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with Russel Whitten, Wells-Ogunquit Adult Community Education

Calendar Sep 13, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Learn and practice a variety of techniques and approaches  specific to watercolor painting. Whether a beginner or experienced, enjoy a relaxing and supportive environment to  paint from references, still life objects and observation. You  will receive feedback and see what others are working on.  Bring ideas for projects to class for instruction tailored to  your needs, or participate in guided exercises to gain a deeper  understanding of this medium. You may bring your own  supplies, if you prefer to purchase your own supplies, please  request a materials list at registration. 

INSTRUCTOR: Russel Whitten studied Fine Arts and Art Education at Heartwood College of Art, Maine College of Art and Art Student League in New York. He is a member and showing artist with the Ogunquit Arts Association/Barn Gallery and The Wright Gallery in Cape Porpoise. He currently teaches art in the OOB/Saco and Wells-Ogunquit Adult Community Education Programs. Portfolio: Instagram@whittenrussel or Facebook

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Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking
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Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking


with Ed2Go Online Learning, Winthrop/Monmouth Adult Education

Calendar Sep 14, 2022 , runs for 6 weeks

Make the most of your scrapbooking talents to show off your photos and memorabilia with digital scrapbooking. This course provides hands-on experience building scrapbook pages, using artistic journaling, and producing your own artwork with Photoshop Elements.

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Intermediate Painting and Drawing


with David Haskins, Bangor Adult & Community Education

Calendar Sep 14, 2022 at 6 pm

This course is designed for individuals who have been painting and drawing for two years or more and want to learn more about composition, color mixing, new techniques, and other related art issues. This class will focus on specific art interests and expand knowledge about painting and drawing. Participants will work in the medium of their choice: watercolor, acrylic, pastel or charcoal/graphite. Instruction will be individualized to meet specific needs. A group critique of art work will follow at the end of each class.

Painting Portraits in Watercolor


with Michael Vermette, Bangor Adult & Community Education

Calendar Sep 14, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Join Michael E. Vermette for a painting journey that explores painting in watercolor the human portrait in their environments using techniques in watercolor that depict boldly our beloved friends and interesting characters in our lives. Michael will demonstrate his method of painting in sheer enjoyment of renditions from his own self portrait to those of his friends in a natural and interior environments. Participants will learn different approaches that will allow the spontaneity of letting yourself go through lost and found edges, yet still being in control of the medium. Michael will demonstrate often and put you at ease with his approachable teaching style as he reveals how painters in history used various different washes to create effective results including floating washes wildly to create interesting textural grain and watercolor treatment. No previous experience is needed for this class and experienced artists will benefit as well with Michael’s inclusive and open style of teaching. You will love how much this inspiring course will teach you about painting the human portrait in the watercolor medium that will give you a solid foundation in compositional proportions and a reasonable facsimile of lifelike representation. 10 classes. Supply List: I recommend that you use what you have and add essentials as you can afford. I am more focused on working with you right where you are rather than imposing expensive material preferences on you. But at the same time I believe quality materials will give you the best results. That is why the following is only what I would suggest you think about purchasing for the workshop. 1. Watercolor Paper, by sheet 22” x 30" – 2 to 3 sheets or a block no larger than 18"x 24" (they can hold 20- sheets or so). I have used Arches, Fabriano and Gemini watercolor brands for mold made papers and Twinrocker, Arnold, Indian Village and vintage Whatman for handmade watercolor papers all 140 lb to 300 lb press (cold press is preferred, but you can also use hot press or rough if you would like to experiment further). 2. Watercolor paints in tubes or cakes/pans- a warm and cool statement of each primary color plus secondary, grays, blacks, white for a total of no more than 14-18 colors. I use Holbein, Grumbacher, Winsor & Newton, Daniel Smith and Old Holland watercolors because I have been painting for over 50 years and love color. I use Holbin watercolor paint because it has no ox gall in the paint, just pure gum arabic and the binder. It is more affordable than other brands. I recommend the following colors: Cadmium Yellow Light Cadmium Yellow Deep Cadmium Orange Yellow Ochre Cadmium Red Light, Alizarin Crimson Chinese White Burn Sienna Viridian Green Hue Cerulean Blue Cobalt Blue Ultramarine Blue Deep Manganese Blue Prussian Blue Permanent Magenta Ivory Black Indigo 3. Studio Palette, with mixing areas separate from the wells. 4. Three watercolor brushes, I use the Balmoral Kolinsky brand, but cheaper Langnickel brushes will also do. Choose a small round no. 6 to no. 8, a no. 12 and a Large 1" Flat. 5. Cotton Rags or roll of paper towels. 6. Paint board or light-weight plexi-glass or formica board that is non-absorbent at least 2" larger than your paper. 7. Portfolio, large enough to fit your paper and painting board. (You can make your own out of cardboard) 8. Graphite Pencils, 6B or HB or H depending on preference and how much you want the graphite line to be seen through your washes. 9. Paint Box or pack, to hold all of your paint tubes, brushes, and miscellaneous supplies. 10. Miscellaneous Supplies can include: Sketch book, a roll of 1" maskin tape, a sponge (natural are the best), 2 collapsible cups for holding water, kneaded eraser, exacto knife, and extra media to add to watercolor such as ink, liquid watercolor or watercolor pencils and pastels.

