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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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HDAC members save $25 on every class!
More information: 802-253-8358 
Scholarships available
Registration: Registration requires a $50 deposit. Payment in full is due 2 weeks prior to class.
Cancellation Policy
: 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

Photographer's Workroom w/ Marcie Scudder
Printmaking without a Press w/Suzanne Siegel
Smartphone Photography w/Paul Rogers
Fall Watercolor w/Robert O'Brien
Big Fat Art w/Jane Davies
Expressions in Paint w/Claire Desjardins
Still Life in Watercolor w/Marc Taro Holmes
Write for Life w/Jackson Kytle
Bookbinding w/Chiyomi McKibbin
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Saturday, September 23
Sunday, September 24
9:00am-4:30pm both days
$225 (member) | $250 (non-member)

In this workshop students will learn how to easily make high quality original prints without a press and with easy soap and water cleanup. Using acrylic paints and other water-based media, students will learn several methods of printmaking without a press, and learn how to combine these methods for unlimited potential. All methods can be used on lighter weight papers for use in collage or other paper arts, or on heavier printmaking paper as finished art prints. Lightweight fabrics can also be used. Experimenting and mixed media is encouraged! Demonstrations, slide presentation, and individual discussions will help each student to create work using their own aesthetic ideas. Supply list provided.

Instructor: Suzanne Siegel

Tuesdays 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

This class is in session
September 19-November 7, 2017
(8 weeks)
$240 (member) | $265 (non-member)

Photographer’s Workroom is an 8-week class in project creation and portfolio development. We'll  study a number of photographer/artist portfolios as a means of learning and understanding. There will be several class assignments to stimulate thinking creatively and responsively to suggested prompts. Emphasis will be on photography as process and practice, and using our cameras as a way of seeing. Although technical questions will be addressed as they arise, this is not a technical ‘how-to’ class. All cameras and levels of ability and experience are welcome, as is any method or medium of image making. The only requirement is that of presence and a willingness to experiment and explore. Each student will choose an individual project that he/she might like to pursue during the course of our time together.  While working on our projects, we’ll meet and engage in supportive critical discussions of each other’s work. The end goal is for each student to have a completed and cohesive body of work (10-12 images) that speaks to a set intention or story.  We'll close with a communal exhibit of our work, with the hopes of archiving, showing and sharing it all together on a website.
Instructor: Marcie Scudder



Saturday, September 30

Registration Closed
$85 (member) | $110 (non-member)

Explore your world through photography using your mobile device! This workshop will help you use smartphone cameras to capture, edit, and present photos in a creative way. We will discuss photo-taking apps and explore both basic and radically-expressive photo processing using popular editing apps. We will also look at contemporary artists whose choice to photograph with smartphones is changing the world of art and photography. Together we’ll walk scenic Stowe Village, capturing images that stir our vision and are the genesis of our artistic expression. Participants must bring their own camera-enabled mobile device (smartphone or tablet). Free and paid editing apps will be recommended.

Instructor: Paul Rogers



Saturday, October 14
$85 (member) | $110 (non-member)

This one-day workshop will focus on painting the spectacular fall landscape of New England in its glorious splendor. The class will begin with a demonstration by the instructor who will explain his technique for capturing the vibrancy of autumn colors through the layering process. Techniques for creating light and shadow will also be shown. Students will paint for the remainder of the class followed by a critique. All abilities welcome. Materials list available.

Instructor: Robert J. O’Brien, AWS, NWS

Fall Watercolor

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

EXPRESSIONS IN PAINT w/Claire Desjardins

Saturday & Sunday, November 4-5
Waitlist only: 802-253-8358
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



Demonstration and Workshop

Saturday, December 2


$135 (member) | $160 (non-member)

In this full day crash course on painting still life in watercolor, instructor Marc Taro Holmes will demonstrate an approach to capturing complex subjects in watercolor. We'll practice simplifying 'impossible' details, showing how to get to the essence of any object. Marc will start with the fundamentals of observational drawing using simplified sight measuring, then go through a demonstration of Tea, Milk and Honey - his three pass approach to watercolor, working Large-to-Small and Light-to-Dark. Students will spend the afternoon trying this method on their own sketches of still life setups, with ongoing critique and assistance. We would greatly appreciate students bringing objects to add variety to our provided still life setups. A house plant would be an excellent addition! - but also any interesting object with a complex shape. Marc's particularly interested in: wooden carvings, cultural objects, and table-sized sculptures and figurines. But, nothing so valuable we have to fear for it's safety. Supply list provided.
Instructor: Marc Taro Holmes

Still Life in Watercolor



Wednesdays, Jan 10- February 7 
(5 weeks)
$110 (member) | $135 (non-member)

