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.


ADULT: Drawing
Materials: List, Member: $224, Non-Member: $248
Instructor: Kristen Maniscalco
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.
SUMMER 2018: 8 weeks, Monday, 6:00pm-8:00pm, June 11-July 30 Register Here

ADULT: Life model Drawing/Painting
Material: List, Member: $128, Non-Member: $142
Instructor: Misoo Filan
Practice the traditional art of drawing the human figure in a supportive and respectful atmosphere. With a Life Drawing Model present each class, the students will be able to capture the human form in varying mediums, and develop drawing skills by studying human anatomy. Bring your favorite medium. (Water based) Basic drawing experience recommended.
SPRING 2018: 4 Weeks, Monday, 6:00pm-8:00pm, April 30-May 21 Register Here
SUMMER 2018: 4 weeks, Monday, 6:00pm-8:00pm, August 6-August 27 Register Here

ADULT: Painting Practice
Materials: List, Member: $224, Non-Member: $248
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.
SPRING 2018: 8 weeks, Tuesday, 10:00am-12:00pm, March 20-May 15, no class April 24
SUMMER 2018: 8 weeks, Tuesday, 6:00pm-8:00pm, June 12- July 31 Register Here

ADULT: Oil Painting Advanced
Materials: List, Member: $279, Non-Member: $310
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.
SPRING 2018: 8 weeks, Thursday, 9:30am-12:00pm, March 22- May 17, no class April 25

ADULT: En Plein Air
Materials: List, Member: $224, Non-Member: $248
Instructor: Neil Berger
Practice the traditional fair-weather art of painting outside.  Learn the basics of open air landscape painting from how and where to set up your easel, to selecting your palate, to how to capture changing light.  All levels are welcome. The atmosphere is supportive and respectful and ideal for those who like to be outdoors.  If the weather gets the best of us, we have a classroom reserved. Locations are determined before each session begins. All mediums welcome.
SUMMER 2018: 8 weeks, Thursday, 10:00pm-12:00pm, June 14- August 9, no class July 5 Register Here

ADULT: Intro to Watercolor
Materials: List, Member: $224, Non-Member: $248
Instructor: Frances Cannon
In this introductory watercolor painting series, we will turn our attention to the beauty of Vermont Summer crops and natural objects:  driftwood, lake stones, dried herbs and fresh flowers, and other garden plants and farm life elements from our landscape.  We will learn how to translate three-dimensional objects two-dimensional surfaces 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. We will incorporate various techniques of a field study or a “Naturalist’s Journal,” such as taking notes in the margins of our painting, and comparing the scale of small detail to the larger landscape. At the end of this eight-week series, you will have filled a notebook with sketches, as well as a handful of fully finished paintings.
SPRING 2018: 8 weeks, Thursday, 6:00pm-8:00pm, March 22-May 17, no class April 27
SUMMER 2018: 8 weeks, Thursday, 6:00pm-8:00pm, June 28- August 23, no class July 5 Register Here

WORKSHOP: Watercolor Still Life
Materials: List, Member: $90, Non-Member: $100
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.
SPRING 2018: 1 day, Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm, May 19 Register Here

WORKSHOP: The Colorist Landscape with Pastels
Materials: List, Members: $90, Non-Members: $100
Instructor: Robert Carsten, PSA-mp, IAPS-mc
Color is emotion in a painting. Working against a toned ground, we’ll explore ways to step-up color in our landscapes to achieve exciting, painterly results. This way of pastel painting is lots of fun and has limitless potential. Demonstration, helpful critique and lots of painting time. Please bring a variety of landscape photos All levels welcome.  All levels welcome.
SUMMER 2018: 1 day, Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm, August 18 Register Here

WORKSHOP: Exploration in Watercolors
A Tour of Shelburne
Instructor: Joel Popadics
Materials List, Members: $625, Non-Members: $650
(Lunch each day and entrance fees included in tuition)

Optional accommodations at the Inn at Shelburne Farms at a program discount of 40%,

RESERVATIONS : 802-985-8498, M-F, 9AM – 5PM EST.
(discount is only available from Sunday night to Wednesday Night)

Come join Watercolor artist, Joel Popadics in beautiful Shelburne, Vermont.  Joel will guide you on a vista hunt around the area, exploring Shelburne Farms and Lake Champlain.  Each day, participants will meet at different locations and Joel will offer the group two brief painting demonstrations. Topics for the demonstrations will vary from painting cows, handling the summer greens, and composing the lake’s reflections.  Following the demonstrations, students will have the opportunity to paint and apply the concepts presented and individual instruction will be provided all day. Participants should plan on making at least two sketches each day. Materials list is provided.  The scenic landscapes of Shelburne will provide the subject and inspiration for your pictures.
FALL 2018: Sept 17-20th Monday to Thursday:  9am-4pm
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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.

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.