To enroll in enrichment classes, participants must be at least 18 years old and not enrolled in school.
You’ll be strumming chords in no time with this fun, friendly method for learning guitar. Learn the basics of six-string guitar, tuning, strumming and the 18 basic chords. Course topics include learning to read music, fretting chords, and finger stretching exercises. Prior knowledge of music reading is not required. Open to beginners and intermediate guitar pickers. Bring your acoustic guitar, tuner and a notebook.Tom Hudgins is an artist/musician and adult educator who works with both art and guitar in his creative work. He has a Bachelors in Studio Art from the University of Maine and a Masters in Adult Education from the University of Southern Maine.
Interested in sign language to communicate with a family member or a member of the community? If so, you will find this class a “hands talking” experience. Learn basic ASL such as baby signs, family signs, and visual gestures. Realize why many people who previously struggled to learn a second language are perfect students for this class. Dawna Marie Thorpe has taught ASL as a substitute at Portland Public High School. Dawna attended Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. and The University of Maine. She has strong ASL skills and also has experience with SEE (Signed Exact English).
To enroll in enrichment classes, participants must be at least 18 years old and not enrolled in high school.
Do you own a playable ukulele? What? It’s in the closet? Well, that’s no fun! The ukulele is a versatile, go anywhere instrument that is easy to play (with practice of course). Students will have fun learning to play familiar songs using common chords, along with basic strumming and picking techniques. You don’t need to know how to read music. You’ll need your own ukulele (with standard tuning (GCEA)) and a clip on electronic tuner or tuner app. A binder or notebook is recommended. Eric D. Burdo is a local musician with several years experience playing bass guitar, drums and ukulele. No textbook required. Instructor will provide all materials. Participants must be at least 18 years old and not enrolled in school.
Join Michael E. Vermette for a painting journey that explores painting animals in their environments using new skills and techniques in watercolor that depict boldly our beloved creature kingdom. Michael will demonstrate his method of painting in sheer enjoyment of animals in the natural and in interior environments; a place, he describes, where you can let yourself go, have fun, yet still be in control of the medium. From painting lost and found edges, to floating washes wildly to create interesting treatment, watercolor is perfectly approachable especially for the beginner. No previous experience is needed for this class and experienced artists will benefit as well with Michael’s friendly and open style of teaching. You will love how much this inspiring course will teach you about painting domestic pets or wild animals in there environment and in the watercolor painting medium. 10 week course. No class on February 19. Supply List: I recommend that you use what you have and add essentials as you can afford. I am more focused on working with you right where you are rather than imposing my personal material preferences on you. That is why the following is only what I would suggest you think about purchasing for the workshop. 1. Watercolor Paper, by sheet 22” x 30" – 7-10 sheets or a block no larger than 18"x 24" (they hold 20- sheets or so). I have used Arches, Fabriano and Gemini watercolor brands for mold made papers and Twinrocker, Indian Village and vintage Whattman for handmade watercolor papers all 140lb to 300 lb press (cold press is prefered, but you can also use hot press or rough). 2. Watercolor paints in tubes or cakes/pans- a warm and cool statement of each primary color plus secondary, grays, blacks, white for a total of no more than 14-18 colors. I use Holbein, Grumbacher, Winsor & Newton, Daniel Smith and Old Holland watercolors because I have been painting for over 45 years and love color. Only Holbin has no ox gall in the paint, just pure gum arabic as the binder. It is more affordable than other brands. I recommend the following colors: Cadmium Yellow Light Cadmium Yellow Deep Cadmium Orange Yellow Ochre Cadmium Red Light, Alizarin Crimson Chinese White Burn Sienna Viridian Green Hue Cerulean Blue Cobalt Blue Ultramarine Blue Deep Manganese Blue Prussian Blue Permanent Magenta Ivory Black Indigo 3. Studio Palette, with mixing areas separate from the wells. 4. Three watercolor brushes, I use the Balmoral Kolinsky brand, but cheaper Langnickel brushes will also do. Choose a small round no. 6, a no. 12 and a Large 1" Flat. 5. Cotton Rags or roll of paper towels. 6. Paint board or light-weight plexi-glass or formica board that is non-absorbent at least 2" larger than your paper. 7. Portfolio, large enough to fit your paper and painting board. (You can make your own out of cardboard) 8. Graphite Pencils, 6B or HB or H depending on preference and how much you want the graphite line to be seen in your work. 9. Paint Box, to hold all of your paint tubes, brushes, and miscellaneous supplies. 10. Miscellaneous Supplies: Sketch book, a roll of 1" maskin tape, a sponge (natural are the best), 2 collapsible cups for holding water or a cool whip container, kneaded eraser, ex-acto knife, and extra media to add to watercolor such as ink, liquid watercolor or watercolor pencils and pastels