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Acrylic Pouring Workshop


with Jennifer Martel

Calendar May 19, 2019 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

The beautiful and mysterious art of the acrylic pour is one of the most fun, exciting and unpredictable ways to use acrylic paint! Learn a few techniques, as well as the appropriate additives and proportions to get exactly the right fluidity and results. This is a beginner course that welcomes any level of artistic talent.

Required: Painting clothes or a large apron, 4 ounces each of acrylic paint (any brand) in red, blue, turquoise, yellow, brown, black, white, metallic gold (highly recommended) and any other desired color, a 20 x 12 inch cookie sheet, digital food scale and three 4 x 4 inch and one 8 x 10 inch canvas panels (approx. $30-$50).

Jennifer Martel works primarily in oils, but uses media from charcoal to gold leaf. She is excited to help you save valuable time consumed in trial and error by sharing tips and insights gained over 20 years of experience.

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Bath Fizzies!


with Kristen Bartlett

Calendar May 5, 2019 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Everyone loves a good bath. Adding a delightful, good-smelling element that explodes into a colorful fizz in your bathtub will make your bath all the more pleasurable. Purchasing bath fizzies, or bombs, can get expensive though, so learn to make them yourself and save money while still enjoying those long, luxurious soaks in the tub. Learn to create fantastically usable bath bombs for yourself, friends and loved ones! Leave with several handfuls of bath bombs, the knowledge & recipe to create these at home and memories of a great crafting experience.

Required: Bring three 2-Qt (or larger) mixing bowls, measuring cups & spoons, a whisk, standard-size muffin pan. Wear an apron and/or crafting clothes.

Kristen Bartlett was exposed to art at a very early age, inspiring her lifelong creative path. With schooling in drawing, oil painting, graphic design and photography, Kristen practices many forms of art and crafts. Her current loves are in mixed media collage, Japanese shibori dyeing and bath fizzies.

Beer Glass Succulent Gardens


with Dalton Link

Calendar May 8, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

at Banded Brewing

Create unique, one-of-a-kind open aired succulent gardens in beer glassware. Learn the planting techniques to make and maintain a healthy, happy, open terrarium. Tuition includes one 8 oz beverage and all the supplies needed to create a beautiful garden for your home or to gift to friends and family.

Dalton Link is a body care and vitamin specialist at Whole Foods Market in Portland, ME as well as a burgeoning botanist with interests in mini cacti & succulents, urban farming, terrariums and bonsai trees. He is excited to share his passion for organic foods & products and its benefits.

Beginner Digital Photography


with Geri Lynn Smith

Calendar Apr 24, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

with your Digital Single Lens Reflex camera

Explore how digital photography works 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. Check out Geri Lynn’s work in our Gallery.

Required: DSLR camera, fresh batteries, a memory card and your questions! Recommended: Laptop computer. Note: This class is not for point & shoot only digital cameras.

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

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Brushes & Brews - Paint Your Pint!


with Victoria Gordon

Calendar May 21, 2019 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Enjoy a beer with friends at Banded Brewing while exploring your creative side. This will be a casual, fun opportunity to design and paint your own pint glass to take home. Tuition includes materials and one 8 ounce beverage. Registration closes 5/20.

Tory Gordon is a watercolor and pen and ink artist living & working in Biddeford. Her art is Inspired by people, places and things and expresses itself in a fluid style. She believes everyone has an artist within waiting to express itself in beautiful, surprising ways.

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Create Special Greeting Cards


with Faith Garnett

Calendar May 7, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Explore Various Folds & Cuts

Make lovely, original, hand-crafted greeting cards for your friends and loved ones! Learn the basics of creating your own greeting cards focusing on folds and cuts.

Make three cards: one easel and two free standing that fold into a standard envelope. Different papers and stamps will be available so that the cards can be adapted to various occasions. Registration closes 5/5.

Faith Garnett began teaching card making in 2009. She sells original greeting cards at craft fairs and at Seacoast Crafters in Portsmouth.

Creating Interactive Cards


with Faith Garnett

Calendar Jun 4, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Make lovely, original, hand-crafted greeting cards! Make two birthday and one get well card in the following formats: one pop-up, one swing and one pop-up pull card. Registration closes 6/2.

Faith Garnett began teaching card making in 2009. She sells original greeting cards at craft fairs and at Seacoast Crafters in Portsmouth.

Drawing Basics


with Russel Whitten

Calendar May 1, 2019 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. No class 5/15. Check out Russel’s work in our Gallery.

Required: 11 x 14 inch drawing pad (or bigger), pencil-charcoal pencil, medium vine or willow, compressed charcoal and a gum or kneaded rubber eraser (approx. $20).

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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