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Build a Shaker Style Table


with Rick Gallion, Central Lincoln County Adult Education

Calendar Apr 27, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 5 weeks

This class will cover building a small end table that is 30” high, and 16” square. The course is for beginner to experienced woodworkers. The student will make all components of the table using both power tools and hand tools. The project will include most of the procedures required in Basic Woodworking, including: tapering table legs, gluing up panels, cutting multiple parts and making mortise and tenon joints. All tools, safety glasses and hearing protection provided. A materials fee will be charged based on which type of wood the student chooses upon registration; Poplar (best if the project is to be painted) $100; or Oak - $150. Students will use the SawStop table saw that has the revolutionary new braking system which eliminates the chance of injuries from the blade. Because of this, a $50 refundable deposit will be required. The materials fee and refundable deposit are payable to the instructor the first day of class.

Instructor Rick Gallion has been a professional woodworker for over thirty years and has taught many students the craft of woodworking. His shop is designed as a teaching facility.

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Invasive Bittersweet: Bird Feeder


with Zack Rouda, Merrymeeting Community & Adult Education

Calendar Apr 27, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

***Please note that the date for this workshop has changed. The new date is Satutday April 27th.

Frustrating to gardeners and arborists, and not readily favored by birds, Asiatic bittersweet is a largely useless bane on wild land. We can use traditional harvesting techniques to tend Asian bittersweet in the wild: harvesting material for baskets while controlling and suppressing future damaging growth. Learn to make a beautiful woven window feeder for birds! We'll cover identification, responsible collection, materials processing and storage, and creation, including the basics of stake-and-strand waling and randing weaves. The bird feeder that we will make is designed to be attached to a window. Suction cups for the bird feeder, along with all required tools and materials, will be provided.

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Matisse Cut Outs


with Sandi Cirillo, RSU 24 Adult Education

Calendar Apr 27, 2024 at 9 am

"If my story were ever to be written truthfully from start to finish, it would amaze everyone". This quote is from Henri Matisse who was a painter, sculptor and printmaker. In this "hands on class", we'll  be learning how Matisse created his artwork, specifically focusing on his cut paper collages he created later in his life. We'll be creating a cut paper collage using  all  sorts of paper and maybe even a little fabric so bring in any goodies like this you may have at home to incorporate into your piece.  This is an art history class that will keep you moving as you learn about this amazing artist.

All supplies provided.

Needle Felting: Felted Wall Hanging


with Maureen Andrew, RSU 24 Adult Education

Calendar Apr 27, 2024 at 9 am


Copy an Audobon print onto wool prefelt fabric using the needle felting method. This is fine work and experience with needle felting is helpful. Your instructor will have references to choose from, or people can bring their own.  She has used Audobon’s Birds of America by Roger Tory Peterson (The Baby Elephant Folio). A $5 supply fee will be collected by the instructor at class.

*Needle felting uses a barbed needle that is repeatedly stabbed into the wool to agitate the fibers. As the needle works in and out of the wool, the barbs catch scales on the fibers and cause them to interlock and bind together.

About Your Instructor: Maureen Andrew took up felting over 20 years ago when overwhelmed with fiber from her own flock! Her creations are whimsical and fun. She has been teaching felting for 10 years and has taught at Schoodic Arts for All. A creative artist at heart, she dabbles in multiple mediums.


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Textured Slab Trays Spring 2024


with Cody Clinton, Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative

Calendar Apr 27, 2024 at 10 am

Weekend Ceramics Workshops All classes are taught by instructor, Cody Clinton, and will be held at PHEC on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm. Finished pieces will be dried and fired after the workshop ends, and be made available for pickup approximately 2 weeks after the workshop unless otherwise specified. We will explore creating textured slabs of clay by hand and using a pressing technique to form them into trays, platters, plates, and even bowls. Day one will be dedicated to learning the process and creating one or two pieces that we will allow to firm up for day two. Day two will allow you time to bring back some of your forms, and textures to experiment with using the technique, as well as we will teach you how to add embellishments and functional components to your pieces such as handles and feet.

Card Making with Katie!


with Katie Nickerson, Noble Adult & Community Education

Calendar Apr 27, 2024 at 1 pm
1 additional session on May 4, 2024

Why buy a card from the store when you can make your own? NACE is excited to have Katie back to do some more "Stampin' Up" demonstrations to create beautiful cards that are great for special occasions. This Winter/Spring semester, Katie will show you how to create two different card designs in class from kits, each dedicated to a different theme. The cost of the class includes card kits for four total cards, two of which we will go over in class. Please bring glue and a pair of scissors with you. What are you waiting for? Lets get stampin'!

min. 4 / max. of 6 students per session You may purchase additional kits from katie for $5 if desired. 

In the Know with Vincent Van Gogh


with Sandi Cirillo, RSU 24 Adult Education

Calendar Apr 27, 2024 at 1 pm

In this hands-on art history/drawing class, we will discover more about the life and art of Vincent Van Gogh. Using color, perspective and line, we'll complete drawings that showcase his artistic style. We'll do a little journaling with Van Gogh as our muse, so bring a poem or literary piece that is special to you to incorporate into a final piece of art.  If you are a fan of this incredible artist or just want to learn more about the man and his art, join us!  All supplies provided.  Please bring a $5 materials fee payable to the instructor.


Beginning Watercolor


with Jennifer Linskey, Merrymeeting Community & Adult Education

Calendar Apr 29, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks
2 additional sessions through Jun 24, 2024

Learn which papers, materials, and brushes work best for you as we go over the basics of traditional and contemporary watercolor ideas and techniques. Class work will be a combination of watercolor exercises, whereby we learn the behavior of and particularities of watercolor through exercises. We will then apply this knowledge to small set ups so that we can gain some practical application. I will spend some time going over basic drawing ideas, color theory, color mixing, and brush care. A willingness to draw, and/or improve upon drawing skills will enhance your experience in this class. Absolute beginners in both drawing and watercolor need to recognize that they are attempting two new skills: drawing and watercolor. Don't let this dissuade you from signing up, but recognize where you are coming in and give yourself some grace in the moments where drawing is involved. I will do my best to help you where you are at! Always wanted some watercolor instruction from the ground up? This class will get you started!

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