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Throwing Class: An Introduction to the Wheel 2.29.24

$85

with Liz Proffetty, Central Lincoln County Adult Education

Calendar Feb 29, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

After a demonstration on how to throw on the wheel, each participant will have an opportunity to make their own pots on the wheel (up to 2 each). They will then have a chance to decorate them with more clay for handles, use stamps for texture and special paints called underglazes to add color. From there, participants’ work will be dried, bisqued fire (first firing), then dipped in a clear glaze and re-fired. The result is fully dinnerware, microwavable, and dishwasher safe pottery. This process takes up to 3 weeks. 

Watercolor for Beginners and Intermediates: Thursdays

$84

with Mike Duffy, Mt. Desert Island Adult & Community Education

Calendar Feb 29, 2024 at 6:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

This class will gently guide you into watercolor painting. We'll cover the basic stuff like how to do a wash, what kind of brush, what kind of paper and what kind of paints to use. We'll also cover more advanced and stylized skills in this class. Drawing skills are not needed.

Learn how to mix colors and how to understand the color wheel. Each week or two we'll create a masterpiece suitable for framing. PLEASE PLAN TO PAY $10 to the instructor on the first night of class for materials.

Cancellations: If the high school is closed during the day for any reason (weather, power, other), the evening classes are also cancelled unless otherwise notified. It would be wise to check your email before driving to class for any last minute updates. 

Will run

Sewing & Quilt Weekends

$18

with NACE Staff, Noble Adult & Community Education

Calendar Mar 1, 2024
2 additional sessions through May 3, 2024

Finish those UFOs (aka unfinished objects) or start a new one. Pick up helpful tips from fellow stitchers and make new friends! Escape those constant interruptions at home with over five hours of sewing and camaraderie. Show and tell is encouraged, and no one is too new to join in the fun! Bring handwork or your sewing machine and supplies. Iron, ironing board, cutting mats and rulers supplied.

Space is limited to 14 people so be sure to register early! 


Class times are as follows: 
Friday: 5pm-8:30pm
Saturday: 9am-3pm


* Senior Rate (65+ is $10) to register for senior rate, please call 207-676-3223

Full Course

Artist-in-Residence Program

$5

with Merrymeeting Staff, Merrymeeting Community & Adult Education

Calendar Mar 1, 2024 at 8 am

For the Fall 2024 season, Merrymeeting will be hosting our second annual artist-in-residence program for Maine artists. In fact, we will be supporting two residencies this Fall; one based out of Topsham/Bowdoinham and the other based out of the Bath/Wiscasset region. As our arts community has expanded over the last few years, we have recognized the need to support Maine artists in a more direct way. Maine artists and the local arts communities we serve are the backbone of our cultural footprint. The more we promote them, by developing opportunities to showcase their work, the stronger our communities will be for it.

Eligibility: Any visual artist living and working in Maine may apply. All types of studio practices are welcome. Current students in accredited post-secondary fine art programs are ineligible to apply.

NOTE: AIR application will be emailed directly to you after registration.

Quick Details:

  • Partnering Art Gallery: Merrymeeting Arts Center (Topsham/Bowdoinham residency)
  • Partnering Art Gallery: Chocolate Church Arts Center (Bath/Wiscasset residency)
  • Type of Residency: Day program for working Maine artists (no living space provided, only studio space)
  • Length of Residency: 4 weeks (Sept 2024 for Topsham/Bowdoinham residency, Oct 2024 for Bath/Wiscasset residency)
  • Studio space for Topsham residency will be at 35 Republic Ave, 04086; Studio space for Bath residency will be at 34 Wing Farm Pkwy, 04530.
  • Artist Stipend: $1,000.00
  • Materials Stipend: Up to $250.00 (via reimbursement)
  • Marketing Budget: Up to $150.00 (used by Merrymeeting)

AIR Artist Commitments:

  • Artist Talk (one night) in the 1st week of residency.
  • Public Engagement Activity (one night) in the 2nd week of residency.
  • Culminating Project (solo show) in the 4th week of residency.
  • One-time donation of one piece from solo show to Merrymeeting.

FMI: Contact Jose Rodriguez Jr. at rodriguezj@link75.org

Application period: 2/1-6/1

Will run

Beginner Drawing

$50

with Gail Fitzpatrick, Noble Adult & Community Education

Calendar Mar 1, 2024 at 6 pm

Yes, the evening drawing class is back! This class is for beginners as well as those who have had some drawing experience. Develop the skills to draw what you see. You will begin with the basics: contour, perspective, value, shading, composition, and gesture. Moving on, you will do observational drawing using line, gesture, shape, value and texture to record and interpret reality.

Supply list:

• Sketchbook

• Kneaded eraser

• Various pencils, 2B – 6B

Basket Weaving: Craft Tool Carrier/Organizer

$60

with Gin Randolph, RSU 24 Adult Education

Calendar Mar 2, 2024 at 9 am

This carrier/organizer tray is designed with crafters in mind and is perfect for the rug hooker, punch needle artist, knitter or crocheter.  Participants will weave a lovely and functional basket/tray with wooden handle and dividers to keep crafting tools and supplies organized and easily transported. 

When you register, you will receive an email confirmation with a YouTube link to view a video. Please watch this prior to attending class!

Full Course

Card Making | 2 Options: Beginner or Intermediate

$20

with Pam Cullen, Mid-Maine Regional Adult Community Education

Calendar Mar 2, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 4 weeks
1 additional session on Apr 29, 2024

Cards for Beginners: Create Three Stunning Cards and More!

This is a beginner class where you will learn to create three cards,using current Stampin’ Up! products. If time allows, we may also make some paper craft projects such as gift card holders, gift boxes or bags. All supplies will be provided along with step by step instructions. There will be no class on March 23. Limit 8 students.

Cards for Intermediates: Mastering Handcrafted Cards

This class will be for those who have some experience in stamping and die cutting. We will create cards and other projects using current Stampin’ Up! products. All materials will be provided as well as step by step instructions to help you create beautiful cards! Limit 8 students.

Intro to Sewing
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Intro to Sewing

$110

with Stacy Owen, Michelle Kruegar, Dan Toomre, Portland Adult Education

Calendar Mar 2, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 1 week
Learn the basics of cutting fabric, using a sewing machine, and the stitches available on most machines.




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