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Ellsworth Adult Education

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Academy of Medical Professions Information Session


with Ann Sargent

Calendar Sep 25, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

A free information night for any individuals interested in AMP’s wide variety of medical classes. Learn more about the courses and trainings available through the Academy of Medical Professions and how the video-conference system and on-line platform function. You’ll learn all the details needed to decide if this program is a good fit for you. These courses are held at one of Ellsworth’s school facilities.




with Melissa Rioux

Calendar Oct 3, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Learn the basics of working with acrylic paint and color mixing. Much like the beginners’ watercolor class, students will learn basic color theory and the properties of this water-based paint. Students will make a color wheel, three color studies using grids and shapes, and experiment with manipulating the media to paint a portrait/self portrait or a still life composition.  Makeup class (if needed) 11/14/2018.

Course materials are available for purchase online (, at AC Moore and Hobby Lobby in Bangor, and Shirley’s Yarns & Crafts in Hancock (10% discount for Adult Ed students).

Supply List

  • Acrylic Paints: Alizarin crimson, cadmium red medium, cadmium yellow and lemon yellow, cobalt and ultramarine blue or cerulean, viridian green, titanium white, mars or ivory black, burnt sienna, yellow ochre, raw umber
  • Brushes (an assortment): Filbert, round (size 3, 6, 8), 1/2” flat;
  • Disposable palette paper (or some type of palette)
  • Medium palette knife
  • Canvases or clay boards (4)
  • Pad of Bristol vellum or heavy multimedia paper (watercolor paper works)
  • Water jar, pencils, masking tape or drafting tape and a small spray bottle for water

Melissa suggests that this list is ideal. If all are not affordable, bring what you have to the first class and she’ll review supplies.

Melissa Rioux hails from coastal Maine but spent 10 years in New York teaching and writing arts curriculum for children and adults. She is devoted to the transformative power art can have to alter and improve the world.


Anatomy and Physiology


with Marti Dayton

Calendar Jan 31, 2019 at 5 pm, runs for 11 weeks

This course provides students with an opportunity to develop an understanding of the relationships between the structures and functions of the body. Students will be introduced to mechanisms for maintaining homeostasis within the human body and the problems that can ensue when the mechanisms do not function properly. This course will involves participating in lectures, lab activities, projects, dissections, making of models and diagrams, journal writing and evaluating clinical studies. Upon successful completion of this course, students will earn high school diploma credit. No class 02/21/19 or 04/18/19. Makeup class (if needed) 05/02/19.




with Linda Penkalski

Calendar Oct 17, 2018 at 7 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Maine has some of the darkest skies East of the Mississippi River. Learn how to “read the night sky” as you identify the seasonal constellations, the phases of the moon and visible planets. At least one session will be spent outdoors studying the night sky. If it is clear the first session, wear warm clothes and sturdy shoes, and bring a flashlight! Mars and Saturn are visible in the evening sky. Makeup class (if needed) 11/28/18.

Linda Penkalski retired after 40 years working as a high school science teacher/guidance counselor. Her hobbies include astronomy and weather observation. Since retiring, she likes to take her therapy dog, Ursa, visiting with senior citizens.


Basic Music Theory/Ear Training (Part 1)


with Daniel Conte

Calendar Oct 4, 2018 at 7 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Revised Schedule  What are scales, intervals and chords? How can understanding them help us as we write, perform or just listen to music? Daniel Conte, experienced composer, arranger and performer, will guide you gently through the basics of how music is structured, and what to listen and/or look for to gain a better understanding of what you are writing, performing or hearing. Makeup class (if needed) 11/01/18.

Daniel Conte has been involved in music since learning to play the tuba in 4th grade. He is a singer, composer, pianist, and conductor. He believes most people have a lot more ability than they think and enjoys helping them realize it.

Prerequisite: Learn to Read Music! (Part 1) or permission of the instructor.

Part 2 will be offered in our Winter/Spring session.


Basic Music Theory/Ear Training (Part 2)
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Basic Music Theory/Ear Training (Part 2)


with Daniel Conte

Calendar Nov 8, 2018 at 7 pm, runs for 5 weeks

This class will now be offered in our Winter/Spring session. 

A continuation of Basic Music Theory/Ear Training (Part 1).  Prerequisite: Basic Music Theory/Ear Training (Part 1).

Beekeeping for Beginners


with Peter Cowin

Calendar Oct 2, 2018 at 6:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks

This class is designed to stimulate interest and questions about beekeeping as a hobby or to help with pollination. It covers what is needed, where to locate bee hives, where to buy them, what it costs and how to care for bees so they survive the winter. Many join the class because they are aware of the huge importance and decline of honeybees and other pollinators and just want to help. Learn about the fascinating hobby of beekeeping, pollinate your garden and grow your own honey! Makeup class (if needed) 10/23/18. Peter Cowin is President of Penobscot County Beekeepers’ Association and a member of the Maine State Beekeepers’ Association Swarm Team. He has grown his hobby into a cottage business known as “Hampden Honey”. Peter also writes a monthly column “The Bee Whisperer’s Diary” in the Bangor Daily News.


Beginners Hatha Yoga


with Hannah Horecka

Calendar Oct 2, 2018 at 5:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Beginners Hatha Yoga builds body awareness and flexibility through slower-moving progressions of traditional postures and conscious breathing. Props are used to allow every body type to experience the benefits of a yoga asana (posture) practice. Whether you are brand new to yoga or have limitations that have kept you from trying yoga in the past, you can feel safe and supported when you explore your own practice in this class. Hannah Horecka was trained in Hatha Vinyasa Yoga at ShivaShakti School of Yoga in Camden, Maine. She has been practicing yoga for over 13 years and owns Quiet Strength Yoga Studio in Ellsworth. Her teachings are focused on proper alignment and body mechanics to heal and strengthen every body.


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