Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Creating Needle Felted Ornaments

Just before the Holidays kicked into full gear, new Artascope teacher, Ashley Wernher-Collins shared her love and skills in needle felting! Students spent the evening creating their own Felted Ornaments!

Chosing from delicious colors of wool rovings and fun fibers to accents, this new class rocked in the season! Ashley taught students about the different types of wool roving and touched base on the different techniques to felt with wool. Needle Felting tools in hard, with their colorful selection of wool chosen, everyone had a blast!

Check out some of the fabulous ornaments that the students made! They were super creative and colorful. The snowman was great inspiration for some snow creations in the days that followed!

Interested in learning more about needle felting? Deadra will be teaching Felted Critters Saturday January 3rd from 2 to 6pm, spaces are filling up fast!

Happy New Years!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Fun Handmade Gifts While Supporting the Community

Artascope’s 3rd Annual Holiday Show and Sale kicked off December 12th with many new and inspiring additions!

Wrapping to Feed the Community!
Three of our neighborhood girls were invited to share their card-making and wrapping skills! All of the money collected went directly to the South Portland Food Pantry. They made adorable cards and envelopes made from old books and magazines. And anyone who needed their gifts wrapped, could be gift wrapped in style! Everyone was thrilled to have their treasures wrapped. Thanks gals!

Also new this year was the Silent Auction to benefit the Community Crisis Ministries Fund of South Portland and Cape Elizabeth. With over 40 items donated by local Artists, when the Auction wrapped up Sunday Dec 21st, over $1,300 was raised to help those in need! Great job everyone! Thank you for your goods and your bids!

We hope you are still enjoying your Holiday Season! During this vacation week, we are open! Our Holiday Sale will remain up through the end of the year and our new schedule is ready! Treat yourself to some creative R & R in ’09!

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Artist Spotlight-Suzanne Kiertianis and Judy Babin's Show in CT

Suzanne Kiertianis, Artascope Studios fantastic manager, and Judy Babin, one of our fabulously talented stewards and teacher, were featured artist at the Guilford Free Library in Guilford CT in November. Their jewelry exhibit was up all month and featured their work in a beautiful enclosed case! This was their 3rd annual showing at the library. Both Judy and Suzanne are Connecticut natives and have a strong following back in their home state. Their show was well received and they were both able to make it down to meet and greet the show goers.

Suzanne and Judy will both be showing their work at our upcoming Artascope Holiday Show and Sale this Friday, Dec 12th. Judy will be showcasing her gorgeous silver work and Suzanne will have a taste of her jewelry talents with some other great items, such as handmade cards and prints. So when are you coming by to see their work? You can check out Judy Babin's work at, but I would highly recommend seeing it up close, so plan on adding us to your holiday weekend plans. Suzanne is always there to show you around and give you a sampling of her latest endeavours!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Gift Certificates and our Well Stock Art Store

Gift Certificates
We know how hard it is to pick out the perfect gift for your crafty friends and family, so why not purchase a Gift Certificate from Artascope Studios that they can use towards Workshops, Supplies and Artisan Goods. Try one out for $25, $50 and $100. Gift certificates are also available in class amounts, such as an Artist Series, ArtEscape! and even Memberships! Treat someone you love to an inspiring night out filled with creativity.

Do you know someone who has been wanting to take one of our Art Night Out™ class? Give them the gift of Inspiration! Gift certificates can also be used in our supply store and even in the Gallery-filled with handmade goods by local Artists!

Artascope Art Store
Does someone on your list LOVE to make things? While we offer supplies to supplement our classes, we also have books, magazines, kits and other items to settle that creative outlet that is on your shopping list. Check out the fun art supplies that filled the store! From beads and findings, to paints and brushes, to mosaics and glass, and even collage and fiber arts materials. There is even some Gocco materials - while supplies last! You are sure to find something special to inspire the ones you love!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Tis the Season! Wire Wrapped Ornaments and other Holiday Classes

'Tis the Season! Can you hear the holiday tunes at every's Christmas time again. Suzanne got in the holiday mood with a Wire Wrapped Ornament class! What a fun idea to make your own ornaments for your tree.

Bette is showing off her two ornamental creations. She even played with beads and fabric to finish her work. She will be using these great decorations to adorn a few packages this Christmas. What a great way to make your gift giving a personal touch!

