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  • 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 CVU. "It was a wonderful class and I very much enjoyed it! Ginny has a wonderful approach to teaching that kept the mood light and fun. Can’t wait to take her next class!" Watercolor- Pears by Ginny Joyner
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    Pottery Wheel for Beginners- 12 weeks!

    Have you always wanted to try your hand at the pottery wheel? Come get your hands dirty with us in this 12-week, beginner and judgement-free class. Jessica LaBonte, owner of Cedar Tree Pottery, will teach you the techniques on how to make the two basic forms- the bowl and the cylinder, and then try our hand at basic glazing and decorating techniques. Students will each receive one 25lb bag of white low fire clay, access to all stocked glazes, tools to use during class, and weekly instruction. All materials and firing costs are included in the fee. Only 10 spots available! Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to get messy!
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    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, to help organize the studio, communicate requests, and help with firing schedules, etc. 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. Only clay and glazes from our studio will be allowed due to the possibility of cross contamination and potential firing issues. If you have a specific glaze you would like to use, prior approval will be required. 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 and CVU ceramics teachers. BONUS: Access to "Open Studio" will be on Monday evenings 5-8pm (Feb 12-May 20) and is on a first come basis. The studio will NOT be open Feb 26, April 8, and April 22.
  • 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. This class will meet inside CVU.
  • 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. This class will meet inside CVU. Ginny Joyner- Fall
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    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.
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    Pottery Wheel for Intermediate/Advanced- 12 weeks!

    This class is for people who have had any type of previous experience on the pottery wheel and would like to learn more. Jessica LaBonte, owner of Cedar Tree Pottery, will start by reviewing the cylinder and bowl form, then we will refine our techniques by paying attention to weight, functionality, and consistency. More advanced forms will be covered upon student request. Students will each receive one 25lb bag of low fire white clay, access to stocked glazes, use of tools during class, and weekly instruction during this 12-session ceramics course. BONUS: Access to "Open Studio" will be on Monday evenings 5-8pm (Feb 12-May 6) and is on a first come basis. Note: NO open studio on Feb 26, April 8, and April 22 All materials and firing costs are included in the fee. Only 10 spots available! Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to get messy!
  • Sew Your Own Fanny Pack

    Welcome to the world of sewing and DIY! In this course, you'll learn to create your very own fanny pack, choosing between two different patterns at class, a fanny pack or a running belt. Explore fabrics, patterns, and stitches as you embark on this fun and practical project. You'll learn basic sewing techniques: creating pockets, attaching zippers, straps and finishing touches). Participants should have some experience using a sewing machine. Join us on this creative journey and discover the joy of sewing while making a personalized accessory. Stitch, create and express your unique style with a custom fanny pack! All materials will be provided, including fabric, zippers and hardware. This class will take place inside CVU.
  • 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.
  • Beginner Quilting: Lap Quilt

    Have you always been interested in learning how to make a quilt? Here's your chance! This "Stashbuster Quilt" uses a fast and simple pattern for beginner and first-time quilters. It uses fat quarters and is rotary cut. Don't know what that means? No worries-you'll be guided through the whole process: from fabric choice to finishing your quilt. Your end result will be a lap size quilt ready for cold weather snuggles. Participants will need to purchase the following supplies before the first class: 9 Fat Quarters (Chose 9 fat quarters from three different analogous colors and three different saturations. Use a good variety of patterns. Do not use any directional fabrics, as some of the blocks will be turned upside-down.) 3 1/4 yards fabric for backing 5 x 2.5 WOF strips for binding (1/2 yard, can be same fabric as backing) Spool of thread (any light color like beige, cream, grey, etc.) Bag of batting (twin size) If you have any questions about this class or the supplies needed, please contact Access and we will put you in touch with Christine. Information on area fabric stores can be found here. This is a beginner sewing and quilting class for students aged 13 and older. This class will take place inside CVU.
  • Sewing Basics: Cotton Tote Bag

    Ever considered learning to sew? Join us for this 1-night class, where we will construct a 12-inch x 14-inch tote bag with a square bottom. Beginning with walking through the basic functionality of the sewing machine, you will be able to sit down with confidence as we move into making your bag and custom straps. We’ll be using a light quilting cotton, which you can find tons of, in many different patterns, at Joann’s Fabrics or other similar stores. It’s important not to select a heavy fabric as the sewing machine many not be able to get through all the layers during certain stitches. If you have any questions prior to class, let us know and we will put you in touch with Meghan. Please bring the following items to class: 1/2 yard Calico or Quilt Cotton 1/4 yard of coordinating fabric (if you’d like different colored straps) 1 spool of matching thread 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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    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. This is a relaxing art form and something to create and enjoy doing especially in the evening and during the winter months! 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. Sign up for both Traditional Rug Hooking for Beginners AND Intermediate Rug Hooking and receive a discount. Call us to register. This class will meet inside CVU.
  • Pastels and Pop with Fia!

