Art@57 MAINe art classes will bring out your inner artist!
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It’s almost spring in Maine.
That means everyone here has had enough of winter and needs to air things out, literally and figuratively. Each “spring” day in Maine is a surprise. You could happily be enjoying 45 degrees and major melting or managing 20 degrees and another 6″ of snow. It’s a tough season to get through.
How do you embrace the idea that spring is technically right around the corner and it’s time to refresh and grow? What do you do with kids who are overwhelmed with cabin fever? Art classes. Seriously.
You take a ride to downtown Bethel, enjoy the scenic route, and visit Art@57 MAINe for something new and interesting that will wow your whole family.
This small community art center and gallery is dedicated to introducing a variety of art forms to people (both adults and kids) and in a variety of ways. Not only do they showcase local artisan’s beautiful handcrafted art work for sale, they also have a working jewelry and art studio for teaching art classes. It’s all about sharing a deep love and appreciation for art with everyone.
Their maker space is amazing. Filled with all the tools you need to create authentic and original pieces of art, the space is open and comfortable and lends to a relaxed atmosphere. Our teachers, Donna and Kyra, were brimming with excitement to share their love for art and to see what we would create with their guidance. We even got a special welcome from Gunther (below, left) and Rosie (below, right) , the unofficial Art@57 MAINe furry ambassadors.
We decided to make our own pendants during our visit. Two of my girls opted to learn enameling and one chose metal work jewelry.
From the very beginning, we were completely involved in the process. After choosing what shape pendants we would use, we started working our metal pieces. Not only did we hear and see how to make our own jewelry pieces, it was completely hands-on. We were encouraged and guided through each step and safety was always a priority.
What’s enameling jewelry?
Enamels are fine particles of glass applied to metal to add color. Sifting this glass powder onto metal in whatever design you choose allows you to apply different colors. Once the enamels are heated, the composition of the enamel reacts and you have created a colorful design on your metal piece.
My youngest daughter chose an elephant design. Kyra used her artistic talents to cut out a miniature stencil and helped with all of the intricate work required, while letting my 7 year old actively create her pendant. It came out absolutely beautiful and you can tell someone was super proud.
My oldest daughter chose a simple paw print design and being 13, she was able to do a few more of the steps involved in the enameling process. She got to put the pieces in the oven (with supervision)! She really enjoyed herself and has a new-found well of artistic confidence after our afternoon at Art@57 MAINe!
My 10 year old middle monkey opted metal jewelry making. She got to use a power tools, hand tools, and even helped create a chemical reaction to give her piece it’s custom look.
As you can see, she was completely enthralled with the entire process and can’t wait to go back.
Our visit was one of those family outings that really made a lasting impression on us. After spending just a few hours lost in creating something with the knowledgeable guidance of our teachers, we left Art@57 MAINe having learned something new to us and with proof of our newly realized talents in hand (well, hanging around our necks).
“I always love how each student makes something that is personalized even if they are doing the same processes. It is so rewarding to see them smiling as they leave! I am an old world trained jeweler and the importance of the maker space for me is to bring those basic hand skills to the broader public and build an awareness and love for working that way. It requires your full attention and focus to do things properly.” ~ Donna D’Aquino, artist and proprietor of Art@57 MAINe
Art@57 MAINe is a true outlet for creativity, imagination, and learning. There is always something new and interesting happening and the excitement of sharing knowledge and talent is contagious.
What’s your artistic medium? Not sure what other types of art classes and creative workshops are offered at Art@57 MAINe?
Here’s just a few:
Comic book drawing for kids
Be sure to “like” Art@57 MAINe on Facebook to be in the know for all their upcoming events, plan your next birthday party, girl’s night out, or even take your wedding party so they can make their own jewelry to wear on the big day!
Get out and about this spring and learn something new at Art@57 MAINe!