In this workshop students will learn to sew a unique non-adhesive journal. The Cross Structure binding was designed by a book artist and conservator named Carmencho Arrequi. It is an innovative binding that is similar to the historical Long Stitch binding and also one that allows for decorative and creative personal touches to the cover. Bookbinding tools, resources and some tricks of the trade will be shown. Students will make at least one unique book perfect for a journal, datebook, sketchbook or artists’ book. The workshop is open to all levels although some bookbinding experience is helpful. All materials and handouts will be provided. Optional: students are welcome to bring their own tools and self-healing mat. From 9:30AM-12:30.
Sat, Feb 1, Tuition $55 REGISTER >
Handmade Books: Simply Sewn
Instructor: Jane Ploughman
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. From 9:30AM-12:30.
Sat, Feb 15, Tuition $55 REGISTER >
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 $140
Sess. 2-Feb 10-Mar 16 (no class on Feb 17) REGISTER >
Sess. 3-Mar 23-Apr 27 (no class on Apr 13) REGISTER >
Sess. 4-May 4-June 8 (no class on May 25) REGISTER >
Weds AM Painting Solvent Free
Instructor: Carrie Pill
Winter is beautiful! This class will tackle the often anything-but-white blanket that covers our landscape. We will paint snow scenes with an emphasis on value, composition and color. Painters should bring in photos of winter scenes to work from. Focus will be on showcasing positive and negative shapes while honoring shadows and highlights. This class is suited for both the beginner and intermediate oil painter. Participants need to bring their own painting supplies but leave the solvents at home. Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel or similar solvent-free mediums, traditional walnut and linseed oils are all okay. 4 classes from 10-noon.
Weds. January 8-29, Tuition $112 RUNNING
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 $140
Sess. 1-Jan 9-Feb 6 RUNNING
Sess. 2-Feb 13-Mar19 (no class on Feb 20) REGISTER >
Sess. 3-Mar 26-Apr 30 (no class on Apr 16) REGISTER >
Sess. 4-May 7-June 4 REGISTER >
Thurs. Morning 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-noon.
Jan 16th class canceled due to snow.
Make up class will be Jan 17th from 10-noon.
Sess 2-Feb 6-Mar 5, Tuition $155. 5 classes REGISTER >
Sess 3-Mar 12-Apr 9, Tuition $155. 5 classes REGISTER >
Sess 4-Apr 16-May 14 (no class on May 7), Tuition $124. 4 classes 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, Thursday nights from 6-8PM. Teens welcome.
3 Classes. Tuition: $81
Sess. 2-Jan 30-Feb 13 REGISTER >
Sess. 3-Mar 5-19 REGISTER >
Sess. 4-Mar 26-Apr 9 REGISTER >
Sess. 5-Apr 30-May 14 REGISTER >
Sess. 6-May 21-June 4 REGISTER >
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, March 10-31, Hours 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 http://www.NorthCountryReflections.com
Sess 1-Saturdays, March 28, April 4 & 18, from 9-noon. Tuition $225 REGISTER >
Sess 2-Saturdays, May 9, 16, 23, from 9-noon. Tuition $225 REGISTER >
To register or for more information,
email Barb or Heidi at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.