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Stained Glass for Beginners Spring 2024


with Dusty Trombley

Calendar Apr 25, 2024 at 5 pm

Students will learn the Tiffany style of stained glass, consisting of cutting, grinding, foiling, and soldering. All tools and supplies are included for the first three pieces. Students will create a beginner learning piece, a night light, and a candle holder. Students can purchase additional materials from the instructor if they choose to make more pieces.

Dusty Trombley has been working with stained glass for over 40 years. She has taught over 1000 people in many different adult ed classes. She has done a lot of repair work including church windows and developed pieces from photographs. Dusty enjoys the creativity that glass allows. 

Dusty welcomes students of all ages however, students under 17 must be accompanied by an adult.


Textured Slab Trays Spring 2024


with Cody Clinton

Calendar Apr 27, 2024 at 10 am

Weekend Ceramics Workshops All classes are taught by instructor, Cody Clinton, and will be held at PHEC on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm. Finished pieces will be dried and fired after the workshop ends, and be made available for pickup approximately 2 weeks after the workshop unless otherwise specified. We will explore creating textured slabs of clay by hand and using a pressing technique to form them into trays, platters, plates, and even bowls. Day one will be dedicated to learning the process and creating one or two pieces that we will allow to firm up for day two. Day two will allow you time to bring back some of your forms, and textures to experiment with using the technique, as well as we will teach you how to add embellishments and functional components to your pieces such as handles and feet.

Piscataquis Geology Spring 2024


with David Slagger

Calendar May 1, 2024 at 4 pm

Explore the geological wonders of Piscataquis County! This class is not your typical exploration—it’s a captivating blend of in-class research and hands-on fieldwork. Dive deep into the rich mining history of the region, with a special focus on towns like Guilford (known for silver mines) and Blanchard (home to beryl and black tourmaline mines). Our adventure extends to the local rivers, where we’ll seek out precious stones and minerals, including gold, pyrite, feldspar, smokey quartz, jasper, chert, rhyolite, and other semi-precious gems that have left their mark on Piscataquis County. Stay tuned for exciting field dates and locations, all thoughtfully chosen for easy accessibility. Come prepared in comfortable clothing and footwear for an exploration that promises not just knowledge but a genuine hands-on experience of the geological treasures that define our region. Get ready to unearth the secrets beneath your feet!

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Arts & Crafts with Michelle - Friends Are Always Welcome Spring 2024


with Michelle Cross

Calendar May 2, 2024 at 2 pm

The bright yellow raincoat, vibrant umbrella and cute critters make this slate a welcome addition to your home. Michelle Cross is a retired educator who has a lifelong passion for crafting of all types. Creating beautiful works of art with friends is sure to make these classes a pleasure for students of all levels. All supplies provided by Michelle, but please bring your own brushes.

Alcohol Ink Tile Coaster Spring 2024


with Sharon Nichols

Calendar May 6, 2024 at 5:30 pm

Work with rescued tiles, alcohol ink, and resin to create a set of four 4x4 unique coasters. Please bring: an apron, box of disposable gloves, alcohol inks of your choice, 99% rubbing alcohol, sturdy glue (e-6000), glitter, felt, small paint brushes, metallic markers and a small 2-part resin kit. Tiles will be provided by the instructor.

Masterpieces & Messages Moonlit Blaze Spring 2024


with Angie Butler Welch

Calendar May 7, 2024 at 6 pm

No experience needed for this fun step by step painting class. But there IS a twist! Angie Butler Welch is a psychic medium, so she also offers a brief intuitive message to each person based on their painting! Angie is always amazed at the messages that come through just from the paintings! All supplies included. Space is limited, register early! Pre-payment is required to hold your spot in class. Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance to receive a refund. Explore the realms of self-discovery with Psychic Medium and Intuitive Artist, Angie Butler Welch. Angie, the visionary owner of Leap of Faith Soul Space in Brewer, Maine, welcomes you to delve into your intuitive artistic side. All materials will be provided for a seamless and immersive experience. For more details and to delve into the world of psychic artistry, visit

Pour Paint Resin Tile Coaster Spring 2024


with Sharon Nichols

Calendar May 8, 2024 at 6 pm

We will combine pour painting with resin to create a set of four 4x4 unique tiles. Things can get messy - please dress appropriately. Students should bring their own: acrylic paints of choice, glitter, metallic markers, 2-part resin kit, a box of disposable gloves, felt for backing, sturdy glue (e-6000) and an apron. Tiles will be provided by the instructor.

Soup’s on Me - Spoon Carving and Gourd Bowl Spring 2024 - May Session


with Jessica Steele

Calendar May 11, 2024 at 9 am

In this exciting and hands-on class, students will have the unique opportunity to unleash their creativity by carving their very own wooden spoon and crafting a beautiful gourd bowl. Not only will participants learn the art of carving, but they will also have the option to personalize their creations with stunning paint designs or experiment with the intricate technique of woodburning. To facilitate the woodburning process, a wide variety of stencils will be readily available, allowing students to add an extra touch of artistry to their bowls. As the class comes to a close, we will gather together to savor a delicious group meal, where we will proudly enjoy hearty soups and crusty bread served with our newly crafted spoons and bowls. And the best part? The nourishing and comforting meal is on me, a delightful way to celebrate our accomplishments in this incredible class!

All classes are taught by instructor, Jessica Steele and all materials are included. Registration and payment are required to hold your spot in class. Space is limited! Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours in advance to receive a refund. If our Adult Ed office or instructor cancel class, refunds will be issued to students.


Jessica Steele M.Ed. has a deep passion for the wilderness and for teaching. She has been working in the field of Adventure and Environmental Education for more than 30 years. This leg of her journey is about connecting more deeply with herself, others, and the wilderness. Join her for a program of connection, learning, and growing. 

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