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Merrymeeting Adult Education

Arts & Crafts

Terracotta Pot of Lilies of the Valley


with Shirley Anderson

Calendar Jul 13, 2022 at 4 pm, runs for 1 week

The lily of the valley's sweet scent and beautiful bell-shaped flowers will make you fall in love immediately.  Learn how to paint these beautiful spring flower plants along with an aged terracotta pot or a beautiful blue and white vase. The choice is up to you! Painting is Acrylic on 11 x 14 canvas. Materials provided.

Merrymeeting Art Camp, Session 2


with Jennifer Linskey

Calendar Jul 18, 2022 at 9:30 am, runs for 1 week

Exploring the 2nd dimension: A week of drawing, painting, printmaking, and collage

There are so many ways to go about making a drawing or painting. Get ready to draw with an eraser, dip a stick in ink, and layer marks in charcoal and chalk. We’ll go over color-mixing, draw with paint, look at how artists build a painting, and try different underpainting colors. We’ll learn some fun printmaking techniques, and experiment with collage. At times we’ll work from observation, but we’ll also explore working from invention, and abstraction. Join us as we explore the second dimension!

Sessions 1 and 2 will NOT be a repeat of each other. Though the focus for both sessions will remain on exploring the 2nd dimension.

Monday-Thursday, July 18-21, 930AM-230PM + Friday, July 22 930AM -1230PM

*AGES 11-14

Beautiful Bouquet of Sunflowers


with Shirley Anderson

Calendar Jul 20, 2022 at 4 pm, runs for 1 week

Learn to paint sunflowers.  Enjoyed by gardeners everywhere this familiar favorite is easier to paint than you think.  A beautiful blue background makes these tall sunflowers pop right off the canvas. Acrylic on 16 x 20 Canvas. Materials provided.

Landscape on Location


with Jennifer Linskey

Calendar Jul 26, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Get some practice thinking about foreground, middle ground, and background while enjoying the fresh air at Mitchell Field. In this class I will address how one goes about painting outside, which is a way that I have been painting for over 30 years. If you have an easel and want to paint en plein-air, great! If you'd rather sit on a blanket and draw, that's okay too. Bring the media you'd like to work in: be it oil pastels, oil bars, oil paints, acrylic paints, watercolor, colored pencil, or graphite. I'll discuss materials, set up in the landscape, composition, color, and give you individual feedback and instruction. A suggested materials list will be provided after registering.

Color Theory


with Jennifer Linskey

Calendar Jul 27, 2022 at 5:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

“Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this?” Picasso is talking about color theory!—which in its simplest terms is the way color behaves in context, and the relationships between colors. In this class we will expand color wheel knowledge, explore color schemes, learn color vocabulary, and play with ideas about how to use color effectively, and purposefully. We will ask questions like: What is the color doing in this space? Is it coming forward or going back? Why is a bright color like yellow receding in space in this painting, while in another painting yellow is the brightest value and one of the first parts of the painting our eye moves toward? We will share our discoveries in our studio time together as we explore fun color exercises. You are welcome to work in watercolor, acrylic, or a bit of both. Working in watercolor will allow you to see colors interact with each other in the mixing process. Please bear in mind this is not a watercolor technique class. Make sure acrylics are at least student grade so that when mixed your colors still have vibrancy. Berol prismacolor colored pencils will work with some of the exercises, and if you have Color-aid paper from a previous art class, or color swatches bring them! A materials must have list will be provided before the first class meeting, All levels are welcome and encouraged.

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Pet Portraits


with Shirley Anderson

Calendar Aug 3, 2022 at 4 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: ( 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! Acrylic on 16 x 20 canvas. Canvas and paints are supplied.

Silver Jewelry Making: Session II


with Penny Hartwell

Calendar Aug 9, 2022 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 $80 is payable to the instructor on the first night of class.

Foggy Forest


with Shirley Anderson

Calendar Aug 17, 2022 at 4 pm, runs for 1 week

In this class you will learn how to capture the beautiful effects of fog in a wooded forest.  In this class you can choose to carpet your forest floor with your choice of several different plants, Lily of the valleys, Snow drops, Mushrooms, Lady Slippers are just a few. Materials provided.

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