most recently, his “ azuelo mosaic” of Thirty Birds was installed in Lisbon/Portugal on their anniversary of declaration of human rights.

Illustration Institute is thrilled to host Peter for a lecture about his richly diverse career followed by a reception with the community. Illustration Institute is grateful to islander Linda Holtslander, a former librarian and friend of Peter’s, for introducing us! We continue to be grateful to collaborate with the TEIA, thank you for your lovely venue.

Peaks Island is a 15 minute ferry ride from downtown Portland. Take the 5:35 ferry from Casco Bay Lines, stroll 15-20 minutes to TEIA (first left onto Island Ave, follow Island Ave to Trefethen Club on left.) The Peaks Island Taxi is also available. 

FREE but donations are welcome.

All are welcome, no registration necessary.

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The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Executive Director, Alexandra Kennedy
Aug
21
6:30 PM18:30

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Executive Director, Alexandra Kennedy

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ERIC CARLE PICTURE BOOK MUSEUM

Tues. Aug 21 6:30 - 8:00 ALEXANDRA KENNEDY at the Rines Auditorium, in partnership with the Portland Public Library

“The Very Eric Carle: His Life and Legacy”

Alexandra Kennedy, executive director of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts, shares insights into the career of one of the most influential picture book artists of our time. The lecture will include rarely seen pictures of his earliest work as a poster artist, footage of him at work on a Very Hungry Caterpillar collage in his studio, and a look inside the museum that he and his late wife Barbara founded to ensure picture book art would finally get the international recognition it deserves.

Alexandra says:

“Picture books are such a positive force—they inspired us as kids to love art and literature. Revisiting them as an adult is such magic! Until I was here ( at The Eric Carle), I did not completely understand just what a unique community of people create and publish picture books. It is such an inspiring group of men and women—playful, supportive, funny, kind, and endlessly ingenious.  I truly think we are living in another golden age for picture books.”

In a 2016 NewsWhistle interview with Laura LaValle, Alexandra shows her appreciation for the creators of picture books and her acknowledgement of their role in inspiring creative forces in children and adults alike. The Eric Carle museum is one of only a few of its kind and a treasured destination for anyone who has ever loved a picture book.

A lecture for artists and illustrators, authors and educators, librarians, museum afficionados and book lovers alike!

Free but donations to Illustration Institute are appreciated. Welcome to all, no registration necessary.

 

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Ricardo "Liniers" Siri: a Celebration of Illustration!
Aug
14
6:30 PM18:30

Ricardo "Liniers" Siri: a Celebration of Illustration!

Tues. Aug 14th 6:30 - 8:30PM  RICARDO LINIERS SIRI at the Lions CLub, Greenwood Gardens, Peaks Island

“From Buenos Aires to the New Yorker: comics, Illustration et al…”

An evening celebration of Illustration with "Liniers"!

News Alert! Liniers cartoon to be syndicated by King Features, so will be available to Americans soon!

Lucky for us, Argentine Ricardo “Liniers’ Siri has been teaching this year at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, VT and will be joining Illustration Institute to give an evening presentation, giving us a chance to follow his career. Well known internationally for his comic strips, Liniers also writes and illustrates picture books including “ Written and Drawn by Henrietta” and The Big Wet Balloon, a Candlewick TOON picture book in simultaneous Spanish and English-language editions. Liners just last month won an Eisner award for his book Good Night, Planet. He has illustrated New Yorker covers, album covers and collections of his travel journals. Welcome him to Maine and enjoy this rare opportunity to meet an international artist.

Free and open to all!

Historical Greenwood Gardens, cared for by the Peaks Island Lions Club, is a lovely waterfront property and the theater is a "gem!" The setting is a 5 minute walk just to the right of the Peaks ferry landing, the lawn has plenty of picnic tables with sunset views of Portland. Take the 5:35 ferry to Peaks from Casco Bay Lines in downtown Portland, bring a picnic, enjoy the sunset, the lecture and return to Portland on the 8:45 ferry

 

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Henrik Drescher Workshop
Aug
8
to Aug 9

Henrik Drescher Workshop

TRAVEL JOURNAL ARTIST/ ILLUSTRATOR/ STORYTELLER and VISUAL PROVACATEUR

Weds. Aug 8 9:30 -12:30 HENRIK DRESCHER at 5th Maine Regiment Museum, Seashore Avenue, Peaks Island

Thurs. Aug 9 9:30 -12:30 HENRIK DRESCHER at 5th Maine Regiment Museum, Seashore Ave, Peaks Island

Artist /illustrator/bookmaker and picture book creator Henrik Drescher leaves no scrap of paper or visual idea behind! To work with him is to open your mind and your sketchbook, and then share with others to further turn your thinking around. SO much fun, not to mention learning specific bookbinding techniques from a pro. This class will be fast paced, energetic and lots of fun...trust us, we’ve seen him in action and can’t wait to have him back in town. Henrik’s partner Wu WIng Yee, also a stellar artist and potter, will join the class. Don’t miss the two of them!

