Register online for Spring & Summer 2019 classes!
May • June • July
To register for a class please click on the “Register for this Class” button for the class you wish to register for and enter your information on the following page. You may pay by mailing a check to GRACE or with you credit or debit card via PayPal.
We also offer a PDF form that you can print and mail to us with a check.
Please contact us if you would like to apply for a scholarship for any class.
Please keep in mind that all classes require pre-registration no later than 1 week prior to the start of the class. This is because we have a minimum number of participants we have to meet to be able to run classes! Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis! Thanks for your understanding.
Vermont Springtime in Watercolor
Lisa Forster Beach NWS
Saturday April 13
This workshop will give you a chance to learn more about the watercolor medium. We will explore ways to approach, design and, create interesting watercolor paintings. With the Vermont Spring awakening our beautiful countryside we will be thinking about and painting the changing landscape.
You can bring any watercolor materials that you have and /or use. A list of those that I use will be provided but are not required. Please bring your own reference photos or sketches that you have made or taken yourself.
Lisa Forster Beach has recently been honored with a large watercolor painting, titled, “YOUR NUMBER IS? being accepted in 151st Annual American Watercolor Society’s International Exhibition in New York City. This very prestigious Watercolor exhibit runs from April 9-28, 2018 at the Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Ave., New York City. This painting is also being recognized and is being honored with a major cash award in this show.
LISA FORSTER BEACH, N.W.S.
Lisa Forster Beach is an award winning artist living in Stowe, Vermont. She is widely recognized for her drawings and watercolor paintings. They represent her responses to her environment, experiences, impressions, and perceptions both seen and felt. In addition to many solo shows, her work has been accepted in numerous group and national exhibitions. She was awarded signature membership in the National Watercolor Society in 1986. Her background includes a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Rochester Institute of Technology, a BS degree in Art Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and study with many master painters. She is acclaimed for her teaching, which includes watercolor workshops, internationally, nationally, and regionally, art museum classes, college courses, public school, Elderhostel, and classes in her Stowe Hollow Studio. (802) 253-8393 All rights reserved.
(These supplies are not required, but will give you an idea of those supplies that I use most. The underlined are the most important for starters.) (Pigment numbers- P for pigment, Color initial, plus chemical number)
Effective Social Media for Beginners – A workshop on Instagram and Facebook for Professional Use
Elizabeth Rossano with Julia Wilk of Word & Web and Vermont Device Clinic
Thursdays May 2, 9 & 23
Must Pre-Register by April 26
Class Limit: 5 students
Requirements: Participants need to bring laptops and phones or tablets
This class will get you started or boost your confidence using an Instagram account and integrated Facebook page for your business or organization. You’ll learn how to present yourself well on social media and make effective posts. We will start the workshop by building your profiles and pages from the ground up, or give them a facelift if they already exist. Then we’ll develop a strategy for ongoing use and draft your first few posts. Learn how to avoid embarrassing mistakes and make posts that your audience will actually engage with!
Elizabeth Rossano is a videographer and photographer who has studied the social media success of others and has her own experience using these platforms for her business. She is passionate about the amazing potential of social media and at the same time realistic about its limitations. A senior millennial, Elizabeth has come of age alongside these platforms and is both comfortable with them and can relate to the steep learning curve that some face. It’s all going to be okay! For more info visit: https://www.elizabethrossano.com/
Julia Wilk is a web designer and knowledgeable about the back end of visibility on the web. An artist and a techie, she knows everything from how to fix a broken smart phone to effective graphic design. What the heck is SEO, you ask? Don’t worry, Julia can tell you what you need to know. For more info visit: vermontdeviceclinic.com (for phone fixing) and wordandwebworks.com (for web design).
Intro to Quilting: Creating a 9 patch hand piecing square
Wednesdays May 1 & 8
Must Pre-Register by April 26
Creating a 9 patch hand piecing square. Materials supplied, but you are free to bring your own fabric. Nine patches are a traditional quilt block made with nine simple squares. Three rows of three squares create quilt design that is versatile, traditional and trendy — all at the same time. Today, most beginner quilt classes include a nine patch block. By choosing light and dark fabrics, and using them next to one another, a small checkerboard appears. There are no fancy tricks, or difficult techniques needed to make a wonderful simple block with so many possibilities. Because of this, nine patches are the perfect block for either hand piecing or machine piecing.
Class limited to 5 students.
Spring Wreath Making
Jocelyn & David Codling
Saturday May 4
Cost: $20 + $5 materials fee
Must Pre-Register by April 27
In this one day workshop, students will create a spring inspired wreath. Students can choose from a variety of wreath “bases” including rustic barbed wire, standard wreath wire or foam. Using a variety of florals, accessories and more, students will learn how to construct a wreath from scratch! All tools and materials provided. This is a beginner level workshop, no experience necessary.
Wet Felting for Beginners
Tuesdays June 4 & 11
Cost: $60 + $5 material fee
Must Pre-Register by May 28
Have fun learning the basics of wet felting. We will begin with flat pieces and move on to three dimensional objects. You will need to bring a medium sized towel, small bar of soap (unscented) and a small sushi making mat (co-op keeps them) all other materials will be provided. There is a fair amount of water involved in this technique so please come prepared!
Community Barn Quilt Project
A Collaboration with Hazen Union High School and GRACE
Every Weekday 6/3 – 6/15 ; Expo on 6/17
9:15am – 10:35
Cost: Free Pending Grant Funding
Limit 5 Community Members
Must Pre-Register by 5/30
GRACE and Hazen Union High School are collaborating with community members on a June-Term class which will bring middle and high school students and community members together at GRACE’s Old Firehouse to design, construct and paint barn quilts for local farms. A barn quilt is a quilt pattern painted onto plywood and attached to the side of a barn or other building. In some communities when there are several barn quilts in an area, there are often maps published so visitors can travel to see the quilts and admire the artwork. The two week project will begin in early June of 2019, with a tour of the Chelsea Vermont barn quilt trail and a meeting with its coordinator. Students will then collaborate with owners of local farms in their communities to explore creating a barn quilt for them. Through a meaningful and collaborative process, the students will create a design which symbolizes the essence of each farm and the family who has lived there. Students will then paint their barn quilt design on a 4’ by 4’ plywood frame. The June-Term workshop will end with a barn quilt raising ceremony for each student’s barn quilt, becoming a rich part of the history of our region. This project aims to be the start of a vast network of barn quilts in the region, created through a partnership between GRACE and Hazen Union High School students. Barns and quilts, two American icons, are connecting rural communities across the country, to create works of art, while promoting agricultural tourism, and celebrating the traditions of American rural life.
This project will begin on June 3, 2019, in conjunction with Hazen Union’s June-Term experiential learning program. For two weeks, students and community members will be guided with support from GRACE and Hazen staff members. The group will meet daily for a block of time in the middle of each day for the two weeks, totaling 10 meeting times. The project will be completed on June 15th, 2019, with an exposition of student learning on Monday June 17th.
Full directions: https://www.hqbt.org/barn-quilt-instructions.html
Examples of Barn Quilts from the Chelsea Barn Quilt Project: Chelsea, VT
Stained Glass Lotus Flowers
Saturday June 29
Cost: $50 + $15 materials fee
Must Pre-Register by: June 22
In this one day workshop, students will create a stained glass lotus flower while learning the basics of stained glass art. This process will involve cutting glass, copper foiling and soldering. A beautiful selection of glass will be provided. All tools and materials provided. This is a beginner level workshop, no experience necessary.