Workshops, Classes and Artist Residencies

Southern Vermont: A Mecca for Pro-Am Artists

Classes, Workshops & Residencies

robt obrien_1594In Vermont art flourishes year-round. There’s always a good time to learn, practice and perform. Here are a few programs and places to help you learn about classes or workshops in your area.

Painting by Robert O’Brien La Gabertie 7.5″ x 11″

Brattleboro Clayworks
532 Putney Rd, Brattleboro,
802 254-9174
Sep 12-Nov 14 (Mon nights): Wheel-throwing for all levels, exploring different forms and techniques for making functional pottery on the wheel, w/Rob Cartelli. Sep 20-Oct 25 (Tue afternoons): Clay for kids, for all levels, with Shari Zabriskie.

Carving Studio and Sculpture Center
636 Marble St, Rutland
carvingstudio.org802 438-2097
Oct 1-2: Sculpture and Gravestone Restoration w/Jonathan Appell. Oct 10-14: Fall Open Studio/ Alumni Week. Oct 15-16: Introductory Stone Carving w/Bill Nutt. Nov 5-6: Lost Wax Carving for Jewelry, w/Tossy Garrett. Residencies: Artists in Residence are integral to the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center programming as they create sculpture and interact with the arts community.

Fletcher Farm
611 Route 103 S., Ludlow
fletcherfarm.org802 228-8770
Sep 10-11: Water Soluble Oil Painting w/Robert Sydorovich. Sep 10-11: Primitive Stenciling w/Sandi Synder. Sep 17-18: Rock Weekend, from Cabbing to Carving w/Derek Levin. Sep 17: Zentangle & Painted Scarves w/Jane MacKugler & Nancy Dorian. Sept 18: Creating Recycled Art Journals w/Erika Martin. Sep 24-25: One Stoke Painting w/Barbi Weaver. Sep 24-25: Woodcarving & More w/Al Wilkinson. Oct 8-9: Copper and Bronze PMC w/Christie St. John. Oct 8-9: Birch Bark Containers w/Thomas Mowatt. Oct 15-16: Punch Needle Rug Hooking w/Layne Herschel. Oct 15: Pretty & Practical Packaging w/Erika Martin. Oct 16: Painted Bird Houses w/Sue Covella. Oct 22-23: Pen & Ink/ mixed media Art w/Don Hofer. Oct 22: Harvest Basket Making w/Judy Nevin. Oct. 23: Ribbon Work Pins w/Cynthia Emerly. Oct 29-30: Watercolor Landscapes w/Robert O’Brien. Oct 29-30: Stained Glass Art w/Barbara Klumb. Nov 5-6: Marbling Scarves w/Deb Gile. Nov 5-6: Soap making, Scrubs, Salts, Balms & Beyond w/Erika Martin. Nov 12: Felted Holiday Characters w/Jane MacKugler. Nov 12: Felted wool Flowers w/Denise Peniston. Nov 13: Charming Memories Bracelets w/Sally Mack. Nov 13: Holiday Card Extravaganza w/Erika Martin. Nov 19-20: Sterling Silver Fabrication w/Harold Bosco. Nov 19: Wreaths Galore w/Carolyn Scott. Nov 20: Felted Winter Animals w/Sue Carey.

InView Center for the Arts at Landgrove Inn
132 Landgrove Rd, Landgrove
landgroveinn.com802 824-6673
Sep 15-18: Plein Air in Oils w/Randall Sexton. Sep 19-23: Vermont in Watercolor w/Frank Francese. Sep 26-30: The Language of Light and Color w/Pam Gordinier. Oct 2-6: Watercolor Workshop w/Tony VanHasselt. Oct 11-13: Memoir & Fiction Writing Workshop w/Maralys Wills, featuring Carolyn Uber, Acquiring Editor, Stephen’s Press. Oct 27-29: Pastel Workshop w/Robert Carsten. Nov 4-6: Collage Painting w/Jane Davies.

River Gallery School
32 Main St, Brattleboro
rivergalleryschool.org802 257-1577
Ongoing: RGS provides classes, studio space, and a working environment that encourages individual expression, where the visual arts and the creative process are explored and honored. Check the web site for a complete schedule of classes.

River Rock Studio
362 Dover Rd, S. Newfane
rockriver-studio.com802 348-7440
Oct 6-9: Women’s Retreat, art immersion w/Carol Ross and Chris Triebert. Sep 15-18: Women’s Retreat, landscape photography w/Chris Triebert. Sep 22-25: Women’s Retreat, visual memoir w/Carol Ross. Sep 30-Oct. 2: Women’s Retreat: Alternative Photography w/Chris Triebert. Oct 14-16: Women Retreat, drawing and painting, w/Carol Ross.

Southern Vermont Arts Center, Yester House Gallery
West Rd, Manchester
Tues-Sat10-5p, Sun 12-5p
svac.org802 362-2522, 362-1405
Sep 22-23: Autumn Glory w/Robert Carsten. Sep 22-24: Advanced Watercolor Techniques w/Robert J. O’Brien. Sep 26-30: In the Spirit of Plein Air w/Kenn Erroll Backhaus. Oct 12-15: Combining Outdoor & Studio Work for Landscape Painting w/Andrew Orr. Oct 17-21: The Color of Light w/Sally Strand.

The Stone Trust Workshops 802 380-9550
Sat-Sun, Sep 17-18: Dutton Farm House, Dummerston. Instructors include DSWA Advanced Certificate holders Jared Flynn of Dummerston and Andrew Pighills of Connecticut. Fee: $300. For information and to register: Sun Oct 23: The Stone Trust will offer Certification Examinations for advancing dry stone wallers (Levels I-IV) at The Stone Trust Center, Dummerston. Examiners: Dave Gulder and Dan Snow. Fees vary. For information and application form: visit, follow links to Events.

Vermont Jazz Center
72 Cotton Mill Hill, Brattleboro
Ongoing: Inside Jazz, Music Literacy, Youth Rock Band, Women’s Swing Vocal Ensemble, Latin Jazz Ensemble, BeBop Ensemble and Youth Ensemble workshops. Also check out the Jam sessions every Wednesday night from 8-10p.

Vermont Studio Center
80 Pearl St, Johnson
vermontstudiocenter.org802 635-8548
Ongoing: Lectures by visiting artists and writers take place several times per month at the Vermont Studio Center. See a full schedule at their Web site. Residencies: Two to 12-week studio residencies for 50 artists and writers per month .

Village Arts of Putney
114 Westminster Rd, Putney
villageartsofputney.com802 387-8548
Ongoing: Classes will run alternate Tuesday and Saturdays at the Village Arts of Putney barn from
9-4p and are taught by Hagop (Jack) Keledjian.


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