Classes and Open Studios – 2017

(this is a work in progress….more classes will be added)

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 Everything Clay – with Alexsondra Tomasulo

3 sessions   Tuesdays June 6 – 27   10 am  – 12:30 pm $150

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This class offers a self directed approach to understanding forms in clay.  Wheel thrown instruction or hand building techniques…the choice is yours.  Feeling adventurous? Learn to combine the two.  so whether you are looking for utilitarian or the sculptural…this class is for you.  The common thread is fun and discovery. $10 materials fee.

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Sunday, April 9…..10-3 pm…Let’s Learn to Draw with Sandi Cirillo $75

If you’ve ever caught yourself doodling, you are indeed drawing. In this beginners class you will explore your creative side as you learn good composition techniques using shading, contrast, perspective, texture, movement, etc. We’ll be experimenting with different drawing materials as well so you can see which ones you like best(or the least). Drawing still lifes and landscapes are only a small part of this class. All supplies will be provided. All you need to bring is your enthusiasm to learn something new. What better time to start drawing than in the spring when you can explore the world around you through this wonderful medium.     *******Materials fee: $8.00    Class size: 12      Teens over 15 to adults

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Fiber Fantasy Collage – with Sandi Cirillo

Sunday, April 30..10- 1 pm…….Fiber Fantasy Collage

In this workshop, we will create a fiber collage evocative of the hues, textures, and atmospheres of our very own coastal Maine or any other special place you have traveled to. Everyone is encouraged to bring materials from their own travels to incorporate into their collage. Bring scissors too. We’ll also be experimenting with various types of fibers to use in our collage.   Materials fee: $5.00

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Drawing with Kris Engman – 4 Wednesdays May 10 – 31     10-3 $250

Plein Air Drawing with Linear Perspective:

Angles to Orthogonals

engmanRA LinPersp Class DescripotionLinear perspective seems to be everyone’s nemesis and it’s so important to have in your skill set.  In this class, we tackle it head on; first with simple geometric constructions that need to feel spacial  and then we move ahead to all manner of single and double-point  perspective problems – still lifes, furniture, buildings outdoors, even the human figure.

Each day begins with morning practice sessions introducing new material and critiques; weather permitting, we’ll be outside in the afternoon sun, drawing. Materials will be limited to graphite and ink because they’re so portable. It really isn’t as hard as it seems…..a challenge that’s rewarding to master.

All are welcome.  No previous drawing experience necessary.

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Experimental Watercolor Techniques with Erica Qualey

4 Thursdays in May – 9am -12pm   – $180

May 4, 11, 18, 25

 

This class is designed for people who have had some basic experience watercolor painting or are feeling adventurous and want to jump right in. During the four sessions we will look at different experimental approaches to painting with watercolor and how we can incorporate them into paintings. We will learn how to create dynamic washes, interesting textures, patterns, and marks that would be hard to achieve with traditional methods but can make a painting glow.

This class is designed to help the painter that feels stuck or would like to learn ways to loosen up and be free with their painting. There will be weekly demonstrations and lots of encouragement to try new things.

Participants will receive a suggested materials list from the instructor and will be expected to bring their materials to the first class.

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Japanese Shibori Silk Scarves – with Sandi Cirillo – $30

Sunday, May 7   10-1pm        just in time for Mother’s day

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In this hands on workshop, participants will learn about “shibori”, the Japanese resist method of creating designs on silk using a PVC pipe. This is a unique process as we wrap our scarves around the PVC pipe and watch as our creativity takes over, spilling onto the pipe in layer after layer of color. You will also be given the opportunity to paint directly on your scarves. Each person will complete two finished scarves in this class. The science of art and the creativity of the individual unite in this workshop to produce a finished product that can be worn with pride or given as a gift. Materials fee $10

This class is a 3 hour class( from 9-noon) but participants can also stay for an additional 3 hour session(from 1- 4pm) in the afternoon which will give you more time to explore this wonderful medium of dyeing on silk fabric. If you stay for the afternoon session, the cost will be an additional $30.00……total cost for BOTH the morning and afternoon workshops will be $60.00 plus $20.00 in materials fees.

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iPhone Tutorial Workshop with Roberta Baumann, Digital Creative Expert

Wednesday, July 12       11-3       $95 members  $105 non-members

I teach to inspire creativity while sharing my in depth knowledge of iPhone’s in general and specializing in iPhone photography. Do you have an iPhone and want to learn more about it’s camera, settings, and applications?  Do you have questions about choosing and using photographic apps to create awe inspiring effects and beautiful photographs?

