Classes and other educational events


Classes and Education



T.W. Wood Gallery is offering a variety of classes for and camps for youth and adults, designed to fit every creative need. We have courses for beginners, advanced and intermediate students. We have classes that are perfect for personalized gifts.
Look through the list below and click on the link below to see a full brochure and application form. There is something very satisfying connecting with the creative you, and it's a connection that doesn't expire.
Class size is limited, so send in your application soon! Hope to see you at the T. W. Wood Gallery this spring and summer!

More details, and form for sign up to classes - Click below

 Fall and Winter Class Registration - Form

 

Fall and Winter Class - Brochure

 

Ginny Callan, Executive Director

Binta M. Colley, Education Director


 

   Coming this Fall!


.November 2nd & 3rd

Vacation Art Camp - Animal Adventures

 

Come to a fun filled 2-day vacation art camp - Paint, draw and create clay animals. Hear and share animal stories!

8:30 am on drop off, camp runs from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Kids 7 - 12

Cost: $150


Adult Classes


The T.W. Wood Gallery hosts
Open drawing & painting sessions

with live models


every Thursday evening from 7 to 9 PM.
Sessions alternate weeks between Billy Brauer's painting group
and Glen Coburn Hutcheson's drawing group.
In both groups, artists bring their own materials and supports

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Artists pay $12 per session ($6 for high school students).
Come early to choose the best drawing angles!
In winter classes may occasionally be canceled due to poor road conditions.

•Brauer's painting sessions feature one long pose
(2 hours, with breaks) and instruction as desired.
•Hutcheson's drawing sessions focus on shorter poses
(1 minute to 20 minutes) and are unguided.


Sept. 3rd & Oct. 2nd, 2017
Along The Lines
A drawing workshop for beginners

 Led by Sarah Spletzer

This class if for everyone who wants to learn the basics of drawing. If you feel intimidated by the idea of drawing, or think you cannot draw - you are welcome here! Drawing is all about learning to see - the rest is practice! The class will follow exercises from Betty Edwards' classic book, "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" and some fun practices that Sarah developed and tested that will enhance your seeing eye and drawing hand(s). You will learn the basics of perspective, light and shadow and human anatomy. We will work with a variety of high quality drawing material, so you can decide on your preferences. All together it will be a solid mixture of theory, technique, practice and fun!
…Sarah Spletzer moved from Germany to Vermont. She studied Fine Arts and Dance Therapy in the Netherlands and holds a Dutch degree as a "Professional Artist in the Classroom". She has experience in organizing and executing art projects for the public space and offers private art classes to children and adults. Sarah's artwork has been shown in exhibitions in the Netherlands, Belgium and the U.S.A.

Saturdays; 10:00 am-1:00 pm

Cost: $70 (Materials TBA)


Wednesdays, Sept. 13 and Oct. 11
Selfies With Soul
Led by PJ Desrochers

Come learn the art of self-portraiture using your cell phone camera. Not only will you learn photographic techniques unique to phone photography you will also learn to appreciate power of turning the lens upon yourself. You can use the lens of your phone camera as a soft loving gaze capturing your current state of being. The power of this type of self-portraiture can be incredibly healing for those who are experiencing and or contemplating any kind of life transition or transformation. It's a way to see and hold for yourself what others cannot.. Learn to use the lens as a vehicle to hold and be present with your current self as well as learn new and interesting photography techniques.
A safe space will be created so each member of this class feels comfort and as much ease as possible in exploring self-portraiture. You will be encouraged to try out various camera apps to capture the mood you want to see or share yourself.
Instructor: PJ Desrochers is a conceptual artist who uses self-portraiture as a means to express how she
experiences herself in the world. PJ is also a couples and family therapist and has the therapeutic skills to guide the members of this class as a group in creating a safe container to explore self-portraiture as a deeply healing medium.

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $50.00
Materials: Bring Your Cell Phone!


