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January 2020

Bridge – Free Afterschool Art Club for 6th graders (FULL)

January 29, 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 2:30 PM on Wednesday, repeating until June 10, 2020

Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High Street
Belfast, 04915 United States
Free

Bridge is a free afterschool art club for creative 6th graders to connect to themselves, each other, and the community. Over weekly sessions club members become a tight knit group of supportive artists, learning to be themselves and find their unique voices in a judgement-free zone. After snack, Bridge students share news or projects they’ve been working on, learn to use new materials or techniques, collaborate on group projects, take on independent projects, meet local artists, show their work in a gallery show, and develop leadership skills while staffing public art events. Being a “good artist” is NOT criteria for being in Bridge! Any sixth grader who likes making stuff and being creative will love it. This session of Bridge is officially full! Please call 207-338-2222 or email us to inquire about waitlists and future sessions.

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Wonders of Clay Winter Session

January 29, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, repeating until March 11, 2020

Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High Street
Belfast, 04915 United States
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$150

Afterschool clay fun for kids aged six through fifteen! Learn all about clay, wheel-throwing techniques, hand building, and the process of glazing and firing. Make pots, figures, sculptures and bowls. Exceptional instructor Linda Stec provides guidance and support. New and returning students are welcome. Come and have fun!

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Ongoing – Art Hive Open Studio

January 30, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 PM on Thursday, repeating until May 28, 2020

Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High Street
Belfast, 04915 United States
Free

Art Hive open studio sessions are for everyone! A variety of materials will be available for you to create with, including: Paints, Pastels, Collage, Fiber arts, etc. Come experience the transformative power of art in a safe and encouraging environment where all are welcome.

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Bridge JR at CASS for K-2

January 31, 12:00 PM - 3:15 PM
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 PM on Friday, repeating until February 14, 2020

Captain Albert Stevens Elementary School (CASS), 31 Elementary Ave
Belfast, ME 04915 United States
$80
Kids making art together

Join Waterfall Arts at the Captain Albert Stevens Elementary School (CASS) on Friday afternoons for early release! Bridge JR is a creativity club with a different project every week, plus time for free-draw and independent work. Led by art educator Bridget Matros, who believes that all students benefit from strengthening problem solving, critical thinking, flexibility, envisioning, collaboration, and observational skills. Artmaking is a fun way to do all that! This will be a judgement-free zone - no worries about being "talented."  Kids can choose to show their work to others, but otherwise we practice not giving feedback unless an artist asks for it. Maximum 16 students. All participants must be enrolled at CASS. This six-week session is for kindergarten through second grade.

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February 2020

Life Drawing Long Pose – Ongoing

February 1, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 AM on Saturday, repeating until March 28, 2020

Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High Street
Belfast, 04915 United States
$60

The longest running group of its kind in the Midcoast area, the life drawing group at Waterfall Arts began over a decade ago. Anyone who has an interest in drawing from the figure can join this on-going, long running, non-instructional group. The models (all genders) are different each week and the group is supportive and respectful. All models are costumed/clothed. The poses tend to be long; one or two a session. Interested in short poses? Check out our Monday Night Life Drawing group.  Bring your own materials. We supply easels, drawing benches, and good music in the room.

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Art Together Mornings

February 1, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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An event every month that begins at 10:00 AM on day First of the month, repeating until April 4, 2020

Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High Street
Belfast, 04915 United States
$15

Art Together Mornings is a series of memorable mornings where adult and child create side-by-side! Each project is designed to fully engage all ages and stages; parents get their hands dirty enjoying the materials, while being guided with tips on supporting their young artists’ creativity. Each adult-child group takes home whatever they make as a keepsake of their special morning. Through Art Together Mornings families explore a variety of activities and feel the benefits of the unique experience of focused time spent creating together.

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Beginning Drawing (Six-Week Session)

February 1, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 PM on Saturday, repeating until February 29, 2020

Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High Street
Belfast, 04915 United States
$160

Have you ever wished you could draw but didn't know where to begin? Perhaps you even feel intimidated by the idea of taking a drawing class because you don't believe you have “talent” or don't already know how to draw. Drawing is a skill that can be taught and learned. It's never too late to learn! This class will introduce you to the concepts and visual perceptions that are the basic foundation of realistic/representational drawing in a relaxed and supportive environment. Through guided projects and exercises participants will explore issues of line, tonality, form, and how these issues inter-relate. Absolutely no experience necessary or expected. Material list will be provided.

