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Merrymeeting Community & Adult Education

Arts & Crafts

Pet Portraits in Acrylic


with Shirley Anderson

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 20, 2024 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.

Pastels in the Wild


with Ed Higgins

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 21, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 10 weeks

This is your chance to ditch the reference photos and give plein air pastels a try. Classes will meet at scenic spots around the midcoast. Aimed primarily at Ed’s previous pastel students, as well as his continuing sketching or painting students. However, intrepid artists willing to jump in with both feet and learn in the field with instructor and peer coaching are more than welcome. Some familiarity with the medium is recommended. *No Class: 8/23.

Draw, Draw with Paint, Paint!


with Jennifer Linskey

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 22, 2024 at 11 am, runs for 10 weeks
1 additional session

In this class we will start out drawing in black and white with graphite and/ or charcoal. We’ll look at measuring, size relationships, and object placement. Then we’ll segue to drawing with a brush and draw en grisaille whereby we use: just black, white, and gray paint. This will allow us to think about and get a firm grasp of value (our lights to darks). During the last weeks of class we’ll explore limited color palettes, but get maximum mileage out of the colors we are using, as we’ll continue to see color in terms of value. You'll come away having honed drawing skills, begun training your eye to see subtle shifts in light to dark, and gained color mixing knowledge. Join us as we draw, both traditionally and with a brush, and gradually move toward incorporating color. *No Class: 4/20, 5/18, 6/8.

Paper Casting


with Penny Hartwell

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 24, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Pressed cotton paper ornaments originated in Germany, Russia and Austria. Cotton paper pulp is pressed on ceramic paper molds and removed when dry. Gold accents were used on the torn edges. Students may bring dried flower petals to add to their ornaments to create a unique touch. $5.00 Lab Fee due at beginning of class.

Intermediate Watercolor


with Jennifer Linskey

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 25, 2024 at 1 pm, runs for 10 weeks

What constitutes an intermediate watercolorist, you ask? You’ve dabbled. You understand wet on wet and splosh pigment and water around happily. You have some idea what your pigments will do and a general understanding of when to stop adding water, yet you'd like more practice. You've had some basic drawing experience, and you're okay with putting pencil to paper to “rough in” your composition (get the basic shapes down), or if your drawing is a bit rusty you are willing to keep working on drawing skills. You are excited to explore, experiment more with watercolor techniques, and expand your watercolor skillset. If this is who you are, then intermediate watercolor is a fit for you. In this class we’ll be working from both observation and abstraction. *No Class: 8/20.

Acid Etching Glass


with Penny Hartwell

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 25, 2024 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.

Watercolor and Ink in the Wild


with Ed Higgins

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 26, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 10 weeks

According to instructor Ed Higgins, field sketching is probably the best way to gain mastery and move your watercolor work forward. Open to any of Ed’s past and current watercolor or sketching students. Weather permitting, classes will meet at picturesque locations in and around the midcoast. *No Class: 8/21.

Open Studio Ceramics (Summer Session)


with Heather O'Neil

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 2, 2024 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? 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. $65 for materials and studio fee, payable to instructor, must be paid on the first night of class. *Purchasing additional clay: The fee is an additional $65 to cover the firing, glazes and other consumables used during class. Please note: If you miss a class, you cannot make-up the class at another time. The ceramics schedule is very tight and these classes are usually full. Thank you for your understanding!

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