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Abstract Studio: Building a Body of Work

$155

with Ed Higgins

Calendar Next session starts Mar 18, 2024 at 1 pm, runs for 10 weeks

This installment of the popular abstract class focuses on what it takes to become a working artist. Pursuing original ideas, developing a solid work ethic; strengthening unique themes, motifs, and refining a distinctive color palette. The class will be directed independent study, each session will end with a short presentation about a past or contemporary abstract artist. We’ll end with a final critique, spotlighting student work. Recommended for Ed’s continuing abstract students, as well as local artists looking to work in a supportive atelier-style collective. *No Class: 4/15, 5/27.

Full Course

Easy Chinese Favorites, A Quick Tour

$55

with Chris Toy

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 18, 2024 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week

From salad,soup, appetizer, main and side dishes, to dessert.Chris will teach you some of his favorite family recipes from his first cookbook. Copies of his first cookbook, Easy Chinese Favorites will be available for signing. $10 materials fee included.

Beginning Watercolor

$125

with Jennifer Linskey

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 18, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks
2 additional sessions through Jun 24, 2024

Learn which papers, materials, and brushes work best for you as we go over the basics of traditional and contemporary watercolor ideas and techniques. Class work will be a combination of watercolor exercises, whereby we learn the behavior of and particularities of watercolor through exercises. We will then apply this knowledge to small set ups so that we can gain some practical application. I will spend some time going over basic drawing ideas, color theory, color mixing, and brush care. A willingness to draw, and/or improve upon drawing skills will enhance your experience in this class. Absolute beginners in both drawing and watercolor need to recognize that they are attempting two new skills: drawing and watercolor. Don't let this dissuade you from signing up, but recognize where you are coming in and give yourself some grace in the moments where drawing is involved. I will do my best to help you where you are at! Always wanted some watercolor instruction from the ground up? This class will get you started!

Stained Glass

$125

with Penny Hartwell

Calendar Next session starts Mar 18, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 8 weeks
1 additional session on Mar 19, 2024

Beautiful objects are created in this class every semester by beginners. You can create a stained glass window or lampshade using the copper-foil technique. Learn acid etching and drilling. This is a fun and rewarding course. A complete list of materials will be discussed on the first night of class. The cost of materials is not included in the course fee and can vary depending on choice of glass and what your imagination will create. Note: You will also need to purchase your own tools, which is about $45.00. ***NO CLASS: 4/15.

Nutrition for Wellbeing

$65

with Roger Nadeau

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 18, 2024 at 6:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

In this course, you will learn about food sensitivities/allergies and the importance of eating accordingly, strategies for making highly nutritious food choices, and weekly shopping tips for nutrition dense food. There will also be demonstrations to improve spinal health and your wellbeing. Questions in class are encouraged and note-taking is recommended. Some handouts will be provided. Taught by Roger. B. Nadeau, DC Wholistic Nutrition & Chiropractic Ctr, Brunswick.

ZenFlow: A Guided Meditation Experience with Essential Oils

$65

with Cary Ouellette

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 19, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 4 weeks

Embark on a holistic journey with "ZenFlow," a 45-minute introduction to guided meditation. Explore the depths of mindfulness as our instructor guides you through tranquil meditative practices, enhanced by thoughtfully selected essential oils. Immerse yourself in this harmonious fusion, designed to cultivate stress reduction, mindfulness mastery, and a profound sense of well-being. After the meditation, engage in enriching discussions to share your experiences and deepen your connection to the peaceful essence of "ZenFlow.

Yin Yoga w/ Heather

$58

with Heather Laffely

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 19, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 4 weeks

Yin yoga is a style of yoga where passive yoga posture(poses) are held for extended periods of time. Typically 3-5 min., sometimes up to 10. In these passive postures, muscle activity is minimized, with a focus on stretching connective tissues, such as fascia, ligaments and tendons. We will gently settle in to postures, supported by yoga props, while deeply connecting to breath. These longer holds allow the muscles to lengthen passively and for physical releases under the skin to occur. This practice supports overall flexibility, circulation, and range of motion in the joints and ligaments. This class is for those new to yoga, as well as, seasoned yogis looking for a deep stretch. Yoga blocks/bolster are encouraged if you have them, otherwise the teacher has props to use during class.

Illustrating Nature With Watercolor and Ink

$135

with Claire Loon Baldwin

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 19, 2024 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks
1 additional session on May 9, 2024

Create illustrations of nature with watercolor and ink. This class welcomes all skill levels to master classic dip pen and ink techniques, and integrate them with watercolor. Each week, students will delve into different subjects, such as botanicals, celestial scenes, and landscapes. Students will learn to create and control watercolor ‘blooms’, and use masking fluid. At the end of the course, students will have a variety of beautiful projects worthy of framing, and expertise in watercolor and dip pen techniques. Students can either buy themselves the required materials - a materials list will be provided - or they can buy material kits from the instructor (additional $30 fee).





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