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  • Watercolor Studio with Ginny Joyner

    With 35 hours of instruction over 14 sessions, Ginny will supervise this studio style class and help you master your watercolor techniques! Improve your color palette and brush techniques as you work on more challenging class projects as well as your own projects. Each 2.5 hour session will take place in the visual art space at CVU. This course is designed for watercolor painters who have taken watercolor classes previously and are comfortable working independently and with some guided instruction. This is also great class to connect with other watercolor enthusiasts within artistic community! Need a new supply kit? Option to add on a new kit, worth $50, at the time of registration.
  • Watercolor for Beginners

    In this introduction to watercolor painting, this is a 10 session (20 hours) will promise to give you the skills required to enjoy watercolor as your new loved hobby! Learn the foundations of this versatile and creative medium: Design layouts, color palettes, composition, texture, and light will all be covered. Ginny Joyner, a professional watercolor illustrator, leads everyone through exercises designed to explore the many techniques associated with watercolor. No previous art experience required. Open to all ages and levels! Quality materials are important in watercolor and are included in the fee, valued at $50. Kits will be available the first day of class. This class will meet inside the CVU Building.
  • Pottery with Supervision- 12 weeks, PLUS Bonus Open Studio!

    This class is open to those who have taken pottery at Access before or whom have an in-depth understanding of pottery and would like a guaranteed time, space and supplies to work independently on their wheel or slab projects. A ceramics supervisor will be available for questions and to help you with your projects and the studio space, however no direct instruction is available. Students are encouraged to continue learning new methods, learning from each other, and expanding their independent practice. We regret that we cannot offer the space or materials for production of quantity pieces. A wide assortment of low fire glazes, 1 block (25lbs) of no-talc low fire white clay, and kiln costs are included in the fee. Firing schedule will be at the discretion of the supervisor. In addition to 24 hours of studio time, this class also includes open studio sessions (unsupervised) on Mondays 5-8pm through the end of Dec.
  • Watercolor for Beginners 2

    Watercolor 2 continues your foundational skill-building in mixing colors, layering washes, and design composition. If you have some knowledge of watercolor, but want to "brush" up on you skills then this 10 session (20 hour) course is for you! Ginny will use guided photos and content for this class. If you would prefer to use your own projects, that is possible as well, or you can join Watercolor Studio on Wed evenings. All ages and levels welcome! Quality materials are important in watercolor and we can supply you with brushes to keep and a reasonable amount of paint and paper. If you need a supply kit (valued at $50), please choose the option, "Including Supply Kit," when registering.
  • Open Lathe Workshop -Bowl Turning with Eddie!

    This 10-session class is designed for people that have taken at least one bowl turning class and feel comfortable in a woodworking shop and using a lathe. Small class size allows you to work independently with a lathe just for you! Eddie will supervise and is able to guide novice wood bowl turners. Blanks will be available to purchase ($10 each), or BYO wood blanks. Want to buy your own gouge? Contact us for recommendations. Wear closed toed shoes, hat (hair tied back), and bring your own protective eye wear/goggles.
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    Ceramics: Wheel-Throwing and Hand-Building- 10 weeks, Plus Open Studio!

    This 10 week class is open to all levels of students who are interested in learning more about hand-building and wheel-throwing. Pots, Platters, ornaments, tableware, tiles, and gifts are possible in this very popular Access class. Jen brings over 20 years of pottery expertise to Access learners, and will focus on helping you advance at your individual learning level. Students may develop skills at their own pace while expressing themselves creatively through clay. BONUS: Unsupervised open studio hours are available on Monday's 5-8pm and will begin on March 13. Low-fire glazes, 1 block (25lbs) of no-talc low-fire white clay, and all firing costs are included in the fee.
  • Ceramics- Hand-Building: Home Decor and Tea Lights

    This 6 week class is open to all levels of students who are interested in learning more about the different hand-building techniques. Create custom pieces to spruce up your home or give as gifts! We'll explore hand-building clay pieces to make tea light lanterns, coasters, trivets, napkin rings & more! Students will learn techniques along the way such as using textures & carving to enhance their original pieces. Students may develop skills at their own pace while expressing themselves creatively through clay. Low-fire glazes, up to 25 lbs of no-talc low fire white clay, and all firing costs are included in the fee. BONUS: Unsupervised open studio hours are available on Monday's 5-8pm and will begin on March 13.
  • Intro to Oil Painting- All Levels Welcome!

