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Night Photography


with Michael Leonard

Calendar Nov 3, 2022 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.

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

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.

Paint Your Pet


with Dawn Burns

Calendar Nov 12, 2022 at 10:30 am, runs for 1 week

Create an original painting of your beloved fur baby! Your pet will be pre-sketched on the canvas, so no drawing experience is necessary. Guided instruction provided. Beginners welcome! Tuition includes all materials. Please bring snacks and dress in clothing you don’t mind getting paint on. Registration closes at noon on 11/10. Masks optional.

Required: Proof of registration. Email your pet portrait to upon registration. Please note that the best photos are clear, high-resolution, with traditional, front-facing pet poses of a single pet. Your photo will be cropped into a head shot.

Dawn Burns is self-taught and has a special passion for animals. She does commissioned pet portraits for clients and has taught various painting classes.

One Sheet Wonders - Holiday Edition


with Faith Garnett

Calendar Nov 16, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Create a collection of 10 greeting cards using one 12x12” sheet of decorative holiday-themed card stock! Start with a sheet of patterned paper, then cut it up following a template and make it into various cards. Leave with three completed cards and the knowledge and inspiration to finish the remaining cards independently.

Materials to complete three cards included. Registration closes on 11/14. Masks optional.

Faith Garnett began teaching card making in 2009. She sells her original greeting cards at craft fairs and via her website Lindennotes.

Folk Art Rug Hooking


with Janet Conner, BS

Calendar Nov 19, 2022 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 everything: 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 choice(s).

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. Rug Hooking Magazine and Finishing Hooked Rugs have featured her and her students' rugs. In addition, Janet published Magnificent Hooked Rugs in 2020, drawing on her knowledge of important collectible and antique rugs. She teaches throughout the US and internationally.

Art Unbound


with John Mark Koerber

Calendar Nov 30, 2022 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Your drawing or painting does not have to represent anything! Art can be a celebration of line, form, color, and contrast without looking like a teapot, flower or lighthouse. Through a series of exercises, we will explore the childlike inner artist within you who likes to draw on walls and pour paint on the family dog! So let loose, relax and enjoy the cathartic art unbound. Wear clothes for making art or bring an apron. You’ll leave with at least two unbound art masterpieces. Tuition includes all materials. Masks optional. 

Brother Mark is a minister healer and psychic medium with 40 years of study and experience. He has been a Reiki Master in Usui Reiki Ryoho and Tibetan Reiki for over 20 years. He is also a certified Life Coach with college degrees in Humanities and Studio Art and graduate certificates in Addiction Counseling and Ministry.

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Holiday Card Making


with Faith Garnett

Calendar Dec 3, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Create ten different holiday cards using various techniques: stamping, embossing, die cuts, masking and stenciling. Then, send these unique cards to your special people for the holidays or you could even frame them! All card-making levels welcome! Most materials included. Registration closes at noon on 12/1.

Required: Proof of registration. Bring a lunch/drink and your adhesive (or purchase some from the instructor); Faith recommends Tombow (in the white bottle, not the clear one), approx. $5 or double-sided tape, available at Walmart for approx. $.99.

Faith Garnett began teaching card making in 2009. She sells her original greeting cards at craft fairs and via her website Lindennotes.

Inks for Drinks!


with Kristen Bartlett

Calendar Dec 4, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Alcohol Ink Coasters WorkshopExplore the wild world of alcohol ink art and design your own set of 4 one-of-a-kind coasters. Learn techniques and tips for creating your desired aesthetics, how to make alcohol ink and tools for creating textures with items you have at home. Wear clothing for making inky art and bring a snack. Tuition includes all materials. Proof of registration required.

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.

12 Sprays of Christmas


with Jennifer Greiner

Calendar Dec 8, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Ahhhh, the holiday aromas of spiced apple cider, peppermint and pine trees! Save money and reduce your home's chemical load while have fun making 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 Divine Vitality uses a unique approach of professional counseling and essential oil wellness to integrate alternative, natural methods into your health & lifestyle.

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