Next in EAC’s popular series of online workshops is Beginning Basketry with Sara Myrick, 1-3 pm, Sunday, May 2. Geared for ages 12 and up, the workshop will be a fun and interactive tutorial in making a box-shaped basket using a form and twine. Sara will also show adaptations to the project, including using different weaving materials like fabric scraps, recycled paper, etc.
“I love this project,” enthuses Myrick, who frequently favors accessible, upcycled materials in her projects, “because of the versatility and practicality built into it.”
Myrick teaches K-12 art full-time in the Eastport schools, and has led workshops beyond counting at EAC and Peavey Library, and also via a Facebook group, ‘Art with Ms. M,’ where she demonstrates an array of fun projects using commonplace materials. She is also owner of Coastal Whims, a home-based art business celebrating her love of nature and handcrafting.
Participants must register with Alison Brennan at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, April 26 to arrange for local pickup of materials and to receive the Zoom invitation for class. Those who wish to participate using their own materials should indicate this choice at registration; information will be provided to help these participants prepare. Materials kits, including cardboard panels and an ample supply of the twine Sara will use during the Zoom, are available by $10 donation (sliding fee scale available by request). Kit pickups will be offered in Baring on April 27; in Eastport and Robbinston April 28-30; and in Machias April 30. Participants will also need a ruler, pen or pencil, heavy duty scissors or construction knife and a hot glue gun.
More information about Sara’s ‘Art with Ms. M’ tutorials, a project of last spring’s lockdown period, may be found here: https://eastportartscenter.org/2020/03/eastport-teacher-launches-online-art-lessons-with-upcycling-focus. In addition, many recap stories about Sara’s workshops may be found on the EAC site; the most recent is here: https://eastportartscenter.org/2021/02/arts-campers-and-creations-captured-in-video-recap.
Funding for this workshop 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 near and far are encouraged to send photos of their projects to Alison via the email address above.
More information about the educational offerings of Eastport Arts Center, where creativity and community meet, may be found at eastportartscenter.org/education.