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Mt. Desert Island Adult & Community Education



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in Lifelong Learning

Sewing Lessons for Beginners Section 1

$10

with Ruth Davis

Calendar Jan 22, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 3 weeks

Learn how to sew by working on a beginner sewing project picked by instructor Ruth Davis. Please indicate which section you want. If you are mailing in your registration (vs online registration), please call first to ensure there is space: 288-4703. We plan to run an intermediate class during the winter semester. Class sizes are limited to 4.

Location: 11 Seal Cove Rd, Southwest Harbor.

Watercolor for Beginners

$74

with Mike Duffy

Calendar Jan 25, 2022 at 6:30 pm, runs for 7 weeks

This class will gently guide you into watercolor painting. We'll cover the basic stuff like how to do a wash, what kind of brush, what kind of paper and what kind of paints to use. We'll also cover more advanced and stylized skills in this class. Drawing skills are not needed. Learn how to mix colors and how to understand the color wheel. Each week or two we'll create a masterpiece suitable for framing.

PLEASE PLAN TO PAY $8 to the instructor on the first night of class for materials.

No class 2/22. Make-up date 3/15, if needed.

Drawing for Beginners and Intermediate

$74

with Mike Duffy

Calendar Jan 26, 2022 at 6:30 pm, runs for 7 weeks

Learning to draw means learning about the fundamentals of drawing, the tools used for drawing as well as taking it upon yourself to practice what you learn. 

In my drawing for beginners class, we’ll go over the elements like the basic line, shape & form, tonal value, perspective and color. We’ll start with drawing simple shapes and keep moving forward, adding shading and perspective. We’ll then carry these skills into learning how to draw still life setups, landscapes, people and faces. Understanding these elements will give the average budding artist the confidence to learn how to draw better. 

You’ll be asked to have a sketchbook, drawing pencils and a drawing eraser (no pink erasers). There will be drawing homework each week to keep honing your skills. 

Students should purchase the following supplies: sketchbook 9 X 12 or bigger; HB pencil; 4B or 6B pencil; white eraser or preferably a kneaded eraser

No class 2/23. Make-up class 3/16 if needed.

Women in Art History - The Maine Connection

$74

with Mike Duffy

Calendar Jan 27, 2022 at 6:30 pm, runs for 7 weeks

To paraphrase Georgia O’Keefe in an interview about her being a woman, "We don't call artists who are male “men artists” so we should do the same for women. We’re just artists". 

Like Mike's other art history classes, this is a hands-on class, not simply a lecture class. We will explore the various artists that visited or lived in Maine. We’ll have a slight emphasis on artists here on the island, exploring some of the various talents that live here, like Judy Taylor and Ellen Church. We will explore many artists, focusing on some, applying their styles to actual artwork. Using different media like paint, pastels and pencils, we’ll create a piece that emulates the style of the artist we are exploring. 

Some of these artists are painters, some are sculptors, others use different media to create their works. Each one is unique.

PLEASE PLAN TO PAY $8 to the instructor on the first night of class for materials.

No class 2/24. Make up date 3/17 if needed.

Digital Photography 1

$79

with Steve McGrath

Calendar Feb 3, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

This is a 5-week online series covering multiple subjects with assignments and sharing the student’s work.

Are you still getting to know your digital camera and its features? Here’s an opportunity to learn from an expert in this seminar for beginners! Have your camera ready and learn when and how to use its special features - such as program mode, manual mode, aperture priority and shutter priority. Also covered will be basic composition and best use of light for different situations, such as plant, people, macro, and landscape photography.

No class on Feb 24

Steve McGrath is professional freelance Photographer and Photography Teacher who has been creating images for 30 years. Steve first began by shooting sports photography for local high schools, then weddings, and stock agencies. Then his love of the outdoors led him to focusing more on his true passion "nature photography." Many of his images have been published in school text books. His favorite places to shoot are Acadia National Park in Maine, the Green Mountains of Vermont, and the Cape Cod National Seashore.

Sewing Lessons for Beginners Section 2

$10

with Ruth Davis

Calendar Mar 5, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 3 weeks

Learn how to sew by working on a beginner sewing project picked by instructor Ruth Davis. Please indicate which section you want. If you are mailing in your registration (vs online registration), please call first to ensure there is space: 288-4703. Class sizes are limited to 4.

Her store is at 11 Seal Cove Rd, Southwest Harbor.

Pottery for Beginners

$145

with Elizabeth Keenan

Calendar Mar 29, 2022 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 potter’s wheel, surface decoration and treatments. Make functional handcrafted products to use and enjoy.

Material costs ($50) are included in the fee.

NO CLASS 4/19/22.

Note: People who have never taken a pottery class will have preference until March 15. Experienced potter's names will be entered into a lottery for any spaces left remaining. Please note that the materials fee for experienced potters will be $100, not $50. Experienced potters should call or email us to be on the 'lottery list'. Only beginners should sign up via the website.

 





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