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Abstract Oil Stick Painting (Zoom Class)

$72

with Christopher Reed

Calendar Jun 1, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 7 weeks
Students will use a variety of different still life and landscape images as inspiration for finding their own unique style of abstract painting. The oil stick medium provides the opportunity to explore various drawing/painting techniques and is compatible with tube oil paint for creating more painterly effects. Mindfulness techniques will help to gradually overcome natural inhibitions, perfectionism, in order to paint in a very free and expressive way. No experience is required, just an openness to making new creative discoveries. A supply list will be provided when the class is determined to run

Ukulele For Beginners

$79

with Duncan Perry

Calendar Jun 1, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks
The magical ukulele is capturing hearts and minds in Maine and around the world! Why not yours? Come join our adult beginners’ series and share in the fun of learning to play. The ukulele is versatile and a blast to play (with a bit of regular practice, of course). On it you can knock out folk music, rock, blues, jazz, pop, country, tunes grandma knows -- even classical music. In Part 1 of the course, Duncan Perry, who has taught more than 400 students of all ages, will introduce you to essential chords and strumming techniques using familiar songs -- truly a fun way to learn ukulele. Oh, and there are lots of laughs along the way. And here’s a bonus! You do not need to know how to read music! However, you must have a playable soprano, concert, or tenor ukulele and an electronic tuner or a tuner app on your cell phone or tablet. Ukes are affordable and compact and you can take them most anywhere. And when folks hear you play this happy instrument, well, they just have to smile! If you don’t own a ukulele, please contact the Portland Adult Education Office for helpful information on buying a ukulele. So grab a uke and get ready for a low-stress, fun musical adventure, then spread the joy!

Experimental Mixed Media (Zoom Class)

$72

with Christopher Reed

Calendar Jun 3, 2021 at 12:30 pm, runs for 7 weeks
This class will provide the opportunity to experiment with a range of different mediums, including watercolor sticks, ink, pastels, charcoal, and graphite, utilizing various techniques. The emphasis will be to challenge yourself in exploring unfamiliar territory while opening the door to your own unique way of working representationally and/or abstractly. A supply list will be provided when the class is determined to run.

Plein Air Oil Painting

$72

with Christopher Reed

Calendar Jun 3, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 7 weeks
This class is open to beginners as well as those looking to build upon prior experience in landscape oil painting from nature. The basic skills pertaining to color mixing, applying paint, composition, and value will be acquired through small paintings. Mindfulness tools will be utilized for minimizing inhibitions and fears associated with the creative process. Classes will be rescheduled, if needed, based on the weather. A supply list will be provided when the class is determined to run. Painting locations: Eastern Promenade and the Audubon sanctuary in Falmouth.
Full Course

Drawing Trees (Zoom Class)

$72

with Christopher Reed

Calendar Jun 9, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 7 weeks
Students will develop a better understanding of the world of trees through the practice of graphite and charcoal drawings from photos in addition to close observational studies during some of the classes if weather permits. The principles of composition and value will be emphasized while experimentation is strongly encouraged in representational and abstract styles of working. Meditative exercises will be used to minimize inhibitions and fears associated with the creative process. A supply list will be provided when the class is determined to run. 4/14-5/26 (no class, 4/21), 6-8 pm 6/2-7/14 (no class, 7/7), 6-8 pm

Still Life Pastel ( Zoom Class)

$72

with Christopher Reed

Calendar Jun 21, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 7 weeks
This class will provide students with the basic principles of pastel painting, including the layering of colors and blending. Composition and value will also be explored through still life photographs. Mindfulness exercises will accentuate the creative process and allow the inner artist to unfold naturally without judgment and fear. For beginners as well as those with previous experience. A supply list will be provided when the class is determined to run




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