Adult Art

Adult Art Classes

 Classes will be held at 2377 Rte. 7 South except for

Mary Lower’s classes which will be held at her studio

Exploring Color and Value through Still Life in Oils-Solvent Free Class NEW

Instructor: Gabrielle McDermit

We will conduct a series of exercises using different color and value parameters. We’ll concentrate on painting the relationships between things and not the things. We will be working small and quickly on weekly exercises. Theses may include, three color palette, high chroma and low chroma palettes, warm and cool palettes, complementary colors and black and white value studies. By establishing limitations within which to work it frees one to explore perhaps new ideas about designing paintings. We will discuss how color and value organize composition and emotional impact. Participants will be expected to have a basic understanding of how to draw and paint. Students should bring their own painting supplies, a still life to paint and if they have it a clip light. No solvents permitted. 5 classes.

Weds, March 1-29, from 2-4PM (except March 8th class will run from 9:30-11:30). Tuition $135

Colored Pencil Drawing

Instructor: Catherine Palmer

Colored pencil is deservedly becoming a more appreciated professional medium allowing for great detail, control, and realism. I this class we will focus on technique using a variety of strokes and mixing colors to achieve intensity and depth in a small still life painting. Catherine M. Palmer is a local artist and a member of Colored Pencil Society of America. Prismacolor pencils will be provided for you to use in this class. Teens welcome. 6 classes

Tuesdays, March 5-April 9 from 6-8PM. Tuition $162

Drawing the Head

Instructor: Joe Bolger

Learn the basic fundamentals of drawing the head. The class will begin with the simple block to understand the head as a three dimensional object. Next the course explores the important basic shapes of the Loomis head. The class will then learn the more complex planes of the head by John Asaro. This is followed by the rhythms of the Reilly method. There will be a strong emphasis on understanding the view and angle of the head’s position. The course will stress the importance of proportion, angle and alignment of each shape. The students will need a pencil and sketch pad. Class will run from 9AM-Noon.

Weds, March 6-27, Tuition $300

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 1-Mondays, March 4-18 NEW

Sess 2-Mondays, March 25-Apr 8

Block Printing

Instructor: Ashley Wolff

Learn an easy way to make one-of-a-kind art prints, cards, textiles, and gifts.  I’ll teach you how to handle carving tools, my safe and easy carving techniques, basic registration skills and simple ways to print by hand. We’ll start with a simple black and white print that can be printed for multiple uses. For our second project, we’ll try a 2-color print. Materials included.

Weds, March 6-27, from 6-8PM, Tuition $200

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  Feb 7-Mar 14 (no class on Feb 21) RUNNING

Sess. 3  March 21-Apr 25 (no class on Apr 18)

Sess. 4  May 2-30

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. Tuition $150. From 10AM-noon. 5 classes per session.

Sess 2  Feb 14-Mar 14(no class on Feb 28) Tuition $120

Sess 3  Mar 21-Apr 18

Sess 4  Apr 25-May 23

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. 3  Mar 25-Apr 29 (no class Apr 15)

Sess. 4  May 6-June 10

Thurs. Night Drawing

Instructor: Mary Lower

This course is designed to build drawing skills sequentially using different approaches to seeing and a variety of drawing media. Drawing from observation will be emphasized along with encouraging personal expression. Understanding how to render convincing line, mass, volume, and perspective will lead to more complex drawing compositions that consider the dynamics of figure/ground relationships. Drawing media will include charcoal, pencil, pastel, 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. 5 Classes per session.  Tuition: $130

Sess. 3  Mar 21-Apr 11

Sess, 4  May 2-23

Introduction to Bookbinding and Artist Books

Instructor: Jane Ploughman

During this workshop students will be shown and taught several different simple book models and structures. Each student will then choose a structure and begin adding their own content. Jane will give various content adding demonstrations including collage, stenciling, image transfers, and others. This workshop is designed for beginners but is open to anyone wanting to refresh their skills. All materials will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own decorative papers, any tools and/or a self-healing cutting mat.

Saturday, March 16  9:30-12:30, Tuition $45 2 SPACES LEFT

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

Saturdays, March 23, 30 & April 13  from 9-noon. Tuition $210

Summer 2019

Bringing the Plein Air Experience Indoors Instructor: George Van Hook

Many people love to paint outdoors en plein air.  We all have trouble bringing those paintings to completion. This can easily be remedied by joining George Van Hook as he shows you how to take your plein air studies to completed paintings. George will stress allaprima painting using a loose and fast approach to capture the landscape in the first try and then each day we will return to the studio to complete your studies or use them for further artistic expression.  This will be a wonderfully creative way to learn and experience how to enhance your own artistic development.  Please bring your own plein air equipment, supports, and media (oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic). Bring a bag lunch and drink. A materials list will be supplied upon registration. This workshop will be for all levels.

July 27 & 28  9AM-4PM each day, Tuition $300

To register & information call Barb Nelson at 802-247-3702 or email

Classroom phone 802-458-8979 If no one answers it’s best to call Barb at 247-3702
Mail check to office at:
Middlebury Studio School, 989 Indian Trail, Leicester, Vermont 05733

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