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Merrymeeting Community & Adult Education

Arts & Crafts

Abstract Studio: Building a Body of Work


with Ed Higgins

Calendar Next session starts Mar 18, 2024 at 1 pm, runs for 10 weeks

This installment of the popular abstract class focuses on what it takes to become a working artist. Pursuing original ideas, developing a solid work ethic; strengthening unique themes, motifs, and refining a distinctive color palette. The class will be directed independent study, each session will end with a short presentation about a past or contemporary abstract artist. We’ll end with a final critique, spotlighting student work. Recommended for Ed’s continuing abstract students, as well as local artists looking to work in a supportive atelier-style collective. *No Class: 4/15, 5/27.

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Beginning Watercolor


with Jennifer Linskey

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 18, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks
2 additional sessions through Jun 24, 2024

Learn which papers, materials, and brushes work best for you as we go over the basics of traditional and contemporary watercolor ideas and techniques. Class work will be a combination of watercolor exercises, whereby we learn the behavior of and particularities of watercolor through exercises. We will then apply this knowledge to small set ups so that we can gain some practical application. I will spend some time going over basic drawing ideas, color theory, color mixing, and brush care. A willingness to draw, and/or improve upon drawing skills will enhance your experience in this class. Absolute beginners in both drawing and watercolor need to recognize that they are attempting two new skills: drawing and watercolor. Don't let this dissuade you from signing up, but recognize where you are coming in and give yourself some grace in the moments where drawing is involved. I will do my best to help you where you are at! Always wanted some watercolor instruction from the ground up? This class will get you started!

Stained Glass


with Penny Hartwell

Calendar Next session starts Mar 18, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 8 weeks
1 additional session on Mar 19, 2024

Beautiful objects are created in this class every semester by beginners. You can create a stained glass window or lampshade using the copper-foil technique. Learn acid etching and drilling. This is a fun and rewarding course. A complete list of materials will be discussed on the first night of class. The cost of materials is not included in the course fee and can vary depending on choice of glass and what your imagination will create. Note: You will also need to purchase your own tools, which is about $45.00. ***NO CLASS: 4/15.

Illustrating Nature With Watercolor and Ink


with Claire Loon Baldwin

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 19, 2024 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks
1 additional session on May 9, 2024

Create illustrations of nature with watercolor and ink. This class welcomes all skill levels to master classic dip pen and ink techniques, and integrate them with watercolor. Each week, students will delve into different subjects, such as botanicals, celestial scenes, and landscapes. Students will learn to create and control watercolor ‘blooms’, and use masking fluid. At the end of the course, students will have a variety of beautiful projects worthy of framing, and expertise in watercolor and dip pen techniques. Students can either buy themselves the required materials - a materials list will be provided - or they can buy material kits from the instructor (additional $30 fee).

Macrame Basics


with Sarah McDarby

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 19, 2024 at 5 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Learn the basics to create beautiful works of art ranging from plant hangers to wall hangings. In this class we'll learn beginner knots as well as some common terminology associated with the art of macrame. A $10 materials fee, payable to the instructor, must be paid on the first night of the class.

Building Mosaic Landscapes


with Herenya Wilkey

Calendar Next session starts Mar 19, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks
1 additional session on May 7, 2024

A wee intro to creating mosaic art. Please bring a photo of a natural landscape special to you to class. We will use the photos to create little worlds of our own by simplifying the landscape and highlighting its most prominent features. We will learn how to score, break, and snip glass down to shape and glue to our substrate. On the last day of class we will finish with grout. Tools will be provided. *A material fee of $35 must be paid in cash to the instructor on first night of class. Materials fee includes: Glass, cutting oil, rubbing alcohol, glue, grout, disposable shop towels, rubber gloves and substrate (either picture frame, serving tray or something like).

Oil Painting Studio: Underpainting Strategies


with Ed Higgins

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 20, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 10 weeks

In previous oil painting courses, Ed Higgins emphasized mindful brushwork and alla prima technique. Now it’s time to slow down and try some more sustained studio paintings. The class will explore effective underpainting techniques that help you get color into your colors, as well as avoid fussing. Previous oil painting experience, or attendance in one of Ed’s past oil painting classes is required. *No Class: 4/17.

Mixed Media Journaling Studio


with Ed Higgins

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 20, 2024 at 1 pm, runs for 10 weeks

We’ll be honing our skills in various media in preparation for field work in the summer. Our journey as artists is often tied to remembrances of places we have been. Journaling is a great way to record these experiences, in words and pictures. You’ll gain sensitivity to color relationships, and be encouraged to develop sparing, confident mark-making to create compelling narratives of your wandering. We’ll warm up and stay loose with speed sketching drills, and you’ll get individual instruction and guidance to help you work on finding your unique artistic voice. This class is primarily for Ed’s continuing (intermediate and advanced) watercolor and sketching students. *No Class: 4/17.

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