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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

Art & Crafts

Beginner Digital Photography
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Beginner Digital Photography


with Geri Lynn Smith

Calendar Jul 12, 2017 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

with your Digital SLR

Do you own a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera? Explore how digital photography works in the world so you can get all the benefits your DSLR camera has to offer: what lenses do, manual features such as aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Go beyond these controls to focus points, white balance, program settings and editing photos using the best digital software and freeware programs available.

Required: DSLR camera, fresh batteries, a memory card, and your questions! Recommended: a laptop computer.

Note: This class is not for point & shoot only digital cameras.

Geri Lynn Smith, photographing the New England area for 20 years, enjoys challenging herself to see things differently and often brings a new perspective to a common shot. She teaches and lectures on photography in Southern Maine and hopes to inspire and educate new photographers to pursue their passion.

Drawing Your World with Pastels
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Drawing Your World with Pastels


with Iona Desmond

Calendar Jul 21, 2017 at 10 am, runs for 4 weeks

Designed to make newcomers feel more at ease , we will cover basics then, weather depending, go outside and try plein aire drawing or work inside with still life objects, according to class consensus. We may take turns modeling to try drawing people from real life; a fun way of increasing our skills to feel more comfortable when adding people to our work. Explore the world through pastels and see the possibilities for interesting compositions in every day scenes.

Required: Starter box of 12 pastels, pad of neutral tinted pastel paper, pencil or vine charcoal; paper stump, tortillon or cotton swabs, drawing board or thick smooth cardboard, clips, tape or tacks, kneaded eraser (approx. $30).

Iona Desmond is an artist and teacher with over 38 years of experience. Her pastels and sculptures are in many private collections in the US and Canada and she has won several awards for her artwork.

Outdoor Adventures in Watercolor
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Outdoor Adventures in Watercolor


with Russel Whitten

Calendar Jul 11, 2017 at 1 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Join other students, beginning and beyond, in outdoor excursions to enjoy watercolor painting and artistic camaraderie. Russel will provide training in controlling watercolor media and tonal drawing, re-creating the appearance of nature with the understanding of forms and their surrounding elements. The study of perspective, composition, value and color will play as our foundation. All levels are welcome. Class location will be discussed weekly.

Required: 1 small tube each: Cadmium Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Ultramarine, Cadmium Red, and Alizarin; 1 Round #10 watercolor brush, 1 drawing pencil HB basic #2, 1 eraser, 1 light board or piece of cardboard and several sheets of Arches watercolor paper, 140 lb. cold press, and a portable watercolor easel, and folding chair (optional) (mats. approx. $40-$50).

Russel Whitten, a local artist/teacher, studied at The Art Students League of New York, Heartwood College of Art, and is a member of the Art Guild of the Kennebunks and The Ogunquit Art Association. Students love his easy, supportive style.

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