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.

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$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. 



AFTERSCHOOL CLASSES 2018
 

SESSION 1:

Pre-K Art Play | Preschool Drawing Workshop
K-5th grade: Art Adventures: Stowe Recreation Dept.
Ages 4-Kindergarten: Musical Connections

Grades 1-3: Fall Creations: Masks, Capes & More!Let Nature Be Your Guide
Grades 1-6: Meditation in Motion

Grades 4-6: Papier-Mache Wonders! | Set Design & Stagecraft
Teens:
 Film Acting for Teens

SESSION 2:

Preschool: Preschool Drawing Workshop 
Ages 4-Kindergarten: Musical Connections
Grades 1-3: Poetry Play & Costume Design | Making With Mud (waitlist only)
Grades 1-6:  Meditation in Motion
Grades 3-5: Felt Fun
Grades 4-6: Fire, Earth, Water, and Wind: Making Sculptures in Space


WINTER 2019:


Preschool: Preschool Drawing Workshop
Age 4-Grade K: Musical Connections

Grades 1-3: Learning to Paint With Watercolor | Art That Engages All 5 Senses
K-5th grade: Art Adventures: Stowe Recreation Dept.

K-6th grade:  Young Rembrandts 
Grades 4-6: Set Design & Stagecraft | Unpacking the Artist's Toolbox

Instructor Bios



PRE-K ART PLAY
First Thursdays, 10:00am-11:00am, excluding school holidays
Ages 1-4 with an adult
$5 per child
This experimental, processed based art time for toddlers ignites your child's imagination with self-directed art activities. We supply the creation stations. You supply the fun!



SESSION 1

PAPIER-MACHE WONDERS!
Mondays, September 10 - October 22 (no class October 15) | 6 Classes 
4th-6th grade
3:00pm-5:00pm

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

Papier-Mache Wonders

Wearable masks and wall art creations will be the focus of this session. Students will learn various ways of working with papier-mâché to create functional, wearable art as well as unique wall art to display at home!
Instructor: Bonnie Kolber


ART ADVENTURES: STOWE RECREATION DEPT
Mondays, September 10 - October 22 (no class October 15) | 6 Classes
K-5th grade
3:00pm-5:00pm

$150 *HDAC membership discount does not apply for this class

Artists of all skill levels and ages will enjoy the various materials and methods available to them in this class. From building with clay to unique uses of paper and paint techniques, each budding artist will have the opportunity to grow their imaginative skills. Register at: www.stowerec.org or call 802.253.6138

Register for this class at:
www.stowerec.org or call 802-253-6138


PRESCHOOL DRAWING WORKSHOP: Eric Carle

Tuesdays, September 4 - October 9 | 6 Classes
Preschool (3-5 years old)
10:00am-11:30am

$85 (member) | $110 (non-member)

Explore the world of Eric Carle in this preschool workshop full of art and reading.  Each day the class will read a different Eric Carle book, and afterwards, students will draw a Young Rembrandts lesson which incorporates one feature of the book. Students will  create wonderful drawings and bring their favorite stories to life by combining creativity and imagination!
Instructor: Michelle Kessler



FALL CREATIONS: MASKS, CAPES, & MORE!
Tuesdays, September 4 - October 9 | 6 Classes
1st-3rd grade
3:00pm-5:00pm

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

These young artists will work with a variety of materials and processes to make creative masquerade-style masks, capes and costumes to usher in the Fall season! Students will also create a homemade candy collectors using papier-mâché techniques.
Instructor: Bonnie Kolber


 

MEDITATION IN MOTION

Tuesdays, September 4 - October 9 | 6 Classes
1st-6th grade
3:00pm-4:00pm

$50 (member) | $75 (non-member)

Stretch wiggle and draw in Helen Day Art Center’s Gallery this Fall.  What better way to let your imagination flow than to see a painting in downward dog! Learn basic meditation in motion skills including playful breath awareness, and quiet reflection. We will sketch and tell stories in response to the Fall gallery exhibit.
Instructor: Jacquie Mauer


SET DESIGN & STAGECRAFT

Tuesdays, September 4 - October 9 | 6 Classes
4th-6th grade
3:00pm-5:00pm

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

Students will be introduced to perspective painting, the effects of light and shadow, designing backdrops, creating theatrical properties, and the historical concept of theme and narrative within theater design. Expanding imaginations in an encouraging, collaborative environment will develop their visually expressive skills and increase their practical experience.
Instructor: Danielle Davis


