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Art for Adults


with Mike Duffy

Calendar Jan 29, 2019 at 6:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

This is an art class where we will explore the various types of art, like painting, sculpture, paper art and drawing just to name a few. We’ll learn about mixing colors, sculpt with clay and other materials and learn about different types of paint like watercolor, acrylics, gouache and egg tempera. We’ll create projects that combine different styles, projects that are 3-D and projects that can be framed. As an artist, I like to put a little humor in some of my works and I like to be serious in others, so some projects might have some whimsy and some projects will have more serious subject matters. This class is designed to give adults a chance to explore the huge variety of art styles out there. Art is more than just pretty pictures. There is a material fee included in the class cost. Picasso once said: “I am always doing that which I cannot do in order that I may learn how to do it.”

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

Beginner Jewelry Making Using Metals


with Mary Swift

Calendar Jan 29, 2019 at 5:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Learn to make your own jewelry! This course is for anyone who has an interest in learning the basics of jewelry making. We will start with copper to practice sawing, soldering, filing, and forming the metal. We will then use other metals or combinations of metals such as sterling silver, copper, brass, bronze, and or nickel silver. Class size is limited to 10. Materials fee of $55 is included in the course fee already.

About the Instructor: Mary Swift as a BFA from Maine College of Art. She has over 40 years experience making and selling 14K and Sterling Silver Jewelry and ceramics, both wholesale and retail. Currently Mary is teacher jewelry at MDI High School and Arts/crafts to students with and without special needs.

Full Course

Creative Writing: Writing the Inner Critic Out of Your Story W19


with Sima Haigh

Calendar Jan 22, 2019 at 5:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at creative writing? Whether it’s poetry, a short story, or a novel, Sima would like to work with you on the ins and outs of getting started and editing to make it your best. We will spend class time discussing questions and concerns you may have, as well as doing some creative writing with prompts, which we will share. We will also kindly critique each other’s work and offer constructive criticism and suggestions.

Bring Notebook and Pen/PencilInstructor

Bio: While getting her bachelor’s degree at College of the Atlantic, Sima's focus was on creative writing and photography. She has written several novels.  She has a poetry/photography book published, and one of her novels is about to be sent to the printers for publication.  Sima feels confident that she can offer other aspiring writers advice and encouragement.



with Mike Duffy

Calendar Jan 28, 2019 at 6:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

This class will be for beginners and intermediates and focus first on the basics then expand to how to draw people and animals, as well as learning perspective, tonal value and pen and ink. To learn and understand drawing, we must start with the basics like understanding line, form, value and shading. Any drawing will have in it at least one of those elements so it is important to learn how to apply them to a drawing. Learning shading helps understand form. Learning to use lines and shapes help define a drawing. Once the basics are understood, then learning how to draw an object, animal or a person will make a little more sense. Drawing from real life, using ones imagination and studying the drawings and sketches of the masters, the three things that will help an artist become better at drawing. Henri Matisse once said: “A line is simply a dot that went for a walk.”

There is no material fee, however students are asked to bring at least one drawing pad no smaller than 9X12 preferably bigger, drawing pencils HB, 2B and 4B or whatever is available ( an HB pencil is like your #2 pencil from school. 2B, 3B or 4B means that it is a shading pencil, the higher the number the darker the shade) and an eraser preferably a kneaded eraser and a white eraser (no pink erasers).

Full Course

Dream Interpretation: an Introduction


with Kathryn Milair

Calendar Feb 27, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

“The dream is a hidden door in the innermost secret recesses of the soul, opening to the cosmic night which was psyche long before there was any ego-consciousness.” – Carl Jung. This group focuses on personal dream interpretation and exploration. During each session individual members present their personal dreams. Typically, two dreams will be explored per 2-hour gathering. Class size is limited to 6.

Please bring a personal dream written in detail. Please make 7 copies of each dream to be handed out to the group members. (If making copies isn't possible, we can do them before class begins.)

About Kathryn: Born on MDI, Kathryn has returned to MDI after many years away. She is a certified SoulCollage® instructor. She has also studied Jungian dream work and has used it in her work with the general population as well as with women and children who have experienced domestic violence and individuals experiencing addiction.

Fly-Tying: An Introduction


with Terry Kelley

Calendar Jan 24, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

This is a great hobby- this instructor has been tying flies for over 40 years! Fly fishing is his passion and fly tying takes it to the next level. This hands-on class is intended for the first-time tier. You will examine and us use different equipment and material as the class progresses. You will be tying several types and patters of clues such as streamers, drys, wets. Nymphs, and tandems. These flies are what angles are using in local waters to catch trout and salmon.

Before the class begins, you will need to talk to the instructor about purchasing your own equipment. Suggested Equipment Source from Cabelas:  1. Cabela’s standard fly-tying tool kit IK-3107332. Thread kit IK-318715 3. Cement IK-310680 or equivalent items.

Fundamentals of Plumbing


with Randy Sprague

Calendar Jan 23, 2019 at 5:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Got plumbing issues? Not sure when to call the plumber or try to fix it yourself? Randy Sprague, local plumber of 40+ years, will help you figure out how and when to fix it yourself or when to call the plumber. There will be some hands-on practice. Class will cover topics such as; Importance of Plumbing Codes and Work Practices Private and Public Water Systems Private and Public Sewage Systems Materials and Methods Fixtures - How to Install & Repair

No class on Feb. 20

Randy has worked in the Plumbing and Heating field for over 40 years. Holds a Master Plumbers License, Oil & Solid Fuel License, Licensed Propane and Natural Gas Technician, EPA Certified for Refrigerant Handling, and Many Factory Certifications.

Full Course

Google Docs and Gmail


with Chris Suggs

Calendar Jan 26, 2019 at 1 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Learn to use this cloud-based program to creat and share doucments, spreadsheets, presentations, set up a Gmail account, and more. Computers will be available for this training, you will not need bring a laptop but you can bring a fully charged laptop if you wish. No special software is required/needed.

The Maine Digital Inclusion Initiative (MDII) is a program developed by the National Digital Equity Center (NDEC) to deploy teams of AmeriCorps volunteers, throughout the state of Maine, to provide free of charge computer skills training, that is open to the public in community centers, libraries, and adult education facilities. The MDII goal is to confront barriers to digital literacy while connecting communities, employers, workers, neighbors, and decision makers around to make a positive impact impact on the issues of economic development through workforce education as well as technology training for older adults with aging in place concerns.

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