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Functional Pottery with Nathan Willever

Monday Evenings 5-7pm – 4 week sessions

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This class will focus on making functional pottery for everyday use on the wheel. We will start developing our skills with the cup form and move onto more challenging forms such as the bowl, pitcher and plate. We will be working with cone 5 white stoneware to make durable, food safe pots. The class is open to all experience levels. $120 members – $135 non-members

Nathan Willever makes functional pottery on a slow turning, treadle style wheel in Damariscotta, Maine. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Maine College of Art and has assisted multiple workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.

www.natewillever.tk

Raku with Brandon Lutterman – TBA


Learn to paint in the language of COLOR THEORY-

Instructor – Kris Engman

8 Sessions – Saturdays 10 to 2

New Session – June 7th - July 26

 

SATURATION • SPACIAL LOCATION • COMPLEMENTS • TRANSPARENCY

NEUTRALS • VALUE • INTERACTION • COLOR COMMUNITIES

TEMPERATURE • NATURE OF WHITE • ASSIMILATION • SIMULTANEOUS CONTRAST

COLOR VOICE • INTEGRATION • HARMONY • DIADS • LIGHT CONDITION

Instructor: Kris Engman. Kerstin Engman exhibits at the Arden Gallery, Boston, and the Courthouse Gallery, Ellsworth, among other venues. She received her MFA from University of Pennsylvania, where she studied with Neil Welliver, and her BFA from Maine College of Art, with additional study at Rhode Island School of Design.

Engman brings a rich and broad career in painting, drawing, sculpture and digital media to the juror’s role. In her work she explores varied visions, media, materials and genres. In 1997 she became founder and director of Project Kalocsa, a cultural exchange between Hungary and the USA. She has also worked in arts education in Maine schools and in several New England colleges, including Maine College of Art, and is presently on the faculty of University of Maine. >www.kerstinengman.com

All are Welcome

$250 members/ $275 non-members


Nature Drawing with Kerstin Engman -

6 weeks – Tuesday’s starting June 24

10-4pm $300 members $330 non-members

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We’ll head out from Damariscotta to draw summer in Maine. These sessions will address a multitude of drawing issues from the micro to the macro and explore good use of a variety of materials – from pencil to powder- graphite, charcoal and ink as well as different work surfaces from paper to YUPO. All are welcome.


Japanese Shibori on a PVC Pipe with Sandi Cirillo -

Thurs. June 5 – 1pm-4pm

For adults only – class size limited

$30/members $45/non-members Materials fee per person: $8.00(covers all expenses and cost of two scarves)

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn about “shibori”, the Japanese resist method of dyeing silk scarves using a PVC pipe. This is a unique process as we wrap our silk around the pipe and watch as our creativity takes over, spilling color onto the pipe in layer after layer. You will also be given the opportunity to paint directly on the silk too. The science of art and the creativity of the individual unite in this workshop to produce two finished scarves which can be worn with pride or given as gifts.

Sandi Cirillo, a retired art educator, currently lives in Searsport, Maine and has been a fiber artist for over 25 years. Her passion is working with natural and manmade textural materials to create one-of-a-kind mixed media pieces of art. Sandi also teaches many fiber workshops throughout the Northeast and in North Carolina. She also teaches drawing and fiber art classes at Senior College in Belfast, Maine.

Sandi’s work is in many private collections and she exhibits locally and nationally. Influences for her drawings and fiber artwork come from her love of hiking and photographing the natural world and for her love for the beauty of coastal Maine.

www.especially-for-ewe.com


Life sculpture

Life Sculpture Studio – 4 weeks – starting June 26

10am – 1 pm $80

A new 4-week session in life sculpture is starting on June 26 at River Arts Studio, 241 US Route 1 in Damariscotta. The sessions will run from 10 am to 1 pm, on Thursdays. The cost is $80. Participants will work, without instruction, from a long-term pose over a six week period. There are no formal critiques, but participants are free to ask other members or the monitor for help or advice whenever needed.

Everyone is encouraged to bring their own tools, armatures, and their preferred sculpting medium. Most participants use water based clay (self hardening or firing), or oil based clay (plasticine, plastilina), and some prefer wax. There are some tools and supplies available to borrow until you can get your own, but the selection is limited.

