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  • 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.
  • Pottery with Supervision- 12 weeks, PLUS 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 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 low-fire white clay, and firing costs are all included in the fee. Firing schedule will be at the discretion of the supervisor. BONUS: Access to "Open Studio" will be on Monday evenings 5-8pm (Oct 2-Dec 4) and is on a first come basis. Note: NO open studio on Oct 9, Nov 20.
  • Watercolor Studio with Ginny Joyner

    With 35 hours of instruction and 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.
  • 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. No loose clothing or accessories.
  • Empty Bowl Pottery Course- Volunteers Needed!

    Calling all experienced potters! This is an opportunity for individuals who have previous wheel experience and feel relatively comfortable throwing bowl forms to come to the CVU Pottery Studio and practice their skills while supporting a great cause. During this course, you will create and finish a collection of 15-20+ bowls depending on your proficiency. All the bowls will be be donated to the Empty Bowls* Fundraiser, and tickets will be sold to benefit the Hinesburg Food Shelf. This is a great opportunity for additional throwing time, to connect with other potters, and to uplift our community! *Empty Bowls is a grassroots movement, let by artists and crafts people, in cities and towns around the world to raise money for food related charities and to bring awareness about food insecurity within local communities. To learn more about Empty Bowls visit This course is lead by current CVU Student, Teryn Hytten. Teryn Hytten is passionate about pottery and has extensive wheel throwing experience. Teryn has honed her craft working in the CVU studio, the Shelburne Craft School, the Middlebury Studio School as well as her home studio. Teryn spent many years attending empty bowl dinners at UVM and is excited to bring this tradition to CVU through the Access program. Layout of classes: 3-4 sessions of wheel throwing 2-3 sessions of trimming 2-3 sessions of glazing The Empty Bowl Fundraiser Soup Dinner, will take place on Friday, January 19th, 2024 at CVU High School. Tickets will go on sale January 5th! Can't make all the pottery dates, no problem! During the registration process, we will ask you the dates you are available and your level of experience. All materials and supplies are provided. We just need your desire to be part of this important fundraiser as well as your time and skill! Thank you! Teryn Hytten
  • Intro to Oil Painting: Landscapes & Florals

    In this class, students will start out during the first class learning how to make a palette, and we will go over basic color theory and composition through a paint-along in which students paint a study of a mountain landscape along with the instructor. From the second week through the end of the session students will select a subject, either a floral, still life or landscape and paint that subject. At the end of the session students will have 1-3 small format paintings and 1 large format painting of their chosen subject and through the process of completing their painting will have gained a basic command of the medium and an appreciation and affinity for the craft of Oil Painting. This class welcomes students of all levels. A list of materials to purchase prior to class will be provided with your registration confirmation. General materials required for oil painting are included in the fee. Minimum age: High-School This class will meet inside CVU.
  • Oil Painting: Portraiture and Figurative

    In this Portraiture and Figurative Painting class students will learn the Rielly Method of figure painting. We will be going over the Rielly Palette which is a graded palette used for making flesh tones and examine best practices for drawing the human figure from life and from imagination through a review of the basic shape relationships that make up the parts of the human body and mimicry of master artists including but not limited to John Singer Sargent. During the first session, we will go over the Rielly Palette and touch on best practices for drawing the face. I will demo how to prepare a canvas for painting in addition to mixing a palette. We will review materials and the Form Phase of the painting as well as the Modeling Phase of the painting. From the Second Session going through to the end of the session students will be encouraged to attempt a master study of one of the old Master portrait paintings. Note: This is an intermediate level painting class, and beginners are encouraged to check out the Access Intro To Oil Painting Class to gain a basic ease with the medium if they are new to Oil Painting. Modification - If students are coming into the class with limited drawing skills but a great degree of comfort painting then students will have the option of doing a wildlife subject. Students will be encouraged to spend the second class - (our first class doing our chosen subjects) doing a black and white study of their animal and the remaining two sessions doing a final colored version. In this modification the paintings both sketch and final will be small to mid format. This class welcomes students of all levels. A list of materials to purchase prior to class will be provided with your registration confirmation. General materials required for oil painting are included in the fee. Minimum age: High-School This class will meet inside CVU.
  • Crafting a Charcuterie Board from Repurposed Woods

    Join us for a delightful hands-on experience as we delve into the enchanting world of charcuterie board-making. In this hands-on class, you will learn the art of creating visually stunning charcuterie boards that will impress your guests on any occasion. During the workshop, students will choose from a wide variety of new and repurposed fine woods to create a visually stunning piece that can last a lifetime. Prepared woods may include Maple, Ash, Purple Heart, Walnut, Birch, Australian Eucalyptus, Brazilian Cherry, Oak, Coconut Wood, Ipe, and others. All materials are included in the fee for this course. Week 1: Students will decide on the design they wish to use and choose their woods. Since the wood will be of various thicknesses, students will need to plane them to an equal thickness and then glue and clamp the wood to form the board. Tools used: mitre saw, table saw, planer, and clamps. Week 2: For this class, the students will take their glued-up boards and sand or plane them to get a uniform smooth surface. They will then draw and cut their handle design on the board. Tools used: planer, sander, band saw, scroll saw. Week 3: Once cut all sharp edges need to be sanded and rounded. Boards will then be thoroughly cleaned and coated with food-grade oils to penetrate and seal the boards. Extra oil will be given to each student. Tools used: Sander. Note: The electric tool usage can create a bottleneck so please be patient and use this time to learn and help others during class time. Please bring PPE equipment such as safety goggles and gloves. Dust masks are optional. Bring a measuring tape and wear closed toed shoes, hat and tie hair back.
  • Harvest Basket: Two-Handled Lading Round

    The “Two-Handled Lading Round” Harvest Basket 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 course. Please check-in at the CVU main entrance before the first start of class.
  • Block Print Your Holiday Cards

    Have you always wanted to learn how to block print? Join us for two evenings to learn how to transfer your image to a block, carve it, and then print it into holiday cards or art that you can give away! This class is designed with the beginner printmaker in mind but all levels of experience are welcomed to join. All high quality materials are included in class fee. 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.
  • Fused Glass Ornaments (or Sun Catchers)

    Come to this workshop to learn about fused glass and make your own Holiday Ornaments, or sun catchers while you're at it. You will be able to make 3 items during class; either 3 individual ornaments, or combine your pieces into a single sun catcher. This workshop will include instruction on using hand tools to cut the glass and using a grinder to get the shape you want. All materials are included in the class fee. Micaela will take your finished product after the class to fire them in a glass kiln; they will be available for pick-up at CVU a week later. No experience required. For students ages 13 and older. Students aged 8-12 are welcome; they should register with an adult who is also joining the class, and plan to have one dedicated adult for each child attending. This class will meet inside CVU.
  • Beaded Earrings

    Join Andrea to make your very own beaded earrings! Choose between a sterling silver or 14k gold plated base, and learn how to hand-weave earrings using Japanese miyuki glass beads. This class is for all experience levels. For students aged 13 and older. Younger students are welcome to come with a caregiver who is also registered. This class will meet inside CVU.
  • 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...
  • Carving in Wood - Holiday Tree Ornaments

    Join long time master-carver and woodworker, Bob Lindemann, as he teaches the principals of safely carving wood, using the tools correctly and efficiently, while creating objects to display or use. Looking to make a heartfelt unique gift, tree ornament, or keepsake for the holidays? Participants will start with a softwood blank and leave with a small hand-carved and painted tree ornament such as a snowman or bird. High quality carving knives and chisels available for use in class. Option to purchase the tools ($40) after the class (cash or check) or at the time of registration.
  • Holiday Painted Sign on Slate

