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3d Ink Explosion


with Tara Finlay, Portland Adult Education

Calendar Dec 14, 2019 at 11 am, runs for 1 week
We’ll use prepared frames and mix 2- part resin to create fantastic abstract works of art using special inks. No art experience necessary. $40 Materials Fee payable to the instructor the day of class. You will be taking your pieces home in a container provided by the instructor. The containers must be level on the trip home so prepare accordingly.

3D Ink Explosion (AKA Resin Ink Frames)


with Tara Finlay, Bonny Eagle Adult Education

Calendar Sep 27, 2019 at 11:30 am, runs for 1 week

Colors will come alive in exciting and unexpected ways with this innovative approach to art. Using special inks and resin, we’ll prepare frames with explosion of colors. The framed art will have to cure overnight and you will be required to return the following Monday to pick up your artwork. Apron is advisable. Materials fee of $30, payable to the instructor.

3D Ink Explosion - Frameless!


with Tara Finlay, Biddeford Adult Education

Calendar Next session starts Sep 24, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

This popular class is back but with a twist! We'll mix and pour 2 part epoxy resin into molds and then use special inks to create stunning abstract works of art that create a dimensional look within the resin. Without the frame, these works can be displayed on either side. No artistic experience is required. You will be required to return to Biddeford Adult Ed to pick up your pieces after they have cured. They will be available starting 5:30PM on Wednesday 10/2.

3D Resin & Ink Suncatchers


with Tara Finlay, Sanford Community Adult Education

Calendar Sep 30, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

We're breaking out of the framed version and into a mold to allow both sides of these stunning resin and ink creations to be visible. Learn to mix and pour 2-part resin, and what special inks to use to create the 3D effect. Learn what is different about making resin ink art in a mold vs in a frame, and learn what to look for and what to avoid in choosing molds for resin. Your piece will have to cure at least overnight and you will be told in class when you can pick it up. A $30 materials is fee payable to instructor the night of class.




A Library of Hand Bound Books


with Gayle Fitzpatrick, Kittery Adult Education

Calendar Sep 10, 2019 at 6:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

In this class, students will create five/six book structures: a simple pamphlet book, a Japanese Stab Bound book, a basic Codex, a hard cover accordion book, a hard cover book with signatures sewn on tapes, and flutter books.  Class will focus on the techniques, structures, tools, materials and processes.

Tuesday, Sept. 10- Oct. 1, 6:30-8 p.m., 4 sessions

Course Fee: $44

Material Fee: $8, payable to instructor at class

Abstract Art


with Bess Cutler, Kittery Adult Education

Calendar Oct 17, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Go beyond the Literal. Explore abstraction through progressive weekly fun exercises and projects. For all levels. All media: drawing, painting, collage, mixed media. Feedback and group discussions about the work. Exposure to contemporary work and ideas from Matisse to now. Bring to class: materials list supplied at registration.

Thursday, Oct. 17- Nov. 14, 6-8 p.m., 5 sessions

Course Fee: $67 

Acrylic Painting


with Carolyn Wallace-Zani, Bangor Adult & Community Education

Calendar Sep 9, 2019 at 5:45 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Explore your creative potential with acrylic painting! This class will teach you how to exploit the versatility and vitality of the acrylic medium with a solid foundation of the basics of acrylic painting. Students will learn about the various properties of acrylic paint, color mixing, painting techniques, applications, various mediums, and choosing brushes. Through weekly demonstrations and step-by-step instruction, students will be painting a variety of subject matter. Following each class, there will be a group, class critique. Out-of-class exercises will be encouraged to give students the opportunity to further explore the medium, practice new skills and grow in artistic expression. No previous experience is necessary.

To enroll in enrichment classes, participants must be at least 18 years old and not enrolled in school.

Supply List:

Items with an * will be used the first class. 


*Cadmium Yellow

*Lemon Yellow

*Cadmium Red

*Alizarin Crimson Red

*Cerulean Blue

*Ultramarine Blue



*Raw Umber

Payne’s Gray

Yellow Ochre

Raw Umber

Raw Sienna

Phthalo Blue

Viridian Green

Sap Green

Burnt Umber

Burnt Sienna

*#8, *#10 Round Bristle (#6) 

*# 10 Flat Bristle (#6, #8)

#6 Filbert

#8 Bristle Fan Brush

#14 Bright

#14 Angle

#14 Synthetic White Sable Flat Brush

2” Hake Brush (for soft blending, optional)

1½”, 2” Flat Decorator


MANY of these brushes can be bought TOGETHER as a “Brush Value Pack” at substantial savings and are also recommended. I also use a generic “Value Pak” of assorted bristle brushes and the “Value Pak” Royal Langnickel RSET 9306 Medium Taklon brush set (less than $10.00). Also, bring what you already own.


*Palette Knives:  (Flat, Bent)

*Mixing palette and storage container (a palette/surface to mix your colors on and a sealed, air-tight container to store and transport your wet paints.

*White, 9” paper, plastic, or foam picnic plates (to be used as mixing palettes)

Support (board to lean on, 11” x 14”) 

Canvas Boards or Stretched Canvas or Masonite Board (pre-primed), (11” x 14”)

*140lb. Cold Press Watercolor Paper (for studies/practice) 11” x 14”

*HB Pencil or Stick of Soft Vine Charcoal

*Blue Painter’s Tape

*Misting Bottle (spray bottle for water to keep paints moist)

*(2) Water Containers(to wash/rinse brushes)

*Paper Towels

*Gloss Medium(to be discussed in class)

Flow Enhancer (to be discussed in class)

*Extender (to be discussed in class)

Gesso (to be discussed in class)

Color Wheel 



Small table easel (optional)

Sponge(regular 4”x6” kitchen/household)

Acrylic Painting


with Gayle Fitzpatrick, Kittery Adult Education

Calendar Oct 8, 2019 at 6:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

This class covers composition, color theory, and color mixing as well as materials and techniques. You will learn and practice the fundamentals of painting with acrylics. Class time will provide time for experimentation, creativity and the opportunity to work on your own projects with guidance from the instructor. Beginner and Intermediate painters are both welcome! Class size limited to 10. Bring to class: materials list supplied at registration.

Tuesday, Oct. 8 - Nov.12, 6:30-8 p.m., 6 sessions

Course Fee: $64

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