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Art:  Acrylics (March)
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Art: Acrylics (March)


with Melissa Rioux

Calendar Mar 21, 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. Course materials are available for purchase online, at AC Moore in Bangor, and Shirley’s Yarns & Crafts in Hancock (10% discount for Adult Ed students). 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. No class 04/18/18; makeup class (if needed) 05/09/2018.

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.


Art: Certainly You Can Draw!


with Margret Baldwin

Calendar Mar 27, 2018 at 5:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Participants in this class will gain confidence and trust in their ability to see. With a few simple skills in their backpacks, they will confidently meet the challenge of recording what they, with their unique interest, choose to look at and then to see. Responsive drawing, attention to line quality, perspective, value, proportion, observation of the object in its surrounding space will be enhanced and enriched by occasional examples of great master works from the history of artistic expression. Group support and sharing of successes and challenges are an integral part of this supportive, non-judgmental learning environment. Bring 11” x 14” drawing pad, pencil sharpener, charcoal stick, drawing pencils (HB, 5B & H), eraser and kneadable eraser, as well as the joy and courage to explore something new! Course materials are available for purchase online, at AC Moore in Bangor, and Shirley’s Yarns & Crafts in Hancock (10% discount for Adult Education students). Margret is a Certified Art Instructor with 25 years in the public school system, as well as private teaching experience. No class 04/17/18; makeup class (if needed) 05/15/18.


Arts & Crafts: Crochet - Spring Chicken Hotpad


with Lynn O'Kane

Calendar Mar 27, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

We will be making a chicken hotpad in this hands-on class. This class is designed for the confident beginner but no experience is required. Class is limited to six students. Please bring a size G or H crochet hook and a ball of cotton yarn (Sugar & Cream or Peaches & Cream for the main body of the chicken) to the first class. Lynn O'Kane is a life-long crafter who enjoys making handmade items and sharing her skills and ideas through teaching. Makeup class (if needed) 04/24/18.


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