Classes & Workshops

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Workshop NameMedium / FormatLevelInstructorDescriptionDatesTimesMembers' Price (15% Off)Non-Members' PriceMaterialsRegistration
Welding for BeginnersMetal / In-personBeginning/ContinuingJimmy MartellStrike the torch and spark your imagination. AVA's metal studio offers everything you need to learn welding basics. Get hands-on practice measuring, cutting and joining metal using MIG and "stick" welders, plasma cutters and oxy-acetylene torches. Safety, fun and learning are the priorities. Beginners welcome. This class meets in-person and is limited to 6 students.Tuesdays, Sept 7-Nov 94:30-7:30 pm$425$500$75 Materials FeeFULL; email nick@avagallery.org to be placed on a waitlist.
The Active Observer – Basic DrawingDrawing / In-personBeginningMichael KraatzPut pencil (and charcoal) to paper and see where you can go! Learning to draw is learning to see and a wonderful way to slow down. Understand line, contour, gesture and form while using various materials and the unique marks they make. Begin your creative journey at AVA! Working from a model included. This class meets in-person at AVA.Tuesdays, Sep 7-Oct 196-8:30 pm$238$280Click here for a materials listIN SESSION
Woodworking with Hand and Power ToolsWood / In-personBeginning/ContinuingChris McGrodyLearn to square up rough boards, lay out and cut a variety of wood joints including lap joints, bridle joints, mortises, tenons, and dovetails. Safely learn about jointers and planers, table saws and drill presses, band saws and routers. Use skills of a professional to complete a take-home project that demonstrates the skills you're learned. This class meets in-person and is limited to 6 students.Tuesdays, Sept 7-Nov 96-9 pm$425$500$45 Materials FeeIN SESSION
Continuing PotteryClay / In-personContinuingAra CardewLearn to center clay on the potters wheel, make mugs, bowls, pitchers, casseroles and much more. If you are a beginner or more advanced you will enjoy the clay experience. Acquire the skills of throwing, trimming, making handles, glazing and kiln firing. This class meets in-person and is limited to 5 students.Wednesdays, Sept 8-October 136-8:30 pm$216.75$255$40 Materials FeeIN SESSION
Hand-building with ClayClay / In-personBeginning / ContinuingKärin RothwellBring your ceramic ideas alive as we explore methods of creating with clay without using the wheel. Modeling, coiling, and building with slabs are techniques that have been used throughout time to make diverse objects for both functional use and art to behold. Each class will begin with a demonstration and group time before working on individual projects that are open to student expression, while incorporating our weekly lesson. After building, the class will cover decorating and glazing techniques, and students will go home with completed projects at the end of the session. Open to all skill levels. This class meets in-person at AVA.Thursdays, Sept 9-Oct 28 (no class Sept 23)5-8 pm$272$320$40 Materials FeeIN SESSION
Daytime Life Drawing Open studioDrawing / In-personContinuingMonitor

Weekly monitored life drawing sessions, without instruction, open to individuals of all levels of experience. 

We are not currently allowing drop-ins for our life drawing open studios. To attend the full season must be purchased.

Wednesdays, Sept 15-Dec 299 am- Noon$272 / $192 for Artist Members$320Register Now
Evening Life Drawing Open studioDrawing / In-personContinuingMonitor

Weekly monitored life drawing sessions, without instruction, open to individuals of all levels of experience. 

We are not currently allowing drop-ins for our life drawing open studios. To attend the full season must be purchased.