MUSICAL CONNECTIONS
Thursdays, September 6 - October 11 | 6 Classes
Ages 4 - Kindergarten
3:00pm-5:00pm

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

In this active, engaging and fun filled series of classes, children will experience the joys of combining art and music! Instrument making, self expression through art and music, exploring percussion, song and movement are all part of these dynamic classes taught by local musician and educator, Lesley Grant. Each of the following sessions will vary in projects and experiences, making each class a new experience for young, budding artists.
Instructor: Lesley Grant


LET NATURE BE YOUR GUIDE:
Taking Inspiration from Nature to Make Art
Thursdays, September 6 - October 11 | 6 Classes
1st-3rd grade
3:00pm-5:00pm

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

Students will sculpt and paint their own Van Gogh flowers, recreate the weather inside, and make sculptures from natural materials they collect outside. Looking at famous artist working today and throughout history, students will get to see how nature can inspire wildly different kinds of art.
Instructor: Lisa Wolfgang


FILM ACTING FOR TEENS

Wednesdays, October 3-24, November 7 & 28 | 6 Classes
13-18 years old
6:30pm-8:00pm

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

Participants are paired up and assigned a scene. Students must watch the film that their scene has been extracted from and memorize their lines, rehearse with their partners in person and present their first work of the scene in our first class. All scenes and information will be emailed to students prior to the first class. Students will have the chance to prepare several scenes and will work with several different partners during the 6-week course. Tara will provide feedback, during or after, each scene. Additional information on script analysis is provided. This is NOT a performance class nor are scenes filmed in this class. This is a Acting for film scene study class. Homework will be mandatory in order for participants to get the most out of the class.
Instructor: Tara O’Reilly


SESSION 2

PRESCHOOL DRAWING WORKSHOP: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Tuesdays, October 23-November 27 | 6 Classes
Preschool (3-5 years old)
10:00am-11:30am

$85 (member) | $110 (non-member)

Explore the world of Laura Numeroff in this preschool class full of art and reading.  Each day the class will read a different Laura Numeroff book, and afterwards, students will draw a Young Rembrandts lesson which incorporates one feature of the book. Students will  create wonderful drawings and bring their favorite stories to life by combining creativity and imagination!
Instructor: Michelle Kessler



POETRY PLAY AND COSTUME DESIGN
THIS CLASS IS FULL
Please call 802-253-8358 to be added to the waitlist

Tuesdays, October 23-November 27 | 6 Classes
1st-3rd grade
3:00pm-5:00pm

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

Join us for a fun adventure memorizing some of Dr. Seuss's best poems. Children will also design and make a fun costume to compliment their poem. Children will prepare for the final performance, which will occur during the last class.
Instructor: Molly Mitchell


 

MEDITATION IN MOTION
Tuesdays, October 23-November 27 | 6 Classes
1st-6th grade
3:00pm-4:00pm

$50 (member) | $75 (non-member)

Stretch wiggle and draw in Helen Day Art Center’s Gallery this Fall.  What better way to let your imagination flow than to see a painting in downward dog! Learn basic meditation in motion skills including playful breath awareness and quiet reflection. We will sketch and tell stories in response to the Fall gallery exhibit.
Instructor: Jacquie Mauer


FELT FUN: Learn to Hand Sew Felt Projects
Tuesdays, Oct. 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27, Dec. 11 | 6 Classes
3rd-5th grade
3:00pm-5:00pm

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

Felt Fun: Hand Sewing Felt Projects

In this class, young sewers will learn to sew with felt through projects like pillows, puppets & perhaps dolls and doll clothes. We'll learn how to thread needles, tie knots & stitch up whatever we dream up. No experience necessary! Just bring your desire to "make stuff” and have fun!
Instructor: Donna Collins

 

FIRE, EARTH, WATER, AND WIND: Making Sculptures in Space
THIS CLASS IS FULL
Please call 802-253-8358

Wednesdays, October 24 - December 12 (no class October 31 or November 21 ) | 6 Classes
4th-6th grade
3:00pm-5:00pm

