The 2024 Summer Art Classes and Workshops 

Searsport Shores Ocean Campground and Art Space is partnering with Fiber College and the Makers Guild of Maine, 501c3 to bring you art and music events all summer long.

Most of the programs are free or low cost drop-in classes for campers and day visitors. Labor Day Weekend = Makers Day Weekend will be everyone's opportunity to enjoy open studio and mentored workshops...bring your own craft project or choose from an all inclusive kit.  Craft market on Saturday evening.

Anyone with the necessary attention span is welcome to join in the activities.  Wheel chair accessibility is a given.

Welcome to Searsport Shores

June 13-16, 2024 Knitting Classes

Knitwit at the Shores

A fantastic knitting retreat created by the Knitwit Yarn Shop featuring classes by outstanding knitting teachers: @bristolivy, @casapinka, and @aliciaplummer

This is a Knitwit retreat with loving endorsement from all of us at Searsport Shores!  All non-camping inquiries should be directed here.

June 30-July 6, 2024 Felt Patches

Resa Randolph, Stitcher, painter, musician

Using the simplest of tools & supplies -needles, thread and felt, make patches with Resa to personalize your backpack, refresh your denim jacket or offer as a gift to someone you love. This art form is accessible to all ages and ability levels. You will bring home a self-made souvenir of your vacation and skills to apply to all sorts of mending projects.

Resa is a gifted fiber artist, musician and friend...you'll count yourself lucky to spend time with her and join in the infectious laughter that will surround you.

check out her band

July 7-13, 2024 Seeing and Sewing Like an Artist

Susan Bleignier, Textile Artist & Color Enthusiast

Finding ways to make art from repurposed materials is how I spend my time both in and out of my art classroom. I use nature as  inspiration for my stitched fabric art and my sketchbook pages.

We will use the beautiful grounds of Searsport Shores to take nature walks while we hunt for interesting shapes to record in our handmade concertina books. We will make the books from cereal box carboard, junk mail, old book pages and more. We will use watercolor, charcoal and markers to fill up the pages. No drawing experience necessary.
We will use our book as the inspiration to stitch a fabric/embroidery piece, using repurposed fabric and thread.
The beautiful sunny shores of the campground will help us print cyanotype postcards (or fabric swatches) after we've collected an array of natural objects to print with.  Stitch on the print in the next day's class to add color and texture. A perfect art keepsake of your camping vacation!

July 14-20, 2024

Dan Dolce, Acrylic Painter

Have fun with exaggerating nature and everyday subjects in acrylic paint. Learn how to create a composition and paint in the style of some famous painters. The post-impressionist artists did just this and you can too, as you learn a little about their painting styles. Join the ranks of Cezanne and Van Gogh as you use the natural landscape of Searsport Shores to create your own masterpiece; turning nature into cylinders, spheres and cones. Practice seeing like an artist while playing with shape, color and texture. Go with your flow and experience the magic of painting.

July 21-27, 2024 Armenian Cooking in the Garden

Barbara Ghazarian

Food writer, Barbara Ghazarian, is passionate about sharing her Armenian ancestry with others. Her first award-winning cookbook, Simply Armenian, is in its 3rd printing.  Join Barbara in the Kitchen each day to learn delicious and healthy meals you can cook from the produce you find in your garden and the farm stands that line the roads of Maine. Barbara's fabulous finale will be helping at the Armenian Picnic here at the campground on July 28th.

July 28-August 3, 2024 Paper Collage Art Classes

Paula Cochran

Paula is a retired journalist and photographer who now focuses on art, specifically cut paper creations. In my spare time I like to travel and play with Calico Critters. Her residency was such a success last year that we were thrilled when she agreed to come back again!
In Paula's words: "During my residency, I’ll be offering varied classes for all ages and levels so everyone in your family/group can immerse in the joy of art. If you know how to use scissors, paper, and glue, this class is for you. Most importantly, art should be fun, not intimidating, thus, it is fully acceptable to simply have fun in my classes -we leave stuffiness, at home, in the attic, where it belongs. I can’t wait to see you in the summer of 2024!"

August 4-10, 2024 Cooking and Floating 😆

Chris Toy

Maker of food and art, Chris is a private chef, cooking instructor, and author of 6 popular Asian fusion cookbooks. He also enjoys creating original mobiles and stabiles using upcycled materials such as driftwood, shells, feathers, bicycle parts, and other materials.

August 11-17, 2024 Basket Making Art Classes

Sue Muldoon: Weaving For Everybody!

 

August 18-24, 2023 Chain Mail, Macrame, & Nautical Knots

Santa Steve

Santa needs a vacation before the holiday season begins...but he shares his sparkle with us here at the campground.  Join Santa to learn nautical knots, macrame survival bracelets and weave a keyring with wire...and if we ask nicely we think that he may even tell a campfire story or two!

August 25-31, 2024 Cook and Stitch with Auntie Em

Emma Morin

Emma's lived a long and full life here in Maine.  She is one of the most accomplished stitcher's and quilter's we have the privilege of knowing...and she can bake a whoppie pie like nobody else ANYWHERE...and then there's her strawberry rhubarb pies...swoonworthy! Join Emma for a week in the garden kitchen.  Bring your quilting project or start a hand piece under her tutelage...it's a week of treats for your eyes and your tastebuds.

August 31 & September 1, 2024 Art Workshops

Labor Day Weekend is Maker's Day Weekend Buy a pass and take as many Fiber College Workshops as you want on Saturday and/or Sunday!  When we think about these creative adventures, we imagine multi-generational families camping for the long weekend and mothers and children, grandparents and grandchildren, aunts and friends all taking classes.  For those who aren't interested in crafting (😱😱, but OK), there's plenty of hiking, biking, sightseeing and hanging at the beach so everyone can have a great weekend.

Workshop Studios will be open from 10:00-4:00, stay tuned for details and a link for purchasing passes.

September 5-8, 2024 Art Workshops

Dive Deeply into your passion! Fiber College celebrates fiber in all its forms. The fiber arts connect us to the natural world, time-honored skills, the global community, and to each other. Our annual gathering, the week after Labor Day, is an established feature of the Maine arts calendar. We call our workshop series Touchstones because they speak to all that grounds us and give us a vision for the future.  Come and share our passion, unlock your creativity and make something extraordinary.

Details and Registration will open February 14th

September 13-15, 2024 Music Workshops and Jams

Strung Together Oldtime Music Campout

Old Time Music Campout

The OT & Bluegrass Jam weekend begins Friday afternoon with an OT Jam and banjo workshop followed by our world famous Strung Together wood fired pizza bar and concert. The jams will take place in different areas in the park but close enough to give all participants easy access to both jam circles.

This year we are jamming around the grounds under tents, porches, trees and other canopies.  Designated spaces will be laid out for each style of music, with unlimited spots to hold you own jam.

Details will be posted by May 1.