    In this intro to oil painting we will explore the many techniques of working with this beautiful medium to create landscapes as well as imaginative subject matter. The basics of oil painting, we will cover value, shape language, and color. The class will paint on traditional surfaces like canvas, but we will also experiment and paint on surfaces such as MDF4 board and students will be treated to demos by the instructor on how to prime and sand to prepare the surface accordingly. This class is designed for students of all skill levels! The class will focus on landscapes for the first half of the course and the back end of the class will see students work *independently on their own subject matter. The goal of this class is to foster a love and respect for painting with oil paints while teaching students the basics of picture-making. *Students will pick a subject matter they want to paint, either imaginative or physical, and the instructor will help the student learn best practices and techniques using the right tools and paints. A list of materials to purchase prior to class will be provided after registration. General materials required for oil painting are included in the fee. Minimum age: High-School +
  • How to Start a Quilting Project for Beginners

    Learn the basics of quilting by making a beautiful Seminole-pieced table runner. The class will cover fabric selection, how to read a pattern, rotary cutting basics, machine piecing, layering, quilting and binding. The first class will cover fabrics, batting, thread, patterns, and colors- no sewing. Individual sewing machines are available for each person, but feel free to bring your own if that is easier. You will receive an email with more information and supply requirements before the start of the first class. No quilting experience necessary!
  • Traditional Rug Hooking for Beginners

    Learn the basics of rug hooking while creating a small project. Tools, materials, design, wool quantity, color planning, basic dyeing techniques, and the finishing of your project will be covered. No supplies needed for first class. Hook and fabric kit included in fee! New frames and wool can be purchased in class; used frames are available to use during class or bring your own frame. Intermediates are welcome for those who want help working on a larger project. Designed for high school and older. This class will meet inside CVU.
  • Basket Weaving: Two-Handled Lading Round

    The “Two-Handled Lading Round” is a sturdy, two-handled basket built to carry everything from clothes to crops. With a tightly woven and dense double-bottom, the “Two-Handled Lading Round” is certain to be a useful and robust basket for daily use. All high-quality materials are be responsibly sourced and included in the fee. This is a three session class. Please check-in at the CVU main entrance before the first start of class.
  • Learn How to Turn a Wooden Bowl!

    Join Andrew Duling, a professional wood turner, to make your first hardwood bowl! Each participant will receive a hardwood blank and have their own lathe to use during class. Learn how to use and work safely on a lathe. Turn a blank into a beautiful wooden bowl and gain the confidence needed to start a new hobby! Safety practices, proper tool use, and properties of wood will be covered. All materials and use of equipment included in the fee. Bring safety eye goggles and wear closed toed shoes. No loose clothing! Wear your hair tied back or wear a hat. Appropriate for high-school aged students and older. Watch the life of a wooden bowl turner...
  • Sew Your Own Tote Bag

    Join Kristi to sew your own canvas tote bag lined with cotton. The bag has fully finished interior seams and an optional interior pocket. This class is a great introduction to sewing, using beginner friendly materials and making something that you can use or gift. A high-quality fabric and materials kit (valued at $20) will be provided; colors/prints will vary. If you have pins, scissors and/or a rotary cutter, please bring them to class, or you will be able to borrow these items. This class will take place inside CVU.
  • Drawing: Beginner/Intermediate

    Make time for yourself, make time for your art! In this beginner and intermediate drawing class, all levels and experiences are welcome. We will explore and practice several skills to enhance your art. We will draw from objects and photographs, focusing on line, space, scale, and light to guide us! Join me for this four-week course and make time for you! All high quality materials are included in class fee. No experience required. For students aged 13 and older; younger students should register with an adult who is also joining the class. This class will meet inside CVU.
  • Knit Your First Sweater

    Have you knit hats, scarves, mittens and cowls and want to take on a sweater? In this class we’ll cover the techniques required for knitting a top-down, raglan sweater. We’ll be working in bulky weight yarn so it will be a fairly quick knit, in just a month’s time, you’ll have your very first sweater to knit! There is a bit of homework before the beginning of class, please knit a swatch, approximately 6” x 6” using your larger gauge (US 11) needles and working in stockinette stitch – cast on 20 stitches and work one row knit and one row purl – repeat until your swatch is approximately 6” square. Bring your swatch to the first day of class and we’ll get measured up and cast on! Note: If you would prefer to knit a child sized sweater (as small as infant), let us know and we will put you in touch with Kelly to get the appropriate pattern and material (yarn) requirements. Advanced Beginner Class – You should be comfortable casting on, knitting & purling. Materials: Yarn: Yarn will be dependent on the size sweater you will want to knit. The following sizes are available in the pattern, please measure your bust and add 2-4” to that measurement depending on how loosely you would like the sweater to fit. Sizes (34, 38, 42, 46){50, 54, 58, 62}, you will need approximately (540, 600, 650, 700){750, 810, 870, 980} yards of bulky weight yarn. There is lots of variation in bulky weight yarn, look for one that will get you approximately 3 stitches to the inch on US 11 needles. Good options include Tahki Superwash Merino Bulky, Berroco Lanas Quick, Lion Brand Hue & Me. We can work with most bulky yarns, however we may have to adjust needle size or pattern size to account for your individual gauge. Needles: US 10 16” & 32” circular & double points, US 11 16” & 32” circular and double points (Note: if you are comfortable using the Magic Loop method of knitting, you don’t need to bring dpns, you can use your 32” circulars) Notions: Stitch Markers, Darning Needle, Tape Measure, Scissors, Scrap Yarn Visit Must Love Yarn and enjoy a 15% discount on any of the supplies needed for class. Mention at checkout that you are taking a class with Kelly Otty thru CVU Access. This class will meet at CVU.
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    Introduction to Welding Fabrication