Saturday, September 16

 Painting Fall Foliage in Watercolor

 Led by Robert J. Obrien
 

This class is open to all levels of painting ability. Students will learn basic floral painting techniques, with an emphasis on value and composition. Layering and blending color into soft edges will also be taught. The afternoon will focus on painting from close-up photo references of flowers in an artistic setting. A critique and class discussion will be held at the end of the session. Students will provide their own materials.
Robert J. O'Brien has been painting in the watercolor medium for over forty years. One of his main objectives in watercolor painting is to create light through the use of shadow. In painting ordinary images, he finds a fascinating interplay between the two. The transparency of the medium helps in bringing shadows alive while allowing the light to glow

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cost: $90


 Sept. 23 - 24, 2017
2-Day Fall Workshop, Painting with Pastel
Led by Michael Chesley Johnson


Join nationally-known artist Michael Chesley Johnson as he teaches how to paint the autumn landscape in a studio setting. In this workshop, you will start with basic principles of landscape painting (the importance of value, color in the landscape, adding depth), and then learn to focus on creating a mood through several methods. As you paint, Michael will go from easel to easel offering plenty of personal help. Each day will have at least one demonstration (pastel) plus critiques of student work done in the workshop. Weather permitting, Michael will demonstrate in the field to show how he gathers plein air reference material for studio work. Michael is a nationally-known teacher, giving workshops across the U.S. as well as at his studios in Maine and Arizona. A Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and writer for Pastel Journal, he is the author of several books, including Outdoor Study to Studio: Take Your Plein Air Paintings to the Next Level and Backpacker Painting: Outdoors with Oil & Pastel. He has many videos available, as well. For more information visit www.MichaelChesleyJohnson.com.


Saturday & Sunday 9 am - 4 pm
Cost: $250
Contact TW Wood Gallery for Materials List.

October 4th - 25th

Explore Acrylic Painting

Led by Joshua Sevits



If we can agree that art no longer abides by traditional aesthetics then let us focus on ideas and personal impulses to make paintings. This class is for those new to painting as well as those who are looking to refresh their painting practice. We'll work through prompts, both in and out of class, designed to challenge your approach to painting. The outcome of the prompts will reflect the way you wish to engage with paint, whether that's abstractly, representationally or somewhere far out or in-between.
Some of the class assignments will draw upon the unique art collection of the T.W. Wood Gallery. As we work, personalized and group guidance is provided along with brief overviews of techniques. Student must provide their own supplies.
Joshua Sevits holds an MFA from Lesley University College of Art and Design and a BFA from the School of Visual Arts. Most recently his paintings have shown at the COOP Gallery in Nashville, TN, the Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, NY and the Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender Studies at Brown University. In addition to building furniture in Calais he also teaches at the Community College of VT.

6:30 pm - 9 pm
4 Wednesday's
Cost: $130

Contact TW Wood Gallery for Materials List

October 21st
Do It Yourself Matting and Framing
Led by Phillip Robertson

Come join instructor Phillip Robertson for a hands on workshop in matting and framing. Class participants will be given everything they need to frame one photo or drawing from start to finish in a 12"x16" archival matt, Plexiglas and black metal frame. Students are asked to bring one image that is no larger than 8"x12" and will be shown an easy to reproduce process. We will all walk through how to measure and cut a matt, mount your artwork and assemble the frame. Everyone will leave with a framed piece of art!
Phillip Robertson received his MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College and a BFA in Painting with an Art History minor from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He currently teaches drawing, painting, printmaking and art history at the Community College of Vermont

Saturday 9:00 am - noon
Cost: $50

Plus $35 for materials

November 4th
Dry Flower Arrangements
Led by Joan Smith and Suki Ciappara


This mother-daughter team has experience with all kinds of creative artistic expression and love to teach others the basic skills that enable participants to leave the workshop with a finished project to enjoy and be proud of. In this class, you will learn how to make a small hat, wreath and a basket arrangement from dried flowers.
Joan is best known in this area as a watercolorist, but attended Floral Design School at Suny-Cobleskill in NY and taught classes at garden centers and oth

Saturday, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cost: $50.00, plus Materials

November 11
Sip (oops) Soup & Paint! A Fun, Tasty & Artistic Collaboration
Led by Ginny Callan and Binta Colley

 

 Creativity in the kitchen and the art studio, cooking, painting and eating! Join cookbook author Ginny Callan (Horn of the Moon Cookbook and Beyond the Moon) and artist and educator Binta Colley for a day of cooking and painting! The class will begin in the kitchen by making a hearty fall soup together using local ingredients and jalapeno cheddar scallion corn bread followed by the first draft of your still life of the same ingredients. We will then have a groups lunch of our freshly made soup and corn bread, along with Vermont cheese's and cider. The day will end back in the classroom where your still life will be completed using acrylics, collage, colored pencil or whatever other medium participants choose.
Ginny is Executive Director of the T. W. Wood Gallery, author of several vegetarian cookbooks and a former creator and owner of the Horn of the Moon Café. Binta earned the first of her degrees from Columbia College in Chicago. She has been an educator for the last 15 years, and is passionate about the integration of the arts in all aspects of education and life.