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TAB Studio: Sequential Art Class for Kids

February 4, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Weekly on Tuesdays, no class on 2/18
Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High Street
Belfast, 04915 United States
$85

Teaching Artistic Behaviors is another name for choice-based art education. The format involves a mixture of small group and one-on-one skills instruction with student-initiated and paced exploration. TAB programming is sequential; media/techniques/concepts are introduced formally then become a part of the open offerings the next week. By the end of each 7-week session, students have a full "toolbox" for creating independently. Art learning that is student-led requires the flexibility, space, and resources our fully equipped studio offers and is ideal for Montessori, Reggio, and similar constructivist approaches embraced by the homeschool community.

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Young Artists’ Studio – Winter / Spring 2020 session

February 4, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, repeating until June 9, 2020

Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High Street
Belfast, 04915 United States
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$8

Keep the creativity flowing throughout the fall with this weekly drop-in open studio for ages 8-18! Kids can work on their own projects, get help with a certain skill, or experiment with the many materials in the Bridge Studio. Young Artists’ Studio is self-directed. Kids get an orientation and can do what they like with the art teacher standing by for one-on-one guidance or project recommendations.

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Come Explore Book Arts (4 sessions)

February 5, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, repeating until February 12, 2020

Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High Street
Belfast, 04915 United States
$190

Join Abbie Read for four relaxed, fun-filled, three-hour sessions making handmade books. We'll explore decorative paper making, Japanese stab binding, accordion folded books, dos a dos (back to back) books, and other simple techniques. We’ll also do a little experimenting with cover designs to customize the purpose of your book. Open Studio in the Kennedy Press Printmaking studio follows the class so you may choose to stay and keep each other company while you explore some printmaking techniques.

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Printmaking: Collagraph

February 12, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High Street
Belfast, 04915 United States
$45

Collagraph printmaking employs both relief and intaglio print making techniques. By combining these techniques different tonal effects and color intensity can be achieved. In this introductory session participants will experiment with a variety of materials and textures to create their own collagraph plates. Printing can be done with and without a press making the process easy to duplicate in a home studio space.

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Introduction to Copper Etching

February 15, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High Street
Belfast, 04915 United States
$75

Etching is a type of printing process that uses acid or mordant to cut into the unprotected parts of a metal surface to create a design in intaglio (incised) in the metal. In this workshop a copper plate will be etched using ferric chloride. Although etching is commonly considered a process of using acid to bite the metal, ferric chloride is actually a corrosive salt and much easier and safer to work with. Participants will explore all stages of the etching process from preparing the plate, applying grounds for etching, engraving and etching techniques, and finally inking and printing the etched plate. All levels welcomed.

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Paint Party! February Vacation Camp

February 17, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 AM, repeating until February 21, 2020

Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High Street
Belfast, 04915 United States
$225

Art camp for 8 - 12 year olds at Waterfall Arts with a focus on paint. We’ll be wearing our messy clothes all week for tons of exploration with every kind of paint we can get our hands on! Brushing, spattering, stamping, and swirling before lunch and recess, then to the print studio for some printmaking fun! A fun experience for Waldo County youth to develop their creativity in a safe, judgement-free environment.

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Color Theory II – Winter 2020

February 27, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 AM on Thursday, repeating until April 16, 2020

Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High Street
Belfast, 04915 United States
$280

What is started in Color Theory I continues and expands in this 8 week class. Artists study color structure (harmonic relationships), composition, and application of paint, expanding the palette, finding color balance within the work, and analyzing a work as it develops. In addition, the mechanics and methodology of the painting process - different types of brushes, preparing a substrate, making paint, using extenders, adjusting for canvas size, how to put the paint onto canvas selectively and deliberately are addressed. Instead of the week-to-week assignments of Color Theory I, in this course, artists work on developing a series of small paintings that brings color issues into discussion fluidly and quickly in the weekly critiques. Previous experience of Color Theory I recommended.

