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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

Creative Arts

Punch Needle Spring Florals


with Sarah J deGrandis

Calendar Apr 24, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Use basic punch needle techniques to create colorful spring flowers. Learn new ways to create textured stitches, cut pile and more. Perfect for beginners as well as anyone looking to expand their punch needle skills! All materials provided.

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 of things. She is passionate about learning different crafts and using modern, fun takes on traditional techniques.

Watercolor Florals


with Russel Whitten

Calendar Apr 24, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Learn techniques for painting exquisite florals with watercolor. Much like translucent fabric are the petals of a flower. Re-creating these shapes with washes and wet into wet techniques to create the illusion of 3-dimensional form will be demonstrated. Direct observation with the fundamental understanding of values and perspective will be our core study for this class.

Note: Please purchase Arches paper as the quality of watercolor paper is essential for handling the techniques you will be taught in class. Feel free to bring any colors you may already have.

Required: 1 small tube each: cadmium yellow (light), cobalt blue, alizarin crimson, 1 round #10 watercolor brush; 1 inch wide flat brush, pencil #2, 1 eraser, 1 light board or piece of cardboard and two sheets of Arches 100% cotton rag 140 lb. OR 90 lb. cold press paper (approx. $30-$50).

Russel Whitten studied at The Art Students League of New York and Heartwood College of Art and is a member of The Ogunquit Art Association/Barn Gallery. He has taught for many years - a local treasure!

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Embossing Magic


with Faith Garnett

Calendar Apr 25, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Embossed images can literally pop up from the cards you make with a wonderful wow factor! Create three cards using the different techniques of dry and wet embossing. Learn how to shadow emboss with embossing powder, color only certain parts of a design on an embossing folder and create a frame or other shape within an embossed design. Make a beautiful Mother’s Day card or some for other occasions! All materials provided. 

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

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Beginner Digital Photography


with Geri Lynn Smith

Calendar Apr 26, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Get all the benefits your Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera has to offer. Learn to take a photograph by understanding and practicing the controls of your camera. Gain an understanding of composition design and how to download and edit your photos to make them ready for distribution.

Note: This class is not for point & shoot only digital cameras.

Required: DSLR camera, fresh batteries, memory card and your questions! Laptop computer (optional).

Geri Lynn Smith, an award winning photographer shooting in the New England area, shares her knowledge from personal experience through practical application and entertaining anecdotes.

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Intro to Drawing


with Russel Whitten

Calendar Apr 27, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Working primarily in charcoal, explore contour, depth, composition and perspective derived from observing natural and still life objects. We will also discuss the importance of various drawing media and papers.

Required: Drawing pad, pencil-charcoal, soft or extra soft vine; Strathmore charcoal paper, gum or kneaded rubber eraser, and an easel (optional) (approx. $20-$30).

Russel Whitten studied at The Art Students League of New York and Heartwood College of Art and is a member of The Ogunquit Art Association/Barn Gallery. He has taught for many years - a local treasure!

Night Photography


with Michael Leonard

Calendar Apr 27, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Take jaw-dropping photos in the dark! 

Anyone wanting to shoot through the night to sunrise with limited lighting will wish to attend this slide lecture. This technique has recently evolved due to more sensitive sensors in your cameras. Learn to capture striking images using dim lighting from various sources, including the moon, Aurora Borealis, cars, trains, fire, moving lights, street lights, lightning and even fireflies. More hands-on time will be offered to go over camera settings.

Note: Offered live or via Zoom, notify us of your attendance preference at registration.

Mike Leonard, a photographer since the ‘80s with experience ranging from TV production to leading photography cruises, has been teaching for 12+ years. He enjoys teaching photographers of all levels to help them grow their talents.

Folk Art Rug Hooking


with Janet Conner, BS

Calendar May 6, 2023 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Low-tech, simple and lots of fun! 

Learn rug hooking from start to finish with every step demonstrated. Easily incorporate rovings, hand-spun and commercial yarns, felting techniques, and embellishments after mastering the basics. Discuss the history and tradition of primitive rug hooking and learn about finding and preparing materials and research sources for design inspiration. Choose a small mat or chair pad from a variety of simple kits, which include hook, instructions, binding, burlap, hoop and a selection of one-of-a-kind heirloom and hand-dyed wools ($41-$60, payable to instructor in class).

Required: Proof of registration. Bring lunch and a pair of sharp fabric scissors. Review designs/kits at Email at the time of registration specifying your kit choice(s).

Janet Conner, BS in Art Education, Moore College of Art & Design, is a member of the Saco Valley Fiber Artists. She exhibits regionally and at ME Fiber Arts Center. Janet’s and her students' rugs have been featured in Rug Hooking Magazine and Finishing Hooked Rugs. Janet published Rug Hooking Traditions with James & Mercedes Hutchinson in 2016. In 2020, she published Magnificent Hooked Rugs inspired by Western Art History. She teaches throughout the US and internationally.

The Art of Shibori Dyeing


with Kristen Bartlett

Calendar May 7, 2023 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Bind, fold and twist your cloth to create beautifully dyed patterns while using Japanese resistance-dyeing dating back to the 8th century. Explore techniques with a selection of objects for manipulating the fabric using a pre-reduced indigo dye. Leave with four dyed-by-you creations: two tea towels, a tote bag and the fourth, an item of your choice! Dye ingredients, vat, washbasin, materials for manipulating fabric, tea towels and tote bag will be provided.

Required: Proof of registration. Bring one pair of heavy-duty plastic gloves and one light-colored 100% cotton item to dye (T-shirt, handkerchief, pillowcase, etc.); dyeing is outside, so dress for the weather, wear clothing for dyeing and bring lunch.

Kristen Bartlett, owner of Alley Oop Apothecary since 2020, was exposed to art & crafts very early, inspiring her lifelong creative path. With schooling in drawing, oil painting, graphic design, photography, and business Kristen practices many forms of art & crafts.

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