Fall VAE classes and workshops begin soon

Thursday October 4, 2012

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The Vermont Arts Exchange, located at the Sage Street Mill, welcomes teens and adults to its fall term of community art classes and yoga sessions beginning the week of Oct. 22.

Classes run through mid December and are designed to meet the interests andabilities of students at all levels, beginners to experts. New this fall, VAE’s PrintRoom professional development workshop series offers single-session instruction skills and tools such as digital photography, Etsy sales, grant writing, web publishing, picture book publishing, letterpress and more. EVENING CLASSES FOR ADULTS AND TEENS

Learn the beautifully familiar script of Italic Calligraphy on Monday evenings this fall, October 22 through December 10, 6:30-8:30 pm. Bennington artist and calligrapher Ann Kremers introduces students to the broad edged calligraphy pen, making the italic letterforms and designing a page of calligraphy. The class is taught through demonstration, detailed example sheets and instructor interaction as students experiment and practice.

All levels of experience are welcome, from beginners to calligraphers wanting to brush up or expand their skills. Tuition for this eight-week class is $180, plus a $28 materials fee. VAE’s longtime ceramicist Arline Mayer instructs students of all skill levels in the art of making pottery while exploring clay sculpture in Ceramics on Wednesdays, Oct. 24 to Dec. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The class begins with demonstrations of wheel throwing, hand building techniques and slab roller; students can experience the wide range clay offers, or focus on a specific project--functional or decorative. The class is appropriate for all skill levels -- beginner, novice and advanced. Tuition for this eight-week class is $200 (including materials and firing).

Expand your body and mind in Evening Flow Yoga -- a full spectrum approach of classic yoga postures linked by transitional movements and guided by breath -- with certified yoga teacher Tracey Forest on Thursday evenings, October 25 to December 13, 6-7:30 p.m. Each session opens with meditation and includes a complete flowing yoga session with sun salutations, standing poses, heart-opening through back-bending, inversions, forward bends and savasana (a deep, long final relaxation). Tuition for this seven-week course is $75, or $15 per class for drop ins. (No class November 22.)

PRINTROOM WORKSHOP SERIES: Tools and Techniques for Artists and Entrepreneurs VAE’s new creative and professional development workshop series offers opportunities to build and expand your professional toolkit and skill set. These single-session evening and Saturday workshops are held in the PrintRoom, VAE’s creative co-working space. Register for more than one workshop and receive special discounts!

In Digital Photography for Artists, Bennington photographer Daydrielane Osorio (osorioarts.com) offers guidance in topics such as setting up a space for shooting work, lighting, basic photo editing and image uploading skills suitable for websites, Facebook and Etsy. Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 am-12 pm, $20 ($17 with registration for multiple workshops).

If you’ve thought about setting up your own online space and selling your handmade wares and unique treasures, Etsy 101 is for you. Crafter and "vintage hunter" Abi Gregorio (spiderwomanknits.typepad.com) leads students through the user-friendly process of creating and maintaining a "shop" on Etsy, the online global boutique marketplace. Gain the confidence to join the Etsy community of creative sellers already offering their special talents with the world. Thursday, Nov. 8, 6:30-8pm, $15 ($13 with registration for multiple workshops).

Grants can provide the financial support to fund your vision and make the world a better place. Knowing how to find the grants that are out there and to write compelling proposals are important skills in propelling your work in the arts and not-for-profit worlds. In Grant Writing 101, Alisa DelTufo, founder of Threshold Collaborative (thresholdcollaborative.org), introduces the basics of grant writing: how to find potential funders, the special language of writing proposals, the basics of proper budgeting and the ABCs of impact and evaluation. A follow-up workshop is possible, in which participants will try their hand at proposals. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6:30-8pm, $15 ($13 with registration for multiple workshops).

In From the Drawing Board to the Book, children’s book author and illustrator Anne Hunter (annehunterstudio.com) addresses the basics of authorship, from writing to illustrating. She advises novice writers on how to find publishers and submit work, and offers good resources for the beginning picture book maker. Thursday, November 15, 6:30-8pm, $15 ($13 with registration for multiple workshops).

In this digital age, a web presence is expected of any artist, independent contractor or small business owner. Artist and web designer Amy Anselmo (amyanselmo.com) helps you get on the web in this WordPress 101 workshop. Using the personal publishing platform WordPress, the group works together in a simple, straightforward way to create a virtual tri-fold brochure for the world to see. Tuesday, Nov. 27, 6:30-8pm, $15 ($13 with registration for multiple workshops).

The analog craft of letterpress is enjoying a resurgence in the 21st century. Learn how to set movable lead type and images in Letterpress 101, using VAE’s PrintRoom press equipment to create a personal project.

Graphic artist Jeffrey Kitchen leads the group in working with oil-based ink, using the printing presses and cleaning up safely. Ink and a selection of paper are provided, but participants should come prepared with a small project in mind and may bring paper of their own.

This workshop is appropriate for those new to printmaking, those new to letterpress and anyone interested in using the letterpress equipment available at the VAE. Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 am-2 pm, $30 ($25 with registration for multiple workshops). Get a grip on your pliers skills and learn basic chain mail techniques in VAE’s jewelry workshop, Intro to Chain Mail, on Thursday, Dec. 13, with Manchester artist and jeweler Trish Weill (delishdesign.com). Learn how to properly open and close jump rings, build hand strength and basic weave techniques, such as 2 in 1, European 4 in 1 and Rhinos Snorting Drano. Try your hand at weaving shaggy loop earrings, pendants and bracelets. Thursday, Dec. 13, 6:30-8pm, $15 ($13 with registration for multiple workshops).


VAE’s studio memberships are perfect for those who have had a class or two and are feeling the need to branch out and work on their own! VAE’s Ceramics Studio Membership offers full access to the ceramics studio during times when classes are not in session. The studio features five electric wheels, a slab roller, storage for works in progress and reduced-rate kiln firings. Rates: $150/month, $127.50/month for a six-month membership, $120/month for a one-year membership.

Open Studio Membership offers studio space to those seeking opportunities to work on their own projects. Restoring a chair, practicing the tuba, painting, writing or dancing? Come see if one of VAE’s studio spaces meets your creative needs. Studio members must work within the VAE schedule of ongoing studio classes and hours of operation.

Limited storage available. Rates: $120/month, $100/month for a six-month membership, $75/month for a one-year membership, $15/day for drop-in membership. To register or for more information about Vermont Arts Exchange’s classes and workshops, studio memberships, exhibits and the 2012-13 Basement Music Series concert season contact VAE at 802-442-5549 or visit vtartxchange.org. Vermont Arts Exchange is an accessible facility; please contact VAE with any requests for, or questions about, special-needs accommodations. The Vermont Arts Exchange (VAE), located at the Sage Street Mill, welcomes teens and adults to its fall term of community art classes and yoga sessions beginning the week of October 22. Classes run through mid

December and are designed to meet the interests and abilities of students at all levels, beginners to experts. Information and to register: VAE, 802-442-5549 or vtartxchange.org.


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