There is lots of time this month to come and try your hand at a new craft. Maybe something you could proudly place under the tree?

How about our FELTED ORNAMENT with Ashley next Monday night, December 8th from 6-9 PM? You will create these darling ornaments to adorn gifts, your tree or even decorate your home! Learn techniques of needle felting as you embellish with wool roving, beads, ribbons and small charms. You will make 2 ornaments and the cost is $65. Sounds like a fun time!

What about a MINI FOLDED BOOK to put some of your favorite memories from the past year to give to a loved one this holiday season? Pat will be teaching this great class next Thursday, the 11th from 6-9 PM. This mini-book is a simple and easy, no-bind book! Learn cutting and folding techniques to create this fabulous miniature! For only $35, it's a holiday bargain for sure!

Please check out all of our current listings at and remember you can always purchase a gift certificate for your crafty someone!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Artascope Studio Holiday Show Stars

Suzanne Drown is one of our batik specialist at Artascope Studios. Long time steward and teacher at Artascope, Suzanne also runs her full time business, Sunfire Batiks. Using the ancient process of batiking, Suzanne Drown creates colorful and unique images for framed artwork, scarves, pillows, prints, pins and cards. She is very well known for her beautiful work all over Maine and has quite a busy schedule of shows throughout the year. We are excited that she will be ending her busy crafting season with us. You can learn more about her work at .

Diane Brakeley, owner of Della Mano Designs, is a popular teacher at Artascope Studios. Diane has also had a lasting relationship with our studio as steward and teacher. She is primarily a fiber artist, using fabrics and fibers in different ways to enhance wearable art. Diane also have an aversion to throwing anything away (her Mom survived the Great Depression) so she has branched off into found object jewelry. She loves giving things a second chance, so you’ll find her recycling most anything. Always unique, stylish and fun, Diane's work is definitely work a second look. So come check her out this December.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Artascope Studio's 3rd Annual Holiday Show and Sale Excitement

The Holiday Buzz
As we watch the thermometer dip and the last of the leaves falling off bare branches, we can sense that winter is on its way. And with this arctic chill approaching, so is all the excitement of the holiday season! This year Thanksgiving seems to be coming a little late on November 27th. But no matter, there is so much to celebrate!

Here are Artascope Studios, we are gearing up for our Annual Holiday Show and Sale. With over 20 artists ready to share their works, this will be a sale to remember. In the next few weeks, I will be highlighting the artist participating in our yearly event to give you a taste of all the treasures you will find here at 352 Cottage Rd. So make sure to stop by this December and feast your eyes on our beautiful, artistic bounty! Something for everyone!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

ArtEscape Weekend- All Tied Up!

Recycled Necktie
Artascope was up to our necks in ties a few weekends ago. Diane Brakeley taught her Recycled Necktie ArtEscape Weekend to a very excited group of students. Each student learned how to weave a chair seat, make headbands and even skirts with a collection of some pretty cool silk neckties.

Everyone had a blast working on their chairs! A balance of simple sewing, good color palettes mixes and a few tricks up their sleeves...their chairs were phenomenal! Talk about a weekend to remember. Check out the great photos we took over the weekend.

Think you would like to try out one of our fabulous weekends? What are you doing November 21-23rd? Here's our offerings for you! Rug Hooking with Special Guest Teacher: Kim Dubay
Just like knitting, rug hooking is back! In this class you’ll learn the basics of how to hook rugs. Students will be encouraged to start with a smaller project; a pillow, wall hanging or purse, and will use this project to learn the process from start to finish. Students will also be taught edge binding techniques and how to properly care for your finished piece.
$175 class / plus materials kit
Pre-register$20 non-refundable deposit

Metalsmithing with Christina Taylor
Here’s your chance to learn metalsmithing in a fun, relaxed atmoshpere! Learn how to handle the equipment necessary to create fantastic silver jewelry. Master the torch, drill, rolling mills, hammers, mandrels, and other tools to create gorgeous rings, bangles and earrings. Great for beginners or returning students.

$175 class / plus materials kit
Pre-register$20 non-refundable deposit

Friday, November 7, 2008

Kid's Art Party-Tie Dye Fun!