Roberta Baumann, a resident of Rockland, is a fine art photographer, teacher, and Gallery Director at Landing Gallery in Rockland.  She fuels her creative spirit by exploring the process of capturing and editing photos with her iPhone.  Roberta has taught iPhone photography at the Maine Media Workshops, 26 Split Rock Cove, Georges River Land Trust, and in private classes.  This is your opportunity to discover the power, fun, and stunning output that’s possible from your iPhone!

I’m a professional photographer who shoots with both an SLR and iPhone in my fine art business.  I’ll show you how to take and edit images that will please you and have you saying “wow”.  Air Drop, Control Center, Siri, Voice Memos, Face Time are some of the 46 built in apps on a newer iPhone’s that we will discuss and I’ll demonstrate how to use them to their full potential.  We’ll edit images with the app list I will provide to workshop participants so they may be downloaded in advance.

The best camera for taking photos is the one that you always have with you. Lurking inside your iPhone is one of the most inspiring, capable, and fun imaging systems in all of photography.  More than just a snapshot device, your iPhone is a powerful creative tool for making art, right in the palm of your hand. You now have both camera and darkroom in your pocket.  Photographing with a mobile device adds a level of convenience, flexibility, and spontaneity to the photographic process. This class will provide a solid introduction to using the iPhone as a creative tool for editing photos.

Image shot with and processed with an iPhone.

“Garden Wall”

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Felted Bowls – with Sandi Cirillo

Sunday, June 11…..10-1 pm  $30

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In this workshop, we’ll be experimenting with wool and form as we create several bowls using wet and needle felting  techniques. Bring an old towel and scissors to this workshop and come prepared to have some fun.  Materials fee: $8.00

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Plein Air – One Day Workshop -with Bruce Habowski – July 8

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Workshop: “Plein Air Oil Painting Simplified”   Rain or Shine $135

Date: July 8— 8am – 5 pm, 2017  with break for lunch and a critique at the end.( I’ll let you select the one you think will work best)

Location: Damariscotta, Maine. Take Business Rt 1 into downtown Damariscotta. We’ll meet at the boat launch area next to the public parking area. It’s technically called Schooner Landing. Public parking is located behind Reny’s.

 Description:

Are you longing to paint plein air, but find yourself intimidated by nature’s changing moods? Maine oil painter Bruce Habowski will show you how to conquer your fear. In this one day, comprehensive workshop he will share the various techniques and methods he uses to create his work. Topics covered, but not limited to, will include selecting a scene, choosing a palette, editing, and more. By practicing these methods, they will empower you to paint plein air with confidence.

  Living in Waterville, Maine, oil painter Bruce Habowski has 20 + years experience painting many genres, from landscapes to interiors. He has taught several workshops and his award-winning work has been exhibited in many juried shows across the country and has been included in the 2001 and the 2003 biennials at the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine. In addition, they have also been exhibited in the biennials at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland, Maine.

You can visit his website at: www.habowskistudio.com and his painting instructional videos on

YouTube at: www.youtube/habowskistudio.com.

 Class size is limited. Ask for supply list. (info@riverartsme.org)

For beginner and intermediate painters

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Still Life Painting for Beginners with Diana Dion – 4 weeks in July

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We will learn the process of painting still life paintings. Step by step with demonstrations. Additional support on color mixing etc.

Diana began her art education at Vesper George School of Art in Boston where she studied under renowned east coast artist, Don Stone.  She continued her education at Long Beach State College in California, expanding her skills by studying sculpting.  Further studies included still life painting and portraits at Southern Atelier in Sarasota, Florida.

Diana’s commercial art career began in Los Angeles as a fashion illustrator.  She also found success in freelance work for Mattel and Disney.  Inspired by Peggi Kroll-Roberts’ workshop, Diana rediscovered plein air painting that she now earnestly pursues.

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Stonecarving with Andy Seferlis

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Monday-Friday, 10-2pm.

Two  1 week sessions in last week of July  &  1st week of Aug
$300/week All experience levels welcome

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!

