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Art Escape! Take your jewelry to the next level


This July and September, Portland, Maine artist, Elizabeth Prior will be teaching two wonderful Art Escape weekends geared towards taking your jewelry designing skills to the next level!

Elizabeth’s July 15-17th Art Escape will focus on jewelry design. During this weekend you will be introduced to Elizabeth and her work. Through her teachings you will learn how to go beyond store-bought findings and design and make your own headpins, clasps, jumprings and earwires. Learn ways to create unique and gorgeous jewelry findings without soldering. This is the perfect class to take if you are bored with store bought pieces, and need some new, creative ways to make your pieces! The best part is that once you feel you’ve mastered creating your own findings, join Elizabeth on September 30th- October 2nd for her Art Escape “Soldering at the Kitchen Table.” Learn to cut, file, form, solder and finish a ring from metal in addition to learning how to work a basic plumbers torch to create chains, headpins, and other findings. Elizabeth will also show you how to metal stamp your pieces for a lovely custom touch! You’ll walk away with new skills, and hopefully some inspiration excitement to create!

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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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