Youth

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.

HDAC members receive $25 class discounts

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**We pick up at Stowe Elementary School**

 

$50 non-refundable deposit required at time of registration. Payment in full is due 2 weeks prior to the start of class.
Cancellation Policy:  There are no refunds for cancellations 14 days or less before the start of a class. Alternatively, tuition may be applied to a future class within the next year. 



AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES 2020
 


NOVEMBER-DECEMBER:

K-5th grade: Art Adventures: Stowe Recreation Dept.
Age 4 & Grade K: Make Believe With Molly
K-3rd grade: Woodworking
3rd-6th grade: Winter Themes in Sculpture & Painting
K-3rd grade: Time Travelers: Space
All Ages: Wednesday Drop-In Day

K-5th grade: Holiday Present Making: Appletree Learning Center
3rd-6th grade: Video & Sculpture

JAN - APRIL

K-3rd grade: Calling all Super Heroes!
3rd-6th grade: Painting from Life!
K-3rd grade: Fabric and Beadwork
Teens: Mural Initiative
3rd-6th grade: The Art of Cooking
K-3rd grade: Hawaii in Winter
3rd-6th grade: Claymation: Movies from Clay!
K-3rd grade: Time Travelers: Under the Sea!
K-5th grade: February Break Week
K-5th grade: Drop-In Wednesdays

K-3rd grade: Poetry + Art with Bonnie
3rd-6th grade: Photography + Painting
K-3rd grade: Paint your Pet!
3rd-6th grade: Make a Movie Trailer
K-3rd grade: Stencil Art and Laser Cutter!
K-3rd grade: Microscopes and Imagination!
3rd-6th grade: Young Printmakers Workshop

Instructor Bios



SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE thanks to our Education Sponsors and individual donors!

         

For more information, call (802) 253-8358 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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MAKE BELIEVE WITH MOLLY
Mondays, Nov 4-Dec 16 (no class Nov 11)
Age 4 & Grade K
3:00pm-5:00pm
6 classes
$150 (member) | $175 (non-member) | +$15 materials fee

This class is all about imagination! Each week will bring new adventures as we act out stories that we make up ourselves. Problem solve, work collaboratively, and think on your toes to bring to life the scenes in our heads. Travel far distances to unknown lands and different times without ever leaving the Art Center.

Make Believe with Molly



Instructor: Molly Mitchell


WOODWORKING
Tuesdays, Nov 12-Dec 17
K-3rd Grade
3:00pm-5:00pm
6 classes
$150 (member) | $175 (non-member) | +$15 materials fee

These young artists will work with wood and a variety of processes and tools. Students will learn tool safety, measuring techniques and designing skills to create anything from a vehicle to a wall hanging or mobile! Students learn patience and perseverance through sanding and refining more long term projects where planning is essential. 

This class is FULL! To be added to the waitlist, call 253-8358.


Instructor: Stephanie Drews-Sheldon


WINTER THEMES IN SCULPTURE AND PAINTING
Tuesdays, Nov 12-Dec 17
3rd-6th Grade
3:00pm-5:00pm
6 classes
$150 (member) | $175 (non-member)

Learn how to create winter scenes through a variety of unique techniques in both 2-dimensional and  3-dimensional works

Winter Themes in Sculpture & Painting

 


TIME TRAVELERS: SPACE
Wednesdays, Nov 6-Dec 18 (no class Nov 27)
K-3rd Grade
3:00pm-5:00pm
6 classes
$150 (member) | $175 (non-member)

Explore the stars! Learn about space and construct objects from the sky using a variety of materials and some glow in the dark paint!  

Time Travelers: Space


WEDNESDAY DROP-IN DAY
Wednesdays, Nov 6-Dec 18 (no drop-in Nov 27)
All Ages

3:00pm-5:00pm

$20 drop in fee per child

Drop-in Day is a chance for students to relax after school. They will be greeted with a healthy snack and are welcome to use drop-in for quiet homework time, a classroom for hanging out and free draw, or to can participate in a loosely structured art project. All students are welcome to be a part of Helen Day Art Center and all it has to offer! We pick up participants in the cafeteria (or their classroom for Kindergarten students) and walk them over to the Art Center. 

Sign up and pay online OR call 253-8358 to reserve your child's spot by 1:00pm on the Wednesday of and pay at pick up.


VIDEO AND SCULPTURE
Thursdays, Nov 7-Dec 19 (no class Nov 28)
3rd-6th Grade
3:00pm-5:00pm
6 classes
$150 (member) | $175 (non-member)

Learn about the potentials of video game making through experimentation and games, the effects that light, shadow, and color have on video, and how sculpture and other mediums can work with video.

This class is FULL! To be added to the waitlist, call 253-8358.


Instructor: Isaiah Palmeri

 
 

HOLIDAY PRESENT MAKING                 
Thursdays, Nov 7-Dec 19 (no class Nov 28) 
K-5th Grade
3:30pm-4:30pm
6 classes
Sign up through Appletree - no HDAC membership discount for partnership classes

Come join us in an Appletree Learning Center partnership class where young artists can create presents, wrapping and all! Students will create and learn in the spirit of the season of giving. Sign up through Appletree.
 

