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Merrymeeting Community & Adult Education

Arts & Crafts

Painting From Observation


with Jennifer Linskey

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 4, 2024 at 1 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Each week we will work from a still life set-up and you will be exposed to basic painting concepts. You will learn about underpainting, color palettes, and color mixing. There is drawing in observational painting. If you haven't had any drawing experience or training, you are still welcome. I will show you drawing basics, and you'll need to have patience with this process. As you look you will gradually see more and more nuances, connections, and color variations. Your weekly painting will convey this looking experience. Even if you are interested in working from imagination or abstraction, this way of painting will give you information about how colors behave, how color affects form, and ways to compose: all helpful tools no matter what art direction you choose moving forward. *No Class: 4/18.

Drawing with Wool
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Drawing with Wool


with Megan Franasiak

In this course, we will explore two-dimensional felting techniques including wet felting and needle felting. Students will learn how to create fiber works incorporating wool while focusing on color usage and basic drawing techniques. Students may also incorporate other fiber media if desired. No experience is required! Materials will be provided.

Acrylic Pour 101


with Linda Murray

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 5, 2024 at 9:30 am, runs for 6 weeks

This class is designed to accommodate those that are new to acrylic pouring and those that would like to fine tune their pouring techniques or learn a new technique. It is not crucial that you have drawing or painting skills, but we will discuss composition and color theory in the first class. Students will learn how to do a Dirty Flip Cup Pour, Ring Pour, Dutch Pour and Pearl Pour in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Developing a painting after it is dry, varnishing and preparing a piece for hanging will also be demonstrated at the end of the class. Students are responsible for purchasing their own materials for this class and will be given a materials list upon enrollment. Class is 6 sessions.

Book Binding for Beginners


with Joelle Webber

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 9, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Join us for this introductory class in craft book binding. This 3-week class will cover various techniques and materials including Decorative Calligraphic Papers, Pamphlet Books, and Pocket Books. Each class will focus on a different topic. Materials & Tools provided.

Canoe Paddle Carving


with Ken Wise

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 10, 2024 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 woodcarving experience is suggested. ***NO CLASS: 4/17.

Learn to Sew a Basic Wardrobe


with Susan Ellis

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 11, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Classes cover sewing basics like the tools you’ll need to get started, threading a needle, sewing by hand, and how to purchase a machine as well as how to choose and use a sewing pattern to put together a wardrobe of basic clothing pieces. We’ll make a drawstring bag in class, and a simple piece of clothing like a skirt, drawstring pants or unisex top. There is a $40 tools and materials fee payable to the instructor on the first night of class (includes fabric for your bag but not for the clothing piece). Additional patterns and materials will be available for an extra fee paid directly to instructor.

Wine Glass Painting w/ Melissa


with Melissa Smith

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 15, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week
1 additional session on Jun 13, 2024

Make a new friend while creating one of a kind wine glasses. This class will focus on color patterns, and brush techniques. All artistic abilities are welcome. Bring your own wine glasses and paint as many as you like in this 2-hour workshop. They make wonderful gifts and are customizable for any occasion. Brushes and paint will be provided. You will leave with your new wine glasses and the brushes needed to continue experimenting.

Paint Night: The Blue Jay


with Shirley Anderson

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 17, 2024 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week

Paint Night w/ Shirley! Come join us and paint this amazingly beautiful Blue Jay bird with a prominent crest and a bold black necklace. This class is designed for beginners. Shirley Anderson will lead you step by step through the process of bringing this beautiful bird to life. Canvas and paints are supplied.

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