2016 youth generalYouth

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.

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CLASS CANCELLATIONS: Afterschool classes will be cancelled in the event that Stowe schools are closed due to inclement weather, if they close early or if afterschool activities are cancelled.

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$50 deposit required at time of registration.
Payment in full is due 2 weeks prior to the start of class.
Cancellation Policy:  There are no refunds for cancellations 14 days or less before the start of a class.; a 15% administrative fee is non-refundable. Alternatively, tuition may be applied to a future class within the next year. 


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AFTERSCHOOL CLASSES 2017 

Winter: January-February
Ages 4-Kindergarten: Stamp It!
Grades 1-3: It's a Dog's Life | Hand-Sewing; Surface Design
Grades 4-6: Robotics Adventure |Theatre; Character Development

Early Spring: March-April
Ages 4-Kindergarten: Lights, Camera, Art!
Grades 1-3:Check Out My Poster! | My Accordion Seasons Book
Grades 4-6: Painting Farm Animals in Oil

Late Spring: May-June
Ages 4-Kindergarten: Tree Inspirations!
Grades 1-3:Stitch Into Spring | Getting to Know Matisse
Grades 4-6: Exploring the Possibilities of Drawing

 


 WINTER 2017


2016 ed stampsSTAMP IT!
Thursdays, January 12- February 23 (no class 2/2) 
Age 4-Kindergarten
This class is in session
3:00pm-5:00pm
$125 (member) | $150 (non-member)
6 classes

Students will examine a variety of fun used stamps with images of everything from shells to birds to flowers!  They will create oversized, super cool collages inspired by a favorite stamp image. Students will also explore the meaning of stamps in connection to writing letters.  Hop on board to STAMP IT!  
Instructor: Alexa Sherrill


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2016 ed pm puppyIT’S A DOG’S LIFE
Wednesdays, January 18- February 22
1st-3rd grade
This class is in session
3:00pm-5:00pm
$125 (member) | $150 (non-member)
6 classes

Always wanted a puppy or pet that doesn't eat your shoes? We’ll create a life-size pet of your choice in this class as we learn to build an armature out of newspapers and cardboard and cover it with plaster, and finish up with paint to create the puppy or pet of your dreams!
Instructor: Juliet O’Neil


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2016 ed stitching

HAND SEWING: SURFACE & DESIGN
Tuesdays, January 17- February 21 
1st-3rd grade
This class is in session
3:00pm-5:00pm
$125 (member) | $150 (non-member)
6 classes
Instructor: Donna Collins

Sewing is a way to hold surfaces together and also a way to decorate! Students will discuss and become comfortable with sewing and design terms and techniques. They will work with a variety of fabrics, practice measuring, cutting and sewing 2D pieces into 3D forms. They will also learn a number of stitches and how to sew on embellishments like fringe, sequins, and buttons!

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0 spacer2016 ed roboticsRescue from Planet YAD-NELEH:
A LEGO ROBOTICS ADVENTURE
Tuesdays, January 17-February 14
4th-6th grade
This class is in session
3:00pm-5:00pm
$140 (member) | $165 (non-member)
5 classes 

It has been 2 planetary years since you crashed on planet Yad-Neleh. Today yo watched helplessly as a rescue ship circled overhead and then disappeared. Unfortunately, the rescue party is unaware that you were able to fire up your terra explorer, but then accidentally wandered into a nearby crater before losing power and damaging you tracker beam. Can you survive until the rescue team locates you? You are tired and your brain hurts just thinking about it all, but you must make fast tracks to survive.

Be one of the vital rescue party team members required to build and program robots as part of the mission to rescue a stranded astronaut on planet Yad-Neleh. You will also be the stranded astronaut, who must learn to design robots to stay alive. This is a class where you will work hard and have fun learning.

