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Acrylics - Session 2

$89

with Melissa Rioux

Calendar Apr 3, 2019 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 (dickblick.com), at AC Moore and Hobby Lobby in Bangor, and Shirley’s Yarns & Crafts in Hancock (10% discount for Adult Ed students). No class 04/17/19; makeup class (if needed) 05/22/19.

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.

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.

Beekeeping for Beginners

$45

with Peter Cowin

Calendar Mar 26, 2019 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) 04/23/19.

Peter 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.

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Bladesmithing (Session 1)

$125

with Adriaan Gerber

Calendar Apr 28, 2019 at 9 am, runs for 2 weeks

If you’ve ever wondered how knives are created or want to gain some basic blacksmithing skills, join this two session workshop offered by blacksmith Adriaan Gerber at his workshop in Ellsworth. You’ll learn basic forging, filing and heat treating techniques, as well as how to fit a handle to your knife. You’ll leave with your own steel knife made with your own hands. Gerber believes this project builds self-empowerment and confidence. It also offers a glimpse into an ancient art form practiced through the ages. All knives are made from raw materials, ensuring a level of craftsmanship that only handmade articles can have. No previous experience necessary. Please bring leather gloves and eye protection, as well as a bag lunch and drink. There is a $25.00 material fee payable to the instructor at the first class. Makeup class (if needed) 05/12/19.

Adriaan Gerber is a knife maker from Ellsworth who has been making sharp, pointy things for a decade. Before that, he was a software consultant at Boston University. He believes that forging objects from steel is simply the coolest thing you will ever learn.

Directions will be sent to students upon registering.

Full Course

Bladesmithing (Session 2)

$125

with Adriaan Gerber

Calendar May 19, 2019 at 9 am, runs for 2 weeks

If you’ve ever wondered how knives are created or want to gain some basic blacksmithing skills, join this two session workshop offered by blacksmith Adriaan Gerber at his workshop in Ellsworth. You’ll learn basic forging, filing and heat treating techniques, as well as how to fit a handle to your knife. You’ll leave with your own steel knife made with your own hands. Gerber believes this project builds self-empowerment and confidence. It also offers a glimpse into an ancient art form practiced through the ages. All knives are made from raw materials, ensuring a level of craftsmanship that only handmade articles can have. No previous experience necessary. Please bring leather gloves and eye protection, as well as a bag lunch and drink. There is a $25.00 material fee payable to the instructor at the first class. Makeup class (if needed) 06/02/19.

Adriaan Gerber is a knife maker from Ellsworth who has been making sharp, pointy things for a decade. Before that, he was a software consultant at Boston University. He believes that forging objects from steel is simply the coolest thing you will ever learn.

Directions will be sent to students upon registering.

Full Course

Watercolor - Session 2

$89

with Melissa Rioux

Calendar Apr 1, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Explore color on paper; learn or practice the fundamentals of watercolor, brush techniques and tone transitions. This class is for anyone interested in exploring with watercolor paints and brushes. Students will be introduced to a range of materials and encouraged to play and yield their own varied results. All levels are encouraged to participate! Course materials are available for purchase online (dickblick.com), at AC Moore and Hobby Lobby in Bangor, and Shirley’s Yarns & Crafts in Hancock (10% discount for Adult Ed students). No class 04/15/19. Makeup class (if needed) 05/20/19.

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.

Supply List

  • Arches cold or hot press sheet paper (3 lg. sheets)
  • Palette (plastic, metal, or glass)
  • Masking tape, water cup, pencil
  • Watercolor in tubes (small): Alizarin crimson, cadmium red, cadmium yellow light, lemon yellow or Indian yellow, ultramarine blue, cerulean blue, cobalt blue, black, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, raw umber
  • Watercolor brushes (an assortment): round (size 4, 6, 8, 10), filbert, 1/2” flat (Kolinsky sable brushes preferred, but any assortment - fan, filbert or wash brushes are fun to experiment with)

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.

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