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Driftwood Mobiles and Stabiles

with Chris Toy

May
15

May 15th, 2024

$45 More Info

Have you ever wondered how to create mobiles that spin and dance in the slightest breeze? Join Chris Toy and learn the secrets of how to connect and balance recycled driftwood and wire to make beautiful hanging mobiles and tabletop stabiles. Tools and materials will be provided but feel free to bring needle nose pliers, wire cutters, spare wire clothes hangers, and coin sized (quarter, half dollar, dollar) pieces of weathered driftwood. Chris Toy is a retired Maine educator, cooking instructor, author and Registered Maine Guide. He enjoys beach combing, where he finds his craft supplies. He creates rustic upcycled crafts by combing the coastline for driftwood, beach stone, and recycled wire from political signs. His work can be viewed on Facebook at Acadian Driftwood Arts.

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Porch Sign Painting

with Gabrielle Lovi

Mar
13

March 13th, 2024

$75 More Info

You have seen these tall wood signs propped up on people’s front entrances. Now you can make them yourself. These signs are 48” tall and 10” wide. You get to choose ahead of time your stencil design and your background paint/stain color. When you arrive at class you get to do all the fun stuff. There will be a lot of paint colors to choose from to make your project your own. The class is instructor led, so you will have the experience of Gabrielle to guide you along the way. Learn how to avoid those nasty bleeds on your project and stencil with confidence. Gabrielle Lovi has been an artisan for over 20 years and is a board member of the United Maine Craftsmen.

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Porch Sign Painting Class - Spring 2024

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Take Your Best Shot

with Denise Dyer

Feb
27

February 27th to March 19th, 2024

$69 More Info

Looking to improve your photography skills? Let’s explore the elements of light and composition in photographs!  The skills learned in the classroom will develop through weekly homework assignments - taking pictures for use in editing and discussion in class.  You may use any camera or phone you have that is capable of taking high resolution pictures. 

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Introduction to Watercolor

with Patrick Corey

Apr
29

April 29th to May 20th, 2024

$59 More Info

Watercolor is a great medium for creating artwork from life. In this course, we will create watercolor drawings of still life objects. Topics discussed will include colors and how to mix them, brushes, basic techniques including wash and dry brush, process, and art supplies. A suggested supply list will be provided. Patrick Corey resides in Windham and has a BFA in drawing and painting. Professionally he works as a graphic artist. He enjoys watercolor painting and photography. Participants will need their own supplies. Supply list will be provided.

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Introduction to Observational Still Life Drawing

with Patrick Corey

Feb
26

February 26th to March 18th, 2024

$59 More Info

In this hands-on course, you will learn how to draw what you see. Using time-tested still life arrangements and objects we will explore line, form, value, composition, and technique using pencil and ink/graphite wash drawing. Patrick Corey resides in Windham and has a BFA in drawing and painting. Professionally he works as a graphic artist. He enjoys watercolor painting and photography. Participants will need their own supplies. Supply list will be provided.

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Acadian Arts Retreat: Watercolor Painting – Roosevelt Campobello Park

with Mary Laury

Jun
21

June 21st to 23rd, 2024

$495 More Info

Your instructor, Mary Laury is an accomplished watercolorist and highly esteemed teacher. She encourages all her students to believe they can be successful. Painting is an exciting medium; it flows and moves and does beautiful things. If you have never painted in watercolors, we will start at the beginning. If you have painted before, you will pick up some new tips and tricks as well. We all learn together! $495 Tuition includes all lunches and dinners (Breakfast is included with room price). Day students are welcome. We will be exclusive guests of the international park, staying in historic Victorian cottages. Workshop participants will get to explore the same coastal scenery enjoyed by the summer residents at the turn of the 20th century. All meals are included in the workshop fee, as well as specially planned optional evening activities designed to extend your learning from the day’s workshops. Also included, is a private concert by award winning Celtic Fiddle player, Katherine Moller, in the Victorian parlor of Hubbard House. Special guest Catherine Hunter, will discuss Native American Basketry (included). Register for the retreat, then call Sherry Mitchell at 506-752-2922 to make room reservations. Acadian Arts Retreats participants will have exclusive overnight accommodations in the park.