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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 non-refundable 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. 


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
Open Studio Night



Fiber: Mixed Media Embroidery

Instructor Bios

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

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)

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

Friday, March 15 - Monday, March 18
$475 (member) | $500 (non-member)

Learn to loosen up your painting style, paint with more freedom, and be more spontaneous and 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
Sunday, April 14 - Tuesday, April 16
$350 (member) | $375 (non-member)         

Using the simple tools of needle and thread add texture, dimension, and meaning to favorite prints, photographs, and other unusual objects with Boston-based artist, Jodi Colella. We will spend time considering each individual's design then stitch it to life. Materials list provided.
Instructor: Jodi Colella

Wednesday, April 17 - Friday, April 19
$350 (member) | $375 (non-member)

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)

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)

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 Garden Vegetables
Friday, June 14 - Sunday, June 16
$250 (member) | $275 (non-member)

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









Open Studio Night

Wednesdays, May 1 - May 29
Suggested Donation: $10

Meet us at Helen Day Art Center for a night full of art making free from distraction! We'll supply our studio space where you will be free to ignite your imagination and create art works that you have been working on or wanting to start. We encourage you to participate in a group discussion at the end of the night to give and receive constructive feedback that you can only experience in an open studio like this! 

FIBER: Mixed Media Embroidery
Saturday, October 26 - Sunday, October 27
$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

Big Fat Art
WAITLIST ONLY! Please call 802.253.8358 to be added to the wait list!
Saturday, November 2 - Monday, November 4
Saturday and Sunday: 9:30am - 4:30pm 
Monday: 9:30am - 4:00pm
$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 and fat, teeny tiny or in between. Materials list provided.
Instructors: Jane Davies


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


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.


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


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


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


Judy Sgantas is a renaissance artist concentrating in color pencil, oils and ink. She makes artist books with pieces in the UVM special collections, 23 Sandy Gallery, and a two year traveling exhibit called ‘Formations’. She also has love of teaching and instructs programs integrating the arts with subjects like math, the sciences, and history. Sgantas also has a Master in curriculum and instruction.


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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