Classes

Scroll to the bottom for our current after school classes, weekend workshops and special events!   

 

Sweet Tree Arts offers a variety of classes for children and adults with limited enrollment to make it possible to study deeply together -developing skills and growing as an individuals. 

We infuse the creative arts into each class, deepening the learning with 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 or fill out application below. Families are welcome to be as involved as they wish, if you would like to stay you may create with your child, sit in the kitchen with a cup of tea, read a book, or use our wifi. If you are new to Sweet Tree, consider joining for Open studio. This is a wonderful opportunity 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. 

Financial Aid Application 

 

Click on class for pricing and a full description:

Dress a girl , Dress a boy - Malawi

Join us once a month to create beautiful hand made dresses and shorts for girls and boys at the Mpamila primary school in Malawi.

Please bring 1 yard of fabric and notions, your sewing machine if you have one.

Patterns and community provided. 

http://www.dressagirlaroundtheworld.com

Once a month drop in 6.30- 8.00pm, all ages and sewers welcome. 

 

 

 

 

 

Ukulele Club

Join Jeff Weinberger for a 6week 45minute class for 5-10 year olds. 

$60 for 6 weeks. 

$40 for 4 weeks

Thursdays this fall 3.45 - 4.30

  After School Ukulele Class is a program in which children get acquainted with some basic chords, rhythms, melodies and lyrics. They learn to take these building blocks and learn accessible one, two and three chord songs from American and other folk cultures. 
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 will have an "informance" for their family and friends. This class is for ages 6-10. A second class will be added for older children or those seeking a slightly more advanced setting.  

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. We have 4 ukuleles availalbe to be checked out at no charge, by families for the duration of the course.

For more information contact Jeff Weinberger - jeffrey.weinberger@maine.edu 

Cartooning club

 James Quigley will host host cartooning club for children 7 and up at Sweet Tree Arts. 

This once a week after school program for children 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 full class commitment recommended.
4 weeksessions - $48
 6 week sessions - $72 
Meets 3.45 - 4.45 weekly. 

 

 

Picture a Story

 Picture a Story

This story telling course will show children how to communicate a story through art. We will be reading various short tales and taking a look at how other artists take on the roll of sharing their own stories through creative imagery. Children will also choose a story to illustrate in their own unique way. 

We will:

Share children’s picture book

Play drawing games

Invite children to bring in a story they love

Add inspiring illustrations into our journals

Share our work showing different ways to tell a story with pictures. 

Explore ideas of character through illustration

Create book covers and “end pages”

Make patterns and designs relating to original stories

 

Tuesday 3.45 - 4.45 with Hannah Wells

$72 for 6 week class

$48 for 4 week class

Yoga and Art 6-12s
Yoga and Art
In this after school class, children will be invited to participate in an hour-long yoga practice, focusing on breathing techniques, yoga postures, expressive movement and creativity. Each day we will focus on a theme, such as Joy, Loving Kindness, Gratitude, Strength, etc. and will provide opportunity for discussion of these themes and how we can welcome them into our lives. Together we will play yoga games, share yoga stories and songs, and make art projects with a focus on our theme for the day. These might include painted mindfulness rocks, kindness postcards, gratitude trees, hopes and dreams flags, among others. This class offers a fun and accessible way for children to share in learning about yoga and yogic postures, and all the positive benefits these things have to offer us. 
Recommended for 6-12s 
Meets Thursdays 3.45 - 4.45
$12 per class
$48 for 4 week session
$72 for 6 week session
Process Painting

Freeing the Inner Painter – Finding your Creative Muse in Coummunity

This workshop, for both experienced and completely inexperienced artists, leads participants through what is termed “process painting” to find their voice and vision and get it onto paper. You will see amazing results in only one two-hour session. All materials will be provided. For professional painters, this is a way to expand even further into new dimensions and techniques. For a beginner or someone experiencing painters block, process painting will let you drop all those barriers and actually begin to create paintings very rapidly that go far beyond typical “beginner” work. The workshops can also be experienced as a form of meditation, relaxation, channeling, transformation – whatever is most calling you at the time. It is a chance to allow your own inner sub-conscious muse to connect with the larger collective unconscious described by Carl Jung.

Even though only one two-hour workshop is complete in and of itself, we are also seeking to attract a core group of ten or twelve people to create a painting practice over winter and spring of 2018/2019. We encourage you to come for the mini- sessions in Novembers and then to join the for an all-day experience(5 hours) painting practice in December. Our hope is that the core group might emerge from these sessions.

 

Raising Sexually Healthy Children

Workshop for parents/educators/providers of children 9-14 yrs.

Thursday, December 6, 2018 6:30-9:15 PM

Sweet Tree Arts, 4 Church St. Hope, Maine

COST: Sliding scale $30 - $50 - Please register here and pay when you arrive. 

 

Raising Sexually Healthy Children 

Primer workshops for moms, dads, providers and educators of children 9-14 years

One workshop can impact children for a lifetime!

Start the talks before they can walk! Why? Because it makes it easier for them and for you to continue to scaffold information developmentally as they grow. It builds healthy sexual esteem and it also can protect them from unwanted touch and abuse and can set them on a path of healthy sexuality. Studies show that developmentally appropriate sexuality education delays sexual activity. Talking to your kids from a young age allows you to be their source for information and educate them on your values. Haven’t yet? That’s OK! That’s why I am here. This workshop will help parents and those who work with parents and kids know what is developmentally appropriate, how to talk about bodies, boundaries, consent, porn, the brain, self-touch and healthy sexuality and get prepared for the jaw-dropping questions that come when you are least ready. Always be one step ahead. 

 

Come get prepared and have fun doing it! Join Jennifer, Maine mom, wife, LCSW and AASECT certified Sex Therapist for these very popular workshops!

Participants will engage in fun exercises, ask questions, get answers, take home a powerpoint presentation with information plus resources to open up conversations with children. I also have articles and books participants can peruse. These workshops are 
PRIMERS; giving participants the base they need to jump from to begin dialogues with children. For those who wish to have deeper conversations or speak about specifics regarding their child can contact me for my 75-minute private individual parent consultations via phone or Skype.

 

 

The workshop will be lead by....

 

Jennifer Wiessner, LCSW, CST

Couples and AASECT Sex Therapist

Raising Sexually Healthy Children workshop facilitator

Cumberland, Maine 

(207)400-7808

To learn more about my work, RSHC workshops, articles and podcasts click on my website:

www.jenniferwiessnerhealthysexuality.com 

JW@jenniferwiessnerhealthysexuality.com 

Jennifer in Maine Magazine’s MOXIE Maine 2018

http://themainemag.com/moxie-maine/rites-of-passage/

Check out Jennifer on Live at 5 on Channel 6

http://www.wcsh6.com/news/now-sex-therapist-on-talking-to-kids-about-harassment/484918797

Twitter: JenniferSexTher@jennann270

Girls on FIRE https://jenniferwiessnerhealthysexuality.com/girls-on-fire/