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Beginning Ceramics


with Heather Monsen

Calendar Apr 2, 2020 at 5 pm, runs for 8 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. The fee for the course includes $30 for materials and studio fee. Additional clay can be purchased separately. No class on 4/23.

Crochet for Beginners


with Hoa Pham

Calendar Apr 6, 2020 at 5:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Whether you've never held a skein of yarn before or you learned to crochet years ago and need a refresher, this class will get you started on all those cute projects you'd love to make. Topics include choosing patterns, yarn, needles, troubleshooting common problems, and basic techniques. No class April 20.

Digital Photography: Landscapes, Seascapes & Nature


with Leah Haraden

Calendar Apr 7, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

This two-week beginner-intermediate creative photography class will focus on the essential tools and techniques for capturing the four season beauty of the Maine outdoors with your digital camera. This class will cover the selection of subjects, locations, composition, lighting and some of the tools and equipment that will help you produce better quality images.

Plaited Birch Bark Baskets


with Zack Rouda

Calendar Apr 9, 2020 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week

The history of the uses of birch bark is an exciting one dating back to our early ancestors. The bark of the paper or white birch tree was a critical material used to make strong and beautiful baskets, hats, sheaths, buckets, and more. Learn to identify, gather, process and weave with this remarkably strong, natural material. We'll practice straight and diagonal plaiting to make a small basket for the kitchen or garden. No required texts, books, special materials, etc. All tools and materials included. Everyone makes a basket to take home. No discounts.

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with Trisha Morey

Imagine being able to capture the likeness of a person. Though it might seem like an impossibility, there are steps and techniques available to help you attain that goal. Learn the fundamental base skill to draw, illustrate, or paint the person where the face and expression is predominate and display the likeness, personality, and mood of the person as well as what it means to create our interpretation of someone’s essence or likeness. No class April 20 and May 25.

Rustic Garden Trellis for Climbing Vines


with Susan Perrine

Calendar Apr 18, 2020 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Fresh local twigs will be provided to become the centerpiece for your garden. Simple skills are all that’s needed to make a useful and attractive garden structure. Maple, ash, beech, willow, or birch twigs will be fixed together to create a unique, beautiful, and practical structure for climbing vines. Plan to drive home with your creation! Material fee of $25 included. No discounts.

Silver Jewelry


with Penny Hartwell

Calendar Apr 27, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Working with Silver Clay is an exciting process where the inexperienced can explore their artistic abilities and create unique one of a kind items. Come join this exciting class where beginners can easily learn to create earrings, pendants, charms, beads, bracelets, and rings. Experience a new creative adventure and learn how easy and fun it is to make beautiful items from Precious Metal Clay (PMC) or Art Clay Silver (ACS). Materials fee of $70 is payable to the instructor.

Getting to Know Your Digital Camera


with Leah Haraden

Calendar Apr 28, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

This class is a perfect, less-technical introduction to using your new or barely used digital camera. Participants should have basic working knowledge of their own camera. In this two-week class, you will learn to navigate and select your camera's settings in the various automatic and semi-automatic modes for the best possible results.

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