2016 adults general


Be bold - try something new! The Art Center is the place to embrace curiosity and explore your creativity. We offer experiential learning opportunities for students at all levels of artistic development and encourage new and experienced artists to investigate, take risks, build skills and be part of the meaning-making.

CLASS CANCELLATIONS: Classes will be cancelled in the event that Stowe schools are closed due to inclement weather.

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HDAC members
save $25 on every class!
More information: 802-253-8358 
$50 deposit required at time of registration
Payment in full due two weeks prior to class
Scholarships available
Registration & Cancellation Policy: Registration requires a $50 deposit. Payment in full is due 2 weeks prior to class. There are no refunds for cancellations 14 days or fewer before the first class; a 15% administrative fee is non-refundable. 

Upcoming Classes for Adults

Digital Photography IIMaking Your Best Work; Abstract Painting w/Galen CheneyAbstract Painting and Composition for Textile Artists w/Jane Davies | Making the Ordinary Extraordinary; Watercolor w/Robert O'Brien | Mixed Media Collage Painting w/ Suzanne Siegel Big Fat Art; 2017 | Expressions in Paint


Tuesdays, March 14, 21, 28; April 4, 11

This class is in session

$140 member | $165 non-member

This class is for those who have a solid working knowledge of digital photography or who have taken our Digital Photography I class. On the technical side, participants will learn how to manage and retouch digital photos with Adobe software. On the artistic side, the class will discuss composition and other aspects of photo aesthetics and there will be weekly assignments. Students must have their own DSLR or small digital camera with manual adjustments. They should also have a personal computer or tablet on which they can store, edit, and present their photographs in digital form.
Instructor: Paul Rogers
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2017 ed cheneyMAKING YOUR BEST WORK: Abstract Painting with Galen Cheney

Saturday, March 25
This class is FULL.
$100 (member) | $125 (non-member)

In this one-day abstract painting workshop we will explore color relationships, composition, and mark making, with an eye to making fresh, bold paintings that surprise and inspire us and help us grow as painters.  Join us! Materials provided.
Instructor: Galen Cheney
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April 18, 19, 20 & 21 
9:30am-4:30pm Tuesday-Thursday
9:30am-4:00pm Friday
$475 (member) $500 (non-member)

Two spots left, please call to register; 802-253-8358

Have you dreamed of expanding your expressive possibilities by incorporating acrylic paint into your textile work?  Are you looking for a way to generate ideas and studies without all that sewing and stitching?  Or would you just like a break from the labor-intensity of textiles to loosen up and have fun with painting?

In this workshop you will become familiar with acrylic materials and techniques, so you can decide if and how it might help you in your own textiles work.  We will explore a variety of techniques for applying paint to paper, generating a whole spectrum of colors, patterns, and textures.  Then we will use these papers as collage material to study various aspects of composition.  
We’ll also have a chance to let loose and just paint!  Finally, we will discuss ways that you might use painting in your textile work, and ways that you can use painting and collage to generate visual ideas.
Instructor: Jane Davies

> Download the Supply List for this class here.

Painting Light in Watercolor

Saturday, May 13
$85 (member) | $110 (non-member)

Learn how to paint “the light”! This course will explore techniques on how to achieve spectacular light effects from ordinary images through the use of light and shadow. Subject matter will range from landscape, florals, to close focus studies of architectural and agricultural motifs.  Composition and values will be explored in this workshop. All levels of painting ability are welcome. Students will work from photo reference. Some drawing experience is recommended. There will be a critique and class discussion at the end of the workshop. Materials list available.
Instructor: Robert J. O’Brien, AWS, NWS

> Download the Materials List PDF

Watercolor w/Robert O'Brien

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June 2, 3, 4
9:00am-4:30pm Friday and Saturday
9:00am-4:00 Sunday
$325 (member) | $350 (non-member)

In this workshop, we fearlessly explore some unique and experimental painting and transfer methods and printing without a press on archival yet inexpensive papers. Mixed media may include acrylic paints, graphite, pastels, crayons, markers, and personal papers scanned with a copier onto archival paper. Explore mark making with various tools, to create unique and beautiful collage papers. We approach the collage process with a variety of non-judgemental beginnings and forget about our inner critic. We maintain non-attachment by working on more than one piece at a time without overthinking and remain open to possibilities that we decide to keep or adjust. You can't make a mistake with collage, simply adjust your course with a new paper shape, painted shape, or some graphic marks. You can work on paper supports to be matted and framed or mounted on wood panels, or you can work directly on wood panels. Demonstrations, slide presentation, critiques, and group discussion included. Some materials provided, materials list provided upon registration. $5 supply fee for additional materials to be paid directly to the instructor.
Instructor: Suzanne Siegel

> Download the Materials List PDF

Mixed Media Collage

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2017 ed class daviesBIG FAT ART; 2017

October 20th, 21st & 22nd

Waitlist only: 802-253-8358

9:00am-4:30pm Friday and Saturday
9:00am-4:00pm Sunday
$350 (member) | $375 (non-member)

Big Fat Art is a state of mind rather than a specific kind of art. It is all about loosening up and getting past the thinking/evaluating zone and into the creative, spontaneous one where you can be freely expressive. Ditch the inhibitions, relax and have fun playing with paint! We start Big Fat Art on big fat drawing paper (18"x24") with process-oriented exercises using inexpensive paints and drawing materials. This generates loads of works-in-progress, which we then use as playgrounds for layering paint, drawing, and collage, and expanding the visual vocabulary. After dozens of expressive and exploratory pieces, we move onto good paper (22"x30") beginning the pieces in a similar spontaneous mode, but working on them longer and slowing down the process. This workshop gives you the tools to get un-stuck by focusing on process, working in multiples, and having more fun. You can apply this playful approach to your art, whether big fat, teen tiny or in between.
Instructor: Jane Davies

