Winter/Spring Youth Classes
At Helen Day Art Center, we are committed to new and inventive art programming for youth and adults. STEAM learning and curriculum-based art education are at the core of how we integrate art into all modes and disciplines of learning. In addition, maintaining stringent health and safety protocols for our HDAC community is our top priority. We continue to meet our goal of reaching families whether at school or at home with innovative in-person and online programming, and are available for private and semi-private lessons. Thank you for supporting HDAC and understanding the importance of creativity and self-expression especially during this unique time.
For 2021, we are thrilled to offer a sliding scale fee model for education classes for those who need it most. This model is intended to help families make art a priority in their lives during a year that will continue to see challenges.
Stay tuned for our expanded programming in the spring! From a new ceramic, stained glass, glass fusion, and printmaking studio to a laser cutter and expanded woodworking space, there will be even more opportunities to explore and learn.
Thank you for supporting HDAC and understanding the importance of creativity and self-expression especially during this unique time.
In our continuing efforts to keep our students, instructors and organization a safe and healthy space, we ask that parents of students take a minute to fill out this form at the start of each week prior to their student's class. We thank you for your diligence and commitment to our community's wellness.
Stephanie Drews-Sheldon recently moved to Vermont and creates commissioned and gallery furniture pieces, as well as small production work. She earned her MFA in Wood Design from East Carolina State University where she taught design and wood design classes. Stephanie spent 12 years working at an independent school in Washington D.C. teaching and creating art, woodworking, and ceramic curricula for all ages.
Molly Mitchell is the founder and Director of Stowe Children's Theatre. Molly participated in theatre in HS and was accepted into two different Actor/Training programs out of HS. 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 and is excited to be offering more classes for the amazing children in this community!
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.
Joe Smith is a native Vermonter currently residing in the small town of Hyde Park. Smith recently received his B.A. in Art Education from Northern Vermont University. Most of Smith’s work derives from his personal journey growing up in a beautiful and rural area. Along with filmmaking, he is also interested in various forms of multimedia and design. His artwork has been exhibited in the Vermont Congressional Art Show and Johnson Studio Center. Smith takes pride in assisting young filmmakers in constructing their own visions and sense of life into their work. He is currently involved in social justice work and travels around the world to assist communities and explore their social, political, and cultural dynamics. Such travels have landed him in Detroit, Michigan, Managua, Nicaragua, and Zurich, Switzerland. Smith is honored to serve his local communities and has worked in a wide-variety of school settings, all which allow him to advocate for student voice and equity.
Rosalyn Trowbridge has been a longtime dedicated volunteer for Helen Day Art Center. For the past four years, Roz has forged amazing relationships with both the students and teachers of HDAC, strengthening her understanding of classroom management and curriculum development. Roz is accomplished in creating digital art pieces, figure drawings, inking, and watercolor. Having lived in Stowe her entire life, Roz is now a sophomore at Stowe High School and continues to pursue her passions in art, filmmaking, theatre, and music.