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May Artist Series Starting Soon

 

This May we’ve added many exciting new classes that have just been put up on our calender! New Artist Series classes are lined up, and with the new drop-in option (just call ahead), it’s easier than ever to join! These multi-week in-depth classes are for you to indulge your inner artist. This format is perfect for absolute beginners looking for a challenge or for intermediate students looking to sharpen their skills. Each Artist Series meets once a week for three hours. The curriculum begins with weekly projects and gradually progresses to individual exploration. Artist Series classes cost $195 for a six consecutive classes or $40 per class. Material kits are available to get you started!

Lizzie Ruskin is teaching Beginner Crochet on Mondays.  Lizzie has the patience and a sense of humor to make any class fun! We are so excited to have Clint Fulkerson back to teach metalsmithing on Tuesday evening. Clint took a short break as he jumped into parenthood with the birth of his daughter. Congratulations Clint and welcome back. On Tuesday mornings our own Gayle Raposa is teaching metalmithing for the beginner. Gayle’s methodical style of teaching is great for the newbie! On Wednesday Diane Brakeley is continuing her popular Resin Workshop. Diane has extensive experience with resin and will get all of your creative juices flowing!  Diana Ellis is bringing her expertise in watercolors on Wednesday evenings-her style will get you in the mood to bring your paints and palette to the garden this summer! Christi Devault is continuing her ever so popular landscape painting class on Thursday afternoons. Christie has quite a following and the studio is full of laughter when her group is here.

Visit the Artascope Website or give us a call for more information-207-799-5154

 

 

 

 

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Art Night Out™ products featured in Innovations Showcase at CHA 2011

Art Night Out™ Party Kits and Workshop Kits debut at CHA Winter 2011 in Los Angeles, California. These creative party kits are based on the successful Art Night Out™ program developed at Artascope Studios in South Portland, Maine over the past decade. Each kit provides a complete experience for a party of friends at home or a complete workshop in a box for in-store events. Featured in the Innovations Showcase at CHA, Art Night Out™ products will be available in March from Artascope. FMI contact catherine@artnightout.com

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Landscape Painting

Thursday December third starts another session of our landscape painting class with Christy DeVault.  Christy is an experienced fine art painter who also has the gift to be able to teach others.  Her patient demeanor and sense of humor allows her to help even the artistically challenged. I can tell you from experience that this class is one that will provide not only a great learning experience but it will also be so much fun. There are a few painters who come back week after week and let me tell you they know how to paint and have a great time.  Not only are they experienced painters but they are wonderful cheerleaders for us newbies! You can find more information and sign up here !

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Vintage Holiday Frenzy!!

November 12th, 13th and 14th!

There is still time to register for our Vintage Holiday Frenzy! Make time for yourself before the holiday stress arrives. Not only will you learn new techniques but you will leave with lots of new holiday decor  and great new friends and memories! For more information and to sign up, use this link!


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A weekend with Claudine Hellmuth!

A weekend with Claudine Hellmuth proved to be everything we anticipated and more! It is always satisfying to learn new techniques but even more so when you have eighteen women and one beautiful bulldog filled with creative energy! The energy was lifted to another level because Claudine was in the house!!    For those of you who are wondering-Claudine was like having your friendly neighbor or best girlfriend over for lunch. Her down to earth demeanor, great sense of humor and passion for teaching others made us all feel fearless and inspired. Claudine repeatedly reminded us that learning the techniques is all about the process, not your final result.  Believe me, I took that advice to heart!!  I painted, applied beeswax, applied paper and fabric and then started over again. I truly enjoyed watching the other women dive in and create something that they loved. Many had family pictures that are now presented and archived in a beautiful way. Others created artwork for their grandaughters bedroom and some even incorporated a dead bee into their art. As the weekend was coming to an end I heard women say things like “thank you so much, my eyes are open again.”  Sometimes it takes a weekend of play, friendship, support and kindred spirits to remind us that we are creative beings and we deserve to treat ourselves ! Thank you Claudine for being a friend and an inspiration to so many-we are already looking forward to next year! For those of you who would like to read what Claudine had to say about her Artascope experience hop on over to Claudine’s Blog!  You can read more about our fabulous weekend, view our photo albums and see what else is happening at Artascope on our facebook page! and on our website!

 

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Artascope Studios Late Summer/Early Fall Highlights

This week we are so excited to have Clint Fulkerson join us at the Studios teaching the Metalsmithing Art Escape® weekend! Clint works in many media including drawing and sculpture in addition to teaching metalsmithing. His work is shown at Susan Maasch Fine Art gallery in Portland, Maine as well as in many recent exhibits. Clint also teaches the Metalsmithing Series at Artascope Studios on a regular basis. This Friday August 20th through Sunday August 22nd, learn metalsmithing in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Begin by learning how to handle the necessary tools and equipment. You will then set out on several projects, making pieces like rings and bracelets and perfecting skills in techniques like etching, embossing and soldering. This class is great for beginners or returning students.

