2 Main Street
                               Bldg. 18 -230
                               North Dam Mill
                               Biddeford, ME    04005

                                (207) 307-2171





Heartwood College of Art is excited to announce two “Art Retreat 2016”  sessions this summer at the North Dam Mill in Biddeford. Explore your choice of five different mediums. Come with a friend and create in the studio in the morning and have the afternoon for beach walks, shopping and dining.


The first session (July 6-9) is designed for beginners.


 The second session (August 10-13) introduces more advanced techniques.



July 6 -9*


Four Day Retreat 


9:00-12:00 every day plus one open studio afternoon


CEU’s available for teachers.


$165 plus materials fee of $25

DRAWING with Susan Wilder


The course covers the fundamentals of drawing with an emphasis on observation within an exploration of materials. Instruction covers basic volumes, light and shadow, line and composition. Black and white techniques include graphite, ink, charcoal and conte. Drawing, one of the major forms of expression, is the first tool in the art box.

PRINTMAKING/ BOOK ARTS  with Bonnie Faulkner


(Gel Printing, Mono printing, Paste paper)


Using gelatin plates and a variety of stencils that you design, you will learn to


 make images and patterns in preparation for a final book project.  Sequencing


can give order to your stories. Beginners welcome.

Intro ENCAUSTIC with Berri Kramer  *NOTE: This workshop retreat will be July 13-16

Learn the about the tools, materials and applications of Encaustic, an ancient art form utilizing beeswax, damar resin and pigment, fused with fire. Learn to layer, incise and mask.  Experiment in a medium that offers luminous results and may change the way you approach your current discipline. We will use tools and found objects to create depth and pattern while experimenting with layers of color. A lesson in color mixing will add to your “toolbox”!


CLAY SCULPTURE with Cheryl Lichwell


Experience the joy of hand building with clay. Learn to

construct, apply texture and color your finished piece. Practice

additive and subtractive techniques while studying with a

master sculptor.  Make a fish, or a mythical beast that captures

your sense of wonder.

JEWELRY with Alice Carroll


Learn the fundamentals of metal and jewelry including sawing, soldering, cold connections and rivets. The class includes demos and critiques. Through the study of traditional methods students explore their own ideas. Design and problem solving techniques are emphasized.



 August 10- 13


Four Day Retreat


9:00 – 12:00 every day plus one open studio afternoon


CEUs available for teachers


$165 plus material fee of $25


PAINTING in Gouche with Susan Wilder

Gouache is similar to watercolor but modified to make it opaque. It quickly


 covers dark grounds lending itself to brilliant light and shadows. It is highly


saturated and bounces light, much like pastel. W.S. Turner used it for most of


his studies to quickly capture light. Some drawing skill suggested.



ENCAUSTIC with Berri Kramer 


(Stencil, Transfer, Relief and Collage)


Learn to cut your own Stencils.  Transfer images from your


photographs and graphite drawings. Learn to make Relief Imprints


 (Cavo-Rilievoe) A technique for capturing the sensual lines and veins


 of leaves and flowers. Dye rice paper with your own patterns to use in


your collage process.


JEWELRY with Alice Carroll


For students who know basic skills, a concentration on individual

design and function will be explored. Stone setting, forging, hollow

forms and Repousse will be demonstrated and practiced. Basic

sawing, filing and soldering skills required.

BOOK ARTS with Bonnie Faulkner


Learn to make your own books and journals. Study different binding


techniques including codex, stab, ribbon, accordion and folded


boxes. Use exquisite papers for covers. Your new volumes will


provide a vehicle for you to record your most important thoughts.


CLAY SCULPTURE  with Cheryl Lichwell



  Work on a larger piece that express a ”story”. Experiment with


  texture and unusual tool possibilities. Learn to design and execute a


  more comprehensive piece. Explore a variety of finishing techniques.

TO REGISTER: Call Heartwood at (207) 307-2171 or email berrikramer@gmail.com