Tie-Dye Kid's Art Party!
What a great way to celebrate your birthday with your favorite friends! Sue Drown Trout taught a wonderful Kid's Art Birthday Party at Artascope Studios a few weeks back. Each partygoer created their own design that they drew on their tees with wax after creating the final design on paper. Sue taught them how to dye the decorated shirts in fabric dye, twisting and dipping to create the "tie-dye" effect. Talk about a cool birthday party favor to take home and wear!

The group worked hard on their special shirts while having a ton of fun. There were cake to eat and presents to open at the end of this birthday event.
So when you are planning your children's next birthday event...why not consider our talented staff and great location for one unforgettable party. Check us out at

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Crochet Wire, Sewn Jewelry and Sea Glass Class Reviews

I am sure you have figured out by now that our Metalsmith Studio is a very busy place here at Artascope Studios. Jewelry of all kinds is constantly being introduced in our classes which makes us so unique with our offerings. Here is what we produced over just the past few weeks.

Crochet Wire Necklace
Suzanne Kiertianis taught a Crochet Wire Necklace Class as part of our Art Night Out Program. Her students learned the basics of crochet, applied it to wire and learned how to add beads as a way to make fun, unique necklaces! Suzanne used both 28gauge and 26g wire, depending on the students. Her students took the class to create some handmade Christmas present. I think the recipients of these fantastic necklaces will not be disappointed.

Sewn Metal Jewelry
Betina Clark was back in the studio last week teaching her Sewn Metal Jewelry Class. Like always, her students created some fantastic results. Our photos show one of her students putting on the final touches on her gorgeous pendant. Wonder if she's been wearing that one around town yet.

Drilled Sea Glass Pendant
Drill baby drill!(I just couldn't resist) Lynne Holland was very busy at her Art Night Out Sea Glass Pendant class, teaching the students how to drill into sea glass and create beautiful personal pendants. Here are a few examples of their fun and colorful pendants

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Late Fall Artist Series start soon!

It's time to start planning your holiday shopping....maybe it will include some handmade gifts? There is nothing like giving a gift from your heart-made by your hands for someone special in your life. So why not consider trying out one of our Artist Series Classes to start making a few gifts...maybe even a little something for yourself! All of the Artist Series run for 6 weeks and will take us through mid December. The cost is $175 per session and the choices are extremely broad and inviting. Please feel free to sign up after being enticed by this blog to sign up today at We look forward to sharing a few special hours with you soon!

Wireworking with Ann Liller
Nov 2 - Dec 7
Sundays 10am to 1pm
If you have a desire to add wire working to your beaded jewelry… this is the class for you! This intensive explores all types of creative ways that you can work with wire! What type of pliers? What gauge? Dead soft wire or hard? Learn important tips of wireworking … all while you create wondrous wire worked creations!

Decorative Painting with Libby Barrett
Nov 3 - Dec 8
Mondays 10am to 1pm

This class is guaranteed to ignite your artistic desires. Whether your taste is whimsical, modern, or classic you’ll enjoy creating vibrant art to customize your home. Learn the fundamentals of preparing surfaces for paint and creating a durable finish as you create art for your floors, table and walls! Great for beginners or seasoned painters!

Metalsmithing with Christina Taylor
Nov 3 - Dec 8
Mondays 10am to 1pm

Here’s your chance to learn metalsmithing in a fun, relaxed atmosphere! Learn how to handle the equipment necessary to create fantastic soldered jewelry. Master the torch, drill, rolling mills, hammers, mandrels, and other tools to create gorgeous rings, bangles and earrings. Great for beginners or returning students.

Stained Glass with Gayle Raposa
Nov 4 - Dec 9
Tuesdays 10am to 1pm

This class is a great way to get started in stained glass. You’ll learn the complete copper foil method from start to finish. Create ornaments, panels, and votives. Work from standard patterns or create your own design and then cut, foil, and solder gorgeous glass accents for your home.

Metalsmithing with Clint Fulkerson
Nov 4 - Dec 9
Tuesdays 6 to 9pm

Here’s your chance to learn metalsmithing in a fun, relaxed atmoshpere! Learn how to handle the equipment necessary to create fantastic soldered jewelry. Master the torch, drill, rolling mills, hammers, mandrels, and other tools to create gorgeous rings, bangles and earrings. Great for beginners or returning students.

