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Punch It Up!

$39

with Sarah deGrandis

Calendar Oct 4, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Punch needle was traditionally used in the art of ancient cultures and is now used in contemporary rug hooking. Use basic punch needle techniques, worsted weight yarn and embroidery hoops to create a modern piece of art. Hang your creation or gift it to a loved one!

Note: Date changed from original schedule (was 9/27).

Sarah deGrandis, BFA in New Media from ME College of Art, is a formally trained artist and longtime crafter who knows a little bit about many things. She is passionate about learning different crafts and using modern, fun takes on traditional techniques.

Recycled Papermaking

$9

with Alexandria Miller

Calendar Oct 5, 2022 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 your own wildflower/herb seeds and flowers.

Alex Miller, 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.

Photographing Nature

$29

with Geri Lynn Smith

Calendar Oct 15, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Focus on composition, depth of field, lines and simplifying your storytelling. With a variety of subject matter, hone your skills as we explore Laurel Hill Cemetery. Previous beginner digital photography students will enjoy and benefit from a hands-on approach for this one-of-a-kind gathering. Rain date: 10/16.

Required: Proof of registration, camera with fresh batteries or fully charged SmartPhone and your questions!

Geri Lynn Smith, an award-winning photographer shooting in the New England area, shares her knowledge from personal experience through practical application and entertaining anecdotes.

Intro to Hand Sewing

$49

with Emily Loder

Calendar Oct 15, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Make Clothing!

Do you have creative ideas about clothes but are unsure what to do with them? Join us to learn basic stitches; then, take those new skills and start working on a piece of clothing! Choose what you'd like to work on and get hands-on help from an experienced teacher and sewer. Not particularly interested in making clothing but want to learn how to sew - this class is for you, too! Tuition includes all materials.

Required: Proof of registration. Please bring lunch/snack and a notebook and pen.

Emily Loder learned many skills through Girl Scouting and volunteer service. For example, sewing all those Girl Scout patches gave her experience in hand sewing, which she now enjoys sharing with the community.

Paper Marbling

$35

with Gayle Fitzpatrick

Calendar Oct 15, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Discover this centuries-old method of creating decorative papers useful in various projects, such as handmade books, scrapbooking, cards, boxes, picture frames and more. Learn about the materials and processes that will allow you to pursue and expand the possibilities of this craft for future projects. Proof of registration required.

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

How to Write a Book in 3 Months!

$69

with Maryssa Gordon

Calendar Oct 19, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

This expanded class covers timelines for writing, editing and publishing, both traditional and self. Explore the writing process from conception to outlining to writing and the editing process from choosing an editor to implementing edits.

Enjoy an in-depth discussion on the differences between traditional and self-publishing, including the pros, cons and an in-depth timeline for traditional vs self-publishing.

Bring a writing utensil and paper. No class 11/8.

Maryssa Gordon, MFA in Creative Writing, is the founder and sole operator of Pocket Editing, a freelance writing and editing business. She recently published her first book Lies Left Behind.

Embroidered Double Hoop Wreath

$39

with Sarah deGrandis

Calendar Oct 25, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

A fun new embroidery technique!Create a 7-inch embroidered double hoop wreath using basic embroidery stitches to create a unique decorative piece. Enjoy hanging this beautiful work on your wall or gift it to a loved one! Your course fee includes all materials needed to make one piece.

Sarah deGrandis, BFA in New Media from ME College of Art, is a formally trained artist and longtime crafter who knows a little bit about a lot of things. She is passionate about learning different crafts and using modern, fun takes on traditional techniques.

Never-ending Card

$29

with Faith Garnett

Calendar Oct 26, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Create a never-ending card that will stand out from all the others! Create a 6” x 6” square card and envelope that opens four different ways. Receive the instructions, base pieces and materials needed to make a unique birthday, friendship, baby or Christmas/winter card.

Please email adultedinfo@rsu23.org upon registration indicating which theme you are most interested in to ensure the instructor has the materials you will need.

All materials included. Registration closes 10/24. Masks optional.

Faith Garnett began teaching card making in 2009. She sells her original greeting cards at craft fairs and via her website Lindennotes.

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