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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education



Creative Arts

Kitchen Crochet

$69

with Myriah Davis

Calendar Mar 6, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Learn crochet basics by making dishcloths, scrubbers and even those iconic hanging towels! Or try your hand at making a trivet! All supplies are provided and all skill levels are welcome.

Myriah Davis has more than 20 years of crochet experience. Since 2017, she has owned and operated Davis Arts, a pop culture-based art business where Myriah creates patterns and finished fiber-crafted pieces based on characters from popular films and television series. Myriah's goal is to share her enthusiasm for all things yarn, but especially crochet, with everyone she meets.

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Create the Story Editors Seek - Live Online
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Create the Story Editors Seek - Live Online

$119

with JoAnn Adinolfi

Calendar Mar 11, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Play with Your Words!

Learn to create a narrative in your own voice. Transform your writing into a compelling submission that any major publishing house would be proud to receive. Overcome stale writing habits and learn fresh approaches to developing your own distinctive style. Discover how editing can boost your creativity and give you more freedom. A significant portion of the program will consist of class discussions and critiques.

For our first session, kindly provide a writing sample of a few sentences. Give yourself a time limit, no longer than an hour, on one of the following topics, or choose your own:

a) Yourself as child, you choose the age, what was your favorite thing to do?

b) The smell of your favorite or another’s favorite food.

c) A joyful moment.

d) An important lesson you have learned.

JoAnn Adinolfi, award-winning author and illustrator, has published dozens of children’s books with over 30 years experience in the bunny eat bunny world of children’s publishing.

Shadow Box Cards

$35

with Faith Garnett

Calendar Mar 11, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Create cards that don’t just stand out but actually stand up! Learn to make three distinct cards: one that looks like a storefront and two window fronts using decorative paper and stamps. Although they are in a shadowbox format, they easily flatten to fit a standard A2 envelope. All materials are included. Registration closes at noon on 3/8. All materials included.

Faith Garnett began teaching card making in 2009. She sells her original greeting cards online.

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Floating Embroidery

$29

with Sarah J deGrandis

Calendar Mar 13, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Create a piece of embroidery that seems to be "floating" in the air! Learn basic embroidery stitches on tulle in a 6-inch round embroidery hoop to create beautiful artwork for your home or as a present. All supplies are provided and all skill levels are welcome.

Sarah deGrandis is a formally trained artist and lifelong crafter with a BFA in New Media from the ME College of Art. She is passionate about learning different crafts and using modern, fun takes on traditional techniques.

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Brushes & Brews

$35

with Victoria Gordon

Calendar Mar 21, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Paint Your Pint!​

Tip a brew with friends at Banded Brewing while exploring your creative side. Enjoy a casual, fun opportunity to design and paint your pint glass to take home. Tuition includes ​paint materials, a pint glass and one 8-ounce beer, soda or seltzer. Registration closes at noon the day of class. Proof of registration required.

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 inner artist waiting to express themselves in beautiful, surprising ways.

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Handmade Paper Bowls

$39

with Gayle Fitzpatrick

Calendar Mar 23, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Seize the opportunity to create beautiful handcrafted paper bowls! These unique bowls make fantastic presents or home decor. Decorative papers, handmade papers and adhesive are provided.

Required: Proof of registration, please bring a small plastic cereal bowl.

Gayle Fitzpatrick has taught in public and private schools, colleges and adult and community programs for 30+ years. She also works as a practicing artist, producing and showing paper, print, and painted pieces.

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Miniature Punch Needle Rug Hooking

$47

with Janet Conner, BS

Calendar Apr 6, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

This antique art resembles hooked carpets but in miniature dollhouse proportions! Discover how to complete and display this lovely and handy fiber craft. Kits are $25 each, payable to Janet in class and contain original folk art designs, hand-dyed and natural wool threads and instructions. Review designs/kits at jconnerhookedrugs.com and email jconnerhookedrugs@gmail.com at the time of registration, specifying your kit choice(s).

Required: Proof of registration, a bag lunch, small sharp fabric scissors, an Ultra-Punch Small Punch needle ($27 apprx.) and a 7” Morgan-brand locking embroidery hoop ($15 apprx.). Both available from instructor.

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. Her hooked designs, as well as those of her students', have been highlighted in Finishing Hooked Rugs and Rug Hooking Magazine. In 2016, Janet co-authored the book Rug Hooking Traditions with James and Mercedes Hutchinson. She released Magnificent Hooked Rugs, which were influenced by Western art history, in 2020.

Hardcover Accordion Book

$39

with Gayle Fitzpatrick

Calendar Apr 13, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Create a hardcover accordion book that ties closed with a ribbon, using a heavy mixed-media paper suitable for painting, drawing and other media. These charming books are wonderful for displaying photos, writing stories and poems and creating artwork. What a wonderful gift for a creative friend! Proof of registration required.

Gayle Fitzpatrick has taught in public and private schools, colleges and adult and community programs for 30+ years. She is a practicing artist, producing and showing paper, print, and painted pieces.





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