Adult Art Classes

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 >

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 2), Tuition $124   RUNNING

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

Oil Painting: Vermont Summers-Solvent Free

Instructor: Carrie Pill

This class with focus on identifying tones, pushing color and mindful brushwork while pulling subject matter from one of Vermont’s most inspiring seasons. Each session will focus on a different seasonal subject. The first session will focus on flowers. Students should bring wildflowers or garden blooms they would like to work on. The remaining sessions will focus on barns, market produce and cloud studies. Teens welcome. Email for questions. We will be holding class outside under our new wedding tent. Bring your own supplies.

Weds, Aug 5-26, 10-noon, 4 classes, Tuition $112

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.

Wednesday, August 5 – 19  6:30 – 8:30PM, Tuition $90  REGISTER >

Recommended Supplies List*: Paper or Canvas to paint on (3, one for each session), acrylic or watercolor paint (just red, yellow, blue and white), palette to mix paint on, A few brushes of different sizes, paper towels, cup of water

*Laura is offering packages of supplies for this class for those who need them.  To order supplies, email Laura directly at  Please order at least 4 days before class. Acrylic Package includes three 8×10 canvas panels, 2 in. x 2 in. containers of Acrylic paint (white, red, yellow, blue), and 3 paint brushes.) $30 & Free Shipping or Watercolor Package includes three 8×10 sheets of high quality watercolor paper, handmade red ochre watercolor paint, Blue, yellow, red watercolor paint, three brushes. $50 & Free Shipping

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 FULL


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.