With schools cancelled, Summer Festival of the Arts is offering free virtual art classes. No pre-registration is requires. Simply click on the links to participate in the classes.

These classes use Zoom so you'll be prompted to download when you click on the links to join the class. Classes are being added so you'll want to check back at the SFOA website. At the website you'll find the link to join the various classes

Here are this week's classes

Tuesday March 17, 2pm - 3pm: Make Up Art & Design with Rawl Blackett
Open to ages 10 +
This class will focus on basic makeup techniques. Stage makeup and Makeup/Body art, as well as illusion techniques, basics of design and some FX techniques.

Materials needed: Eyeliner, foundations, eyeshadows (preferably in as wide a range of colors as possible), contour pallet, some form of face paint. Mascara, brow pencils, etc are optional (Most other products can be substituted with other items.) Corn syrup and food coloring. Brushes.

About the teaching artist: Rawl Blackett is an actor, theatre major, makeup artist and designer and visual artist. She works in professional theatre and is a largely self taught stage makeup and artistic makeup artist.

*This class will repeat weekly at this time as long as schools are closed*

Wednesday, March 18, 10am - 10:45am: Song and Rhythm with Christina Spurling

Open to any age! (ideal for elementary age + parents)

Songs, rounds and rhythm games. Must come ready to sing!

Optional materials: non-pitched percussion instrument (kitchen items work!)

About the teaching artist: Christina teaches piano at her home and at Colby College where she is the collaborative pianist for the music department. She accompanies local students, Pemetic show choir, and directs music at the Somesville Union Meetinghouse. She was once a full time K-8 music teacher and loves singing with all!

*This class will repeat weekly at this time as long as schools are closed*

Wednesday, March 18, 2pm - 2:45pm: Nature and Budget Friendly Art with Jessica DeFrenn

Open to ages 4-7 years old

In this class you will do collage with nature (leaves, pebbles, etc) along with things you can find in your home such as paper, crayons, tape, and cardboard.

Materials needed:  Nature based items such as leaves, pebbles , bark. Paper, cardboard leftovers , cereal boxes, potentially paint if you have it , otherwise crayons work as well. These are budget friendly and can be worked around.

About the teaching artist:  Jessica is a 23 years old living on Swans Island. She is a painting major in her junior year at Maine College of Art in Portland.
*This class will repeat weekly at this time as long as schools are closed*

Thursday, March 19, 2pm - 3pm: Painting with Carla Minctons

Open to ages 7-11 years old

This class will walk you through the steps and teach you techniques to create an original painting.

Materials needed:  Blank canvas, acrylic paints, various sized paint brushes.

About the teaching artist: Carla has been teaching children and adults to paint for a few years now. She has experience in teaching children art when she was the summer camp director at Harbor House, and has organized paint and snacks at Pemetic for the fifth and six graders as well as teaching at birthday parties.
*This class will repeat weekly at this time as long as schools are closed*

Thursday, March 19, 4pm - 5m: Hip Hop Dance with Dezirae Zamen

Open to ages 10+

Have fun and get yourself moving with an hour long dance class based around the style of hip hop. You will walk away from this class with a small dance combination to show those at home. The focus will be on fun for all levels.

Materials needed:  A large enough space and suitable clothing for significant movement.

About the teaching artist: Dezirae Zaman is among the MDI High School graduating class of 2020 with many years experience in performing arts including dance, drama, show choir, choreography and makeup design. Originally a camper at SFOA from age 8 to 14 followed by one year as apprentice and two years as assistant teacher, she is excited to be returning to SFOA as a teacher for the 2020 season.
*This class will repeat weekly at this time as long as schools are closed*

Friday, March 20, 10am - 10:30am: Creative Movement / Storytelling with Mélissa Smith

Open to ages 4-12 years old

Mélissa will lead movements and give creative prompts for movements to get the body and imagination flowing.

Materials needed:  none! Just your body and some space to move in.

About the teaching artist: Mélissa is a Brooklyn based Teaching Artist with a decade of experience leading workshops in physical theater, clown and creative movement. She has worked with a wide range of ages and communities around the US and abroad.

*This class will repeat weekly at this time as long as schools are closed*