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Monthly Workshop Series Summer/Fall 2017

Celebrate lifelong learning with courses led by Islandport Press authors, illustrators, photographers, and industry professionals. Register for a workshop to discover a new craft or unlock a deeper appreciation for a favorite hobby. For more information call 207-846-3344 or email 

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Green Your Kitchen with Great Recipes with Christine Burns Rudalevige

In partnership with AARP

Where: University of Maine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth.

When: Friday, October 13, 2017; 11 a.m.  to 1 p.m.

Price: $65 General public tickets go on sale July 1, $55 AARP Member tickets go on sale June 1 (price includes a copy of Green Plate Special.)

Class will run with 20 to 30 participants.

Whisk sustainable eating practices into familiar, tasty recipes even though you are short on time, money, and energy. As Chef Christine demonstrates how to prepare a delicious menu of recipes from her cookbook Green Plate Special, she’ll also give you insider tips on how to tweak your own recipes to make them leaner, meaner, and cleaner. The workshop ends with a tasting!

Christine Burns Rudalevige ran a farmers market in Pennsylvania, founded the Family Fish Project website, and worked as a lead culinary instructor at Stonewall Kitchen. The dedicated recipe tester and food writer has credits in regional and national media outlets, from NPR to Cooking Light. She is the author of Green Plate Special  (Islandport Press, $24.95).

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Storytelling with Photography with instructor Kevin Bennett

Where: Tea Room at Pineland Farms, New Gloucester

When:  Saturday, July 15, 2017; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Supplies: Please bring your own camera, your laptop with photo editing application, and have a USB stick to share your photos digitally.

Price: $200, includes brunch. Optional boxed meal available for purchase ($12)

Class will run with 10-15 students.

Photojournalism is the art of telling a story with images. If you have a working knowledge of your digital SLR camera and a photo editing application, but want to learn more about narrative, lighting, and composition, this workshop is for you. The class begins with brunch and lecture where you will meet the instructor, Kevin Bennett, and other participants, and learn the finer points of visual storytelling and photographic editing by analyzing images from the instructor’s portfolio. Throughout the day you'll shoot your own images. In the afternoon, you’ll edit and prepare images for a critique that reinforces the techniques presented.  

Kevin Bennett has traveled the state and country creating storytelling images of the people and events that have shaped our region as we know it. Based in Bangor, Maine, he has been a photojournalist for more than 20 years and a guest speaker at universities and colleges in the area.

Drawing Animals and Nature with instructor Jeannie Brett 

Where: Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth

When: Saturday, August 19, 2017; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Optional meet-the-artist session.

Supplies: Please bring two different-sized sketchpads with high quality paper, graphite and colored pencils. Water colors, gouache, and pastels also welcome but not necessary. Bring a snack and thermos of coffee/tea/refreshment for a break and discussion of work.

Price: $100. 

Class will run with 10-15 students.

Nests, feathers, fur—bring your sketchbooks and draw the natural world around you. With an emphasis on observation and process, participants will practice drawing from reference. Artists will use photographs and observational techniques to break down complex flora and fauna into simple structures that anyone can draw. Instructor Jeannie Brett encourages participants to create without judgement.

Jeannie Brett, the illustrator of My Cat, Coon Cat (Islandport Press, $12.95) and fourteen other books, and the author/illustrator of Wild About Bears and Little Maine, attended the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Brett has lived in Maine for more than four decades and now spends several months in the wilds of Montana. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and pets and keeping an eye out for wildlife.

Travel & Food Writing: Turn Your Travels into Tales of Wonder with instructor Erik Ofgang

In partnership with AARP

Where: AARP conference room, 53 Baxter Blvd #202, Portland

When: Friday, September 15, 2017; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Supplies: Bring your favorite writing tools and/or a laptop if you use one regularly.

Price: $60 General public tickets go on sale July 1, $50 AARP Member tickets go on sale June 1

Class will run with 20 to 30 participants.

Travel and food writing assignments are some of the most glamorous and popular in journalism, but they can be surprisingly difficult. Whether you imagine your stories on the glossy pages of a travel magazine, or published on your blog, or social media sites, this workshop will provide tips on crafting engaging, informative travel, and food prose. Workshop participants will use the tips to write a short article based on a recent travel or dining experience.

Erik Ofgang, author of Buzzed: Where to Enjoy the Best Craft Beverages in New England, is an award-winning freelance writer whose work has appeared in Connecticut Magazine and the Hartford Courant. He is the founding editor of Poor Yorick: A Journal of Rediscovered Objects, a literary journal published by Western Connecticut State University’s MFA in Creative and Professional Writing program.

If a class is cancelled for low attendance, refunds will be issued.

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