To register for this class call (802) 253-4321



Calling all Super Heroes!
Mondays 3:00-5:00

Jan.13-Apr.6 No class 1/20, 2/24, 3/2, 3/23
K-3rd

$225 (member) | $250 (non-member)

Learn and share stories and images of your favorite heroes through story telling, drawing and painting! Students will learn drawing and painting techniques to show motion and action. These young artists will even have an opportunity to create their own super hero and capture them though character drawing and stories!

Calling all Super Heroes

Instructor: Nancy Oakes




Painting from Life!
Mondays 3:00-5:00
Jan.13-Apr.6 No class 1/20, 2/24, 3/2, 3/23
3rd-6th

$225 (member) | $250 (non-member)

Artist Shannon O'Connell will help students learn to create a painting from their favorite photograph. They are welcome to bring in images or be inspired by ones they find in class. Students will learn how to recreate images they love by using a light board and materials such as pastels, watercolor and more!

Painting from Life

Instructor: Shannon O'Connell


Fabric and Beadwork
Tuesdays 3:00-5:00
Jan.14-Mar.24 No class 2/25, 3/3
K-3rd

$225 (member) | $250 (non-member)

Artist Shannon O'Connell will help students learn how to make patterned fabric using a variety of techniques... even making patterns out of a carved potato! They will also get a chance to incorporate beadwork into their art!

Fabric and Beadwork

Instructor: Shannon O'Connell


Mural Initiative
Tuesdays 3:00-5:00
1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month;
Jan.07-Mar.24 -- No class 2/25, 3/3
Teens

Free

Join the discussion and be a part of the leadership team creating an ambitious mural for the back staircase at HDAC. Teens will help to plan and execute this public work of art, integrating their knowledge of art, color, and architecture to help the back staircase reflect all of the creative work for all ages that happens at HDAC

Instructor: Stephanie Drews-Sheldon 


The Art of Cooking
Tuesdays 3:00-5:00
Jan.14-Mar.24 No class 2/25, 3/3
3rd-6th

$255 (member) | $280 (non-member)

Create amazing dishes with Chef Leann! She will help guide young chefs through many processes of cooking such as emulsifying, baking, melting and decorating. From "unicorn grilled cheese" to homemade bread and salad dressing, young chefs will learn and have great fun in the kitchen this winter!

The Art of Cooking


Instructor: Leann



Hawaii in Winter
Wednesdays 3:00-5:00

Jan.15-Mar.18 No class 2/26
K-3rd

$225 (member) | $250 (non-member)

Artist Shannon O'Connell shares her knowledge of Hawaii and it's traditions from wave painting to animal studies from the Big Island! She will show young artists traditions in bright color and local materials and traditions that will make everyone a bit warmer this winter!

Hawaii in Winter

Instructor: Shannon O'Connell


Claymation: Movies from Clay!
Wednesdays 3:00-5:00
Jan.15-Mar.18 No class 2/26
3rd-6th

$225 (member) | $250 (non-member)

For sculptors and young filmmakers, this is the class for you! Young artists will create characters and stories with Isaiah Palmeri as he shows them the patient process of claymation. They will work with manipulating clay to reflect a story and film each piece, culminating in a short stop motion movie!

Claymation: Movies from Clay

Instructor: Isaiah Palmeri


Time Travelers: Under the Sea!
Thursdays 3:00-5:00
Jan.16-Mar.26 No class 2/27, 3/19
K-3rd

$150 (member) | $175 (non-member)

Come explore sea creatures and capture the beauty of the ocean. Young artists will dive into the mysterious depths of the ocean and learn about real sea creatures and those of myth and legend! They will use a variety of 2-D and 3-D materials and even using shaving cream to create amazing effects with paint!

Time Travelers: Under the Sea

Instructor: Stephanie Drews-Sheldon


February Break Week
February 24-28 8:00am-3:00pm +$20/day 

3:00-5:00 aftercare Free
9:30am-11:30am Library time only
K-5th

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

Join Helen Day Art Center and Stowe Free Library for a week of books and art. Young artists K-5th grade will read and explore authors and illustrators with Molly in the library, then go upstairs to the art center to create comics, illustrations, graphic novels, pop up books and more!

February Break Camp


Instructors: Nancy Oakes and Molly Hazelton


Drop-In Wednesdays
Wednesdays 3:00-5:00 Runs 1/8-6/10
K-5th

$20 drop-in fee

Come to Helen Day Art Center on Wednesdays to have fun with your friends and create art! We provide a healthy snack and pick up from Stowe Elementary. Sign up by 1:00 the day of and pay online or at pick up!



APRIL - JUNE

Poetry + Art with Bonnie
Mondays 3:00-5:00
Apr.20-June1 No class 5/25
K-3rd

$160 (member) | $185 (non-member)

Young artists will expand their ideas of art and poetry, combining them to make amazing works of art through painting and sculpture! They will learn about appreciating poetry and poets and create their own poetry accompanied by their own artistic creations!