Open to students from the first beginner’s class or students who are familiar with the Lego Mindstorms program to control robots. Students must possess a desire to learn about building robots, programming and working together with other students to solve problems.
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2016 theatreTHEATRE: CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
Mondays, January 23- February  20
4th-6th grade
This class is in session
3:00pm-5:00pm
$100 (member) | $125 (non-member)
5 classes 

In this intensive character development class, each child will choose a monolog from a play, memorize the monolog and work on blocking, diction, and pronunciation.  We’ll delve into each character and learn how to take on a different personality. All ability levels welcome- great preparation for the 5th-grade musical or any spring production!
Instructor: Molly Mitchell







EARLY SPRING


2017 ed theater
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ART!

Thursdays, March 9- April 13 (no class 3/23)
Age 4-Kindergarten
3:00pm-5:00pm
$100 (member) | $125 (non-member)
5 classes
In this class, students will use various forms of artistic expression, including drawing, sculpture, costume, and prop design to make a short film as a class. Students will each learn and practice an assortment of techniques to create their own scenes for a collaborative movie and have a blast making their own story!
Instructor: Stella Drews-Sheldon

Lights, Camera, Art!

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2017 ed poster
CHECK OUT MY POSTER!
Wednesdays, March 15- April 12  
1st-3rd grade
3:00pm-5:00pm
$100 (member) | $125 (non-member)
5 classes
Always wanted to make your own poster?  Here's your chance!  Students will make 5 different posters based upon 5 different art styles - Pop Art, Cubism, Surrealism, Post-Impressionism, and Fauvism.  A variety of mediums will be used including pen & ink, pastel, pencil, collage, and paint.  Make it! Take it! Display it!
Instructor: Alexa Sherrill

Check Out My Poster!

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2017 ed bookMY ACCORDION SEASONS BOOK!
Thursdays, March 9- April 13 (no class 3/23)
1st-3rd grade
3:00pm-5:00pm
$100 (member) | $125 (non-member)
5 classes
Hold the seasons in your hand!  Students will make handmade, accordion style books filled with beautiful images of summer, fall, winter, and spring.  There will be the option to add written descriptions or self-created poems to enhance the overall effect of a book of seasons.  Each book with be finished with a cover and button/ribbon closure.  
Instructor: Alexa Sherrill

My Accordion Seasons Book!!

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2017 ed cowpaintingPAINTING FARM ANIMALS IN OIL
Wednesdays, March 15- April 12  
4th-6th grade
3:00pm-5:00pm
$100 (member) | $125 (non-member)
5 classes
We will learn the secrets of drawing and painting farmyard animals. This class will teach you how to get perfect proportions and how to use aqua oils to render fur and feathers as we paint an adorable cow and chicken.
Instructor: Juliet O’Neil

Painting Farm Animals in Oil

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LATE SPRING


2017 ed sawingTREE INSPIRATIONS!
Thursdays, May 4- June 8
Age 4-Kindergarten
3:00pm-5:00pm
$125 (member) | $150 (non-member)
6 classes
Spring is in the air and it’s time to go outside and explore our trees!  Trees will be the inspiration for these projects, from paper constructions to using saws and hammers for some inspired artwork!  These young artists will learn a variety of skills such as foil rubbings, photo collaborations, bubble paint artwork and tool skills while enjoying some outdoor fun!
Instructor: Stephanie Drews-Sheldon

Tree Inspirations

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STITCH INTO SPRING!
Wednesdays, May 3- June 7
1st-3rd grade
3:00pm-5:00pm
$125 (member) | $150 (non-member)
6 classes
Students will learn how to needlepoint in this fun class as they create original motifs on open weave canvas, and then sew with colorful yarns to complete their pieces.  Motif ideas might include a flower, a butterfly, a whale, a bug, a boat, or so much more!  Completed squares can be backed in fabric to make a mini pillow, a sachet, a coaster, or a magnet.  Come and learn a new skill!
Instructor: Alexa Sherrill

Stitch into Spring

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2017 ed matisseGETTING TO KNOW MATISSE!
Thursdays, May 4- June 8
1st-3rd grade
3:00pm-5:00pm
$125 (member) | $150 (non-member)
6 classes
Students will love getting to know this prolific artist who is known for his use of color in a variety of mediums. Working individually and collaboratively, students will use well-known Matisse images as guides to create self-portraits, name cards, goldfish prints, collages, 3-D doves, and a giant blue mural.  Think COLOR and bring your imagination to class!

