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PVAEC - Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative


Arts & Crafts

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Acrylic Painting


with Shirley Groody

Feb 26, 2015 at 2 pm, runs for 8 weeks

The world of decorative painting has been around for a very long time, and hasn’t been changing in the last few years. We will be doing some new and different techniques as well as brushing up on our basics so whatever your level is, you will find something here. Grab your brushes, pens and pencils and we will even try a doodle called tangling. This is a friendly class that will also welcome your ideas! Shirley Groody has been teaching Adult Ed painting classes for years, and all students have a great time!

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Chair Caning Spring 2015


with Charles Shaffer

Feb 25, 2015 at 6:30 pm, runs for 7 weeks

Chair caning is easier than it looks!Don’t let those heirlooms waste away in the attic any longer! Bring your own project in and learn different types of seat weaving - woven and pressed cane, rush, splint and tape.Your project should have all repair and finish work completed before the first class. Starter kits are available if you don’t have a project.Charles Shaffer has been seat weaving since 1972. He has taught many people over the years how to restore priceless (and not so priceless) antiques back to useful service. Materials available for a fee. Students may call the instructor with questions at 564-4951.


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Discover Spontaneous Raku! Spring 2015


with Jemma Gascoine

May 1, 2015 at 5 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Discover the exciting and spontaneous techniques of raku firing and the creative possibilities of raku clay. Follow Jemma Gascoine’s four two-hour clay classes before bisque-firing, glazing and then fast-firing your work in a propane fueled kiln, then removing it with metal tongs and smoking it in sawdust. The finished pieces can result in fascinating colors and glaze textures which while unpredictable are often very expressive. Bring aprons and clean up rags for clay classes and pottery tools if you have them. Tie long hair back. For the day of the raku firing, wear cotton clothes, constrain loose clothing and bring heat proof gloves if you have them.


Drawing the American Black Bear - Summer 2015


with Suzette East

Jul 7, 2015 at 9 am, runs for 8 weeks

Learn the basics of pencil drawing, focusing on simple shapes, tones and shadows, and using elements of design to create composition, with an emphasis on portraiture.

The focus of this special Summer class will be learning the drawing techniques of realistic wildlife, drawing a Maine Black Bear. Learn a variety of methods used to create realism. This is a great class for anyone wanting to add to their drawing skills!

Suzette East, local renowned artist, will guide you through the steps in this fun and rewarding class. Open to all. Students need drawing pencils including 6, 4 & 2 H, HB and B, sketchbooks, knead eraser, emery board, tortillions & q-tips. Visit Suzette at .

Landscape Painting Summer 2015


with Suzette East

Jul 7, 2015 at 12 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Discover the art of Landscape Painting. Bring your paints and brushes and learn to paint this art form. In this class with local artist, Suzette East, you will be inspired to create beautiful, very realistic scenic canvases. Learn how to organize a composition and choose color schemes. If you have ever picked up a brush you will love this class.

The focus of this special Summer class will be learning the painting techniques of realistic wildlife, painting a Maine Black Bear. Learn a variety of methods used to create realism. This is a great class for anyone wanting to add to their painting skills!

Please feel free to call Suzette at 965-8679 with any questions. Visit Suzette at

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Loom Knitting for Beginners Spring 2015


with Juanita Staples

Feb 3, 2015 at 6:30 pm, runs for 10 weeks

This class will be for anyone interested in starting a new adventure in knitting. Projects can be as easy as making a project all in one night to an afghan which takes more than one night. Loom knitting is the latest craze in knitting that the whole family can do! Juanita Staples is a teacher in the AOS94 school system, and has been loom knitting for a year.


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Mug Making Spring 2015


with Jemma Gascoine

Feb 24, 2015 at 4 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Enjoy your morning coffee or tea in a handmade mug! We will be looking at how to build a mug and handle from coiling clay, from rolling slabs and by throwing on a potter's wheel. We shall be using a variety of techniques to decorate your mug masterpieces including stamping and slip-trailing. Students will need to tie hair back and bring an apron and some clean up rags. Tools such as a wire, needle, rib and sponge for throwing would be useful too. Jemma Gascoine is an Art-History graduate who has been selling her pottery and sculpture from Piscataquis County for thirteen years. At present her work is selling at the Maine Center for Craft in Gardiner, the Aarhus Gallery in Belfast and at her own studio and gallery in Blanchard Twp. She has been teaching pottery to all ages for nine years.


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Quilting -Milo TUES Spring 2015


with Sandra Haley

Feb 24, 2015 at 6 pm, runs for 7 weeks

Quilting for all levels! There is a beginner and an advanced pattern to choose from for this semester. Join this group of fun quilters and pick up tips and tricks as you work on your project. Sandra Haley has taught quilting for adult education since 1991. Call Sandra at 943-7707 for the material list.

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