    Join us and create a fun, fall painted sign on slate! In this class Pam, owner of Maiden by the Lake, will lead you step-by-step through the painting process so that you can successfully create a one-of-a-kind piece of décor for your home. This is a great class for new painters who are looking for guidance and for those who are more experienced painters, and are looking for a fun evening painting! The slates are approximately 11’ x 14”, which are perfect size for hanging inside or outside the home. Upon completion of your painting, you will have the option to add stenciled wording to your painted sign. If you’ve never stenciled, you will learn and practice before completing your sign. Once finished, you will add a wire hanger and a piece of homespun/holiday greens tie to finish your painted sign. Recommended age 13+ This class will meet inside CVU.
  • Wool 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.
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    Enchanted Botanical Candle Making

    Enjoy the warm glow and aroma of a crackling candle lighting up your dark winter evenings! Join Kelley Robie, of Horsetail Herbs, and learn how to make your own natural “campfire candles” scented with essential oils. The basics of candle making will be covered as we create a Decorated Glass Votive Candle and a Luminous Tea Light Candle, using wooden wicks with the soothing sounds of a soft crackling fire. Using soy and beeswax as our base we will review necessary equipment and discover the nuances of candle making. This class will meet inside CVU.
  • Hula Hoop Making and Decorating Workshop

    Karla Jones (Hula Hoop coach and Hoopsmith, creator of will guide you to find the hoop size you wish to make. Next, we gather for a demo on the materials and methods used for hula hoop making. You will construct a hoop that fits your body size. Then decorate your creation with materials which increase weight, friction, and gorgeousness, to enhance the Hooping experience! We close with a dedication ceremony to infuse our sacred circles with intention, special meaning, purpose, or affirmation. End the class by checking out our hula hoop collection and learning a few cool hula moves to a fun and fresh playlist! All ages are welcome, but note: hoop making may not be appropriate for everyone as it requires the use of tools and safety gear. Hoop decorating requires manual dexterity and patience. Questions? Email Access and we will connect you with Karla! This class will meet inside CVU.
  • Mantras & Mala Bead Necklace Making

    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. These are beautiful creations, and perfect to wear all year around, or give as a very special gift. 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!"
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    Beautiful Barn Quilts 2' X 2'

    Come learn how to make your very own beautiful wooden barn quilt from scratch! The size will be 2’x2’ (that’s feet!). They look great just about anywhere and make awesome gifts for both inside or outside your home. We will spend each class learning the steps and having a chance to practice while getting help with your design, layout and colors. You will need to work on your quilt at home each week since each layer takes time to dry before being taped again. Choose your own design and identify colors at the first class. Have a design in mind? Please email us a photo and we will pass it along to your awesome instructor, Lisa! All quality materials, except paint, will be provided and are included in the fee! Recommended for ages 12 and older.
  • Hand-building with Clay

    Join Jessica LaBonte, owner of Cedar Tree Pottery, in this 6-session course of hand-building pottery. Learn techniques and work with your hands to make beautiful pottery without the wheel! Students will learn pinch, coil, and slab techniques in this beginner class, and then work on independent, teacher-supported projects based on those techniques. Please note, this is not a wheel-throwing class. Students will each receive one twenty-five pound bag of white clay, access to all available glazes and tools during class. All materials and firing costs are included in the fee. Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to get messy!
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    When Knitting/Crochet Attacks! Drop-in Lesson

    Do you have an abandoned WIP (work in progress) that has been in timeout for too long? Maybe you want to learn a new technique - cables, lace, brioche, crochet, etc? Are you stuck on a pattern and need a bit of guidance? This informal class is for you! Bring your knitting & crochet problems and questions and join us for this small, group lesson. Each session will run for two hours and we will make time for each individual's knitting or crochet quandary! This class will meet at CVU.
  • Punch Needle Rug Hooking

    Join Diane to learn punch needle rug hooking with 100% wool rug yarn. Diane will provide the tools and materials for use during class while creating an 8" to 14" design of your choice from start to finish. A #9 Oxford Punch Needle, and a variety of designs and templates will be available or you can create your own. A practice kit is included in the fee. Tools and materials also are available for purchase in class. Intermediates are welcome or those who want help working on a larger project. Recommended for high school or older. Please check-in at the main entrance before the start of class.