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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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Oil Painting for Intermediate to Advanced Painters!

    Calling all oil painting enthusiasts! This class is a wonderful opportunity for those artists with experience in oil painting who would like to advance their skills as well as enjoy the weekly camaraderie of fellow artists with a keen interest in oil painting. Led by artist, Emily Moore, this 8-week course will elevate your painting skills and color knowledge. The beginning of the first three classes, I will start with a brief presentation of the following topics: Week 1: Color (we will never stop talking about color!) Week 2: Contrast of temperature, value, & size. Week 3: Mark-making & Edges. Weeks 4- 8: As you paint, Emily will walk through the class answering questions and/or giving advice. The last 40 minutes of class we will be a group discussion and observation about each individual piece. “What is working ? What is not working?” Students, please bring your own painting materials together with photos, objects, or ideas of what you want to explore in paint. A comprehensive suggested materials list will be provided at the time of registration. Table top easels are available for use during class. (Note: Only odorless solvents are allowed in the CVU building such as Terpenoid or Gamsol) Recommended age: 18+ This class will take place inside CVU. Please check in at the front entrance of CVU on your first day 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... "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!"
  • Traditional Intermediate Rug Hooking

    If you have taken Diane's beginner course or have some rug hooking experience, this class is for you! Back by popular demand, participants will continue rug hooking with a new and more advanced project with Diane's expert help. Participants will need to bring their frame, hook, and a pattern or design in mind. Students will need to purchase their own materials for this exciting continuation of creative skills. Wool, patterns, and additional hooking supplies will be available for purchase during class. Designed for high school and older. *If you signed up for Traditional Rug Hooking for Beginners and want to continue with this course, call us for a PROMO discount you can apply at check out! This course will meet inside CVU.
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    Digital Photography Bootcamp

    Got a digital camera and need a refresher on how to optimize photos using the different functions? In this 4-session course, we will review digital camera functions and how to use them, visual-design and framing considerations, as well as explore some Adobe Photoshop editing skills to bring your photos to life. We will take our camera outside, weather permitting, for a technical and visual exploration around the CVU campus. During registration you will have the opportunity to tell us what you are interested in specifically learning so the instructor can tailor the class to your level and interests. Emphasis will be on each individual student's interests. For novice through intermediate-level photographers. This class will meet at CVU in the Photography Classroom Lab. Each student will have use of a computer loaded with Adobe Photoshop software.
  • Weaving an Adirondack Pack Basket

    In this fabulous course, participants will weave and outfit their own Adirondack Pack Basket! The pack basket is carried on a person's back using fitted straps. The Adirondack Pack Basket is perfect for foraging, fishing, picnics, camping and much more. The pack basket will be made out of sustainably harvested reed and will last for years to come. All other materials will be responsibly sourced. This class will require 4-sessions for completion. Come and learn a new craft and take home an heirloom to keep or gift! All high-quality materials included. Feel free to bring a special strap or belt if you want to personalize your basket. Please check-in at the CVU main entrance before the start of the first class. "Ben is a wonderful instructor and this was my second class with him. Supply of materials and tools to complete the project are superior, all you need to bring is your creativity. Ben is patient and supportive instructor who takes the time to help you understand the craft and encourages you to "make it your own." Friends that see both of the projects I have finished are amazed that a novice like me could complete such a professional looking basket!"
  • Card Making through Creative Collaging

    Terri will guide students through her artistic way of creating compositions through collage. She’ll share how to turn this art into greeting cards for any occasion, though it can be a wonderful framed art piece. Follow your inspiration! This is an art class. If you’d like, bring your pencils or pastels. Ages 15 and older; younger students may attend with a caregiver who is also registered. This class will meet inside CVU.
  • Modern Adirondack Chair Workshop

    Adirondack chairs are the perfect Vermont styled chair for your porch, fire pit or lawn. There are many different styles of Adirondack chairs, but in this course you will be making an (unfinished) modern and simplified version that will become your favorite summer seat! You may choose to leave your chair unfinished or you can paint, stain, or seal the wood at home. Methods and recommended products will be discussed. During this one day workshop, students will cut all the necessary wood components, assemble and sand their chair. Chairs are constructed from 2X4 and 2x10 boards and held together with construction grade screws. These chairs are heavy and durable! (If a student is not comfortable or not permitted to use the saw, I can pre-cut all their components with advanced notice). Minimum age for this class is 16+. 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.
  • Paint and Pop with Fia!

    Grab a friend, tap into your inner Monet! Using acrylic paints, create a waterlily scene on an 11x14 canvas while enjoying pop/seltzer during this fun and relaxing Paint and Pop event at CVU! Acrylic painting techniques will be covered as well as a bit of color theory while sipping on your favorite beverage and making some new friends. All materials are included in the fee. Seltzer and soda will be available, or bring your own non-alcoholic beverage of choice. No previous painting or art experience necessary. All levels welcomed! Minimum age: 12+
  • 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. This class will meet inside CVU. Beads, Malas and Students! "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!"
  • 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.
  • Let's Draw Faces!

    You may think that drawing people is the most difficult of any type of drawing but… it isn’t. Drawing faces is not as hard as you think! There are many proportions that almost every face adheres to and it’s just a matter of learning how to measure and apply them within the structure of each individual face. For example, did you know that everyone’s eyes are more or less one eye width apart? And when a face is in profile, the ear is much farther back on the head than you think! Using photographs in this fun and engaging class, students will learn to truly see and believe their eyes and experience the satisfaction of catching a likeness of a person. Students will have the opportunity to draw a portrait of someone of their own choosing. All supplies will be provided. All levels of drawing ability are welcome. This class will take place inside CVU.
  • 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, Ben will lead you through the class with patience and instruction as you craft your very own unique and beautiful basket. Please check-in at the CVU main entrance before the first start of class.
  • Fused Glass Wind Chime

    Come to this workshop to learn how to make your own set of wind chimes (or sun catchers) out of glass. The wind chimes can be hung outside in a protected spot, inside on a houseplant or in a window. Your finished product will be tack fired after class in a glass kiln and 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.
  • 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.