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Beginner Knitting Continental Style


with Lesley Hallenbeck

Calendar Oct 3, 2018 at 6:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks
Learn the basics of knitting continental style. This is a course for anyone who has wanted to learn to knit; no prior knitting experience required. We will learn the skills necessary to complete a beginner’s project; casting on, binding off, knit and purl stitches, and more. How far we go with this class will be determined by the students’ progress. Materials will be provided. Lesley is an avid knitter who has been knitting since childhood. She has led workshops in knitting, taken many classes at LYSs (local yarn shops), and participates in local knitting groups. Her favorite projects include everything from socks and fingerless mittens to cabled sweaters and lace shawls.

Bring pencil and paper for note-taking.

Beginner Sewing Class F18


with Ruth Davis

Calendar Sep 29, 2018 at 9:30 am, runs for 3 weeks
Ruth Davis at Quilt 'n Fabric in Southwest Harbor is offering sewing classes this fall as part of the worldwide movement to promote sewing called Sew Days. Whether you are a beginner or someone looking to improve your skills level (eg., zippers), Ruth can help you! Projects to pick from include: Table Runner, Stow & Go Tote, Tea Towel Apron, Quick Zip Bag, Card Case, and At Your Fingertips Tool Organizer. Please plan to spend $20-30 on patterns and material.

Classes are held at Quilt 'n Fabric on Seal Cove Rd, SWH.

Crafting Vessels


with Liz Cutler

Calendar Oct 22, 2018 at 10 am, runs for 4 weeks
Here's a unique opportunity to explore form and function in some of the media available at ArtWaves Kaleidoscope Studio! We will spend 4 weeks creating embellished vessels using plaster, paper, glass and fiber. All materials and equipment included to bring home a variety of vessels as well as the skills to keep creating. Possibilities galore.

Materials fee included in the cost of the class. There are other sessions of this class offered Friday 6-8pm or Sunday afternoons. Please call Art Waves at 266-0010 for further info/dates.

Holiday Sewing Projects F18


with Ruth Davis

Calendar Nov 10, 2018 at 9:30 am, runs for 4 weeks
Ruth Davis will teach you how to make a Christmas Tree Skirt and/or a Table Runner or other holiday themed project (even a quilt!) just in time to brighten up your own home or to give as a gift. The Table Runner is best for beginners while either project would be for intermediate students. Classes will be held at Quilt 'n Fabric on Seal Cove Rd. in Southwest Harbor. Class size is limited to 5. Please expect to spend $20-30 on material.

Introduction to Oil Painting F18


with Nicole DeSimone

Calendar Oct 4, 2018 at 5:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks
This course is for students who wish to try oil painting for the first time or those who would like guided instruction on the techniques and practices for using the medium. We will break oil painting down to a step-by-step process. Learn about the materials used in oil painting, how to mix colors, and apply and handle paint. We will work on various exercises to help you practice working with the materials and begin to work on complete paintings. NOTE: This is a 3-hour class as requested by some students last year. Plan accordingly! Students who have already taken this class and have their paints are welcome to join at a lesser fee. Nicole plans to differentiate the exercises for multiple skill levels. (For returning students please DO NOT register online. Call our office at 288-4703 to get the reduced materials fee of $25. Total cost will be $107.)

All supplies will be provided throughout the course, including a set of 12 color oil paints that students can keep. Materials fee of $45 is included in the cost of the class already. Students are only asked to bring in cotton rags (old t shirts), or paper towels and a few small to medium sized jars with sealing lids if they have them. Nicole DeSimone is a painter working primarily in Oils, painting the figure, landscape and still life.

Mixed Media F18


with Michael Duffy

Calendar Sep 25, 2018 at 6:30 pm, runs for 7 weeks
Mixed media is a type of artwork in which more than one medium or material has been employed. In this hands-on class you will be experimenting with various types of paint, ink, etc. to create your own art work. We will explore the various mediums that artists use to create a mixed media work of art, like watercolors, gouache, acrylics, pen and inks and other materials. Using a mixed media technique changes the character of the art. It gives it a texture and another dimension to the art. We'll look at other works of art that utilize the mixed media technique and experiment with our own works of art.

There is an $8 materials fee already included in the cost of the class.

Origami with Anna


with Anna Walker

Calendar Sep 25, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks
Origami is the ancient art of paper folding, in which sculptures are formed using only small squares of paper. We will learn basic origami folds, from which we will build the iconic Paper Crane and the Waterbomb, as well as flowers and other plants, insects, fish, and a variety of other animals, as well as several movable sculptures. We’ll try our hands at home and holiday decorations, too. A $8 materials fee is included in the cost of the class.

When Anna was young she moved with her family to Japan. In the village where they lived, she made a friend. While they could not speak each other's language, they played, as children will, and she taught Anna paper folding. Her fascination with origami has grown over the years, and she love teaching others this ancient, gentle art.

Pottery for Beginners F18


with Elizabeth Keenan

Calendar Sep 25, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks
Have you ever wanted to 'throw a pot' - that is, use a potter's wheel? This extremely popular beginner's class will cover hand building techniques, forming on the potters wheel, surface decoration and treatments. Make functional handcrafted products to use and enjoy or give as holiday gifts! Material costs ($50) are included in the fee. Class will be held in the high school’s ceramic studio.

People who have never taken a pottery class will have preference until September 20th. Experienced potter's names will be entered into a lottery for any space left after 9/20. Please note that the materials fee for experienced potters will be $100, not $50. Experienced potters should call 288-4703 and ask to be on the 'lottery list'. Only beginner's should sign up through the website.

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