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Altered Books

Join Naomi and create your very own altered book!

Altered books are the perfect way to dive into creativity and develop your ability to express yourself personally. We will incorporate painting, text, and found objects and integrate them to create amazing pieces that are meaningful and personal. If there are objects, photos, or specific things you would like to incorporate, bring it along! Old paintings are great to bring along as well.

All materials provided.

This class is a drop-in class: free to members and $20 for non-members.

 


 

About Your Instructor – Naomi Howe

Naomi Howe - The Art LoftNaomi Howe, a resident of Spruce Head, has been an artist all her life, beginning with pen and ink in her young years, and moving on to watercolor and various mediums in painting. As a clinical psychologist, therapist and educator, she has worked with adjudicated and behaviorally challenged youth, and those with addiction and mental health issues for over 40 years, and saw how important art and music were to her clients and students. In the 1990s she discovered the paper arts and has shown her altered books in the Camden area, as well as teaching drawing classes for the adult ed in Camden and MCST Region 8 for several years while working as day treatment and special education teacher at Camden Hills Regional High School. She loves to create cards and books, teach and explore multi-media, but her passion is to open doors for those who are ready to explore drawing and art as an essential, revealing part of life. She is a violinist and singer and incorporates music into her classes where appropriate.

Mixed Media – Drawing and Collage

In this class, we will be learning the basics of drawing and collage to develop creative and colorful pieces of art. Additionally, we will incorporate printmaking and painting to integrate our work and create amazing pieces that are meaningful and personal. If there are objects, photos, or specific things you would like to incorporate, bring it along! Old paintings you want to paint over incorporate, also great.

All materials will be provided.

This class is a drop-in class: free to members and $20 for non-members.

 


 

About Your Instructor – Naomi Howe

Naomi Howe - The Art LoftNaomi Howe, a resident of Spruce Head, has been an artist all her life, beginning with pen and ink in her young years, and moving on to watercolor and various mediums in painting. As a clinical psychologist, therapist and educator, she has worked with adjudicated and behaviorally challenged youth, and those with addiction and mental health issues for over 40 years, and saw how important art and music were to her clients and students. In the 1990s she discovered the paper arts and has shown her altered books in the Camden area, as well as teaching drawing classes for the adult ed in Camden and MCST Region 8 for several years while working as day treatment and special education teacher at Camden Hills Regional High School. She loves to create cards and books, teach and explore multi-media, but her passion is to open doors for those who are ready to explore drawing and art as an essential, revealing part of life. She is a violinist and singer and incorporates music into her classes where appropriate.

Creative Color Wheel

How do colors react with each other? Which colors compliment each other, which ones create harmony. Are black and white considered colors? In this workshop you will design your creative color wheel, that will be a useful tool for future paintings.

You will create several small compositions using acrylics. Beginning or intermediate students will enjoy translating their newfound color knowledge into works of art!

 


About Your Instructor – Anne Hebebrand

Anne Hebebrand - Art Classes Rockland Maine - The Art LoftAnne relocated to Bath three years ago after teaching art at the high school and college level in Connecticut. She spends the winter months in the small town of Todos Santos in Baja California, Mexico, teaching and painting in her studio.

Color is a constant in her work. She loves exploring new color combinations and juxtapositions. Matisse, Rothko, Milton Avery are some of the artists whose use of color she admires. In her paintings, she is interested in reconstructing space through shapes, colors, patterns, and gestures. Joy and play guide her in the daily practice of being in the studio and to approach painting experimentally. Anne focuses on keeping the painting fresh by letting things flow and not intervening in the process. She says: “There is a very fine line between staying intuitive and not becoming too analytical or not falling back to the way one usually does things.”

Teaching has been an integral part of Anne’s art making, helping her verbalize formal as well as philosophical ideas. Much like in her own artwork she fosters an inquisitive attitude of why we do what we do! In 2012 she was named Outstanding Secondary Arts Educator of the year by the Connecticut Art Education Association. Anne is a graduate from the Boston Museum School, where she was a recipient of the Dana Pond Painting Award.

Anne’s recent paintings are on display at the Galeria Todos Santos in Todos Santos and at Pez Gordo, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Frank Brockman Gallery in Brunswick from June 8 through 28. In January 2020 she will be exhibiting at the Portland Jewish Museum.

