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Merrymeeting Adult Education

Arts & Crafts

Watercolor Workshop


with Ed Higgins

Calendar Dec 15, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Watercolor is a challenging medium. At times unforgiving, but the rewards are worth the effort. This winter term course will emphasize working boldly and confidently, conquering the dreaded “fussies,” and learning to maximize the accidental beauty that comes from letting the water do the work. You’ll study watercolor in a relaxed, cordial environment of artists of all skill levels, and the instructor will help you diagnose the bad habits that commonly plague watercolorists. Materials list will be emailed to you.

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Pet Portraits in Acrylic


with Shirley Anderson

Calendar Dec 15, 2022 at 4:30 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! Canvas and paints are supplied.

A Brush With Drawing


with Jennifer Linskey

Calendar Jan 10, 2023 at 1 pm, runs for 5 weeks

A strong drawing and composition is the foundation for a strong painting. We will explore drawing both as the culmination of our in class set-ups and as a segue into ideas about painting. I will demonstrate how to measure and sight angles and we will visit the fundamentals of design. We will explore notan (light/dark harmony) by blocking in with value washes where we seek to make a drawing with structure, as well as practice drawing with our paintbrushes! All levels encouraged and welcome.

Ceramics (Beginner & Intermediate): Winter


with Heather O'Neil

Calendar Jan 10, 2023 at 5 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Ever wanted to take some time for yourself and play with clay, but you were too busy, too tired or too intimidated? Learn the basics of hand building, surface decoration and wheel throwing to create functional pieces and sculptures. This class is geared toward the beginner who would like to learn coil, slab and pinch construction as well as basic wheel throwing techniques and glazing. New demonstrations are given weekly, but students can also use this time as an open studio to work on their own personal projects. $55 for materials and studio fee, payable to instructor, must be paid on the first night of class. Additional clay can be purchased separately. Come work in the brand new studios at Morse!

*Disclaimer: There are only 10 wheels in the studio, so only 10 students can use wheels at any given time.

Sketchbooks As Identity


with Lin Snow

Calendar Jan 11, 2023 at 4 pm, runs for 8 weeks

This class is a gateway to learn more about yourself and your art practice. Our first class we will be hand-binding our own personalized sketchbooks that you can take everywhere with you. There will be some experimental art group exercises to get the ball rolling, as well as some optional prompts. Every Week we will have the chance to share our creations/experiences within our sketchbooks. You will leave this class with your very own sketchbook, art problem solving skills, new ways of creating, and art confidence. This is not your average art class, it is quite experimental. Without the feeling of the constricting brackets that creating sometimes has; This class is anything you want it to be, any medium, any style, any purpose.

Artists Inspired By Water: 5X5X5


with Jennifer Linskey

Calendar Jan 12, 2023 at 1 pm, runs for 5 weeks

In this class we will be looking at how artists have responded to and depicted water and maritime themes. We have some great examples here in Maine: Marsden Hartley and his work at Kezar Lake, Fairfield Porter at Great Spruce Head, Hopper’s lighthouses and boat paintings, and the paintings of the Ogunquit and Monhegan art colonies. In Homer we can see how he painted both the turbulence and calm of the water at his home in Prout’s Neck, but also how he depicts the Adirondack lakes and the turquoise waters of Florida. We will look at Maine artists and areas painted in Maine, but also open the conversation to Turner’s active and atmospheric maritime skies and Monet’s focus on the abstraction of water. We’ll do a study on each painter, honing in on a piece of the painting in a more complicated work, so that we can explore their brushwork, color mixing and choices. This class will give you some ideas about how to compose and depict water in your future paintings.

Open Studio Ceramics: Winter Session


with Heather O'Neil

Calendar Jan 12, 2023 at 5 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Are you comfortable with your clay abilities and just looking for a place to work and improve your skills? This Winter, join us in the Morse High School Ceramics Studio and start making all those things you have been dreaming up! This is not an instructor lead class, but the instructor will be on site working in case you need something. $55 for materials and studio fee, payable to instructor, must be paid on the first night of class.

*Disclaimer: There are only 10 wheels in the studio, so only 10 students can use wheels at any given time.



with Jennifer Linskey

Calendar Jan 14, 2023 at 1 pm, runs for 5 weeks

This art form has both a rich art historical tradition and a playfulness for exciting possibilities and applications. In this class we will look at different types of prints, how each is made, and learn multiple ways of making multiples. We will make a linoleum print, a collograph, and a mono print. You will learn how to register your pieces and pull a print. Become familiar with the language of printmaking, and impress your friends with handmade cards and personal art pieces.

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