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Spoon Carving Level 2


with Ken Wise

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

Up your spoon carving skills and build on what was learned in your previous spoon carving class. This time around you'll carve a deeper serving spoon, as well as practice additional refining and finishing. Prerequisites: Previous woodworking experience or Introduction to Spoon Carving. Material fee of $15 included.

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Plaited Birch Bark Baskets


with Zack Rouda

Calendar Oct 9, 2021 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Basketry is older than the written record and a truly ancient, global human skill. Around the world, various materials and styles of weaving, sewing, twining, and coiling have allowed for the creation of vessels, trays, plates, hats, shoes, clothing, and more. Weaving is an instinctive act; we all know how to do it - we just need to remember. The bark of the paper or white birch tree may be used to make strong and beautiful baskets, hats, sheaths, buckets, and more. Learn to identify, gather, process and weave with this remarkable, strong, natural material. We'll practice straight and diagonal plaiting to make a small basket for the kitchen or garden. Price includes all required tools and materials. No discounts.

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Introduction to Watercolors

Calendar Oct 25, 2021 at 5 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Have you wished to explore watercolors, but didn’t know where to start? Or perhaps you’ve dabbled in the 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.

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Figure Drawing & Painting: Session II


with Monica Davis

Calendar Oct 26, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Using charcoal and acrylic paints, students will undertake the artistic achievement of capturing human likeness. Projects will span from a simple sense of character or familiarity, to attempting photorealism. This class will explore figure drawing with charcoal using nude reference images to test our gestural capabilities, as well as portraiture using paints in unexpected ways. With emphasis on mark making, gesture, and color theory, we will hone in on the beauty of the human form, represented in varying shapes and sizes. Class takes place on Zoom. Students must have an audio- and video-enabled internet device to participate.

Intro to Ceramics: Handbuilding, Session II


with Melissa Bardsley

Calendar Oct 27, 2021 at 3:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Come join Melissa Bardsley for a 6 week class of hand building at Merrymeeting Arts Center in Bowdoinham. This class is intended for beginners, we will start with pinch pots and progress to 3D slab work where students will create plates, mugs, and lidded containers and then progress into students individual projects. Surface texture and design will also be covered and explored allowing for students to explore combining techniques. Take advantage of this opportunity to add creativity into your schedule and take time for yourself. A $40 materials fee, payable to the instructor will be paid on the first night of the class. Additional clay will be available for purchase separately.

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Canoe Paddle Carving


with Ken Wise

Calendar Nov 3, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

In this hands-on workshop, you will create a beautiful and useful canoe paddle using hand tools. We will explore traditional designs and local woods. All tools and materials will be provided. Some previous woodworking or spoon carving experience is suggested. Material fee of $35 is included.

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Pine Needle Baskets


with Zack Rouda

Calendar Nov 9, 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, 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'll cover the basics of coiled basketry, which is a global, ancient human skill. Every participant will make a basket to take home. Price includes all required tools and materials. No discounts.

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Art for Two


with Jennifer Linskey

Calendar Nov 13, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Sign up with your young person and make art together. Each adult will bring one 10 year old or older for a meaningful art experience together. I will incorporate some art history, we’ll explore some techniques and ideas, then we’ll roll up our sleeves and make some art! There will be moments where you work collaboratively, as well as times where you each make your own piece. Some of the things we do will make lovely holiday gifts. Share the fun of making art with a young person you love.

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