Saturday, 10:00am - 3:00 pm
Cost: $75.00

Some materials Included


 November 18th
Telling Stories Through Collage
Led by Joan Smith and Suki Ciappara

 

 

 Working with originals, photocopies or printouts of your photographs or artwork, we will have fun making a personalized collage to love and treasure! This mother-daughter team enjoys sharing differing experiences and tips from years of working with this interesting and wonderful form of artistic expression.


Saturday, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cost: $50.00

Materials: Bring you own memories. We will provide glue, board, scissors and an assortment of beautiful background papers.


 December 2nd
Vintage Macrame
Led by Binta Colley 

 

With the holidays in the not-to-distant future, it's time to finish that gift list. Macrame plant hangers are back and a great way to create an indoor green space with beautifully designed and functional plant holders.
Binta Colley earned the first of her degrees from Columbia College in Chicago. She has been an educator/artist for the last 20 years, and is passionate about the integration of the arts in all aspects of education and life.

Saturday, 10:00 - 4:00 pm
Cost: $75.00

Materials provided: Bring your favorite large beads or other attachments you would like to include in your creation!


December 9th
Painting Winter Scenes
Led by Robert J. O'Brien

 

 

This class is open to all levels of painting ability. Students will learn basic winter painting techniques, with an emphasis on value and composition.
Robert J. O'Brien has been painting in the watercolor medium for over forty years. One of his main objectives in watercolor painting is to create light through the use of shadow.

Saturday, 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Cost: $90.00

Materials: Contact the T. W. Wood Gallery for a materials list.


December 16th
Oriental Brush Painting
Led by: Ronda Stoll

 Introduction of Japanese Brush painting by Ronda Stoll. You will be learning the principles of Japanese aesthetics. This includes understanding the concepts of Wabi and Sabi, using Ki (energy) and the use of asymmetrical spaces to create your painting.
Students will learn about the Four Treasures: Brush, Ink Stick, Ink Stone and Paper and the traditional methods in which they are used.
In Oriental Painting we begin by learning the Four Gentlemen: Orchid, Bamboo, Chrysanthemum and Plum Blossom. Students will learn to paint the Plum Blossom in this workshop.
Students will need to bring a paperweight, such as two small stones or a piece of wood to hold the rice paper in place. Additionally bring a small white plate or saucer for brush loading. All other materials will be provided. Feel free to bring your favorite small (1-4 size)
Rhonda studied with Yinglei Zhang, Frederica Marshall, Jo Steinhurst and Henry Wo. Her paintings have been shown in many galleries throughout New England.

 

 Saturday: 1 pm - 4 p.m.
Cost: $50 plus a $20 material fee which includes a starter kit to take home.


 

Past Events


May 13, 2017
Printmaking Primer
Led by: Phillip Robertson


Artists and printmakers of all experience levels are invited to participate in this half-day workshop. Working with printmaker, Phillip Robertson, students will use a Holbein table-top press to explore the monoprint process. Everyone will get to work in both black and white as well as color, producing multiple prints by the end of class. Materials are provided by the instructor, students need to bring their imagination and/or a sketchbook with ideas for original prints.
Phillip Robertson received his MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College and a BFA in Painting with an Art History minor from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He teaches drawing, painting, printmaking and art history at Johnson State College and the Community College of Vermont.


Saturday 12:00 pm - 4:00 p.m
Cost: $50 Plus $10 for materials.


May 2 - May 23, 2017
Drawing for the Terrified
Led by Michael Strauss


This workshop is for beginners as well as those with some drawing experience who feel they might benefit from more instruction. The classes are based on the premise that drawing can be an acquired skill, not just a talent, and that most can learn how to draw if they spend the time and energy. Since drawing is foundational for painting, those who paint in watercolor and oil can benefit by taking these classes. Some of the topics covered are drawing to learn, graphite, charcoal, inks, perspective, aids, alignments, measurement, movement, gesture, lines, value, light, composition and more.


