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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

Creative Arts

Therapeutic Drawing
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Therapeutic Drawing


with Deborah Pouliot

Calendar Jul 13, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

What is Tangling?

It is an easy-to-learn, fun, relaxing way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns called tangles. Create tangles using a combination of dots, lines, simple s-curves and orbs. It is nonrepresentational and unplanned so there is o need to worry about results. Tangling can help increase focus, creativity, self-confidence and aid in problem-solving, self-image and provide an increased sense of well-being. It has been shown to help with phobias, addictions, pain management, conflict resolution, stress relief and reduce blood pressure.

Deborah Pouliot was an art teacher at Noble Middle School for 28 years. She taught Tangling in her classroom as well as to 100+ teachers in her district with the goal of aiding students transitions from one activity to another.

An Intro to Basic Blacksmithing


with Sam Smith

Calendar Jul 18, 2020 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Jewelry, Hooks & HangersBlacksmith like it’s 1899!

Join “Forged in Fire” contestant, Sam Smith, and gain the fundamental skill of pounding iron in this age old craft. Tend a coal fire and forge iron into nails, hooks and simple bracelets to bring home and amaze your family and friends!

Note: Course fee is nonrefundable. Space is limited so register early.

Required: Wear long pants, closed-toe shoes. No polyester or synthetic material.

Sam Smith is a Master Blacksmith & Guildmaster of the ME Blacksmith's Guild. Internationally renowned for his work on UNESCO World Heritage sites in Europe with 20+ years experience in the craft, Master Smith represents an unbroken line of Blacksmiths back to 1836.

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Street Photography Workshop


with Eric Holsinger

Calendar Jul 18, 2020 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Street photography is often intimidating for photographers. Find the courage and skill to photograph strangers in public!

Before we hit the streets, some basics of approaching this style of photography will be covered; unspoken “rules” of street photography, composing artistic shots on the move, shooting more and worrying less. The key in this fast paced class is to increase your confidence in taking photos of people and situations outside of your comfort zone. Intended for photographers who already maintain an understanding of the craft and are interested in gaining courage and expanding their view into the realm of street photography.

Required: Bring a camera, comfortable walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothes.

Optional: iPad.

Eric Holsinger became interested in photographing the public when he began contributing to's Seen Photoblog in 2013. He shoots formal portraits of strangers on the street and has an ongoing urban landscape project: @SacoLikeTaco.

Floating Embroidery - Online


with Sarah J deGrandis

Calendar Jul 21, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Create a magical “floating” piece of embroidery! Learn basic embroidery stitches on tulle in a 6-inch round embroidery hoop to create a lovely piece for your home or as a gift.

Required:  Available at Michaels: 6 inch wooden embroidery hoop, embroidery floss in 5 colors: green, yellow and your choice for the rest, Embroidery needle or other sharp-tipped needle that can fit floss; pencil, pen, or disappearing ink marker and a pair of scissors. Available at Joann Fabrics: 8 inch X 8 inch (or larger) square of Bridal tulle. Bridal tulle is much finer than the standard costume/deco tulle, which doesn't work as well to hold stitches.

Sarah deGrandis, BFA in New Media from ME College of Art, is a formally trained artist and longtime crafter who knows a little bit about a lot. She is passionate about learning different crafts and using modern, fun takes on traditional techniques.

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Greeting Cards: More Cuts & Folds


with Faith Garnett

Calendar Aug 5, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Do you dislike paying $5 or more for a card that is neither unique or personal? Join a growing group of crafters who make their own! Create three cards: one that can double as a gift card holder, another that pops up when a tab is pulled and a third that fans open like a book so you can include a photo or set of images to communicate your sentiment. There will be a selection of stamps to choose from to make cards for specific occasions such as birthday, graduation, thank you or thinking of you. Please bring your preferred adhesive. Registration closes 8/3.

Faith Garnett began teaching card making in 2009. She sells her work at craft fairs and through private sales.

Outdoor Adventures in Watercolor Section II


with Russel Whitten

Calendar Aug 7, 2020 at 1 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Join other students, beginning and beyond, in outdoor excursions to enjoy watercolor painting and artistic camaraderie. Russel will provide training in controlling watercolor media and tonal drawing, re-creating the appearance of nature with the understanding of forms and their surrounding elements. The study of perspective, composition, value and color will play as our foundation. All levels are welcome. Class location will be discussed weekly. Check out Russel’s work in our online Gallery.

Required: 1 sm tube ea.: Cadmium Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Ultramarine, Cadmium Red, and Alizarin; 1 Round #10 watercolor brush, 1 drawing pencil HB basic #2, 1 eraser, 1 light board or piece of cardboard and several sheets of Arches watercolor paper, 140 lb. cold press, and a portable watercolor easel and folding chair (optional) (mats. approx. $40-$50).

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.

DIY Botanical Shower Steamers


with Kristen Bartlett

Calendar Aug 27, 2020 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Create fragrant botanical tablets that dissolve in water and give off a soothing blend of aromas that will take your showers to a whole new level! From relaxing to energizing, to romantic or clearing your sinuses - create an essential oil blend that is perfect for you. Leave with several aromatherapy shower steamers that you can gift or indulge in yourself.

Required: Bring an apron, two 2-Qt size (or larger) mixing bowls, a whisk or dinner fork, a mini or standard muffin pan and a set of measuring cups.

Kristen Bartlett was exposed to art at a very early age, inspiring her lifelong creative path. With schooling in drawing, oil painting, graphic design and photography, Kristen practices many forms of art and crafts.

Pepperell Mills Plein Air Study


with Victoria Gordon

Calendar Sep 19, 2020 at 9 am, runs for 2 weeks

Explore your love for the outdoors, art-making and the historic Biddeford Mill District! Take in the beautiful textures, shapes, light and shadow of the Mills' architecture. Learn to see the landscape as broad areas of value and shape to create sophisticated sketches. All drawing levels welcome. Please arrive by 9 AM as we will be moving to various locations. Wear comfortable shoes and layered clothing. Drawing materials included. No class 5/24.

Note: Bring an easel (not required), sunscreen, water bottle and a folding chair or blanket.

Tory Gordon is a watercolor/pen & ink artist living and working in Biddeford. Her art is inspired by people, places and things and expresses itself in a fluid style. She believes everyone has an artist within waiting to express itself in beautiful, surprising ways.

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