Classes and Open Studios

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Functional Pottery with Nathan Willever

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The Functional Pottery – 4 session class will be held for 4 Mondays from 5-7 pm  . 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 – $140 non-members

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Shibori silk scarves – with Sandi Cirillo  – $30

Sunday, May 3 (just in time for Mother’s day) 3 hours  10-1 pm

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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

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Drawing the Head – Intensive – with Kris Engman
1 DAY INTENSIVE  –  May 23 10-4 $100 members/$125 for non-members

The Human Head RA

‘If I could draw from only one subject from now until the end of my life, it would be the head … any head would do”

This workshop isn’t about capturing a likeness, although that could happen. It’s about the skull, the turn of the neck, the brow with features below, directed light on the surface of a cheek, a profile. It’s about measurement and proportion, how and where to make a mark, attention to detail, what to overlook, finding aesthetic balance. Instruction on anatomy, method and materials use. All are welcome.

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Roberta Baumann “iPhone/iPad Artistry”

Boquet Olson House WebMay 17   10-3

$75 members  $90 non-members
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 (one day, two day) class will provide a solid introduction to using the iPhone/iPad as a creative tool for editing photos. A list of apps will be provided to participants so that they may be downloaded in time for the first class.

Roberta Baumann, a resident of So. Thomaston, 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 and in private classes. In 2014 she exhibited in thirteen juried art shows. Her work is collected in the US and in Europe.
This is your opportunity to discover the power, fun, and stunning output that’s possible from your iPhone!

Class Prep
Please have your iPhone fully charged with at least 4GB of storage space available. You can check your available space in Settings>General>About. The line item called “Available” is your remaining storage space.
Your iTunes account should be in good working condition so you can purchase additional apps during the class. This is very important because we don’t want to waste time troubleshooting forgotten passwords or changed billing information in class. Try to buy some of the apps I recommend (in a separate document) before class starts to make sure everything is working well. Did I mention this is important!
Make sure your iPhone or iPad battery is fully charged before the class. It’s a good idea to bring an additional battery, either a battery-case or an external battery.Bring charging/sync cables too. Please have your iPhone updated with the latest (and greatest) version of the iOS (iPhone Operating System). Currently we’re at iOS 8.1.2 but there will be newer versions by the workshop date.

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The Mindful Brush
Mindfulness for Artists by Philip Frey

May 30   9:30 – 3:30   $80 members $95 non-members

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This workshop is for artists and arts professionals who wish to bring some much needed space and clarity into the midst our speedy world of work, play, electronic devices, family and friends. It is an introduction to mindfulness practice through the art of painting. Participants will learn about mindfulness, the practice of radical simplicity: the methods and benefits as taught by the centuries old tradition as well as neuroscience’s latest discoveries about the mind and body. These tools can help us slow down, be present with our art practice and be easily brought into our daily lives. As we paint and practice radical simplicity, we will not be overly concerned with the product but more with the process. Rather, we will concern ourselves with being present with the act of painting. All levels are welcome. Philip has had extensive training and experience in both painting and mindfulness meditation. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1990 with a BFA in painting, has a successful career as a painter and teacher and has spent the last 20 years training in and studying Buddhist mindfulness meditation.Supplies: Paper (11×14 newsprint pad), sumi or India ink, inkwells, ink brushes, watercolor paints and brushes, watercolor paper, water containers, paper towels/rags.
Please bring a comfortable cushion to sit on for your chair.

www.philipfrey.com

 

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PLEIN AIR WORKSHOPS with Kris Engman and Louise Bourne

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Workshop I – May 20th, 21st — 10 to 4

Workshop II – August 19th and 20th — 10 to 4

15 students maximum $225 members $250 non-members/workshop

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. Instructors:

Kris Engman www.kerstinengman.com and
Louise Bourne www.louisebourne.com

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Figure Drawing and Anatomy with Kris Engman

Tuesdays – May 5 – June 9 2015    10-4

RA FigDrawing

$300 members $350  non-members

This course is designed to provide the draftsman with the supporting anatomical information that will give structure to his or her study of the figure. Initially, the course is dedicated to gaining an understanding of human (and occasionally animal)
architecture through the examination and study of the skeleton. There is a focus on proportion, measurement and the figure ( including linear perspective), figure/ground balance and the new ‘reality’ that is the drawing. !The student’s attention will also be directed to the musculature and its complexities – how the skeleton moves, how the muscles themselves function, the interaction of body parts due to the positioning of the figure, depth of field, foreshortening, and working to enhance visual interest through the well-articulated balance of contrasts.

Throughout the course, the introduction of a variety of materials is ongoing with emphasis placed on experimentation side by side with the developing of new skills. Formal drawing concepts rooted in the basic elements of drawing are addressed with the use of regular supplementary presentations, frequent handouts and daily critiques.