    Grab a friend, tap into your inner artist! Using pastels, bring the sunshine inside as you create this fun and vibrant sunflower. Fia will help you step-by-step on how to use pastels and how to draw, color, and blend with this fluid and smooth medium on canvas paper. Pop/seltzer will be available or bring your own non-alcoholic beverage to enjoy during class. All materials are included in the fee. No previous art experience necessary. All levels welcomed! Minimum age: 12+
  • 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... "Andy is very knowledgeable and incredibly patient with students. He is a great instructor!" "Very knowledgeable teacher and very patient, great at explaining, cannot say enough how good he was!"
  • Carving in Wood - A Comfort Bird

    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. Participants will start with a blank and leave with a beautiful comfort bird. These birds are a handheld gift usually given as an act of kindness. Or, mount the small bird on a small stand with feet and gift one for every friend and family member! High quality carving knives and chisels available for everyone to use in class. Option to purchase the tools after the class for $40. 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. This class will meet inside CVU.
  • Beautiful Barn Quilts 24" X 24"

    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 13 and older. Collage of Barn Quilts from ACCESS students! "I really enjoyed this class and my barn quilt is now proudly hanging on my shed. It's beautiful!" "Lisa was a great enthusiastic and encouraging teacher. She really helped us implement our visions."
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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.
  • Vision Boarding through Creative Collage

    Join Terri for a playful and inspiring workshop that is known for manifesting your dreams through “dreaming out loud” onto paper, allowing the subconscious mind to bring in your desired images. Ages 15 and older; younger students may attend with a caregiver who is also registered. 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, and you can expect to make up to two pairs of earrings to bring home. 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.
  • Bead Weaving for Jewelry

    Join Andrea to make your woven beaded earrings! Learn how to hand-weave earrings using Japanese miyuki glass beads. In this class, you will learn two different stitches that lend to hundreds of designs! This technique can be used to make beautiful earrings, rings, pendants, or bracelets! All materials included. You can expect to make two pairs of earrings over the course of 3 sessions. 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.
  • Fused Glass Coasters

    Come learn about fused glass and make a pair of coasters while you’re at it. This workshop will include instruction on using hand tools to cut the glass, using a grinder to get the shape you want and how to make crushed glass (frit) to create your design. Micaela will take your finished product after the class and fire them in a glass kiln; they will be available for pick-up at CVU a week later. All materials are included in class fee. No experience required. For students ages 13 and older. Students aged 8-12 are welcome; they should register with an adult who is also registered for the class, and plan to have one dedicated adult for each child attending. This class will meet inside CVU.
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    Interactive Photo Editing Sessions with Adobe Lightroom Classic and Photoshop

    If you are an Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop user and know all the knobs and sliders, but would like to learn more about how to actually apply them to your own image, then join these interactive editing sessions. We will use real life examples of students’ photos (every student should bring 3…5 high resolution images to the class) and see what magic can be done with Adobe’s photo editing tools. We’ll start with the basics of lens/perspective corrections, cropping as well as dust and distraction removal, then apply exposure corrections if needed. After that, we jump into color adjustments and noise reduction and finally look into adding some artistic effects. 2 options of this class will be available- one, in-person and one, online. Session 1: Online via Zoom Session 2: In-person at CVU High School Required: While Adobe offers a free trial License, it is only valid for 7 days. Please purchase, prior to the start of class, the monthly subscription model. You are able to cancel at anytime after the session. For the in-person session, we will use Adobe Photoshop on the CVU computers in the photo lab. Please arrive 15 min early to log-in. Bernhard Wunder Bio: I was born and raised in the Franconia region of Germany. It’s landscape is not unlike Vermont’s rolling hills, forests and rivers. And this is where, at the age of 10, I started photography when I got my first camera. But education and my profession drew me further and further away until I ended up in Vermont by choice. I feel humbled and proud to call this state my home since 20+ years. Travel and landscape photography have been my favorite subjects since the beginning. And over the years, I picked up macro and abstract photography as well as a passion for nightscapes. Me and my equipment have evolved (matured?) into the age of digital SLR, and now mirrorless photography. The digital workflow is a perfect fit for me. It not only gives full control of the whole process from composition to print or online publishing. But more importantly, the software tools available these days enable every creative freedom possible. Photography is more to me than just preserving a memory. It is capturing an emotion, telling a story and expressing myself at the same time. Just as Don McCullin said, “Photography to me is not looking, it is feeling. If you can’t feel what you are looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when looking at your pictures”. While classic, journalistic photography is all about capturing and presenting subjects as close to the reality as possible, my style has evolved towards what is called "photo-art". It is more about personal interpretations of the captured scene and ultimately an artistic vision. My post processing techniques are aimed to emphasize the mood and emotions at the time of exposure. Bernhard Wunder: