Adult Art

Monday Night Oil Painting: Beginner to Experienced 

Instructor: Mary Lower

Whatever your level of experience, this class is your laboratory to learn from seeing and expand your command of the oil medium. The first class presents a one night fun painting challenge. For the next four classes, students work on canvas following a painting process that emphasizes form, the dynamics of composition and use of value, intensity, and temperature of color. Instruction will include demonstrations, examples from art history and individual critiques. Oil painting supplies will be provided. Classes will be held at the instructor’s studio in Middlebury. Teens welcome!

Hours 6-8PM, Tuition $130    

Sess. 2-Oct 14-Nov 11  REGISTER >

Sess. 3-Nov 18-Dec 16  REGISTER >

Weds AM Painting-Solvent Free

Instructor: Sarah Wesson

This is a class in the methods and materials of painting for all levels. Instruction will be personalized in order to help each individual improve their painting skills. Emphasis will be placed on understanding light and shade, color and composition. We will work in still life but students may bring in paintings they would like to continue working on that Sarah will critique. Media may include watercolors, oils and acrylics depending on the preference of the student. Students should bring the materials they want to work with as well as several still life objects. Hours: 10-noon.

Oct 16-Nov 6, Tuition $112  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 10-noon.

Sess 2-Oct 10, 31, Nov 7, Tuition $90  REGISTER >

Sess 3-Nov 21, Dec 5, 12, 19, Tuition $120 REGISTER >

Thurs. Morning Oils

Instructor: Mary Lower

This class is for both the beginner and the more experienced oil painter. Working from observation, students will begin by blocking in the composition focusing on placement, proportion, perspective, and the dynamics of design. Value, intensity, and temperature of color will be emphasized. Instruction will include demonstrations, examples from art history and individual critiques. Oil painting supplies will be provided.

Classes will be held at the instructor’s studio in Middlebury from 10AM-noon.

5 classes per session. Tuition $130

Sess. 2-Oct 10-Nov 7  REGISTER >

Sess. 3-Nov 14-Dec 19 (no class on Nov 28)  REGISTER >

Watercolors Instructor-Ashley Wolff

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. NEW DATES

Tues, Oct 8, 22, 29, Nov 5 (no class on Oct 15), Hours are 6-8PM, Tuition $244    REGISTER >

Monday Night Intro to Digital Photography

Instructor: Demetrius Borge

Students in this beginner workshop will learn the basics of using their camera. This class will focus on learning the basic of your camera, and taking it off of automatic. We will discuss the different uses of aperture, shutter speed, and iso. Each week there will be a photo challenge, and an opportunity to critique and learn from each other’s work. A DSLR camera will be required. No experience necessary. Teens welcome. From 6-8PM. Tuition $75

Sess 2-Oct 14, 21, 28  REGISTER >
Sess 3-Nov 11, 18, 25  REGISTER >
Sess 4-Dec 2, 9, 16  REGISTER >

Basic to Intermediate Photography

Instructor: Michael Kellogg

Learn from a professional with over 45 years in the photographic industry. Just learning or need a refresher and want to take your photography beyond just nice snapshots? This is for you! You will learn why to take the camera off the fully automatic settings and what the other controls are for. Learn what your shutter and aperture control and how to use them creatively. Giving your images that wow factor will increase enjoyment of using your camera.  We will take the mystery out of the terminology of ISO, full frame and crop sensors, JPEG and Raw files, lens perspectives, depth of field and color temperature. Learn how cameras see compared to how we see, flash vs available light, and composition.  Must have a digital camera with interchangeable lenses or a digital bridge camera. (No point and shoot cameras). Class will run from 1-3PM. Tuition $132

Sess 1-Friday, Oct 18-Nov 1  REGISTER >
Sess 2-Friday, Nov 8-22  REGISTER >
Sess 3-Friday, Dec 6-20  REGISTER >  

Handmade Books: Simply Sewn

Instructor: Jane Ploughman

Description: In this workshop students will learn basic bookbinding skills while sewing single and multiple-signature books. Bookbinding tools, resources and some tricks of the trade will be shown. A variety of decorative papers will be used and many examples of hand sewn books for inspiration. Students will leave with two to three different sewn bindings. This is a great class for first time bookmakers, and for those wanting to finesse their design and binding skills. All materials and handouts will be provided. Optional: students are welcome to bring any of their own papers and tools.
Saturday, October 26, 9:30-12:30, Tuition $55  REGISTER >

Fundamentals of Drawing

Instructor: Mary Lower

Learn how to draw from observation. Understanding how to render convincing line, mass, volume, and perspective will improve your ability to draw. Drawing media will include charcoal, pencil, brush, pen and ink. Supplies are included in tuition. Classes will be held at the instructor’s studio in Middlebury from 6-8PM. Teens welcome. 3 Classes.  

Thurs., Nov 7, 14, 21, Tuition: $75  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.