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Sketching for Everyone

$135

with Ed Higgins

Calendar Jan 10, 2022 at 9:30 am, runs for 12 weeks

PLEASE NOTE:  There will be no class on Martin Luther King Day (1/17) or Presidents' Day (2/21) and class will end 3/28. 

For artists of all skill levels. Beginners welcome. No matter your artistic discipline or preferred media, developing effective sketching techniques will improve your artwork and allow you to grow creatively. Your sketchbook is the most powerful tool in your creative arsenal. The secret to sketching with confidence is learning how to “think on paper,” recording your visual ideas quickly, boldly, and with purpose. Most of the bad habits that hold artists back, can be broken easily by working more loosely and fluidly in your sketchbook, without the pressure of perfectionism. Learn sketching in a positive, supportive environment, where your personal creative ideas will come to life. A variety of sketching media will be explored. Charcoal, graphite, Conté crayon, ink, colored pencils, watercolor and more. Assembling a field kit to sketch outdoors or on the go will be part of the course. 

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Abstract Art for Everyone

$135

with Ed Higgins

Calendar Jan 10, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 12 weeks

PLEASE NOTE:  There will be no class on Martin Luther King Day (1/17) or Presidents' Day (2/21) and class will end 3/28. 

Let your artistic imagination run wild. If you think you’ll thrive in an environment of creative freedom and experimentation, this is the art class for you. We will explore a variety of multimedia application techniques in drawing, painting, collage, etc. to produce beautiful, expressive, and effective abstract works. If you’ve ever been to a museum and thought “I could do that!” Now is your chance to take your artwork to the next level and give it a try. 

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Landscapes for everyone

$135

with Ed Higgins

Calendar Jan 12, 2022 at 9:30 am, runs for 10 weeks

For artists of all skill levels. Beginners welcome. The natural beauty of Maine has inspired landscape artists for generations. Whether you plan to sketch or paint in the field, or work in your home or studio from photographs, this course will help you learn essential techniques. Before you know it, you’ll be creating stunning landscapes that you will be proud to frame and display. We will explore the secrets of landscape composition, atmosphere and perspective, color theory, effective mark-making and brushwork. Students will be encouraged to try a variety of media, including charcoal, pencils, ink, pastels, watercolor, and oils or acrylics.

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Portraits for Everyone

$135

with Ed Higgins

Calendar Jan 12, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 10 weeks

For artists of all skill levels. Beginners welcome. Portraiture has been the passion of many of the world’s greatest artists. Capturing likeness in the human face and head is both an inspiring and challenging undertaking. This course will explore basic anatomy for portrait artists, learning to convincingly draw the head and face by analyzing and drawing the skull and its bony landmarks. As the course progresses, we will be working both from life, including self portraits, as well as from master works and reference photographs. Students will learn to develop an individual portrait drawing style from the gesture stage to a rough sketch, and then go further toward achieving likeness through detail, value and color. A variety of media will be explored depending on individual student interest.

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Book Illustration with Watercolor

$135

with Megan Franasiak

Calendar Jan 25, 2022 at 5 pm, runs for 8 weeks

In this course, we will expand upon the rich history of watercolor illustration in conjunction with literature. Students will explore watercolor techniques and experiment with introducing additional materials to their paintings. After analyzing the relationship between words and images, students will develop their own cohesive style for a book-illustrating project of their choice. To support and encourage one another’s development, constructive and positive critiques will be hosted for students’ work during the trajectory of this course.

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Drawing Workshop AM

$70

with Jennifer Linskey

Calendar Jan 27, 2022 at 9:30 am, runs for 5 weeks

Learn, or improve upon, drawing fundamentals as we work from simple still life arrangements. Individual guidance will be provided and instruction given. Some of the ideas we will cover are: measuring and sighting angles, mark making, shape, value, and how your eye moves through the drawing. Students are encouraged to find the dry media that works for them (graphite, charcoal, conte, etc.), and move between these freely. Various types of drawing, techniques, and artists will be shown to further personal development and illustrate ideas. All levels encouraged and welcome.

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Drawing Workshop PM

$70

with Jennifer Linskey

Calendar Jan 27, 2022 at 12 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Learn, or improve upon, drawing fundamentals as we work from simple still life arrangements. Individual guidance will be provided and instruction given. Some of the ideas we will cover are: measuring and sighting angles, mark making, shape, value, and how your eye moves through the drawing. Students are encouraged to find the dry media that works for them (graphite, charcoal, conte, etc.), and move between these freely. Various types of drawing, techniques, and artists will be shown to further personal development and illustrate ideas. All levels encouraged and welcome.

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Pet Portraits in Acrylic

$55

with Shirley Anderson

Calendar Jan 27, 2022 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: (Shirl.art5050@gmail.com) 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.

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