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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

Creative Arts

Winter Moisturizers & Healing Salve


with Anita Harris

Calendar Feb 6, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Experience winter skincare and herbal healing salve creation while exploring some awesome butters and oils that are preferred natural options over nationally marketed brands. Discuss organic and healing options, what essential oils make body butters complete, help your lotions last longer on the shelves and how to make an herbal infusion with calendula and comfrey. Leave with a moisturizer and a salve you prepare in class.

Required: Bring a glass (4-cup) measuring cup and a heat-resistant silicone spatula.

Anita Harris has been creating soaps, natural beauty, and health care products for the past seven years. She has been captivated by natural healing for the past 30 as a professional massage therapist and has worked extensively with numerous chiropractors and alternative healers.

Full Course

Recycled Papermaking


with Alexandria Kane

Calendar Feb 15, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Join ecomaine in making handmade paper! Dig into your recycling bins and create one-of-a-kind cards, seed paper or journals pressed with native flowers. Try your hand at recycling and make new from old.

Note: If you want to make seed/floral paper, please bring wildflower/herb seeds and flowers.

Alex Kane, BA in Environmental Planning & Policy from USM, is an environmental educator at ecomaine. She has a background in horticulture and received her AAS in Horticulture from SMCC. She prefers a hands-on approach to a thoroughly engaging type of learning.

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DIY T-Shirt Quilt


with Emily Loder

Calendar Feb 25, 2023 at 10 am, runs for 2 weeks

Give new life to your well-loved, but no longer worn T-shirts! Turn them into a loving keepsake full of memories from past concerts, sporting events, vacation spots, restaurants, family reunions, jobs, pets and anything else that is meaningful to you!

Create a simple 4 X 4 foot finished quilt top to turn into a quilt, wall hanging or pillow. You will lay out your quilt, cut your T-shirts and learn to finish your unique quilt.

Required: Proof of registration. Bring at least 10 clean and freshly ironed T-shirts, scissors or a rotary cutter & mat, pins, thread, a fabric ruler, a seam ripper, and your sewing machine.

Note: This is not a beginners class; students should have basic sewing knowledge and know how to use their sewing machine.

Emily Loder, with 30 years of Girl Scout experience, has extensive experience with both machine & hand sewing techniques. Her history with Girl Scouts also makes her an expert in outdoor survival.

Not Your Grannys Square


with Myriah Davis

Calendar Mar 1, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

In this intermediate crochet course, we will work on the creation of granny squares to create your finished product. Create multiple granny squares, which can be pieced together into a bag or the instructor can provide ideas for other finished projects. All materials included.

Myriah Davis has 20+ years of experience crocheting, developing patterns and manufacturing items for her business, Davis Arts.

The Art of Natural Perfumery


with Jennifer Greiner

Calendar Mar 9, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Learn the art and science of creating natural perfumes and colognes. Discover the emotional effects of dozens of essential oils and how to balance top, middle and bottom scent notes to craft alluring aromas, balancing body and mind. Then, make a customized perfume or cologne to take home. This class is great for any gender interested in their own personalized scent.

Jennifer Greiner, of Divine Vitality uses a unique approach of professional counseling and essential oil wellness to integrate alternative, natural methods into your health & lifestyle.

DIY Hardcover Journals & Sketchbooks


with Gayle Fitzpatrick

Calendar Mar 11, 2023 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Explore basic bookbinding techniques to create a one-of-a-kind hardcover journal or sketchbook while using the binding method of sewing a book. Focus on technique, structure, tools, materials and processes. Leave class with a personally hand-bound book and the knowledge & skill to continue making more of your own! All materials provided. Proof of registration required.

Gayle Fitzpatrick has taught in public and private schools, colleges, adult and community programs for 30+ years. In addition, she is a practicing artist who creates and exhibits works in painting, printmaking and paper.

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Advanced Watercolor


with Russel Whitten

Calendar Mar 13, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Get new ideas and build upon the techniques you have already established. Learn to draw with watercolor, understand positive and negative space as well as color mixing and matching. Work on slightly more complex still-life subjects with step-by-step demonstrations and explanations of their execution.

Prerequisite: Watercolor Basics.

Required: 1 sm tube ea: Cadmium Yellow (light), Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow (medium), Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Cadmium Red (medium), Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine (or French Ultramarine), Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna; 1 Round #10 watercolor brush, 1 drawing pencil #3B, 1 eraser, 1 light board or piece of cardboard, and 2 sheets of Arches watercolor paper, 140 lb. cold press (or hot press, if preferred); palette for mixing and a water jar (approx. $50-$100).

Note: Please purchase Arches paper, as the quality of watercolor paper is essential for handling the techniques taught in class. Feel free to bring any watercolor paint you may already have.

DATE CHANGE due to weateher cancellation in Russel's other class (was 3/6-4/3).

Russel Whitten, a local artist/teacher, studied at The Art Students League of NY, Heartwood College of Art, and is a member of The Ogunquit Art Association/Barn Gallery. Students love his easy, supportive style.

Crocheting in the Round


with Myriah Davis

Calendar Mar 15, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

In this intermediate crochet course, you will work on shaping, including increases, decreases and creating a small amigurumi bee. You should be comfortable working with single crochet stitching and stitch counting. All materials included.

Myriah Davis has 20+ years of experience crocheting, developing patterns and manufacturing items for her business, Davis Arts.

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