Adult Art and Online Classes

Thursday AM Mixed Media/Pastels
Instructor: Sean Dye

Have you ever been mesmerized by a pastel painting? Pure pastel pigment sits vibrantly on the surface. Learn how to effectively use under-painting. Make your own painting using some of Sean’s favorite combinations of materials. Through demonstration and instruction Sean will explain how and why certain supplies were used. Panels, paper, pastels, paint and alternative materials will be provided. Please bring sketches, still life or reference photos. From 10AM to noon.

Sess 2-June 25-July 23(no class on July 9), Tuition $124     REGISTER >

Sess 3-July 30-Aug 27, Tuition $155     REGISTER >

Online Art Class-You will need to download Zoom and pay ahead for these classes-use our Corsizio Registration program to pay with a credit card or pay by check (make sure to include your email address). Once you have registered we will invite you by email to our Online Zoom class with the meeting number and password. Questions call Barb 247-3702

Building a Path to Creativity from Home
Instructor/Facilitator: Kathy Hall

Join us on a 5-week creative and spiritual journey from the comfort of your own home. We will be using Zoom to meet virtually once a week as we delve into Julia Cameron’s classic book, The Artist’s Way, using her tried and true methods to learn how to tap into the creative energy that is the wellspring for all artists whether you are a painter, poet or potter. If you have a creative project that you have set aside long ago or just a dream of starting a project, this class can be the path to finishing what you’ve started or the beginning of something wonderful! We will meet to talk about the book and the progress of our journeys, to share the work we have created during the week and/or respond to a prompt. Each week we will have some homework: it will make us think about what keeps us from reaching our creative goals and hopefully will feed our creative souls. There will also be an open studio time each week where we can Zoom into a virtual studio work time together.  

Tuesdays, June 16 – July 14, 10 – 11AM. Virtual Class/Discussion. Tuition $75  REGISTER >

Fridays, June 26 – July 17, 10 – 10:45 a.m.: Optional Virtual Open Studio (we will all be working remotely) for those who want to join in.

All participants must purchase The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.  We recommend you use the link to  By buying your book through this link a portion of your sale will go to support our local Vermont Bookshop during this difficult time for brick and mortar stores!

Handmade Books: A Sampler Workshop
Instructor: Jane Ploughman

Join us for an introductory workshop on handmade books. We’ll fold, cut, glue and sew several unique book structures. In addition, participants will learn about some of the tools, techniques and materials of the bookbinding craft. The focus will be on form and structure not content. These sample books can be used as reference and inspiration for future projects. This workshop is for all levels especially those who want to be introduced to the world of handmade books and book arts. All materials and handouts will be provided.

Thursday, June 25, 6-8:30PM, Tuition $45   REGISTER >

Expressive Landscape Painting-Online
Instructor: Laura Lanchantin

This online class is designed to strengthen your ability to express emotion through drawing and painting. With an emphasis on landscape, we will be learning certain art theory techniques and approaching them in ways that work for you and your individual strengths, in the act of uncovering your inner artist and style. This is a class in creative confidence, and students will learn new ways of drawing and painting that resonate personally. Each class will begin with a brief drawing exercise followed by a longer painting exercise. Each week we will complete a different landscape painting together step by step, while also learning helpful color theory, compositional theory, exercises in “seeing” and more that strengthen your artistic freedom. This class is all about you, and knocking down the boundary between the work you imagine and the work you create. Students are welcome to use the painting medium of their choice. This beginner level painting class is designed to strengthen both your skills and your imagination. Teens welcome! Class will be run over Zoom format.

Thursdays, June 18-July 2, from 10-noon, Tuition $90.    REGISTER >

Decorative Papers Workshop for Creative Book Making
Instructor: Jane Ploughman

During the first half of this workshop we will create decorative papers by experimenting with paste papers, stencil and other mark making techniques along with some simple printmaking. There will be examples of each method and time to play. As time and interest permits we will then make some simple books with these decorative papers to use as journals or artist books. All materials and handouts will be provided.

