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Creative Arts

Greeting Cards: More Cuts & Folds
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Greeting Cards: More Cuts & Folds

$29

with Faith Garnett

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. Masks & physical distancing required.

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

$105

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. Masks & physical distancing required. 

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.

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DIY Botanical Shower Steamers

$39

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: Masks & physical distancing. 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.

Inks for Drinks

$45

with Kristen Bartlett

Calendar Sep 13, 2020 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Alcohol Ink Coasters Workshop Explore the wild world of alcohol ink art and design your own set of 4 one-of-a-kind coasters. Learn various techniques, tips for creating desired aesthetics and how to make your own alcohol ink with items you have around the house. Wear clothing for making inky art and bring a snack.

Required: Masks and physical distancing.

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

$65

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. Masks & physical distancing required.

Note: Bring an easel (optional), 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.

Crochet Basics - Live Online

$29

with Meleena Erikson

Calendar Sep 21, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Get started with an overview of basic stitches including chain, turning, single and double crochet. Learn techniques to complete a basic blanket started in class. Registration closes at noon the 1st day of class.

Required: One size H or larger crochet hook and whatever yarn you have on hand.Note: Need to get comfy with online classes? For more info visit https://oobsaco.maineadulted.org/online-classes/

Meleena Erikson, crocheting for 15+ years, currently sells her creations in her Etsy shop. She has more than 10 years of experience teaching college and adult education courses.

Watercolor Basics

$105

with Russel Whitten

Calendar Sep 21, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Build a strong foundation by studying color theory & color mixing, application, how to create the illusion of distance and composition. The instructor will help you continue to build your skills and confidence. No class 10/12.

Required: Masks and physical distancing. 1 sm tube ea: Cadmium Yellow (light), Cobalt Blue, Alizarin Crimson, 1 Round #10 watercolor brush, 1 inch wide flat brush, 1 #2 pencil, 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 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!

Therapeutic Drawing

$35

with Deborah Pouliot

Calendar Sep 22, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

What is Tangling?It is an easy-to-learn, fun, relaxing way to create beautiful images. Create tangles using a combination of dots, lines, simple s-curves and orbs. It is nonrepresentational and unplanned so no 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. Tuition includes materials. Registration closes 9/20.

Required: Masks and physical distancing.

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.





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