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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

Creative Arts

10 Handmade Holiday Cards!


with Faith Garnett

Calendar Nov 10, 2018 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Give the special people in your life a holiday card handmade by you! In four hours, with a break for lunch, you will make 10 different and unique holiday cards using various card making techniques such as stamping, embossing, die cuts, fancy folds and more.

Required: Adhesive - suggested: Scor-Tape, two-sided tape, Tombow white glue or a tape runner (also called a snail).

Faith Garnett began teaching card making in 2009 and is passionate about paper crafts of all varieties. She has sold her original greeting cards at many craft fairs and has her own shop on Etsy called Lindennotes.

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Advanced Beginning Digital Photography


with Geri Lynn Smith

Calendar Oct 24, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Learn advanced controls to help tell your vision. Fully explore white balance, filters, focal length, and exposure compensation. Gain insight into what makes a better photograph and the difference between fine art and an over the sofa type print. Essential items that every photographer should keep in their bag will also be covered. This class is packed with tips and tricks that you will use in your photographic journey.

Check Geri Lynn's work out in our Gallery!

Prerequisite: Beginner Digital Photography class and at least six months of personal shooting.

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

Basic Hand Sewing


with Merry Canillas

Calendar Oct 15, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Sewing is a rewarding and handy art!

Being able to make something practical and fun at the same time is worth every bit of love and effort put into it. Start by covering tools, threads and fabrics and what to use with what, then on to the various kinds of stitches and how they are used. Learn to make and sew bias binding, buttons, snaps, blind hemming, etc. Create a pouch for your sewing kit, a cute pincushion, makeup bag and cell phone cover. Tuition includes additional tools and materials for all four projects.

Required: Basic sewing kit of sharp fabric scissors, pack of hand sewing needles and glass head pins, 6-12 inch metal ruler, pencil or marking pen.

Merry Canillas has been sewing since high school. She has a Dressmakers/Design diploma from Penn Foster and has worked in the bridal industry. She has run several sewing companies over the last 25 years and currently runs Hand Strands in Saco.

Beer Glass Succulent Garden


with Dalton Link

Calendar Oct 24, 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 happy and healthy 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.

Beginning Digital Photography


with Geri Lynn Smith

Calendar Sep 12, 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. Learn to take a photograph by understanding and practicing the controls of your camera. Gain an understanding of composition and design and how to download and edit your photos to make them ready for distribution. Check Geri Lynn's work 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 is an award winning photographer shooting in the New England area. She shares her knowledge from personal experience through practical application and entertaining anecdotes.

Chickadee Painted Glass Bottle or Block


with Marjorie Otis

Calendar Sep 26, 2018 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

A beloved representative of Maine!

Choose a wine bottle or glass block and paint your chickadee design using multi-surface paints. Add lights and leave class with your bottle or block to add to your home decor or to give as a gift. Specify bottle or block by emailing Tuition includes materials to make one bottle or block.

Required: Acrylic paint brushes: #2 Filbert, 1/4 inch angle or flat and #10/0 thin liner.

Marjorie Otis, a decorative painter for about 30 years, continues her studies at regional conferences for Decorative Paining in ME and PA. She is a member of the Decorative Painters and Southern Maine Crafters Societies, Sea Strokes of Maine, Tole n Me and the United Maine Crafters.

Chunky Hand Knit Blanket


with Kelly Thayer, BA

Calendar Oct 13, 2018 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

No knitting needles or experience needed!

Use your own two hands to knit. Join us and learn to create a delightful chunky throw blanket (approx. 50 in x 60 in). A completed blanket requires 10 to 12 skeins of jumbo chunky yarn or you can just purchase two skeins to learn the technique in class and finish it at home - its up to you!

Required: A minimum of two skeins, Zituop Super Chunky Yarn suggested (approx. $13/skein on Amazon).

Kelly Thayer, BA in Studio Art from U Maine, is the owner/artist at Kreations working with all types of materials and is excited to share her knowledge with you!

Crochet a Basket!


with Meleena Erikson

Calendar Dec 3, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

This is not your Mama's crochet!

Know how to crochet but tired of making blankets and pot holders? Join us for some basic crochet skills and leave with a completed basket. Basket pattern and instructions will be provided. Tuition includes materials.

Required: One size K or L crochet hook.

Meleena Erikson has been crocheting for over 15 years and currently sells the items she creates in her Etsy shop. She has over 10 years of experience teaching college and adult education courses.

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