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

Art that floats! Sculptures that light up and move in the wind! Students will work with paper, wire, foam and fabric to create elemental themed, colorful sculptures that transform space.
Instructor: Lisa Wolfgang


MUSICAL CONNECTIONS
THIS CLASS IS FULL
Please call 802-253-8358 to be added to the waitlist

Thursdays, October 25 - December 13 (no class November 1 or November 22) | 6 Classes
Age 4 & Grade K
3:00pm-5:00pm

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

In this active, engaging and fun filled series of classes, children will experience the joys of combining art and music! Instrument making, self expression through art and music, exploring percussion, song and movement are all part of these dynamic classes taught by local musician and educator, Lesley Grant. Each 6-class session will vary, making each class a new experience for young, budding artists.
Instructor: Lesley Grant

 

MAKING WITH MUD
THIS CLASS IS FULL
Please call 802-253-8358 to be added to the waitlist

Thursdays, October 25 - December 13 (no class November 1 or November 22) | 6 Classes
1st-3rd grade
3:00pm-5:00pm

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

An introduction to making with clay. Students will make functional ceramic clocks, spoons and cups and non-functional sculptures of mythical animals. Each student will go home with fired pieces for everyday use. 
Clay purchased from and firing will be done at River Arts.
Instructor: Lisa Wolfgang


WINTER 2019

ART ADVENTURES: STOWE RECREATION DEPT
Mondays, January 7 - February 18 (no class Jan 21) | 6 Classes
K-5th grade
3:30pm-4:30pm

$150 *HDAC membership discount does not apply for this class

Artists of all skill levels and ages will enjoy the various materials and methods available to them in this class. From building with clay to unique uses of paper and paint techniques, each budding artist will have the opportunity to grow their imaginative skills. Each 6-class session will vary. Register at: www.stowerec.org or call 802.253.6138

Register for this class at:
www.stowerec.org or call 802-253-6138


PRESCHOOL DRAWING WORKSHOP: Winter Drawing
Tuesdays, January 8 - February 12 | 6 Classes
Preschool (3-5 years old)
10:00am-11:30am

$85 (member) | $110 (non-member)

Preschool Drawing Workshop: Winter Drawing

The long winter months can lead to boredom or restlessness. Alleviate any creative dormancy with a fun-filled Young Rembrandts class for preschoolers! We begin the season with a lesson that teaches our students about simple figure drawing as they create a snowman using basic geometric shapes. Winter-themed lessons like our mittens and penguin drawings will excite the imagination. Illustrations featuring a patterned giraffe and feathery owl will provide a great introduction to drawing animals. All this and more await your budding artist.
Instructor: Michelle Kessler

 

YOUNG REMBRANDTS
Tuesdays, January 8 - February 12 | 6 Classes
K-6th grade
3:00pm-5:00pm

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

Young Rembrandts

Young Rembrandts teaches children to break down complex objects into basic foundational shapes. As they learn how to deconstruct and reconstruct images, the experience, repetition and variety of engaging and relevant subject matter brings them to increased levels of mastery in drawing - and in life. Art History lessons will introduce master artists, art periods, architecture and key cultural people, places and events.
Instructor: Michelle Kessler


SET DESIGN & STAGECRAFT
Tuesdays, January 8 - February 12 | 6 Classes
4th-6th grade
3:00pm-5:00pm

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

Set Design & Stagecraft (Jan-Feb)

Students will be introduced to perspective painting, the effects of light and shadow, designing backdrops, creating theatrical properties, and the historical concept of theme and narrative within theater design. Expanding imaginations in an encouraging, collaborative environment will develop their visually expressive skills and increase their practical experience.
Instructor: Danielle Davis


WATERCOLOR FUNDAMENTALS
Wednesdays, January 9 - February 13 | 6 Classes
1st-3rd grade
3:00pm-5:00pm

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

Learning to Paint with Watercolors

Children will learn fundamental skills and artistic concepts using watercolor medium. Over six weeks, students will have students drawing and painting watercolor compositions based on master artists’ works such as Monet’s waterlilies and Van Gogh’s sunflowers.
Instructor: Michelle Kessler

 


UNPACKING THE ARTIST’S TOOLBOX
Wednesdays, January 9 - February 13 | 6 Classes
4th-6th grade
3:00pm-5:00pm