Dye Painting with Sue Drown-Trout
Nov 5 - Dec 18
Thursdays 10am to 1pm

Add a beautiful painterly quality to your dyed creations! Using soy wax and paintable dyes, enjoy the art of painting on fabric to create beautiful designs. Turn a simple piece of cloth into a masterpiece! Perfect for someone curious about dye painting or for the seasoned artist to try out new methods.

Sewn Beading with Suzanne Kiertianis
Nov 6 - Dec 11
Fridays 10am to 1pm

Curious about what to do with those tiny beads? This class will explore the various techniques of sewn beading. You'll learn the basic techniques such as: peyote, herringbone, spirals and cabaret. Develop your own style with these fun stitches! Create unique bracelets, necklaces and even pendants that will catch everyone's attention.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Hammered Metals Happenings

Betina Clark is know for her fantastic jewelry offerings at Artascope Studios and last week's Hammered Metals class was no exception. Suzanne was shoot a few images from the class and was able to captured the teacher-student interplay that happens in one our dynamic Art Night Out Classes.

Betina covers the basics on designing with wire, wire wrapping and hammering their pieces to perfection. There's always a little chatter mixed in with the musical hammer sounds that fill the metalsmithing studio for a 3 hour class to remember.

Bette shows us her fun creation! She had taken the Mosaic Table class with Laurie Spugnradi earlier in the fall and loved her experience at Artascope Studios to much that she couldn't wait to come back! Glad she is branching out and trying new things. That's what it is all about around here.

Diane, one of Betina's students, has been visiting Maine until mid fall and decided to try out some of our offerings. Diane found us during our End of Summer Sale and has been having a blast with the studio! Our last image is of Maureen works hard on her hammered metal jewelery. She is an excellent local artist and one of our participants in the End of Summer Sale.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Chilly October Art Night Out Offerings

So many of us are fighting the urge to turn on the heat and starting beating that cold that enters our homes. Days are getting shorter, but the nights are calling you to come out and celebrate Autumn with a new and exciting art project. So what do you say?

Here's the list of exciting Art Night Out offerings for the rest of the month. This 3-4 hour class settings is a great way to find your inner artist, make some new friends and do something special for yourself. Click on this link to sign up!

Thursday Oct 23rd 6-9pm

BATIK TABLE RUNNER with Suzanne Drown-Trout
Design your own charming table runner while learning about the batik method of wax resist. Create your own pattern, wax it to your fabric and chose from our selection of dyes. You will be thrilled to show off your new piece of home decor! $70

SEWN METAL JEWELRY with Betina Clark
Try out different hammers, stamps, and master the rolling mill while learning about basic drilling techniques. Then, turn your textured metals and accent beads into a wonderful design that is sewn together! Makes one pendant or pair of earrings. $75

Saturday Oct 25th 2-6pm

EXPERIMENTAL DRAWING with Lori Knight With the use of simple drawing aids you can transform any photograph into a drawing that is warm, expressive, and uniquely yours! Bring your photo or image of choice to inspire your drawing! $45

Monday Oct 27th 6-9pm

FABRIC COLLAGE with Ann Liller
This class offers an unconventional approach to collage. Using fabric pieces and top-stitching, you’ll create a work of art of your own design. Whether you choose a figurative or abstract motif, you’ll love the playful experience of “drawing with fabric”. $45

HOT GLASS JEWELRY with Gayle Raposa
Come and learn the secrets of glass fusing while creating gorgeous pieces of jewelry! Layer pieces of radiant glass to create pendants, earrings or window ornaments! The colors will inspire you and your finished piece will excite you! $85

Thursday Oct 30th 6-9pm

HOLIDAY CARDS with Pat Knittel
Find your inspiration for mailing your holiday cards this year with us! Create seasonal cards with stamping and collage techniques and even bring new life to old cards! $35

COLLAGE CHARMS with Deb Freedman
Design your own mini-collage using papers, words, and copied photos of dear ones! Place your artwork between glass, solder your pendant and your collage is ready to wear as a pendant or hang as an ornament. Take home 2 charms. $45

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Private Birthday Party with Painted Placemats

A Painting Party to Remember
Last Friday night, one of our fine Artascope Studio teachers, Libby Barrett, hosted a private birthday party making decorative painted placemats. The party goers have been celebrating one of their birthdays with a fun activity each month of the year together! What a fun way to celebrate yourself and your friends all year long!

