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Beginner Digital Photography

$99

with Geri Lynn Smith

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 26, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

with your Digital SLR

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 design and how to download and edit your photos to make them ready for distribution.

Required: Masks and distancing, DSLR camera, fresh batteries, a memory card and your questions!

Note: This class is not for point & shoot only digital cameras.

Recommended: Laptop computer.

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

Watercolor Basics

$105

with Russel Whitten

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 26, 2021 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. Masks and distancing required.

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.

Intro to Color Theory

$45

with Victoria Gordon

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 27, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Having an understanding of color theory is important for any visual artist. Discuss vocabulary, color relationships and explore hands-on applications of color theory and mixing. Paint your own color wheels and charts - useful resources that you can take home and use to help with all your artistic endeavors! Registration closes at noon on the 1st day of class.

Required: Masks and distancing. Bring proof of registration, watercolor paper, watercolor palette w/ brush, pencil, round watercolor brush (if not bought with palette), cup for water (Michaels, approx. $12).

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 artist within waiting to express itself in beautiful, surprising ways.

Your Story, Your Way

$19

with Rita A Braceland

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 27, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Your journal is a place where you can be exactly who you are. Join us and explore various techniques used in journal writing. Start your own journal or discover new ways to expand your current practice. Masks and distancing required.

Jill Braceland has been designing and delivering seminars in management and writing topics for more than 30 years. She offers seminars that are interactive, practical, and presented in an easy, friendly manner.

Spring DIY Card Kit

$29

with Faith Garnett

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 28, 2021 , runs for 1 week

Spring brings with it the promise of flowers and the opportunity to thank the people closest to us - our mothers and fathers. Why not tell them how special they are with a handmade card that will stand up once its taken out of the envelope? Kits include all the pieces necessary and any stamping (as shown in the above photo). Blank sentiment pieces will be included, in case you choose to use the card for a different occasion such as a birthday or thinking of you. Complete your cards with your own adhesive and markers or colored pencils. Registering for your order closes at noon on 4/26 and your kit should arrive within one week of that date.

Note: Kit includes materials, instructions, illustrations of completed project and the instructor's email.

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

Watercolor Florals

$105

with Russel Whitten

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 29, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Paint loosely & expressively!

Flowers are a great subject when seeking to paint intuitively and fluidly. Practice techniques that will strengthen your painting skills including: observation and editing, positive and negative painting, textural effects, glazing, wet-into-wet painting and color mixing. Wrap it all up by painting a flower arrangement using in class and improvisational techniques as you develop your own personal style. Masks and distancing required.

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 studied at The Art Students League of New York and Heartwood College of Art and is a member of The Ogunquit Art Association/Barn Gallery. He has taught for many years - a local treasure!

Early American Penny Rug

$45

with Janet Conner, BS

Calendar Next available session starts May 1, 2021 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Anyone who enjoys quilting, rug hooking or braiding will enjoy making penny rugs, also known as coin, button or money rugs. The penny uses small circular patches of wool to make geometric and pictorial scenes which will be demonstrated from start to finish along with a discussion of history, antique samples and available sources for materials. No prior experience needed. 

Required: Masks and distancing. Bring proof of registration. Purchase a kit ($20-$75), payable in class, containing a unique selection of pre-washed and hand-dyed wool, pattern, design suggestions and even the embroidery needle and threads! Visit www.jconnerhookedrugs.com to view patterns and email the instructor, jconnerhookedrugs@gmail.com, specifying your choice by the Friday before class. Please bring a bag lunch and small sharp fabric scissors to class.

Janet Conner, BS in Art Education from Moore College of Art & Design, is a member of the Saco Valley Fiber Artists and exhibits regionally and at ME Fiber Arts Center. She and her students' rugs have been featured in Rug Hooking Magazine and Finishing Hooked Rugs. Janet published Magnificent Hooked Rugs which draws on her knowledge of important collectible and antique rugs. She teaches Rug Hooking throughout the US and internationally.

The Art of Natural Perfumery

$29

with Jennifer Greiner

Calendar Next available session starts May 6, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Learn the art and science of creating natural perfumes and colognes. Discover the emotional effects of dozens of essential oils and how to balance top, middle and bottom scent notes to craft alluring aromas; balancing body and mind. Make a customized perfume or cologne to take home. This class is great for any gender interested in their own personalized scent. Masks and distancing required.

Jennifer Greiner, of Green Thinking, uses a unique approach of professional counseling and essential oil wellness to integrate alternative, natural methods into your own health & lifestyle.





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