River Arts also offers open studios in life drawing and ceramics – times are listed on the website www.riverartsme.org For more information email: info@riverartsme.org or call 563-1507


A Different Kind of Watercolor Workshop: Illustrated Journaling

Instructor: Hannah Ineson

OFFERED 3 TIMES:

9 – 1 (3 days) $180

June 24, 25, 26 —-July 22, 23, 24—-August 19,20,21

This is a great class for beginners (yes, you can do it!), as well as accomplished painters looking for a fun way to find new images, and loosen up. Learn some easy decorative lettering, drawing and watercolor techniques, composition and more. You’ll go home with your own journal packed full of images from our surrounding area and plenty of ideas for more.

What is an “illustrated journal?” It’s a small book of watercolor paper in which you record images and text around any theme. Traditionally used to record memories while traveling, your journal can also record family memories, images of your hometown, favorite recipes, visits to restaurants, any theme that gets you into action.

We’ll provide recommendations on materials that fit in a small bag or purse. You’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish!

“For the joy and delight of your soul!” Diana Hollingsworth Gessler


Unblocking the Artist Within

with—-The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and enhanced with EFT(tapping)

12 weeks July 2-Sept. 17th Wednesdays 5:15 – 6:15 $150

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Sylvia Tavares, of the Tree of Life Center, will lead this 12week series based on the popular book, The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron combined with energy coaching, EFT(tapping) to unblock creative energy and free the creator within. Sylvia has been leading these creativity circles for 5 years and is herself emerging as a singer, songwriter and enjoys guiding others on their journeys in a safe and supportive way.

Whether you paint, write, act or seek new ways to market your business, this series offers a variety of tools to help you move forward on your path of greater creativity. The Artist Way by Julia Cameron can be purchased at The Maine Coast bookstore or through Amazon. The 10th edition is preferable, but if you have one on your bookshelf, that will work too.

Classes begin, July 2-Sept. 17th. Cost is 150.00. Payment arrangements available.

limit is 8, and this group is for women and another for men is forming.

Please call Sylvia @ 207.766.8469, for more info and to receive the 1st assignment.


Plein Aire Painting Class- with Michelle Leier

July– 11, 18 and 25 12 – 4pm $180

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This class will utilize the surrounding beauty of Damariscotta to learn the techniques of landscape painting on location. Emphasis will be placed on selection and composition of the subject, effective use of color and tone and creating work which expresses your unique view of the landscape. We will also focus on the practical considerations one faces when the great outdoors is your art studio. What better way is there to enjoy and appreciate the summer in Maine than to capture it on canvas?

This class is for students interested in oil or acrylic. Some painting experience is helpful, but not required.

http://www.michelleleier.com

Michelle Leier received her B.A. from Northwestern University and her M.F.A from the Massachusetts College of Art at the Fine Arts Work Center. Before moving to Maine, she taught art at an American International School in Slovakia, and did her first outdoor painting at an art workshop in Wales. This sparked a love of painting outdoors which continues to inform Michelle’s artistic practice.


Acrylic Painting for Beginners with Deb Arter

July 14 & 28 11-3pm take one or both! $60 per class…..$110 for both

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Summer in Maine is a time when many of satisfy our thirst for color. Acrylic painting may be just the ticket to get your outdoors and it is easier to learn than you may think. Through a series of guided lessons and demonstrations each student will learn how to mix colors, find pleasing compositions indoors and out and understand technical aspects of acrylic paint on various surfaces. We will work on a triptych exercise as well as using acrylics like watercolors. Don’t worry about prior skills – we will nurture everyone in a supportive environment. Materials list sent to participants. $7 materials fee covers cost of paper and canvas. Instructor has been teaching adults for nearly two decades and has many examples from students as reference.

Debra Arter holds both a B.A. in Art Education and M.F.A. in Visual Arts. She has been teaching various art techniques to adults and children for over 20 years. She is an active member of both the National Collage Society, Monotype Guild of New England as well as National Association of Women Artists. Her work has been shown at CMCA, Boston Public Library, Johnson Johnson Corporate Headquarters, Landings Gallery and is in the Collection of the Farnsworth Museum. She has designed 9 cards for the Dana-Farber Holiday Card program whose mission is to raise funds for cancer research. Places where Debra’s work is on view locally include Pemaquid ArtGallery, Harlow Gallery and Boothbay Region Art Foundation. Students claim to have a great time in her classes. Limited to 10


Stonecarving with Andy Seferlis

Aug 4-8 & Aug 11-15 10-2pm $300/week

for beginners, or practiced hands

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Bring your own stone or let us know if you need one. Limestone and/or marble can be provided at cost. Sizes and shapes will vary. If you have tools, bring them. Tools will be provided if you don’t own them: chisels, hammers, power tools, angle grinders, extension cords, small compressors. Bring a pencil, notebook, charcoal, gloves, safety glasses, dust masks, all available at your local hardware.Addictive, tiring and satisfying. Relaxed and comfortable environment. You will enjoy it!

