New classes for adults and older teens will begin the first week of March at Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High St. The offerings include making art, telling stories, gardening and unleashing personal creativity.

Adele Drake will lead an eight-week course in painting for all levels beginning Tuesday, March 2 from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. Using still life setups, she will focus on composition and design principles, painting techniques, a little art history and personal expression. Drake brings her students a wide range of knowledge about art media, history and techniques.

Dave Peloquin will teach Introduction to Life Drawing Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., March 10 through April 28. A professional artist and teacher for many years, Peloquin states that learning to draw is really a matter of learning to see. Using deep observation and natural drawing techniques, students gain confidence in drawing the figure, learning about proportion, gesture, contour, form and light.

Larraine Brown, published writer, theater activist and storyteller, will lead a four-week workshop in public storytelling beginning Thursday, March 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The class is based on the craze that is sweeping across the nation, where practiced storytellers relate their own real stories to a live audience – just you, a microphone and a real good story. The group will use theater exercises, tape recording and group feedback to hone storytelling techniques. The final public session will be taped before a live audience.

Abbie Read, artist and professional gardener, will begin The Artistic Sustainable Garden, a six-session class, Thursday, March 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The focus will be designing new flower beds or revising established ones with the mission of lowering maintenance without losing visual impact. Emphasis will be on appropriate plant choices and using artistic principles to guide the design process. The classe is for all levels, and new gardeners are especially welcome. Included will be site visits and a trip to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

Marcie Jan Bronstein will lead a one-day workshop, Shake Up Your Art: Discovering New Levels of Creativity, Saturday, April 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bronstein, who has more than 20 years of experience in creating photo-based art and design, plans to fill the workshop with fast-paced exercises designed to free one’s senses and one’s sense of creativity. Inspired by the teachings of Paul Klee and writing guru Natalie Goldberg, she will incorporate yogic principles of centering, Buddhist concepts of non-attachment and a soulful soundtrack of music to uncover deep wells of creativity, inventiveness, playfulness and resourcefulness. The workshop is open to all levels, from aspiring creators to art professionals.

Classes for children begin Monday, Feb. 15 with School Vacation Art Camp. The Wonders of Clay for children of all ages, led by Linda Stec, will start Wednesday, Feb. 24; and the first family Art Saturday is Feb. 27. For more information about adult and children’s classes, tuition costs or to register, call Waterfall Arts at 338-2222 or visit waterfallarts.org.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.