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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

Creative Arts

Beginning Digital Photography


with Geri Lynn Smith

Calendar Sep 27, 2017 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: what lenses do, manual features such as aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Go beyond these controls to focus points, white balance, program settings and editing photos using the best digital software and freeware programs available. No class October 18th.

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 Smith is an award-winning photographer who shoots and teaches primarily in the New England area.

Course will run

Beginning Improv Theater


with Susan J Parks

Calendar Oct 5, 2017 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Learn to improv with the Marti Stevens Interactive Improvisational Theater (MSIIT) model of social action scenarios. Students will warm up with theater games, brainstorm ideas and work together to create and perform. Each student will have an opportunity to act in one of the newly created scenarios using MSIIT props and discuss their roles in their scenes. Join us and enjoy this unique type of theater!

Susan Parks, Executive Director of the Marti Stevens Interactive Improvisational Theater since 2016, has been acting with MSIIT for 25 years. She has performed in dozens of scenarios on topics, including: literacy, sexual harassment, domestic violence, race relations, communication and many others. The MSIIT troupe has performed for a wide assortment of institutions, organizations & agencies such as Maine DHHS, Maine Police Academy, Androscoggin County Jail, Jackson Labs, Shaw's, Hannaford's, and the Family Violence Project.

Chair Caning Made Easy
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Chair Caning Made Easy


with Gordon H Andersen

Calendar Sep 21, 2017 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Learn the seven-step method to creating a hand-woven cane seat. Complete this project and you will be able to cane on your own! We will also cover the care and feeding of your chair to prolong its use. Please make sure your chair is finished/painted before bringing it to class. You will be bringing your chair home to work on between classes.

Required: $40, for your kit (containing instructions, a steel awl, 12 caning pegs, and 500 feet of cane for one large or two small chair seats), is payable at the first class.

Gordon Andersen, a retired American Baptist pastor, learned to cane years ago from one of his parishioners and has been enjoying this craft ever-since. He started his own caning business in 2001.

Chalk Painted Furniture
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Chalk Painted Furniture


with Meredith S Earle

Calendar Sep 25, 2017 at 5:30 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Expanded class!

Give your furniture or kitchen a new, fresh look with this simple four step method. Create any look or color desired . . . vintage, cottage, antiqued, modern . . . at a fraction of the cost of new cabinets or furniture. No experience required! All chalking materials, finishes and tools included.

Required: SMALL portable piece of furniture (no chairs with more than four spindles), thoroughly cleaned with a grease-cutting soap. A one cup sample of flat low-primer paint (Home Depot BEHR Premium Plus flat sheen 8 ounce samples recommeded). Wear your painting clothes /apron (2nd class) 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 creates and provides chalk painting products.

Crochet a Basket!


with Meleena Erikson

Calendar Nov 15, 2017 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.

Drilled Sea Glass Pendant
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Drilled Sea Glass Pendant


with Artascope Staff

Calendar Sep 20, 2017 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

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 artists who provide a relaxed atmosphere, lots of support, quality materials/tools to ensure a positive experience.

Full Course

Holiday Cards: Embossing & Die Cuts


with Faith Carnett

Calendar Nov 8, 2017 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Make lovely, original, hand-crafted greetings cards for friends and loved ones! Students will use embossing powder and various die cuts. One card will be embossed on vellum and folded to create a tea light card. The other two cards will use white card stock, frames and decorated die cuts and shapes using a Big Shot. Tuition includes materials.

Faith Garnett began teaching card making in 2009. She has sold her original greeting cards at craft fairs and will be selling them on Etsy as lindennotes.

Holiday Cards: Fancy Folds & Interactive Cards


with Faith Carnett

Calendar Nov 14, 2017 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Make lovely, original, hand-crafted greetings cards for your friends and loved ones! During this session students will make the following holiday-themed cards: one slider, one waterfall and one box card. Tuition includes materials.

Faith Garnett began teaching card making in 2009. She has sold her original greeting cards at craft fairs and will be selling them on Etsy as lindennotes.

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