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York County Senior College gives a new definition, a different perspective and an increasingly popular dimension to the traditional college. At YCSC you can participate in lifelong learning by enrolling in a variety of courses designed to fulfill your interests.

Remember: No prerequisite, no tests, no homework, no grades, no papers to write, no stress. Just intellectually stimulating opportunities to learn -- and to enjoy the camaraderie inherent in small classes.

Classes from such diverse subjects as music, art, history, physical science, writing, culture, film, creative problem-solving, bridge, cooking, religions, baseball, and world problems—each of which has been offered in recent semesters. Most classes run once a week for 8 weeks, starting in September and April.

Should classes be canceled for any reason, notice will be given on WMTV (Ch. 8), WCSH (Ch. 6), and WGME (Ch. 13). A message may also be heard on YCSC answering machine (282-4030).


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On-site Classes


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Plein Air Watercolor or Acrylic Sketching
Instructor: Patricia Wood

Using nature as our subject, we will sketch with paint; seascapes, gardens or whatever excites our imagination at the different venues where we shall meet. I would like to meet at 9AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays, weather permitting, for 6 weeks. This would allow us to forgo the bad weather days and still possibly get in 6 or 8 classes which would run 2 to 3 hours. Participants will need to bring the medium they will be working with plus a camera to take pictures of what they are working from. I will be happy to phone any individual who may have questions. We will respect all the protocols for Covid-19 (distancing and masks). Please contact Pat at pwood4@maine.rr.com or 207-671-4499.

Location: Mechanic Park in Biddeford
First Class: 9/15/2020
Time: Tuesday & Thursday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Class Size: Min 4, Max 10 Materials
Materials Required: Watercolor sketch Books and colors Sessions: 6-8

Plein Air Painting Watercolor - Making Water Behave in the Elements
Instructor: Brad Coupe

This class is for watercolor painters at all levels who are interested in exploring on-site painting. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we will only paint outside and follow social distancing restrictions in effect at the time the class begins. Sites will include local natural landscapes, village and urban settings, architectural features and seaside subjects. Students will plan for the changing light and shadows (and tides), and a variety of techniques and issues will be examined – color and perspective, water and reflections, and clouds and waves.

Location: Home of Brad Coupe, 20 Ocean Avenue, Biddeford Pool, ME
First Class: 9/15/2020
Time: Tuesday, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Class Size: Min 5, Max 7
Sessions: 6
Materials Required: In addition to basic watercolor painting materials - paints, brushes, paper, pencils, and erasers, etc., a portable easel is recommended. A more detailed suggested list will be distributed in advance of the class. If you have questions about the materials or the class itself, please call Brad Coupe at 207-229-9402.

Outdoor Photography
Instructor: Millett Day

Come learn the basic camera settings of your DSLR camera (please no point and shoot) including ISO, shutter speed, and aperture all in a practical outdoor setting. By the time you are done with the class, you will be taking photographs using aperture or shutter speed priority instead of auto. Locations under consideration are Laudholm Trust, Mt. Agamenticus, East Point Sanctuary Biddeford Pool, Saco Heath, Rachel Carson, and Ferry Beach.

First Class: 9/15/2020
Time: Tuesday, 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Location: Laudholm Farm

Class Size: Min 2, Max 6
Number of Sessions: 6
Materials Required: DSLR camera and manual, tripod if you have one, any other camera equipment that you have.


New Instructors Welcome! Would you like to share your special interest or knowledge with others? You could do so as a Senior College instructor. Course Proposal Forms may be submitted online. We will contact you.


Accessibility: Parking for people with disabilities is available at all YCSC course sites.

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