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6-8pm, $25 per person OR 2 for $40 (must register both people at the same time). Registration ends Monday prior to class, 12pm. BYOB
Forget about taking your art seriously! Don’t worry if you can’t draw a straight line! Art parties are a fun night out with friends, a glass of wine and a table of art supplies. Each evening will focus on a different painting style, skill, artist or medium. We can’t promise you’ll leave with a masterpiece, but we can promise that you’ll have fun! BYOB.

April 1: Spring Terrariums, with Shelley Wigglesworth
A glass jar, woodland creatures, soil & moss will be used to create a central focal point in your home. Your terrarium design is up to you- whimsical to modern, this self-contained ecosystem will bring spring into your home after this looong winter.

April 8: Intro to Pastels, with Russel Whitten
Soft pastels are a forgiving art medium & perfect for beginners. Learn to layer & blend to create a garden-inspired landscape.

April 15: Bhangra Dance, with Taylor Maurand
Bhangra (pronounced kind of like “bhung-ger-ah”) is a traditional dance form from the Punjab region of northern India. It is extremely popular across India and is frequently danced at weddings and other celebrations. The music blends modern styles with traditional beats and is fast, fun, and high-energy. One of the side-benefits that students will get from taking Bhangra is an excellent cardio workout: it happens automatically, as you get engulfed in the music and the movement. Easy to learn, perfect for novices! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMQpuy2rIuU

May 15: Black & White. With Russel Whitten We are going old school & getting back to basics working on black paper with white pastel. Complete a still life using these dramatic yet simple techniques.

May 29: Buoy Doodles. With Maureen McEwen
This party will use blank lobster buoys as the canvas. In the style of Zen Doodles, you will create a free-form design & a fun conversation piece.

“I DID have fun and will definitely come again. I came in with low expectations of what I would be able to do, and ended up with something I really like” – C.Clark, Ogunquit


Spring 1 Term: April 1- May 14. No class 4/23
6 Wednesday classes, 5:30-8pm. $165/members, $182/non members
Learn to be fearless in your landscape painting. Six weeks of studio landscape painting in acrylics working with reference photos to paint what you see with glowing color and light. We will explore simplifying your subject, using drawing for strong compositions, developing seeing skills, learning or refreshing some basics, having fun with painting and loosening up with your work.
Each class will start with a brief demo on the topic of the class. Students will paint in each class from provided reference photos or from their own photo. Individual feedback and class discussions of work will help to strengthen painting skills. Please refer to the supply list for Landscape Painting in Acrylics (above).  Students are encouraged to enroll even if they did not attend Landscapes session 1.

Workshops for Artists: Thursday Intensives

COMING THIS SPRING: Workshops with Wade Zahares
Children’s book illustrator & award-winning artist known for his whimsical perspective, color and motion, Wade will be offering 2 limited-enrollment workshops.
WORKSHOP #1: Perspective
March 6, 5:30-8pm, $35/members, $38.50/non members
Free yourself from the guidelines of perspective and twist it up with this perspective class and the master of perspective Wade Zahares.
It starts with a solid, confident foundation, and then all the rules can be broken. Imagine the world in a whole new way.
Supply list: Drawing paper 18×24, drawing board, pencils: H2, HB and B2, eraser and artist’s paper tape.

WORKSHOP #2: Bird’s Eye
April 17, 5:30-8pm, $35/members, $38.50/non members
Develop a Bird’s Eye and Fish Eye view of your favorite fictional landscapes. Use your imagination to create these unusual sketches for future works in your favorite medium.
Suooly List: Drawing paper, pencils, drawing board, tape and erasers.

Cold Connections: Metalsmithing & Jewelry, with Alice Carroll

Mondays, 5:30-8:30pm
$100/members, $110/non members
plus $25 materials fee (due by first class)

This class will cover the basic beginner techniques with an emphasis on cold connections.
We will cover direction in many techniques as well as the use of a variety of tools. Each student will learn sawing, piercing, rivets, light forging, and some forming techniques, and a couple of different ways to mount a stone without using heat. Through demonstration and work time we will cover a variety of rivets, staples, and tabs. Each student will have the opportunity to complete a few jewelry pieces using cold connections. Please bring a sketch book to the first class.

Intro to Jewelry, with Alice Carroll

Wednesdays, 5:30-8:30pm. $135/members, $148/non members
$25 materials fee, due by first class
Session 1: May 28-June 25
Session 2: July 9-August 6

This is a beginner metalsmithing class. We will cover the use of basic hand tools, and the use of a torch. We will try hot connections and cold connections. Through demonstrations and work time, each student will learn sawing, piercing, surface decoration, light forging, forming and basic stone setting. Students are encouraged to create their own designs using the techniques that are demonstrated. Bring a sketchbook. Students who have taken prior studio classes with Alice may work at their own pace.

Basic Watercolor and Drawing: Studio Class, with Russel Whitten

Tuesdays, 1-4pm. $80/member (per session), $88/member (per session)
Session 1: May 27-June 17
Session 2: July 8-July 29
Session 3: August 5-26

This class will provide training in the direct observation of form and its surrounding elements. The emphasis will be on controlling watercolor media and tonal drawing to re-creating the appearance of nature with use of still life forms. The development of forms as derived from the study of perspective, composition, value and color will play as the foundation for this class. This class is for both beginners and adults look to refresh their drawing & color knowledge. Materials list available at registration.
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Plein Air Landscape Painting in Acrylic, with Caren-Marie Michel

Friday June 27 (rain date June 28). 9-2pm. $35/member, $38.50/non member.
Friday July 18 (rain date July 19). 9-2pm. $35/member, $38.50/non member.
“It is a painting, not real life” create strong paintings with color, value and form.
Love to paint but not sure how to paint on location? Want to spend a day painting with friends? Learn to be fearless in your landscape painting. This one day workshop is for beginners or any skill level. We will focus on fine tuning your plein air gear, painting what you see with glowing color and light. We will explore simplifying your subject and using drawing for strong compositions.
Meet at River Tree Arts and travel to a painting location in the Kennebunk area. The workshop will start with a demo and the day will be spent painting.
Caren-Marie provide individual feedback and will finish with a group critique of the days’ work.
Materials list provided. Meet at River Tree Arts at 9 am. Materials list available at registration.

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