    This technical hands-on course is designed for those with no welding experience, as well as those who want to improve their skills and learn how to weld using proper methods. The course will cover welding of carbon steel using Oxy-Acetylene torches, SMAW (arc or stick welding), GMAW (MIG or wirefeed welding) and GTAW (TIG welding). Welding of stainless steel and aluminum can be covered as students progress in their abilities. Oxy-Fuel cutting and plasma cutting will also be introduced during the course. There will be the option to weld a small project of your own during the class. All equipment and consumable materials are included in the fee. Recommendations and Requirements: Students must always wear safety toe leather boots, cotton pants and long sleeved cotton shirts. Turtlenecks are recommended for shirt type. All apparel should not have any holes or frays. Students should consider purchasing their own PPE prior to class, such as safety glasses, ear plugs, and welders caps. Students can purchase welding PPE locally at either Haun Welding Supply or Airgas, which are both in Williston, VT. Mention you are a taking an Access class for 10% off! The shop has welding PPE to borrow, but it may not fit properly and is used a fair amount by all students. Min age requirement for this course is high school.
  • Carving in Wood: The Wizard Hiking Stick

    Join Bob, an experienced educator and woodworker, as he provides a hands-on presentation on how to carve correctly with quality tools. Looking forward to getting outside this springtime and going on a hike? In this hands-on class Bob will show you how to hand-carved a walking stick with a wizard handle to use on your next hiking adventure or to gift. Participants will learn to carve a face into the stick using high quality carving tools which will be available for everyone to use during class. Option to purchase the tool set at registration or after the class ($40). Minimum age requirement is 13. This class will meet at CVU.
  • Spring Decor: Foraged and Assembled Nests

    Celebrate the arrival of Spring with a cheerful hand-made woven nest for your home decor. Learn how to artfully weave and assemble twigs, grasses, yarn, and fabric as the base, and then add adornments of foraged moss and lichen as well as dried flowers, seed pods and grasses from Susan's garden. All materials are included in class fee. No experience required. Students aged 12 and under should register with an adult who is also joining the class. This class will meet inside CVU.
  • Needle-Felted Spring Flowers

    Come learn the art of needle felting and create a three-dimensional wool flower sculpture using a special barbed needle. Add a pin and turn your flower into a brooch, or add some thread to create a hanging ornament. Needles, wool roving, and felting materials will be provided. No experience necessary. Ages 12 and up. Students aged 8-11 are welcome with a caregiver who should also register for the class. This class will meet inside CVU.
  • Felted Soaps

    Perhaps you've tried needle felting, but have you heard of wet felting? Did you know you can felt by hand with wool, water and some patience? No needles required. ;) Come learn the ins and outs of wet felting with AnnMarie as you make a felted soap (or two) to take home. Wool roving, soap, and felting materials will be provided. No experience necessary. Ages 12 and up. Students aged 8-11 are welcome with a caregiver who should also register for the class. This class will meet inside CVU.
  • Turn a Wooden Pen!

    Come learn the basics of pen turning with professional wood turner Andrew Duling. Pen turning is an excellent introduction to lathe work. It’s a quick, fulfilling, and inexpensive way to go from wood to finished product. Bring home a pen you can cherish for years or give as a gift. Each student will complete turning of one pen, with the option of turning an additional pen as time allows. Open to all ages 16+, students 12-16 welcome with an adult chaperone. All experience levels welcome! No prior woodworking experience required. All materials and use of equipment included in the fee. Bring safety eye goggles and wear closed toed shoes. No loose clothing! Wear your hair tied back or wear a hat.
  • Gemstone and Essential Oil Diffusing Bracelet Workshop

    Make your own essential oil diffusing bracelet with gemstones and porous essential oil absorbing lava beads. Throughout the day, the heat of your skin diffuses the oils while you wear the bracelet and you have the benefit of aromatherapy on the go! Laura Neal of Malas & Mandalas ( with teach you about the different oils, gemstones properties and how they can help us set intentions to guide our lives. Make a beautiful diffuser bracelet and a custom blend of oil. All materials included in fee.
  • Mala Bead Necklace Workshop

    Learn how to make your own mala bead necklace with gemstones, lava, rudraksha and wooden beads. Mala bead necklaces have 108 beads and a tassel and are used to count mantras when meditating. When not being used as a tool, these necklaces symbolize our intent and presence through the power of their gemstones. Laura Neal of Malas & Mandalas ( will teach you about the different properties of gemstones as well as discuss mantras to use with your Mala necklace. All quality materials such as beads, gemstones, strands, etc. are included in the fee. "Laura was a great instructor! She included numerous “value-adds” to the class. Lots of follow-up, handouts, etc. Excellent class!" "What a fun class! Laura was engaging, informative and helpful. I love my mala bead necklace!"
  • Ceramics: Hand-Building Terracotta Planters

    Learn how to make beautiful terracotta planters using slabs just in time for Spring. Students can either make 1-2 larger planters for flowers or 3 small planters with a tray for kitchen herbs. Experiment with applying natural textures, decorative coils and wax resist to enhance pieces. All glazes and firing costs included in fee as well as open studio time. All levels welcome! Limited spots available.