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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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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. 


Color Delight!
Watercolor Basics
Intro Stained Glass
Intermediate Photographer's Workroom
Introduction to Lightroom CC Classic
Fashion Fun for Grownups
Collage Paintings with Innovative Handmade Materials 
Looking Out-Looking In: Painting Doors and Windows
Let's Go Back to Basics: Drawing
Lightroom CC Classic for Photo Enthusiasts
Big Fat Art (wait list only)
Abstract Watercolor


Beginner Photographer's Workroom
Intermediate Stained Glass
Painting the Winter Landscape: Watercolor

Instructor Bios


Wednesdays, September 5-26 | 4 Classes
$85 (member) | $110 (non-member)

Come play and experiment with color! This 4-week course is for artists and color enthusiasts of all levels to learn about color! Watercolor, gouache, acrylics, or any mixable media are welcome (please, no oil paint). Each week we will focus on a new way of playing with color as we use painting, collaging, and technology to study the theories of Josef Albers and Johannes Itten. You will also be learning how to create your own color exploration. Please note, we will be using an app that is only compatible with an Apple device; access to an iPad or iPhone is needed for this class. If you don't have access to one of these devices, please contact the Art Center. Material list provided.
Instructor: Chiyomi McKibbin

WATERCOLOR BASICS: Introduction or Refresher Workshop

Saturday & Sunday, September 22-23
9:30am-4:00pm both days
$225 (member) | $250 (non-member)

This beginning or refresher course is geared for students with limited or no experience with watercolor painting, as well as those who wish to review the fundamentals. We will explore the unique properties of this magical medium through transparent washes and layering, mingled washes, incorporating shapes of untouched paper for brilliance, and brushwork. You will gain a solid foundation for whatever path you take with watercolor by learning these FUNdamental skills. Discussion of materials, color theory, and the history of watercolor painting are included as we begin with a solid foundation of monochromatic exercises, and then explore two and three color exercises and simple compositions. Group critiques, individualized instruction, and demonstrations are included. No drawing skills are required. Material list provided.
Instructor: Suzanne Siegel


Saturday, September 29
$110 (member) | $135 (non-member)

Teens Welcome!
This introduction to stained glass will use the Tiffany copper foil method of construction. Students will learn to cut, grind and fit glass shapes, apply copper foil, solder their piece together, and complete a unique piece of stained glass to take home.
Instructor: Natasha Bogar

Tuesdays, October 9 - December 18 (no class Nov 20) | 10 Classes
$240 (member) | $265 (non-member)

This is an intermediate level class that advances the student’s study in project creation and portfolio development. Emphasis is on photography as process and practice, and using our cameras as a means of personal artistic expression. In addition to weekly creative assignments, students will be encouraged to study other visual artists and respond in their own way. Weekly group meetings offer inspiration, support and personal critique. Focus is on exploration, experimentation and growth. The end goal is for each student to have completed a cohesive body of work that speaks to a set intention and story. We close each session with the framing and hanging of student work in an exhibit open to the public, as well as a communal website: www.photographersworkroom-vt.com.  Please note: If this course interests you as someone new to Photographer's Workroom, a January class will be available to beginners.
Instructor: Marcie Scudder

Wednesdays, October 3-24 | 4 Classes
$100 (member) | $125 (non-member)

Lightroom Classic CC* is a popular and powerful photo editing and management program. Professional and amateur photographers alike find it invaluable for organizing, editing, and sharing their photos, without having to learn Photoshop. In four, 2-hour classes, students will be given an overview of the program’s main functions, and hands-on practice in commonly used features. Using shared photo files, they will gain the ability to import and manage photos, use image-editing tools, and share those works via printing and file export. Student requirements: Participants must be able to confidently use their Mac or PC laptop’s operating system, and have an interest in using Lightroom Classic CC to help them manage and edit photos. It is strongly recommended that participants bring their own laptop to class with Lightroom Classic CC already loaded. **A limited number of laptops with Lightroom Classic CC are available for use in class.

*Adobe produces similarly-named programs in the Lightroom family. This class provides instruction only for “Lightroom Classic CC” (the desktop-focused program), not “Lightroom CC” (the cloud-based program) or “Lightroom Mobile.”

** Lightroom Classic CC is part of Adobe’s “Photography Plan” subscription, which includes Photoshop, for $120 per year / $10 per month. NOTE the subscription is not included in the price of the class. Adobe provides only a 7 day trial period, not long enough for students to try the program for the entire class. But, for purchasers of the program, cancellation of a monthly billed, year-long subscription can provide a partial refund (see adobe.com/products for details).
Instructor: Paul Rogers

Saturday, October 13
$85 (member) | $110 (non-member)

This workshop will teach all who are interested how to adjust, alter or embellish pieces from your closet, or “thrift store goodies”. Bring your machine, or use one of ours, & learn how to use & maintain it. This is not your mother's sewing class! No fabric or patterns, just creativity and fun.
Instructor: Donna Collins

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Monday-Friday, October 15-19
9:00am-4:30pm M-Th, 9:00-4:00pm Friday
$600 (member) | $625 (non-member)

Play and experimentation are our priorities in this workshop for artists who love to work with papers in creating collages or any paper craft. We use acid free 100% cotton paper and water based acrylic paints and mediums to make letter size and larger sheets with a variety of methods. We will make and use our own stencils, tools for stamping, rubbing, sanding, mono-printing, direct painting, transfer printing, piercing, and layering, as well as uniquely textured papers using marble powders, ashes, earth pigments and pastes. Several kinds of transparent materials will also be made. All methods will be demonstrated along with discussions in color theory and contemporary ideas. In the second part of the workshop we will use the papers you have made to create abstract collage-paintings. Explore imagery in terms of color, line, shape, edge, scale, and depth. Our focus will be on variety and surprise, discovering new ways of combining unlike elements, and going beyond traditional concepts of composition.
Instructors: Jane Davies & Suzanne Siegel

Saturday, October 27
$90 (member) | $115 (non-member)

Learn to paint the beauty of doors and windows in this fun and creative watercolor workshop. Students will learn elements of composition and perspective, painting light and shadow, and how to render the unique beauty of doors and windows in a realistic manner. The class will begin with a demonstration by the instructor followed by class painting. A critique and class discussion will be held at the end of the session. This workshop is open to all levels of painting ability. Materials list provided.
Instructor: Robert J. O’Brien, AWS, NWS

Saturday, November 3: Still Life
$90 (member) | $115 (non-member)

This class is designed for students who have some drawing experience and are looking for the space and time to practice their skills. Class will begin with some fun exercises to help change the way you see your subject matter, then, will focus on drawing an expansive still life. Material list provided.
Instructor: Chiyomi McKibbin


Wednesdays, November 7 - December 5 (no class November 21) | 4 Classes
$100 (member) | $125 (non-member)

Lightroom CC Classic for Photo Enthusiasts

Students will explore advanced methods and tools to organize and optimize photographs in Lightroom Classic CC. Using both shared files and their own photographs, students will gain confidence importing, managing, and tagging images, as well as editing with both basic and localized adjustment tools and harnessing the power of presets. Additional topics will include use of Lightroom Classic’s Map, Print, and Slideshow modules.
Instructor: Paul Rogers

November 9, 10 & 11
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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. Material list provided

Instructor: Jane Davies

Saturday, December 1
$85 (member) | $110 (non-member)

Abstract Watercolor

Experience the magic of Abstract painting with Watercolor. Come explore the possibilities and special options for designing interesting and exciting abstract paintings. Join us to find meaningful ways to begin, create, and finish a painting. Experiment with the many ways to use watercolor paint. There will be time for demonstrations, painting, and positive critique of our discoveries.
Instructor: Lisa Beach, NWS

Thursdays, January 17 - March 28 (no class March 7) | 10 Classes
$240 (member) | $265 (non-member)

Beginner Photographer's Workroom
Photographers' Workroom is a 10-week class in project creation and portfolio development.
Emphasis is on photography as process and practice, and using our cameras as a means of personal expression and way to see. Although technical questions will be addressed as they arise, this is not a technical ‘how-to’ class. There are several class assignments to stimulate thinking creatively and responsively to suggested prompts. In addition, we’ll study other photographic artist portfolios from who we might learn and grow. 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 engage in communal, supportive discussions of each other’s work. The end goal is for each student to have completed a cohesive body of work (10-12 images) that speaks to a chosen intention or story.
Instructor: Marcie Scudder

Friday, January 11
$110 (member) | $135 (non-member)

Intermediate Stained Glass

This course is for the student who has taken the beginner workshop or has previous experience with cutting glass, copper foiling, and soldering. The class will focus on more advanced cutting techniques for curves and angles. Natasha will contact all participants by email, providing guidance on creating a design for a 10" stained glass project. Begin to imagine your project in the brilliant colors of stained glass. Color theory information on contrast and schemes will also be presented prior to the workshop. With the designs ready at the start of the day, we will dive into creating and completing the panels of glass.
Instructor: Natasha Bogar

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


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.

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

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

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.

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