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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education


Art & Crafts

Acting 101


with Michael P Harris

May 1, 2017 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

This class will give an insight into how a stage production comes to life. With so many community theaters around it would be great to look at what goes on behind the scenes - the audition process, casting, developing the set, blocking and many helpful acting techniques.

Mike Harris, a veteran of local community theaters, acting troupes and improv groups, has worked as an amateur in many productions, including Peter Pan, Damn Yankees, and Oliver, just to name a few. He is also involved professionally with Curtain Call productions, performing in interactive dinner theater all over New England and has a slew of local TV commercials to his credit.

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Aerosolgrafia Art


with Robert Chipman

Jun 3, 2017 at 9 am, runs for 2 weeks

Introduction to Spray Can Art

Lurking beneath this relatively generic sounding title, and differing considerably to graffiti which appears on the sides of buildings, Aerosolgrafia takes the viewer on a surreal and mind-bending journey. This other-wordly art form originated in Mexico in 1982. Learn to create Fine Art using spray paints, crumpled paper and common household materials through the magical aerosolgrafia technique. Tuition includes all other materials.

Required: A few can/jar lids (3-8Ó across), soft kitchen sponges and Rustoleum 2x Spray Paint in: Gloss black and white, Brilliant Blue, Meadow Green, Gloss Apple Red and Gloss Sun Yellow. Wear clothing to paint in. All paints can be found at Home Depot (approx. $20-25).

Check out his Aerosolgrafia Art and how its done in our Gallery!

Robert Chipman, local artist and performer, works with spray paint, found objects, acrylics, charcoal, pen, pencil and watercolors. His paintings has been published in several novels and magazines. He has also worked as a professional birthday clown, juggler and stage magician for more than 30 years.

Basic Drawing


with Russel Whitten

May 3, 2017 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Beginners & Beyond

If you love to draw or have always wanted to try, this class will get you started! In a relaxed, open atmosphere, you will be working primarily in charcoal as you explore contour, depth, composition and perspective derived from the observation of still life objects. We will discuss drawing media and papers.

Please bring: 11x14 in drawing pad (or bigger), pencil-charcoal pencil, medium vine or willow and compressed charcoal and a gum or kneaded rubber eraser (approx. $20).

See our Gallery of Russel's work.

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 Ogunquit Art Association/Barn Gallery. Students love his easy, supportive style.

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Beginner Digital Photography


with Geri Lynn Smith

Apr 26, 2017 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

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 programs available, both software and freeware.

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.

See our Gallery of Geri Lynn's work.

Geri Lynn Smith is an award-winning photographer who shoots primarily in the New England area.

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Chalk Painted Furniture


with Meredith S Earle

Apr 13, 2017 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Learn the DIY trend revolutionizing the home decorating world. Explore style, skills and technique while practicing paint application, basic top coat, and wax finishes on practice boards provided by the instructor. Learn through demonstration about two color distressing, paint washing, dry brushing, glazing and antiquing, clouding, texture strokes, dark wax application, and gilding. Come dressed for painting! Tuition includes materials.

Meredith Earle, owner of Royal Chalk, specializes in training the DIY student in the art of chalk painting. She also creates and provides chalk painting products through her business and classes.

Connecting Art and Nature


with Louis Falank Jr

Jun 6, 2017 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Create your own art supplies from the natural world around you. Learn to create simple blueberry ink, pine needle paintbrushes, and twig pens. We will also discuss plant and tree identification and ethical harvesting techniques. Please dress appropriately for going outside for part of the class. Tuition includes materials.

Lou Falank Jr., owner of Mountain Bear Programs/Guide Service & instructor at Maine Primitive Skills School, has worked/volunteered with programs at camps and schools across ME, NY & PA.

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Crochet a Basket!


with Meleena Erikson

Apr 4, 2017 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

This is not your Mama's crochet!

Know how but are tired of making blankets and pot holders? Join us for some basic crochet skills and leave with a completed basket. Basket pattern and instructions will be provided. Tuition includes materials.

Required: One size K or L crochet hook.

Meleena Erikson has been crocheting for over 15 years and currently sells the items she creates in her Etsy shop. She has over 10 years of experience teaching college and adult education courses.

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Early American Penny Rugs


with Janet Conner, BS

Apr 1, 2017 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Anyone who enjoys quilting, rug hooking, or braiding will enjoy making penny rugs, also known as coin, button, or money rugs. The penny uses small circular patches of wool to make geometric and pictorial scenes which will be demonstrated from start to finish along with discussing history, antique samples, and available sources for materials.

Students will purchase a kit ($20-$75) from the teacher, containing a unique selection of pre-washed and hand-dyed wools, patterns, design suggestions, and even the embroidery needle and threads!

Please bring a bag lunch and small sharp fabric scissors to class. No prior experience needed.

See our Gallery of Janet's work.

Janet Conner, BS in Art Education from Moore College of Art and Design in PA, is a member of the Saco Valley Fiber Artists and exhibits regionally and at Maine Fiber Arts Center. She has had her own and her students' rugs featured in articles in Rug Hooking Magazine and contributed to the book Finishing Hooked Rugs, Stackpole Publishing. Janet had a book published in 2016 which draws on her knowledge of important collectible and antique rugs. She teaches Rug Hooking throughout the US, Canada and Bermuda.

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