Connect with Anne:
email: annehebebrand@gmail.com
Facebook.com/annehebebrandartist
Instagram:@annehebebrand
http://www.annehebebrand.com

Anne Hebebrand - Art Classes Rockland Maine - The Art Loft

 

Journal Making Workshop – Drawing from Nature

Come and create with us outdoors!

Explore your creative side with a journal-making workshop design to highlight the beauty of nature.

We will learn to make a simple art journal using a variety of papers and a simple stitch pattern with waxed thread and needle. Then we will draw from nature with pen and ink using found nature items to embellish the journal. Students will have direction and practice for how to draw plants, flowers, bark, etc. and will incorporate poetry, observations, and nature facts as they desire. The result will be a great little notebook to take on a vacation trip or to celebrate the land and nature! Books on the flora and fauna of our area will be available for us as a resource.

All material included.


 

About Your Instructor – Naomi Howe

Naomi Howe - the Art LoftNaomi Howe, a resident of Spruce Head, has been an artist all her life, beginning with pen and ink in her young years, and moving on to watercolor and various mediums in painting. As a clinical psychologist, therapist and educator, she has worked with adjudicated and behaviorally challenged youth, and those with addiction and mental health issues for over 40 years, and saw how important art and music were to her clients and students. In the 1990s she discovered the paper arts and has shown her altered books in the Camden area, as well as teaching drawing classes for the adult ed in Camden and MCST Region 8 for several years while working as day treatment and special education teacher at Camden Hills Regional High School. She loves to create cards and books, teach and explore multi-media, but her passion is to open doors for those who are ready to explore drawing and art as an essential, revealing part of life. She is a violinist and singer and incorporates music into her classes where appropriate.

Painting BIG!

Painting big & painting barefoot.

Let’s explore and expand our creative energy with full body movement and wonder.  Have you ever wanted to get downright dirty while you paint, I have! I’ve started a new method for myself to create with abandon.  Fun will be had by all!

Wear something you won’t mind getting paint on because we’re going to get messy!!

This class is a drop-in class: free to members and $20 for non-members.


About the Artist – Kim Nicoll

Kim Nicoll - The Art LoftPablo Picasso said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
How true that is. As adults, many of us are inhibited by the way we were raised or our education. Creativity is a need we have that tends to get pushed aside by the “have to’s” in life. Generally, creative expression is considered childish or perhaps a luxury. This was certainly true in my case.

But I discovered that art is in my blood and it is a thrill for me to create! I also discovered that creative expression can be extremely helpful for reducing anxiety. Art is a deeply nourishing and therapeutic process. My six-year-old boy has helped me let my silly side free. It has been an absolute joy to discover the world anew through his eyes. I wish to reveal as much of this as possible in my art.

It’s my goal to nurture in people the inner child or inner artist. It’s in each of us! And the Art Loft is a lovely place to take a class. It is my delight to share the love of life, learning, and creativity with people everywhere, and to help their creativity flourish.

See more of Kim’s work on:

Instagram @kimberlyannenicoll

kimberlyannenicoll.com

 

Block Printing

In this workshop, Naomi will bring her extensive collection of materials for you to learn block printing techniques to make unique prints. Use your newfound techniques to create art for your wall, make cards, or even print on fabric. Such a versatile skill to have.


 

About Your Instructor – Naomi Howe

Naomi Howe - The Art LoftNaomi Howe, a resident of Spruce Head, has been an artist all her life, beginning with pen and ink in her young years, and moving on to watercolor and various mediums in painting. As a clinical psychologist, therapist and educator, she has worked with adjudicated and behaviorally challenged youth, and those with addiction and mental health issues for over 40 years, and saw how important art and music were to her clients and students. In the 1990s she discovered the paper arts and has shown her altered books in the Camden area, as well as teaching drawing classes for the adult ed in Camden and MCST Region 8 for several years while working as day treatment and special education teacher at Camden Hills Regional High School. She loves to create cards and books, teach and explore multi-media, but her passion is to open doors for those who are ready to explore drawing and art as an essential, revealing part of life. She is a violinist and singer and incorporates music into her classes where appropriate.