Sweet Tree Arts, an L3C arts and education center, offers a variety of programs and workshops this summer for children and adults with visiting teachers and artists starting Monday, July 1, with Music Movement and Drama, a three-day workshop with Jessica Day and Caitlin Schick for children age 5 to 8.

Monday and Tuesday, July 8 and 9, there will be Fairy House Fun; and Wednesday and Thursday, July 10 and 11, Treasure Hunters with Liza Gardner Walsh for age 5 to 10. MudHuts to Sky Scrapers with Ann Rousseau and Lindsay Pinchbeck is offered Monday, July 15, for age 5 to 8; and Papermaking and Bookmaking with Pinchbeck and Dawn Smith Cote for ages 5 to 7 and 8 to 10 Wednesday, July 17. Creative Writing with Dena Davis is offered for ages 7 to 9 on Monday, July 22.

July 22 opens Asian Studies Week, offering Peaceful Warrior Martial Arts with Chuck Nguyen and open studio times featuring Asian language, culture and the arts. There will be a Family Haiku Hike with Kristen Lindquist of Coastal Mountain Land Trust Wednesday, July 24, at 3 p.m.; families will hike up Hatchet Mountain trail and create original haikus.

In July, there also will be open studio drop-in Mondays through Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. Families are welcome to stop in and make art at multiple stations set up for art explorations. Children registered in morning workshops are welcome to pack a lunch and stay for the afternoon open studio, as open studios will continue the themes of the morning workshops. Sweet Tree’s outdoor classroom provides space to be inspired and stay creative outside.

Open studio hours will continue in August, and summer science workshops also will be offered. Ongoing four-week programs will be offered for toddlers, middle schoolers and high school age artists; one may sign up for the four-week program or register for one class within the series.

For adults, Sweet Tree Arts offers a Life Drawing series Thursdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. starting July 11. The group also will meet on the last Thursday of the month at Hope Elephants to draw the elephants; all model fees will support Hope Elephants. Printmaking Open Studio hours are offered Tuesday nights beginning July 9; participants may use the studio’s small etching press with tools and materials provided for various printmaking techniques.

For educators, Sweet Tree Arts offers a Masters in Education integrating the arts across the curriculum through Lesley University. This low-residency program meets once a month for 22 months. Lesley is currently recruiting to begin a cohort group in 2014. Information meetings are offered this summer Saturday, July 27, at 10 a.m.; and Monday, Aug. 12, at 6 p.m.

The Hope Children's Festival, a celebration of late artist and author Ashley Bryan, is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 24. Interested organizations are welcome to contact Sweet Tree Arts to participate and explore the arts around the theme "What a Wonderful World."

For more information, visit sweettreearts.org or call 763-2770.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.