At Artascope Studios there are many different formats of art classes that you can take to satisfy your creative needs. Art Escape® creative getaways are weekend-long classes in a special topic. They cover a unique variety of subjects from stained glass to metalsmithing, painting to collage.  All Art Escape® art classes are suitable for complete beginners as well as advanced artists. The classes are taught by professional artists who will guide you through this enriching experience; providing you with the right tools, materials and instruction so that you can step right into the art making process.

In September we are so excited to have Claudine Hellmuth coming back to Artascope to teach Beeswax Collage! She will show you how to create a collage entirely with beeswax – you don’t have to us other glues or adhesives! You’ll learn about beeswax transfers, stamping in wax, layering collage, glazing colors and other collage techniques too! The cool thing with this class is that “mistakes” can not really be made with beeswax. If you don’t like the placement of your papers you can remove them – even months later – and easily adjust your artwork! You’ll be amazed by how easy and fun beeswax collage can be!

Claudine Hellmuth is a nationally recognized collage artist, author and illustrator. Her artworks have been featured on The Martha Stewart Show, in Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion magazine, The New York Times, on HGTV’s “I Want That!” and on the DIY Network’s program, “Craft Lab.” In addition to creating her artwork full-time, Claudine teaches collage workshops in the US & Canada, and she has written 2 books about her techniques, “Collage Discovery Workshop” and “Collage Discovery Workshop: Beyond the Unexpected.” She has also produced three instructional DVD workshops.

Treat yourself to a weekend of creative indulgence in this stress free and relaxing environment in beautiful coastal Maine – check out the whole list of of Art Escape art classes!

Another very fun event at Artascope Studios is the Stella the Unicorn Painting Project! Come help decorate Stella, the paper mache unicorn. All you have to do is be at the Studios from 10 to 12 wearing paint clothes (we’re using house latex paint, which doesn’t was out of clothing well). Anyone can come, small children please come with an adult. We’ll take turns with Stella, five or so at a time, and those of us not with her can mix and choose colors an pick out fun papers, sequins, feathers and other fun decorations while we wait. Can’t wait to see you at Artascope on the last Sunday of August!

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Artists and Entrepreneurs Monthly Art Talks

The last Wednesday of very month at Artascope Studios in South Portland, we gather for our monthly Artists and Entrepreneurs art talk. This group is a place to share the collective wisdom of Artists & Entrepreneurs everywhere who have developed successful techniques for handling the business side of art. We share information about marketing & promotion, social networking, online selling, representation, shows, wholesale vs. retail, accounting, bank financing, product development, branding, pricing, packaging and how to be successful.

This month on Wednesday June 30th Bethany Haeseler will lead a discussion on blogging.  Are you curious about it? Bethany will answer questions like “what should I write about?” and most importantly, “how do I get started?” Bethany is a professional webmaster and an accomplished artist, completing her MFA from Ohio State University in 2009. She has been blogging since 1998 and is a wealth of information. In this one-night workshop you will learn how to start your very own blog with WordPress. Bring your laptop, leave with a blog. Really. Join us at  Artascope Studios in South Portland, the talk starts at 7pm and will go until 8:30. There is no fee for this event.

We look forward to seeing you Wednesday evening! Come a bit early to meet other artists in your community. Bring business cards, any art projects to show off ( we LOVE show and tell!) and maybe some treats to share. And if you have a laptop bring it with you to get started on your blog right away (don’t forget your power cord)! If you don’t bring a laptop, that’s ok too, just bring yourself and any questions you have about blogging. See you there!

Join the Artists and Entrepreneurs Facebook group! RSVP to the event and post any questions you have right now so Bethany can get an idea of you want to learn on Wednesday.

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Art Escape Creative Art Classes

This June we are so excited to have Donna Downey join us at the Studios teaching the Simply Irresistible Surfaces Art Escape® weekend!  At Artascope Studios there are many different formats of art classes that you can take to satisfy your creative needs. Art Escape® creative getaways are weekend-long classes in a special topic. They cover a unique variety of subjects from stained glass to metalsmithing, painting to collage.  All Art Escape® art classes are suitable for complete beginners as well as advanced artists. The classes are taught by professional artists who will guide you through this enriching experience; providing you with the right tools, materials and instruction so that you can step right into the art making process.

This June in Donna’s class you will take your artistic skills far beyond your imagination as you create a journal or scrapbook that will result in layers of dimension and interest. Working on canvas, you will learn the process of painting, stamping, resist techniques and embellishing with texture for your journal or card making. This is an exploration in melding the best of the techniques and applications of the paper world with the best of the fabric world!