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Color Theory 1 – Winter 2020

February 28, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 AM on Friday, repeating until February 28, 2020

An event every week that begins at 11:00 AM on Friday, repeating until April 17, 2020

Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High Street
Belfast, 04915 United States
$280

This class moves sequentially through a series of exercises that demonstrate the behavior of color in certain conditions, as the painter learns to identify color relationships. In addition to the in-class lessons, assignments issued each week will be completed at home. Attention is paid to identifying what we see in terms of color, interpreting information and translating observation into a mix, learning color interaction, handling paint. In the beginning we focus on the essentials that establish a foundation for moving on to more advanced work. Later, as the course progresses there will be occasion to put these essentials into practice as we paint directly from observation. Weekly critique provides opportunity to clarify concepts and discuss whatever’s going on in the group. All are welcome - no previous experience needed. This course benefits anyone with an interest in color - pastel artists, watercolorists, designers, photographers, painters, sculptors, fiber artists, ceramicists.

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Opening Reception for YOUNG ARTISTS’ GALLERY TAKEOVER

February 28, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High Street
Belfast, 04915 United States
Free

Join us for the opening reception for the Young Artists' Gallery Takeover! Waterfall Arts is proud to celebrate Art Advocacy Month by showcasing the work of young creatives in Waldo County for a 5th year. These artists range in age from preschool to high school.  We put the artists in the driver’s seat and ask THEM to choose “their masterpiece.”

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Clay: Altered Thrown Forms (Two-Day Workshop)

February 29, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 8:00 AM, repeating until March 1, 2020

Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High Street
Belfast, 04915 United States
$190

Join us for a two-day workshop! On Saturday, Jody will demonstrate various altering techniques that she uses. Cutting and adding, adding with coils, faceting, rib shaping, sculpting, and more will be covered. Participants will then have time to throw pots which they will alter on Sunday. Work may be taken home as greenware or separate arrangements may be made to bisque or fire the work at a later date.

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March 2020

PRINTMAKING: MONOTYPE

March 4, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High Street
Belfast, 04915 United States
$45

Monoprinting is a form of printmaking that produces a unique print and a great process for understanding the basics of the printmaking process in general. Students will learn several approaches to applying ink and creating texture to a plate. Images are then transferred on to paper using a printing press. A variety of materials and tools are often used to embellish prints.

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Friday Try Day: Grown-Ups Play Date

March 13, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High Street
Belfast, 04915 United States
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$15

Ever drop off your kids at one of our programs and think, "Gee, this looks fun - I wish *I* could do this!" WELL NOW YOU CAN! Pull up a seat in the Bridge Studio and order off our menu of materials and projects to explore. Once you have your stuff, go for it! Indulge your inner child and try something else... and something else!

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Wonders of Clay – Spring 2020

March 25, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, repeating until May 20, 2020

Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High Street
Belfast, 04915 United States
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$150

Afterschool clay fun for kids aged six through fifteen! Learn all about clay, wheel-throwing techniques, hand building, and the process of glazing and firing. Make pots, figures, sculptures and bowls. Exceptional instructor Linda Stec provides guidance and support. New and returning students are welcome. Come and have fun!

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April 2020

Printmaking for Creative Collage

April 4, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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One event on April 5, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High Street
Belfast, 04915 United States
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$190

This unusual course, led by Abbie Read and Karin Otto, is a two-day workshop suitable for complete beginners as well as those with some experience. Participants will learn about both printmaking and collage separately, and then experiment using them together. The themes of landscape, architecture, and/or natural forms will be our starting points. Printmaking is a very exciting medium, not always predictable, but usually highly rewarding. You’ll learn a range of different techniques, including collagraphic, simple intaglio, and monoprinting. The workshop will guide you through each process and you’ll be given time to explore each one. Both water-based and oil-based printing inks will be used. The collage portion of the course is designed to help you explore how to imply depth and form by using the variety of work created on the first day of the workshop. The collage day will focus on learning the art of simplification, the importance of shape and line, and how to use a scalpel blade, scissors, or tearing to ‘draw’.

