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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

Creative Arts

Advanced Beginner Digital Photography


with Geri Lynn Smith

Calendar Jun 6, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

OK, so you now know the concepts of ISO, aperture and shutter speed and how to locate and change them in your camera. You also have a working knowledge of lines and how to compose a photo that tells a story along with a workflow that enables you to shoot, download, organize, edit and distribute your shots. Now welcome to advancing your knowledge to create shots that are outstanding and not just another snapshot. Check Geri Lynn out in our Gallery.

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

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Beer Glass Succulent Gardens


with Dalton Link

Calendar May 9, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

at Banded Horn Brewery

Create unique, one-of-a-kind open air succulent gardens in beer glassware. Learn the planting techniques to make and maintain a healthy, happy open terrarium. Tuition includes one 10 oz beverage of your choice and all the supplies needed to create a beautiful garden for your home or to gift to friends or 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.

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Beginner Digital Photography


with Geri Lynn Smith

Calendar Apr 25, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

with your Digital SLR 

Explore how digital photography works so you can get all the benefits your Digital Single Lens Reflex (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 Geri Lynn out 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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Beginning Wood Carving


with Iona Desmond

Calendar May 7, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Do you find the touch, grain patterns, and warm tones of wood pleasing? Study the shape of your piece to determine the form hidden within, concentrating on the large planes and angles to bring it to life. Use simple hand tools to transform scraps of wood into birds, fish, animals or abstract forms. Enhance the quality of the grain and the texture with an easily applied finish. Leave class with your work of art and a new appreciation for the beauty and possibilities of wood. Tools and materials are provided, but feel free to bring your own carving tools. No class May 28th.

Iona Desmond is an award-winning artist and teacher with over 38 years of experience. Her pastels and sculptures are in many private collections in the US and Canada.

Drawing Basics


with Russel Whitten

Calendar Apr 25, 2018 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. Check our Russel in our Gallery.

Required: 11 x 14 in. drawing pad (or bigger), pencil, charcoal pencil, medium vine or willow & compressed charcoal, 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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Drilled Sea Glass - Spring


with Art Night Out Staff

Calendar Apr 25, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Pendant & Key Chain

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

Check Art Night Out out in our Gallery.

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

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Figure Studies in Charcoal


with Jennifer Martel

Calendar Apr 28, 2018 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

A basic understanding of anatomy can help the artist proportionately render the human figure. Learn about the skeletal system, musculature, and how to use light and shadow to create form. Explore heads, faces, hands, feet and the torso, putting it all together and into motion.

Required: two 18 x 24 in. newsprint pads (100 sheets), hard & soft charcoal, paper blending stumps, kneaded & white erasers, shammy, and a 18 x 24 in. heavy Bristol Pad for finished pieces (approx. $40-$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.

Intro to Pastels


with Wade Zahares

Calendar May 1, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Spontaneous and hands-on, pastels are a great medium for on location, illustrative and abstract work. Experiment with pastels from the hardest and most inexpensive to the softest imported chalk and oil pastels, and the many types of pastel papers on the market. Enjoy the benefits of weekly critiques of your work. The objective is for you is to feel comfortable with this medium and develop a style of your own.

Check Wade out in our Gallery.

Required: Assorted pastel set, artist's paper tape, drawing board, 18 x 24 in. sheet of pastel paper, plastic eraser & workable fixative (approx. $60).

Wade Zahares has illustrated seven children’s books, including Window Music, a 1998 NY Times Best Illustrated Book. He specializes in corporate commissions for such clients as McDonalds, Bank of America & HBO.

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