Two 1/2 day workshops creating handmade books. Learn coptic binding, discuss idea and story lines, create 20 page signature to be copied & bound with all class signatures. Each student takes home a class book!

 $225 or SLIDING SCALE, class limit 25 students, please call to register: 207-772-3585 or email nancy@illustrationinstitute.org

Materials fee additional $15.

Peaks Island is accessible by ferry, a delightful 15 minute ride from downtown Portland. 7:45 am ferry from Casco Bay Lines, 3:45 pm return from Peaks. Those who need to take the 9:15 ferry from Portland not to worry, come on in, we'll just be getting settled.  Lisa's Cafe, Hannigans Grocery & Down Front IceCream shop on island, taxi service available. 5th Maine is a short 10 minute walk from ferry, enjoy the wrap around porch, rockers and incredible view before or after class.

 

 

 

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New Yorker Cover Artist Anita Kunz
Aug
7
9:30 AM09:30

New Yorker Cover Artist Anita Kunz

ROLLING STONE & NEW YORKER COVER ARTIST

Tues. Aug 7 9:30 - 12:30 & 1:30 - 3:30 ANITA KUNZ at 5th Maine Regiment Museum, Seashore Avenue, Peaks Island

Anita Kunz lecture and idea generation workshop.

Anita Kunz is one of the great illustrators of our time. Anita’s brilliant career is varied, her work evocative, her illustration skills masterful and unique. Not only will you be treated to travel through her development as an illustrator with behind-the-scenes info, you’ll work with her to develop ideas through to completion for a New Yorker cover...you definitely don’t get to do that every day! Kunz will share her work and influences including specific New Yorker projects. Using the New Yorker covers as examples, Kunz will discuss idea generation. Working in groups, class will come up with their own ideas and present them. Afternoon session will take the idea further, create sketches and move toward finished art.

FEE: SLIDING SCALE  limit 25 students, please call to register: 207-772-3585 or email nancy@illustrationinstitute.org

Peaks Island is accessible by ferry, a delightful 15 minute ride from downtown Portland. 7:45 am ferry from Casco Bay Lines. Those who need to take the 9:15 am ferry from CBL, not to worry, come on in, we'll just be getting settled.

5th Maine is a short 10 minute walk from ferry, enjoy the wrap around porch, rockers and incredible view before or after class.

 

 

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Lyn Smith & Jamie Hogan: Nature Sketchbooks by the Sea
Jul
26
10:00 AM10:00

Lyn Smith & Jamie Hogan: Nature Sketchbooks by the Sea

LOCAL TREASURES & AWARD WINNING AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR DUO

Thur July 26 10:00 - 12:00  LYN SMITH & JAMIE HOGAN at the Fifth Maine, Peaks Island

Nature Sketchbooks by the Sea

Join author Lyn Smith and Peaks Island illustrator Jamie Hogan for a workshop in nature studies. With demonstrations and direct observation of nature specimens from the Maine environment, everyone will make discoveries within handmade sketchbooks. Come sharpen your eyes and your pencils!

Enjoy a rare opportunity to learn from two of the most experienced and down-to-earth educators! Peaks Islander Jamie Hogan has had a rich career, deep with a myriad of illustration assignments, including her own and other’s picture books and as illustration professor at Maine College of Art. She and Wells, Maine author Lyn Smith have had the best collaboration with their book “A Porcupine’s Promenade: An encounter in the winter woods. This will be a perfectly relaxed and joyful summer experience, students will learn skills that will carry them into nature in a whole new meaningful way.

Ages 6 - 10

Workshop fee $30 Limit 20 students, please register: call 207-772-3585

The Fifth Maine is a lovely historic destination, please make time to tour their exhibit too!

