Japanese Book Binding Course Dates: 12/12/23 Instructor: Elissa Campbell Would you like to take a trip to Asia without getting on a plane? In this workshop, you'll try your hand at Watoji or Japanese bookbinding. You'll learn three traditional binding styles - Yotsume Toji (Four-hole Binding), Koki Toji/Kangxi (Noble Binding), and Asa-No-Ha Toji (Hemp Leaf Binding).In this workshop, each participant will leave class with 3 books and a basic knowledge of bookbinding technique. No previous experience required – this is a great class for a beginner. All tools and materials will be provided.
Unveiling Hidden Verses: Erasure and Blackout Poetry Couse Dates: 11/30/2023, 12/07/2023, 12/14/2023, 12/21/2023 Instructor: Cara Armstrong Join us as we explore the art of creating poetry by extracting hidden verses from existing texts. Drawing inspiration from the T.W. Woods Gallery archives, we will delve into the creative processes of erasure and collage, forging new connections to our cultural context. Week 1: The Art of Erasure Poetry Explore various styles of erasure poetry, from traditional cross-out to computer-assisted techniques. Dive into the creative process as we uncover hidden meanings within unexpected source materials. Week 2: Unearthing Your Inner Poet Examine the diverse styles of erasure poetry through real-world examples, including cross-out, computer manipulation, cutting out, covering up, retyping, and visual enhancements. Understand the unique creative possibilities offered by each erasure style as we create our own erasure poems, using source texts provided by the gallery archives. Week 3: Collage and Creative Expression Expand our creative toolkit by integrating collage and visual elements of our erasure poetry. Explore the interplay between visual art and language as we transform source texts into multi-dimensional works of art. Week 4: Showcase and Celebration Share our erasure and blackout poetry creations and chat about the seemingly limitless potential of erasure poetry and its role in contemporary culture. Reflect on our artistic journey and the newfound connections between words and images. Instructor’s Message: Whether you are an experienced writer or a newcomer to the world of poetry, this class offers a space for experimentation, self-discovery, and boundless creativity. Join us as we embark on this unique journey of poetic exploration, culminating in a poetry reading and pop-up art show where our creations will shine. Together, we will unveil the hidden verses waiting to be discovered within the texts that surround us.
Shibari Figure Drawing Course Date: 12/8/2023 Instructor: Teppi Zuppo Shibari is the art of Japanese rope bondage and literally translates as "to tie" or "to bind." Part-performance, part-figure drawing session, this event will indulge your senses in an evening of artistic exploration that intertwines sensuality and creativity. We will begin with short poses with 1-2 models, before moving onto longer, more intricate poses. No experience necessary. Please bring any materials that you like to draw or sketch with.
This workshop prioritizes creating a safe and respectful space for everyone involved. We value consent, artistic exploration, and the celebration of the human form in all its expressions. While Shibari is not inherently sexual and our models will be clothed, Shibari has strong ties to BDSM and kink practices. All participants must be 18+.Must be 18 years old.Shibari is the art of Japanese rope bondage and literally translates as "to tie" or "to bind." Part-performance, part-figure drawing session, this event will indulge your senses in an evening of artistic exploration that intertwines sensuality and creativity. We will begin with short poses with 1-2 models, before moving onto longer, more intricate poses. No experience necessary. Please bring any materials that you like to draw or sketch with.
This workshop prioritizes creating a safe and respectful space for everyone involved. We value consent, artistic exploration, and the celebration of the human form in all its expressions. While Shibari is not inherently sexual and our models will be clothed, Shibari has strong ties to BDSM and kink practices. All participants must be 18+.
Creative Fusion: Poetry and Visual Arts Mash Up Course Dates: 10/26/2023, 11/02/2023, 11/09/2023, 11/16/2023 Instructor: Cara Armstrong Join us for a creative journey where art and poetry unite self-expression and exploration. Each week, we will unleash our creativity with the T.W. Woods Gallery collection and archives as our muse, culminating in a poetry reading and pop-up art show featuring our work. Week 1: Introduction to Blackout Poetry Explore blackout poetry, a creative and relaxing activity suitable for all artistic levels and ages. Learn how to select and transform discarded paper media into poetic canvases. Week 2: Ekphrastic Poetry - Art as Inspiration Dive into the world of ekphrastic poetry, where art becomes the source of inspiration for your poetic endeavors. Select a favorite work of art from the gallery’s collection and analyze its elements, colors, textures, and themes while exploring the synergy between art and words. Week 3: Poetry Collage - A Fusion of Art and Words Discover striking lines and images from modern poets; and our own works as we combine them with our own linking words. Experiment with various mediums, including collage, photography, painting, sketching, and more to bring your collages to life. Week 4: Showcase and Celebration Share our artistic and poetic creations and engage in meaningful discussions and celebration of the creative process and the connections formed between art and poetry. Reflect on our journey of exploration and self-discovery. Instructor’s Message: This class is all about exploration, fun, and the limitless potential of creativity. You don’t need to be a seasoned artist or poet to participate; your curiosity and willingness to experiment are your greatest assets. Weekly creative challenges are designed to provide just the right amount of structure and direction to inspire and motivate artistic adventure. Join us, and we might uncover hidden themes and ideas we never knew existed within us.
