Saturday, September 7, 2013

Big things in small packages...

First day of afternoon classes and we had this littlest bird visit us.... so we had to draw it, of course! Plus feed, cuddle, and help find her mother. And she seemed to watch over us.... It was certainly love from us at first sight!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Back to School!

Another summer is here and gone!

Our new fall schedule for kids, teens and adults alike are here under the heading Fall Schedules!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Whoa, Summer Art Camp!

5 Mornings of Art = Art Camp 2013.  What a week it was and as you can see.... We sewed, worked with clay, a little performance art and costume design, painted with sponges and other watermedia, made casts from molds we poured ourselves, created puppets, and painted artist books using canvas, and of course, tie dyed too!

 Art + Play = Growth  
Community = Energy + Art
Education  + Art = Smart
Experimentation + Risk-taking + Ideas +  Time = You tell me....What is the equation you see here?
Clay Silly Guy

Moustache, anyone?

Tie Dying - Perfect Weather!

Making a "mold box" to cast my silly face...

Silly Face Casted with ComposiMold

On the Red Carpet


Beginning Sewing...

And a little costume design!

Sitting and sewing!

Removing my silly guy from the mold with Scientist Stan!

Original (with paint) and casted duplicate!

Painting with watermedia and sponges!

Making our art our food!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

" A Summer Art Buffet" for Kids, Friday, August 9th

Due to popular demand, kids want more art this summer!  Yes, they do!  Well, here it is!
We are offering a special opportunity for children ages 6 - 12 to have an "art day" all of their own!
Young artists will explore a variety of media including drawing, tie dying, weaving, clay and more! 
$55. tuition including snacks, drinks, and end of the day ice cream party! Please bring a packed lunch. Please find attached registration form. You may call 485 5691, or email to register.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Crossing Paths, Its Summer!

Art will fit into your schedule! Just take a few minutes away from the sun and the social activities - you can do those both here. The studio is just lovely and we have the best of time.  
Here's our summer schedule at the studio for July and August:
Thursday, July 11 & 25, August 8 & 22, 9:30 - 11:30 Beginning Adult Watercolor Class 
Thursday, July 11 & 25, August 1 & 15 12:30 - 2:30  Intermediate Painting (all media welcomed)
Both of these above classes are drop-in and $20
Camps for Kids: Session II  (6 - 12 year olds) July 29 - August 2  FILLED, 
please email about waiting list to try an additional week.
Session III  Drawing and Painting Intensive for Teens  August 12 - 16
Almost filled.....

Studio is open Tuesday through Friday 10am - 5 PM.
Closed the week of 4th July.
Appointments Welcomed!  Call Helene at 207 485 5691.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Colored Pencil Drive and Drawing Event Saturday, April 27th from 2 - 4 PM

Come and join us with Brynn Wartman (our Thursday afternoon instructor) in a special event on Saturday, April 27th from 2 - 4 PM.  Brynn has been an active member of the Colored Pencil Project and in May she is traveling to Ethiopia to deliver colored pencils to children! On this Saturday, we are asking individuals to offer 12 packs of colored pencils to bring to Africa, learn more about the Colored Pencil Project, and do some drawing themselves!

Monday, March 4, 2013

UPcycle your crayons

Give old crayons a chance! First, gather, gather, gather!  Teachers, parents and children are very happy to give their old crayons away especially when they will be returned in a new form :) Peel the paper off of them, break into muffin pan length size...then get some old muffin pans from a thrift store, and some vegetable oil and you are ready to go. Heat the oven to 300 F.  Grease each muffin pan with vegetable oil fairly generously (this greatly helps get them out later!), place broken crayons in each muffin pan filling about 1/2 to two thirds full. Fatter crayons should be placed on the bottom because they get a little more heat more quickly.  Place in oven, and watch closely every 2 - 3 minutes. Have potholders soon as they are 90% melted, pull them and place on countertop for 20 minutes.... I like to then stick them in the refridgerator for about an hour.  It takes longer for them to cool than you think so DO not try to get them out too soon. They need to be 100% cool before you can pop them out very easily by slipping in a butter knife into one side. Want to make the coolest crayons ever?  Well, once you have a muffin pan of crayons about 80% ish melted (almost no chunks or small chunks) - you can use a frozen pre-made mold out of ComposiMold (I used an ox seen here)- spoon out the melted crayon into the mold, tapping the mold lightly to get the wax to move into all of the spaces... Refridgerate and let cool and you can easily pop put a crayon that wows everyone. The results are pretty extraordinary with this stuff.  I like to package up my new (old) crayons in sets of 6 in a crystal clear bag or tin with ribbon for presents too. Perfect for little hands....  BTW do NOT reuse these muffin pans for anything else. They are for this sole purpose only. 

Monday, February 25, 2013

New Children's Class Starting on Tuesdays at 4 PM!

By popular demand, we will now be offering a Tuesday afternoon class at 4 PM!  Meet Aleana Chaplin, our new instructor who will be bringing new and wonderful energy to our learning environment!  Hélène met Aleana initially while teaching at University of Maine at Augusta, and later when Aleana participated in an exhibit she organized at Bowdoin College featuring Artists who had also served in the military. Tuesday afternoon classes will start on Tuesday, March 5th. 
A little more about Aleana.... -->
Soon after graduating high school, Aleana joined the Army and spent her 4 year enlistment in California where she started her family.  In 1999 her daughter Zoe was born and they came back to Maine where she felt was a great place to raise her daughter.  Aleana stayed at home with her Zoe until 2003 when she started college at UMA and worked to earn her BA in Art in 2009.  While in college Aleana started instructing Yoga and continues to, along with working as an artist and as the Membership Coordinator for the Harlow Gallery.  Her most recent project was a partnership with a local CSA (community supported agriculture) as a CSA (community supported artist) initiated by the Harlow Gallery.  Her work has shown at The Belgrade Lakes Resource Center, Harlow Gallery, Sheepscot Gallery, Common Ground Fair, Cross Tracks Gallery and The Maine Farmland Trust Gallery. 
                  I look forward to teaching art, as a parent I have learned more through teaching my daughter than anything else I have ever done and continue to each and every day.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Book Illustration, Fashion Design, Painting...we are all creating while playing, playing while learning, working while playing...