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Bangor Adult & Community Education

Personal Enrichment

Acrylic Painting for the Beginner and Beyond


with Carolyn Wallace-Zani

Calendar Sep 11, 2017 at 6 pm

Paint your masterpiece using the versatile medium of acrylics! This class is designed for the beginner, who has been working in acrylics for less than five years, with an emphasis on learning the basics through practice. The former student will have the opportunity to develop more confidence by perfecting their current skill level, while the more experienced student will explore their personal style. Step-by- step instruction includes: toning the canvas, blocking-in, painting techniques, choosing materials, mediums, and additives and how to design a successful composition. Demonstrations, group critiques, and independent exercises will further enhance your learning experience. No prior painting experience is necessary. Students will progress at their own pace with individualized guidance. Carolyn Wallace-Zani owns her own studio. She frequently conducts drawing classes for children and adults. Her teaching style and drawing techniques focus on using basic shapes as the building blocks for constructing familiar three-dimensional objects.

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Calendar Sep 1, 2017

Beekeeping, Intermediate


with Peter Cowin

Calendar Oct 25, 2017 at 6:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks
This three week intermediate level beekeeping course is designed to improve the skills of beekeepers that have had bees for at least one season. The course will emphasize practical honey bee colony management skills for beekeepers with some beekeeping experience.

Beginning Guitar II


with Tom Hudgins

Calendar Oct 25, 2017 at 6:30 pm

A continuation of Beginning Guitar I utilizing techniques from the textbook and additional instructor material. Topics covered will include learning the basics of reading tablature, 12 bar blues and exercises from the second half of the textbook. Prerequisite: Completion of Beginning Guitar I or instructor permission. Tom Hudgins, is an artist/musician and adult educator who works with both art and guitar in his creative work. He has a Bachelors in Studio Art from the University of Maine and a Masters in Adult Education from the University of Southern Maine.

Country Line Dance


with Sue McKay

Calendar Nov 6, 2017 at 7:15 pm
No partner required - This fun line dance class will offer a variety of line dance steps and routines--done to all your favorite country songs and disco songs--that can go from classroom to dance floor in a flash! Clear instruction, step and combination breakdowns, and plenty of time to practice makes this class perfect for dancers who are brand new to line dancing as well as for those just hoping to learn a few more routines. This class is recommended for beginner through intermediate level dancers.

French for Beginners, Part I


with Dennis Michaud

Calendar Sep 11, 2017 at 6 pm, runs for 7 weeks

French for Beginners, Part I is comprised of the first seven classes of the Fall Semester of the first year of a three-year progressive French program with its levels named Essential, Intermediate and Advanced. During this first year of Essential French, students begin to use basic French sounds, words and sentences through a progressive, simple and pleasant approach as they learn to listen, read, write and speak in French from the very first day of class. Topics covered in Part I will include essential French expressions, people, the family and numbers. Dennis Michaud has an M.A.T. in French and is a Maine certified teacher. He has taught at the University level in addition to teaching adult education classes.

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Retirement by Design


with John Byrne

Calendar Oct 25, 2017 at 6 pm

Please note the date of this course has been changed to October 25th.

We’ll discuss how you can translate your vision for retirement into tangible goals. Whether you are 10 or 40 years from retirement, you’ll learn investment strategies you can use now to help you retire when and how you want to. Course fee may be paid the night of the course.

Richard Shaw's Favorite Bangor Pictures


with Richard Shaw

Calendar Oct 25, 2017 at 7 pm
For 50 years, historian Richard Shaw has been collecting and photographing people, places and things in the Bangor area. Some ended up in the eight books he has compiled for Arcadia Publishing. Others have been packed away, waiting for this chance to share them with an audience. Photographs show the Great 1911 Bangor Fire, the 1937 Brady Gang shooting, and 1960s Urban Renewal demolition. Lesser known images picture weddings, river scenes, and life inside the Bangor Daily News, where Shaw worked as an editor and writer for three decades. Early techniques will be explored, when photographers lugging heavy equipment risked life and limb to capture natural disasters on wet plates. Daguerreotypes and three-dimensional stereoscopic images will be shown, along with vintage postcards. The digital revolution will also be probed. A related video will be screened in the seminar’s second hour. Richard Shaw is a Bangor native who writes the monthly Bangor Metro magazine photo feature, “Then & Now.” He is always photographing people and places arond Maine, and every weekend explores antique shops and thrift stores looking for rare tintypes and postcard views. Two of his more unusual finds include a photograph of his mother at an Eastport shop and one of his father in Portland.

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