> Download the supplies list PDF


Saturday & Sunday, November 4-5
9:30-3:30 both days
$275 (member) | $300 (non-member)

Deepen your understanding of the acrylic medium as you learn innovative mark-making techniques, experiment with larger brushes, and explore color theory. Focus is on planning and getting started, choosing color combinations, and achieving desired overall effect. View work by other contemporary artists, explore color field paintings, and discuss negative and positive space as well as collage techniques. Basic materials provided.
Instructor: Claire Desjardins

Expressions in Paint



Lisa Forster Beach of Stowe, is an award-winning artist. Her watercolor paintings gained her the honor of signature membership in the National Watercolor Society. She has an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and a BA in Art Education from Edinboro University of PA. Lisa has also studied with many master painters and is acclaimed for her teaching both regionally and nationally.

Patty Castellini is known for her colorful abstract monotype prints. The Enfield, NH artist first discovered her love for printmaking when she began volunteering at AVA Art Center in Lebanon, NH---a position which evolved into a twenty-five year teaching career. Castellini takes great delight in the creative process, both her own and that of her students. She believes that creating art is something that can engage everyone. She states, "It is this dual process of teaching and painting that adds so much meaning to my life."

Galen Cheney has been painting professionally for 25 years, since receiving her MFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore. Her work has been exhibited and collected throughout the U.S. and in Europe. Recent exhibitions include The Painting Center in New York City, Gray Contemporary in Houston, and The Drawing Room Gallery in Cos Cob, CT. She has received fellowships from The Millay Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and Da Wang Culture Highland in Shenzhen, China, and looks forward to participating in shows later this year at Central Booking, NYC and the Kent Museum in Calais, VT.

Jane Davies is a full-time artist working in collage, painting, and encaustic. She offers workshops at her studio and nationwide, focusing on helping people to find a personal and playful approach to art. Beginning as a potter in the early nineties, selling her colorful hand-painted ceramics at craft shows, Davies gradually transitioned into freelance art, designing tableware, fabric, paper goods, stationery, and other products, using painting and collage as her medium. For the past several years, Davies has put most of her efforts towards teaching, writing and making art.

Claire Desjardins
comes from a long line of artists and grew up in Montreal, Canada. She worked for many years as a graphic designer until she gave up the life of technology and marketing to pursue her love of painting. Claire received two grants to attend artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in 2011 and 2013. She traveled to southeastern China, also on a grant, to attend the Da Wang Culture Highland artist residency, in the fall of 2013. She is represented by Muse Gallery (Toronto, ON), and is one of Saatchi Art's best-selling artists. U.S. retail chain, Urban Outfitters, sells her original artwork under their Anthropologie banner. They reproduce her work on merchandise and sell it under Claire Desjardins signature label. Claire recently signed an agreement with Warner Brothers, who used her art in their feature film, "Winter's Tale" (released in February 2014. Her work can be found in both private and corporate collections around the world.

Robert J. O'Brien, AWS, NWS
is a signature Member of the American, National and New England Watercolor Societies as well as several others. He is is a full-time award-winning artist and instructor. He recently won Best in Show at the New England Watercolor Society's Regional Juried Exhibition in Plymouth MA and at the 2nd Annual Green Mountain Watercolor Exhibition in Waitsfield, VT. Robert O'Brien is the Director of Exhibitions for the Vermont Watercolor Society and the Scholarship Chair for the American Watercolor Society. Robert lives and paints in Weathersfield, Vermont and teaches many workshops throughout the United States and abroad. www.robertjobrien.com

Paul Rogers is a native of Stowe and BFA graduate of the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology. He works as a freelance photographer, specializing in commercial, documentary, travel, and fine art photography. Rusty DeWees (a.k.a. The Logger) is one of his best-known clients. He has taught photography privately at Sterling College, Mount Mansfield Winter Academy, Helen Day Art Center, and has been published nationally. paulrogersphotography.com or INSTAGRAM

Suzanne SeigelSuzanne takes long walks, always in places near the sea. She makes drawings, takes notes, and searches for visual ideas that communicate arrangements of space and luminous light that she feels deeply connected to. With a visual and sensual interest in rugged working harbors and ever changing tidal environments at the edge of the sea, Suzanne works in mixed media painting, watercolor, and mixed media collages. In her studio, she searches inventively with line, shape, color, texture, and value as she suggests the spirit of her beloved locations. She is currently represented by Carver Hill Gallery in Rockland, Maine, Cynthia Winings Gallery in Blue Hill, Maine, Cove Gallery in Wellfleet, MA, Cape Gallery Framers in Falmouth, MA, and Archipelago - The Island Institute in Rockland, Maine. She teaches workshops in Truro, MA, Nantucket, MA, Stowe, VT (upcoming), and in her Guilford studio.

Stephanie Zuppo is a Cartoonist, Illustrator, and Graphic Designer originally from Philadelphia, PA, but currently living in Burlington, VT. She received ther BFA in Illustration and Design at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia and an MFA in Comics at The Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont. In 2014, she co-founded Blank Party! - a video game based comics collective & publisher. Stephanie is currently focusing on teaching, making comics, and developing ways to make the comics industry a better place. Besides printing and distributing her own work, she has also appeared in several comic anthologies and publications. Previously, she worked as a comics librarian, a web tech support representative, a freelance web & UI/UX designer, a production artist, a storyboard artist, and a project manager. She is a master of many trades.



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