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 $140

Sess. 2-Feb 10-Mar 16   FULL

Sess. 3-Mar 23-Apr 27 (no class on Apr 13)  REGISTER >

Sess. 4-May 4-June 8 (no class on May 25)  REGISTER >

Bold Botanicals – Painting Solvent Free
Instructor: Carrie Pill

Let’s invite spring into the studio and challenge ourselves with painting florals! This class will “geek” botanicals, encourage abstracting the compositions, boosting the palette and finessing your brush work. Participants may bring in botanicals to work from life or good photo references. Option to paint several smaller works or to work on one composition for the duration of the workshop. Please leave solvents at home. Solvent free mediums encouraged. Call or email for questions. Hours are form 10-noon.

Weds. March 4-25, 4 classes, Tuition $112    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.

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.

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. 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 >

Basket Making 
Instructor: Kristine Myrick Andrews

We will be building a basket that you can use for your yarn or pick your veggies and fruit in. You will learn how to construct a basket with a wooden bottom, put a rim on and carve a handle. We will do this all in 5 hours and you will go home with a basket you made yourself. Students should bring a ruler, scissors, a jackknife for carving and lunch. Teens welcome. Materials included.

Tuition $106

Sunday, March 8, from noon-5PM    REGISTER >

Instructor-Ashley Wolff FULL

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 17-April 7  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

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

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.