Acrylic Painting with Robert Waldo Brunelle Jr. Sept.21st. 10-4pm

Acrylic Painting Class with Robert Waldo Brunelle JR. Sept.21st 10-4pm $40 & $35 for children / seniors.

In this class students will learn the basics of painting with acrylic paints.  Topics include: differences between acrylics and oils, mixing colors, using additives for acrylic paints, types of brushes, creating effects with various brush stroke techniques, composing a painting, and transferring images to canvas.  After students learn the basics, they will work with the teacher to create at least one finished acrylic painting. 

Materials to bring: Paints: White, burnt umber, burnt sienna, yellow ochre, cerulean blue, cadmium yellow, Prussian or Windsor blue, cadmium red.

Brushes: (be sure to get the kind marked “oils & acrylics”, not “watercolor”).   small, medium and large sized flat and round.

Palette: a sponge box, or plastic palette, or small jars.

Apron or smock: Acrylics do NOT wash out of clothes!

Something to Paint On: canvas, canvas boards, Masonite panels, or watercolor paper. Water container and rags or paper towels.

Reference images: photos, drawings, magazine clippings, etc. 

Artist’s bio: Robert Waldo Brunelle is a painter, kinetic sculptor, book illustrator, art educator and political cartoonist.  He was the art teacher at the Browns River Middle School from 1981 to 2012.  He served as the president of the Northern Vermont Artist Association from 1995 to 2012, and now serves as the NVAA’s Vice President.  He has been exhibiting his paintings in the region since 1978.  He is a founding member of the Vermont Comic Creator’s Group, and his cartoon strip Mr. Brunelle Explains It All appears weekly in Seven Days, and monthly in Funny Times.  To see more of his work, visit

Nature Journaling Workshop with Rachel Sargent Mirus Aug 4th, 10am-12pm: $15 Adults $10 students/children/seniors This workshop will focus on introducing participants of all ages and experiences to the journaling framework and on developing sketching skills. These foundational journaling skills can be tailored to any interest, from flowers to fish!

Participants should bring a notebook and pencil, whatever kind you prefer. All other materials will be provided.

"I am a science writer and artist who loves to teach. I live near Camels Hump where I am slowly turning my house into a cabinet of curiosities.

My work focuses on illustrating subjects from nature, from ocelots to insects. I favor the traditional style of natural history illustration from the days when scientists traceled the world and included an artist in their expeditions. I use a variety of media, but especially acrylic, watercolor, and graphite. I also work as a freelance nature writer, often illustrating and writing together on a subject.

For me, making art whether it's drawing, painting, or a craft, is a way of learning about the natural world. While I do love making art I am also passionate about using art to teach the life sciences. Many people are intimidated by science, but nature drawing can be an easy and appealing hook for many life science subjects. It is from the act of looking closely in order to accurately capture this exact beetle or that exact leaf that an observer will really learn about a subject. This practice of thoughtful observation is the skill I am most concerned with passing on to my students; it is not only the foundation of effective illustration, but also thinking like a scientist."
- Rachel Sargent Mirus

Odes To Common Things . with Reuben Jackson July 8th 6-7:30

Taking a cue from the great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, this workshop will
Provide an opportunity for writers to focus on, and create poems in praise
of  objects and/or foods ( or….well, it is up to you) . Sharing your finished
poems (or poems-in-progress)  is not required, but I hope participants come
with their imaginations, and their desire in reciting their works. $75 student & senior discounts available.

Reuben Jackson is an archivist with the University of the District of Columbia's Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives. From 2013 until 2018, he was host of Friday Night Jazz on Vermont Public Radio. 

His poems have been published in over 40 anthologies, and in a volume entitled "fingering the keys ", which will be reissued in 2020. His music reviews have appeared in The Washington Post,

Jazz Times, Downbeat, Jazziz, -the Jazz Journalists Association website, and on National Public Radio's All Things Considered.

He taught poetry for 11 years at the Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland-and taught high school for two years in Burlington, Vermont. 

He was an archivist and creator with the Smithsonian Institution's Duke Ellington Collection from 1989 until 2009 . His book of New and Selected Poems entitled Scattered Clouds, will be published in October by Alan Squire Press.

Sound Baths with Robin Hanbridge & Stephen Pshaw Scuderi July 24, 31st 7-9

Sunday Fun Day Repurpose Art Class 12:00-3:00 pm with Heather Fromkin environmental artist

Past classes:

Beginner Weaving Workshop Sun. March 24, 12-2pm: $15 sliding scale for families and seniors Taught By Leslie Roth sculptural artist and knitwear designer with more than a decade of teaching experience. we will create a small loom out of repurposed cardboard and use yarn remnants to weave a small tapestry.

Cutting Board 3 day workshop Sat.Feb.2nd,9-11, Sat.Feb.9th,9-12:30, Sun.Feb.10th,3-6:30 $150- One student scholarship.