SLICE (Students Learning Innovative Creative Endeavors) is a multi-disciplinary arts education and engagement program designed to encourage students ages 13-18 to explore Waterville’s unique, high-quality arts and cultural programs and institutions. This free program directly invites students to visit the Waterville Opera House, the Maine Film Center’s Railroad Square Cinema, the Waterville Public Library, the Colby College Museum of Art, Ticonic Gallery + Studios, and other arts venues to engage in outstanding arts programming and learn more about possible career paths in the creative arts.


Set Design with Desiree DuBois

October 13, 2021
10:00 AM

How does the set design for a theatrical production come to life? Join scenic artist, Desiree DuBois, as she discusses the collaborative and artistic process of creating a theatrical set design from a small-scale model to a full- scale set. Each participant will design their own small-scale model for ‘The Secret Garden’.

Desiree has worked as a scenic painter on over 75 local theatrical productions in the Central Maine region. Desi has painted set for plays including The Music Man, Jekyll & Hyde, Sarah, Plain and Tall, The Secret Garden, Spamalot, Wuthering Heights, and Gilligan’s Island: The Musical.

Artistic Career Paths associated with this workshop: Scenic Painter, Figurative Painter

Social Justice + Art with Maine Inside Out

October 20, 2021
12:30 PM

Bashir Matan, Noah Bragg, and Stacy Perez of, Maine Inside Out, Portland, will lead an interactive virtual workshop, giving teens an understanding of what it means to create art that is inspired by social justice issues. Maine Inside Out’s workshops involve a collaborative, creative process on topics of social change—this workshop will be inspired by the themes in the paintings of Bob Thompson. We’ll learn about the work of this innovative artist, talk about social justice and identity issues as well as participate in creative writing as a group. Bashir, Noah and Stacy will then share information about what it’s like to work at Maine Inside Out.

More About Maine Inside Out:
Maine Inside Out activates individuals and communities to imagine and embody freedom through art, advocacy and support, and transformative justice. Formerly incarcerated people lead our work to build a world where everyone matters and belongs.

Artistic Career Paths associated with this workshop: Curator, Community Activist, Community Artist, Assistant Curator, Art Historian, Visual Artist, Creative Writing, Actor, Playwright, Poet, Writer, and Development Officer.

Painting Game Miniatures with Raechel Moore

October 27, 2021
11:00 AM

Raechel Moore will instruct participants how to paint miniatures used for popular table-top games such as Dungeons & Dragons. Each participant will have the opportunity to paint their own miniature. For those registered, game miniatures will be available for pick-up at the Waterville Public Library at Library To Go Monday to Friday from 12-5 ( until 6pm on Tuesday) and Saturday from 10-12! The game miniature kits will be there the week before the event.

Raechel is a Librarian Generalist at the Maine State Library, where she ran a long-term Dungeons & Dragons game for children. She is a member of Freelance Heroism, a successful D&D actual-play podcast and she paints highly detailed D&D miniatures.

Artistic Career Paths associated with this workshop: Painter, Podcaster, Librarian, Assistant Librarian, Children’s Librarian

Stop-Motion Animation with Isabelle + Phoebe Rogers

November 4, 2021
12:30 PM

Learn the fun process of bringing life to your own shapes, characters, and scenes through stop-motion animation. Phoebe and Isabelle Rogers are award-winners of the Maine Student Film & Video Festival, and have shown their most recent film, “Embryonic Universe,” at the Maine International Film Festival. Using simple materials and any basic camera, follow along as they offer tips, tricks, and techniques for animating your story.

Artistic Career Paths associated with this workshop: Animation, Digital Studies, Visual Art, Film Studies, Film History

Creating Graphic Novels with Russ Cox

November 10, 2021
10:00 AM

What does creating a graphic novel involve? Children’s book illustrator and graphic novelist, Russ Cox, demonstrates the process he uses to create a graphic novel. He will describe the process from creating sketches to transferring them to the software, Sketch Up. Participants are invited to create a story line from a sketch they make during the workshop. Each participate will be able to use the Sketch Up, a free downloadable software.

More about Russ:

Artistic Career Paths associated with this workshop: Illustrator, Graphic artist, Graphic designer, Creative Writing