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Creative Book Arts Workshop


with Kristy Cunnane, Mid-Coast School of Technology Adult Education

Calendar Jul 28, 2022 at 12 pm, runs for 1 week

Creative Book Arts is a dynamic art form that explores the interplay between form, language and image.  In this workshop, we will start with some basics then move on to create book structures that contain pockets.  We will make simple decorative papers to work with, then explore several variations of folded book structures.

Student provides: scissors, ruler, pencil, notebook, exacto knife, self-healing cutting mat and a bone folder. All other supplies are included in the course fee.

Constructive Criticism–learning to use artistic critique methods


with Shlomit Auciello, Mid-Coast School of Technology Adult Education

Calendar Aug 1, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

The purpose of an artistic critique is not to offer indiscriminate praise or to tear someone’s work to shreds. In this class, students will practice critique methods used in the arts and scientific peer review to answer these questions: What works? What doesn’t work? How can the work be improved?

Students will bring artwork, craft pieces, or short writing samples of their own. The class will use tools of honesty and compassion to review and discuss what they see.


Watercolor Abstract Painting: A Meditative Approach


with Joyce Amend, York Adult Education

Calendar Aug 2, 2022 at 10:30 am, runs for 3 weeks

You will love this stress-free, relaxing workshop series wherein watercolors and ink merge with lines and shapes to create beautiful, mindful abstract paintings. A tranquil, peaceful mood will allow for self-expression as you create unique works of art while listening to soothing music.

You will paint a series of small, unhurried paintings throughout 3 sessions, suitable for framing, sharing, or just to enjoy. These paintings will be intuitive creative expressions. You will get lost in the therapeutic process and enjoy relaxation as you process your work. No artistic experience is required. All will succeed under Joyce’s guidance and instruction.

You will bring a watercolor pan set to class and #8 and #2 round brushes or similar. Also bring Sakura Micron pens (any sizes). All other supplies will be provided for a material fee of $10 payable to the instructor. ($2 for those from previous classes.) OPTIONAL to bring:  metallic gold watercolor paint, masking tape, any other brushes you like to use. Class size is limited. Register early!


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Creative Chalk Couture AUG 2


with Amy Morgan, MSAD 52 Adult & Community Education

Calendar Aug 2, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Make and take a home decor piece that is made with a reusable transfer and chalk paste or ink!


• JULY 12, 19, 26 & AUG 2nd 6-8pm $30/per class

Pet Portraits


with Shirley Anderson, Merrymeeting Adult Education

Calendar Aug 3, 2022 at 4 pm

Paint your pet in acrylic. After signing up for class, Email the teacher at least 5 high quality pictures of your pet, Dog cat rooster whatever you got to: ( your pet photo will be simply sketched onto a canvas, while you will take care of the painting. Use of fun colors and playfulness are a must in this class! Acrylic on 16 x 20 canvas. Canvas and paints are supplied.

Try Out the Potter's Wheel


with Joshua Rysted, MSAD#44 Adult & Continuing Ed

Calendar Aug 8, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for -1 weeks


Experience working on the potter’s wheel in this two-hour session for adults.  Working on the wheel is an age-old practice of using your hands and a spinning wheel to create useful and beautiful objects out of clay.  You will learn the basics of centering the clay on the wheel, opening the form, and pulling up the walls to make everything from bowls to vases.  Up to three completed pieces per person will be glazed in your choice of color and will be ready for pick up approximately two weeks after class.  The pieces are microwave and dishwasher safe.  No previous clay experience is required for this class.  All tools and supplies will be provided by the clay studio.  Face masks optional during class.


Silver Jewelry Making: Session II


with Penny Hartwell, Merrymeeting Adult Education

Calendar Aug 9, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Working with Silver Clay is an exciting process where the inexperienced can explore their artistic abilities and create unique one of a kind items. Come join this exciting class where beginners can easily learn to create earrings, pendants, charms, beads, bracelets, and rings. Experience a new creative adventure and learn how easy and fun it is to make beautiful items from Precious Metal Clay (PMC) or Art Clay Silver (ACS). Materials fee of $80 is payable to the instructor on the first night of class.

Introduction to Photography


with Denise Dyer, Windham/Raymond Adult Education

Calendar Aug 10, 2022 at 5 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Looking to improve your photo taking skills? This new class explores the elements of light and composition in photographs. The skills learned in the classroom will be applied between classes week with photo assignments. Depending on weather, the third class will be a photo-taking fieldtrip, the location will be decided with the class. You may use any camera or phone you have that is capable of taking high resolution pictures.


Instructor: Denise Dyer
Wednesdays, 8/10 - 8/31, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Location: WRAE Learning Center
Fee: $39

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