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Merrymeeting Adult Education

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Maine Driving Dynamics


with Ron Jack

Calendar Jul 19, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Maine Driving Dynamics offers drivers the opportunity to improve their defensive driving abilities. This 5-hour course includes collision avoidance techniques, safety issues, driver habits and attitudes, and the basic elements that constantly challenge drivers on Maine’s highways. The course is taught by a certified Maine Driving Dynamics instructor. Those completing the course receive a 3-point credit on their driving record. Must attend both evenings. Those ages 15 to 64 pay $40 and those 65-plus pay $25. *For senior discount, please call 729-7323 to register.

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Beautiful Bouquet of Sunflowers


with Shirley Anderson

Calendar Jul 20, 2022 at 4 pm, runs for 1 week

Learn to paint sunflowers.  Enjoyed by gardeners everywhere this familiar favorite is easier to paint than you think.  A beautiful blue background makes these tall sunflowers pop right off the canvas. Acrylic on 16 x 20 Canvas. Materials provided.

Merrymeeting Lecture Series: The Quill & The Bayonet


with Lori-Suzanne Dell

Calendar Jul 21, 2022 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week

Hour One: This lecture will discuss how Harriet Beecher Stowe came to be in Brunswick, Maine and her life on Federal Street while writing her history-altering novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. The lecture will also cover her visits to Orr's Island which led to her writing "The Pearl of Orr's Island." Hour Two: This lecture will cover Joshua Chamberlain's decision to leave his professorship at Bowdoin College and seek an appointment to serve in the American Civil War and his time spent in boot camp at Camp Mason in South Portland, Maine, in the summer of 1862.

Dungeons & Dragons Game Nights


with Ian Scanlon

Calendar Jul 25, 2022 at 2 pm, runs for 1 week

Join Dungeon Master, Ian Scanlon for an afternoon of D & D. Learn the ins and outs of digital character creation using D&D Beyond as you develop and play your character in this one-shot in-person game. Laptops available. Snacks & drinks provided.

Landscape on Location


with Jennifer Linskey

Calendar Jul 26, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Get some practice thinking about foreground, middle ground, and background while enjoying the fresh air at Mitchell Field. In this class I will address how one goes about painting outside, which is a way that I have been painting for over 30 years. If you have an easel and want to paint en plein-air, great! If you'd rather sit on a blanket and draw, that's okay too. Bring the media you'd like to work in: be it oil pastels, oil bars, oil paints, acrylic paints, watercolor, colored pencil, or graphite. I'll discuss materials, set up in the landscape, composition, color, and give you individual feedback and instruction. A suggested materials list will be provided after registering.

Eat Local and Save Money


with Sherri Talbot

Calendar Jul 26, 2022 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week

It often feels like it is impossible to prepare healthy, locally sourced meals without spending huge amounts of money. Now though with grocery store prices rising and ingredients being harder to find, we will walk you through the aisles of your local grocery store and the fields of your local farmers and look at how expensive it really is to eat local. Is premium fresh food worth the cost, or will it break the bank? Lecture will include a breakdown in prices between a common Maine grocery store and some local farmer's markets, farm stands and independently owned shops.

Captain License Information: Session I


with John Coffin

Calendar Jul 26, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Are you interested in obtaining a USCG Captain’s License? Do you want to learn the differences between an Operator Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV) license and a Master 100GT license, and what experience the Coast Guard requires for each? These informational sessions will help answer these questions and other questions you may have about the two licenses. Also discussed will be the different methods for completing the course requirements. We are planning to offer both courses during the Fall of 2022 for those interested, representing the Captain School Key West/Captain School Miami. This information session is free, but please register in advance, so the instructor knows how many individuals will be attending and can send login instructions.

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Color Theory


with Jennifer Linskey

Calendar Jul 27, 2022 at 5:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

“Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this?” Picasso is talking about color theory!—which in its simplest terms is the way color behaves in context, and the relationships between colors. In this class we will expand color wheel knowledge, explore color schemes, learn color vocabulary, and play with ideas about how to use color effectively, and purposefully. We will ask questions like: What is the color doing in this space? Is it coming forward or going back? Why is a bright color like yellow receding in space in this painting, while in another painting yellow is the brightest value and one of the first parts of the painting our eye moves toward? We will share our discoveries in our studio time together as we explore fun color exercises. You are welcome to work in watercolor, acrylic, or a bit of both. Working in watercolor will allow you to see colors interact with each other in the mixing process. Please bear in mind this is not a watercolor technique class. Make sure acrylics are at least student grade so that when mixed your colors still have vibrancy. Berol prismacolor colored pencils will work with some of the exercises, and if you have Color-aid paper from a previous art class, or color swatches bring them! A materials must have list will be provided before the first class meeting, All levels are welcome and encouraged.

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