Visual & Literary Arts
The Evening Arts Program extends the artistic and creative possibilities by providing a wide range of arts-based classes after dinner. It is an opportunity for students to try something entirely new or to delve more deeply into an art form for which they have already developed a passion. While active participation is required, these classes are ungraded. The classes meet from 7:30-9 PM either once or twice per week, and students are required to participate at least two evenings per week. The Evening Arts program operates in two sessions: Fall and Winter/Spring. Unless otherwise noted, classes run during both sessions.
If you have ever wanted to create your own short animation, this workshop will give you the tools and experience you need. A willingness to let your creative mind run free is required, along with a bit of patience. Participants will create two short projects using a variety of techniques, including drawn animation, stop-motion, and computer animation. Students will also watch short animated films each week, and create soundtracks for their films.
In the Evening Arts blacksmithing class the traditional hammer-and-anvil method of shaping hot metal is taught, using tools and techniques whose origins go back a thousand years or more. The objects we make range from the functional to the artistic, the commonplace to the whimsical. There's an emphasis on craftsmanship but also on imagination. Class size is limited to six students per session, as this ensures a high level of student-teacher interaction. A lab fee will be charged for materials used.
As a class we will explore books, images, and text by making handmade books. We will investigate the elements that go into crafting a graphic media including editing text, graphic design, and illustration. We will alter books, create books, and explore them as an art form. A lab fee will be charged for materials used.
In this activity, which is open to all levels, students are encouraged to explore a variety of methods that are possible for the means of expression with clay. Starting with basic hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques, students have the opportunity to move on to increasingly complex projects of their choosing. Along with the different construction methods, students are introduced to a range of surface decoration possibilities such as texturing, carving, painting with slips and stains and glaze application. Students’ work is high-fired in a gas kiln.
Comics & Graphic Novels
This is a studio class exploring techniques of drawing and story telling in the comic/graphic novel format. Students develop work on different themes to create short stories using pictures, panels and words. Class work is printed and to make a compilation book. Advanced students work with their own characters and ideas and produce their own complete comics.
Explore self-expression through an informal writers' workshop. We will dabble in a variety of genres, including fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Prompts and exercises will be offered as a way to get started, or you may work on your own project. Participants should be prepared to share their writing from time to time with the group.
Devoted exclusively to drawing the human form directly from observation. Students will observe and express the structure, gesture, anatomy and form of the live model in a variety of drawing and printmaking media. We will look at precedents in art history and add substantially to college and art school portfolios.
This class explores the world of picture book illustration. Along the way we use a variety of mediums; acrylics, watercolors, pen and ink, paste papers, collage, graphic novels and more. We’ll also look at great illustrators of the past 100 years, both traditional and more experimental. In the end we will create and print up a few collaborative picture books of our own. Open to students of all levels and abilities.
The emphasis in this activity is on making silver jewelry, but students may make other objects as well. We will also work with other metals such as brass, copper, and materials that can be combined. Students will acquire skills in basic hammering, sawing, and forging as well as setting stones in bezels, and finishing techniques. A lab fee will be charged for materials used.
Students will combine simple mechanical concepts with low tech materials and create sculptures that move. No prior experience is necessary.
Students will increase their competency while they enjoy a congenial evening. All levels welcome, though an emphasis placed on beginner and intermediate levels. The evening activity in painting is designed to introduce new students to painting and will afford more experienced students the opportunity for further practice, growth, and development. We will explore color theory, painting from observation and from imagination, a variety of materials and mediums. We will look at work that interests us and try to understand the techniques employed to achieve the desired results.
Help make The Literary Magazine a reality. Join a team of writers, artists, photographers, and editors who will design our magazine and publish a variety of creative talents from our community. You will help recruit, promote, select, lay out and produce our stellar and well-loved yearly publication
The activity is designed to introduce new students to painting and will afford more experienced students the opportunity for further practice, growth, and development. We will explore color theory, painting from observation and from imagination, and materials and mediums. We will look at work that interests us and try to understand the techniques employed to achieve the desired results.