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

Unpacking the Artist's Toolbox

Through thinking and talking about the "what" and "why" of materials, students will get the chance to make their own artist tools, paintbrushes and pigments. They’ll learn how to make paper, bind their own sketch book, and go home with all the tools they need to keep being creative.
Instructor: Lisa Wolfgang


MUSICAL CONNECTIONS
Thursdays, January 10 - February 14 | 6 Classes
Age 4 & Grade K
3:00pm-5:00pm

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

Musical Connections (Jan-Feb)

In this active, engaging and fun filled series of classes, children will experience the joys of combining art and music! Instrument making, self expression through art and music, exploring percussion, song and movement are all part of these dynamic classes taught by local musician and educator, Lesley Grant. Each 6-class session will vary, making each class a new experience for young, budding artists.
Instructor: Lesley Grant


ART THAT ENGAGES ALL FIVE SENSES
Thursdays, January 10 - February 14 | 6 Classes
1st-3rd grade
3:00pm-5:00pm

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

Art that Engages All Five Senses

Art can be so much more than just something to look at! How about making kaleidoscopes, clay whistles, and sculptures that can be eaten? Every piece of art made in this class will be meant to be interactive, played with and touched. Using a variety of different materials, students will see, smell, taste, touch and hear the art they make.
Instructor: Lisa Wolfgang

 


Instructor Bios

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.

Danielle Davis holds a Bachelor's Degree in Theater Arts from Brandeis University, a Master of Science in Education from Walden University with a focus on visual and differentiated mathematics, and teaches strategic mathematics at Stowe Middle School. She has been featured in several publications, including Literary Mama, Allegory Magazine, Twenty 20 Journal, Errant Parent, and The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts. Her poetry won the 2013 award from the Roald Dahl Literary Estate. She has been an instructor for the Children's Theater Workshop and Green Mountain Performing Arts, performed at both the Hyde Park and Barre Opera Houses, and earned the Governor’s Yellow Rose of Texas volunteer award in 2006. Danielle trained in the Stanislavski method with Janet Morrison, studied set design/painting with Bob Moody, and received instruction in physical theater/clown theory from Peter Gould. When she’s not painting sets or desperately searching for duct tape, Danielle enjoys dividing fractions, gardening, and being on the water with her family.

Lesley Grant

Michelle Kessler

Bonnie Kolber

Jacquie Mauer is a lifetime artist, yoga practitioner and occasional teacher of both. She loves sharing both these passions with students of all ages.

Molly Mitchell is the founder and Director of Stowe Children's Theatre. Molly participated in theatre in high school and was accepted into two different Actor/Training programs. She decided to pursue her medical interests and obtained an Associate of Applied Science through the college of Southern Idaho. She practiced veterinary medicine for a number of years before taking a break to raise her children. In the summer of 2014 Molly began teaching theatre games to children through the Stowe Free Library. Through the support and encouragement of this community, Stowe Children's Theatre has grown. She loves to see children learn valuable life skills through participating in all aspects of theatre. She feels children can benefit greatly from the unique situations that students learn to navigate during rehearsals. She is proud to offer more classes for the amazing children in this community!

Tara O’Reilly is a mom, yoga teacher, and actor. She has been a member of the Screen Actors' Guild since 2002. She has been in numerous films including Jay Craven's films Wetware and Northern Borders. Previously to that she was cast as Mrs. Sullivan in the Sharff brothers' film Before I Sleep, Michael Burke's film The Mudge Boy, and Bess O'Brien's film The Voices Project, amongst numerous short films. She has also been in a handful of commercials. Tara studied Meisner in LA with Eric Stone and film acting with Jock MacDonald (Alice Carter Studio East) and Michael Monks (Ivana Chubbuck Studios). Most influential to her was studying with Richard Waterhouse (Roy London Technique).

Lisa Wolfgang is an interdisciplinary artist who is passionate about connecting young people to art and nature. She graduated from Alfred University with her BFA in Sculpture and Expanded Media and has taught as a outdoor educator for inner city kids, organized the kids program for a small local-music festival, and was an instructor of ceramics and sculpture at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Lisa’s variety of interests from growing food to making music lend plenty of inspiration to her work.



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