If you're looking for great arts and crafts activities in Vermont (and family-friendly, too!), look no further than Artistree. They often run classes and workshops that include fun for all ages! Take a look at some of their sessions below. For more information, visit www.artistreevt.org.
Art Bunnies (January 4th-March 8th; 9:00am-12:00pm)
Innovative, 3-hours of art lessons inspire your child’s imagination and creativity. Join ArtisTree staff for hands-on art and music activities, along with age-appropriate gallery tours, and more. Parents are invited to stay or head off to Suicide 6 for some big kid fun! Ages: 2.5-6. $10/hour.
Darkroom Photography (January 10, 24; February 14, 28; 10:00am-2:00pm)
This film-based, multi-format course brings students into the traditional darkroom to explore the black & white photographic medium. You will learn the process from taking a photograph using analog film all the way to printing a negative using an enlarger. The course also includes learning how to develop your own 35mm film. You will utilize the tools and techniques of the darkroom to explore the creative possibilities of your print. Ages: 12+. $175 for 4 weeks.
Figure & Life Drawing (January 13th-March 19th; 6:00-8:00pm)
Bi-weekly monitored life-drawing sessions, without instruction, open to individuals of all levels of experience. The poses will be timed, with an emphasis on longer poses. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the contact list for this class. Ages: adults. $15/class.
Family Art (January 17th-May 16th; 10:00am-12:00pm)
Join Artistree once a month for a special art studio session. Everyone will make something using a variety of materials and ideas! Go on in and explore your creativity! All ages welcome. $20 per adult/child pair.
Lattice Scarf Workshop (January 17th; 1:30pm-4:30pm)
No previous experience necessary—using beautiful hand-dyed wool and silk fibers, students can make a lovely, featherweight scarf that your friends will envy. Pick your favorite colors to create a scarf held together by wet-felting in a lattice weave pattern. Ages: 12+.
Draw Like M.C. Escher (January 24th; 10:00am-12:00pm)
Learn the tricks of M.C. Escher in this energetic and informative 2-hour session with Mr. Eastman! Optical illusions, transformations and tessellations…Do you want to learn how to make mind blowing images like the famous artist M.C. Escher? Well, now is your chance to learn how! They will be working with a variety of mediums including pencil, watercolor, and pen and ink. Ages: 10+. $25.
Last Saturday Painters (January 31st-May 30th; 9:00am-2:00pm)
Join in the fun and paint out with ArtisTree’s new Paint-In group! No class fee. ages: adults and 16+ Join in the fun and paint-in with ArtisTree’s new Paint-in group! The group will meet on the last Saturday of every month in the painting studio. Participants may work in his/her medium of choice, and are encouraged to use this group as a skill building and support session. All abilities are welcome; participants must provide their own materials. Ages: 16+. FREE!
Natural Dyes for Beginners (January 31st; 1:00-4:00pm)
In this hands-on workshop participants will learn how to process home-grown and wild plants to make natural dyes and to prepare fibers or fabrics for dyeing. The class will use locally sourced plant materials to dye both animal and plant fibers. Each participant will create a collection of yarn samples and a unique indigo-dyed cotton scarf. Janet and Julia will provide written instruction as well as literature and resources for students to review and take. For inspiration, the instructors will also provide samples from their collection of accessories, home spun yarn and other materials dyed from plant, mushroom, insect and mineral sources. Students are invited to bring examples of naturally dyed fibers to share as well. Ages: 16+. $45.