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2023 Spring/Summer
Adult/Teen Art Classes

Welcome to the 2023 Adult and Teen Art Programming at The Current! We have an exciting roster of Teen/Adult classes that includes everything from our popular Wine and Wheel evenings to weekend studio classes in Stained Glass and Watercolor Painting. Additional opportunities will be added throughout the year.

Sliding Scale Fee Model for 2023 Classes

We are offering a variety of participation levels and additional scholarships, helping families make art a priority during this challenging year.

New for 2023:

  • Expanded sessions: Per community feedback, we have expanded the duration of our teen + adult classes from 4 weeks to 5 and 6 weeks.
     

  • All participants actively enrolled in our ceramic studio classes will receive access to the ceramic studio during Open Studio hours, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 9am - 2pm.

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Instructor Bios:

 

Maddy Bertrand-Gerndt has been a part of clay studios since she was 8 years old, beginning in Duxbury, MA. with Linda Capone studios, fascinated by the wheel. She continued her clay journey with Steve Branfman at Thayer Academy, at Skidmore College with Regis Brodie and Toshiko Takaezu, where she earned a BS in Studio Art. She has lived in Spain, Seattle, WA, St. John, travelled to many tropical islands, sailed close to home and once off-shore, taught art K-8 at The Antilles School in St Thomas, ran her own business as a clay artist on Vashon, WA., developing a wholesale line as well as thrown fine art pieces. She was a member of The Vashon Potter's Tour, taught for the Vashon Allied Arts, and currently have a seasonal space in Morrisville, VT as was a past a member of the Vermont Studio Tour, long term art sub at Thatcher Brook, as well as teaching and gallery space at the Old Moscow Road Pottery. Business continued for Maddy as General Manager of Harvest Market in Stowe for over 24 years, after returning to the East coast to be closer to family. Painting on clay is her passion, altering wheel thrown pieces. She looks forward to getting back to the clay studio, creating with young minds to spark a new generation of clay artists.  

Emily Delano is an artist based in central Vermont. Growing up in a family of artists and craftsman, Emily developed a strong hunger for creativity and a passion for creating things with her hands. Emily has experience working in many different mediums, ceramics, jewelry and woodworking to name a few, but her true passion remains deeply rooted in stained glass. Having worked in stained glass for over ten years, Emily finds great happiness teaching and mentoring students off all ages and abilities out of her studio in Barre Vermont.

Sharon Fennimore has been working in clay for over thirty-years as a functional potter and teacher of students of all ages. As a yoga and meditation teacher and practitioner, Sharon brings an approach to working with clay that is both playful and mindful. Sharon has a Masters degree in Chinese and the history of art and architecture in East and Central Asia and an additional degree in Cultural Anthropology. A full time teacher of world languages and ceramics at the Mt. Mansfield Ski Club and Academy, Sharon maintains a deep commitment to exploring the ways our mountain environment impacts our creativity and expression individually and in community. You can find out more about Sharon on her website: www.sharonfennimore.com.

Lynn Newcomb is a Vermont based printmaker, and blacksmith/sculptor. She believes, that etching is a medium capable of great nuance, with the ability to demonstrate the power and resonance of black ink. Her methods include traditional printmaking where the plates evolve slowly and acquire histories – accidents, imperfections, traces where she has re-worked the image. Her interest lies in creating what one may call layered prints, prints in which the viewer has the sensation of looking into and through the blacks. Since 2013, she has also been making lithographs, looking to exploit the affinity she finds between lithographic tusche and liftground technique in etching. Recent artist residencies have included the Vermont Studio Center, Sculoa Grafica in Venice, and the Marpha Foundation in Nepal. www.lynnnewcombvt.com

Robert J. O'Brien, AWS, NWS is a signature Member of the American, National and New England Watercolor Societies as well as several others. He is is a full-time award-winning artist and instructor. He recently won Best in Show at the New England Watercolor Society's Regional Juried Exhibition in Plymouth MA and at the 2nd Annual Green Mountain Watercolor Exhibition in Waitsfield, VT. Robert is the Director of Exhibitions for the Vermont Watercolor Society and the Scholarship Chair for the American Watercolor Society. He lives and paints in Weathersfield, Vermont and teaches many workshops throughout the United States and abroad. www.robertjobrien.com

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