Director's Notes ... Summer 2017

Awesome New Classes to Spark your Creative Genius!

Don't miss our Summer Sculpture Garden and Iron Pour Benefit (to help us complete our Gas Fired Ceramics Kiln) Open House Saturday July 8, 11 – 4 (rain date July 9).

We've built our kiln shed with help from the last iron pour benefit and now are hiring potter and kiln builder Tyler Gulden to erect the kiln itself. After that we just need to route a gas line and put in electricity- and get kiln furniture! We are opening our ceramics studio this summer with a Ceramics Open Studio night on Wednesdays for those with previous ceramic experience to share our developing space, equipment, and materials to create with clay.

I am excited to introduce a new Intro to Bas-relief class with sculptor Amanda Sisk, who served last summer as the first artist-in-residence at the historic Governor John Langdon house in Portsmouth. Amanda also served two seasons as Sculptor-in-Residence at St. Gaudens National Historic site and was awarded the prestigious National Sculptor's Society Dexter Jones award for best bas-relief sculpture. Her work often features the natural world and may be viewed at Relief sculpture is commonly held to be one of the most difficult forms of sculpture to master – an optical illusion that few attempt! Draw your inspiration from the beautiful Sculpture Garden at Sanctuary Arts or other source material of your choosing. This course includes basic mould- making and casting for those who wish to produce multiples of their completed relief sculpture.

We also have a new 2 session Concrete Planters and Garden Sculptures concrete carving workshop with Valerie McCaffrey. Did you know that if you timed it just right you can carve concrete as easily as butter? Discover the joys of working in a material that will become as solid as a rock, as you create hand carved columns or Easter Island style sculptures by pouring concrete into cylinders or you can play around with inexpensive plastic pots and bowls, using them as moulds, to make our own unique planters for the garden or as gifts.

Announcing a new week long workshop- Painting the Spring Still Life with Sydney Sparrow; 5 Days May 30 – June 3, 10 – 1 Daily. While working to complete realistic, vibrant paintings from life, students will address value and color studies, and then move on to a more finished painting over the course of several days. Color mixing, palettes, materials, composition, and direct vs. layered painting, are all topics Sydney will cover. Visit her website to see the possibilities;

Dewitt Hardy offers a new Portrait and Clothed Figure; Watercolor week-long workshop for 5 days June 19 – 23, 1 – 4 daily. Dewitt is a master watercolorist who has a special love for the human figure.This class is for those students who are ready for intensive work with the model. is the site to view his stellar work.

Dustan Knight returns to demonstrate how to paint flowers just like the ones recently published in her book Painting the Impressionistic Landscape (Rockport Pub 2017) available at Barnes and Nobles and Amazon. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced painter, Dusty will introduce you to new ways to use the acrylic medium to achieve exciting, colorful and textural results. Visit to see her vibrant approach.

Sean Kramer offers Symbols & Archetypes, an 8 week class using imagery from art and stories to learn about basic symbols and archetypes, what they are and how they work. Fairy tales, ancient art and dreams will be some of the sources for reflection, as you use symbols and archetypes as starting points for our own art-making. Some of the projects will include: mandalas, story-maps, sacred geometry. Sean regularly shares his insights and meditations on fairy tales at

And, of course, we have a wonderful array of courses to suit the discerning pallette for a summer of lively, artful learning. We welcome you to join us!