 

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CANCELED: Barbara McClintock Lecture
Jul
25
6:00 PM18:00

CANCELED: Barbara McClintock Lecture

We are saddened to share news that Barbara McClintock has suffered a broken ankle and is therefore postponing her Residency. All programs scheduled with Barbara are therefore canceled. We look forward to welcoming Barbara back as soon as her good health and schedule allow and we will, of course, keep you updated on that schedule. 

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CANCELED: Barbara McClintock Workshop
Jul
24
7:00 PM19:00

CANCELED: Barbara McClintock Workshop

We are saddened to share news that Barbara McClintock has suffered a broken ankle and is therefore postponing her Residency. All programs scheduled with Barbara are therefore canceled. We look forward to welcoming Barbara back as soon as her good health and schedule allow and we will, of course, keep you updated on that schedule. 

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Jul
18
11:00 AM11:00

Old School Pen & Ink Illustration with Scott Nash

Illustration Institute's Scott Nash will presenting a workshop on pen & ink techniques in the spirit of Garth Williams at Curtis Memorial Library on Wednesday, July 18 at 11am.
In this workshop, students will learn how to use a "dip" pen and India ink to conjure drawings in the style of Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little and The Cricket In Times Square.
Space is limited to 15 students.
Reserve a spot today!
Call 725.5242 ext. 225.
Open to aspiring artists ages 9-ish to Adult-ish.

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Jul
17
7:00 PM19:00

John Alcorn, A Personal Appreciation

We are pleased to announce that we have reserved MECA's Osher Hall on July 17th at 7pm to present a lecture by Kenneth Alcorn about his father, John Alcorn titled, "John Alcorn, A Personal Appreciation."
John Alcorn was an influential designer an illustrator who helped to shape and define the aesthetic of the 1970's. You don't want to miss this lecture as Ken is an engaging presenter and his father's art is rich, witty and elegant!

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Lizzy Rockwell Story Hour
Jul
17
10:30 AM10:30

Lizzy Rockwell Story Hour

Tues. July 17 10:30 - 11:00 LIZZY ROCKWELL Story hour Portland Public Library

Join Lizzy as she reads from her most recent picture book “ A MAMMAL IS AN ANIMAL”

Lizzy’s illustrative career spans over 30 years... actually, even longer, given that she is from a family of picture book author and illustrators. A second year artist at the Faison Residency on Peaks Island, she’ll also give a sneak peek at a book she developed while she was here last year; it has already been accepted for upcoming publication!

Free but donations to Illustration Institute are appreciated..

 

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Illustrator and Quilt Artist, Lizzy Rockwell
Jul
16
7:00 PM19:00

Illustrator and Quilt Artist, Lizzy Rockwell

AWARD WINNING non-FICTION PICTURE BOOK AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR, VISUAL & TEXTILE ARTIST

Mon. July 16  7:00 - 8:30 PM LIZZY ROCKWELL LECTURE “PEACE by PIECE” Peaks Island Library

A passionate advocate for generating positive interaction between diverse community members of all ages and abilities, Lizzy Rockwell co-founded a non-profit project called “Peace by Piece:The Norwalk Community Quilt Project” in the city of Norwalk, CT using quiltmaking as a tool to bring people together. An intergenerational after school art program whose mission is to mentor young people through the craft of quilt making, participants range in age from 8 to 83. Her lecture follows the development of her public quilt projects, communal works of art that are created for fundraising purposes or as installations in public institutions. Come be inspired by the beauty, craft and story of these quilts sewn together by ordinary folks led by the extraordinary Lizzy.

Free but donations to Illustration Institute are appreciated. Open to all.

 

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Gregory Christie, Portland Public Library
Jul
12
10:30 AM10:30

Gregory Christie, Portland Public Library

Thurs. July 12 10:30 - 11:30 GREGORY CHRISTIE Portland Public Library

5-12 yr olds bookmaking

In conjunction with the children’s department at Portland Public Library, enjoy a lively bookmaking  session with R. Gregory Christie, award winning author, illustrator and educator who owns his own children’s bookstore/gallery in Atlanta, GA. Bookmaking with materials often found for free!

All abilities encouraged, class limited to 25

Free but donations to Illustration Institute are appreciated. Registration is required. Call PPL for details 871-1700

 

 

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Children's Book Illustrator, Gregory Christie
Jul
10
10:00 AM10:00

Children's Book Illustrator, Gregory Christie

CORETTA SCOTT KING &  CALDECOTT HONOR AWARD WINNING  ILLUSTRATOR & COMMERCIAL ARTIST, GALLERY OWNER and EDUCATOR

Tues. July 10 10:00 - 12:00 GREGORY CHRISTIE at the Fifth Maine, Peaks Island

Bookmaking for Youth & Adults  *******A FEW SPOTS STILL OPEN!**************

Join award-winning children’s book illustrator R. Gregory Christie for a two-hour book binding workshop.

