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


Spring and Summer Class Schedule and Registration - Brochure

Spring and Summer Class Schedule and Registration - Form


Ginny Callan, Executive Director

Binta M. Colley, Education Director


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

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.

  Coming this Fall!


 Sept. 23 - 24, 2016
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
Saturday & Sunday 9 am - 4 pm
Cost: $250 Contact TW Wood Gallery for Materials List.

  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.
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)