Living Shoreline in Living Color


Learn how local flora and fauna combine to create a vibrant ecosystem—and pick up a new hobby, too! This two-day workshop is led by Constance Del Nero, professional Teaching Artist and Director of Children’s Education and Community Programs at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Md.

Art skill level beginning and up, designed with the principles of Creative Aging for older adults in mind.

This workshop is Pay What You Can: Choose the option that works for you. Scholarships are available—to request financial assistance please reach out to Volunteer & Education Manager Concetta Gibson at or 410-745-4941.



Stroll along CBMM’s living shoreline to notice rippling water, bay grasses, the river breeze, and other Chesapeake life to find your inspiration. In the CBMM studio, we will create a sketch of the shoreline featuring a mallard duck and prepare our artwork for coloring by using a special process involving white liquid glue.

Learn how to use colorful chalk pastels and chalk pastel pencils turn our drawings into vibrant pastel “paintings” with the dried glue areas serving as borders. Constance will discuss color theory and blending tips. Participants will leave with a finished work suitable for framing.

This activity is made possible by a grant provided by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies in partnership with E.A. Michelson Philanthropy in addition to support from the Maryland State Arts Council. Thank you to the Maryland Micro-Credentials for Creative Aging Grant Programs for supporting this arts experience.

About the Teaching Artist:

Constance Del Nero serves as Director of Children’s Education and Community Programs at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Md. Over the past year, she has taught several Creative Aging Workshops for Art Works Now in Hyattsville, Md. She has a B.A. in Fine Arts from New York University and an M.Ed. in Art Education from Lesley University.

Constance works in graphite, colored pencil, pastels, acrylics, oil, collage, and clay. She has participated in over a dozen shows in the U.S. and Italy and her work is in private collections in both countries. She has illustrated two books: Risotto, A Taste of Milan (Harper & Row) and The Essential Kitchen Gardener (Henry Holt).