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With the Best of Intentions


with Sherri Talbot

Calendar Jun 7, 2022 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Introduction to two of our heritage breeds, the San Clemente Island goat and the American Chinchilla, and the history of how they became endangered.

Saffron and Honey Homestead seeks to educate in the following ways: We want to provide you with the knowledge to make informed decisions about raising your own animals in a healthy, sustainable way. We can show your children where their food comes from, so that they grow up with a positive respect for the world around them. Whether you live in a rural, animal loving farmhouse, or a small urban apartment, we can help you become a little more self-sufficient. We can help you choose breeds and methods that will work best for your lifestyle. We love talking about food!

Iceland: Land of Fire, Ice, and Sustainability
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Iceland: Land of Fire, Ice, and Sustainability


with Dave Oakes

Calendar Jun 9, 2022 at 8 am, runs for 2 weeks

Join us for a six-day adventure exploring Iceland's alluring landscapes, renewable energy, and sustainable practices, and learn what you can do to become a part of the solution to the challenges we face. On this trip, we'll explore Reykjavik, Iceland's beautiful capital city, and taste some of its delicious cuisine. We'll learn about Iceland's Viking history and the culture, language, and geography that has shaped who Icelanders are today. You'll get to know Hordur and Kristin, an Icelandic farm couple and friends of CELL, and partake of a traditional Icelandic meal. And at the completion of the program, you'll develop an action plan for engaging sustainable practices in your own life back home.

Package Price is $3,300.00, payable by check ONLY. Costs DO include all in-country food, lodging, travel, and activity fees. Costs DO NOT include round trip airfare (approximately $450 - $600 as of 2021 prices). A $500 deposit is due upon registration to reserve your spot. The final payment will be due in May. Please call us at 207-729-7323 to register. View information and itinerary here:

Pet Portraits in Acrylic


with Shirley Anderson

Calendar Jun 9, 2022 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.

So You Wanna Be in the Movies?


with Felicity Gibbs

Calendar Jun 11, 2022 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week

A one day seminar looking into all the various roles within the film industry and the many avenues you can take to enter the industry. Have you ever watched the end credits of a movie and wondered what is a “best boy” or a “grip.” Or have you ever just been blown away by the sheer number of names that come up while you are patiently waiting for the secret ending of the latest blockbuster. During this class we will be going in depth into the many roles of the industry. From directing to action. From accounting to marketing. All the many aspects that go into making movies and getting them out to the public. Some of the roles we will go over: Director, Producer, Agent, Manager, Script Supervisor, Marketing Manager, Branding, PR. Instructor Felicity Gibbs has her BA in Film Studies from California State University and an MBA in Entertainment Business from Regent’s University London.



with David Spahr

Calendar Jun 12, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 1 week

This walk in the woods to search for edible wild food will also include detailed descriptions of habitat and structure of the plants. David has been foraging since 1955. He is a member of the Maine Mycological Assoc.

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Oil Painting for Everyone: Landscapes En Plein Air


with Ed Higgins

Calendar Jun 14, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 10 weeks

A summer session continuing last session’s oil painting class, though all levels are welcome. Weather permitting, we’ll be concentrating on landscape painting outdoors with oil paints. We will paint in and around the summer campus environs, and depending on student interest, we may meet at remote locations for a change of scenery. The paintings will tend to be small and portable. You’ll learn to stay loose, mix colors on the fly, and “chase the light” capturing essential information rapidly. We’ll aim for one painting per class. If you want to paint effectively in the field, this is the course for you! Materials list available.

Abstract Painting Studio: Working Large


with Ed Higgins

Calendar Jun 15, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 10 weeks

In this class each artist will be working on one large abstract painting. It can be one single stretched canvas, or made up of a series of canvases hung together as one piece. The course will take you from planning your original concept, through preparatory sketches and drawings. Then you will stretch either a single large canvas (or canvases), and begin painting in your medium of choice. You will sustain the painting for the remaining duration of the 10 week course. The size of your piece is up to you. But fair warning: part of the challenge of the class is figuring out how big to work, and how to work big when you have a limited budget, studio space, materials, and equipment. We’ll strategize about ways to execute, hang, store, and transport larger paintings, too. It is possible to work large… if we put our heads together and work smart! Materials list available.

Art Afield: Traveling Light


with Ed Higgins

Calendar Jun 17, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 10 weeks

This summer course is for new or continuing sketching, painting or drawing students. Working in a small pocket field journal out in the fresh air and sunshine is one of life’s great pleasures. So pack up your hat and sunscreen because if the weather is nice, we’ll be working outside. In the portable media of ink and watercolor. The emphasis will be on assembling and using a field kit that’s easy to carry on your person for art on the go. Let’s take a break from lugging all our art supplies to class, and travel super light. Just what we can fit in our pockets.  In inclement weather we’ll figure out a way to paint a rainy day!

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