Andy Seferlis, a second generation stonecarver from Washington, DC and New Harbor, Me, continues to conduct this workshop that , at its inception, was led by his father, Constantine Seferlis. For almost twenty years Andy has been working with the Smithsonian Institution engaged in the ongoing restoration of the headquarters building, the “Castle” on the National Mall in Washington. He demonstrates annually at the National Building Museum’s fall program “The Big Build”, and is involved with carving and restoration commissions in and around the greater Washington, DC area. Seferlis also leads art and architectural study tours of many of the east coast’s major cities.


Bobbi Heath Daily Painting Workshop

Mondays 10AM – 1PM, August 4, 11, 18, 25, 2014 $180 members $195 non-members

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Would you like to improve your painting? Do you want to paint regularly, but can’t find a way to fit it into your schedule? This workshop will show you how quick small paintings can be a rewarding way to improve your painting skills, and how to find time to paint them regularly. Almost Daily Painter, Bobbi Heath, who also holds a day job, will explain techniques, materials, and an approach to daily painting that works.

The workshop will consist of exercises focused on creating a finished painting in a short session, and having fun doing it. Bobbi will discuss techniques that will help you get the most out of your painting time as well as subjects and reference materials particularly suited to daily painting. For an example exercise, see: http://bobbiheath.blogspot.com/2009/11/10-minute-apples-and-workshop-in.html

Each of the four 3 hour sessions will consist of a discussion of the day’s lesson, a short demo by Bobbi, exercises, and a homework assignment. The four areas we’ll focus on are; values, maintaining values as you add color, color mixing, and improving composition.

Students may paint in oil or acrylic.

Materials List will be provided.


Plein Air Workshop – 2 days – August 4 & 5 $180

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This workshop is about getting out of the studio and into the landscape.

Painting outdoors, with your subject facing you with every turn of the head, is unique. It’s immediate, ever-changing, meditative, and a remote cousin of the studio experience. In the words of one artist, it’s a living and vibrant, moment-to-moment transformation of your observations -with its shifts, permutations and deviations – all orchestrated by the passing of the day.

Each meeting will consist of 2 sessions – morning and afternoon. With attention to color, method and materials, we’ll spend two full days painting small works, with the idea a completing one or more paintings each session. It’s about LIGHT and COLOR. All are welcome. Instructor: Kris Engman.


Plant Imprinting on Fabric with Sandi Cirillo Aug. 12 1-3 pm

$25 members $35 non-members $7 materials fee

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Join us as we celebrate the beauty of the world around us. This workshop will teach you to imprint a design on a canvas tote bag using a variety of natural plant materials. We will begin by experimenting on various fabric surfaces to see how color reproduces. Then we will move on to creating a finished tote bag that expresses a one-of-a-kind design. All materials are provided by the instructor. Participants are encouraged to bring favorite flowers or leaves from their own garden or yard. Just make sure they are kept in water until the workshop.


Collage (Let Er Rip) with Deb Arter

August 16 & 17 10-3 $150 members $165 non-members

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Have fun with recycled paper! Workshop is for adults and children over age 10 years old would like to explore collage, and mixed media with paper. Class will focus on materials and methods for beginners and experienced alike. In a fun and free-form fashion students will explore layering, various media, surface treatments and exercises in abstraction. Students can make wall art for gifts or focus on cards. Materials list will be emailed to students so they can begin collecting. Materials fee of $3.00 covers adhesives, substrates and lots of tissue paper. Surprise yourself!

Debra L. Arter is a collage artist working in printmaking and mixed media. She has taught art to adults for over twenty years. Her work is in numerous collections including the Farnsworth Museum. Debra is a member of the National Collage Society and the National Association of Women Artists.


Cloisonne with Isabella Corwin

August 23 & 24 – 10- 4 -limited to 6

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$180 members $195 non-members plus materials fee

Students will create a small cloisonne piece suitable for jewelry, small wall piece or precious object. Techniques will include: Preparation of the base metal (fine silver and /or copper); designing the image; forming the silver, gold or copper wires; wet inlay application of opaque and transparent enamels; use of gold and silver foils.

Isabella Corwin is a cloisonne enamelist and painter. Her cloisonne work is shown in museums and galleries throughout the United States. She has taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York for twenty years and is now working exclusively on her art in her studio.


