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Hurricane Island Artist Retreat


with Deb Arter

Calendar Aug 1, 2018

Have you ever wanted to attend an art retreat adventure on a beautiful island in Maine? Come join Artist and Instructor, Deb Arter, for a 3 day summer art workshop on beautiful Hurricane Island. Come experience the beauty, serenity and sparkle of light off the ocean, the shadows of tall trees in the woods and the sound of the surf and gulls overhead. Walk the island trails and be inspired by the beautiful vistas including beaches, cliffs, quarries, gardens, woodland meadows and remnants of the old historical settlement. Students are welcome to bring acrylic, watercolor or oil paints. The instructor has an MFA in Visual Arts and has been teaching for over two decades. Deb will be incorporating plenty of time for paint sessions, lessons, critiques, demonstrations and casual evening art night get-togethers. We will leave Rockland at 10:00am Wednesday morning and arrive at Hurricane Island in about one hour. We will have an orientation and snack; settle into the bunkhouse followed by a hearty lunch and our first paint session. We will leave Hurricane Island at 3:00pm Friday for our boat ride back to mainland Rockland. Fee includes: two-nights lodging in rustic camp-style bunkhouses; 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 snacks and 2 dinners of delicious, wholesome food, some grown in the gardens on the island; instruction and round trip boat transportation from Rockland, Maine (mainland) to Hurricane Island. Participants are asked to bring their own art supplies including portable easel, bedding with pillow and good walking shoes. Electricity is only available in the Maine Dining Hall and in the learning space, the Swallow’s Nest where students will be meeting. All information regarding boat schedule, what to bring and where to go will be sent to participants. For more information about Hurricane Island go to their website http:// Registration is first come first served. Limited to 12 participants. Special food requests accepted. Register through Merrymeeting Adult Education. No refunds after June 1st. Deposit of $250 due at registration remainder due prior to June 1st. No discounts. 

Impressionism for Beginners


with Missy H. Dunaway

Calendar Apr 25, 2018 at 1 pm, runs for 10 weeks

See the world as your favorite Impressionist painters did! Students will learn the basics of oil painting, including how to lay out a palette, mix colors, and how to render the nuance of color in natural light. We will begin with simple studies of colored blocks, advance to an artfully composed still life, then conclude with a landscape. Classes will be held outdoors, weather permitting. No previous experience needed! Material list HERE or the home page

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Just Once Piano for Busy People


with Donald Pride

Calendar Apr 23, 2018 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

You don’t need years of weekly lessons to learn piano. In just a few hours, you can learn enough secrets of the trade to give you years of musical enjoyment. How do we do it? While regular piano teachers teach note reading, piano professionals use chords. And you can learn all the chords you’ll need to play any song in this one session. Any song. Any style. Any key. If you can find middle C and know the meaning of Every Good Boy Does Fine, you already know enough to enroll in this workshop. Required materials fee of $29 for workbook and practice CD is collected in class by the instructor. No discounts.

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Kinesiology – The Art of Muscle Testing


with Cheri Murray

Calendar Apr 25, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Kinesiology taps into the body to find, heal or shift the root cause of the imbalance. Since emotions are held in the body, Kinesiology is a powerful modality to experience. Did you ever wish you had the answers? What if you knew for sure your intuition was right? Each of us has the ability; we just need to learn how to use it. Come and enjoy a fun interactive evening of learning how to access your body’s knowledge. No Discounts.

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Latin basics for couples
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Latin basics for couples


with Anna Golendukhina

Calendar Mar 30, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Join us for an introduction to Latin Basics: Salsa on 1 and Cha Cha Cha. Students will learn the basic footwork and some simple, fun moves that will get you out on the dance floor. You will learn how to connect with any partner, and build your confidence dancing to different styles and tempos of music. Requirement: a dancing partner.

Making Your Own Tinctures


with Katie Munn

Calendar Apr 12, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Herbal extracts are a wonderful way to get the healing power of plants. This class will teach you how to make herbal tinctures going over herbs that are commonly used for stress, anxiety, stress and digestion. Every person will leave with their very own tincture. $10 Material fee payable to the instructor on the night of class. No discounts.

Mixed Level Belly Dance with Josephina


with Josephina Gasca

Calendar Mar 26, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 10 weeks
Authentic Belly Dance, or raks sharqi, is an ancient form of dance. Raks sharqi means "dance of the east" in Arabic. Belly dance celebrates every body type and every stage of life. The dance is proud and powerful and soft and sinewy with elegant and isolating movements emanating from the core. It's the Pilates of dance. And so much fun! In this Mixed Level class, we will work with improvisation and group choreography, as well as continually working with subtleties of technique at whatever level you are. Please wear comfortable clothing, similar to what you might wear to a yoga class that will allow for free movement and the ability to see your movement. Hip scarves make it even more fun. You can dance barefoot or in a pair of comfortable dance shoes. Zils (finger cymbals) and veils will also be used in class and are available for purchase from the instructor. There will be a Spring Studio Show in 2018 to celebrate the 2018-2018 season of dance on Thursday, May 24, 2018. Participation is optional. But encouraged! No class on 5/28/18.

Newport Mansions - Inspiration and Elegance

Calendar Jun 2, 2018 at 6 am

Join us for an exciting trip to the Newport mansions! Come see how the very wealthy lived and you'll find a world of exceptional elegance and inspiration in architecture, art, interior design and landscapes. Participants will explore 250 years of American history at three historic properties, located on 80 acres of gardens and parks. This is a journey back in time to one of America's Premier collections of historic house museums. We'll tour three of the mansions in Newport including The Breakers, The Elms and The Rosecliff. Our tour departs the Merrymeeting Adult Education parking lot at 6:00 am, will arrive in Newport at approximately 10:00am. Trip includes round-trip deluxe motor coach transportation, and admission to three Mansions including tour. There will be a break for lunch. Participants will be transported to the restaurant area of Newport. Restaurant information and Newport Mansion information will be given to the participants on the bus to read on the way down. The coach will stop for a dinner break on the return back to Maine in Saugus MA at either Kelley’s Roast Beef or Fuddruckers. (Meals are not included) No refunds after April 1st. No discounts

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