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Session I Morning: Drawing

$75

with Jennifer Linskey

Calendar Jun 16, 2021 at 9 am, runs for 3 weeks

In this drawing course, we will work from observation as we explore a combination of organic and geometric forms. The still-life set up will give you practice with measuring, looking at angles, value, object placement, and challenge you to compose in different ways. We’ll look at visual pathways through our image, and seek to determine how much is “enough” information to convey our idea convincingly. When does it make sense to simplify? When does it make sense to really describe? After a couple of quick thumbnails, our goal will be an extended drawing where you can really push through your piece. All levels are welcome and encouraged. Each week will be a different still life, so you are welcome to sign up for both sessions. Covid 19 safety protocols will follow state and school district recommendations for in-person events.

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Session I Afternoon: Drawing

$75

with Jennifer Linskey

Calendar Jun 16, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 3 weeks

In this drawing course, we will work from observation as we explore a combination of organic and geometric forms. The still-life set up will give you practice with measuring, looking at angles, value, object placement, and challenge you to compose in different ways. We’ll look at visual pathways through our image, and seek to determine how much is “enough” information to convey our idea convincingly. When does it make sense to simplify? When does it make sense to really describe? After a couple of quick thumbnails, our goal will be an extended drawing where you can really push through your piece. All levels are welcome and encouraged. Each week will be a different still life, so you are welcome to sign up for both sessions. Covid 19 safety protocols will follow state and school district recommendations for in-person events.

Introduction to Watercolors

$110

with Naomi Tuck

Calendar Jul 6, 2021 at 3 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Have you wished to explore watercolors, but didn’t know where to start? Or perhaps you’ve dabbled in this medium and wish to expand your skills? This class will discuss what supplies you need to be successful and a variety of approaches. Each class will begin with a short lecture and demonstration, followed by time for student work. The teacher is available throughout the class for assistance and questions. You will gain confidence, knowledge and skills as you go. In the event that we cannot meet in person, lessons and demonstrations will be available virtually. Covid 19 safety protocols will follow state and school district recommendations for in-person events.

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Silver Jewelry

$55

with Penny Hartwell

Calendar Jul 6, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Working with Silver Clay is an exciting process where the inexperienced can explore their artistic abilities and create unique one of a kind item. Come join this exciting class where beginners can easily learn to create earrings, pendants, charms, beads, bracelets, and rings. Experience a new creative adventure and learn how easy and fun it is to make beautiful items from Precious Metal Clay (PMC) or Art Clay Silver (ACS). Materials fee of $70 is payable to the instructor. Covid 19 safety protocols will follow state and school district recommendations for in-person events.

There is no class on July 13th.

Session I: Painting En Plein Air

$50

with Jennifer Linskey

Calendar Jul 8, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 1 week

Painting with other people is a lot of fun. Painting outside and observing nature is even more fun! Join Jennifer to get outside, breathe some fresh air, and be inspired by the scenic beauty that we call our unique landscape in Midcoast Maine. We will paint or draw on location, and you will receive personal feedback, as well as the camaraderie of being with other creative types. Casual group critiques at the end of sessions will inspire your art-making. Learn what to consider when you choose a location, elements that make a strong composition, and how to engage with nature. Covid 19 safety protocols will follow state and school district recommendations for in-person events. No discounts. Rain date is July 9.

Portrait Drawing & Painting

$110

with Matt Tanzi

Calendar Jul 10, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

This student-driven fine arts workshop will focus on portraiture. Together we will study the work of portrait artists through the ages and develop our own styles of representing the human head. Beginners and experienced artists welcome. Covid 19 safety protocols will follow state and school district recommendations for in-person events.

Session I: Introduction to Chinese Ink Brush Calligraphy

$95

with Jing Jing Luo Haven

Calendar Jul 13, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 4 weeks

In this unique class, we will explore a variety of authentic Chinese calligraphy fundamentals and styles through hands-on and weekly practice experience, discussion and reflection. Class is open to all levels of interest and experience, and could be particularly beneficial for Chinese language learners, graphic designers, and artists who want to forge a stronger connection between typography on a screen and handwritten characters on paper. The class also covers the rich contents of Chinese ancient and contemporary cultures. This class will take place outside under a tent. Covid 19 safety protocols will follow state and school district recommendations for in-person events.

Pine Needle Baskets

$50

with Zack Rouda

Calendar Jul 13, 2021 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week

White pine (Maine’s state flower) and Red pine are ubiquitous throughout the region and provide a vital pool of resources for human and nonhuman Mainers alike. Pine needles are beautiful, and strong and can be coiled and sewn together to make jewelry, hats, lovely usable baskets and/or adorably tiny ones. Learn to identify, regeneratively gather and harvest, properly store and process, and weave with pine needles. We will cover the basics of coiled basketry, which is a global, ancient human skill, and create a wonderful pine-needle basket. Every participant will make a basket to take home. Tools and materials included. Covid 19 safety protocols will follow state and school district recommendations for in-person events. No discounts.

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