September 19-20


Miniature Oil Painting:

Framed "Lover's Eye"

$595 (+$25 materials fee)


Indulge in the focused attention of painting the eye. The unusual trend of the 18th century saw the exchange of paintings of the eye between lovers, suggesting intimacy while still retaining anonymity to outsiders. Often bejeweled and framed as jewelry or pocket sized works of art, the presentation was as important as the painting itself.

Join artist and designer, Anneli Skaar, in this energizing, unique and creative workshop. Students will learn techniques to draw and paint realistic eyes - from the initial sketches to the final painted piece(s). 


Our eye portraits will not be limited to that of a lover! Learn how to paint your own eye, a child’s eye, the eye of someone you admire, or even that of a pet. Create one beautiful, small framed piece (or more!), using unusual vintage frames, semi-precious stones and other beautiful embellishments provided by Skaar.

Bring your iPhone (for photographing your eye) or bring along photos of the eyes of loved ones. 


Day One: The history of the Lover’s Eye, research of countless collected samples in a variety of styles from the 1700s to present day, and an introduction to drawing the eye in different mediums. Determine your eye model and create sketches on paper for use the following day.

Day Two: Choose your format, medium, frames, embellishments, and begin your final painting(s) on instructor-prepared panels, based on your favorite sketches. Final assembly of the finished painting and frame.


All artist tools and materials will be provided but feel free to bring along any drawing tool, sketchbook, or sentimental embellishment that you might want to incorporate. Lunch is provided on Saturday and Sunday. Please let us know if you have any food allergies or aversions in the registration paperwork. Accommodations are not included. If you are visiting from out of the area we recommend booking a local Airbnb, hotel or motel in Camden, Hope, Lincolnville, Rockport or Rockland. Here are links to a few local favorites in the Midcoast Area:

Lincolnville Motel (hip, laid-back, affordable, renovated vintage motor inn)

Drift Oceanside Inn (oceanfront cabins close to the Camden Hills State Park)

Whitehall Inn (boutique hotel within walking distance to downtown Camden)

250 Main (high-end boutique hotel in Rockland Arts District)

Camden Accommodations (vacation rentals in Midcoast area)

Airbnb (Camden, Hope, Lincolnville, Rockport or Rockland are all within a 25-minute drive)


All artist tools, mediums, and materials will be provided—but if you have a favorite sketchbook and drawing tool you may of course bring them along! If you have any materials (Shells? Stones? Jewels? Beads?) of sentimental or decorative value that you would like to incorporate into your piece, you are encouraged to bring them along!

Skill level

This workshop is designed for people of all skill levels who are wanting to experiment with new techniques and advance their drawing and painting practices. No prior art experience is required. 


A maximum of 12 students, and a minimum of 6* 


*If minimum enrollment is not met within 45 days of the workshop, a full refund will be provided for all registered students. We recommend waiting until you receive our confirmation email that minimum enrollment has been met to make your travel arrangements or investing in travel insurance to reimburse your expenses if the course is canceled


Class will run from 9am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday with a 1-hour break for lunch.


$595 + $25 materials fee = $615 total


anneli skaar

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A first generation American, Anneli Skaar still holds a strong connection to her ancestral home in Scandinavia. Fluent in Norwegian, she moved to Norway from the San Francisco Bay Area, California, at 18, to attend the National Academy of Arts in Oslo where she received her BA. During this time, she lived and worked in the studio of renowned Norwegian artist Odd Nerdrum where she discovered her love of representational art and oil painting, both of which would greatly influence her creative work in the next decades.

After a career of illustration and design, she debuted her work as a painter in 2014, when she had her first solo show ICEHARDSHIPBEAUTY.  Since then, her art has been a primary focus and she has exhibited locally and abroad, and has continued to find inspiration in the landscapes of Maine as well as in the arctic.

Skaar has participated in residencies at Galleri Svalbard at 78 degrees north in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway in 2015; as well as a residency onboard an EIMSKIP container ship traveling from Portland, ME to Reykjavik, Iceland in 2016. She has gathered material for her work in Ilulissat, Greenland, in 2017, at the site of the largest, active glacier in the northern hemisphere and was awarded the Maine Media Workshop’s Book Artist in Residency in 2016 for which she produced the fine art book Bears and Ruins. Skaar has also produced numerous talks and articles related to her work and travels in arctic regions.

Skaar currently holds the position of Creative Director for the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, and is responsible for all branding, exhibition design, and publications for the museum. When she is not working at the Farnsworth, she exhibits regularly and continues to paint and produce multimedia work. Anneli Skaar makes her home in Camden, Maine.