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Drawing Basics


with Russel Whitten

Calendar Apr 27, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Beginners & Beyond

Love to draw or have always wanted to? This class will get you started with a relaxed, open atmosphere. Work 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 5/25.

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.

Create Floral Greeting Cards


with Faith Garnett

Calendar Apr 29, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Say it with flowers! Create unique floral greeting cards using rubber and layered stamps, dies and embossing. There will be a diverse set of sentiments allowing you to make three cards covering a variety of occasions. Please bring your preferred adhesive. Registration closes 4/27.

Faith Garnett began teaching card making in 2009. She sells her work at craft fairs and through private sales.

Watercolor Basics


with Russel Whitten

Calendar Apr 29, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Build a strong foundation in watercolor by studying color theory and mixing, application and how to create the illusion of distance and composition. Students will be walked through their first painting, then the sky is the limit! The instructor will be there to help you continue to build your skills and confidence.

Required: 1 small tube each: cadmium yellow (light), cobalt blue, alizarin crimson, 1 round #10 watercolor brush; 1 inch wide flat brush, 1 drawing pencil #3B, 1 eraser, 1 light board or piece of cardboard and two sheets of Arches watercolor paper, 140 lb. cold press (approx. $25-30).

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.

Drilled Sea Glass - Spring


with Sarah Walker

Calendar Apr 30, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Pendant & Key

Chain Discover the secret to drilling glass, stones and shells. Learn easy techniques for creating spirals, wire-wrapping and adding beautiful beads to create unique and special jewelry. Use our collection of sea glass, beach stones and shells or bring your own favorites. Includes materials to make a pendant and key chain.

Art Night Out instructors are experienced crafters providing a relaxed environment, lots of support and quality materials/tools to ensure a positive experience.

Folk Art Rug Hooking


with Janet Conner, BS

Calendar May 2, 2020 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Low-tech, simple and lots of fun! Learn rug hooking from start to finish with every step demonstrated. Easily incorporate rovings, hand-spun and commercial yarns, felting techniques and embellishments after mastering the basics. Discuss the history and tradition of primitive rug hooking, learn about finding and preparing materials and research sources for design inspiration. Choose a small mat or chair pad from a variety of simple kits which include everything: hook, instructions, binding, burlap, hoop and a selection of one-of- a-kind heirloom and hand-dyed wools ($41-$60, payable to instructor in class).

Note: Review designs/kits at and email specifying your choice(s).

Required: Bring a bag lunch and sharp fabric scissors, if you have some.

Janet Conner, BS in Art Education from Moore College of Art and Design, is a member of the Saco Valley Fiber Artists, exhibits regionally and at ME Fiber Arts Center. She is an author and has been featured in Rug Hooking Magazine and Finishing Hooked Rugs.

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An Intro to Basic Blacksmithing


with Sam Smith

Calendar May 2, 2020 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Jewelry, Hooks & HangersBlacksmith like it’s 1899!

Join “Forged in Fire” contestant, Sam Smith, and gain the fundamental skill of pounding iron in this age old craft. Tend a coal fire and forge iron into nails, hooks and simple bracelets to bring home and amaze your family and friends!

Note: Course fee is nonrefundable. Space is limited so register early.

Required: Wear long pants, closed-toe shoes. No polyester or synthetic material.

Sam Smith is a Master Blacksmith & Guildmaster of the ME Blacksmith's Guild. Internationally renowned for his work on UNESCO World Heritage sites in Europe with 20+ years experience in the craft, Master Smith represents an unbroken line of Blacksmiths back to 1836.

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Inks for Drinks


with Kristen Bartlett

Calendar May 3, 2020 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Alcohol Ink Coasters Workshop

Create original works of art that are also very useful and make wonderful gifts! Explore the wild world of alcohol ink art and design your own set of 4 one-of-a-kind coasters. Learn various techniques, tips for creating desired aesthetics and how to make your own alcohol ink with items you have around the house. Wear clothing for making inky art and bring a snack, if you’d like.

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.

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After Dark Photography


with Michael Leonard

Calendar May 7, 2020 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Get your best photos after the sun sets! This slide lecture is a complete program about shooting after sun set and before sun rise. Anyone wanting to shoot into the night with available light will want to attend. Capture the Milky Way, Aurora Borealis, moonlit scenes, city lights and more. Discuss exposure, white balance and other camera functions and get some tips for the equipment needed to successfully capture rewarding night images. Students receive a $25 gift code to Nations Photo Lab.

Mike Leonard, a photographer since the ‘80s with experience ranging from TV production to leading photography cruises, has been teaching for 12+ years. Acknowledged by Adobe Systems as a leader of a Photoshop User Group in Portland, ME, he enjoys teaching all levels of photographers to help them to grow their talents.

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