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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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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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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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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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Stained Glass Workshops for Everyone!

Over the past couple of weeks, folks have been signing up for Stained Glass like crazy!  Gayle is a phenomenally talented teacher, who had been teaching with us for years, that we totally understand why people just can’t get enough of Gayle!  She always goes above and beyond for students in her classes!

We had Lorrie and Alex join us for an ArtEscape! Weekend to explore and develop their stained glass skills!  Lorrie had found several items that had belonged to her father, and they inspired her to sign up for the weekend.  Her friend, Alex, joined right in, ready for her own exploration into Stained Glass

The gals definitely had a blast with Gayle as they worked from patters and dove into our collection of glass shard and sheets to find the perfect colors to complete their pieces.  Lorrie made a beautiful seascape wreath and Alex was inspired by a sunrise design!  They worked intensely over their weekend!  We were so proud of their results!

Lorrie enjoyed her weekend with us so much that she, “wanted to say thank you for all the support this past weekend as Alex & I learned a lot in our introduction to stained glass.”

And just the other night, Gayle returned for more Stained Glass, this time as an Art Night Out, one night all inclusive workshops where participants designed their own stunning Stained Glass Panels!

It was a fun group, mixed with a husband and wife enjoying a night to themselves, a mother and daughter for a surprise Mother’s Day treat, an fellow Artascope teacher, and some new Artascope friends!  The guys in the class were able to quickly find their inspiration and complete beautiful panels that blew everyone away.  The folks that came with people they knew were fun to watch as they inspired each other throughout the class to design their own fabulous stained glass panels!

Looking to learn about Stained Glass?  Gayle will be teaching a 6 week Artist Series starting next week.  May 6 through June 10th from 10am to 1pm.  Looking for just a taste?  Our next Stained Glass Art Night Out will be offered Saturday May 9th from 2 to 6pm.

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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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Batik Pillow Talk and Private Party Round Up

Batik Pillow Talk
Sue Drown-Trout, our resident batik teacher recently taught a very exciting Batik Pillow Cover class as a part of our ANO Series. The students were working with the batiking process of sketching, waxing and emerging in dye to bring their designs to life on their pillow covers. Sue told us that one of the students was wearing a white t-shirt that ended up getting splashed during the dye process. She decided to dye the t-shirt all together and pulled it right over her head and added it to the dye bath. Sounds like a pretty silly night at Artascope. I sure she will share that story anytime she wears her new batiked t-shirt out on the town! It was definitely a first at Artascope for sure. If you would like to try your hand at batiking and missed this class, Sue will be hosting our Fall 6 week Artist Series in Batiking and Dye on Thursday mornings from 10am-1pm. First class is on Sept 18th. Please check out the link for more info.http://www.artnightout.com/artistseries.htm

Private Parties: Sea Glass
We are always happy to accomodate private parties at Artascope Studios and have few picks from our latest events. Lynne Holland led a fantastic Wrapped Sea Glass Pendant party of local coworkers just a few weeks ago. Each party goer learned to wrap their hand selected sea glass pieces with silver wire and beads. They all went home with two pendants a piece and were looking forward to wearing them off at the office “fashion show” the next day. Lynne will be gearing up for her next jewelry making class, Intro to Earrings, on Monday, August 25th from 6-9pm. Check out the August Schedule to find out more details. http://www.artnightout.com/aug2008.htm

WigJig Earrings
Marcia Wigjig of the Wigjig family was our guest teacher for a fun Wigjig Earring Private Party last month. Students had a blast working with this amazing product that helps you create the most amazing earring designs. The best part is that the Wigjig family has already done all the hard work of creating the patterns. Students just have to follow their directions and they end up with professionally styled earrings. We are always excited to have Marcia here to teach and she adds so much to this class.

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Collage, Stained Glass and Tin People Class Review and Teacher Request

Basic Collage Techniques Our studio manager and talent teacher, Suzanne Kiertianis, taught the Basic Collage as part of our Art Night Out Classes last week. She worked with the students to play with color, design, composition and style to create paper collage masterpieces. The class was very successful and Suzanne reported that everyone enjoyed themselves and felt good about the new techniques they had acquired in class.

For all those experienced Collage Experts out there….we are currently looking for a new Basic Collage teacher and would love to hear from you. Please contact Suzanne at 207-799-5154 if you think you would like to join our talented team!

Tin People
Sue Hellier has a knack for getting students excited about making family and friends into fantastic tin creations. We make sure to offer this Art Night Out class every season to make sure everyone gets a chance for this playful event.

The students bring in photos or copies of their loved ones heads and create costumes or completely outrageous new tin bodies to apply them onto. They sketch out ideas before cutting the tine parts. Using enamel paints and grommets, each element is brought together and properly decorated for some fun effects. Lots of laughs and creativity coming out of this classroom and they are always different!

Stained Glass Panel
Gayle Raposa can usually be found in our stained glass studio when she isn’t working on her latest metalsmithing masterpiece. Multi-talented artist and teacher, she has made quite a name for herself as our stained glass guru.

She recently taught the Stained Glass Panel class and the results were fabulous. Students worked with large colored sheets of glass that they cut down to the desired size. Personal photographs added a nice touch. So many options to consider. Gayle is wonderful at helping students refine designs and feel confident with their new found talents. Gayle is currently teaching Stained Glass on Thursday mornings as part of our Artist Series. This fall, Stained Glass Artist Series will be moved to Tuesday mornings 10am-1pm. Please check out the link for more information: http://www.artnightout.com/

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ArtEscape Weekend Review-Stained Glass Superstars

ArtEscape! Weekend- Stained Glass Student Highlight
Every third weekend of the month, we offer a 3 day artist retreat called the ArtEscape! at Artascope Studios. Gayle Raposa, our stained glass guru recently ran a fabulous Stained Glass weekend. Here are some amazing images from our recent member, Garrett, who joined the studio after taking this ArtEscape Stained Glass weekends! Her final piece was inspired by a sculpture she saw while in Spain. After many hours cutting, grinding and fitting together this intricate and very ambitious stained glass panel, the result was spectacular! Garrett had never touched stained glass before and did not consider herself all that “crafty”, but she made believers out of us! Can’t wait to see what’s next for Garrett now that she has full access to our studios. The options are endless.

Summer Keepsake Box
Gayle was back in the studio teaching The Summer Keepsake Box class as part of our Art Night Out Series a few weeks later. Students has a chance to play with treasures from the sea that they would encapsulate into a stained glass box for all to see. What a great idea! I love thinking of staring into my little slice of summer bliss on those chilly winter nights and dreaming of the seasons to come.

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