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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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: There are no refunds for cancellations 14 days or fewer before the first class. 


Painting the Winter Landscape: Watercolor
Artist Book: Botanical Flowers an “AB Scenarium”
Color and Energy
Alla Prima Portraits
Digital Professional Practices
Painting Flowers: Watercolor
Artist Book: Pop-Up Gardens Vegetables

Instructor Bios

Saturday, February 2 
$90 (member) | $115 (non-member)

Painting the Winter Landscape: Watercolor


Painting the beautiful New England winter landscape in watercolor will be explored in this one-day workshop. Glazing techniques and layering of the subtle tints of snow will be introduced. Value, composition, and painting light and shadow will be emphasized. Students will work from photo reference and learn to create a finished painting from a favorite winter subject. The instructor will demonstrate his approach and will provide hands on guidance to each student. A critique will be held at the end of the session. Material list provided.
Instructor: Robert J. O’Brien, AWS, NWS


ARTIST BOOK: Botanical Flowers an "AB Scenarium"
Tuesdays, March 12, 19, 26 April 9, 16

$250 (member) | $275 (non-member)

Artist Book: Botanical Flowers an "AB Scenarium"

Delve into the world of artist books! Participants will explore how to make different accordion style books and create their own "AB Scenarium" focusing on botanical flowers. Materials list provided.
Instructor: Judy Sgantas

March 15-18

$475 (member) | $500 (non-member)

Color + Energy

Learn to loosen up your painting style, paint with more freedom, be more spontaneous, and more expressive in this workshop. Participants will learn how to do each of these while gaining a foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, and pastel are welcome. Materials list provided.
Instructor: David Kessler

FIBER: Mixed Media Embroidery
April 14-16


$350 (member) | $375 (non-member)

Explore the many ways that fiber arts can be transformed from the traditional to the contemporary. Students will learn many methods of stitching, weaving, sewing, and other things related to fiber. Discussion of materials, color theory, and the history of fiber are included as we begin with a solid foundation of exercises. Group critiques, individualized instruction, and demonstrations are included. No drawing skills are required. Materials list provided.
Instructor: Jodi Colella

April 17-19

$300 (member) | $325 (non-member)

Portraits Alla Prima

Alla Prima Portrait Painting is direct painting, where the artist completes a head, start to finish, in one session. In this class, you will learn to analyze structure and anatomy by studying planes, rhythms, and value relationships, as well as by comparing casts and master prints to the live model. We will practice mixing flesh tones, getting a likeness, painting in mass, and drawing with the brush  to keep the work fresh with an emphasis on traditional principles of light and shade to produce a sensitive illusion of form and space. Be prepared to paint 3 paintings, with a new model each day. Each class will begin with a demonstration, as well as demonstrations of various principles throughout the workshop.  All levels welcome. Materials list provided.
Instructor: Karen Winslow

Wednesdays, May 1 - 29 | 5 classes

Full series: $150 (member) | $175 (non-member)
Per class: $35 (member) | $40 (non-member)

Digital Professional Practice

Improve your non-verbal communication skills for the digital age with a unique course that teaches clear and concise professional design practices for everyday life. Empower your business, brand your creations, or decorate your digital footprint with improved visual art skills and useful tricks for any digital creator. Sign up for one of the focused sessions or attend the whole series for a well-rounded design experience.Materials list provided.
Instructor: Matthew Binginot

Saturday, May 11

$125 (member) | $150 (non-member)

Painting Flowers

This watercolor course is open to all levels of painting ability. Students will learn basic floral painting techniques, with an emphasis on values and composition. Layering and blending color into soft edges will also be taught. The course will focus on painting from close-up photo references of flowers in an artistic setting with spectacular results. A critique and class discussion will be held at the end of the session. Materials list provided.
Instructor: Robert O'Brien

ARTIST BOOK: Pop-Up Gardens Vegetables
June 14-16

$250 (member) | $275 (non-member)

Artist Books: Pop Up Gardens/ Veggies

This 3-day weekend course is for individuals who want to learn how to make a pop-up style artist book. Participants will learn how to make several different styles of pop-ups to create books focusing on garden vegetables. We will also explore color theory and drawing techniques. Materials list provided.
Instructors: Judy Sgantas


Lisa Beach is an award winning artist living in Stowe, Vermont. She is widely recognized for her drawings and watercolor paintings. They represent her responses to her environment, experiences, impressions, and perceptions both seen and felt. In addition to many solo shows, her work has been accepted in numerous group and national exhibitions. She was awarded signature membership in the National Watercolor Society in 1986. Her background includes a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Rochester Institute of Technology, a BS degree in Art Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and study with many master painters. She is acclaimed for her teaching, which includes watercolor workshops, internationally, nationally, and regionally, art museum classes, college courses, public school, Elderhostel, and classes in her Stowe Hollow Studio.

