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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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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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Late Fall Artist Series start soon!

It’s time to start planning your holiday shopping….maybe it will include some handmade gifts? There is nothing like giving a gift from your heart-made by your hands for someone special in your life. So why not consider trying out one of our Artist Series Classes to start making a few gifts…maybe even a little something for yourself! All of the Artist Series run for 6 weeks and will take us through mid December. The cost is $175 per session and the choices are extremely broad and inviting. Please feel free to sign up after being enticed by this blog to sign up today at http://www.artnightout.com/artistseries.htm. We look forward to sharing a few special hours with you soon!

Wireworking with Ann Liller
Nov 2 – Dec 7
Sundays 10am to 1pm
If you have a desire to add wire working to your beaded jewelry… this is the class for you! This intensive explores all types of creative ways that you can work with wire! What type of pliers? What gauge? Dead soft wire or hard? Learn important tips of wireworking … all while you create wondrous wire worked creations!

Decorative Painting with Libby Barrett
Nov 3 – Dec 8
Mondays 10am to 1pm

This class is guaranteed to ignite your artistic desires. Whether your taste is whimsical, modern, or classic you’ll enjoy creating vibrant art to customize your home. Learn the fundamentals of preparing surfaces for paint and creating a durable finish as you create art for your floors, table and walls! Great for beginners or seasoned painters!

Metalsmithing with Christina Taylor
Nov 3 – Dec 8
Mondays 10am to 1pm

Here’s your chance to learn metalsmithing in a fun, relaxed atmosphere! Learn how to handle the equipment necessary to create fantastic soldered jewelry. Master the torch, drill, rolling mills, hammers, mandrels, and other tools to create gorgeous rings, bangles and earrings. Great for beginners or returning students.

Stained Glass with Gayle Raposa
Nov 4 – Dec 9
Tuesdays 10am to 1pm

This class is a great way to get started in stained glass. You’ll learn the complete copper foil method from start to finish. Create ornaments, panels, and votives. Work from standard patterns or create your own design and then cut, foil, and solder gorgeous glass accents for your home.

Metalsmithing with Clint Fulkerson
Nov 4 – Dec 9
Tuesdays 6 to 9pm

Here’s your chance to learn metalsmithing in a fun, relaxed atmoshpere! Learn how to handle the equipment necessary to create fantastic soldered jewelry. Master the torch, drill, rolling mills, hammers, mandrels, and other tools to create gorgeous rings, bangles and earrings. Great for beginners or returning students.

Dye Painting with Sue Drown-Trout
Nov 5 – Dec 18
Thursdays 10am to 1pm

Add a beautiful painterly quality to your dyed creations! Using soy wax and paintable dyes, enjoy the art of painting on fabric to create beautiful designs. Turn a simple piece of cloth into a masterpiece! Perfect for someone curious about dye painting or for the seasoned artist to try out new methods.

Sewn Beading with Suzanne Kiertianis
Nov 6 – Dec 11
Fridays 10am to 1pm

Curious about what to do with those tiny beads? This class will explore the various techniques of sewn beading. You’ll learn the basic techniques such as: peyote, herringbone, spirals and cabaret. Develop your own style with these fun stitches! Create unique bracelets, necklaces and even pendants that will catch everyone’s attention.

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What creative plans do you have this week?

Wireworked Votive

Looking to learn some wireworking skills that go beyond the realm of jewelry making? Betina Clark will show you ways to work with copper, brass or silver wire to twist, shape and wrap to create these fun and elegant luminaries. Monday September 29th 6-9pm $45

Wireworking Briolettes
Using sterling silver wire, findings, and a few beads to accent your set, learn the secrets to success of wirewrapping briolettes. Stephanie Plourde, one of our new Artascope Teachers, will help you create a stunning pendant with coordinating earrings. Makes 1 necklace and pair of earrings. Thursday October 2nd from 6-9pm $85

Stained Glass Panel
Learn the secrets of stained glass while creating a dazzling accent for your home! Gayle Raposa will help you create your own design or use one from our collection. We have a colorful selection of glass to inspire you as you learn to cut, grind, tape, and solder your panel. Saturday Oct 4th from 2-6pm $65
Just follow this link and sign up….it’s that easy….http://www.artnightout.com/sept2008.htm

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