Sunday, July 12, from 1-5PM, Tuition $65     REGISTER >

Exposed Stitch Book Bindings
Instructor: Jane Ploughman

In this workshop students will learn to make at least one sketchbook or journal with a long stitch binding method. This type of exposed-stitch binding dates back to medieval Europe, typically created as a blank book used for record-keeping. In addition to the long stitch, other exposed stitch book bindings will be demonstrated and templates made. The designs shown can be altered so students can create a uniquely sewn sketchbook or journal. All materials and handouts will be provided

Sunday, July 19, from 1-5PM, Tuition $65     REGISTER >

Pivoting Panel Books (aka Panorama Book)
Instructor: Jane Ploughman

In this workshop participants will make a sculptural book that has flat panels that create a continuous array of the book’s content. These books can be small portable galleries filled with your images, photographs, prints, etc. We will also explore how to make the flat panels into three dimensional ones that can house small objects. Book binding techniques of folding, cutting and gluing will be included. This is a fun book structure that has multiple possibilities to create beautiful works of art. All materials and handouts will be provided.

Sunday, Aug 2, from 1-5PM, Tuition $65     REGISTER >

Weds. AM Int/Adv Painting 
Instructor: Richard Weinstein

This is a class in the methods and materials of painting. Emphasis will be placed on the growth and development of drawing, color, and compositional skills so that personal self-expression and style can be realized. We will work in landscape, still life, and the figure. Media may include pen and ink wash, watercolor, oils, acrylics, and pastel depending on the preference of the student. Students should bring the materials they want to work with.

Class will be held at 2377 Rte. 7 South from 10-noon.

August 5-26, Tuition $116 (4 classes)  REGISTER >

Handmade Books: Accordion/Concertina Book Sampler
Instructor: Jane Ploughman

There are many variations of accordion book structures. In this workshop participants will learn at least two variations of accordions (aka concertinas) including a pocket fold book. During the workshop you will learn basic bookbinding terms and techniques. In addition, many accordion examples will be shown along with ways to embellish these structures. All levels of ability are welcome. All materials and handouts will be provided

Thursday, Aug 6, from 6-8:30PM, Tuition $45  REGISTER >

Instructor: Margret Carde

This is a class in the methods and materials of watercolor painting. Emphasis will be on the growth and development of personal expression through individual critiques of student work. Instruction will be offered in areas that are unique to watercolor: brushwork, color, transparency, and the movement of paint and water. Materials list will be available upon registration. Students should bring either images or objects to the class. Teens welcome. Classes will run from 1-3PM.

Fridays, August 7-28, Tuition $108, 4 classes  REGISTER >


Instructor-Ashley Wolff NEW DATES
Sept 15-Oct 6

Watercolor painting is an easy way for beginners to achieve bright, fresh effects as well as a technically demanding medium that veteran artists struggle to master. As one of the latter, I will share tips, techniques and many fun tricks from my years of striving to make beautiful paintings using just paper and minute amounts of pigment suspended in water. You’ll use a watercolor block to minimize stretching and wrinkling and an expanded primary palette that will allow you to create an entire spectrum without a fortune in paints. Materials list available upon registration. 4 Classes.

Tues, Sept 15- Oct 6thHours are 6-8:30PM, Tuition $250  REGISTER > 

“Design Your Own Garden” Workshop
Instructor: Judith Irven

A well-designed garden marries the inspirations of the site with the aspirations of the gardener. It balances beauty and practicality, form and function. It also matures gracefully and is beautiful in every season. Garden design questions are as individual as gardeners and their properties. For instance:

Do you have lots of ideas for a new garden but don’t know how to put it all together?

Has your garden been in place for years and now seems lackluster and tired?

Do you have difficulty visualizing an overall plan?

Do you need to rethink an out-of-control section?

This hands-on workshop allows you to pursue a personal design project for your own garden-anything from developing a brand new spatial layout that complements your land, to creating a planting plan for an existing bed in need of a ‘make-over’.  By the end of the workshop you will have a ‘ready to implement’ scale drawing that answers your specific needs. Materials are included. Judith Irven is a landscape designer and garden writer.  She studied landscape design at Vermont Technical College, is a Vermont Certified Horticulturist and teaches Sustainable Home Landscaping for the UVM Extension Master Gardener course. See more at

Sess 1-Fridays, Sept 11, 18, 25, from 9-noon. Tuition $225  REGISTER >

Sess 2-Saturdays, Oct 3, 10, 17, from 9-noon. Tuition $225  REGISTER >

To register or for more information,
email Barb or Heidi at
or call 802-247-3702. 

Classroom phone 802-458-8979 If no one answers it’s best to call Barb at 247-3702
Mail check to:
Middlebury Studio School, 2377 Rte. 7, Middlebury, Vt 05753.

No refunds given for student cancellations less than 7 days from start of class.