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Merrymeeting Adult Education

Arts & Crafts

Intermediate Watercolor Studio: Tactical Color Relationships


with Ed Higgins

Calendar Next available session starts Dec 6, 2023 at 1 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Getting color into your colors is an important aspect of watercolor that can take your work to the next level. This intermediate class is mostly for continuing students, but new students with some watercolor experience are welcome too. We’ll combine color theory and mixing strategies with practical tips and techniques for improving luminosity and dramatic lighting effects. ***NO CLASS: 12/27.

Introduction to Wood Carving


with Ken Wise

Calendar Next session starts Dec 6, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

In this introduction to carving wood you will learn to safely shape wood with hand tools to create projects such as tool handles,decorative spoons, folk art, and wildlife art. No experience needed, tools and materials provided.

Full Course

Upcycle Sculpture


with Maggie Morgan

Calendar Next available session starts Dec 6, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Bring in some old, broken or just sentimental items you have no actual use for and make them into something meaningful or something just in time for the holidays! No items or ideas are too wild, this course is for anyone rather you are a daily creator or feel you've never made art before.

Holiday Driftwood Trees


with Chris Toy

Calendar Next available session starts Dec 7, 2023 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Join Chris Toy, beachcomber, recycler, and maker, for an evening of crafting with driftwood and recycled wire. Bring a battery drill, bits, and garden clippers. Chris will bring extra tools plus driftwood but feel free to bring your own equipment and favorite pieces of driftwood. $15 materials fee included.

Sketching Studio: Sketching in Color


with Ed Higgins

Calendar Next available session starts Dec 8, 2023 at 9 am, runs for 10 weeks

This intermediate class is recommended for sketching students interested in adding color to their repertoire. We’ll use mixed media including pastel, pastel pencils, and colored pencils, as well as watercolor and ink, depending on student interest. This class is going to be great for artists in any medium who wish to fill their sketchbooks or journals with ideas and color studies for larger works. ***NO CLASS: 12/26.

Sketchbook Studio: Developing the Eye-Hand Connection


with Ed Higgins

Calendar Next available session starts Dec 8, 2023 at 1 pm, runs for 10 weeks

By far the most important tool of the artist is the simple sketchbook. Learning to see like an artist means learning to sketch. Quickly, accurately, and without fear. With a few simple exercises and techniques, you’ll learn to see like an artist. You will work in a positive, supportive, creative environment with artists of all skill levels. If you’ve been telling yourself for years that you can’t draw, you’re a little thing Ed Higgins likes to call wrong! ***NO CLASS: 12/28.

Intro to Narrative Arts: Level 2


with Vance Bessey

Calendar Next available session starts Dec 11, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 12 weeks

This class is intended as a follow up class to the first one, ntro to Narrative Arts. These are the drawing techniques used to create: Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Video Game Design, 3D Animation, Storyboards and Special Effects for Film as well as Comic Strips, Children’s Books and Gag Cartoons. This 12 week course explores the Narrative Arts - The Art of Media. Learn the drawing skills needed to create your own characters and use them to populate any story you wish to tell - in any Media. This Class is open to students at any level of Artistic Ability. It starts with Narrative Art Foundations and works from there. All you will need is a drawing pad and pencils, or an iPad if you wish. If you have spent time reading books or comics, watching movies and TV or playing video games, then you already know more about the Narrative Arts than you probably think you do. Taught by Vance Bessey, a graduate of The Joe Kubert School of Narrative Arts, and local illustrator, cartoonist, novelist and Art Teacher. ***NO CLASS: 12/25, 1/1, 1/15, 2/19.

Acid Etching Glass


with Penny Hartwell

Calendar Next available session starts Dec 12, 2023 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

We will create designs on glass with a frosted look. These designs will be permanent on the glass. Bring your own wine glasses, vases, etc to personalize. Some glass items will be provided as well. Quick, fun, easy projects with beautiful results. Lab fee: $5.

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