Libby's October birthday bash was a huge success. She taught everyone how to use latex and acrylic paint to create their painted placemat. Then showed them how to play with stencils, stamps and fun tools to create their personal decorative touches. They even tried out some experimental materials like bubble wrap. I think the end results are absolutely gorgeous! Happy birthday to you all!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Call for Donations!

Calling All Artist!
We are looking for local artists to donate some of your work to help our neighbors get through the winter. Artascope Studios has worked hard every year to collect donations for the Crisis Ministries Fund of South Portland and Cape Elizabeth with our holiday sale raffle and events throughout the year. This year we are taking it one step further to create our 2008 Silent Auction.

100% of all our proceeds will go to the community. All art donations will go to help our neighbors with the cost of heating oil, clothing, groceries, housing, utility bills, repairs, furnishings and medical bills. There are over 800 families that have been helped through the Crisis Ministries of South Portland and Cape Elizabeth since 2008. We look forward to helping out many more. So click on the link to see how to donate and become an important contributor to our community through your art!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Gift Certificate-a Great Gift Idea anytime of the year!

Artascope Studio's Gift Certificates
It always amazing me how quickly the holidays seem to approach after the start of school and changing of the leaves. Soon after Columbus Day, we will be creating costumes for Halloween and grabbing a few bags of goodies to hand out at the end of the month. There are decorations to be displayed in our homes and soon we will be hearing caroling in the grocery store aisles. I learned a long time ago to embrace the connections to cheer and merriment that are so important during this time. It's a great time to invest in your community and yourself. So, how about spending a little time with us in 2009?
I am not sure if everyone is aware of our studio Gift Certificates that are such great versatile gifts for loved ones or yourself. Gift Certificates can be used for so many programs here at Artascope Studios, that the possibilities are endless:
Art Night Out Classes-any Monday, Thursday or Saturday Class
Artist Series 6 Week Workshops
Art Escape Weekend Intensives
Private Lessons-have a little one on one time with one of our talented teachers
Store Credit-who doesn't like to shop!
You can pick up your Gift Certificates at Artascope Studios from 9am-7pm 7 days a week or give us a ring and we will mail your gift right to your door or to your lucky recipient. Call us to find out more... 207-799-5154 or visit us online at

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

October ArtEscape Anyone?

We definitely know how to welcome in the fall with a weekend ArtEscape selection that won't quit! So what are you planning to do for yourself this fall....Each one of these exciting weekend options start with a Friday night introduction to the material. It's a meet and greet session with wine and goodies. What a great way to start the weekend! Saturday is a full day from 10am-6pm, so that you have ample time to work with your new craft and enjoy the studio environment. Sunday is a shorter day from 10am-2pm, but the studio is open to 7pm both Sat and Sunday evenings to allow you to work independently if you so which one will you choose? Follow the link to sign up!

Next Weekend: October 17-19th
Non-Soldered Metalsmithing with Betina Clark
Learn how to shape, texture and join metal using techniques that do not involve soldering. In this intensive, learn how to work with wire and sheet metal and combine techniques of texturing and cold-connections. Great for the metalsmithing novice, or the experienced student who wants to expand their skills!

Recycled Neckties with Diane Brakeley
Looking for something fun and innovative to do with that collection of unworn neckties? This weekend will show you that the possibilities are endless! You'll learn how to alter silk neckties to create handbags, skirts and even a chair! Not one bit of tie will go to waste as you bring new life to your old neckties!

Stained Glass with Gayle Raposa
Unlock the mysterious of stained glass! Great for beginners or for those looking to coax their inner artist to the next level. Learn the copper foil method, from start to finish. Learn tricks for cutting and grinding glass and creating flawless solder lines. Choose from our designs, or take a leap and design your own!

Last Weekend of October 24-26th

Acrylic Painting with Emily Leonard
This class begins with a thorough introduction to the tools and materials that are used for painting. Explore the basic elements of line, form, color, and composition. Finally, investigate how to create space and light on a two-dimensional plane. Great for the first time painter as well as the continuing student.

Precious Metal Clay with Ann Liller
Curious about this popular new material? PMC, is an intriguing material that has the versatility of clay and the rewards of fine silver! Get your ideas ready as you learn the basics of PMC. Develop your confidence as you learn how to prep, roll, cut, stamp and shape your PMC as you experiment with the possibilities!