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Merrymeeting Adult Education

Our Classes

Light Painting


with Dave Cleaveland

Calendar Dec 10, 2022 at 3 pm, runs for 1 week

A super fun photography class- light painting, "painting with light" uses long exposures and different light sources to create after dark masterpieces! We will start off with a classroom session, talking about long exposures and going over camera settings. We will learn how to correctly use your tripod, and then we will select our exterior light sources- flashlights, strobes, and even sparklers! For our field trip, we will look for a good subject to use for our light painting, and teach you how to write with light, create ghosts, and paint with light. ***Must have equipment includes a DSLR camera (or a mirrorless camera) and a tripod (the sturdier the better). Bonus if you have a remote shutter release, either wired or wireless. You must be familiar with how to use and change your camera settings. Bring your cameras and tripods to the classroom and we will practice before going into the field.

*3-5pm for the in-classroom portion, then 6-8pm for the activity portion

Festive Table Arrangements


with Hilary Rodriguez

Calendar Dec 11, 2022 at 12 pm, runs for 1 week

Calling all Christmas enthusiasts! Beginners are encouraged and welcome. Come join new friends Hilary and Catherine for this one-day winter table arrangement design workshop. Together we’ll create a fabulous make & take seasonally-inspired winter table arrangement and have fun reconnecting with nature, your creativity and each other! Please bring a basket or container, scissors or a floral knife, any found objects you’d like to incorporate into your own unique design (branches, foliage, seed pods, dried flowers, feathers, gourds, driftwood etc). Pine boughs and other greenery will be provided, candles NOT included. You may just have more of a creative side than you think! Materials fee included.


Sketching Workshop II


with Ed Higgins

Calendar Dec 12, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 10 weeks

This course is a continuation of the Fall Term Sketching Workshop. There is no doubt that sketching effectively is the most important factor to your improving and developing as an artist. Getting your ideas on paper quickly and with looseness and freedom of movement helps you create a repository for your unique visual vocabulary, which you can deploy to any project, any medium. This course is designed as a studio workshop where students of all skill levels work together in a cordial and positive learning environment. Pencil, charcoal, Conté crayon, Ink, pastel and watercolor. Materials list will be emailed to you. ***NO CLASSES: 12/26, 1/2, 1/16, 2/20.

Abstract Art Workshop II


with Ed Higgins

Calendar Dec 12, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 10 weeks

This course is a continuation of the Fall Term Abstract Art Workshop. The very popular Abstract Art Workshop at Merrymeeting in Bath is a studio class where artists of all skill levels can explore and experiment. Working in a positive and supportive environment with your peers allows you to try new techniques and media, evolve your own style and develop your artistic voice. In every class, we usually spotlight the work of one abstract artists from the past with an eye to decoding, understanding, and appreciating the purely visual experience of working abstractly. Materials list will be emailed to you. ***NO CLASSES: 12/26, 1/2, 1/16, 2/20.

Full Course

Oil Painting Workshop II


with Ed Higgins

Calendar Dec 14, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 10 weeks

For new or continuing oil painting students. You will learn or develop master oil painting techniques such as alla prima, glazing, and working with an underpainting. We’ll concentrate on value, color mixing and brushwork, and will work on a variety of surfaces, from paper for quick studies, to panels and canvases for more sustained paintings. Materials list will be emailed to you.

No class December 28th.

Will run

Open Studio with Ed


with Ed Higgins

Calendar Dec 14, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Open Studio starts Wednesday, 12/14, stop by anytime between 1pm to 4pm, for 10 weeks! Any medium, bring in your projects, get one-on-one tutelage from Master Artist Ed Higgins.

No class December 28th.

Introduction to Wood Carving


with Ken Wise

Calendar Dec 14, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

In this introduction to carving wood you will learn to safely shape wood with hand tools to create projects such as tool handles,decorative spoons, folk art, and wildlife art. No experience needed, tools and materials provided.

No Class on December 28th, 2022. 

Full Course

Watercolor Workshop


with Ed Higgins

Calendar Dec 15, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Watercolor is a challenging medium. At times unforgiving, but the rewards are worth the effort. This winter term course will emphasize working boldly and confidently, conquering the dreaded “fussies,” and learning to maximize the accidental beauty that comes from letting the water do the work. You’ll study watercolor in a relaxed, cordial environment of artists of all skill levels, and the instructor will help you diagnose the bad habits that commonly plague watercolorists. Materials list will be emailed to you.

No class December 29th.

Full Course

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