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PVAEC - Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative

Personal Enrichment

Raku Pottery Fall 2017


with Jemma Gascoine

Calendar Oct 5, 2017 at 5 pm

Raku dates back to the 16th century Japanese Tea Ceremony and means ‘Joy’. It’s a low-fire process whereby the glazes produce metallic lusters and crackling. No two pots ever come out the same. With Raku firing, the potter removes the vessel from the kiln while it is still very hot, red, and glowing. He or she then uses tongs to move the piece from the kiln to a prepped trash can or ‘reduction chamber’ with combustible materials inside.The class will be mainly a hand-building class so no experience is necessary but there are potters wheels available if students want to ‘have a go’. All clay, glaze and firing costs are included in the tuition. Please wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind dirtying and tie hair back. Jemma Gascoine has a studio and gallery in Blanchard TWP and is owner of Monson Pottery Workshop at The Arts Center (formerly Monson Community Center). She had a show of her ceramic sculputre at the Umaine Museum of Art in 2012. She has been selling her work nationally and teaching clay classes to all ages for 11 years.

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Signature Socks - Choose Your Yarn (any size) Fall 2017


with Sherry Corbin

Calendar Oct 11, 2017 at 9 am

Can your knit and purl? Then your can use one long loop knitting needle to make two socks at the same time, toe up or cuff down. We will develop your pattern using any gauge, and for any size. We’ll explore various ways of casting on, turning the heel and binding off for toe up and cuff down socks. A pattern template will be provided for toe up socks including invisible cast on, gusset heel (looks like cuff down sock), and stretchy bind off. Bring your own 47 inch long loop (magic loop) knitting needle and yarn divided into two balls. For your socks, select a yarn of your choice with any size long loop needle that creates your desired tension. Sherry Corbin RN., M.S. is a retired professor of nursing, Gendai Reiki Master/Teacher, Pine Tree Hospice direct care volunteer, and webmaster. She is an experienced PVAEC educator and has taught many successful knitting classes.

Snowman Porch Sitter Fall 2017


with Shirley Groody

Calendar Nov 2, 2017 at 2 pm

For all levels. The wood for this project can be bought from Shirley for $6.00, or you may bring your own if you can find something. Shirley Groody, a multi-talented and lively artist, has been teaching classes with PVAEC for years. She has successfully taught art students of all levels. Students always walk away from Shirley’s classes with a beautiful piece of art and a smile on their face.

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Substitute Teacher Workshop Fall 2017
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Substitute Teacher Workshop Fall 2017


with Walter Boomsma

Calendar Sep 12, 2017 at 8 am

This fun, one day program is designed to prepare people interested in serving as a substitute teacher or ed tech. There will be plenty of hands on learning that will include important classroom management techniques and teaching strategies. We’ll also cover some legal aspects and help you develop your own sub pack of resources and an action plan that will get you started on the right foot! If you’ve been subbing, this is a great opportunity for a refresher and some new ideas. The workshop is based on Utah State University’s STEDI Program and attendees will earn a certificate recognized by PVAEC member districts (Dexter, Dover-Foxcroft, Guilford, Milo). The program is taught by Walter Boomsma, an experienced substitute teacher and adult educator. An optional recommended textbook containing educational strategies and classroom activities will be available for purchase for $25.

Tai Chi Chih Greenville - Fall 2017


with Sherry Corbin

Calendar Oct 16, 2017 at 10 am

T’ai Chi Chih, called “joy through movement”, is a relaxing meditation consisting of 19 gentle movements and one pose, in a standing or sitting position. T’ai Chi Chih originator, Justin Stone, recommends daily T’ai Chi Chih practice “to achieve heightened energy, serenity and health, longevity, and weight and blood pressure control.” At the end of these sessions, you will be prepared to include T’ai Chi Chih practice as part of daily life to enhance your physical, mental, and spiritual balance. You are most welcome to join us if you have practiced T’ai Chi Chih and could benefit from a refresher. Join Sherry Peirce Corbin in practicing this gentle meditation. Sherry Corbin RN., M.S. is a retired professor of nursing, Gendai Reiki Master/Teacher, Pine Tree Hospice direct care volunteer, and webmaster. She is an experienced PVAEC educator and has taught many successful T’ai Chi Chih and Meditation classes.

Throw Your Own Fall 2017


with Elisa Schine

Calendar Oct 3, 2017 at 6 pm

Learn to throw your own earthenware bowl on a pottery wheel! We will learn the fundamentals of the craft, all the way from choosing your clay to glazing and firing your own pieces. Sitting at the pottery wheel, you may find the meditation that comes with centering your clay and the thrill of watching the shape of your bowl emerge. Come get your hands in the clay and throw your own! Please bring a basic pottery set of a needle, wire, sponge, and rubber rib. Elisa Schine has been studying pottery with Jemma Gascoine for the past three years. She works as a boat-builder at Northwoods Canoe Company in Atkinson, but on a whim in 2013, she attended a PVAEC beginning pottery course. In that class, she discovered the joy of throwing pots and that she couldn't get enough of it! Elisa continues to experiment with her own work, some of which is on display at the Monson Pottery Workshop, but would like to share her love of the craft with others.

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Tomorrow Matters for Today's Youth
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Tomorrow Matters for Today's Youth


with Stephanie Doore

Calendar Oct 12, 2017 at 6 pm

If you believe that every child deserves the right to develop his or her full potential and to have a safe and unburdened childhood, please consider attending this informational meeting to learn more about therapeutic foster care. Throughout the State of Maine, youth are in need of families that will step forward and invite them into a safe, compassionate and healing home. Imagine what would happen if just one family from each of our local towns would step forward and care for a child! At the meeting we will explain how children come into our care, how long they typically stay with a family, the supports and reimbursement available to foster parents, and the process of becoming a foster parent. Come learn about the life changing difference you could make for a child! Call CHCS to register for the informational meeting, or an individual appointment. Stephanie Doore is a Program Coordinator at Community Health and Counseling Services (CHCS). She has worked for CHCS for 24 years. In April 2016, Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine presented her with Private Agency Worker of the Year Award. She previously received national recognition in 2011 when the Foster Family-Based Treatment Association presented her with the Treatment Foster Care Professional of the Year Award.

Upcycled Christmas Ornament Fall 2017


with Hilda Roberts

Calendar Nov 17, 2017 at 6 pm

Are you tired of those ugly glass balls on your Christmas tree, but you’re not sure what to do with or without them? In this workshop, we will show you how to upcycle these unsightly ornaments into something new and magnificent with decoupage, old paper, and glitter. Bring your own ornaments (glass or plastic balls) or use some of ours. It’s fun but it’s messy. Bring a pumice stone to wash your hands if you have one. Hilda Roberts enjoys craft projects that utilize natural or recycled materials. When she’s not foraging for crafting supplies, she can be found exploring beautiful Piscataquis County with her chocolate lab, Brook Trout, and working as PVAEC’s administrative assistant.

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