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Beginner Watercolor Fall 2016


with Christine Lewis

Oct 13, 2016 at 10 am, runs for 3 weeks

Experiment and have fun with watercolors!This 4 class series will be geared toward the very beginner. We will start with becoming familiar with tools and terminology by creating a sampler. Then we will move on to becoming more familiar with making watercolors work for you. By the third and fourth classes, we will be producing small works of art that can be used as wall hangings or greeting cards. Join us and have some fun learning about watercolor. All supplies will be provided. Christine Lewis is a self-taught artist who splits her time between Alaska and Maine. She has been painting for many years but started painting full-time in 2014. Christine currently spends most of her time using oils though she has experience with pencil, watercolor, and acrylic as well. She enjoy all mediums and also enjoy helping others become more familiar and comfortable working with them. Christine thinks the learning process should be fun and would love to share it with you! View Christine’s work here:

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Beyond Beginner's Potter's Wheel Fall 2016


with Jemma Gascoine

Oct 6, 2016 at 4:30 pm, runs for 8 weeks

This class will focus on throwing more finely tuned pieces and improving on technical skills and creativity. We shall explore surface decoration techniques like wax resist and white slip, allowing the red clay to emerge from underneath. Class time will be divided into demonstrations, studio work and individual consultations. Too much fun! Jemma Gascoine co-founded the Monson Pottery Workshop at the Monson Community Center in February 2015. She has an Art-History degree and a diploma in Arts Management. She has been selling her functional pottery and sculpture in Maine for fifteen years and been teaching clay workshops to all ages for ten years.

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Chair Caning Fall 2016


with Charles Shaffer

Oct 4, 2016 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.

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Crochet with Beads Online Fall 2016



Oct 11, 2016 at 6 pm

Learn this easy technique to use up some of those odd and left over beads from your stash and create this beautiful one-of-a-kind necklace or bracelet. Michelle will teach you her unique finishing technique and will offer several variation ideas for your future projects. No crochet experience necessary.

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Crystal Bracelet Online Fall 2016



Dec 8, 2016 at 6 pm

Let’s make a crystal bracelet together. Choose holiday colors or something you can wear all year long. This pattern has been modified to be much easier than it looks.

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Intro to Photography


with Christine Higgins

Sep 12, 2016 at 5:30 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Are you frustrated with your images? Are you not capturing the images you had in mind? Come join this beginners photography class and discover how to capture the images you really want. Have no real photography experience? No problem! All levels are welcome! Christina Higgins has always had an interest in photography, and has been studying it for many years. She has gained knowledge about proper settings, lighting, and everything needed to capture every moment. Christina looks forward to learning with you! Students should bring their own camera and pen & paper. Check out her work here:

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Jewelry Making with Wire Fall 2016


with Caroline Taylor

Sep 7, 2016 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Come have a funfilled time and learn some great new concepts for making jewelry with wire. These make wonderful, inexpensive gifts, and once you have mastered the concepts, you can do so much! This class is also about having fun! Caroline Taylor taught jewelry making classes in Colorado for many years, and many of her former students have gone on to sell their jewelry There will be an additional $10-$25 material fee payable to the instructor, depending on your choice of jewelry. Caroline Taylor taught jewelry making classes for many years in Colorado, where many students have gone on to successfully sell their products.

Students will learn a new skill, and make a new piece of jewelry each week for a total of four pieces (pictured). The four pieces are: Wire Wrapping, Tree of Life, Bead & Wire Crochet Necklace, and Fun Holiday Pins. 

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Learn to knit a pair of socks on one needle! Fall 2016


with Sherry Corbin

Oct 27, 2016 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

What you will learn: How to knit a pair of socks, both at the same time, on one long loop needle. The class covers managing the long loop, turning the heels, and finishing with a simultaneous bind off and graft. What you need to know before you begin this class: cast on, knit, purl, cast off What you need to bring with you: · a 47 inch long loop knitting needle, size #6 (one source: · 6 oz of medium weight (#4) yarn (such as Caron Simply Soft from JoAnn’s), divided into two balls (or any size needle/yarn combination to yield a gauge of 5 stitches = 1 inch) · 3 short double pointed needles, any size equal to or smaller than the long loop needle size

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