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To register, please click on a title below and complete the registration form. Questions about the classes should be directed to Sarah at vtarthouse@gmail.com, or by phone at (802) 586-2200. 

  • Registration is not complete and your space in a class is not secured until you have paid a 30% deposit.

  • Class deposits are non refundable. 

  • All students must register at least 7 days in advance, unless the description specifies that drop-ins are welcome. 

Mondays April 14, 21, and 28
7:00 pm
Craftsbury Academy
By Donation 

Karl Stein leads this open swing dancing lesson. Come as a single to learn some new steps and meet some new people, or come with a partner and improve your skills together. Held at Caftsbury Academy in the gym, there is plenty of space for everyone.

Wednesdays April 2, 9, 16, 23
3:00 - 5:30 PM
Cost: $80

Have you wanted to sew on knits but were discouraged because you felt you didn’t have the skills? Did you feel you needed a serger in order to sew on knits? The following classes will boost your confidence. A serger is not needed. If you have a basic straight stitch machine, you can successfully complete a project with knit fabrics. There will be time in each class to try out the techniques presented. Although I will focus on garment construction, all the techniques can be used on any knit project. I will, however, have a serger present for demonstration. 

Basic sewing skills are needed for the classes. A properly running sewing machine is a must. Click here to read the full description of each class session.

Saturday, April 12 
10:00 am - 1:00 pm 
Suggested donation: $10 

Just in time to decorate your Easter Tree, spring baskets, or just your window sill. Join us and learn the Psanky egg dying technique. This is best for older children and adults, but younger children may come if accompanied and assisted by an adult.

Saturday, April 26 
10:00 am - 12:00 pm 
Cost: $15 donation to The Art House 

This is the third class in a series of introduction to felting workshops. Now that you know how to wet felt and needle felt, it's time for you to get into creating something with your flat, wet felted mat. Learn to use yarn, thread, roving, beads, and more to decorate an already-felted item. You do not need to have taken any of the other classes in felting in order to join this group.

Fridays, May 23 and 30 
12:00 - 2:00 pm 
Cost: $30 

Adobe Photoshop is a sophisticated tool for digital image correction and creation. If you have purchased Photoshop and need help learning to use it, or if you are thinking of purchasing and want to know if it is right for your purposes, you can explore the basics in this class. We will cover how to create files, what the tools do and how to access them, vocabulary necessary for understanding the program, and go through several exercises to practice using the program. Students will come away with a basic working knowledge of the program and resources to continue learning more. 

Thursday and Friday, June 5/6, and 12/13
12:00 - 2:00 pm
Cost: $30

Book making, poster layout, brochure design; all of these things and more are best done with desktop publishing software that is designed to make your life easier. Desktop publishing has come light years from paste-ups and stencils. Adobe InDesign, along with Illustrator and Photoshop, make it easy to create digital publications that are ready for print. But you need to know the basics. This class will cover the programs and their applications, the tools and how to access them, vocabulary necessary for understanding the program, and go through several exercises to practice using the program. Students will come away with a brochure template and an understanding of how to use that custom template to create new brochures in the future.

Students should bring their own laptops if they own Photoshop. The Art House has limited machines to borrow. We will be working with Mac based CS4. 

Thursdays, July 10 and 17 
9:00 am - 12:00 pm 
Cost: $45 plus materials

MaryLiz Riddle is a paper artist and book binder who shows her work and teaches at the Memphremagog Arts Collaborative in Newport, Vermont. This summer she will visit The Art House for a two-day book-binding intensive. Students will create a journal using archival papers and adhesives which will be perfect for summer travel journaling, nature journaling, of as an every-day journal.

Thursdays, July 17, 24, 31, and August 7 and 14 
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: $95 plus materials 

This group tour will stop at some of the places in and around the villages that would be fun to draw, and we'll make unique, personal records of the life in Craftsbury in the summer of 2014. We'll visit a mix of natural and human-built places. The itinerary will take into account weather conditions and personal preferences. Bring your own sketchbook or journal and your favorite drawing tools -- pencil, pen, and/or portable watercolor.

There will be demonstration of techniques, a bit of natural history, and a chance to be part of a group out drawing and painting together.

We'll be driving and walking, sometimes in the woods, so plan to bring only what you can comfortably carry.

Materials: your art materials, something portable to sit on (stool or cushion), sun hat (or whatever you need for the weather), water, snacks, and lunch.Leader will have some drawing tools available to borrow and try. If you don't have portable watercolors, you can purchase a set from the Art House.

Susan Sawyer is and artist, naturalist, and freelance teacher. Her skill in illustrating the natural world is matched by her ability to teach students to observe and record it. This class is intended to follow the book binding class with MaryLiz Riddle, and students would be encouraged to use their new handmade journals as their drawing books for this class. Book Binding is not a prerequisite for Sketch Tours, and students may take this class without having attended Book Binding.

Saturday, July 19, 2014
10:00 - 2:00 pm 
Cost: $35 

We will explore dyeing of plant and silk fibers using natural dyes sourced locally and available to us in mid-summer. Participants will be able to choose from four different dye baths and will experiment with color, design, and how the different fibers react to the dyes. Each participant will leave with several bundles of dyed fiber. Class is limited to 6 participants. Additional information will be provided on fibers to bring for dyeing following registration.

Fridays, July 18 and 25, and August 1, 8, 15, and 22 
7:30 - 8:45 am
Cost: $90

Sophia Light teaches yoga to students of all ages and abilities looking to cultivate strength, flexibility, balance, relaxation and awareness. Her gentle and supportive approach leads you home, to your own unique body, through acceptance, trust, and gratitude. 

Sophia has spent over 500 hrs studying Raja Yoga and Ayurveda under the guidance of Myra Lewin. An affection for the outdoors and love of community tie into her uplifting teaching style, which is also influenced by Kripalu and Restorative Yin Yoga.

Check out her website for more details: http://yogalightvt.wix.com/yogalight

Sophia charges The Art House the lowest rate possible in order to support The Art House’s mission. Students who participate in Yoga at The Art House are contributing to the operating cost of the organization, and thereby supporting arts education in the Northeast Kingdom.

Monday, July 21
3:00 - 6:00 pm *
Cost: $50

Good pizza begins with the dough, and good dough begins with extended fermentation... preferably with lactobacilli (the sour in sourdough). Instructor(s) from Woodbelly Pizza will give participants hands- on experience mixing dough with the freshly ground flour (from Elmore Mountain Bread) that they use at market. Significant time will be devoted to handling and stretching dough as well as topping and loading with a peel. At the end of the workshop participants will prepare and bake pizzas to take home. Please bring one or two toppings (about 4-6 oz, enough for 2 16" pies) to use on your own or share with others. Woodbelly will provide red sauce and a selection of cheeses from local producers. Up to 8 students.

* We are flexible on the time that this class is offered. If you want to take it, but the time does not work for you, please email Sarah at vtarthouse@gmail.com, or call 586-2200. 

The March Rx: Explore, Renew, Create class on March 15 and 29 
was a great success! A wonderful bunch of people came to learn 
several wet felting techniques, and we even got to throw a little 
needle felting in there. Thank you to everyone who came, and good job!

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