Poetry + Art with Bonnie

Instructor: Bonnie Kolber

 




 

Photography + Painting
Mondays 3:00-5:00
Apr.20-June1 No class 5/25
3rd-6th

$160 (member) | $185 (non-member)

Artists will step outside this spring and use photography as their inspiration. They will take pictures then paint and draw from their work, incorporating texture, color and light from life into their art!

Poetry + Art with Bonnie

Instructor: Shannon O'Connell

 


Paint your Pet!
Tuesdays 3:00-5:00
Apr.21-May26
K-3rd

$160 (member) | $185 (non-member)

Students will learn the details of what it takes to draw and paint animals. They will learn how to structure a drawing and how to create studies by drawing multiple versions and then move from drawing to painting and how to mix the right colors to represent their animal. Students are encouraged to bring in a favorite picture of their pet or animal they love to inspire their painting!

Paint your Pet

Instructor: Shannon O'Connell

  


 

Make a Movie Trailer
Tuesdays 3:00-5:00
Apr.21-May26
3rd-6th

$160 (member) | $185 (non-member)

Young filmmakers will learn about what it takes to make a great movie trailer! How do movie trailer commercials help to make someone want to go see a movie? Student's will take a look at successful trailers and learn how to create their own based on a movie idea they create in class. They will collaborate with story lines, costumes, and video to create an amazing movie experience!

Make a Movie Trailer

Instructor: Rosalyn Trowbridge

 


 

Stencil Art and Laser Cutter!
Wednesdays 3:00-5:00
Apr.22-May27
K-3rd

$160 (member) | $185 (non-member)

Learn the art of using stencils and layering images in this amazing class that will help any artist with their use of design! Students will also be albe to use HDAC'S new laser cutter to make their own stencils from drawings they design!

Stencil Art and Laser Cutter

Instructor: Shannon O'Connell

 


 

Microscopes and Imagination!
Thursdays 3:00-5:00
Apr.23-May28
K-3rd

$160 (member) | $185 (non-member)

Biology meets art as Rachel Mirus inspires young artists to draw and paint what they see from a microscope! They will draw from observation the many items one can look at through a microscope and see things in a totally new way! It's color, shape and biology all in one!

Microscopes and Imagination

Instructor: Rachel Mirus

 


 

Young Printmakers Workshop
Thursdays 3:00-5:00
Apr.23-May28
3rd-6th

$160 (member) | $185 (non-member)

Be the first to learn printmaking on our new printmaking press! Students in this class with will be able to make prints using a variety of techniques and create high quality prints from the press. They will even be able to use the HDAC laser cutter to create unique shapes for printing!

Young Printmakers Workshop

Instructor: TBD

 



Instructor Bios

Rachel Mirus is a STEAM teaching artist with a focus on drawing and painting subjects from nature following the traditions of natural history illustration. She uses a variety of media, but especially acrylic, watercolor, and graphite. Her art, whether it's drawing, painting, or craft, is a way of learning about the natural world. While she loves making art, Rachel is also passionate about using art to teach the life sciences, encouraging students to slow down and look closely at small details, like a beetle on a leaf, giving you the time and space to really see and understand. This practice of thoughtful observation is the skill she most want to teach, considering it the foundation of effective illustration and how to think like a scientist. 


Stephanie Drews-Sheldon has been teaching and volunteering at the Art Center for the past 7 years. Having moved to Stowe 10 years ago, Stephanie brings over 20 years of working in art education to the Art Center. She received her MFA in Wood Design from East Carolina University and worked for 9 years developing and teaching primary school art curriculums, woodshop programs for all ages, and after school classes for the independent Lowell School in Washington, DC. As the Education Manager of the Art Center, Stephanie continues her commitment to progressive art education by developing a varied and rigorous art curriculum and growing the collaboration of art programs with the community of Stowe and beyond. In her spare time, Stephanie continues to create gallery furniture pieces and hone her skills in a variety of media.


Bonnie Kolber is a lover of the arts, gardening, and the mountains. Growing up in Miami, she attended the New World School of the Arts, went on to achieve a B.S. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, and holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. Bonnie has lived in Vermont since 1997 and has been a member of the Bread and Puppet Theater and freelance puppeteer throughout New England. She now has a homestead and runs a gardening business in the summer. In the winter you will find her teaching snowboarding and running clinics for the American Association of Snowboard Instructors. In her eyes, making art with kids and encouraging imagination and unique expression is some of the most rewarding and inspiring work in the world.


Isaiah Palmeri is an artist and teacher from Putney, Vermont. His primary focuses are video and sculpture, but he also loves gathering everyday materials and exploring how unlikely mediums can intersect. He has taught students of all ages at Farm and Wilderness, Get Thee To The Funnery, The New England Youth Theatre, and Brattleboro Community Television. He spent a recent summer metal casting a giant rooster at Franconia Sculpture Park and graduated from Alfred University's BFA program.

 

Shannon O’Connell


Roz Trowbridge


Nancy Oakes


Leann Cruckshank

 



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