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Art Making Boot Camp for Grown Ups

Summer IS coming. Really, it is! And a perfect way to say goodbye to this long, snowy winter is to sign up for our Art Making Boot Camp for Grown Ups. What is it? It’s the perfect mix of inspiration, community, and art techniques… all rolled up into a convenient “drop in” format that allows you to jump in on your schedule. Make time this summer to indulge (or discover) your creative side and treat your inner artist to a variety of new skill sets. Creative options include classes in Crochet Wire Jewelry, Collage Glass Charm, Resin Jewelry, Vintaj™ Natural Brass Jewelry, Sea Glass Drilling or Sea Glass Wire-wrapping, “My Vibe” Leather Bracelet, Painting, and many more!

Here’s How it Works:

Art Boot Camp for Grown Ups is the umbrella name for an all-access pass to the studio from June 15- September 15. It includes:

  • Three free Art Night Out or Art Bar events between June 15-Sept 15 (For yourself or to share with friends)
  • Three Month Membership to Artascope Studios (June 15 to Sept 15)
  • 20% off all Artist Series

All that for just $75!

Introduce your friends to what Artascope has to offer by joining together and meeting up at the studio once a week to create. Come in on a Friday night for some pre-nightlife art-making. Or, bring the grandkids for a creativity session while they are visiting. Check out our schedule of Art Classes and Events happening throughout the summer. It’s like having your own private art studio—filled with inspiration—just waiting for you to indulge your artistic side.

What’s the first step? Sign up! It’s only $75 to register. You’ll get three 3-hour Art Night Out classes with included materials, light snacks, and drinks, PLUS a 3-month studio membership and additional savings on our Artist Series—That’s a $200+ value.

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Nourish Your Creativity This Fall

Summer is nearly over, the kids are headed back to school, and the question you ask yourself is, “Now what do I do with my free time?” An Artist Series course at Artascope Studios could be the answer!

At Artascope Studios we offer a six-week Artist Series format that is the perfect combination of inspiration and technique. These in-depth classes allow you to indulge your inner artist without committing to several months of class time. We welcome absolute beginners and intermediate students. Go ahead, indulge your artistic side . . . call to reserve your space today! You may also sign up online at www.artascope.com.

Here at Artascope Studios, we have been very busy over the summer brightening and refreshing the studios. You’ll find well lit rooms, a comfortable workspace to spread out, and oodles of samples to inspire you. Plus, when you visit the studio, you get a chance to rub elbows with other artists, ignite your creativity, or spark a new passion. We invite you to stop by and check out what’s new!  Beginning in September, we have added a Introduction to Drawing class on Saturday afternoons, taught by Artascope Studios Manager, Elizabeth Redstone, as well as an additional Metalsmithing class with Clint Fulkerson on Wednesdays.

Tuesdays, 4-7pm – Sukie Curtis shows students how to follow their intuition with Expressions in Paint. Sukie has a laid back style that will help you find your true artistic voice.

Tuesdays, 6-9pm – Clint Fulkerson shares his love for Metalsmithing. His great sense of design is sure to inspire, as he guides both beginners and intermediate students.

(NEW) Wednesdays, 4-7pm – More Metalsmithing fun with Clint Fulkerson! For both beginner and intermediate students.

Wednesdays, 4-7pm – Christy Devault continues her popular Landscape Painting class. Christy will take you step-by-step through the process of creating landscapes from photography.

(NEW) Saturdays, 1-4pm – Elizabeth Redstone will take students through the basics of Drawing. Whether you are looking to refresh your drawing skills or simply dive into this very expressive medium, this drawing series is perfect for everyone!

With the drop-in option (just call ahead), it’s easier than ever to join! 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! Visit the Artascope Website or give us a call for more information at 207-799-5154.

“Was in the shop today, what a great place to go for inspiration!” ~ Donna C. Gibbs

“Thank you for the AWESOME class tonight! Highly recommend!!! :-)” ~ Amanda Piper

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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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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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Artists Series Start Jan 17th! Painting Supplies Sale on NOW!

