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Clay, Beyond the Wheel


with Lonie Ellis

Calendar Nov 13, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Have you avoided creating with clay because you don't have access to a potter's wheel? This class will take you beyond the wheel to create beautiful hand built pieces. Each week will focus on a different hand building technique: pinch, coil and slab. You will also learn various surface designs methods to enhance your work. This class will give you a good foundation to start creating with clay off the wheel! Glazing and firing schedule will be discussed during class. Materials (clay and glaze) and firing fee of $20 included in the price of the course.

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Darling Needlefelted Animals


with Deb Arter

Calendar Nov 7, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

In this two-evening class each participant will make one or more cozy soft small mammal or bird of their choice out of wool and use the needle felting method to create the features of their new friend. In the past popular choices were bears, penguins and ducks. A material fee of $11 included in the cost covers the all wool and armature materials. One felting needle is also included. No experience required! You may create the treasured gift that makes someone's holiday special. Class size is limited. Debra holds a MA in Fine Art and has been teaching adults various art processes for many years. She has worked on her needle felting projects even while in an airplane! She guarantees that the night will fly by! Bring your glasses if you wear them for close vision. No discounts.   Photo by Instructor Deb Arter; Felted owl by student Annie Parker.

Felted Mistletoe


with Lonie Ellis

Calendar Dec 5, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Hang this in a doorway this holiday season and wait to see what happens! Mistletoe is relevant to several cultures and has been part of an old fashion Christmas for years when those caught under it are expected to kiss. It is getting harder to find real mistletoe and this class will give you the opportunity to make a felted mistletoe ball to hang in your home and add to your holiday cheer. Price of the course includes a $7 material fee.

Luminous Light Drawing


with Nancy Marstaller

Calendar Nov 14, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Participants will create luminous silhouette drawings using black paper and colored pencils. Trace your hand and/or bring an image with which you’d like to work. No drawing experience needed; all levels welcome. You'll be amazed at what you can do. All materials supplied. Materials fee of $6 included in the price of the course. No discounts.

Memory Bears


with Angela StreeterĀ 

Calendar Oct 3, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Teddy Bears are something we never grow out of and memory bears are teddy bears made from clothing and belongings of sentimental value. Made in remembrance of a loved one or as a keepsake to pass from one generation to another, old clothing can be transformed into a beautiful and comforting bear. They make excellent sympathy gifts, memorial gifts and bereavement gifts. During times of loss and grief, they can offer great comfort. They’re soft and huggable, and a beautiful remembrance of a loved one. The price of the course includes a $15 material fee (Muslin lining, bear eyes, pattern, stuffing). Please bring the old clothing to be turned into the bear, sewing pins, thread and sewing machine.

My First Stranded Colorwork Cowl or Inspira Cowl


with Zoe Howell-Martin

Calendar Nov 5, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Learn the basics of stranded colorwork while creating a gorgeous cowl. Two different, color changing yarn colorways are used to create the WOW factor with only basic colorwork skills. Impress all your friends and get compliments from strangers who will assume you are a knitting genius! Skill prerequisites: know how to knit & purl, cast on, bind off, and knit in the round. Materials list: US 7 or 8 24” circular knitting needle and a stitch marker, two different worsted weight color changing yarn colorways with long repeats. Noro Kuryon or Plymouth Gina are good examples of this type of yarn. Yarn is available at Mother of Purl in Freeport, Halcyon in Bath, or online.

Portraiture, Intermediate


with Missy H. Dunaway

Calendar Nov 19, 2018 at 1 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Practice your life-drawing skills! This is a great follow-up class to Portraiture for Beginners. Students will jump right into drawing portraits of live, clothed models. As we draw, we will review the Loomis and Reilly methods to construct the skull, study planes of the head, detect rhythm lines of the face, and capture accurate proportions every time. Material list HERE

Sewing (Machine) Circle


with Ramona Meserve

Calendar Nov 7, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

If your sewing machine is sitting in a closet gathering dust then it’s time to haul it out and put it back to work. Do you have a sewing project awaiting your attention? A zipper that needs replacing? Hems to shorten? That dress to finish? Don’t know where to start or how to thread your machine? Whatever it is you want to tackle this class will become your motivation. There are no requirements other than your desire to get sewing. Ramona will see you through – all you need to do is bring your sewing machine, an extension cord, various supplies for your project and you’re ready to go. Ramona will supply the iron and ironing board. Get Sewing! No class on Nov. 21.

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