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Art Unbound Section II
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Art Unbound Section II


with John Mark Koerber

Calendar Sep 30, 2023 at 12 pm, runs for 1 week

Your art does not have to represent anything! Art can be a celebration of line, form, color, and contrast without looking like a teapot, flower, or lighthouse! Through a series of exercises, explore the childlike inner artist within you who likes to draw on walls and pour paint on the family dog! Let loose, relax, and enjoy the cathartic, unbound process. Wear clothes for making art or bring an apron. Leave with at least two unbound art masterpieces. Tuition includes all materials.

Brother Mark is a minister, healer, and psychic medium with 40 years of study and experience. He has been a Reiki Master in Usui Reiki Ryoho and Tibetan Reiki for over 20 years. He is also a certified Life Coach with college degrees in Humanities and Studio Art and graduate certificates in Addiction Counseling and Ministry.

Intro to Color Theory for Painting


with Victoria Gordon

Calendar Oct 4, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Having an understanding of color theory is essential for any visual artist. Discuss vocabulary and color relationships and explore hands-on applications of color theory and mixing. Paint a color wheel and charts—valuable resources you can take home to support your artistic endeavors! All materials provided.

Tory Gordon is a watercolor/pen & ink artist living and working in Biddeford. She is inspired by people, places and things, which lends a fluid style to her art. She believes everyone has an inner artist waiting to express in beautiful, surprising ways.

Gourds & Garlands


with Myriah Davis

Calendar Oct 5, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Who doesn't love autumn in New England? 

Make three-dimensional pumpkins, pine cones, acorns and a garland of leaves. Learn stitches such as the magic circle, single crochet, half-double crochet and double crochet. Explore shaping techniques like increases, decreases, invisible decreases and more! Whether you have years of experience or this is your first time picking up a crochet hook, join the fun and make your own fall décor. All levels of experience are welcome! Materials included. 

Myriah Davis has more than 20 years of crochet experience. Since 2017, she has owned and operated Davis Arts, a pop culture-based art business where Myriah creates patterns and finished fiber-crafted pieces based on characters from popular films and television series. Myriah's goal is to share her enthusiasm for all things yarn, but especially crochet, with everyone she meets.

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Decorative Door Basket
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Decorative Door Basket


with Kim Crepeau

Calendar Oct 11, 2023 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

This easy-to-weave basket is woven on a 10" x 14" oak D basket handle. We will be using 1/4” and 1/2" flat reeds for the entire basket, which are excellent for all levels. Your completed basket measures 10" long, 7" tall, and 3" wide. The small decoration on the front of the basket is not included. If you wish to put a decoration on your basket, you are more than welcome to bring one to class, and the instructor will provide instruction on attaching it. Registration closes at noon on 9/27.

Required: A bucket (for wetting reeds), sharp scissors, a kitchen sponge, or a spray bottle. The kit, including all basket materials, is $20 and payable to instructor in class.

Kim Crepeau, a basket weaver since 1984, has enthusiastically taught her craft for the past 25+ years. She chooses her baskets for all levels, from beginner to intermediate.

Seasonal Felt Floral Wreath


with Sarah J deGrandis

Calendar Oct 16, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Looking to add some seasonal color to your home? Learn to make simple flowers and foliage from felt and attach them to a modern metal hoop to make a unique and colorful floral wreath that's ready for fall or winter decor! All levels welcome. Materials included.

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.

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Paper Marbling


with Gayle Fitzpatrick

Calendar Oct 21, 2023 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.

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Cards for Kindness


with Faith Garnett

Calendar Oct 23, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

In 2022, Cards for Kindness sent 438,643 handmade cards to their partner organizations (ex. Ronald McDonald House, Special Olympics, Soldiers' Angels). How would you like to be a part of that? Make four simple cards from a 6 x 6 piece of decorative paper with coordinating cardstock using a template. There will be various sentiments available, so you can personalize your cards. Choose one of the four cards you’ll make to be donated to Cards for Kindness and receive information about the organization. Leave with the remaining three cards. Faith will take care of the paperwork and shipping of donated cards. Registration closes at noon on 10/20. All materials provided. 

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

Every Picture Tells a Story


with Rita A Braceland

Calendar Oct 24, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Organizing Photographs

Learn techniques on how to work through that box of photographs we all have. Integrating the stories behind the photos will also be explored. Please bring some of your photographs to get started. 

Jill Braceland has been designing and delivering management and writing tool seminars for more than 30 years. She has a reputation for offering interactive, practical workshops in an easy, friendly manner.

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