Winter 2022 Workshops

February Vacation Art Workshop – “Snow Day”

Join Mary Taggart for a “Snow Day” themed art exploration during February vacation. We’ll read a story together then embark on a couple projects using different media inspired by the snow and all things winter!

Date: Tuesday February 22, 2022
Time: 9:30-11:00am
Ages: 6-10
Cost: $25 members / $30 non-members
Location: Whipple House classroom

February Vacation Art Workshop “Chinese New Year” 

Join Mary Taggart for a vacation-week exploration of the theme “Chinese New Year.” We’ll read a story related to the holiday and learn about the “Year of the Tiger” before embarking on two art projects along the same theme!

Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022
Time: 9:30-11:00am
Ages: 6-10
Cost: $25 Members / $30 Non-members
Location: Whipple House classroom


A Saturday Morning Digital Photography Workshop

Instructor: David “Stoney” Stone

Date: Saturday, February 5, 2022

Time: 9am-12pm (3 hours)

Cost: $30 members $35 non-members

Age: Adult (18+)

Workshop Description: Spend a couple of hours on a Winter Saturday Morning advancing your skills and techniques in Digital Photography. We’ll start with a quick but important review of photography basics that everyone should know. We will then move on to an in-depth look at tools, techniques and even some tricks that will help you to improve your photographic prowess and create photographs that are well beyond the typical snapshot capture. Time will be taken to answer individual questions and, weather permitting, we’ll step outside for some hands-on work. Sign up soon to save your spot.


Landscape, Color & Abstraction

Instructor: Amanda K. Hawkins

Date: Saturday, February 12, 2022

Time: 9am-3pm (break 12-1pm)

Cost: $110 Members / $120 non-Members (includes all materials, see list below)


Workshop Description: Landscape, Color & Abstraction explores color, mark and abstraction through the lens of landscape painting. This workshop will briefly look at the traditional elements and principles of landscape painting, and use these tools to inform and create a compelling abstract work of art. This workshop is designed to provide the structure necessary to enter an abstract painting language with intention and ease, while still providing space for freedom and intuition. Landscape, Color & Abstraction is designed to help the artist better understand composition, value, color, and most importantly, how to become a looser and more expressive painter.

What to expect: The morning will be spent exploring a few sequential exercises and the afternoon will be an open studio format. Amanda will demonstrate all exercises before artists embark on their own work. Artists will leave the class with preparatory composition and value studies and 3-5 color study paintings.

Age and Level: Adult (18+) and beginner to intermediate painters

Supplies: (Provided by instructor): Mixed Media Paper, size 11×14, Canvas Paper, size 11×14, HB pencils, Value Charts, Color-Aid Paper, Newprint, Charcoal Sticks, Palette Paper, size 12×16, Palette Knives, Paint Brushes, size small and medium, Acrylic paint (Titanium White, Quinacridone Magenta, Napthol Red Paint, Cadmium Yellow Light, Yellow Ochre, Phthalo Blue, Ultramarine Blue), Paper Towels, Water Cups 

Attendees to bring: Sketchbook (optional), 3-5 Reference photos (consider a variety of landscape shots, IE, marshes, forests, mountains)

Instructor Bio: Amanda K. Hawkins is an award winning painter living and working in Beverly, MA. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Montserrat College of Art in 2014 and Masters in Fine Arts in Painting at Boston University in 2021. She is on the Board of Trustees at Rocky Neck Art Colony and shows her work in gallery shows across New England. Amanda teaches painting workshops across North America, including in British Columbia and Arizona, in addition to virtual workshops which have an international draw. Her work can be found in private art collections across the globe. Amanda maintains an active studio blog and shares her creative practice with over 25K people worldwide. If Amanda isn’t in the studio, she’s exploring New England and gaining inspiration for her next painting.

Learn more at or follow her on Instagram @mandahawk_studio

Botanical Watercolor Workshop

Instructor: Erin Rice

Date: Saturday, February 19, 2022

Time: 9am – 2pm (30 minute lunch break)

Cost:  $55 Members / $65 non-Members (includes materials)

Age: Adults (18+) 

Workshop Description: We’ll begin the morning with some exercises in watercolor technique and we’ll explore a brief, yet fascinating history of the art of botanical watercolor painting. We’ll then begin our specimen study with a flat wash and start to build volume and detail over the course of the afternoon with careful layering and observation.  

Materials to be provided: Watercolor pan set and palette, 11×14 hot press watercolor paper, pencils, sketch paper, rulers, water jars and paper towels. 

About the instructor: Erin Rice has a Bachelor’s degree in fine arts and graduate degrees in art history. In addition to running the education programs here at the Ipswich Museum, she also teaches art history at Montserrat College of Art and paints in her free time.