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New Scholarship Program

Our scholarship fundraiser was a great success! If you need a scholarship to take a class here at Sanctuary Arts, please go online to www.sanctuaryarts to fill out a scholarship form and register for a class.


We have been working towards creating a new non-profit, Sanctuary Arts Connects to allow us to create an environment where arts education is not limited to those with financial security. We also would like to increase the diversity of participants at Sanctuary Arts and become a more inclusive community. We know that art classes are extracurricular for many and breaking down the financial barrier is our way of including more voices.


Bill Paarlberg


There is still room in Bill Paarlberg’s online Weekly Sketchbook Challenge (SA 2), if anyone wants to come in for a prorated fee.


Bill’s very popular Watercolor Basics for the Absolute (or Frustrated) Beginner (SA 7) meets for one session Saturday March 13 from 9 – 12, a small in person class with masks required.





Carol Ann Morley

Carol Morley, our very talented Botanical Artist, offers Dutch Tulips; Rendering with Colored Pencils (SA 3) for 4 weeks, Tuesdays from 1 – 4 beginning March 9th. She will show you how to recreate the stunning tulips painted by Dutch artist Jacob Merrill 1614-1681. Working with colored pencils, students will be guided step by step from sketch to finished tulips.

by Suzanne Lacke

Sanctuary Arts is always looking for excellent art instructors who are also committed professional artists. Two new instructors offer classes for this online Winter Session.


Suzanne Lacke

"Prudence" by Suzanne Lacke"

Suzanne Lacke is an artist and teacher who has recently moved to Eliot Maine from Berkeley California. She earned a BA from the University of Pittsburgh and an MFA from UC Berkeley. She is a figurative painter with a long history of study in figure drawing and figure painting. She has taught for over 25 years at various Colleges such as UC Berkeley, College of Marin, Santa Rosa Junior College and the Richmond Art Center in Richmond California. She has been an exhibiting artist in The San Francisco Bay Area and was most recently included in an exhibit at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park: “The de Young Open”. Her website is: 
Consider taking either Suzanne Lacke's Figure Drawing (SA 6) class. I have been enjoying her Wednesday afternoon drop in Figure Drawing sessions with live models on zoom from the Bay area in California. These are very professional models who really know how to set up a dynamic pose. Drawing the figure is one of the best ways to sharpen your eye, help you see and develop eye hand coordination for drawing, painting, or any art practice.  Suzanne will have you looking at lots of drawings throughout art history as well as in contemporary art. Techniques such as gesture drawing, contour drawing, sighting for getting correct proportions, massing, and more will be explored. You are welcome to try a model session with Suzanne. Email her at if you want to give this a try. 

Pastel Drawing (SA 5) with Suzanne Lacke is another zoom class offered on Wednesday afternoons. Drawing with Pastels is a great way to transition between drawing and painting. Pastels can be as luscious as oil paint and much can be achieved in terms of gesture and color mixing. Basic techniques include ways to apply pastel such as feathering, blending, cross-hatch and pointillism. A history of pastels, how to make your own, and an exploration of artists who used pastels in their work, are all included. Sanctuary Arts has been looking for a pastel instructor, and I know you won’t be disappointed if you give Suzanne’s class a try.

Steve McGrath


Steve McGrath is a professional freelance Photographer and Photography Teacher who has been creating images for 30 years. Steve first began by shooting sports photography for local high schools, then weddings, and stock agencies. Then his love of the outdoors led him to focusing more on his true passion "nature photography" Many of his images have been published in school text books. His favorite places to shoot are Acadia National Park in Maine, the Green Mountains of Vermont, and the Cape Cod National Seashore. Go to to see his excellent work. 
Steve is offering Digital Photography I (SA 10), for 5 weeks in March. I don’t know about you, but I am always trying to get good reference shots for my work and usually failing miserably. Steve will help you learn when and how to use the special features on your camera, such as program mode, manual mode, aperture priority, and shutter priority. Basic composition, the best use of light for certain situations such as plant, people, macro, and landscape photography will all be covered. This is the first time I have found an instructor who is actually willing to teach camera novices
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