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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.

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.

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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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Early American Penny Rug


with Janet Conner, BS

Calendar Nov 17, 2018 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. Trace, cut and appliqu̩ pieces of wool to make geometric and pictorial scenes - all demonstrated from start to finish, along with discussions on history, antique samples and available material resources. No experience needed.

Check Janet out in our online Gallery.

Required: Purchase a kit ($20-$75, dependent on design), payable to the instructor in class, containing a unique selection of pre-washed and hand-dyed wools, patterns, design suggestions, and even the embroidery needle and threads! Visit to view patterns and email the instructor specifying your choice.

Bring a bag lunch and small sharp fabric scissors.

Janet Conner, BS in Art Education from Moore College of Art and Design in PA, is a member of the Saco Valley Fiber Artists and exhibits regionally and at Maine Fiber Arts Center. She and her students' rugs have been featured in Rug Hooking Magazine and the book Finishing Hooked Rugs. Janet published a book in 2016 which draws on her knowledge of important collectible and antique rugs. She teaches Rug Hooking throughout the US, Canada and Bermuda.

Ellie's Easy Soap Making Extravaganza!


with Elvira Saucier

Calendar Oct 27, 2018 at 10 am, runs for 2 weeks

Get the basics of this easy process of how to add oils, colors and scent to your soap. Enjoy making soap bars using a clear and/or white glycerin soap base. Leave with two bars of soap, a step-by-step guide to the soap making process and tips on soap ingredients which can be tailored to your skin type! Great as useful handmade gifts to loved ones or keep for your own use! Tuition includes materials.

NOTE: Date has been changed from original schedule (was 10/20 & 10/27).

Elvira Saucier graduated from art school in Russia in 2003. She has experienced many different types of art and her current interests are glycerin-based soaps and sculpting gorgeous berries and flowers from polymer clay.

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Handmade Tags, Bags & Gift Card Holders!


with Faith Garnett

Calendar Dec 5, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Make gift giving extra special by creating your own gift card holders, a little gift bag with your own special design, and gift tags the recipient will want to keep forever! Make one gift card holder, one gift bag and three gift tags. Then watch for the smile before the gift is even opened! Registration closes 12/3. Tuition includes materials.

See Faith's work in our Gallery.

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.

Intro to Water-Based Oils & Acrylics


with Iona Desmond

Calendar Nov 20, 2018 at 6:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Water-based oils and acrylics are user-friendly and nontoxic. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced painter, you will enjoy exploring these mediums as we paint from still life objects or sketch.

Required: Acrylic Gesso, nylon brushes made for acrylics or water-based oil, both flat and round bristle (1/2 inch & 1 inch); two soft hair brushes #6 and #10, painting knife, water container, paper towels/rags and a palette of all primary colors and white and black (in either acrylics or water-based oils). Any of the following: illustration board, heavy paper, mat board scraps, canvas, canvas board, masonite or even brown craft paper. Optional: Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber and Raw Umber. Materials approx. $30-$40.

Iona Desmond is an artist and teacher with over 38 years of experience. Her pastels and sculptures are in many private collections in the US and Canada and she has won several awards for her artwork.

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