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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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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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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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Metalsmithing at Artascope!

Our Summer Artist Series Session just started! One class we love to pop in with is the Wednesday evening Metalsmithing class.

Many of the students in this class have been working with the teacher, Clint Fulkerson, and each other, for well over a year. It has been great addition to our Artist Series line up! New students also have enjoyed joining the class and getting lots of different perspectives of what they can do in the medium!

From learning the basics of metalsmithing with ring making, stone setting and other techniques, students are able to grow and expand their skills. Students in the class, like Kelley and Gretchen love making jewelry, whether it be pendants or rings. Sheri’s ring is beautiful and is one of her earlier projects! Jim often makes jewerly items as well, but also explore more scuptural elements of metalsmithing.

Whether you are curious, need a refreshed or a teacher’s guidance to pull together your inspirations, Metalsmithing at Artascope is HOT!

Our Summer Session runs until the end of August. Starting up September 16th, Clint will again be teaching Metalsmithing on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9pm! Clint will also be teaching in our ArtEscape! workshop format, these are three day weekend intensives.

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To plan a creative weekend getaway, visit our ArtEscape! site!

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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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Artascope Teacher Highlight-Clint Fulkerson

Clint Fulkerson is our newest Artascope teacher. We are so grateful to have an innovative, talented metalsmith and artist working in our jewerly studio along side our other talented staff. Clint just kicked off his first Artist Fall Metalsmith Series on Wednesday nights starting last Wednesday the 17th. We expect great things from his students and will be sure to showcase their jewelry when finished.

So how about a little history on this talented artist: Clint Fulkerson is a Portland native who spent his childhood playing video games, making labyrinths for his hamsters, building model ships, teaching his brother how to draw in exchange for Kung Fu lessons, and pondering the true colors of dinosaurs.

During High School, he experimented using pen and ink, pastels, watercolor, acrylic paints, and ceramics. He took oil painting classes on Saturdays at Maine College of Art. In his Senior year, Clint was chosen to attend Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, where he tried cyanotype printing and steel forging. He went to Massachusetts College of Art intending to study illustration, but chose to study metalsmithing after seeing the tools and the incredible, small-scale objects students were making in the department. While at Mass Art, he also studied intaglio printing, black and white photography, glass casting, welding, website creation, and 3D computer modeling.

In Boston, he taught wax carving and lost-wax casting at Diablo Glass and Metal, and made jewelry from his studio there. He also worked at Haynes Flute Company casting flute parts in silver and gold, soldering, and managing inventory. In July of 2006, he and his wife Kate decided to move back to Portland, but first took a month long adventure in England, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. They had the opportunity to see a daunting amount of art, especially in London, Paris, and Amsterdam.

He currently has a studio in Portland. His drawings are in the Drawing Center’s viewing program and is represented in Portland by Four Walls Gallery. You can learn more about Clint and view some of his 2 dimensional work at http://www.clintart.com/. To learn more about his Artist Series at Artascope Studios and check out our newest offerings, go to http://www.artnightout.com/artistseries.htm.

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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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