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Our Classes

The Why, How, and Who of Finding A Mental Health Therapist


with Violet Hart

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 21, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

‘Therapy’ is not a dirty word. But even when we want it, figuring out how to get it can feel like an insurmountable challenge. This one-night course will change that. Through both practical and emotional means, we’ll explore: finding accredited therapists, understanding insurance requirements, determining if your therapist is a good match (and what to do if they aren’t), and much more.

Draw, Draw with Paint, Paint!


with Jennifer Linskey

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 22, 2024 at 11 am, runs for 10 weeks
1 additional session

In this class we will start out drawing in black and white with graphite and/ or charcoal. We’ll look at measuring, size relationships, and object placement. Then we’ll segue to drawing with a brush and draw en grisaille whereby we use: just black, white, and gray paint. This will allow us to think about and get a firm grasp of value (our lights to darks). During the last weeks of class we’ll explore limited color palettes, but get maximum mileage out of the colors we are using, as we’ll continue to see color in terms of value. You'll come away having honed drawing skills, begun training your eye to see subtle shifts in light to dark, and gained color mixing knowledge. Join us as we draw, both traditionally and with a brush, and gradually move toward incorporating color. *No Class: 4/20, 5/18, 6/8.

Paper Casting


with Penny Hartwell

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 24, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Pressed cotton paper ornaments originated in Germany, Russia and Austria. Cotton paper pulp is pressed on ceramic paper molds and removed when dry. Gold accents were used on the torn edges. Students may bring dried flower petals to add to their ornaments to create a unique touch. $5.00 Lab Fee due at beginning of class.

Intermediate Watercolor


with Jennifer Linskey

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 25, 2024 at 1 pm, runs for 10 weeks

What constitutes an intermediate watercolorist, you ask? You’ve dabbled. You understand wet on wet and splosh pigment and water around happily. You have some idea what your pigments will do and a general understanding of when to stop adding water, yet you'd like more practice. You've had some basic drawing experience, and you're okay with putting pencil to paper to “rough in” your composition (get the basic shapes down), or if your drawing is a bit rusty you are willing to keep working on drawing skills. You are excited to explore, experiment more with watercolor techniques, and expand your watercolor skillset. If this is who you are, then intermediate watercolor is a fit for you. In this class we’ll be working from both observation and abstraction. *No Class: 8/20.

Acid Etching Glass


with Penny Hartwell

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 25, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

We will create designs on glass with a frosted look. These designs will be permanent on the glass. Bring your own wine glasses, vases, etc to personalize. Some glass items will be provided as well. Quick, fun, easy projects with beautiful results. Lab fee: $5.

Immersive Creative Writing


with Stephanie Garrity

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 25, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 10 weeks

The imagination is an amazing tool, and nowhere is this more obvious than in the art of creative writing. From short fiction and poetry to full-length fiction or multi-volume fictional sagas, from unique social media posts to original advertising copy, it is important that the creative writer be able to tap into their creative, imaginative core. This class will touch on; generating ideas for a wide variety of writing projects, how to hook the reader’s attention, how to write attention-getting social media posts, the structures of poetry and fiction as well as developing narrative design for stories. You are welcome to bring your laptop or a notebook and writing utensils, whichever you are more comfortable with. But either way, this is an immersive, interactive class, so come prepared to write! Can’t wait to see you there! Join your instructor, writer and author Stephanie Garrity, in taking your stories to the next level.

Watercolor and Ink in the Wild


with Ed Higgins

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 26, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 10 weeks

According to instructor Ed Higgins, field sketching is probably the best way to gain mastery and move your watercolor work forward. Open to any of Ed’s past and current watercolor or sketching students. Weather permitting, classes will meet at picturesque locations in and around the midcoast. *No Class: 8/21.

Marketing Using Social Media


with Melissa Torres

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 1, 2024 , runs for 4 weeks

The benefits of social media make it an essential part of a business plan. Social Media Marketing has become more than running digital advertising campaigns; it allows your business to build a following of loyal customers through authentic posts and interactions creating excitement for your business as it grows. Each platform gives your business the tools to successfully build your brand, connect with your customers, and track analytics. This course will focus on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Nextdoor.

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