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Nature Photography (Hybrid/Mar)
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Nature Photography (Hybrid/Mar)

$150

with Steve McGrath

Learn how to capture what you see in the great outdoors by finding the best composition.  Experiment with light, camera settings,  shutter speed and aperture for the best exposure.  We’ll also explore different lenses, depth of field and filters. Tripods can be helpful for wildlife photography, but not required for the course. 

This is a hybrid course with online sessions using ZOOM, and one in-person class on Saturday 03/09/24, from 10:00am-1:00pm at Schoodic Point. 

Steve McGrath is a professional freelance photographer and photography teacher who has been creating images for 20 years. Steve first began by shooting sports photography for local high schools, then weddings, and stock agencies. His love of the outdoors led him to focusing more on his true passion. Steve was an active member of the Gateway Camera Club for many years, and has won many ribbons and awards at fairs and competitions through the club and on his own. Many of his images have been published in school text books.

Learn the Ukulele Together
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Learn the Ukulele Together

$49

with Gary Bushee

Experience the joy of singing songs and strumming ukuleles together Ohana Style, a community-based experience with family and friends. Ohana means family in the Hawaiian language.

This is an inter-generational peer-learning approach to music making. This class is open to all levels, from beginner to ukulele wizard. Participants register as a pair (one child 6 or older and one responsible adult-parent, grandparent, ‘auntie’). The pairs will be able to practice the songs and learning materials at home and help each other learn.  We will draw from a range of folk songs and popular music. Participants are encouraged to offer suggestions of songs that would be good for our group to learn.

Each participant must have a ukulele. All kinds of ukuleles are acceptable (soprano, concert, tenor, baritone, U bass). If you aren’t sure what you have, we can figure it out in class. Come join us for ukulele fun. Aloha!  This is an in-person class.

A Writer's Workshop

$50

with Kristen Leonard

Calendar Mar 6, 2024 at 6:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Do you want to improve your writing skills for work? Write a poem to your beloved or finish that family memoir? Or maybe you’ve considered writing a script? If so, come join us in this 6-week writer’s workshop where we will explore a variety of writing genres. 

This fall, our focus will be on STORIES - both real and imagined. We will analyze the elements of effective storytelling, including (but not limited to) plot, character, scene, point of view, voice, and tone. Participants will write and/or revise their stories of choice and together we will examine successful writing strategies and tricks of the trade. And most of all, we will discover that writing can be fun!  This is a live online class using ZOOM.  

Kristin holds a Masters in English (Literature), as well as an M. F. A. in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine.  She is the 2019 recipient of the Maine Literary Award for Drama and Lit Fest’s 2019 Dramatic Writing Fellow for Emerging Writers. Her critical and creative work have appeared in The Explicator, Ekphrastic Review, The Atlantic, New Hampshire Public Radio, and more. Follow her at kristinjleonard.com.

Watercolor Basics (Mar/In-person)

$119

with Mary Laury

Calendar Mar 12, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 4 weeks

Watercolor Painting is an exciting medium; it flows and moves and does beautiful things. Instructor Mary Laury has been recognized for her work by the Maine Arts Commission.  Participants will do landscapes and seascapes in this 4-session course. If you have never painted in watercolors we will start at the beginning. If you have painted before, you may pick up some new tips and tricks as well. We all learn together!   This is an in-person course held at the Moore Community Center, an accessible facility with an elevator.  

Makeup class, if needed, 04/09/24.  

To see the supply list, click here. 

Mary Laury served as the founding Executive Director of Schoodic Arts for All, an award winning non-profit organization celebrating the arts and culture in Downeast Maine for over 20 years. The botanical subjects and dynamic nature of Maine are Mary's passions. An experienced teacher, she has taught painting and drawing in classrooms and in the field for many programs throughout her career.

Drawing-Anyone Can Draw (Mar)

$119

with Mary Laury

Calendar Mar 12, 2024 at 1 pm, runs for 4 weeks

You can draw! Anyone can learn to draw. This 4-week class will teach you how to draw what you see. This class will give you a jump start to drawing accurately and give you confidence to draw for pleasure or as a base for your painting. Get ready for a whole world of seeing details that you have never noticed before!  This is an in-person class.

For supplies, you should bring a pencil, eraser, Sharpie, page protector, ruler and paper.  Mary uses computer paper but a sketch book is fine. 

Makeup class, if needed, 04/09/24.​

Mary Laury served as the founding Executive Director of Schoodic Arts for All, an award winning non-profit organization celebrating the arts and culture in Downeast Maine for over 20 years. The botanical subjects and dynamic nature of Maine are Mary's passions. An experienced teacher, she has taught painting and drawing in classrooms and in the field for many programs throughout her career.

Perspective Drawing and Painting

$89

with Mary Laury

Calendar Mar 12, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Drawing in perspective is a skill that is not intuitive. It was discovered during the Renaissance and changed the way we paint and draw forever after. We will do this the longhand way, with horizon lines, vanishing points, rulers, and yardsticks. If you want to paint buildings or the interior of a room accurately, this is a skill that must be learned.

For materials, you will need pencils, eraser, ruler or two, yardstick or two, computer paper to draw on, tape, a page protector, a Sharpie pen and large paper like you would get on a roll, maybe 40 inches long (wrapping paper will do). This is just for reference marks.

Choose some pictures of buildings you might like to draw. Perhaps your house? Maybe a lighthouse? Start with a simple structure at first.  This is a live online class using ZOOM.

Mary Laury served as the founding Executive Director of Schoodic Arts for All, an award winning non-profit organization celebrating the arts and culture in Downeast Maine for over 20 years. The botanical subjects and dynamic nature of Maine are Mary's passions. An experienced teacher, she has taught painting and drawing in classrooms and in the field for many programs throughout her career.

Find Your Rhythm, Soothe Your Heart & Soul (Mar)

$34

with Tom Rush

Calendar Mar 14, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Join percussionist Tom Rush in exploring rhythm that’s good for your heart and soul.  You’ll learn rudimental drumming rhythms as a tool to open the mind and meditation.  If you’re looking for a formal drumming workshop, this isn’t for you.

Tom’s journey has been influenced by African and Indian rhythms, and he’s been exploring their impact on his meditation and spiritual path.  He’s hoping you’ll join with intention, in the Shamanistic traditions, and find your own meditation and spiritual path.  Each person’s journey will be unique.  This is an in-person class.

If you have a drum, bring it along.  Don't worry if you don't, Tom will have some to share. 

Make Your Best Shot - An Introduction to Digital Photography

$20

with Mike Leonard

Calendar Mar 19, 2024 at 7 pm, runs for 1 week

In this one-night class, participants will learn the basics of digital photography - what you should have read in your owner’s manual but didn’t!  Topics covered include camera settings, understanding exposure and white balance, tips for making your best shots of various subjects.  It’s a perfect session to attend BEFORE going on a vacation so you can take home your best shots.  This is a live online course using ZOOM. 

A former technical director of television programming for Time Warner Cable, Mike was also the host photographer for the Barefoot Windjammer group in the 90s, where he presented hands-on photography instruction aboard photo-themed cruises in the Caribbean and Panama.





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