SoulCollage®: Exploring Your Inner Landscape with Beth Kendrick Course Dates: 10/23/2023, 11/27/2023, 12/18/2023 Instructor: Beth Kendrick SoulCollage® harnesses the collage process to create personal imagery in the form of a deck of cards that reflect the many aspects of your Soul - one card at a time. This workshop series introduces participants to this simple collage process that provides self-nurturance, creative fun, and an intuitive art making approach to connect you with your inner knowing. Participants can expect to make 2 or 3 cards per session. You will be introduced to the constructive process and work with your SoulCollage® deck to deepen your understanding of your imagery and access your personal wisdom. All materials are provided for a small materials fee.
Beth Kendrick, ATR-BC, LCMHC is a certified SoulCollage® facilitator, art and play therapist and mental health counselor living with her family and working in private practice in Central Vermont. She is a life long fine artist who actively maintains her art making practice using paint, mixed media, encaustic and collage. While she has exhibited her art widely in her professional life, these past few years has called her to reflectively turn inward to seek inner wisdom, self-awareness, connection to universal energy, nature and her personal power using art as a vehicle for exploration. This practice opens her up to reflect on this changing world and her place in it. She has found SoulCollage® to be a simple process to learn, which yields an abundance of self-understanding with rich opportunities for accessing intuition, self-nurturance and creativity. Beth spends her free time enjoying all the benefits that the great outdoors and beauty of Vermont provides with her husband, adult children and her energetic dog. She sings with the Montpelier Gospel Choir, and anticipates obtaining her level 2 Reiki training, all of which support moving through this world in collaboration with love, light and Universal wisdom.
I am not the poet I am the poem Couse Dates: 10/23/2023, 11/06/2023, 11/13/2023, 11/20/23 Instructor: Karen Morris This course begins with the premise that poetry is an art form. We are both the poet and the poem. Facilitated by award-winning poet Karen Morris, each session will begin by asking, where do poems come from? Through a structured exercise known as ‘social dreaming’ participants are invited to share dreams and memories associated to the dreams, as they are recalled and amplified in the social dreaming process. The facilitator listens for themes that connect the dreams, which develop into each week’s writing prompt. The second half of each session is devoted to developing each poet’s unique voice through craft; imagery, sound (music), syntax, and revision skills. Social Dreaming as poetry process decenters us from the habitual, single eye of the poet, in order to perceive the immeasurable field from out of which, poems emerge waiting to be encountered. Karen Morris is the author of Nothing Happened Last Night (Finishing Line Press, KY, in press). She received The Gradiva Award for Poetry (NAAP, 2015) for CATACLYSM and Other Arrangements (Three Stones Press, PA). Her poems have been published in numerous journals. She has facilitated Social Dreaming Workshops for writers, psychotherapists, and Buddhist practitioners in workshops, conference space, and study groups throughout the country. She lives in Barre, VT and works in private practice as a psychoanalyst in Montpelier.
Beginning Drawing Course Dates: 10/21/2023, 10/28/2023, 11/4/2023, 11/11/2023 Instructor: Kate Ruddle Have you ever wanted to learn to draw, but don't know how to begin? This drawing class is for you! This drawing class focusses on realistic drawing from life and explores Betty Edward's classic "Drawing on The Right Side of The Brain" and other classic drawing techniques for beginners.
Like a language, drawing is a learned skill, and anyone can learn to draw with knowledge and practice. In four sessions this class covers drawing fundamentals: drawing tools, perception, negative space, perspective, and an introduction to shading. Students get assistance, feedback, and support on their drawings. This class also includes examples of drawings and paintings from art history to teach and inspire!
Students will need a pencil and paper for the first class. Other materials will be recommended during the class but are optional. A material list will be provided at the first class.
This class is repeatable to take your drawing further. We look forward to drawing with you!
Send us a Class proposal! Thank you for your interest in teaching at the TW Wood Gallery! We are always looking to offer new and exciting classes. The Adult Education Program at TW Wood Gallery specializes in fine art practices such as painting, drawing, comics and clay, and we are also going to offer sewing, knitting, gardening classes, flower arranging, and other arts related classes to serve the Montpelier Community. Please attach a class description(s) below and let us know a few possible dates and times. Thank you!
Our classroom is now available to rent. Great for a special event, workshop, or creative endeavor! Weekly Evening ClassRental: $30/evening Weekly Day Rental: $30/half day or $60/full day Weekend Single Class/Workshop Rental: $60/half day/ $90 full day Large Event Rental (for one time large events, anticipating 20 or more guests): Up to 3 hours: $150 6 Hours: $300 More than 6 hours: Add $35 per hour It is downstairs and easily accessible. A very large space: 21' wide x 36' long x 10' height.
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The T.W. Wood Gallery mission is to preserve our artistic heritage and to bring the best of today's art to Central Vermont.
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Elliott Bent, Therese Mageau, Miccal McMullan, Jack McCullough, Justin Turcotte, Phillip Robertson, Suzi Swanson, John Landy-Emeritus, Linda Paradee-Emeritus