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Darling Needle Felted Animals


with Deb Arter

Calendar Feb 1, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

We’ve all seen them – those adorable hand-felted animals that make you wish you knew how to make. Here’s your opportunity to have that happen by attending this two-session class, where each participant will make a cozy small mammal or bird of their choice out of wool roving. We will use the needle felting method to create the features and details of the sculptural creatures. A material fee of $8 is included in the payment and covers all beads, wool and wire necessary to create two unique needle felted animals. No experience is required! You will want to make an entire zoo to keep and give some as gifts because it is so much fun! Class size is limited. If you wear reading glasses please bring them with you! Debra holds a MA in Fine Art and has been teaching adults various art processes for many years. She has worked on her own needle felting projects even while in an airplane! Building community through art and cooking classes is her specialty. No discounts.

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with Linda Murray

Calendar Apr 20, 2018 at 9:30 am, runs for 6 weeks

What is Decalcomania? It is a technique first used by the surrealist artists using wet pigment and plastic material or glass to move the pigment creating interesting textures and shapes. In this class we will be using watercolor and plastic wrap. Students may create landscapes, flowers, portraits or abstract images using this technique. Classes will begin with a demo and a friendly critique. Come explore your creativity while learning a new and fun technique. Students are responsible for their own materials. See material list HERE or the home page at

Deepening Drawing Skills, Part 2 of DRAWING: LEARNING TO SEE.


with Kathie Boldt

Calendar Apr 11, 2018 at 9:30 am, runs for 9 weeks

A new class for those who have completed, recently or otherwise, DRAWNG: LEARNING TO SEE.  We will practice all the seeing skills of blind contour, negative space drawing, definitely sighting, and especially developing the perception of tones, an important step readying the student for painting.  The emphasis will be on extended drawing time in class and occasional demos by the instructor.  Learning to practice thumbnail studies and gesture drawing will be included.

Dementia Conversations


with Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter 

Calendar Feb 1, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

For adults who have a family member or close friend beginning to experience Alzheimer’s or another dementia. This program offers helpful tips to assist families with difficult conversations related to dementia, including going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans. 

Digital Photography: Introduction and Basics


with Bill Boyd

Calendar Mar 7, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Have a new digital camera? Learn how to use it! This course will familiarize you with the workings of your digital camera: what the buttons and other adjustments on the camera are for, and how to use them. The course also introduces you to some of the most important aspects of contemporary digital photography: cameras and lenses, exposure (aperture, shutter speed, ISO), light (available and flash), printing, sending your photos to your friends, and an introduction to post-processing. Taking this course will ensure that your photography will improve and the photos you keep and send to your friends will be that much more appreciated. Students should purchase the following book from Amazon before the start of class: The Beginner’s Photography Guide, 2nd Edition, Paperback, by Chris Gatum. Cost is approximately $16.

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Don’t Be Intimidated by Your Serger


with Ramona Meserve

Calendar Mar 7, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

A serger is a wonderful tool. It can finish a single raw edge of fabric or sew, trim and finish a seam all at once.  This is a basic class for beginners. Using a serger you can give your clothing a more professionally finished look and it can be used for creative and decorative effects. Using a serger is fun and fast and this workshop will help you rule your serger! Students must bring their serger with manuals and attachments, an extension cord, scissors, and assorted scrap fabric to sew on including ribbed knits and a spool of "wooly nylon” thread. No discounts.

Drawing Learning to See


with Kathie Boldt

Calendar Jan 17, 2018 at 9:30 am, runs for 10 weeks

Using material from Betty Edwards, "Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain", students will learn five basic perceiving skills. The process is demanding, engaging and deeply satisfying as you integrate these skills and expand your awareness. Materials approximately $20-$25, see list HERE or the homepage of the website

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Drilled Sea Glass Necklace and Key Chain


with Art Night Out

Calendar Mar 27, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Learn the secrets to drilling glass, stones and shells. Add colorful beads and spirals using our easy wire-wrapped loop techniques to create your own unique jewelry. Use our collection of sea glass, beach stones and shells, or bring your own favorites. Workshop fee includes all materials to make one pendant and one key chain. No discounts.

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