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Botanical Drawing Spring Blossoms


with Lili Bates

Calendar May 12, 2018 at 9:30 am, runs for 1 week

Each spring our area trees blossom in abundance, from simple oaks and maples, to dogwood, crabapple, and magnolias. This class will focus on developing your skill at creating depth and texture. Composition will come into play, as your drawings become more finished. Individual attention to each student will be provided to guide you to a completed painting. Drawing experience necessary. Please bring lunch and snacks. No discounts.

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Chalk Paint Your Furniture or Kitchen Cabinets


with Miki Earle

Calendar Apr 30, 2018 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Is there furniture in your home that needs a fresh look? Been dreaming of a new kitchen? This class is for YOU!  Each student will learn the simple Royal Chalk 4-step system for painting your furniture in this course.  In this one evening class, you will learn how to create any look your desire…vintage, cottage, antiqued, modern…. in any painted color you desire at a fraction of the cost of new cabinets or new furniture. No experience required! Miki Earle, creator of The Royal Chalk paint line, has taught hundreds of DIY students to successfully refinish furniture and cabinetry.  Visit the site to get an idea of the beauty you can create. Bring a small portable piece of furniture (For the sake of time no more than 4 spindles on any piece please)  or wooden craft (cleaned thoroughly in a degreasing soap like DAWN) to paint AND a one cup sample mixed in the color you love of flat low-primer paint. We love the Home Depot BEHR Premium Plus flat sheen 8 ounce samples. They will mix-in your color choice.    Wear paint clothes or an apron and bring a small drop cloth. All chalking materials, finishes, paint brushes and tools will be provided. Materials fee $25 payable to the instructor on the night of class. No discounts.

Collage for Fun!


with Deb Arter

Calendar May 2, 2018 at 9:30 am, runs for 2 weeks

Winter is a time to connect with friends. In this two week class we will learn basics of collage and apply knowledge to making cards, 3-D items, wall pieces and great gifts. All supplies are provided. No experience is necessary. Learn about adhesives, die cutters, methods of using magazines, trace monotypes and more. Debra has been teaching adult education classes for over two decades and knows how to apply knowledge of the arts in a systematic manner. Bring scissors and photocopies of photos you might want to use in your work. You will end up with many pieces which will be meaningful to all recipients. Class size limited. $8 Material fee is included in the price of the course.

Create Your Own Rag Rug


with Long Branch

Calendar May 9, 2018 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Why buy craft supplies when there are scads of wonderful, discarded fibers ready to be up-cycled? In this class, we will make use of discarded fibers from the recycling barn in Bowdoinham or from students’ own rag piles. The class will teach a simple rag rug technique, “toothbrush rugs,” that utilize a simple stitch to create a bathmat or small, washable chair pad or rug. Please bring sharp scissors and a rag selection. No discounts.

Felt Making and Mixed Media Techniques


with Long Branch

Calendar May 27, 2018 at 12 pm, runs for 1 week

Mixed media artist Susan Mills leads you step-by-step through the process of wet felting while you create your own unique piece of felt art in this class. Learn to select wool, and with soap and water, make beautiful, seamless pieces such as handbags, vessels, or even mittens you will be proud to show off to your friends. You will also learn to incorporate found objects into your designs. Beginners are welcome, but some experience is helpful. Classes will be held at Susan Mills studio in Bowdoin. The class will begin with a centering process and communion with nature to inspire your work. From there, Susan will assist you with your project, whether it be a traditional felting arrangement or a non-traditional piece of artwork. Unleash your imagination! Tuition includes materials. No Discounts.

Hurricane Island Artist Retreat


with Deb Arter

Calendar Aug 1, 2018

Have you ever wanted to attend an art retreat adventure on a beautiful island in Maine? Come join Artist and Instructor, Deb Arter, for a 3 day summer art workshop on beautiful Hurricane Island. Come experience the beauty, serenity and sparkle of light off the ocean, the shadows of tall trees in the woods and the sound of the surf and gulls overhead. Walk the island trails and be inspired by the beautiful vistas including beaches, cliffs, quarries, gardens, woodland meadows and remnants of the old historical settlement. Students are welcome to bring acrylic, watercolor or oil paints. The instructor has an MFA in Visual Arts and has been teaching for over two decades. Deb will be incorporating plenty of time for paint sessions, lessons, critiques, demonstrations and casual evening art night get-togethers. We will leave Rockland at 10:00am Wednesday morning and arrive at Hurricane Island in about one hour. We will have an orientation and snack; settle into the bunkhouse followed by a hearty lunch and our first paint session. We will leave Hurricane Island at 3:00pm Friday for our boat ride back to mainland Rockland. Fee includes: two-nights lodging in rustic camp-style bunkhouses; 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 snacks and 2 dinners of delicious, wholesome food, some grown in the gardens on the island; instruction and round trip boat transportation from Rockland, Maine (mainland) to Hurricane Island. Participants are asked to bring their own art supplies including portable easel, bedding with pillow and good walking shoes. Electricity is only available in the Maine Dining Hall and in the learning space, the Swallow’s Nest where students will be meeting. All information regarding boat schedule, what to bring and where to go will be sent to participants. For more information about Hurricane Island go to their website http:// Registration is first come first served. Limited to 12 participants. Special food requests accepted. Register through Merrymeeting Adult Education. No refunds after June 1st. Deposit of $250 due at registration remainder due prior to June 1st. No discounts. 

Impressionism for Beginners


with Missy H. Dunaway

Calendar Apr 25, 2018 at 1 pm, runs for 10 weeks

See the world as your favorite Impressionist painters did! Students will learn the basics of oil painting, including how to lay out a palette, mix colors, and how to render the nuance of color in natural light. We will begin with simple studies of colored blocks, advance to an artfully composed still life, then conclude with a landscape. Classes will be held outdoors, weather permitting. No previous experience needed! Material list HERE or the home page

Full Course

Paint Portland Head Light Step-by-Step


with Art Night Out

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

The Portland Head Light is one of the most photographed lighthouses, with good reason–it’s such a stunning vista. Even if you’ve never tried painting before, we show you the steps to paint this iconic landmark. Express your creativity in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Workshop includes all materials to make one 11×14 inch painting.  No discounts.

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