Your browser is not optimized for viewing this website.

More information »

Maine Adult Education

Filter by Category

Arts & Crafts

in Personal Enrichment

Fiber Arts


with Andrea Drabek, MSAD#1 Adult & Community Education

Calendar Jan 9, 2023 at 6 pm

Do you love to crochet or knit but don't want to do it alone?  Do you need help with a project?  Or do you want to learn how to make something for yourself?  Let us help you!!!

We are offering a crochet and knitting lab.  This is for anyone who loves to crochet or knit and wants to learn.  Our instructor is amazing!  Let us know what you want to learn to make and we will find a pattern and she can teach you.  If you just want to drop in for 1 night and get help on a project, it will only cost you a $3 drop in fee.  Or do you want to hang out all 12 weeks and chat while working on projects, no problem!


Community Art Night!


with Elizabeth Johnson, Augusta Adult and Community Education

Calendar Jan 18, 2023 at 3 pm, runs for 16 weeks

Community Art Night is a weekly event for students and the community! Bring a project from home or come try something new. Work independently or as a group. 

NOTE: There is a $20 lab fee for participating in Art Night, which runs through the end of the year. Community members can come twice before paying the fee, so you can decide if you want to come regularly.

Impasto Oil Painting En Plein Air


with Michael Vermette, Bangor Adult & Community Education

Calendar Feb 2, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Please note this class meets on Thursday. The printed brochure indicated Wednesday.

Have you ever wanted to paint a thick oil painting that revealed textural expressive strokes that lays 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 painters, Michael will show you how to use mediums to make the paint brighter, adding a luster appearance. To the paint; and how to improve its viscosity to spread on the substrate like 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 process. Artists will also be encouraged to participate in out-of-class assignments as well, to 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 each week. This will 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 plein air impasto oil painting experiences upon and will include at least one plein air (paint outside) field trip near the end of the course in the Spring. Come and experience a new course that develops in you a new appreciation for this amazing and versatile medium, while participating in the largest movement of plein painting 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 inclass studies] and bring a minimum of 1 substrate surfaces per class and one for out-ofclass 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.

Quilting Club/Open Crafting Lab
Online Registration Unavailable

Quilting Club/Open Crafting Lab


with Sally Hayden, MSAD#1 Adult & Community Education

Calendar Feb 8, 2023 at 9 am

Take this time to utilize Adult Education's expansive crafting room. Sewing machines, tools, and tables are available to use for any creation! This is an open lab type format. No instructors, so attendants need to be able to work independently. Sally Hayden is the facilitator --- she will sign you in and collect your drop-in fee

Drop In anytime for $3/day, pay at the door.



with Vicky Vaughn, Marshwood Adult & Community Education

Calendar Feb 8, 2023 at 4:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks
1 additional session on Mar 29, 2023

Always wanted to learn how to knit? Or has it been a long time since you've picked up the needles? Maybe you're stuck on a project. Join us in a relaxed, fun atmosphere! You'll learn how to cast on, knit and purl, read a pattern, as well as repair mistakes in an easy-going class. It's fun to be part of a creative community.

All levels are welcome!

You'll need a skein of light colored Red Heart Worsted Weight yarn and a pair of size needles (size 7 or 8 is best) other small supplies will be discussed. Get ready to learn how to make all kinds of items suitable for gift giving. One of Vicky’s favorite patterns is a dead fish hat which she is happy to share. Get ready to laugh with Vicky, she certainly makes knitting fun.

Will run

Photoshop - Independent Study & Projects


with Lynn Perry, RSU 54/MSAD 54 Adult and Community Education

Calendar Feb 27, 2023 at 3:30 pm, runs for 9 weeks

Photoshop students from previous sessions will continue this spring in an eight-week independent study format. Students will fine tune their projects using photo enhancement for lighting, color and size; and add artistic elements with filters, text and framing.

Others who have been using Photoshop Elements or Photoshop are welcome to join the group for project support. The aim of this class is not traditional instruction but to create a place for group sharing, support and experimentation.

No class on April 17, 2023

Will run

Watercolor Painting


with Doris Rice, Kittery Adult Education

Calendar Feb 27, 2023 at 4:30 pm

Join in and learn some new techniques or improve on your skills. Bring to class: materials list supplied at registration.


Full Course
Registration Unavailable



with Lisa Laflin, Franklin County Adult Education

Calendar Mar 1, 2023 at 6 pm

Wears & Wares is under new ownership. In addition to the quality resale clothing you have come to know and love, the shop now offers a wide varierty of vintage fi ds, as well as upcycled art and functional items. Be inspired to create one of a kind works from the salvaged materials and enjoy repurposing and connecting with your reative side. No experience necessary. All materials and tools will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own items to each session.

 Wears & Wares, 413 Wilton Road, Farmington

Forgot password?
Staff Log In