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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

Creative Arts

Advanced Watercolor


with Russel Whitten

Calendar Jan 24, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Get new ideas and build upon the techniques you have already established. Learn to draw with watercolor, understand positive and negative space, and refine color mixing and matching techniques. Work on slightly more complex still life subjects, with step-by-step demonstrations and explanations on execution. No class February 21st.

Prerequisite: Watercolor Basics

Required: 1 sm tube ea: Cadmium Yellow (light), Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow (medium), Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Cadmium Red (medium), Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine (or French Ultramarine), Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna (Cotman or Grumbacher watercolor hues are OK); 1 Round #12 watercolor brush; 1 drawing pencil #3B; 1 eraser; 1 light board or piece of cardboard; one sheet of Arches watercolor paper, 140 lb. cold press; and a water jar (approx. $40-$50). Portlandís Art Mart or Artisan Craftsman recommended.

Russel Whitten, a local artist/teacher, studied at The Art Students League of New York and Heartwood College of Art. He is a member of The Ogunquit Art Association/Barn Gallery. Students love his easy, supportive teaching style.

Chalk Paint Your Furniture or Kitchen Cabinets


with Meredith Earle

Calendar Feb 13, 2018 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Give your furniture or kitchen a fresh look with this simple four step method. Create any look: vintage, cottage, antique or modern, in any color you desire and at a fraction of the cost of new cabinets or new furniture. No experience required! Tuition includes chalking materials/tools.

Required: Small portable piece of furniture (no more than 4 spindles) or wooden craft to paint - - clean items thoroughly using a degreasing soap like Dawn -- and a one cup sample, mixed in the color you love, of flat low-primer paint (Home Depot BEHR Premium Plus flat sheen 8 ounce samples recommended. They will mix-in your color choice.). Wear your painting clothes/apron and bring a small drop cloth.

Meredith Earle, owner of Royal Chalk, specializes in training the DIY student in the art of chalk painting. She also creates and provides chalk painting products through her business and classes.

Circle of Knitters


with Laurel Tibbals

Calendar Jan 31, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Beginners and knitters of all experience levels are welcome! Each student is taught individually, based on their level. Bring a project for expert individual help and tips. If you have not started a project in knitting, please bring a pair of wooden #8 straight needles with worsted yarn to start. All supplies and how to choose a project will be discussed in the first class and handouts will be available. Enjoy the company of fellow knitters as we sit, knit and solve the problems of the world. No class February 21st.

Laurel Tibbals has been knitting for over 50 years with an addiction to sock knitting for at least seven. Her drawers are overflowing with knitting and she wants to help you fill yours.

Crochet a Scarf


with Meleena Erikson

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

Perfect for Beginners!

Knit a beautiful scarf using a basic pattern with single and double crochet stitches. Choose between a traditional style or infinity scarf. Basic crochet stitches and gauging will be reviewed for beginners. Tuition includes materials.

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

Drilled Sea Glass


with Artascope Staff

Calendar Jan 24, 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.

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

Folk Art Rug Hooking


with Janet Conner

Calendar Jan 27, 2018 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Low-tech, simple and lots of fun!

Easily incorporate rovings, hand-spun and commercial yarns, felting techniques and embellishments after mastering the basics. Learn the sequence and procedure of rug hooking from start to finish with every step demonstrated. Discuss the history and tradition of primitive rug hooking, learn about finding and preparing materials, and research sources for design inspiration. Choose a small mat or chair pad from a variety of simple rug-hooking kits. Your kit includes everything needed: hook, instructions, design suggestions, binding, burlap, hoop and a selection of one-of- a-kind heirloom and hand-dyed wools ($41-$60, payable to instructor in class). To reserve your design, please look at the kits at, and email the instructor specifying your favorite. Please bring a bag lunch and sharp fabric scissors, if you have some.

Janet Conner holds a BS in art education from Moore College of Art & Design in PA, and is a member of the Saco Valley Fiber Artists. She exhibits regionally and at Maine Fiber Arts Center. Janetís and her students' rugs are featured in articles in Rug Hooking Magazine and contributed to the book Finishing Hooked Rugs. She teaches Rug Hooking throughout the US, Canada and Bermuda and is soon to have her book on collectible and antique rugs published.

Greeting Cards for Easter


with Faith Garnett

Calendar Mar 7, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Send a one-of-a-kind card to someone special! Spring is coming and its time to celebrate the season with handmade cards. Learn to make three cards using three different techniques. Tuition includes materials to make one each: pop up, hidden bunny, and spring waterfall. Please register by March 6th.

Faith Garnett began teaching card making in 2009. She has sold her original greeting cards at craft fairs and is now on Etsy as LindenNotes.

Greeting Cards for Your Valentines


with Faith Garnett

Calendar Jan 31, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Send a one-of-a-kind Valentine to someone special! Create unique cards that say I love you or Thinking of you to celebrate that special day. Tuition includes materials to explore three techniques while making one card each: window, paper quilt, and telescope. Please register by January 30th.

Faith Garnett began teaching card making in 2009. She has sold her original greeting cards at craft fairs and is now on Etsy as LindenNotes.

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