EAC’s ‘Festival of Ornaments,’ a trio of Zoom-based workshops for all ages, is being offered in the spirit of the center’s annual Festival of Trees, with deluxe materials kits available for participants, or detailed information available for those who’ll use their own materials from home.* 
Registration deadline for each session is the Friday prior; those who’d like to receive a discounted materials rate by signing up for all three sessions should register by Friday, November 27. More registration details may be found below.

First in the series will be Sara Myrick’s session, Tassel Tree Garland, on Sunday, November 29, at 2 pm. The tassel trees featured on the simple and versatile 6-foot garland are in themselves a charming ornament, gift-topper, keychain, etc. In our project, they’ll be combined with wooden beads; crafters are encouraged to bring their own creativity and embellishments to the project to personalize their handmade holiday decor. 

Next up in the series will be Ann Cannizzaro’s session on Scandinavian Star Ornaments on Sunday, December 6 at 2 pm. Ann’s traditional ornaments are beautifully crafted using cut cane and red embroidery floss around a clever cardboard loom. 

Series finale will be Sue Riddle’s Painted Shell Ornaments on Sunday, December 13 at 2 pm. Participants will paint designs on scallop shells (pre-drilled and painted with a white base) using mandala, Zentangle and snowflake motifs in the classic nautical color scheme of blue-on-white.

Ann, Sara and Sue each have influenced EAC’s community of makers and learners, both in ‘in person’ programming days, and since we’ve moved into the digital realm. Ann and Sara have each taught two Zoom-based workshops: Ann’s were The Art of Zentangle and a Summer Arts Camp session on watercolor techniques; Sara’s were beach fairy house-making and a Hogwarts-themed Summer Arts Camp. Sue, whose unusual themed sip ’n paint events thrilled the EAC workshop community in seasons past, has been a stalwart attendee of the weekly portrait drawing Zoom group, and notes that the experience has inspired and grounded her, while keeping her connected with other artists. 
Get to know our three instructors better: read a recap of Ann’s Summer Arts Camp on watercolor techniques; read about devoted upcycler Sara’s online art-making videos for remote learning students; and enjoy an article about Sue’s artwork in connection with Peavey Library (alongside a profile of frequent workshop attendee Mary Anderson).

Materials kits
(limited, and assembled with all Covid-19 precautions) are available from EAC: kits are $10 each, or with registration for all three of the sessions, participants pay just $25 for all three kits. Please note that while the activities are designed for participants of all ages, younger children will need an adult helper.** Registration deadline for each workshop is the Friday prior; materials pickup will take place the Saturday prior to each session from 11 am-noon at EAC. Those who’ll participate in all 3 workshop sessions may pick up all of their kits at once, on Saturday, November 28 from 11 am-noon. Registrations should be made by email to Alison Brennan, EAC Education & Outreach Coordinator, at alison@eastportartscenter.org; Alison can also work with those interested in materials pickup arrangements in Calais and Baring.
Additional information about materials participants should assemble at home (apron, scissors, paper towels, etc.) will be provided with registration. Those who’ll use all materials from home should email Alison to receive detailed information about what they’ll need to complete the projects during the Zoom sessions.

Funding for this series has been provided by Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. Donations will be gratefully accepted—either in the coffee can provided at materials pickup or via the EAC’s website. Participants are encouraged to send photos of their projects to Alison via the email address above.

Sue Riddle made this illustration (glitter explosion and all!) to promote a past Ornament Making Party at EAC.

*Those interested in participating who are not local or who wish for other reasons to provide their own materials, are encouraged to email EAC with any questions, and send a picture of what they’ve created. Please note too that the projects can be modified to work with whatever materials are on hand.

Please note that in addition to the ‘Festival of Ornaments’ Zoom workshop trio, EAC Video will provide an ornament-making opportunity for our youngest crafters. A new Craft Along with Nia Video will be released on December 11: Cinnamon Dough Decorations, featuring spicy-sweet gingerbread man, tree and star-shaped cinnamon dough ornaments for children to decorate while watching instructor Nia Aretakis’ fun instructional video. Part of EAC’s KinderArts program, the Craft Along videos are designed for participants ages 3-8 and up; free materials kits are available from the center, or materials lists and instructions are available for those who choose to use their own supplies.