Studio Arts

Explore a variety of classes for all experience levels in drawing and painting, as well as printmaking, paper crafts, fused glass, photography, metals and jewelry making, woodcrafts, and more. Classes are taught by dedicated 577 staff members and community members with a passion for their chosen art medium. Class topics vary each month and are taught in the Cottage, House, and outdoors around the beautiful gardens and grounds of 577.

Upcoming Classes

Sustainable Art: Upcycled Mini Fabric Scrap Bowls
Wednesday, July 24 ~ 6pm to 7:30pm

Explore the creativity and versatility of upcycling in this fun session where you’ll transform a stainless-steel bath bomb mold into a mini bowl decorated with fabric scraps. Bowls are perfect for small jewelry like earrings or rings, or make great catch-alls for pins, paper clips, binder clips, candies, etc. All materials are provided, but students may feel free to bring any of their own fabric scraps to recycle.

577 Staff Instructor: Avery Bohman

Fused Glass: Bottle Mushroom
Thursday, July 25 ~ 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Learn to create your own mushroom from fused glass to decorate the top of a bottle. Customize the colors of this clever decoration and use it to add whimsy in your home or garden. Students will receive step-by-step guidance, and projects will be left with the instructor who will “fuse” the glass details together by firing the projects in a home kiln before returning them to 577 for pick-up. Mushroom tops will be returned glued to bottle. No experience necessary and all supplies included. Completed projects will be approximately 8 to 9 inches tall.

Community Instructor: Geneen Wise

The Art of Alcohol Inks
Thursday, July 25 ~ 6pm to 8pm
Thursday, August 22 ~ 6pm to 8pm

Explore the beauty and unpredictability of alcohol inks while creating three unique tiles. You’ll learn the basic techniques of this low-stress/ high-reward medium that allows you to “go with the flow”.

No experience is necessary. All supplies are included.

Community Instructor: Melissa Thomas

Create Calm: Tree Rings
Tuesday, July 30 ~ 2pm to 3:30pm

Enjoy a relaxing class creating a stunning tree ring image in this soothing Create Calm experience. Using simple practice exercises to get started, participants will be shown step-by-step how to make their project while learning about a variety of trees and how their rings can differ. We’ll even use black walnut ink made from trees on the 577 grounds to add some subtle color variation.

The second part of the class will be reserved for quiet time as we relax and immerse ourselves in drawing the repetitive organic rings. Completed projects will be approximately 6″x6″ and can be framed or gifted. No experience necessary and all supplies included.

The Create Calm series at 577 is taught by staff instructors and designed to allow students to experience simple projects in a soothing environment. Each class will focus on beginning methods in a variety of art mediums to help students of all levels tap into their innate ability to create a state of calm while working with their hands. Expect the first part of these classes to include instruction while the second part is reserved for gentle music and quiet work time to encourage the mind to rest, reflect, and relax in a quiet community.

577 Staff Instructor: Isabelle Tucker

Cardmaking: Stamp Camp
Friday, August 2 ~ 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Saturday, August 3 ~ 10am to 1pm

Explore “out of the box” ideas for your hand-stamped cards at Stamp Camp! Participants will have fun experimenting with project designs and elements, adding a variety of doodles and line art, cutting papers, and trying fun folds and new techniques. You’ll also have some options for personalizing the sentiments in your cards. Each participant will receive lots of support and step-by-step instructions to create five (5) cards. Everyone will also take home extra papers and a PDF tutorial to practice their new skills.

Although having previous card class/card making or paper crafting experience is helpful, those new to the art of card making are welcome. This weekend’s Stamp Camp sessions on August 2nd and 3rd will offer the same projects in each class. Students are welcome to sign up for both sessions if they want to create more cards using the same materials and techniques.

Please note: All supplies included, but we recommend you bring a fine-tip black Sharpie or journaling pen and a paper trimmer if you have one. Cards made in class may be different than those in the photo.

Community Instructor: Chris Smith

Fused Glass: Sunflower
Thursday, August 8 ~ 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, August 22 ~ 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Create a beautiful, fused glass sunflower that you can enjoy year-round. Participants will make this happy bloom by learning how to cut out the glass petals and put them together on the center. Choose to display your sunflowers with or without a garden stake. 

No experience is necessary and all supplies are included. Completed sunflowers will be approximately 9” to 10” in diameter. Cost also includes an optional garden stake for displaying that will be attached by the instructor. Projects will be left with the instructor who will “fuse” the glass together by firing the projects in a home kiln before returning them to 577 for pick-up. 

Community Instructor: Geneen Wise

Creating an Illustrated Field Journal
Friday, August 9 ~ 11am to 12:30pm

The seasonal changes in the natural world can often be overlooked when we don’t take the time to look closely at what is around us. By keeping an illustrated field journal, we can record not only our thoughts, but sketch and draw what we see, creating meaningful pages through the use of word and image.

Using the beautiful 577 grounds for inspiration, new participants in this session will be introduced to the concept of keeping this type of journal and will create their first entry, hopefully inspired to carry on and fill the remaining pages over time. Experienced students are also welcome–learn new tips, gain fresh inspiration in the ever-changing seasons, and build upon past lessons. No writing or drawing experience is necessary, only the desire to have some fun while exploring the natural world around us.

Community Instructor: David Lymanstall

Drawing Nature ~ Cosmos Flowers
Tuesday, August 13 ~ 3pm to 4:30pm

Learn to draw the delightful cosmos flower at the height of its blooming season and enjoy exploring the fundamentals of rendering nature’s beauty in colored pencils. No previous drawing experience necessary. Using nature as our guide, we will head outside to study this colorful plant and use it as reference for our drawings. Lots of support and all materials will be provided including 9 inch by 10 inch drawing paper.

