Lesia Sochor will begin a new six-week Merryspring session of intermediate watercolor classes Thursday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon. The classes will meet weekly through Dec. 8 — with the exception of Thanksgiving Day — at Merryspring Nature Center, 30 Conway Road.

A graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art, Sochor is a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher who believes anyone has the ability to create. While her classes focus on technical skills like edge control, tonal values and composition, she also encourages students to discover personal style and creative interpretation.

Sochor has lived, painted, exhibited and taught in Maine for more than 30 years. She has been a visiting artist in Maine schools through the Maine Arts Commission; and she co-founded the Art Annex, a school in Belfast for youth and adults. She teaches annual art programs at Waterfall Arts in Belfast; and currently is teaching a teen program at Ironwood in Morrill.

Class size is limited, so pre-registration is required. Cost for the six classes is $235, with a $35 discount for Merryspring members. To register, call 236-2239 or email info@merryspring.org.

Merryspring is at the end of Conway Road, which is off Route 1, behind the Hannaford Shopping Plaza. The community nature center offers walking trails, cultivated gardens, wildlife and ecology and horticulture educational programs all year-round.

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