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Monday Life Drawing Short Pose Group – Ongoing

April 6, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 PM on Monday, repeating until December 21, 2020

Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High Street
Belfast, 04915 United States
$60

The longest running group of its kind in the midcoast Maine, the life drawing group at Waterfall Arts began over a decade ago. Anyone who has an interest in drawing from the figure can join this on-going, long running, non-instructional group. The models (all genders) are different each week and the group is supportive and respectful. The Monday night Life Drawing group is for short poses. Models will take quick gestural poses of 3, 5, and 10 minutes followed by one 20 minute pose to culminate the evening. If you are interested in long poses, check out our Saturday Life Drawing group. Bring your own materials. We supply easels, drawing benches, and good music in the room.

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Indigo Shibori – April 18, 2020

April 18, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High Street
Belfast, 04915 United States
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$100

Learn to dye with indigo! Dyeing with indigo has a long history, dating back to at least 2500 BC. There are many methods and techniques to using indigo, from fermenting your own plant stuff, reducing with urine and lots of other unpleasant steps. We will not be experimenting with those methods in this class! Learn how to make a concentrated stock, and use it to add beautiful layers of blues to your fibers! We will cover proper procedure for working with indigo, making a vat, how to “read” a vat and adjust it for proper dyeing conditions.

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Magic Garden! April Vacation Art Camp

April 20, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 AM, repeating until April 24, 2020

Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High Street
Belfast, 04915 United States
$225

Art camp for 6 to 10-year-olds at Waterfall Arts. You won’t believe what can grow from the seeds of our imaginations in just five days: larger than life paper flowers and trees, a mossy fairy village, and mischievous gnomes are just the beginning! A fun experience for Waldo County youth to develop their creativity in a safe, judgement-free environment.

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Friday Try Day: Wine & Wheel – April 2020

April 24, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High Street
Belfast, 04915 United States
$18

This event features art making (ceramics in this case), good drink, and good company. Working with clay is relaxing and fun and if you add in a whole room of people working in clay, having fun, and enjoying a little wine, it’s even better. Unleash your creativity and have a good time doing it. We’ll supply everything you need – clay, equipment, and instruction and for a small donation, the wine! Join us for a fun laid-back evening of wheel throwing basics and expect to make some nice pieces.

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Pinhole Camera Photography

April 25, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High Street
Belfast, 04915 United States
$60

Who says mud season in Maine is boring? On the contrary, the view through an aperture of a pinhole camera can give a whole new perspective to the chilly wet month of April. Each participant in this workshop will create a light proof box with a small hole through which light passes and then projects an inverted image on the opposite side of the box onto photo paper. Participants will develop their images in the Waterfall Arts darkroom and become acquainted with the basics of black and white photo processing. No matter your level of experience, come bundle up and take your cameras and creative spirit into the great unknown; the Waterfall Arts property. Promise of hot cocoa to finish off the adventure!

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May 2020

Natural Born Artists – May 2020 session

May 6, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, repeating until May 27, 2020

Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High Street
Belfast, 04915 United States
$50

Parents/caregivers and young children work side by side to explore materials in this relaxing weekly class. Adults learn how language and behaviors can nurture (or inhibit) creative development, and get insight into how artmaking for littles is really learning, made visible! There will be lots of opportunities to get messy—bring extra clothes!

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Printmaking: Drypoint

May 13, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High Street
Belfast, 04915 United States
$45

Drypoint is a type of intaglio printmaking where a needle is used to incised lines into a plate. Different effects can be achieved through the depth and frequency of line as well as the amount of ink used. For this introductory session participants will use plexiglass plates to learn basic etching techniques.

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Designing and Drawing the Abstract Still Life (3-Day Intensive)

May 15, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 AM, repeating until May 17, 2020

Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High Street
Belfast, 04915 United States
$180

This 3-day intensive will help your drawings walk the line between representation and abstraction through the use of design elements such as line, shape, pattern, texture, mark making, and composition. The class will explore materials on a variety of substrates, inviting exploration of the ‘whole’ page that allows for a ‘new’ vision of drawing. There will be demonstrations, critiques, and slideshows to look at the work of other artists. Assignments with handouts will address specific approaches to problem-solving. Think BRAVE! Try something new, take risks, play, and have fun! No previous drawing experience needed. All are welcome. Many of the materials will be provided.

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