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.

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HDAC members save $25 on every class!
More information: 802-253-8358 
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. 

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Steamroller Woodblock Carving Workshop
Photographer's Workshop Series
Travel Photography Workshop with Paul Rogers
Feather Your Nest - Mixed Media Collage
Fiber: Mixed Media Embroidery

Painting the Portrait in Watercolor

Painting the Familiar: Non-Specific Spaces & Places

Knitting Workshop

Instructor Bios

Saturday, Aug 24
All ages (under 10 with adult supervision)

$140 (member) | $165 (non-member)

All ages and skill levels are welcome to participate in this workshop designed to help those participating in the Steamroller Event at Sushi Yoshi on September 14th. Led by experienced printmaker, Noah Lagle, this 6 hour workshop allows plenty of time for participants to be inspired with techniques, materials, and ideas for carving woodblocks to make successful prints! Price includes carving materials, printing material, and admission to the Steamroller event.

Instructor: Noah Lagle


Wednesdays, October 16 - December 18
Adults and Teens

$185 (member) | $210 (non-member)

Photographer's Workshop is an 8-week class with instructor and prolific fine art local photographer, Marcie Scudder.  Her focus for students will be project creation and portfolio development with an emphasis on process and practice. Cameras will be used as creative tools and a means of personal expression.  Although technical questions will be addressed as they arise, this will not be a technical 'how-to' class. Weekly class assignments will stimulate thinking creatively and responsively to suggested prompts.  In addition, students will study other photographic artists' portfolios for inspiration and growth. All cameras and levels of ability/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.

Instructor: Marcie Scudder

Saturday, Oct 5
Adults and Teens


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

Travel around picturesque Stowe with instructor and accomplished freelance photographer, Paul Rogers, as he helps guide participants to their photographic potential. All skill levels are welcome! Participants will gather at Helen Day Art Center at the start of the day and travel to selected scenic spots around Stowe such as Moss Glen Falls, the beautiful vistas of Trapp Family Lodge, Smugglers Notch, and Emily's Bridge. These places will inspire participants to capture Stowe’s “sense of place” and that of future travel destinations as well. End your adventures with an enriching critique with fellow participants and learn from everyone's work that day. Participants must bring their own camera with lens, and a bag lunch. Appropriate dress includes a sweater, rain coat, and sturdy shoes or hiking boots. Participants must be able to do light, brief hiking on uneven ground, and drive themselves or arrange a ride with another participant (ground transportation is not provided). Itinerary and workshop are subject to change due to inclement weather.

Instructor: Paul Rogers

Saturday, Oct 19
Adults and Teens

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

As we consider meanings of home as nest and nest as home, participants will save, find, collect, and make collage materials for this workshop. As we begin to think about color harmonies for our nests, we will discuss which materials can work best from what you bring from your stash (the workshop materials list will give you plenty of ideas for collage materials). Suzanne will also bring some materials and some of her own collage work to show. Works can be as representational or abstract as you wish, and Suzanne will help guide you in your decisions through individual and group discussions. Sure to be a fun and thought provoking workshop, open to all levels.

Instructor: Suzanne Siegel

FIBER: Mixed Media Embroidery
WAITLIST ONLY! Please call 802.253.8358 to be added to the wait list!
Saturday, October 26 - Sunday, October 27
Adults and Teens
10:00am-4:30pm daily

$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.

 Jodi Colella


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.

Jane Davies

Saturday, Nov 9
Adults and Teens

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

The human portrait will be explored in this workshop. Students will learn to paint a portrait with all of its nuances and subtleties in watercolor using a layering process. Other mediums are welcome. Students will paint from photo references. The instructor will paint, as a demonstration, a finished portrait, and will explain each step of the painting process as a morning demo. Students will paint in the afternoon and are encouraged to bring reference photos of a favorite portrait subject. I will also provide reference photos. A critique and class discussion will be held at the end of the session. The class is open to all abilities though some drawing experience is recommended. Materials list provided.

Instructor: Robert J. O’Brien

Painting the Portrait in Watercolor


Only 2 spots left! Please call 802.253.8358 to register.
Saturday, Nov 16
Adults and Teens

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

Award winning local artist Craig Mooney will help guide all levels of painters to new heights this fall.  All are welcome to bring in a photo, not to reproduce what is represented but as a beginning point of departure.  Students will be encouraged to connect with their imagination and listen to their inner creative voice. New techniques will be encouraged as students work with water soluble oils and learn to let their artistic process show through their art. ALL MEDIA are welcome - even pastels - since this class is focused on concept and not necessarily technique for oil painting.

Instructor: Craig Mooney


Knitting Workshop
Saturday, Dec 11
Adults and Teens                

Call 802-253-8358 to register!

All skill levels welcome! Come join accomplished knitter Sara Maher as she helps guide participants through various projects one can accomplish in a relaxing afternoon of knitting.  From hats and scarves to mittens, get ready for the winter or craft a present for a loved one during this holiday season.

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

Instructor: Sara Maher






Instructor Bios 

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, Stowe 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. www.jodicolella.com

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, Jane 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, Jane has put most of her efforts towards teaching, writing and making art. www.janedaviesstudios.com  

Noah Lagle  Bio coming soon

Craig Mooney was born and raised in the heart of midtown Manhattan (NY), and his roots in art go back to his youth. His father, an amateur artist, taught him how to create oil paintings from discarded art supplies found on city streets. To him, the streets of New York were an endless source of inspiration at an early age. After a brief career in the film industry, Craig moved out of New York in the mid-nineties to rural Vermont. The open and bucolic settings of the countryside allowed him new sources of inspiration. Though a representational painter, Craig incorporates a myriad of abstract qualities throughout his paintings. In his figurative work, he romanticizes his subjects and presents them in an atmospheric lens that is best described as dreamlike, as if capturing a moment suspended in time. 

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 is the Director of Exhibitions for the Vermont Watercolor Society and the Scholarship Chair for the American Watercolor Society. He 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 graduate of the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology. He specializes in commercial, documentary, travel, and fine art photography. Paul also teaches photo classes and workshops, gives personalized instruction, and offers photo services to artists. www.paulrogersphotography.net

Marcie Scudder's artist journey began almost two decades ago as a means of slowing down and recording the world through 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. www.marciescudder.com

Suzanne Siegel 
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; and in her Guilford studio. www.suzannesiegel.net



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