Taugtht by Susan E. Hanna, 4 weeks
Tuesday 6 pm to 8 pm
March 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018
Tuition $300 *Limited to 6 students*

Explore using a limited palette of 7 colors to create a landscape painting. This course is for the artist with experience creating oil paintings on canvas. (Contact us for Beginner Level options.) Enjoy expert instruction from a personable, professional “Paint Coach.” Each 2-hour session will challenge you to improve your composition skills, learn new techniques, cultivate proper care of materials, and use a palette including only Titanium White, Yellow Ochre, Lemon Yellow, Permanent Alizaron Crimson, Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Blue, and Ultramarine Blue. The intimate class size allows your “Paint Coach” to give each student individual attention. You will complete one or more paintings during the course. The Art Center will supply all necessary materials including paint, brushes, medium, palette knife, easel, wash jar with OMS, and one or more 11 x 14 canvas panels. You will be asked to stand at the easel while painting. So please come comfortably attired with your own apron or “paint-ready” clothing. Registrants will receive additional information about inspiration images prior to the first class.

Susan E. Hanna is a full-time professional artist. She is one of the resident artists in The Art Center Dover and also maintains a studio in Suite 3210. Ms. Hanna prefers to work in oils with a focus on landscapes and coastal scenes. She creates about half of her work en plein air. Ms. Hanna feels that being self-taught provides her with a skill set perfect for teaching about her passion. She often refers to her teaching style as “paint coaching” since she believes that anyone can create a lovely painting with the proper skill set and knowledge. Ms. Hanna is an enthusiastic teacher who loves to see her students succeed during the creative process. Her paintings hang in businesses and residences from Maine to Florida and beyond. When she isn’t painting or teaching, Ms. Hanna participates in fine art shows and exhibits throughout New England. She is currently represented by Beth Ellis Cove Gallery, Ogunquit, Maine; Ingram Fine Art, Wiscasset, Maine; Small Wonder Gallery, Camden, Maine; The Art Center, Dover, New Hampshire; and Trumpet Fine Arts, Peterborough, New Hampshire. Affiliations include juried membership in the Art Guild of the Kennebunks and the Hollis Arts Society.


It was in the spring ...
Deirdre Herbert, 6 weeks plus final performance
Saturdays 2 pm to 4 pm March 17 -April 21, performance April 27
Tuition $80 Limited to 10 students

Do you have a story to tell? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to tell that story to a live audience? Then consider joining us at The Art Center for a story-teller’s workshop.

The theme for this workshop is “It was in the spring...”.

In this workshop, we’ll be looking at the essence of story telling – how to identify a story that needs to be told – how to pick the proper starting point – how to find a track that leads from the beginning, to the proper end – and how to engage an audience so that they want to make that journey with us. We'll help you get your story written, and help you feel comfortable on the stage. At the end, we'll perform for a small audience.

There are lots of ways to tell a story – some use the spoken word – in either prose or poetry, others do it through song. In this workshop, we aren’t going to limit the medium, but we are going to encourage each participant to use their talents to the best of their abilities.

The workshop will consist of 6 sessions in which participants will offer constructive criticism during each stage of the process, from story-writing to performance. This will take place during the first four workshops. The goal isn’t to beat each other up, but to better understand how to engage our audiences. During the final two workshops we will video-tape performances, and see how we look on stage.

Following the workshop, there will be an on-stage performance, with the public invited. This performance will also be taped and made available via our website.

There will be room for about 8 – 10 participants, and each applicant is requested to send a sample of work that addresses the theme of this program. Those applying are requested to send a brief description of the story idea, and a sample of their work. Musicians should send the idea for their work, along with a recording (.mp3 is fine) of prior work. All work should be original compositions, by the applicant. We aren’t looking for perfection, but we want to have a group of people who will work well together.

The finished project will be a performance lasting 3 – 5 minutes for poetry or music, and 10 – 15 minutes for short stories.

The fee for the complete workshop series is $80.00, and Art Center members will receive discounted rates.