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Functional Pottery with Nathan Willever

Monday Evenings   5-7pm – 4 week sessions

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. $150 members – $170 non-members

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Encaustics

1 day workshop  April 19   – 10-3    $75 members $90 non-members + $15 materials fee

Instructor – Camille Davidson    Class size limited to 6

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Encaustic painting class by Camille Davidson

Encaustic painting is the art of painting with molten bees wax mixed with pigments and resin. It is a very ancient way of painting dating back  to 800 B.C.E. and recently it is finding its way back onto artists palettes.

In this workshop day we will focus on encaustic painting basics as well as how to incorporate encaustics easily into a regular studio practice. Equipment, tools, pigment options, painting supports, and safety considerations will be discussed. There will be plenty of time for hands on experience to take place. This class is for the ‘simply curious’ as well as the experienced painter with a studio practice.

Supplies:
You will need to bring a griddle( such as one you might make pancakes with) with a temperature gauge or you share one with a class mate you know, a light weight heat gun (from a Hardware supply store) you can also share with a classmate.

Optional:
(for collage purposes) photos or photocopies( black and white) or any collage elements you might like to embed, a small roll of painters tape, small clean tin cans (such as tuna or cat food), old forks or metal combs, (You don’t want to use again) Anything to make textures! Natural bristle brushes (cheap ones, any size, 1 and 2 inches are perfect!)
The material fee will cover the pigments, medium and supports  that I will provide for you on the day of the workshop.
Warning …..Encaustic painting can get pricey!

No painting or drawing experience is required for this workshop. Bring a love, a desire to create and learn something new. Bring your own lunch and beverages. Tea and chocolate break provided!

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Photoshop for Artists – May 2, 3 & 4th 10-4

$250 for members  – $275 non-members

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Class size limited to 10

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Nuno Felted Scarf Workshop with Sandi Cirillo -

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Sunday, May 4th    1-4

$35 plus materials fee: $7.00

  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 chiffon scarves. Nuno felting does require some upper body strength but this class is open to all ages, teens to adults.  Nuno felted scarves are sold in many fine gift shops…….here’s your chance to make your own……..

 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.

     She enjoys introducing adults and children to the joys of fiber art. You can see examples of her work on her website, especially-for-ewe.com as well as a listing of upcoming workshops she will be teaching. 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

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Pastels with Passion – with Betsy Birge

 4 Saturdays in May – 10am-2pm

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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. $240 members $265 non-members  May 3,10,17, 24
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 Raku with Brandon Lutterman – TBA

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Learn to paint in the language of COLOR THEORY-

Instructor – Kris Engman

8 Sessions – Saturdays 10 to 2

New Session – June 7th - July 26

Only 1 seat left in this popular class

 

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

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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.

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Life sculpture

Life Sculpture Studio  – 4 weeks – starting   May 8

 10am – 1 pm    $80

A new 4-week session in life sculpture is starting on May 8 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

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 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.

     She enjoys introducing adults and children to the joys of fiber art. You can see examples of her work on her website, especially-for-ewe.com as well as a listing of upcoming workshops she will be teaching. 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

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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 sessions

10am – 1 pm

* Good idea to call ahead – 563-1507