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Beginning Feltmaking –  with Sandi Cirillo

Sunday June 7  -3 hours   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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Basic Drawing
INSTRUCTOR – KRIS ENGMAN

Tuesdays  June 16 -July 21 – $250

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This course introduces a fundamental approach to drawing which includes a broad-based definition of visual perception (the business of ‘seeing’). Over the 6 weeks, we will work to refine skills and concepts and develop a working use of the terms and concepts that address drawing issues. In order to do this, there will be specific attention paid to making specific and clear measurements(proportion), the integration of line with tone (markmaking), the well-balanced placement of information on the page (arrangement ), and consideration of what should or should not be included in the drawing (editing). These issues will be at the forefront of class critiques. No experience necessary. All are welcome.

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Beginning Watercolor with Erica Qualey –

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July 6 & 7   9-2  $150 members $175 non members

This two-day session  is designed for anyone who is new to watercolor. We will focus on exploring and developing techniques, learning the characteristics of watercolor and the different tools commonly used, creating interesting compositions using sketches and reference photos, and the process of planning and creating a watercolor painting.

Participants will have weekly demonstrations and participate in creating quick studies to help build technique. Part of class time will be spent on individual projects with one-on-one instructor feedback.
Participants will receive a suggested materials list from the instructor and will be expected to bring their materials to the first class along with photos and/or sketches that they are interested in painting.
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Design Basics with Joyce Steel
Five 3 hr. class sessions: Mondays, 1-4 pm
July 6-Aug 3 $180

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The Magpie by Claude Monet
This 5 week workshop is not intended to be an intensive “Art Ed. 101” training – but rather, a relaxed, fun and exciting learning experience. We will examine the Elements and Principles of Design – often considered the building blocks of a work of art and its unifying foundation. What are they? Well, the list can vary depending upon whom you talk to – but for this class we will consider the following: Elements: line, shape/form, color, value, texture – and – Principles: harmony, rhythm & repetition, variety, contrast, balance, movement, proportion, emphasis, space – all used to produce Unity.

Students will explore these visual tools through their own creative responses to a series of experimental exercises and finished works – and – by viewing a variety of important works by well-known artists. Whether you are a working artist and familiar with these concepts or just starting out and have never heard of them; this workshop provides an enlightening opportunity to enrich and enhance your knowledge base and your own creative process. A basic materials list will be provided. Additionally, students may work in specific media of their own preference.

Joyce Steel belongs to a family of artists in Maine and has been painting since childhood. Her work ranges from traditional oils, acrylics and watercolors to non-representational and mixed media pieces. Some are executed with attention to detail, while others move beyond the descriptive to focus on light and color to achieve the subtle essence of the moment.

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Linocut with Erica Qualey

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July 9  5:30 – 8:30      $30

This class will be exploring a technique of printmaking called a linocut. It is a fun and easy process that requires minimal drawing skills and no prior experience with printmaking. Participants are welcome to bring ideas, photos, or drawings to the class and the instructor will help adapt them to a print-ready design.

Linocut is a variant of woodcut in which a sheet of linoleum is used for the relief surface. A design is drawn onto a linoleum block and then the negative space is removed to reveal the printing surface, similar to a rubber stamp. The linoleum sheet is inked with a roller called a brayer and then impressed onto paper. Several examples of linocut blocks and their prints will be provided during the class for a visual reference and to help them better understand the process.

All supplies will be provided during the class. Participants may bring their own specialty papers to use, if they wish. However, it must have a fairly smooth surface and not be so thin that the ink will bleed through.

This class will be exploring a technique of printmaking called a linocut. It is a fun and easy process that requires minimal drawing skills and no prior experience with printmaking. Participants are welcome to bring ideas, photos, or drawings to the class and the instructor will help adapt them to a print-ready design.

Linocut is a variant of woodcut in which a sheet of linoleum is used for the relief surface. A design is drawn onto a linoleum block and then the negative space is removed to reveal the printing surface, similar to a rubber stamp. The linoleum sheet is inked with a roller called a brayer and then impressed onto paper. Several examples of linocut blocks and their prints will be provided during the class for a visual reference and to help them better understand the process.

All supplies will be provided during the class. Participants may bring their own specialty papers to use, if they wish. However, it must have a fairly smooth surface and not be so thin that the ink will bleed through.

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Plein Air Watercolor Workshops – with Erica Qualey

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July 11-12    9-2

August 19 & 20  9-2

September 23 & 24  9-2

$150 members $175 non-members/2 day session

This will be an enjoyable two day workshop involving painting on-site in Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association’s land preserves. Each day starts with a morning demonstration and lecture focusing on finding your subject, how to effectively translate what you are looking at into an interesting composition using thumbnail sketches, limited palettes and the thoughtful use of colors, values, shapes, edges and textures. You will learn to make quick decisions and simplify for the most impact.
Students will spend the remainder of the class painting and receiving one-on-one and/or small group instruction. We will end the day with an informal and voluntary critique to provide feedback and learn from each other’s successes.

Students of all abilities are welcome. All students should have a basic familiarity with the painting medium.

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A Different Kind of Watercolor Workshop:
Illustrated Journaling

Instructor: Hannah Ineson
10am -3pm  $180
15-16th of July

12 – 13th of August

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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!

We will also provide a materials package for $50. It will include the watercolor journal, the field paint box and brush, and a drawing pen or  students want to buy or bring individual items they may.