Tuesdays 5:30 p.m. -8:00 p.m.
$120 - includes materials


 

 

April 22nd, 2017
Japanese Tea and Art
Led by: Lauren Parker and Ronda Stoll


Join us for a Japanese Tea Ceremony with tea connoisseur, Lauren Parker of North Branch Café. Lauren will lead participants through a Japanese tea ritual. The tea ceremony will start at 1:00 with an introduction to the history of Matcha Tea, ending with a reflection of the experience and a sense of focus from drinking the tea!
At 2:00 the group will move on to an Introduction of Japanese Brush painting by Ronda Stoll in which you will be learning the principles of Japanese aesthetics. This includes understanding the concepts of Wabi and Sabi, using Ki (energy) and the use of asymmetrical spaces to create your painting.
Students will learn about the Four Treasures: Brush, Ink Stick, Ink Stone and Paper and the traditional methods in which they are used.
In Oriental Painting we begin by learning the Four Gentlemen: Orchid, Bamboo, Chrysanthemum and Plum Blossom. Students will learn to paint the Plum Blossom in this workshop.
Students will need to bring a paperweight, such as two small stones or a piece of wood to hold the rice paper in place. Additionally bring a small white plate or saucer for brush loading. All other materials will be provided. Feel free to bring your favorite small (1-4 size) round watercolor or sumi-e brush for the flower petals!
Lauren Parker and family own the North Branch Café, 41 State Street, Montpelier.
Rhonda Stoll studied with Yinglei Zhang, Frederica Marshall, Jo Steinhurst and Henry Wo. Her paintings have been shown in many galleries throughout New England.


Saturday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 pm
Cost: $50 plus a $20 material fee which includes a starter kit to take home.


 

April 15, 2017
Painting Flowers in Watercolor
Led By: Robert J. O'Brien


This class is open to all levels of painting ability. Students will learn basic floral painting techniques, with an emphasis on value and composition. Layering and blending color into soft edges will also be taught. The afternoon will focus on painting from close-up photo references of flowers in an artistic setting. A critique and class discussion will be held at the end of the session. Students will provide their own materials.
Robert J. O'Brien has been painting in the watercolor medium for over forty years. One of his main objectives in watercolor painting is to create light through the use of shadow. In painting ordinary images, he finds a fascinating interplay between the two. The transparency of the medium helps in bringing shadows alive while allowing the light to glow.
Saturday 12:00 am - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $90 Contact TW Wood Gallery for Materials List

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April 8, 2017
Painting With Collage Too
Led by Binta M. Colley


Collage has been around for hundreds of years, but Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso first coined the word collage when it became an important part of modern art. During the Harlem Renaissance, Romaire Beardan was the master of works created with collage and painting and we will take a quick look at his work as a model.
In this workshop, participants will learn how to create perspective using shapes, color and dark on light. Students will create a thumbnail sketch or choose a theme for this project. A "pallet" of colors and shapes from photos, magazines, paper, or other objects will be created to complete the final project. If you have magazines or objects you wish to incorporate, bring those along with your lunch.
Binta Colley earned the first of her degrees from Columbia College in Chicago. She has been an educator for the last 15 years, and is passionate about the integration of the arts in all aspects of education and life.
Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $75 (includes materials)


April 17, 18 & 19, 2017
Vacation Art Camp -Rock, Paper, Scissors


Campers will work one day each with each guest artist/teacher to build creations with local rock, make Origami animals and boxes and cut a path into the world of paper and collages! Special camp guest, former State geologist Larry Becker will discuss Vermont rock formations.
Ages 7 - 12
Camp will be led by three Vermont Artists/Educators: Susan Aranoff (Rocks), Binta Colley (Scissors) and Jen Anthony (Paper).
9:00 am - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $175


 

April 5th - 26th , 2017
Exploring Acrylics
Led by Joshua Sevits


If we can agree that art no longer abides by traditional aesthetics then let us focus on ideas and personal impulses to make paintings. This class is for those new to painting as well as those who are looking to refresh their painting practice. We'll work through prompts, both in and out of class, designed to challenge your approach to painting. The outcome of the prompts will reflect the way you wish to engage with paint, whether that's abstractly, representationally or somewhere far out or in-between.
Some of the assignments will draw upon the unique collection of the T.W. Wood Gallery. As we work, personalized and group guidance is provided along with brief overviews of techniques. Student must provide their own supplies.
Joshua Sevits holds an MFA from Lesley University College of Art and Design and a BFA from the School of Visual Arts. Most recently his paintings have shown at the COOP Gallery in Nashville, TN, the Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, NY and the Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender Studies at Brown University. In addition to building furniture in Calais he also teaches at the Community College of VT.
Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $130 Contact TW Wood Gallery for Materials List


