Eastport Arts Center

where creativity and community meet

Life Drawing Workshop

The Eastport Arts Center will resume its Life Drawing Workshop on January 16. The group will meet each Wednesday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on the first floor of the Arts Center.
Participants in the two hour weekly workshop will approach drawing the figure through a series of short exercises that lead to an hour long study, using the drawing medium of their choice. Learning to draw the figure has long been the foundation of learning how to draw. Through history it has been both an academic exercise and a demonstration of mastery. The arts center’s emphasis is to offer a learning experience for beginners, and for more experienced artists an opportunity to hone their drawing skills.  Instruction is offered when requested. Students and artists may sign up for four weeks at a time; however drop-ins are also welcome. The workshop fee is $12 per session, or $40 if a participant signs up for four sessions.  Participants must bring their own drawing or painting supplies.  For further information, please call Joyce Weber at (207) 853-2358, or e-mail at jpweber@roadrunner.com.

Pop-ups Conclude Summer Workshop Series

An appreciative group met with Jo Smith, traveling art educator from Virginia, to learn the process of making a variety of pop-up cards and pop-up pages in books during the concluding workshop of EAC’s Summer Workshop Series on August 21. Using beautifully colored card stock, origami, scrapbook pages, wires, stickers and more, the card creators made three-dimensional cards for all occasions. Jo loves visiting Downeast Maine and sharing her talent with us and we love having her instruct art processes with her detailed, calm and reassuring teaching style. Thank you for another fun class Jo!

Kimchi Workshop Christens EAC’s Newly Remodeled Kitchen

On September 19 and 20, Anne Shields Hopkins led a dedicated group of kimchi lovers in an exploration of creating customized kimchi. The workshop was the first to use EAC’s newly remodeled kitchen. Using all organic vegetables, including leafy delicate Napa cabbages grown especially for the workshop by Jim Kovaleski, salad turnips, carrots, ginger, garlic, onion and more, they chopped their way to the first step in their process at the workshop’s first meeting. Looking at the bowl of veggies one participant stated “I love the texture and soft chunks of cabbage. It really looks so pretty.” 

Liz Weaver and Becky McCall pack their kimchi mixtures into glass jars to finish fermenting. [Robin]

After the overnight brining, the mixture was combined with a special pureed sauce and rice congee. The final task was the packing of the veggies and spices tightly in glass jars to take home and enjoy after the fermentation was completed. Hopkins, a mother of three and General Manager of Eat Local Eastport Co-op, gave expert advice and her infectious love of all food fermented was thoroughly enjoyed by all. 

Anne Shields Hopkins (left), instructor, and Sam Cottone work on their customized kimchi blends. [Robin]

Others interested in fermented foods may want to mark November 19th on your calendar, when Hopkins will lead a reprise of her very popular sauerkraut workshop.

For more information or to sign up, please email Alison Brennan at alison@eastportartscenter.org or call her at 454-8822.

Anne Shields Hopkins and Tarah Waters, EAC’s Island Institute Fellow, are very excited about their kimchi-to-be. [Robin]


The work of Eastport Arts Center is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. The work of Eastport Arts Center is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.