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Plaited Birch Bark Baskets


with Zack Rouda

Calendar Apr 9, 2020 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week

Merrymeeting will not hold classes at its facility and all sites through April 27, due to COVID 19. This class has been postponed until we can choose a new start date. If you would like to sign up, we will be in touch with you about when the class will meet.

The history of the uses of birch bark is an exciting one dating back to our early ancestors. The bark of the paper or white birch tree was a critical material used to make strong and beautiful baskets, hats, sheaths, buckets, and more. Learn to identify, gather, process and weave with this remarkably strong, natural material. We'll practice straight and diagonal plaiting to make a small basket for the kitchen or garden. No required texts, books, special materials, etc. All tools and materials included. Everyone makes a basket to take home. No discounts.

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with Trisha Morey

Imagine being able to capture the likeness of a person. Though it might seem like an impossibility, there are steps and techniques available to help you attain that goal. Learn the fundamental base skill to draw, illustrate, or paint the person where the face and expression is predominate and display the likeness, personality, and mood of the person as well as what it means to create our interpretation of someone’s essence or likeness. No class April 20 and May 25.

Rustic Garden Trellis for Climbing Vines


with Susan Perrine

Calendar Apr 18, 2020 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Fresh local twigs will be provided to become the centerpiece for your garden. Simple skills are all that’s needed to make a useful and attractive garden structure. Maple, ash, beech, willow, or birch twigs will be fixed together to create a unique, beautiful, and practical structure for climbing vines. Plan to drive home with your creation! Material fee of $25 included. No discounts.

Silver Jewelry


with Penny Hartwell

Calendar Apr 27, 2020 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 items. 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.

Getting to Know Your Digital Camera


with Leah Haraden

Calendar Apr 28, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

This class is a perfect, less-technical introduction to using your new or barely used digital camera. Participants should have basic working knowledge of their own camera. In this two-week class, you will learn to navigate and select your camera's settings in the various automatic and semi-automatic modes for the best possible results.

Paper Earrings


with Art Night Out

Calendar Apr 28, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Create beautiful, lightweight earrings with paper! Use hand-printed paper from our collection or bring your own. Create a pair to coordinate with an outfit! Embellish with paints and then coat to finish and waterproof. In this class, you will also learn how to make your own ear wires to fit your paper creations. Workshop fee includes all materials needed to make two pairs of earrings. No discounts.

Deepening Drawing Skills, Part 2


with Kathie Boldt

Calendar Apr 29, 2020 at 9:30 am, runs for 8 weeks

This course is a follow-up for those who have taken the beginning course, Drawing Learning to See, developing seeing skills even further. Emphasis is on the practice of sighting, negative spaces, and tonal skills. Materials discussed at first class, approximately $40-$45.

Introduction to Woodcarving


with Ken Wise

Calendar Apr 29, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Introduction to tools and techniques of carving wood. Learn to safely shape wood with hand tools to create projects such as tool handles, folk art, wildlife carvings, and decorative spoons. No experience needed, all tools and materials provided. $15 material fee included in cost.

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