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Plant Imprinting on Fabric – with Sandi Cirillo

Sunday, August 6    10-1 pm   $30

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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. Materials fee $7

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Gouache Painting with Julie Babb –

6 Tuesdays  starting in September 10-12  $175

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Class will focus on gouache, its properties, pros and cons. Some basic color theory, mixing neutrals, shading, dry brush technique will be included. Subject matter usually relates to the natural world, ie., botanicals, birds, fur, feathers, etc. with a goal of accurate representational painting and attention to detail.  Instructor wiil bring some basic supplies to the first class.  $120 members $130 non-members. Ask for supplies list.

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Philip Frey – Plein Air

 

Plein Air Painting Essentials with Philip Frey

September 23 & 24        9am – 4pm

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Join artist Philip Frey for a unique plein air workshop designed to teach the essentials of plein air painting. We will begin early, painting on location each day. Emphasis will be placed on perceptual painting, finding a good location, setting up for ease of use, and learning the elements of good design through specific lessons and limited palettes.

Details

As this will be an intensive workshop, basic drawing skills are strongly suggested. Come prepared for unpredictable Maine weather (wind, sun, bugs and rain). In the case of rain, we will paint indoors or under cover outside. Philip will be painting in oil but has experience with acrylic and watercolor.

About the Instructor

Philip is known for his vibrant, loose and accomplished plein air and studio paintings. Having taught in many venues, Philip is celebrated for his engaging, illuminating and positive teaching. He is skilled at addressing his student’s abilities and confidence to help them move to the next level.

Artist and student, Vcevy Strekalovsky of Hingham, MA writes, “Philip is a delight to work with, giving freedom yet challenges to students of all levels, based in a deep knowledge of expressionistic landscape painting.” Read more testimonials here.

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Introduction to Feltmaking – with Sandi Cirillo

Sunday, October 15  10-1 pm

Beginning Feltmaking

Sandi won’t “pull the wool over your eyes” in this art workshop. Participants will learn how to create a beautiful piece of artwork(suitable for framing) using an ancient craft process known as feltmaking. Imagine what you can create using wool, soap and water and a little agitation! This is a “hands on” workshop so come prepared for lots of felted fun. We will learn about wet and needle felting techniques in this class. Materials fee  $8

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Japanese Shibori Silk Scarves   – with Sandi Cirillo

Sunday, November 5    10-1 pm      $30

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In this hands on workshop, participants will learn about “shibori”, the Japanese resist method of creating designs on silk using a PVC pipe. This is a unique process as we wrap our scarves around the PVC pipe and watch as our creativity takes over, spilling onto the pipe in layer after layer of color. You will also be given the opportunity to paint directly on your scarves. Each person will complete two finished scarves in this class. The science of art and the creativity of the individual unite in this workshop to produce a finished product that can be worn with pride or given as a gift. Materials fee $10

This class is a 3 hour class( from 9-noon) but participants can also stay for an additional 3 hour session(from 1- 4pm) in the afternoon which will give you more time to explore this wonderful medium of dyeing on silk fabric. If you stay for the afternoon session, the cost will be an additional $30.00……total cost for BOTH the morning and afternoon workshops will be $60.00 plus $20.00 in materials fees

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Birch Bark Trees/Holiday Decorations with Sandi Cirillo

Sunday, December 3………..10-1 pm  $30

Birchbark In this class, you’ll learn how to use birch bark to make birch bark trees and/or ornaments for the holidays. These make wonderful additions to your home decorating or you can give them as gifts.                Materials fee: $8.00

 

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Gift Giving –  Clay Ornaments      1 –

Cost $30.  and $10 materials fee.   Class limit 8

 Tis the season. Consider making your own keepsake ornament. Who knows, you just may want it hanging all year round. We will go over a basic method for executing ornaments as well as bells.

You will have time to explore surface design using a variety of carving techniques .

Life sculpture

Life Sculpture Studio – 4 weeks –

10am – 1 pm $80

A new 4-week session in life sculpture is start every 4 weeks 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


River Arts Open Studio Schedule

Open Studio Ceramics

Thursdays – 6 PM- 8 PM  Rachel Hamlin

Sunday  – 10-2 Rachel Hamlin

$8/hour at the River Arts Studio

Private Classes: We are happy to create a class to fit your needs (throwing classes limited to four people). One-on-one instruction for most topics can be scheduled at your convenience. The cost is $45 per hour including materials and firing fee.

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Open Studio Life Drawing: monitor Roberta Goschke

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