Matthew Binginot is a Vermont-based designer, filmmaker, photographer, musician, and digital media artist who is passionate about all types of creativity. When he's not skiing or doing freelance media work, Matthew teaches a program called Digital Media Arts at the Central Vermont Career Center where Senior High School students study advanced media art for a full year program. Also, Matthew keeps busy in the Burlington, VT arts scene as an active member of the Vermont Media Alliance, Vermont Production Counsel, and Creative Professionals of Vermont, as well as participating in several music projects and film teams. Learn more about Matthew on his website at www.matthewbinginot.com

Natasha Bogar was born in Hanover, NH and grew up in the Upper Valley Region. She earned a BFA from the University of Maine. Before graduating she spent 9 months in Florence, Italy studying under Silvia Fossati at Studio Giambo. She was immersed in fresco painting, mosaics, wheel, handbuilding, maiolica decoration, stained glass, and glass fusion, in an international environment. Natasha has continued painting throughout her career as an artist. She has completed many commissions for murals, paintings, mosaics, stained glass, and Italian plaster finishes. Teaching has been a way to give back. Natasha and her sister wrote many grants to bring youth mural projects to schools and community centers. She has worked at 7 different art centers teaching a myriad of subjects to all ages from Maine to Hawaii. natashabogar.com

Galen Cheney has been painting professionally for over 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. galencheney.com

Jodi Colella works with a broad range of materials to create provocative, tactile works that often include public participation. Influenced by her travels she draws from historical and cultural experiences, transforming found objects and inventive materials into dimensional expressions where the presence of the maker is evident in the shape of thousands of stitches, and as in her collaborative projects, the orchestrated actions of many. Jodi is the current Artist in Residence at Society of Arts + Crafts Boston and has exhibited at Danforth Art Museum, Framingham MA; Fruitlands Museum, Harvard MA; Da Wang Cultural Highland, Shenzhen China; Wheaton College, Norton MA; Helen Day Art Center, Stow VT; World of Threads Toronto Canada, Textile Museum, Washington D.C; among others. She is a member of Boston Sculptors Gallery has received numerous awards including the 2016 Fay Chandler Emerging Artist, 2016 Fellowship ComPeung Thailand, Pollack-Krasner Fellowship Vermont Studio Center, and Somerville Arts Council Fellowships 2018, 2015, 2012. Jodi has taught internationally at Center for the Arts Skopelos Greece, Eliot School Boston, Society for Craft in Pittsburgh, SDA’s Confluence in Minneapolis plus many local venues. She lives and works in Somerville, Massachusetts and most days can be found lost in her studio.

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.

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

David M. Kessler is a nationally recognized abstract painter, workshop painting instructor, author and juror dedicated to helping people become better painters, period. Through live workshops, books, videos and online training programs he helps painters, both amateur and professional alike, to loosen up their painting style, understand art design fundamentals and discover the joy and freedom of abstract painting. Painting that comes from the heart, not the head. David is a certified GOLDEN Artist Educator. He is the author of Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workbook, and founder of Abstract Painting Academy, Design Fundamentals for the Artist, Abstract Painting Insider and Art Biz 101. His paintings can be found in corporate collections in North Carolina and private collections worldwide. He works out of his studio in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. davidmkessler.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

Jenny Nelson attended Maine College of Art in Portland Maine, and is a graduate of Bard College, where she received a scholarship to the Lacoste School of the Arts in France. She has been living in Woodstock, New York for nearly two decades, including a Residency at the Byrdcliffe Art Colony from November 2004-08. Jenny has been exhibiting for many years nationally and regionally including, Tria Gallery, Manhattan, NY; Hidell Brooks Gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina; Carrie Haddad, Hudson, NY and Pryor Fine Art in Atlanta, GA. As an arts educator, Jenny has designed a unique approach to teaching abstract painting. She has gained national recognition through her workshops, including classes at; The Woodstock School or Art, The Artists Association of Nantucket, Truro Center for the Arts, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, and The Firehouse Artist Collective, Berkeley CA. Nelson begins each of her canvases with layers of color that are improvised, abstract and even chaotic. Through a process of addition and subtraction she brings each painting closer to her personal sense of balance with sensitivity and an attention to detail. Committed to abstraction -- yet very sensitive to her environment, Jenny creates paintings that are energetic, responsive and finely tuned.

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, humanitarian, and fine art photography, and has been to 20 countries on assignment.

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 Siegel: 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.

Karen Winslow has enjoyed a diverse career as a professional artist for over 49 years. She began her career as a fashion illustrator in NYC, after graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology, but shifted from commercial art to Fine Art, after studying for 5 years at the Art Students League of New York. Karen has been selling her paintings in various galleries, since 1979, and was featured in a major article in American Artist magazine. She has  also done Courtroom Sketches, in Federal cases when cameras are not allowed, for news organizations. In 1997, Karen added teaching to her repertoire, and she has taught painting and drawing workshops  in still life, portrait, plein air studies, flower painting, and figures at a variety of art centers around the country. Karen teaches through repeated demonstrations, as well as one-on-one and group critiques, demonstrating the “how” and “why” of artistic principles to create a believable illusion of light,  Her enthusiasm, years of experience and knowledge, and joy of painting are contagious. winslowartstudio.com

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