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Art for Two

$130

with Jennifer Linskey

Calendar Nov 13, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Sign up with your young person and make art together. Each adult will bring one 10 year old or older for a meaningful art experience together. I will incorporate some art history, we’ll explore some techniques and ideas, then we’ll roll up our sleeves and make some art! There will be moments where you work collaboratively, as well as times where you each make your own piece. Some of the things we do will make lovely holiday gifts. Share the fun of making art with a young person you love.

Invasive Bittersweet Baskets

$65

with Zack Rouda

Calendar Nov 14, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

So-called "Oriental" or round-leafed bittersweet is a creeping vine with inedible berries that is considered invasive in North A.m.erica. Frustrating to gardeners and arborists, and not readily favored by birds, bittersweet is a largely useless bane on wild land. We can use traditional harvesting techniques to tend Asian bittersweet in the wild: harvesting material for baskets while controlling and suppressing future da.m.aging growth. We will cover identification, responsible collection, materials processing and storage, and creation, including the basics of stake-and-strand twining and weaving. We will shoot for a basket about 8-inches wide and 4-inches deep. Price includes all required tools and materials. No discounts.

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Leather Bound Journals

$52

with Anna Low

Calendar Nov 16, 2021 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Make a beautiful, rustic, leather covered sketchbook with Anna Low of Purplebean Bindery. You will work with reclaimed leather and some heavy-weight paper to bind your very own blank book, perfect for a travel journal sketchbook, or just to doodle in. We'll cover some basic bookbinding techniques (no previous experience required) and you will design your own book. We will bind it all together with the decorative and functional long stitch. You will leave class with instructions and a few tools to continue making books at home. $10 material fee included. No discounts.

Full Course

So You Want to Run an Airbnb: Session II

$30

with Deb Arter

Calendar Nov 17, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Did you know that the number of people turning to choosing Airbnb for lodging in Maine has almost doubled from two years ago? The revenue earned by Airbnb owners in Maine was roughly $40 million. If you have entertained the idea of opening up your guest bedroom or summer camp for short term rentals, this is a class not to miss. Debra has operated River Escape for two years in Damariscotta as an active and popular Airbnb. She has also interviewed many other Airbnb or VRBO owners and put together a packet with good information, tips and actual stories of unusual events in the life of a short term landlord. Included will be issues dealing with ordinance, insurance, expectations, fees, hosting, communication, neighbors and more. Class takes place on Zoom. Students must have an audio- and video-enabledd device to participate. No discounts.

Silver Jewelry

$55

with Penny Hartwell

Calendar Nov 22, 2021 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.

Covid 19 safety protocols will follow state and school district recommendations for in-person events.

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In the Dough, In the Know

$40

with Deb Arter

Calendar Nov 30, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Who can resist the smell of fresh bread baking? You will learn how to mix, knead, proof and shape basic yeast dough. Participants will learn how to create cloverleaf rolls, butter crescents, cinnamon swirls, tea rings and whole-wheat rolls as well as an economical savory braid that comes together quickly. Various yeast bread recipes will be shared and discussed. Each student will go home with a basket of yummy warm samples. Bring an apron, rolling pin, cutting board and two plastic tubs to fill and take home. Winter in Maine is made for an activity like this! $10 material fee included. No discounts.

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Introduction to Wood Carving

$75

with Ken Wise

Calendar Dec 1, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Introduction to tools and techniques of carving wood. Learn to safely shape wood with hand tools to create projects such as tool handles, folk art, wildlife carvings, and decorative spoons. No experience needed, all tools and materials provided. $15 material fee included in course cost.

Full Course

In the Dough, In the Know

$40

with Deb Arter

Calendar Dec 2, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Who can resist the smell of fresh bread baking? You will learn how to mix, knead, proof and shape basic yeast dough. Participants will learn how to create cloverleaf rolls, butter crescents, cinnamon swirls, tea rings and whole-wheat rolls as well as an economical savory braid that comes together quickly. Various yeast bread recipes will be shared and discussed. Each student will go home with a basket of yummy warm samples. Bring an apron, rolling pin, cutting board and two plastic tubs to fill and take home. Winter in Maine is made for an activity like this! $10 material fee included. No discounts.

Full Course




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