Watercolor artist Nan Benner will teach the medium at the Art Loft starting with a Paint Night Friday, Sept. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. Benner will teach participants how to paint a watercolor diptych.

A diptych is a piece of art created as one piece and then split to make two separate pieces of art, which can be framed together or separately. No prior painting experience is necessary, as Benner will walk participants through, step-by-step. Layering of washes using a simple mix of colors, they will paint the Camden shoreline.

Starting Friday, Sept. 23, Benner will teach beginning watercolor classes Fridays at 1 p.m.: Students will learn wet-in-wet technique, color mixing and how to control the water and paint. Lessons on the color wheel and how to observe colors in nature will be included; and Maine landscapes with be the subject of the first few classes, including a discussion on Maine master and watercolor artist Winslow Homer. Later classes will focus on basic drawing skills, observation in the landscape, and embracing one’s own own marks on paper.

The classes are geared at ages 11 through adult. Cost for Paint Night is $35, which includes all materials and snacks. Cost for the drop-in watercolor classes are $15 each. For more information and to register, call 200-9795 or visit artloftrockland.org to register.

The nonprofit Art Loft, which also offers more in-depth workshops, restorative art therapy and other special events, is located at 385 Main St., Suite 9 (inside the lobby of the Thorndike Building). For more information, visit the website; email info@artloftrockland.org; or call 200-9795.

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