Pastels with Passion – with Betsy Birge

August 23 10-3 $75 members $85 n-members

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Unlock your passion for color with this 4 part workshop exploring soft pastel painting. If you have ever wanted to try pastels, but simply didn’t know what to get or how to go about it, or have tried it in the past and have not been successful, this is your chance to learn about this exciting medium.

Part 1: You will learn about pastels, brands, hardness and substrates. We will discuss and practice laying on color and how the substrate can influence it. We will also review various ways to use pastels and how to get the most out of your resource material.

Part 2: We will begin your first pastel painting. As we move along we will be learning how to begin the painting and the layering properties of soft pastel. We should be able to finish a landscape.

Part 3: In this class we will be talking about movement, both in the subject and in your strokes and putting that to use. We will be learning about and starting our painting with an underpainting.

Part 4: We will be exploring back-lighting in our paintings in this class. We will also discuss photographing pastels and framing options.


Silk Paper with Sandi Cirillo August 31 1-3 pm

$25 members $35 non-members $8 materials fee

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In this workshop, participants will learn about silk fusion, the process of creating silk paper using various types of silk fibers. Silk paper can be used to make books, note cards, for a variety of mixed media art projects or for the creation of 3-dimensional pieces. Its beautiful colors and translucent quality make silk paper a wonderful addition to the artists repertoire.


Gourd Design with Sandi Cirillo September 20 10-1

$35 members $40 non-members $8 materials fee

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Gourds, which come in all shapes and sizes, can be painted, etched, drilled into, etc. for a variety of different effects. In this class, participants will explore surface design on their gourd using a variety of materials. Some small power tools may also be used. You will come away with a perfectly “gourdgeous” work of art that can enhance your home or be cherished as a gift. You are encouraged to bring anything you have at home to embellish your gourd(like bits of yarn, dried flowers, etc).


Watercolor with Elaine Reed

Exploring Watercolor Possibilities September 27 and 28 10:00 to 3:00

$150 members/$175 non-members

Intermediate & Advanced Level

This intensive 2 day workshop is designed for artists who already understand the basics of painting in watercolor and wish to challenge themselves to explore new possibilities. We will explore in depth the importance of having a strong composition and value pattern to start with. Creating a sense of mood and luminosity is so important to a painting and watercolors are the perfect medium to achieve this goal with.


Learn to paint in the language of COLOR THEORY-

Instructor – Kris Engman

8 Sessions – Saturdays 10 to 2

New Session beginning in Oct. 2014

SATURATION • SPACIAL LOCATION • COMPLEMENTS • TRANSPARENCY

NEUTRALS • VALUE • INTERACTION • COLOR COMMUNITIES

TEMPERATURE • NATURE OF WHITE • ASSIMILATION • SIMULTANEOUS CONTRAST

COLOR VOICE • INTEGRATION • HARMONY • DIADS • LIGHT CONDITION

Instructor: Kris Engman. Kerstin Engman exhibits at the Arden Gallery, Boston, and the Courthouse Gallery, Ellsworth, among other venues. She received her MFA from University of Pennsylvania, where she studied with Neil Welliver, and her BFA from Maine College of Art, with additional study at Rhode Island School of Design. Engman brings a rich and broad career in painting, drawing, sculpture and digital media to the instructor’s role. In her work she explores varied visions, media, materials and genres. In 1997 she became founder and director of Project Kalocsa, a cultural exchange between Hungary and the USA. She has also worked in arts education in Maine schools and in several New England colleges, including Maine College of Art, and is presently on the faculty of University of Maine. >www.kerstinengman.com

All are Welcome

$250 members/ $275 non-members


Encaustics with Camille Davidson – Sunday – Oct 26 10-3

$75 members $90 non-members + materials

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This encaustics workshop will be a follow-up to the workshop she offered earlier this year….although beginners are welcome.

Camille describes her work as ‘poetic renditions of nature’. She is moved by a place or sensation in nature where she makes quick sketches that she can later reference in her studio. Most of the paintings over the last several years have incorporated a combination of oils and encaustics. Layers of color, she scrapes away and builds up in order to achieve the effect of a specific time and place. http://www.cameedavidson.com/


River Arts Open Studio Schedule

Open Studio Ceramics: monitors Nate and Tessa

Tues 5-7, Wed 4-6 Thurs. & 4-6

$10/hour at the Route 1 Studio

Open Studio Life Drawing: monitor Roberta Goschke

Ongoing Wednesday evenings 6 – 9 pm$15 m/$20 n/m Studio at 241 US Route 1

Life Sculpture: monitor Rachel Oakes

Thursday mornings – 4 week sessions10am – 1 pm* Good idea to call ahead – 563-1507