Gregory’s  illustrations have been featured on HBO Kids, PBS children’s show “Between the Lions,” New York City’s subway cars, the 2013 Congo Square New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival poster and the 2013 United States Post Office “Kwanzaa Forever” stamp.

He loves to teach bookmaking that incorporates materials often found for free. Participants will learn a bit about the history of bookbinding, get an overview of bookmaker’s tools and learn a few techniques to make simple books and pamphlets. Gregory owns a picture book store/gallery in Atlanta, GA where he teaches frequent workshops to all ages. All abilities welcome, youth and educators too.

The Fifth Maine is a lovely historic destination, please make time to tour their exhibit too!

Class fee: suggested donation $30, Class limit to 25: To register: call 207-772-3585 or email nancy@illustrationinstitute.org.

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Ferry to Peaks: 9:15 am ferry suggested. www.cascobaylines.com 12:45 ferry returning to town.

From Ferry dock, walk up first short hill, take first immediate right on Island Ave (Inn on Peaks will be across from you) follow Island Ave, (turns into New Island Ave), take second right onto Whitehead. Follow Whitehead downhill facing water, you will pass a white house on right called “West o’ the Moon”. At bottom of hill bear left to continue on Seashore Ave. to Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, on water, large yellow building with turret & wrap around porch. Class will be held downstairs, entrance on left. Questions that day? Call or text 207-400-7813

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Please bring the following if possible, we’ll have extras too.

Pencils, Scissors, glue stick

scrap paper to get glue on

decorative duct tape

20- 100 lb colorful paper or construction paper 8.5 x 11

 

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Leela Corman
Jun
28
9:30 AM09:30

Leela Corman

*****PLEASE NOTE: NEW VENUE 231 York Street Portland, ME COrner of Brackett and York Street, entrance on York Street side******

Thurs June 28 9:30 - 12:30 & 1:30 - 3:30   LEELA CORMAN at 231 York Street Portland ME

Going Deep: Storytelling with Words and Pictures

Heartfelt storytelling, through exercises that take us progressively further into deep expression, involving both writing and drawing. Definitely best for teens and adults. It'll be really fun, and deep!

Full day workshop $225, class limit 25 students, please register: call 207-772-3585

 

 

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Tom Hart
Jun
26
to Jun 27

Tom Hart

******PLEASE NOTE: NEW VENUE 231 York Street Portland, ME Corner of Brackett and York ...entrance on York Street side

Tues. June 26 1:30 -3:30  TOM HART at 231 York Street Portland ME

Wed. June 27  1:30 - 3:30 TOM HART at 231 York Street Portland ME

"Storytelling Flow"

Storytelling Flow workshop with Tom Hart, founder of The Sequential Artist’s Workshop (SAW). Feeling stuck? Tense? Like you can’t  figure out which way to turn? Not sure which idea to build on or how to tell a good idea from a bad? Do you feel overwhelmed or underwhelmed by your own ideas? Loosen up and follow your story ideas from beginning to end in this workshop. Daydreaming, not drawing skills necessary.

Feel free to take one or both workshops, no two workshops are the same!

Tues.session $125, class limit 25 students, please register: call 207-772-3585

Weds. session $125, class limit 25 students, please register: call 207-772-3585

 

 

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New Yorker Cartoonist Emily Flake
Jun
26
to Jun 27

New Yorker Cartoonist Emily Flake

*****PLEASE NOTE NEW VENUE: 231 York Street, Portland ME******

Tues June 26 9:30 -12:30 and Wed. June 27 9:30 - 12:30  EMILY FLAKE at 231 York Street, Portland ME : corner of York and Brackett. Entrance on York

“Joke in the Box: an Introduction to the Art of Single-Panel Gag Cartooning”

Learn the subtle wizardry of writing and drawing a single-panel gag cartoon with New Yorker cartoonist Emily Flake in this introductory class. We’ll cover idea-generating techniques, joke-craft, and touch on some drawing basics in our quest to create a piece of hilarious art.

Introductory Master Class two ½ day sessions, $225, class limit 25 students, please register: call 207-772-3585

 

 

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