Wednesdays, Sept 15-Dec 295:30-8:30 pm$272 / $192 for Artist Members$320Register Now
Drawing FundamentalsDrawing / OnlineBeginningMike HowatLearn the fundamentals of drawing, and how to closely observe what you’re seeing and translate it to paper. Students will learn a variety of techniques, including “sighting” and exercises to break down what they’re looking at into basic elements, the fundamentals of light and shadow so their drawings have form and dimension, how to “compose” and arrange a drawing, as well the expressive side of drawing with things like gesture and mark-making to bring their drawings to life with emotion. Using a variety of subject matter, including still life, landscape, the figure and subjects of choice, the course will provide a solid drawing foundation for any future artistic endeavors. This class meets online via Zoom.Wednesdays, Sept 22-Oct 276-8 pm$204$240Register Now
Be There, Be Square – Metal FabricationMetal / In-personContinuingJimmy MartellMetal heads: Design, measure, fit, and weld. Work on a whimsical or functional project that will also teach your about accuracy and metal craftsmanship. Some welding experience preferred: Welding for Beginners class or equivalent.Thursdays, Sept 23-Dec 2 (no class Nov 25)4:30-7:30 pm$425$500$75 Materials FeeRegister Now
Plein Air in the Fall with OilsPainting / In-personBeginning/ContinuingDerek BellSpend the morning outside, while painting the incredible Vermont summer landscape with oils! Bring your energy, curiosity and personal expression to the water and woods of the beautiful grounds of the Montshire Museum. Students are welcome to bring drawing materials as well. Class will start with a short painting demonstration and culminate with supportive critique. Open to all levels. This class will be in-person and take place at the Montshire MuseumSaturday & Sunday, Sept 25-2610 am-1 pm$153$180Click Here for a Materials ListRegister Now
Continuing PotteryClay / In-personBeginning/ContinuingRoger NobleLearn to throw the natural way, using techniques like rhythm, mechanical advantage, fingertip sensitivity, and collaring to center clay on the potter's wheel and make vases, mugs, bowls, pitchers, casseroles and much more. Complete beginners to experienced potters can gain ease and control and have fun. Gain mastery through group exercises that break throwing down to discrete skills. Receive personal instruction tailored to your skill level.  This class meets in-person and is limited to 5 students. No class Oct 11.Mondays, Sept 27-Nov 22 (no class Oct 11)9:30-Noon$289$340A $40 Materials Fee will be included at check-outFULL; please email nick@avagallery.org to be placed on a wait list.
Continuing PotteryClay / In-personBeginning/ContinuingRoger NobleLearn to throw the natural way, using techniques like rhythm, mechanical advantage, fingertip sensitivity, and collaring to center clay on the potter's wheel and make vases, mugs, bowls, pitchers, casseroles and much more. Complete beginners to experienced potters can gain ease and control and have fun. Gain mastery through group exercises that break throwing down to discrete skills. Receive personal instruction tailored to your skill level. This class meets in-person and is limited to 5 students. No class Oct 14 or Nov 25.Thursdays, Sept 30-Dec 2 (no class Oct 14 or Nov 25)9:30-Noon$289$340A $40 Materials Fee will be included at check-outRegister Now
Zen Archery: A “First Shot” at Kyudo Archery / In-personBeginning/ContinuingRay Chin

Kyudo 弓道means "the way of the bow" and is an ancient form of Japanese archery.  It is also a moving meditation practice, and is often referred to as “Zen archery.”  Practicing kyudo involves focusing attention and calming one’s mind for precise drawing of the bow and releasing the arrow.  It is a path to opening one's heart and mind to the natural dignity of being human, beyond the obstacles of ambition, doubt, and anger.  Hitting the target is not considered as important as coordinating body and heart/mind.  

Those interested in learning kyudo can sign up for "First Shot," a daylong program to be held at AVA on Saturday, October 2, from 9am to 4pm. Adults and older teenagers are welcome up to a maximum of 8 participants. "First Shot" gives the beginner an introduction to the Seven Coordinations (Shichido), the basic form of kyudo, as well as the meditation aspects. "First Shot" is required before one can practice regularly with other kyudokas (practitioners). Tuition is $100 for instruction, use of equipment, and lunch. All tuitions are given to the AVA Scholarship fund in loving memory of Aya Itagaki, who was a vibrant artist, supporter of AVA, and kyudo practitioner.

