Art Underfoot – Painting Canvas Floorcloths

June 7 – June 8, 2023
9 am to 5 pm


Each student will paint a 24” X 36” floorcloth using Early American motifs and patterns and top-quality materials under the guidance of professional floorcloth painter, Lisa Curry Mair. No previous painting experience is required. When completed, their floorcloth can be used in a hallway, in front of a kitchen sink or proudly hung on the wall.

Prior to the class, each student will choose one design to paint on their floorcloth from the following three designs supplied by the instructor.

1. Checks and Stenciled Branches (easiest)

2. Bowl of Fruit (medium difficulty)

3. Rufus Porter Scene (most difficult)

Skills and Techniques:

Students will learn about the history and construction of floorcloths and each will learn how to transfer a design and choose a color scheme best suited for their project.

Materials Fee: $180 per person. This covers a pre-primed, hemmed 2’ X 3’ heavyweight canvas floorcloth, enough paint for the entire project, brushes, transfer paper, templates and a paper palette.

Special Tools or Equipment:
Students should bring their favorite brushes if they have them, a sketchbook and pencil, white plastic eraser, painter’s tape, a 36” metal ruler, an empty 2 cup plastic margarine container for holding water and a hair dryer.

Instructors COVID preference: Your instructor reserves the right to require safety requirements depending on the state of the pandemic at the time of the workshop.

Workshop Policies

Please be sure to read our policies before you register for a workshop.

Age Requirements

The minimum age to attend a regularly scheduled workshop is 16 years. We have set this age to ensure a safe, productive, and community-building experience for all of our students. There are no exceptions.

Accessibility & Accommodations

If you have questions about accessibility or would like to request reasonable accommodations, please contact our main office at 603-435-7314.

Student Cancellations

Cancellations must be made at least 30 days prior to the start date of a workshop in order to receive a refund. Registration and material costs will be refunded, minus a non-refundable $25.00 registration fee. A full refund will be made for any amount paid for overnight housing.

Sanborn Mills Farm Cancellations

Each workshop must have a minimum number of students to be held. If Sanborn Mills Farm finds it necessary to cancel a workshop, we will notify students two weeks prior to the scheduled workshop start date. A full refund will be provided to registered students. Refunds for a workshop purchased as a gift will be made to the purchaser only. Sanborn Mills Farm cannot be held responsible for any refunds for travel expenses or for off-site housing expenses incurred as the result of a cancellation of any kind.

Housing & Meals

Please refer to our housing page for more information.


Each workshop has its own safety procedures. Your instructor will review the specific safety requirements at the start of your workshop and throughout your class. Sanborn Mills Farm is a rural setting. If you are allergic to insect bites, please alert your instructor of your allergy and bring an epipen with you. For draft animal workshops or courses requiring time in the woods, be sure to review tick safety procedures from Tick Free NH. We advise students to wear comfortable clothing, comfortable and secure shoes, and consider your personal needs for a day or extended stay.