Stay true to your creative resolutions for the new year! Artist Series for 2010 are almost here! We have lots of things you’ve been asking for! From drawing to more painting, metalsmithing, stained glass, mosaics, beading and resin & collage jewelry! And complete with a sale on ALL of our painting supplies! 30% off brushes, paints, papers, wooden panels and MORE! Session I we have TWO painting workshops!

We are excited to announce a new addition to our painting teachers team! Katherine Papadopolis will be joining us on Tuesday mornings from 10 to 1 and exploring the world of color in Color Painting! Liz Prescott returns for the 2010 session as well with her crowd favorite, an Artist Series class in Acrylic Painting on Friday Mornings from 11 to 2. Both workshops will use acrylics but giving students their own opportunities to explore their inner Artists! Check out some pictures from last sessions Painting classes:

NOW through the end of January….ALL PAINTINGS supplies will be on sale! 30% off of brushes, boards, paint and mediums! This sale is good only until the end of the month! Come on in and join the painting FUN!

To learn more about our Artist Series, visit out website!

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Be involved @ Artascope Studios!

As many of you know, we are a place to take fun and creative workshops, grab those needed art supplies and shop for local handmade goods!

BUT, we also offer several opportunities for YOU to be a part of Artascope!
Be a part of a creative community! Jump start that new hobby!

We have Studio Memberships available!
This gains access to the Studios and equipment, discounts on supplies and classes and to be the first to know when we have events! There two ways to become a Member, one involves your participation by becoming part of our Staff! The other, is an affordably priced option to gain access to our facilities for your own creative endeavors!

Want to learn more about how YOU can be a part of Artascope Studios as a Member?
Visit our Membership Page



Our team of Members is quite diverse and very creative! Folks range from professional Artists, to crafting enthusiasts, to folks who are seeking participation in a creative community! It’s a great way to spend some time and keep yourself true to your creative desires!

We are also always looking for folks to join our teaching team of Artists!
Whether you are a seasoned Artist, a teaching professional who’s crafty, or just plain curious, we have workshops that are in need of the right instructor – from old goodies to some new favorites!

Let us know if you’d like to be a part of Artascope Studios!

Don’t forget to find out more about our Membership opportunities!

See YOU at the Studios!

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Spring Inspires MORE Decorative Painting Fun!

Last Saturday, a fabulously fun group of women joined us for an afternoon of Decorative Painting!

Our resident Decorative Painting Artist, Libby Barrett, shared her day, designs, colors and eye!  These women took advantage of our Private Party Special, and treated the birthday girl to a free workshop!  These gals got together intending to make colorful placemats, but several of them, loved their designs so much, that they decided to NOT quarter their piece of canvas! They were able to create these beautiful works of art and REALLY let their different personalities shine at the Studio, as well as in their masterpieces!

Interested in learning some Decorative Painting techniques?  Join Libby for an all-inclusive Art Night Out™ workshop transforming simple wooden bowls into stunning fruit or candy bowls on Monday May 18th from 6 to 9pm!  $45 all materials included

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October ArtEscape Anyone?

We definitely know how to welcome in the fall with a weekend ArtEscape selection that won’t quit! So what are you planning to do for yourself this fall….Each one of these exciting weekend options start with a Friday night introduction to the material. It’s a meet and greet session with wine and goodies. What a great way to start the weekend! Saturday is a full day from 10am-6pm, so that you have ample time to work with your new craft and enjoy the studio environment. Sunday is a shorter day from 10am-2pm, but the studio is open to 7pm both Sat and Sunday evenings to allow you to work independently if you so choose….so which one will you choose? Follow the link to sign up! http://www.artnightout.com/artescape.htm

Next Weekend: October 17-19th
Non-Soldered Metalsmithing with Betina Clark
Learn how to shape, texture and join metal using techniques that do not involve soldering. In this intensive, learn how to work with wire and sheet metal and combine techniques of texturing and cold-connections. Great for the metalsmithing novice, or the experienced student who wants to expand their skills!

Recycled Neckties with Diane Brakeley
Looking for something fun and innovative to do with that collection of unworn neckties? This weekend will show you that the possibilities are endless! You’ll learn how to alter silk neckties to create handbags, skirts and even a chair! Not one bit of tie will go to waste as you bring new life to your old neckties!