Saturday, October 29 am-4 pm$100 regardless of membership; all proceeds support AVA's Itagaki Scholarship Fund$100Register Now
Sketch and Paint: An Autumn LandscapePainting / OnlineBeginning/ContinuingRobert CarstenThis fun and engaging workshop will surely get your creativity flowing. Learn sketching and painting tips and techniques to create lively and beautiful works of art that reveal an integral visual dialog between drawing and painting. Sketch and paint along, step-by-step, with noted artist Robert Carsten, using a combination of pencil, pen and watercolor. Working on a small scale, we’ll paint the beauty of foliage season from from a photo provided by the instructor. All levels welcome. This class meets online via Zoom. Wednesday, October 131:30-3:30 pm$51$60Click Here for a Materials ListRegister Now
Introduction to Oil PaintingPainting / In-personBeginningHarrison HalaskaIn this class we will be focusing on painting still lifes, in oil paint, from life. We will discuss composition, color temperature, paint application and technique, oil painting materials and practices, and the mood of the painting. We will also take a look at the history of still life painting and talk about historical and contemporary masters of the genre. This class meets in-person at AVA.Thursdays, October 14-December 9 (no class Nov 25)6-8:30 pm$272$320Click Here for a Materials ListRegister Now
Writing the Artist StatementWriting / Professional Development / OnlineContinuingMeg MakerA good artist statement is a terrific asset. It’s useful for exhibitions, artist websites, grant applications, press releases, and more. It explains the artist’s medium, motivations, and philosophy — not only what they’re working on but also why. It’s succinct, skipping jargon in favor of simple language that’s easy to understand. But simple doesn’t mean easy, and artists often get tripped up trying to write their own statements. In this three-part workshop, we’ll learn the essentials of the artist statement, discuss its structure and style, and see good examples. Participants will then draft their own statements, which we’ll subsequently workshop as a group. Each artist will also work one-on-one with the instructor to hone and refine their statement. Everyone will come away with a full-page statement they can start using immediately. This class meets online and is limited to 6 students.Saturdays, October 16-3010 am-12 pm$153 / $108 for AVA Artist Members$180Register Now
The Cutting Edge: Stained Glass with Copper FoilMetal & Glass / In-personBeginning/ContinuingStephanie Gordon & Sue MartinIn this weekend workshop, you will learn the fundamentals of stained glass panel design, glass cutting, and the copper foil construction method developed by Louis Comfort Tiffany to get a complete introduction to this exciting medium. You will learn about safety and how to create a pattern, choose glass, cut, foil, assemble, solder and patina to complete your own small stained glass panel in this fun beginner class. No experience is needed. Tools and materials will be supplied. Bring your own apron. Wear shoes with closed toes and comfortable working clothes. This class meets in-person at AVASaturday & Sunday, October 23 & 2410 am-4 pm$255$300$75 Materials FeeRegister Now
Wood Engraving Printmaking/ Wood / In-personBeginning/ContinuingDerek BellIn this class you’ll use wood engraving tools to carve an image into a wood block, and then create prints based upon your wood engraving. The tools you’ll use will give you the ability to create detailed images in hard wood, and then turn those images into multiple prints using a variety of inks and papers. Come try your hand at this old yet engaging printmaking technique. This class meets in-person at AVA.Saturday & Sunday, October 23 & 241-4 pm$102$120$35 Materials FeeRegister Now
Continuing PotteryClay / In-personContinuingAra CardewLearn to center clay on the potters wheel, make mugs, bowls, pitchers, casseroles and much more. If you are a beginner or more advanced you will enjoy the clay experience. Acquire the skills of throwing, trimming, making handles, glazing and kiln firing. This class meets in-person and is limited to 5 students.Wednesdays, Oct 27-Dec 13 (No class Nov 24)6-8:30 pm$216.75$255$40 Materials FeeRegister Now
Painting the Vibrant Fall Colors in WatercolorWatercolor Painting / In-personBeginning/ContinuingRobert O'BrienThis workshop will focus on painting the spectacular fall landscape of New England in its glorious splendor. The class will begin with a demonstration by the instructor and he’ll explain his technique for capturing the vibrancy of autumn colors through the layering process. Techniques for creating light and shadow will also be shown. Students will paint during the second half of the class followed by a critique at the end of the session. This workshop is open to all abilities with some watercolor experience suggested. This class will be held in-person.Friday & Saturday, October 29 & 3010 am-4 pm$204$240Click Here for a Class Materials ListRegister Now
Hand-building with ClayClay / In-personBeginning / ContinuingKärin RothwellBring your ceramic ideas alive as we explore methods of creating with clay without using the wheel. Modeling, coiling, and building with slabs are techniques that have been used throughout time to make diverse objects for both functional use and art to behold. Each class will begin with a demonstration and group time before working on individual projects that are open to student expression, while incorporating our weekly lesson. After building, the class will cover decorating and glazing techniques, and students will go home with completed projects at the end of the session. Open to all skill levels. This class meets in-person at AVA.Tuesdays, Nov 2-Dec 145-8 pm$272$320$40 Materials FeeRegister Now
Stretching Your Line - Continuing DrawingDrawing / In-personContinuingMichael KraatzHone your skills as you continue stretching your mastery of line from beginning drawing. Poetic contour drawing, various approaches to light and shadow and linear perspective. Individual instruction will encourage a personal style and approach to drawing. Bring whatever drawing material you are comfortable using to start. Drawing from model included. Prepare for lively discussions, hard work and fun. This class meets in-person at AVA.Tuesdays, Nov 2-Dec 146-8:30 pm$238$280Click here for a materials listRegister Now
Hot Wax: An Introduction to Encaustic PaintingPainting / In-personBeginning/ContinuingStephanie Gordon Encaustic is an ancient method of painting with hot wax that results in luminous, layered works of art. Learn to choose appropriate work surfaces, application of pigment and medium, mix colors, fuse layers and create texture. Image transfer, stencils and collaging will be included. This class meets in-person at AVA.Saturday & Sunday, November 13 & 1410 am-4 pm$212.50$250$90 Materials FeeRegister Now
Sketch and Paint: A Winter ScenePainting / OnlineBeginning / ContinuingRobert Carsten

This fun and engaging workshop will surely get your creativity flowing. Learn sketching and painting tips and techniques to create lively and beautiful works of art that reveal an integral visual dialog between drawing and painting. Sketch and paint along, step-by-step, with noted artist Robert Carsten, using a combination of pencil, pen and watercolor. Working on a small scale, we will create two works of art: an expressive quick sketch and a detailed study sketch. Weathered barn photos provided via email. All levels welcome. This class meets online via Zoom. 

Wednesday, December 151:30-3:30 pm$51$60Click Here for a Materials ListRegister Now
Fiber Arts Open StudioOpen Studio / OnlineAll LevelsMeredith SmithLearn a new skill, rekindle a passion for what you already know, or get advice on how to repair that favorite piece of clothing. Try stitchery, needle felting, art quilts, garment construction and repair, artful embellishment and more! Bring a project or start something new. No experience necessary, everyone welcome!Ongoing; Mondays9 am-NoonFree$5 Drop-In Fee for Non-MembersDrop-in at AVA