Sweet Tree Arts offers small classes for children and adults.

Due to the small class sizes continued study in any of the listed classes makes it possible to develop skills and grow as an individual. 

Sweet Tree Arts uses many creative arts in each class, Storytelling, Music, Drama, Poetry, Movement and Visual Arts. Further we work to consider the personalities and learning styles of each individual. 


Scholarships and family prices available, please inquire.  

Financial Aid Application 


Families are welcome to be as involved as they wish, if you would like to stay you may create with your child  or sit in the kitchen have a cup of tea, read a book and use our wifi. Open studio is also a great time for children to become familiar with our space and instructors.  

 Ages are suggested and flexible, please inquire if your child does not fit into the suggested age bracket. 

Click on class for pricing and a full description:

Art Start 2s-5s

Once a month with Nina Devenney - $12 per family per session

 9/23 • Color and Texture

10/28 • Halloween! themed

12/2 • Line with Winter theme

 Please register to secure your place. 

This is a parent and child class.Explore the senses, develop gross and fine motor skills, engage in stories, music, movement and games to inspire creative experiences together.

Ideal for 2-5 year olds but children 18ms also welcome.  

Dress a girl around the World

Join us once a month to create beautiful hand made dresses for girls around the world. 

We ask you to bring fabric and notions, your sewing machine if you have one - we have 2 machines at the center. 

Patterns and community provided.

Once a month drop in 6.00- 8.30pm, all ages and sewers welcome. 






Creative Club


Creative club

$12 an artist or $10 for 2 or more children. 

Recommended for 6-12 year olds 

Most Wednesdays 3.30pm -4.30pm Sept - June 

with Nina Devenney 

New materials and ideas offered each week.

Creative club encourages open space, new ideas, freedom and exploration through a variety of media and projects each week in the studio. 


Hope students welcome to arrive by bus after school. 

 Recommended for 6-12 year olds.




Believe it! Drawing

Thursdays in November 6-8pm.

With Nancy Glassman

5 weeks  Nov  2, 9, 16, 30, Dec 7th


Suggested for high school age and adult.

There will be a range of exercises to open your eyes to what you are truly seeing and build trust and coordination between your eyes, brain and hand. What you learn in this class will help you with any subject you care to draw. Be forewarned, luminous expansion in the way you perceive has been known to result.

Financial aid available.



Ukulele Club

Join Jeff Weinberger for a 5week 45minute class for 5-10 year olds. 

$10 per class or $50 for 5 weeks. 

Thursdays this fall 4.00 - 4.45

Drop ins possible but a 5 week commitment is recommended. 

Ukulele is an easy, accessible, friendly instrument that can lead children toward other musical instruments and help them build confidence. This sense of achievement, plus the fun, social aspects and natural charm of the instrument can enrich any child's world. 

The activities are geared toward not just song learning and musical games, but listening to and cooperating with others, improvisation and lyric writing. At the end of the program, the students play a concert for their family and friends. 

The cost of a kid's ukulele is usually around $40 and no books are necessary, but an electronic tuner for $10-$20 is recommended. There are also free tuner apps readily available. If you are interested in borrowing a ukulele we can make recommendations. 

For more information contact Jeff Weinberger - 

cartooning club

Starting Nov 1st 4-5p James Quigley will host host a 6 week creative club for children 10 and up at Sweet Tree Arts. 

This once a week after school program for middle / high school students will focus on drawing skills, cartooning, illustration, character design and graphic art. 
All levels of skill are welcome and encouraged as collaboration will support individual work. 
James Quigley is a graphic artist, illustrator and cartoonist residing in Appleton. His work has appeared in the form of skateboard graphics, comic books and comic strips, animation, rock posters and more. 
$12 per class. Drop ins welcome but 6 week commitment recommended.



Encountering the Arts for K-12 Classroom teachers

EDAR 531: Encountering the Arts: Choice, Voice and Creativity in the K-12 Classroom

An Introduction to Arts Integration through Thematic Learning                   4.5 CEUs

This course meets in person for two weekends (Fridays 4-8pm, Saturdays 8-4pm) at Sweet Tree Arts in Hope, Maine.  COURSE DATES:  First Weekend Starts Fri., Jan. 19 4pm – Saturday January 20, 4pm  Second Weekend Fri. April 6, 4pm – Saturday April 7, 4pm.


Course Description:  

This K-12 course will offer direct experiences in the arts in a thematic, project based learning environment.  

Drama, Movement, Music, Poetry, Storytelling, and  Visual Arts will be practiced across content areas: Math, Science, Reading and Writing.  Understanding the potential to meet all learners in a supportive, empathetic, thematic based environment will be at the heart of the course. We will look closely at theorists and practitioners advocating for freedom, choice and creativity. 

Participants will be supported to make connections from their own experiences and apply learning to their disciplines and grade levels through opportunities to integrate  the arts in an emerging student choice based curriculum.

Working collaboratively and individually, we will gather and develop skills, create curriculum and problem solve ways to address necessary content, standards and challenges.  Throughout the course personal work, questioning, art making and journaling will guide us to deepen our practice. 

Participants will meet in person for two weekends (Fridays 4-8pm, Saturdays 8-4pm), at Sweet Tree Arts In Hope, Maine, with approximately 10 weeks of inter-session work online. A follow-up summative paper documenting the learning in the course is required.

Materials required:

Laptops are required for the course. Internet will be required for the course.  All resources will be accessible to participants on a Google Classroom site.  Additional handouts will be provided. 

Required Reading 

Integrating the Arts – Pascal / Donovan 

In the Spirit of the Studio – Lella Gandini  

Optional Resources

Assessment Visible Learners – Mara Krechevsky and Ben Mardell,  Theory Pedagogy of the Oppressed – Paolo Freire,  100 Languages of Children – Loris Malaguzzi

Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, educators will be able to:

  •      Demonstrate an understanding of how the arts can support a variety of learning styles in the classroom.
  •      Understand the relationship between listening and responding when designing emerging, thematic learning.(course model this)
  •      Experience, practice and reflect on cross disciplinary thematic curricula using the arts. – in cohort and on our own
  •      Apply useful resources and make connections between the arts and other content areas.
  •      Analyze, share and apply resources from theorists and practicing educators.
  •      Design quality arts integrated lesson plans and units.
  •      Immerse in the creative process and share experiences and learning with students.
  •      Apply instructional strategies for Gifted and Talented students

This course is made availalbe through The New Engladn Institute to register visit :