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12 Sprays of Christmas


with Jennifer Greiner

Calendar Dec 9, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Ah the holiday aromas of spiced apple cider, peppermint and pine trees!

Scented candles, plug-ins and other odor-masking sprays can be harmful to your health. Save money, reduce your home's chemical load and have fun making your own natural air fresheners with essential oils. They provide the perfect vibe while keeping your home smelling lovely for the holidays and are chemical-free! Explore essential oils and other nontoxic options while making two sprays to take home in time for the holidays

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

Watercolor Basics


with Russel Whitten

Calendar Jan 10, 2022 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. No class 1/17.

Required: Masks & distancing, 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.

Acrylic Painting for Beginners


with Kyle D Durkin

Calendar Jan 18, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Learn to use paint and color!

Mix paints and explore how to build up an image, step-by-step! With your teacher's expert guidance, learn skills you can build on in all your painting. Create your own original pieces to take home with you.

Masks & distancing required.

Required: Box set of acrylic paints (at least red, blue, yellow, and white), a set of acrylic paintbrushes in a variety of brush sizes, container for water, and a palette (mats. approx. $30).

Kyle Durkin holds a Bachelor's in Studio Art, with a concentration in painting, from USM. He enjoys helping new artists develop their skills in a fun, safe atmosphere.

Early American Penny Rug


with Janet Conner, BS

Calendar Jan 22, 2022 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. Registration closes at noon on 1/21.

Required: Proof of registration, masks & distancing.

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 to view patterns and email the instructor,, specifying your choice. 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.

Intro to Color Theory


with Victoria Gordon

Calendar Jan 25, 2022 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 the 1st day of class.

Proof of registration, masks, distancing required.

Required: 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.

How to Write a Book in 3 Months!


with Maryssa Gordon

Calendar Feb 1, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Want to write a book, but don't know where to start?

Explore characters, plot and the little details that really bring your story alive. Once you write the book, what do you want to do with it? Why publish it, of course! Focus on getting your book out into the world, whether that's through traditional or self-publishing means. Bring a writing utensil and paper.

Masks & distancing required.

Maryssa Gordon, MFA in Creative Writing, is the founder and sole operator of Pocket Editing, a freelance writing and editing business. She recently published her first book Lies Left Behind.

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Artisan Soap!


with Anita Harris

Calendar Feb 3, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Did you know that, just like cooking, you can make soap from a mix? Join us and take a deeper dive into soap making and discover how to create soap from scratch. Watch as the instructor makes soap while students have the opportunity to ask questions about the process. Learn about different oils and butters and their benefits. Discover natural and non-natural coloring techniques and choose an option for your class-made soap and discuss how to use the soap calculator. Leave with your bar of soap created by the instructor.

Masks & distancing required.

Anita Harris has been creating soaps, natural beauty and health care products for the past seven years. She has been captivated by natural healing for the past 30 as a professional massage therapist and has worked extensively with numerous chiropractors and alternative healers.

Knit with Your Arms


with Kelly Thayer, BA

Calendar Feb 17, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 11 weeks

Knit a beautiful infinity scarf with your two arms! Experience the basic method of arm knitting, leaving class with your finished product.

Required: Masks & distancing. Three balls of bulky or super bulky weight yarn. Lion's Brand Wood Ease or Lion's Brand Hometown USA is suggested.

Kelly Thayer, BA in Studio Art from UME, is the owner/artist at Kreations working with all types of materials, but specializing in custom hand painted glassware! She hosts many 'how to' arts and crafts classes and enjoys sharing her love of art with all ages!

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