 

March 14th - April 11th, 2017
Exploring the World of Pastel
Led by Cindy Griffith & Marcia Hill

Join us in exploring the world of pastel, a user-friendly medium with rich colors. We will start with a refresher on the fundamentals of painting. Then we'll explore a variety of ways to create different effects in your paintings, from using underpaintings to the creative use of color. You'll learn to really see the elements of the subject you are painting. And you'll have the opportunity to apply what you've learned to both
landscapes and still life. This is the perfect class for the enthusiastic beginner or intermediate student who would like to take their art to the next step.
Marcia and Cindy have taught pastel painting together for years and love encouraging artists to follow and appreciate their individual styles. Two teachers means you will get twice as much help! Come learn and have fun in this supportive exploration of the wonderful medium of pastel. Students are to bring their own supplies.
Tuesdays 5:30 pm - 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $150 Contact TW Wood Gallery for Materials List


Feb. 27, 28 & Mar.1, 2017
Vacation Art Camp - PIRATES!
History, Legends, Art, Skits
Make your own Pirate Garb!


Come to a fun filled 3-day vacation art camp to learn about pirates - how did they live? Who were they really? Learn about notorious women and men pirates like Anne Bonnyand Blackbeard! What happened to them? Why are there modern day pirates? Come make a pirate outfit and treasure map, hear pirate stories, paint your own pirate ship, act in a pirate skit and have fun with other pirates. There will be a pirate performance on March 1st at 3 PM.
Ages 7 - 12
Led by Janice Walrafen
9:00 am - 4:00 p.m. Drop off 8:30 a.m.
Cost: $175


 

March 4, 11 & 18, 2017
Papier Mache - Mask Making


Working with clay, paper mache, and paint, the class will design, sculpt, construct, paint, and explore their own original face masks. Starting with a basic clay form students will learn how to apply paper mache over the clay to create a mask of their own design. This is a family-friendly class in which you may bring children; each child MUST be accompanied by one adult.
Ellis Jacobson is well known for his widely exhibited sculpted masks and his original comedy theater and has presented arts enrichment workshops throughout Vermont. He is the After School Arts Director at the T.W. Wood Gallery and has been an instructor and director for a variety of after school programs.
Youth/Families
Led by Ellis Jacobson
Saturdays 1:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.
Adult -$150 Child $100 (ages 7-14) includes supplies.

 


 December 10, 2016
Clay Whistles
Led by Robert Waldo Brunelle, Jr. 


Saturday; 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., This is a one-day workshop.
Cost: $45.00 plus $5 for materials

November 19, 2016
Calligraphy for all Levels
Led by Robert Waldo Brunelle, Jr.

Saturday; 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
One-day workshop.
Cost: $45.00 (includes most materials)


 October 29, 2016 

Painting With Collage
Led by Binta M. Colley


Saturday; 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
One-day workshop.
Cost: $45.00 (includes materials)


October 15,2016

Pen and Ink and Scratchboard
Led by Robert Waldo Brunelle, Jr.


Saturday; 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
One-day workshop.
Cost: $45.00 (includes most materials)


October 15,2016

 Beginning Pastel Painting
Led by Marcia Hill and Cindy Griffith


October 15, Saturday; 9:00 am-3:00 p.m., This is a one-day workshop.
Cost: $75.00 plus $30.00 for materials


 October 8, 2016

Printmaking Primer
Led by Phillip Robertson


Saturday; Noon-4:00 p.m. One-day workshop.
Cost: $45.00 plus $15.00 materials fee
October 5-26, 2016


October 5-26, 2016 

Intermediate Pastels
Led by Linda Hogan


Wednesdays; 5:30p.m.-8:00
(4 weeks with a makeup on Nov. 2, if needed.)
Cost: $120.00 (includes most materials)


  September 27, October 4, 11, and 18th


Introduction to Painting with Acrylics for Adults
Led by Jack Sabon


(Tuesdays; 6:30--9:00 p.m.,
Cost: $130.00 (includes most materials)