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Guitar: Basic


with Mike Duffy

Calendar Jan 25, 2020 at 11 am, runs for 8 weeks
Designed for students with no prior guitar experience, this course covers the basic fundamentals of learning the instrument. Course topics include common chords, tuning, and how to keep a steady strum pattern. Requirements: A guitar and electronic tuner.
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Guitar: Continuing


with Mike Duffy

Calendar Jan 25, 2020 at 12:15 pm, runs for 8 weeks
Building off of Guitar: Basic, this course helps students to progress along their guitar-playing path. Students will review and practice what they have previously learned, using that information to learn additional chords and songs. Prerequisite: Completion of Guitar: Basic or instructor permission. Requirements: A guitar and electronic tuner.

Event Design With Flowers Workshop


with Stefanie Scala

Calendar Jan 28, 2020 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week
A two-day workshop centering around event design. The first day will cover wearable floral creations such as corsages, boutonnières, and hair pieces. The second day will focus on decor with a centerpiece arrangement.

Comedy Writing Class


with Ian Stuart

Calendar Jan 30, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 7 weeks
Does everybody tell you that you are funny? In this course, students will focus on the techniques and science of comedic writing. Taught by a professional comedian, you will learn how to write one-liner jokes, how to write comedic stories and how to write monologues. This course is for people interested in Stand Up Comedy, Late-Night writing and anyone interested in including comedy in their writing.

Pep Up Your Uke Playing


with Duncan Perry

Calendar Feb 5, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week
So, you have been playing the ukulele for a while! Does your strumming need a little boost? Are you having trouble with one or another chord? We’ll work on sharpening your skills and adding a nuisance or two to your playing while working on a fun song or two and having some laughs. The session won’t Bb. So, come on over to Duncan's Ukulele Clinic.

Pine Needle Baskets


with Zachary Rouda

Calendar Feb 5, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week
White pine, Maine’s state flower, and Red pine, are ubiquitous throughout the state and provide a vital pool of resources for human and non-human Mainers alike. Pine needles are beautiful, and strong! They can be coiled and sewn together to make lovely usable baskets and/or adorably tiny ones. Students will learn to identify, regeneratively gather and harvest, properly store and process, and weave with pine needles. You will learn the basics of coiled basketry, which is a global, ancient human skill, and create a wonderful pine-needle basket. Every participant will make a basket to take home.
Darning And Mending
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Darning And Mending


with Zachary Rouda

Calendar Feb 26, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week
Hand-sewing, mending and darning clothing are ancient human hand skills. Humans have used animal skins, tendons, sinew, furs and hairs, and various plant fibers to make needles, threads and fabrics, which can be sewn into pants, shirts, hats, gloves, bags, pouches, and more. Patches can be made to be beautiful as well as functional. Needles and thread can be made from naturally-harvested organic material; sewing comprehension with industrial supplies remains invaluable in the modern world. Bring your holey socks and busted sweaters to fix them if you wish, or bring nothing but your curiosity! Registration fee includes all required tools and materials.

Mindful Landscape Oil Painting


with Christopher Reed

Calendar Feb 26, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks
This class is open to beginners as well as those looking to build upon prior experience in landscape oil painting. The basic skills of mixing colors, applying paint, developing composition and value will be acquired through the use of landscape photos. Each class will begin with a meditative exercise for minimizing inhibitions and fears associated with the creative process. A supply kit is available with a student discount at The Art Mart in Portland. 

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