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Learn to paint in the language of COLOR THEORY-

Instructor – Kris Engman 8 Sessions – Saturdays 9 to 1 (first time students) 1-5 (Continuing Students)   June 20 – Aug 8  $250 members  $275 non-members

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

 

 

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Beginning Acrylics with Deb Arter

Deb Arter-Black Eyed Susans in Ann's Blue  Pitcher
July 22 & 23 1-4 $90

Aug 18 & 19 1-4 $90

Acrylic painting may be just the tool you need to enjoy a color
filled life! 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, arrange pleasing compositions, use color theory
and understand technical aspects of acrylic paint on various
surfaces. Don’t worry about prior skills – we will nurture everyone
in a supportive environment. Materials list sent to participants.
Some supplies and materials are available from instructor if needed
– don’t let not having a brush stop you!

 

 

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Nature Drawing with KRIS ENGMAN

Tuesdays  July 28th – August 18   10-4  $25o members $270 non-members

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This course includes 3 basic areas of concentration: the Micro, the Macro, and the Panoramic !Over the course of 4 weeks, we’ll work outside from hilltops, lakesides, farms, gardens and
tidepools to observe and draw. From the large scale to the minute, we’ll have a chance to make a portrayal of all that we find beautiful in Nature. The student will study what a drawing needs to effectively bring the viewer into an intimate
experience – this includes using a variety of materials and methods, working out in the summer sunshine in choice locations. Attention given to a broad base of concepts and concerns related to drawing and composition. !No experience necessary. All are welcome.

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Stonecarving with Andy Seferlis

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Monday-Friday, 10-2pm.

Two sessions: July 27-31 & Aug 3-7
$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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Collage with Deb Arter
Aug 10 10-3 $75

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Let-Er Rip – Mixed Media and Collage Explorations for Adults and
Teens Treat yourself to two evenings of pure fun! In this class
various techniques using paper, stamps, collage and surface
treatments will be introduced. In a fun and free-form fashion
students will explore layering, various media, surface treatments,
color theory and exercises in abstraction. Students can make wall
art for gifts or focus on cards – even create special personal
gifts! A materials list will be sent to participants prior to
class. Let artmaking in this friendly supportive environment be a time for you to have fun. No drawing required! Class will focus on materials and methods for beginners and experienced alike. The instructor will have supplemental supplies
available for sale at nominal cost. Surprise yourself! Why not
have fun with paper and glue instead of the tube this winter!

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Plant Imprinting on Fabric with Sandi Cirillo

Sunday August 30  – 3 hours  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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Gourd Design class with Sandi Cirillo

Sunday. September 20     3 hours   10-1 pm  $30

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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). Materials fee $8

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Worry-free Gestural Figure Drawing with Roberta Goschke

Oct 5 – Nov 2  6-8

 

The emphasis in this class will focus on what the model is doing rather than trying to portray a detailed appearance. Drawings will portray action and essence of the model’s movements. Most of the poses will be a minute or two or sometimes even less. The action will be dynamic as the model will only maintain an active pose for a very brief time. Working this way, we will rely on intuition with little time for planning or worrying about a result. Worry-free drawing frees the brain to enjoy the moment and each class will fly by quickly. Through a variety of exercises, many drawings will happen as pencils, charcoal, etc. are flying, line of action, body proportions, anatomy will improve through practice.

We will also look at master artists for inspiration, Degas, Schiele, Watteau, Rodin, Klimt, and Rembrandt, to name a few. Later during the course we will also make longer drawings focusing on mass, value, and the abstract qualities within the model and environment and how best to portray what we are seeing without becoming a slave to detail.

 

Nuno Felted Scarf class – with Sandi Cirillo

Sunday October 18  3 hours..10-1 pm  $30

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In this class, students will learn how to create a nuno felted scarf using bits and pieces of wool, soap and water, agitation and lovely silk scarves. Nuno felting requires some upper body strength but this class is for all ages, teens to adults. Nuno felted scarves are sold in many fine gift shops……..here’s your chance to make your own. Materials fee $8

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Shibori silk Scarves with Sandi Cirillo

Sunday November 15 (in time for Christmas giving)

3 hours………10-1pm   $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

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Birch Bark Ornaments and other holiday stuff – with Sandi Cirillo  Sunday December 6    3 hours  10-1 pm  $30

Birchbark

This workshop will offer participants the opportunity to create up to four holiday ornaments or simple 3-dimensional sculptures using birch bark provided by the instructor. You will learn various ways to cut and fold the birch bark to create unique pieces of art suitable for gift giving or to use in your own home for decoration. Participants are encouraged to bring in any dried flowers or other materials to this class to embellish their creations. Materials fee $7

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Functional Pottery with Nathan Willever

Monday Evenings 5-7pm – 4 week sessions—-Next 4 week session starts Jan 12

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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

 


 


Life sculpture

Life Sculpture Studio – 4 weeks – next session starts Jan 15

10am – 1 pm $80

A new 4-week session in life sculpture is starting Jan. 15 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: 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