Classes and Open Studios – 2016

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

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Jump Start your Journaling Practice with Ingrid Ellison

Sunday, January 31      10-4   $85

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Come for the day and recharge your creativity for the winter ahead. Whether you are a painter, writer, gardener, crafter or thinker, keeping a visual journal is a way to enhance your creative practice. This class will consist of hourly demonstrations using a wide variety of materials and techniques, loads of prompts to get your imagination flowing and plenty of individual attention. All materials will be provided, just bring your own sketchbook or journal.

Bring a bag lunch I will have snacks and tea available throughout the day.

material fee $10.

Ingrid is a painter and arts instructor working in oil, mixed media and printmaking. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Ingrid’s earliest memories of Maine were floating aboard a little sloop amidst the fog and rocks of the coastline during family vacations. Since moving to Maine in 2007 Ingrid has exhibited at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Åarhus Gallery and the University of Maine Bangor, and the Cynthia Winings Gallery. Ingrid has a passion for sharing what she does with a greater community and makes connections with students both school aged and adult.
Ingrid is a graduate of Skidmore College and earned her MFA from American University. As an undergraduate she spent a year studying printmaking at Il Bisonte in Florence, Italy. A consummate learner, Ingrid has participated in residencies and workshops at the Vermont Studio Center, Maine College of Art, and Castle Hill Center for the Arts, most recently studying with painters Deborah Dancy and Joan Snyder.

http://www.ingridellison.com/

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Everything Clay – with Alex Tomasulo

4 sessions Feb 2, 9, 16, 23   1-4 pm  $120

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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.

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Clay for Kids – with Alex Tomasulo

4 Sessions  Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23    10-12  $72 including materials

This class is for homeschoolers ages 7-12.

Basic wheel throwing and hand building techniques will be taught and combined.  Children will be free to create mugs, bowls, beads and such.  They can also create a project that enhances a current academic study.

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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 – Level 3)   FEBRUARY 27 – April 16

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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Ukranian Pysanky Egg Decorating with Erica Qualey- March 13

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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, March 13 from 1 – 4. Workshop size is limited.

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. Cost $25 for members and students…..$30 for non-members Materials fee:  $15……

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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Watercolor Painting – with Erica Qualey   March 22 – April 12  5:30 – 8:30pm

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This class is designed for people who have had some basic experience painting and would like to continue developing their work. During the time of the class we will go over techniques to help create texture and richness to your watercolor with demonstrations, as well as discussion about composition, color, values, and texture, and the decisions artists must make to achieve what they are looking for. During the four weeks everyone will be working on individual projects with one-on-one guidance from the instructor as well as group discussions. $120 members $130 non-members.

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Paint Your Own Pottery with Erica Qualey –  1-4    April 3

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Join us for an afternoon of fun and creativity. We will be painting white ceramic dinnerware with traditional blue underglazes and a clear glossy glaze. The class will cover different ways to apply the color, how to create designs on a three dimensional surface, the process of laying out your design and painting it, and glazing techniques. Children are welcome when with a parent or guardian.Pieces will be fired at River Arts and participants will be contacted when it is ready to be picked up.Materials fee – $15  – $30 members $35 non-members

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Book Making – Japanese Stab Binding – with Erica Qualey  1-4 May   15

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Japanese bookbinding is an ancient tradition and although it comes in many forms, the stab bindings are the easiest to learn and the most widely known. Once the basics have been mastered, there are endless possibilities! In this class we will be learning how to create a hardcover book bound by a series of stitches that create a pattern.  Any paper type or combination of types can be used for the pages, which can make it the perfect sketch book, journal, or gift. All materials needed will be supplied for this class; however, if you have any special papers that you would like to use or a particular fabric that you would like to use to create the cover, please feel free to bring them. Materials fee – $15. $30 members $35 non-members

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Shibori silk scarves – with Sandi Cirillo  – $30

Sunday May 3 hours  10-1 pm   (Just before 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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Drawing HANDS & FEET – Intensive – with Kris Engman
1 DAY INTENSIVE  –  May TBA 10-4 $100 members/$125 for non-members

The Human Head RA

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”

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$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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Silk Paper Class with Sandi Cirillo

Sunday June 5th  10-1  $30

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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.

 

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Figure Drawing and Anatomy with Kris Engman

– Tuesdays –     10-4   June 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26

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$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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Design Class with Kris Engman

Mondays June 27,  July 11, 18, 25   10-4      $150

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Felted Landscapes –  with Sandi Cirillo

Sunday, October 23      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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Gelatin Prints and hand bound journals – With Abbie Read

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June 21    10-4  $90 members $100 – non-members

Join a friendly group of us for a day long workshop making nature based gelatin prints which we will then put to use in making our own hand bound journals. Gelatin printing is a quick, easy, fast drying process that will allow us to make colorful and unique decorative paper for the covers of the book. We will then bind a book using a quality drawing paper (or bring your own) and the prints for the covers. The binding technique will be Coptic binding, which allows the journal to be opened flat for ease in drawing and painting. You are guaranteed to get hooked both on gelatin printing and book binding! Bring your lunch. Materials fee will be $10. All other materials are provided.

Abbie Read lives and works in Appleton, and shows her work around the state, around New England and abroad. She works in mixed media, particularly assemblage and collage, often incorporating handmade books as well as old books into her art. She enjoys teaching workshops in visual journaling, bookbinding techniques, gelatin printing, paste paper painting and collage. Website: www.abbiereadartist.com

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Basic Drawing
INSTRUCTOR – KRIS ENGMAN

Tuesdays  May 10,17,21,24,31 June 7, 14 – $250    10-4

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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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Watercolor with Erica Qualey –

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2 days  9-2  $150 members $175 non members

This two-day session  is designed for intermediate watercolor painters. 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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Plein Air Watercolor Workshops – with Erica Qualey

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$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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Plein Air Painting with Kris Engman

July 20,  21,  22 –   Participate 1, 2 or all three days

$100 per day – $275 for 3 days.

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A Different Kind of Watercolor Workshop:
Illustrated Journaling

Instructor: Hannah Ineson
Two weekdays  10am -3pm  $180

Dates July and August dates TBA

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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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Nature Drawing with KRIS ENGMAN

Tuesdays  Aug 2, 9,16   9-3  $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  1 week sessions in July  & 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, July 17  – 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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Learn to paint in the language of COLOR THEORY-

Instructor – Kris Engman 8 Sessions –  for level II & III

Saturdays 9 to 1 (level II) 11-3 (Continuing Students)   Oct  – Nov

  $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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Ceramics with Alexsondra Tomasulo –

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Hand Building and Wheel Throwing – 4 weeks    $120.00

Dates TBA

Pinching, Slabbing and Coiling your way to new discoveries.
Add some wheel thrown elements and let your imagination soar.
We will be focusing on the quality of form, surface design, and texture.
Alternatives to glazing will be discussed and encouraged.

Alexsondra Tomasulo has been working in clay for over thirty five years. Her organic
sculptures as well as her serene functional ware have been shown in
galleries in New York, New Jersey, Michigan and Maine. She currently resides on the coast of Maine, where she continues to create in clay as well as paints and writes.

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Shibori silk Scarves with Sandi Cirillo

Sunday November 20 (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

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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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:

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

Thursday mornings – 4 week sessions  10am – 1 pm* Good idea to call ahead – 563-1507