Explore the world of film photography. Students in Evening Photography learn to use a 35mm camera, process film and print in the school’s darkroom. We also explore experimental techniques and alternative cameras. For those with a background in traditional photography, this activity is an opportunity to investigate the medium further. Having a 35mm camera is helpful, but the school has cameras to loan if needed. Film and photographic paper are available in the school bookstore.
After achieving an understanding of exposure and camera operation, this class will lead you on a journey of digital photographic discovery. You will learn Photoshop skills to create digital art that explores a variety of concepts, such as layering imagery and photomontage. In addition to capture and composition skills, you will learn basic digital processing techniques to help your photos better reflect your artistic vision. Exploration of specialized techniques such as time-lapse, light painting, B&W, or HDR can also be undertaken by interested students. Digital SLR cameras will be available. A small material fee may be charged for printing.
In this printmaking class students will work with a variety of etching techniques. They will explore hard ground and soft ground etching, aquatint, spit bite, sugar lift, and white ground. Depending on experience, students will make many small plates, using a different technique on each plate, or make one image that incorporates all the techniques. Students will be encouraged to explore the various possibilities of printmaking and image making. A small lab fee will be charged for materials used.
Puppetry: Large Scale
Large-scale puppet design sits at the intersection of sculpture, kinetic engineering and human movement. In this class we will be designing and constructing figures on super-human scales, focusing on how their design informs their movement and character. We will source construction techniques from Caribbean carnival, The Bread and Puppet Theater, and contemporary puppet artists. Materials will include paper-maché, cane, fabric, wood, and elastic. Students will create individual designs, and will work collectively to design, build and operate puppet elements for a community pageant being presented at Green Mountain Orchard in summer 2017.
If you have the urge to express your creative self by cutting, bending, denting, grinding, welding and polishing metal, then you may have a future as a metal sculptor. Take this activity to confirm the suspicion and you won’t be disappointed.
Sculpture: Plaster, Clay & Wax
The first sculpture project will be in plaster. The emphasis will be to create a non-representational free form sculpture. As well, students will work in wax and various types of clay. The class will study figure sculpture and develop ways of abstracting the figure. Students will probably complete four to six sculptures.
Sculpture: The Figure
Figure sculpture. Students will work from live models. Students will create a series of pieces in oil based clay or wax. The focus of this class in on the making and not objects made. All wax and clay works will be recycled at the end of the class
Sculpture: The Human Head
Using the human head as their subject matter, students will work in clay, plaster and wax to create a 3D portrait. Students will learn about working with clay as well as basic mold making and casting techniques.
Sewing, Quilting and Fiber Arts
This activity will cover a variety of basic sewing skills. Students can choose to focus on quilting techniques or learn to sew clothing from commercial and original patterns. Instruction in embroidery, alterations and embellishments will also be offered. All levels of experience are welcome. A small lab fee may be charged for materials used.
Glass unleaded! We will be exploring stained glass using lead free solders and copper foil. You will learn to cut glass, break and grind it, wrap with foil and solder together to complete a beautiful work of art. After some experience with this process 3D formats are also an option to create sculptural mobiles and small boxes. A small fee may be charged depending upon materials used.
Students will learn the fundamentals of weaving by designing and creating individual projects on 4 and 8 harness floor looms. Projects may include scarves, clothing, blankets, rugs or tapestries. Other fiber related techniques can also be explored including spinning, dyeing and knitting. Beginners are welcome. A small fee may be charged depending on the size of projects and materials used.
Instruction and suggestions are offered on design, construction techniques, and the uses of both hand and power tools. Everyone must complete at least one project by the end of the semester. Beginning and experienced woodworkers are welcome.
Work with a team of student journalists to document the school year in photos and words. Learn Adobe design software and apply your creativity through publishing a rich, complex book project.