Instructor: Alexa Sherrill

Getting to Know Matisse

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EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITIES OF DRAWING

Wednesdays, May 3- June 7
4th-6th grade
3:00pm-5:00pm
$125 (member) | $150 (non-member)
6 classes
From expressive to observational drawing, we will explore a range of techniques and materials to achieve our artistic goals and use our surroundings and personal story to inspire our artwork.  Students will travel around downtown Stowe to explore concepts of landscape and architectural drawings as well as investigate the portrait using a range of artists as artistic inspiration.  
Instructor: Morgan Nichols

Explore the Possibilities of Drawing

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Instructor Bios


Stephanie Drews-Sheldon creates commissioned and gallery furniture pieces as well as small production work. She earned her MFA in Wood Design from East Carolina University where she taught design and wood design classes. Stephanie spent 12 years working at an independent school in Washington DC teaching and creating art, woodworking, and ceramic curriculums for students of all ages.

Stella Drews-Sheldon is a Stowe student and aspiring filmmaker. She is an active member in the Stowe thespian society and has written one-act plays as well as several short films. Stella attended a summer intensive at the School of Creative and Performing Arts in New York, where she wrote, acted in and directed a short film. She has worked with students at Helen Day Art Center for over three years and is passionate about giving children and enriching education in art.

Donna Collins has been in the garment industry since the 4th grade when she sold doll clothes to her friends. She has done costume design for the Lyric Theatre and The Flynn Center for Performing Arts. She has also worked for Garnet Hill, Burton, Brystie and the Johnson Woolen Mill. Donna does everything from designing to pattern making and is currently working as a freelance design technician.

Mike Maloney: During a fun career as an engineer and project manager, Mike became interested in enrichment education in the local schools. Mike has since reinvented himself, developing and teaching fun Lego Robotic challenges and has expanded into Stop Motion Animation. Mike teaches after school and at the TDI summer camp. He has created and hosted theme based Lego build sessions at local libraries and can sometimes also be found visiting middle school science classes working with students to enjoy hands-on STEM activiities. When not having fun teaching, Mike enjoys woodworking, hiking, and home repairs.

Molly Mitchell is the founder and Director of Stowe Children's Theatre. Molly participated in theatre in high school and was accepted into two different Actor/Training programs. She decided to pursue her medical interests and obtained an Associate of Applied Science through the college of Southern Idaho. She practiced veterinary medicine for a number of years before taking a break to raise her children. In the summer of 2014 Molly began teaching theatre games to children through the Stowe Free Library. Through the support and encouragement of this community, Stowe Children's Theatre has grown. She loves to see children learn valuable life skills through participating in all aspects of theatre. She feels children can benefit greatly from the unique situations that students learn to navigate during rehersals. She is proud to offer more classes for the amazing children in this community!

Morgan Nichols, a Stowe native, taught visual art for nine years in North Carolina and Connecticut. Morgan holds a Masters in Art Education from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her passion for the creative process, art history and exploring media through play informs her teaching.

Juliet O'Neil is a local artist and educator who excels in many mediums and is known and collected for her portraits and landscapes. Juliet started the artist in residence program at Morristown Elementary and Bishop Marshall School where she has been sharing her passion for art with her students for the past 22 years. Teaching adults and kindergarten through high school, her students have excelled beyond their years in their ability to see and think as an artist. 

Alexandra Sherrill is a freelance photographer and artist whose work focuses on the natural habitat and colorful flora of Bermuda. She is an early childhood teacher with a love for thinking outside the box to foster an exploration of art. With an M.Ed from Lesley University and experience teaching in both the US and Bermuda, she weaves together the wonderful world of art and literature to inspire multi-age learners. Favorite projects include colorful, hand-torn collages and decoupage under glass. Alexandra had her first solo exhibit in Bermuda in 2015, and she continues to sell her artwork in Boston and Bermuda.

 

 

 

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