Writing can become your lifelong companion. Writing helps us think better. And we deepen relationships with family and friends. This workshop will review personal letters and memoirs as well as business letters and proposals. Finding one’s voice is the starting point. Then habits have to be built to support writing, daily or weekly, if only to write one sentence a day. Becoming a writer takes inspiration and perspiration, but also elements of craft like grammar and proofing. Participants will develop a small writing project for class discussion.
Instructor: Jackson Kytle

Write for Life



Saturday, January 27
Sunday, January 28 (2nd day optional)
9:30am-3:30pm Saturday; 10:00am-3:00pm Sunday
Saturday only: $100 (member) | $125 (non-member)
Saturday & Sunday: $190 (member) | $215 (non-member)
Teens welcome!

In the first day of this workshop, students will learn to make an Accordion book, a Pamphlet Stitch book, and how to fold a single sheet of paper into 7 different folded books. In the optional second day students will make a portable hole-punching cradle that can be used for future stitch-bound books along with learning how to make Postal Notebooks. Supplies provided.
Instructor: Chiyomi McKibbin


Introduction to Bookbinding



Sunday, February 11
$85 (member) | $110 (non-member)

Color is exciting! Color is fun! Color is complicated! Color Research Lab is for artist and color enthusiasts of all levels to learn about color, the art of seeing and looking, how to research color, how to expand beyond your go-to color choices, and of course, how to mix colors. This class is for artists with experience in watercolor, gouache, acrylics, or any medium that allows you to mix your own color. Supply list provided.
Instructor: Chiyomi McKibbin

Color Research Lab



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. janedaviesstudios.com

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. clairedesjardins.com
Montreal artist, Marc Taro Holmes is the author of The Urban Sketcher: Techniques for Seeing and Drawing on Location, and the instructor for online classes; Travel Sketching in Mixed Media and Sketching People in Motion, and is an award winning member of the the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Color. Marc writes the popular blog at www.CitizenSketcher.com, where he focuses on travel sketching in watercolor. Feel free to stop by for his frequent, free, updates including reviews of supplies, painting tips and tricks and stories about whatever he's painting next. citizensketcher.com

Jackson Kytle has lived in Stowe for twenty years. His B.A. in English is from Middlebury College and he earned the Ph.D. from Columbia University in social psychology. Now retired from academic positions at Goddard, Norwich, The New School, and Bank Street College, he enjoys working with adult students who want to use writing to enrich their lives. A second edition of his book, To Want to Learn, featuring new chapters on neurobiology and mindfulness, was released by Palgrave Macmillan in July, 2012.
Chiyomi McKibbin earned her Master of Fine Arts from California College of the Arts (San Francisco, CA), her Bachelor of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL), and her Bachelor of Arts from Humboldt State University (Arcata, CA). McKibbin studied abroad in Greece in 2010, New York in 2014, and was an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center in February of 2016. Previously, McKibbin has worked in education as a Mentor for the First Year Honors Program at California College of the Arts, a lecturer in the continuing education department at City College of San Francisco, and as a guest lecturer for a variety of continuing education classes around San Francisco. She was one of six artists exhibiting in the group exhibition Present Tense: Future Perfect at the Chinese Cultural Center in San Francisco. Along with exhibiting, one of McKibbin's artists' books has been acquired for the Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection in Chicago, IL. In addition to working at the Helen Day Art Center, McKibbin is a practicing artist, teaching artist, and color enthusiast. chiyomimckibbin.com

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
Marcie Scudder’s artist's journey began almost two decades ago as a means of slowing down and recording the world thru her camera’s lens. As a self-taught photographic fine artist, writer and yogini – she believes in the transformative healing powers of daily practice as a means of connecting to the spirit that resides within. By yoking together the ancient teachings of yoga with her passion and love for the animal and natural world, Marcie’s art acts as a visual and verbal expression of simplicity, silence, solitude and self. Like life itself, her art is an ever-evolving process. She likens it to a vinyasa yoga practice, a continuous connection between movement and breath. Recently, Marcie has added artist book-making to her repertoire as one other medium through which she artfully weaves together her words and images to create story. Selections of her work can be found in permanent private collections in Canada and the USA. She has been published in numerous art magazines, including Still Point Quarterly, where she was awarded Best in Show. She shows and shares her work regularly on her Daily Practice Blog, and in many local and community artist venues. Currently, Marcie lives and works in Stowe, VT. From her treetop studio, she finds inspiration in the changing seasons and majestic views of the mountains. When not at work in her studio, you might find her at dawn's first light, walking with her camera and much-loved Aussie pups. She is most grateful for all of life's most unexpected gifts.

Suzanne Seigel: Suzanne 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.




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