Classes and Open Studios – 2017

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

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Gouache Painting with Julie Babb –

6 Tuesdays  starting in March  21st  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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 Everything Clay – with Alexsondra Tomasulo

4 sessions   Tuesdays March 7 – 28     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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Ukranian Pysanky Egg Decorating with Erica Qualey- April 2

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River Arts in Damariscotta is offering a workshop on Pysanky Egg Decorating with Erica Qualey  as part of its Spring class offerings.  The workshop will be held Sunday, April 2 from 12 – 3. Workshop size is limited. Cost $25 for members and students…..$30 for non-members Materials fee:  $15……

Pysanky egg decorating is an ancient method of dying eggs using batik techniques and rich, vivid dyes.  These eggs are rich with history and tradition, originally created as charms to bring good fortune to the object symbolized in the design. For example, an egg may be decorated with bees then placed under the hive to bring good health to the hive or adorned with wheat and buried in the field to bring a bountiful harvest.  The patterns and designs were also strongly influenced by Christianity and supposedly baskets of decorated eggs were brought to church by families to be blessed during Easter services.

During this class, students will learn how to use the kistky tool to layer wax and colors to create a finished pysanky egg. We will follow a traditional pattern and learn how to apply patterns to the three dimensional surface. Because a lot of the designs for traditional pysanky are very geometric it is easy for anyone, even those who don’t feel as though they have any artistic skills, to create amazing and beautifully patterned eggs. Anyone over the age of 12 is welcome to join us.

Erica Qualey is an artist and illustrator living in South Bristol, Maine.  Over the past 10 years she has been actively creating art and exhibiting watercolor paintings in group and solo art shows throughout Maine and New Hampshire. Her most recent show was an exhibit at Husson University in collaboration with a printmaker. Along with watercolor, Erica enjoys dabbling in many other mediums from wood block printing to Pysanky to felting.  You can view a collection of her watercolors on by visiting www.ericaqualey.com.

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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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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/iPad Artistry” with Roberta Baumann

10-3       $95 members  $105 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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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 – July TBA

with Bruce Habowski

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For beginner and intermediate painters

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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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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