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Merrymeeting Adult Education

Arts & Crafts

Pierced Paper Lampshades


with Penny Hartwell

Calendar Next session starts Jun 6, 2023 at 5:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Cutting lampshades is a very old New England art, originally done on tin and copper in the early 1900s. You’ll make a pierced paper lampshade and learn how to cut an arc; cut, pierce, and watercolor a design; then assemble your lampshade. Finish your unique creation with grosgrain ribbon and velvet. The instructor Penny Hartwell will have plenty of designs to choose from. An art supply list will be provided.

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Landscape on Location


with Jennifer Linskey

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 7, 2023 at 1 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Last summer we met at Mitchell Field and we’re doing it again! You are welcome to bring any media you would like to explore; pastels, watercolor, acrylic, oils…and move freely between media as you wish. Bring what you have for media and supports (canvas, paper, board), and add as you require. A suggestions for supplies list, including items you need to bring to be comfortable in the landscape will be provided. Jennifer Linskey will introduce a landscape concept each week, and we’ll have periodic critiques so that you can learn and share ideas with classmates. *Wednesday, June 7-July5 1-4pm, 5 Wks. (with a 6th week penciled in on your calendar in case we need to reschedule a class due to inclement weather) Jennifer will make the “call” by 10 am that morning, and notify you via text.

Polymer Clay Creations: Summer Workshop


with Melissa Smith

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 8, 2023 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week

Summer Workshop: Come learn and explore the possibilities of this exciting and inexpensive medium. In this class, we will learn to make geometric patterns by rolling, stacking and slicing polymer clay. You can make jewelry, key chains, decorative lids for jars, and so many possibilities. All materials provided. If you have your own needle nose pliers, bring them with you. Instructor: Melissa Smith

Bundle Dyeing and Intro to Indigo


with Alexandra Arellano

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 9, 2023 at 4:30 pm, runs for 1 week
1 additional session on Aug 18, 2023

Join Alexandra Arellano for a natural dyeing workshop - an introduction and adventure into bundle dyeing, while also getting acquainted with a fresh leaf Indigo dyeing process. This ceremony will be in tune with the d=season and will seek to explore our connection to the natural world and color. We will walk around the land to learn about the flora that is in season and yields color. For this workshop, attendees should bring a small item they would like to dye. Whatever goes into the dye pot – must be 100% of natural origin (ie. wool, cotton, hemp, silk, wood, bamboo, etc.). If it is not natural, it will not absorb the dye and can potentially negate the color in the dye pot.

Plein Air Watercolor Studio


with Ed Higgins

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 12, 2023 at 10 am, runs for 10 weeks

A great follow up to the Spring Watercolor field journal prep course, but having taken that class is not a prerequisite for this one. If you’re interested in getting outside and capturing the day in your watercolor field journal, here’s your opportunity. Weather permitting, we’ll meet at various scenic locales and work en plein air. Otherwise, we'll work indoors in the classroom. So pack up your field kit and dust off your watercolor journal! *No class: 6/19. Instructor: Ed Higgins

Plein Air Oil Studio


with Ed Higgins

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 14, 2023 at 10 am, runs for 10 weeks

It’s summer, and in Maine that’s the perfect time to get outside to paint. This is a follow up to last year’s plein air oil class, but it’s not a prerequisite. All you need is a desire to work out of doors in oils. Artist Ed Higgins will work with you one on one, depending on your skill level. We’ll meet at a variety of scenic venues in and around Brunswick, Topsham, and Harpswell (weather permitting). In case of rain, we’ll meet in the classroom.

Open Studio w/ Ed


with Ed Higgins

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 15, 2023 at 1 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Open Studio with Ed on Thursdays in Topsham! Stop by anytime between 1pm to 4pm, for 10 weeks! Any medium, bring in your projects, get one-on-one tutelage from Master Artist Ed Higgins. *No class: 7/20.

Dunes & Roses


with Shirley Anderson

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 15, 2023 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

This simple but elegant painting is done using a layering and dry brush technique. Join Shirley Anderson and paint Beach Roses and Dunes. There's no doubt that you will smell the salty air.

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