Donna Downey is a bestselling author, instructor and all-around creative force in the crafting industry. From working as a popular columnist for Simple Scrapbooks magazine, to traveling the world inspiring women to push the boundaries of their own creativity, to developing her first fabric scrapbooking line with Prima, Donna is consistently on the leading edge of all things cool related to memory preservation art.

In September another fun artist is coming to teach with us; Claudine Hellmuth is coming to teach Beeswax Collage! She will show you how to create a collage entirely with beeswax – you don’t have to us other glues or adhesives! You’ll learn about beeswax transfers, stamping in wax, layering collage, glazing colors and other collage techniques too! The cool thing with this class is that “mistakes” can not really be made with beeswax. If you don’t like the placement of your papers you can remove them – even months later – and easily adjust your artwork! You’ll be amazed by how easy and fun beeswax collage can be!

Claudine Hellmuth is a nationally recognized collage artist, author and illustrator. Her artworks have been featured on The Martha Stewart Show, in Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion magazine, The New York Times, on HGTV’s “I Want That!” and on the DIY Network’s program, “Craft Lab.” In addition to creating her artwork full-time, Claudine teaches collage workshops in the US & Canada, and she has written 2 books about her techniques, “Collage Discovery Workshop” and “Collage Discovery Workshop: Beyond the Unexpected.” She has also produced three instructional DVD workshops.

Treat yourself to a weekend of creative indulgence in this stress free and relaxing environment in beautiful coastal Maine – check out the whole list of of Art Escape art classes!

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Artist Series Classes

This May we’ve added many exciting new classes that have just been put up on our calender! New Artist Series classes are lined up, and with the new drop-in option (just call ahead), it’s easier than ever to join! These multi-week in-depth classes are for you to indulge your inner artist. This format is perfect for absolute beginners looking for a challenge or for intermediate students looking to sharpen their skills. Each Artist Series meets once a week for three hours. The curriculum begins with weekly projects and gradually progresses to individual exploration. Artist Series classes cost $195 for a six consecutive classes or $40 per class. Material kits are available to get you started!

Beth Badger is back to teach Drawing on Sundays and Landscape Painting on Tuesdays. Beth makes drawing and painting for everyone. On sunny days go outside and draw from nature!  Join Ivy Jordan for Silk Painting on Saturdays and immerse yourself in the vibrant and tactile world of paint and fiber. Diane Brakeley is teaching a new class making Repurposed Jewelry on Mondays. You will create jewelry with non traditional materials and learn to repair favorite pieces so they can continue to be worn and loved. For more jewelry but with a different approach, Sherie Wolfe is teaching Beading Techniques on Fridays. Make beaded necklaces, earrings, bracelets and add an extra element of intrest to your work by learning how to use wireworking tools. Our popular Metalsmithing series with Clint Fulkerson is taking place on Wednesday evenings. Enjoy Clint’s enthusiasm and knowledge in this class where you will learn the tools and techniques for this medium without intimidation.

Art Night Out classes are in full swing on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 9pm and we’re already getting excited about the two Art Escape weekends, Necktie Chair Weaving and Metalsmithing and Resin Enamel starting on Friday the 21st!

On Saturday the 8th we are gearing up for handmade Mother’s Day Gifts! Daddys bring kids to make extra special earrings and cards for extra special Moms. With our kits and teachers here on Saturday, handmade gifts for mom will be easy, fun and beautiful! For the complete listing of Studio Events, Art Night Out classes, Artist Series classes and Art Escape weekends, visit the Artascope Studios Calender!

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Inspired April Art Night Out Classes

Check out our April Art Night Out® schedule! We have been inspired by all of the new ideas Catherine brought back from her exciting trip to the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) show this year.  At the CHA show artists from around the world gather to share ideas and inspiration. Artascope Studios founder Catherine Bickford went to the CHA and the Gem Show in Tucson, AZ and learned about new materials and techniques that now we get to incorporate into classes at Artascope this spring.

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Art Night Out® classes are all about personalization and showing the world how exceptionally unique we are. This April you can learn how to use collage to make personally meaningful art in the Collage Resin Pendant class. Or create a story with a necklace that will be 100% yours as you learn wire working techniques and add charms, findings and beads. Personalize your cell phone or i-pod with the felted cover, or create your own rubber stamps and make everything from your grocery list to party invitations personalized with your own seal. Check out the whole list of Art Night Out® classes start to personalize your life!

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Some of the the national artists that Catherine met at the CHA show are coming to Maine and you can take Art Escape® classes from them at Artascope this year. Donna Downey comes in June to teach “Simply Irresistible Surfaces”,  in September Claudine Hellmuth teaches “Beeswax Collage” and Catherine Matthews-Scanlon teaches “Sewn Paper Cards” in November. There are Art Escape® classes every month with great teachers, like Gina Lee Kim’s Watercolor Class in the Summer and Fall, and Bethany Haeseler teaching “Stained Glass with Fusing Techniques” this April. Visit the Art Escape® website to see all of the classes!

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