The open and airy Bunkhouse is home to the Visual Art Studio. Students in Visual Arts classes and workshops have available to them easels, tables, lights, chairs, and a model stand. A HEPA air filter is part of the ventilation system.

Shelburne Craft School Oil Painting Policy: We have developed classes to work with traditional oil painters as well as water base oil painters.  The Shelburne Craft Schools is dedicated to teaching traditional oil painting and are very aware of the health concerns around solvents and other toxic materials that can be found in artist material, and strive to operate a safe studio environment while continuing to teach the classics. We are a NON-SOLVENT studio.


ADULT: Drawing Foundations
Instructor: Misoo Filan and Neil Berger
Learn the fundamental skills of observational drawing.  Explore the technical and conceptual foundation of drawing using a variety of drawing materials such as graphite, charcoal, pen and ink. Develop personal goals while examining creative concepts through demonstrations. Materials not included.

FALL 2017: 7 weeks, Mondays, 10:00am-12:00pm,November 6- December 18
Materials List, Members: $196, Non-Members: $217 Register Here

WINTER 2018: 8 weeks, Mondays, 10:00am-12:00pm, January 8-March 5, no class February 26
Materials: List, Member: $224, Non-Member: $248 Register Here


ADULT: Painting Practice
Instructor: Neil Berger
Together we will explore painting as performance- a series of gestures more like a dance than a marathon. We’ll complete more pictures than fewer. We’ll look at pictures as holistic arrangements of shapes and colors instead of ‘subject matter.’ We’ll try to trust the intimate, awkward, face-to-face encounter with nature more than the safety of photography. I want us, embedded as we are in the rich and nourishing tradition of Western Painting, to let go and play.

FALL 2017: Level 1, 7 weeks, Tuesdays , 10:00am-12:00pm, September 12- October 24
FALL 2017: Level 2, 7 weeks, Tuesdays, 10:00am-12:00pm, November 7- December 19
Materials List, Members: $196, Non-Members: $217 Register Here

WINTER 2018: 8 weeks, Tuesdays, 10:00am-12:00pm, January 9-March 6, no class February 27
Materials: List, Member: $224, Non-Member: $248 Register Here

ADULT: Drawing
Instructor: Clark Derbes
Explore the foundation of drawing by learning how to depict objects, people, space and emotion.  Using a variety of drawing mediums such as graphite, charcoal, conte, and ink, students will learn how to develop and expand drawing skills through demonstrations and one on one instruction. Instructor will also tailor classes based on student interests. Materials not included.

FALL 2017: Level 1, 7 weeks, Tuesdays, 6:00pm-8:00pm, September 12- October 24
FALL 2017: Level 2, 7 weeks, Tuesdays , 6:00pm-8:00pm, November 7- December 19
Materials List, Members: $196, Non-Members: $217 Register Here

WINTER 2018: 8 weeks, Tuesdays, 6:00pm-8:00pm, January 9-March 6, no class February 27
Materials: List, Member: $224, Non-Member: $248 Register Here


ADULT: Oil Painting Advanced
Instructor: Sage Tucker-Ketcham
Gain professional direction with advanced oil painting techniques, discussions, and critiques. Explore style development while completing a series of work. Examine color value, modeling form, handling edges, finishing details and challenge yourself to see a work through to completion. Learn through group demonstrations, brief critiques, and one on one consultation. Previous experience in oil painting is necessary to attend this course. *This class is designed to help traditional oil painters develop their work while not using solvents and explore the best health practices as they also develop as professional artist, water base oil painters explore water base oils to operate more like traditional oils.

FALL 2017: Session 1, 8 weeks, Thursdays, 9:30am-12:00pm, September 7- October 26
FALL 2017: Session 2, 6 weeks, Thursdays, 9:30am-12:00pm, November 9- December 21, no class November 23
SOLD OUT email info@theshelburnecraftschool.org to be added to wait list

WINTER 2018: 8 weeks, Thursdays, 9:30am-12:00pm, January 10- March 7, no class February 28
Materials: List, Member: $279, Non-Member: $310


ADULT: Experiments with Ink
Instructor: Misoo Filan
Explore the foundations of drawing with ink while learning to have fun with the unpredictability of ink as a medium.  Students will experiment with a variety of techniques and processes through hands on demonstrations.

FALL 2017: 1 Day, Sunday, 10:00am-4:00pm, November 12
Materials List, Members: $90, Non-Members: $100
Register Here

WORKSHOP: Watercolor Still Life
Instructor: Frances Cannon
In this introduction to watercolor painting, we will turn our attention to the beauty of Vermont winter crops and natural objects: gourds and squash, driftwood, lake stones, dried herbs and flowers, and other specimens from our landscape. We will learn how to translate a three-dimensional object onto a two-dimensional surface through basic drawing techniques, how to set up a color palette, and how to apply basic color theory. We will also explore various approaches to texture and composition.

WINTER 2018: Still Life,1 day, Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm, January 20
Materials: List, Member: $90, Non-Member: $100 Register Here


WORKSHOP: Watercolor Portraiture
Instructor: Frances Cannon
In this introduction to watercolor painting, you will have the opportunity to confront your fear of painting faces; you will gain simple technical tools to overcome the intimidation of a living human subject. We will develop our observational approaches to imagery initially through various drawing practices, and then we will challenge ourselves to expand upon limited palettes to strengthen our understanding of the complexities of color. We will also explore a handful of abstract styles, including color management, composition, sensitivity to surface, scale, texture, and the translation of the three-dimensional object to our drawing surfaces.

WINTER 2018: Portraiture,1 day, Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm, February 10
Materials: List, Member: $90, Non-Member: $100 Register Here

Cancellation Policy: All classes must be paid for one week before the beginning of class. Refunds are given one week prior to class, 20% is non-refundable. No refunds for classes you miss during a session. We will not prorate the cost of a class for classes missed. For workshops, you must cancel one week prior to class for a refund (minus the 20%). A full refund will be given if we cancel a class due to low enrollment.

Winter Cancellation Policy: We follow the Shelburne Community School closing for adult day and after school classes, and office closing  CLICK HERE for up-to-date info.  If you are enrolled in a evening adult class or weekend workshop your instructor or a staff member will be in touch.  We will also post on our Facebook page.

Gift Certificates: Gift Certificates are a wonderful way of sharing the joy of making with someone. Gift certificates can be purchased in any amounts.  Great for classes, summer camps, the gallery and more. CLICK HERE to purchase online.

Interested in setting up a private group?  please fill out the on-line request form, HERE.  We will be in contact within 3 days or sooner.