Stained Glass with Gayle Raposa
Unlock the mysterious of stained glass! Great for beginners or for those looking to coax their inner artist to the next level. Learn the copper foil method, from start to finish. Learn tricks for cutting and grinding glass and creating flawless solder lines. Choose from our designs, or take a leap and design your own!

Last Weekend of October 24-26th

Acrylic Painting with Emily Leonard
This class begins with a thorough introduction to the tools and materials that are used for painting. Explore the basic elements of line, form, color, and composition. Finally, investigate how to create space and light on a two-dimensional plane. Great for the first time painter as well as the continuing student.

Precious Metal Clay with Ann Liller
Curious about this popular new material? PMC, is an intriguing material that has the versatility of clay and the rewards of fine silver! Get your ideas ready as you learn the basics of PMC. Develop your confidence as you learn how to prep, roll, cut, stamp and shape your PMC as you experiment with the possibilities!

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Fall Artist Series News

There’s a little chill in the air. It’s time to start thinking about taking some of your activities inside. So what are you planning to do for yourself this fall? What about learning a new craft or deepening your artistic skills?

Suzanne, our amazingly talented studio manager, has been working hard over the summer to wrangle up some very talented teachers and expanding our Artist Series listings. The Artist Series is a 6 week class to allow you to really indulged your inner artist, investigate materials and connect with fellow free spirits. Our Early Fall Artist Series will begin this Sunday, Sept 14th, with a brand new addition, PMC with Ann Liller. She has become quite a PMC star over the years. Her Art Night Out Classes and ArtEscape Weekends are always packed, so make sure to take advantage of learning about this amazing silver clay material with our PMC guru. Class from 10am-1pm.

We will have a busy Monday from 10am-1pm with two Series offerings. Libby Barrett will teach Decorative Painting while Christina Taylor will host her metalsmithing class. Tuesday mornings, Gayle Raposa is back with her popular Stained Glass Artist Series. Wednesdays are another busy day. Liz Prescott starts us off early with Acrylic Painting from 9:30am-12:30pm and our newest Metalsmith teacher, Clint Fulkerson, will make his debut with his Wednesday night jewelry class from 6-9pm. Look for a future blog on this exciting new teacher….

10am-1pm on Thursday, Sue Drown-Trout returns for Batik and Dying and Suzanne Kiertianis, the mastermind behind all this, will end the week with her Sewn Beading class. We request preregistration for all courses to ensure running the classes without a hitch. Please click on this link to find out more details about these fantastic offerings. http://www.artnightout.com/artistseries.htm

So now all you have to decide….which one should I start with! Feel free to give us a ring if you are having trouble deciding which one. Our talented staff of Stewards will be able to help direct you to the right choice…like there’s a wrong one!

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Summer Artist Series Highlights and Fall Artist Series Line Up

Metalsmithing
Artascope Studio’s Summer Metalsmithing Artist Series with Christina Taylor wrapped up this week with students finishing a polishing their treasures. First time metals student, Kelly Manahan, said she was “very satisfied with what she created adding that she spent a little extra time in the studio practicing what she had learned”. Kelly made several pieces including the three stone ring pictured here. Deb Freedman made the copper beads shown texturing, dapping, and then soldering copper disks together. Anytime you decide to take on any of our 6 week Artist Series, you have access to the studio and equipment 7 days a week. This added bonus makes the classes pretty tempting to try out.

Acrylic Painting
Liz Prescott finished off another successful Summer Artist Series in Acrylic Painting. The classes expanded this semester with new students including a mother/daughter team. There was a great community energy in the class. Weekly discussions on students work and painting demos by Liz make this class truly stellar. Some of the students tried their hand at painting outside in our gardens while other students focused on still life images in our painting studio upstairs.

Those are just a few highlights from our Summer Artist Series at Artascope. We also had wonderful classes in Stained Glass and Decorative Painting. Stained Glass and Acrylic Painting will return for a fall Artist Series. We will also be adding Batiking and Sewn Beaded Jewelry to the offerings. The Fall Artist Series will begin the week of September 15th. All series are held from 10am-1pm for 6 weeks. Please check out the link to see what may perk your artistic interest. http://www.artnightout.com/artistseries.htm

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