Summer Classes

Welcome Back!

At long last Senior College Belfast will resume classes at the Hutchinson Center. We are happy to announce that the Fall Session will be live, in color, and back on campus! There will also be a Zoom class for those unable to attend.

In the meantime there are three Summer Session courses that will put the bark in the dog days of summer!

The first on campus, face-to-face offering will be Sandi Cirillo’s “Let’s Learn to Draw” on Thursday, August 5 from 9:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. In this class you’ll learn how to set up a good composition using drawing techniques such as shading, perspective, texture, contrast, etc. We’ll also be experimenting with different drawing materials so you can see which ones you like the best (or the least).

All drawing materials will be provided. All you need to bring is your eagerness to learn. We’ll be following covid safety protocols in this class so bring your mask. We may even get a chance to get outdoors to do a little drawing as well. This is a beginner’s class. There is a $12.00 materials fee per student payable to the instructor. No equipment needed. Senior College membership is not required for Summer classes but there is a $20.00 class fee.

Sandi’s classes fill up quickly and since there is a limit of 12 you are urged to sign up immediately!

For all you photo buffs out there Paul Sheridan is presenting a Zoom Class “What is New, What is Old, and What Can be Better in Photography?” This class begins on Monday, July 19 and runs for four weeks until August 9 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Bring your favorite libation and catch up on the world of photographs.

Paul will show a mixture of work by a variety of photographers, some that are newly emerging, as well as several new discoveries in the field. You will also study some of the images in depth to better understand the choices made by the photographers, to learn how we can either appreciate what it takes to make an engaging photo, and/or improve our own photographic eye in terms of composition, cropping, exposure, lens choice, etc. No previous photo classes are necessary. No camera required, just your curiosity! Plenty of links provided. Discussion encouraged, but not required.

Paul will provide virtual “handouts” with links and references supplied by e-mail for each class. The class fee is $20.00.

We are thrilled to have Anne B. Gass discuss her new book We Demand: The Suffrage Road Trip, the true story of an epic cross-country road trip for the suffrage cause that took place in 1915. We Demand is a tribute to the grit and determination of the women who made the trip, and to the suffrage movement that launched it.

The story unfolds through the eyes of Ingeborg Kindstedt and Maria Kindberg, middle-aged Swedish immigrants who own the car, do all the driving, and fix what goes wrong. The roads are often bad, and the weather is worse. They lose their way in a trackless Nevada desert, get stuck in the mud in Kansas, and have many other adventures.

We Demand: The Suffrage Road Trip will be available at a discount from Left Bank Books in Belfast.

Anne B. Gass is the author of Voting Down the Rose: Florence Brooks Whitehouse and Maine’s Fight for Woman Suffrage, published in 2014. Anne is Whitehouse’s great-granddaughter, and she speaks regularly on Florence and women’s rights history at libraries, museums, colleges, high schools, and other venues. Anne has continued her great-grandmother’s activist tradition. She serves on the Steering Committee of the Maine Suffrage Centennial Collaborative and as the Maine Coordinator for the National Votes for Women Trail, a project of the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites. She also serves on Maine’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women and is Vice-President of the Gray Town Council. When not writing or volunteering, Anne can be found hiking, wild ice skating, traveling, or backcountry skiing with her husband, Rick.

This is a Zoom class on Wednesday, August 18 at 6 p.m. There is a $15.00 class fee.

To register for any of the above classes go to and click on CourseStorm and Registration. Also, be sure to check back later in July for the catalog of Fall Courses. I look forward to seeing you in September!

Nancy Perkins