Impasto Oil Landscape


with Michael Vermette, Bangor Adult & Community Education

Calendar Sep 15, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Have you ever wanted to paint a thick oil painting that revealed textural expressive strokes that laid down like frosting on a cake? This fun-filled oil painting class takes you beyond the guilty pleasure of painting thick to a place where you will get quality results technically and compositionally. Using the oil painting methods of the Venetian and Italian master painters, Michael will show you how to use mediums to make the paint brighter, adding a luster appearance; and improve the viscosity of the paint, that spreads on the substrate like peanut butter. For the beginner or experienced artist, alike, participants will learn how to use different size and types of palette knives and brushes and how to load them with paint. Michael will demonstrate and put you at ease with his approachable teaching style as he reveals the painters in history who painted using the impasto oil painting method. This course inspires students to participate through in-class painting assignments that are meant to innovate, demystify and clarify the impasto oil processes. Artists will also be encouraged to participate in out-of-class assignments that give opportunities to reinterpret what was learned in class and apply those skills to personal painting ideas at home. Group critiques will be featured to offer constructive suggestions and provide the artist with a supportive opportunity to develop their powers to represent their work. Participants may choose instructor resources or their own subjects from drawings, experiences from memory, photographs or from direct observation to develop their own painting themes. The course gives technical insight through visual aid presentations of oil painting movements and artist trends that define modern impasto oil painting today. This course will give the artist a solid base from which to build oil painting experiences upon and will include at least one plein air (paint-out) field trip near the end of the course. Come and experience a new course that develops in you the confidence to paint in this versatile medium. 10 classes. SUGESTED ART MATERIALS FOR OIL PAINTERS 1. Stretched canvas, boards, Masonite or wood panels, or stretched canvases. Recommended maximum size 8 in. x 10 in. or 11 in. x 14 in., [not much larger for in-class studies] and bring a minimum of 1 substrate surfaces per class and one for out-of-class assignments, mere size is depending on personal preference and goals. 2. Paint Box and/or Pack; preferably large enough to contain your palette as well as paints, brushes etc. 3. Bottle or small pint can of liquin or Black Oil Wax Medium (That you can buy from the instructor) and a bottle of sun thickened linseed oil. If you mostly use Black Oil Wax medium as the Venetian and Italian Masters did, you will essentially be painting solvent free. 4. Oil Paint; at least a warm and cool of each primary color and black and white. You may want to bring small 35ml tubes for compactness Depending on how much paint you use. I use quality paints packed with pigment with only linseed oil as a binder. The brands I use are Willamsburg, Blockx, Old Holand, and Sennelier oils in 35 ml tubes. I recommend the following colors: Cadmium Yellow Light or Aureolin Cadmium Yellow Deep Yellow Ochre or Italian Yellow Ochre Cadmium Orange Cadmium Red Deep or Mars Red Permanent Crimson or Quinacridon Magenta Burnt Sienna Cobalt Violet Deep or manganese Violet Manganese Blue Ultramarine Blue Prussian or Phthalo Blue Viridian Green Indigo Lamp Black or Ivory Black Large tube of Titanium /Zinc White 5. Brushes; round, flat or filbert oil painting brushes from sizes no.6 to a no.12. Choose at least three (one small, medium, and large). You might also be able to use a small brush for detail or your signature. 6. Palette Knives. I like to use a very small 1 inch, a medium and large palette knife for small studies and a larger one for bigger sized paintings. 7. Palette (It can be a folding palette or a wooden studio palette, even ¼ inch glass). 8. Rags (one per painting); preferably cotton rags because they soak up paint and cleaner better than polyester. You can also use paper towels. 9. Charcoal, graphite pencils or sticks, or vine charcoal. 10.Wet canvas carrier, clips or foamboard strips. (They can be made of foamboard strips and made into a frame taped around the panel or canvas and then duck taped on SUGESTED ART MATERIALS FOR OIL PAINTERS Contunued… to the back of the painting and stacked upon each other with a foamboard divider, stored in a small cardboard mailer box for multiple studies or even larger. 11. Miscellaneous Supplies, including: a roll of 2" duck tape, a foamboard strips 1 inch by 16 ½ inches long, (natural are the best), Sketch book and Camera. 2 cups for holding solvents or Black Oil, ex-acto knife.

Photoshop One-on-One


with Robert Underwood, York Adult Education

Calendar Sep 19, 2022 at 6 pm

In this introductory class by Adobe Certified Expert Rob Underwood, you will learn the basics of Adobe’s premiere photo editing application. Did you ever wonder how photos were edited so precisely? Did you ever want to remove an unwanted family member from a photo? Here’s your chance to learn how to “photoshop” images. You will need to have at least the 30-day trial of this application on a laptop to participate in the class. You will learn, Retouching photos, color correction, photo Illustrations, tools panel, working with layers, and selections & channels.

Beginner Art Journaling
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Beginner Art Journaling


with Pamela Clark, Marshwood Adult & Community Education

Mixed media art journaling gives you the freedom to create self-expressive art without the fear of mistakes. Learn to create a visual expression of ideas, thoughts & emotions while relaxing & having fun using a wide range of art supplies & techniques.

The Artist Book


with Gayle Fitzpatrick, Kittery Adult Education

Calendar Sep 20, 2022 at 6 pm

This course will focus on making a unique artist book. Some previous book arts knowledge or experience is helpful, though all experience levels are welcome. The workshop begins with a contextual lesson on the book as an art medium, allowing students to draw inspiration for their own projects from images and referencing other artist’s books. Then students will learn to make paper, marble paper, and construct a book which incorporates these skills in conjunction with their theme/idea into a unique book structure

At the end of the course, each participant will have created their own artist’s book.

4 Tuesday sessions

Sept. 20-Oct.11, 6:00-8:00 pm

Course Fee: $58

Material Fee: $8, payable to instructor

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