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Merrymeeting Community & Adult Education

Our Classes

Pet Portraits in Acrylic


with Shirley Anderson

Calendar Next session starts Jun 20, 2024 at 4:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Paint your pet in acrylic. After signing up for class, Email the teacher at least 5 high quality pictures of your pet, Dog cat rooster whatever you got to: ( your pet photo will be simply sketched onto a canvas, while you will take care of the painting. Use of fun colors and playfulness are a must in this class! Canvas and paints are supplied.

Full Course

Acadian Arts Watercolor Retreat (Campobello)


with Mary Laury

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 21, 2024 at 8 am, runs for 1 week

Your instructor, Mary Laury, is an accomplished watercolorist and highly esteemed teacher. She encourages all her students to believe they can be successful. Painting is an exciting medium; it flows and moves and does beautiful things. If you have never painted in watercolors, we'll start at the beginning. If you have painted before, you will pick up some new tips and tricks as well. We all learn together!

Step back to a time when President Franklin Roosevelt, Eleanor and their family escaped to their “beautiful little island” in the Canadian Maritimes, Campobello Island. We will be exclusive guests of the international park, staying in historic Victorian cottages. Workshop participants will explore and paint the same coastal scenery enjoyed by the summer residents at the turn of the 20th century! All meals are included in the workshop feeplus specially planned evening activities designed to extend your learning from the day’s workshops including a private concert by award winning Celtic Fiddle player, Katherine Moller. We convene on a Friday at 1pm with classes throughout the weekend and end on the following Monday at 11am.

Register for the retreat then call Sherry Mitchell at 506-752-2922 to make room reservations.  Only Acadian Arts Retreats participants will be allowed to reserve overnight accommodations in the park.

​Please note: Included in the registration is a $20 non-refundable fee should you have to cancel.

Pastels in the Wild


with Ed Higgins

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 21, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 10 weeks

This is your chance to ditch the reference photos and give plein air pastels a try. Classes will meet at scenic spots around the midcoast. Aimed primarily at Ed’s previous pastel students, as well as his continuing sketching or painting students. However, intrepid artists willing to jump in with both feet and learn in the field with instructor and peer coaching are more than welcome. Some familiarity with the medium is recommended. *No Class: 8/23.

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, 7/20.



with David Spahr

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 23, 2024 at 1 pm, runs for 1 week
2 additional sessions through Aug 18, 2024

Crave the forest's bounty? Join David (65+ years of experience!) for an immersive foraging adventure. Learn to identify edible treasures, from berries to mushrooms, and uncover the secrets of plant ecology. This isn't just a walk, it's a transformative experience that fills your basket and your soul! Limited spots, register today! David is a member of the Maine Mycological Assoc. NOTE: This class will start with an outdoor talk at the waterfront followed by the walking portion.

Beginning Watercolor


with Jennifer Linskey

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 24, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks
1 additional session

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!

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.

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