Please note: This is an outdoor class so please dress accordingly and bring sunscreen or bug spray if necessary. In the event of rain or extreme heat, we’ll stay inside and draw from cut flowers and photo references.

577 Staff Instructor: Isabelle Tucker

Jewelry: Industrial Chic Earrings
Wednesday, August 14 ~ 6pm to 8pm

Learn how to turn scrap metal into unique wearable art with just a few tools! Each participant will receive lots of support and guidance to create, customize, and assemble two pairs of earrings using copper, brass, or German silver metals.

All experience levels are welcome. Each participant will receive a polishing cloth and a gift box. The size of completed earrings will vary but will be approximately one to two inches. *Important note: Please bring reading or safety glasses. All other supplies included. 

Community Instructor: Snookie Viviano

Creative Card Making
Thursday, August 15 ~ 6pm to 8:30pm

Join us for an evening of creating together! Create five (5) all-occasion cards learning the best stamping techniques, how to apply card-based adhesives, and fun ways to use various card-making tools. 

Completed cards are perfect for sending to friends and family. No experience is required, and all are welcome, and there will be new techniques to learn if you’ve taken previous card-making classes at 577. Please note: We recommend you dress in older clothes or wear an apron to protect from ink and glue.

Community Instructors: Pat Szymanowski & Patricia Piper

Watercolor in the Gardens: Flowers
Friday, August 16 ~ 1pm to 3:30pm

Each class of this enjoyable watercolor summer series will feature a different subject in nature. In August’s class, we’ll focus on painting a variety of flowers blooming in abundance on the 577 grounds.

Class will begin inside Virginia’s House in the Dining Room with guided watercolor exercises and learning tips and tricks for capturing flowers on paper. We’ll gather our supplies for the second half of class and head outdoors to paint flowers in the garden, weather permitting. In the event of bad weather, we’ll stay inside and paint from photo references and cut flowers.

All experience levels are welcome. All supplies are provided, but students are welcome to bring their own favorite brushes and materials if they have them.

577 Staff Instructor: Connie Stose

Create Calm: Watercolor Bubbles
Friday, August 16 ~ 6pm to 8:30pm

Enjoy a relaxing class painting a fun and colorful abstract watercolor image in this soothing Create Calm experience, a perfect way to learn or improve your watercolor skills.

Begin class by creating your color scheme and learning a trick to quickly paint your “bubbles.” The second part of the class will be reserved for quiet time as we add dark lines with markers to define organic shapes while you relax and focus. Completed projects will be approximately 9″ by 11″. No experience necessary and all supplies included. If you took the previous bubble class, this class will offer similar results by using new tricks and techniques.

The Create Calm series at 577 is taught by staff instructors and designed to allow students to experience simple projects in a soothing environment. Each class will focus on beginning methods in a variety of art mediums to help students of all levels tap into their innate ability to create a state of calm while working with their hands. Expect the first part of these classes to include instruction while the second part is reserved for gentle music and quiet work time to encourage the mind to rest, reflect, and relax in a quiet community.

577 Staff Instructor: Connie Stose

Painted Dot Mandala: Carnival
Saturday, August 17 ~ 10am to 1pm

Learn the basic techniques of dot painting and celebrate the vibrant colors of Carnival while creating a mesmerizing mandala painting. Participants will be guided in creating common mandala elements and techniques such as petals, teardrops, lollipops, and walking-the-dots.

All materials and acrylic paints will be provided along with a step-by-step pattern, allowing participants to work at their own pace with instructor support. Paintings will be completed on a 6-inch canvas board.

Community Instructor: Shalene Germani

Acrylic Painting: Sunset Glow on Lake
Monday, August 19 ~ 10am to 2:30pm

Join us for an enjoyable afternoon in Virginia’s House painting with acrylics. Learn step-by-step how to paint a glowing sunset reflected on a lake and silhouetted pine trees and grass. We will use a variety of acrylic painting tools and techniques. No experience is necessary and all supplies are included for you to create your own work of art on an 11” x 14” canvas in a fun and relaxing atmosphere.

Please note: You are welcome to bring snacks to enjoy throughout class and we encourage you to bring a lunch for our midday break. (Refrigerator and microwave available.)

Community Instructor: Mary Claire Roe

Sustainable Art: Upcycled Mini Murals
Wednesday, August 21 ~ 6pm to 7:30pm

Give your random trinkets and costume jewelry a funky new life in this exciting upcycling session. Using beads, buttons, costume jewelry, ribbon, and more, each participant will choose a subject or scene to make with their found treasures, such as a tree, flower, animal, or even an abstract piece. Finished projects will be created on 8″ x 10″ canvas board, perfect for displaying in a house or office space, or as a thoughtful and unique gift.

All supplies are included, but students are welcome to personalize their piece with their own jewelry, objects, or trinkets. Check your junk drawers and craft closets for any hidden gems you may have!

Please Note: Students ages 12 to 15 are welcome but must be accompanied by a registered parent/guardian. Students ages 16 to 17 may participate without a parent.

577 Staff Instructor: Avery Bohman

Watercolor: Sunflowers
Friday, August 30 ~ 2pm to 4:30pm
Friday, August 30 ~ 6pm to 8:30pm

Learn to capture the beauty of sunflowers with watercolor paint in a relaxed and supportive environment. We’ll use simple practice exercises to get familiar with using watercolor paints to create practice sunflower images before we work on your own small painting. Completed projects will be approximately 8 inches by 8 inches. All experience levels are welcome and all supplies are included.

577 Staff Instructor: Connie Stose

Class Locations & Parking Map

Signed up for a class and need help finding your classroom location and parking? Each class description lists its location. Click the button below to view a full map of the grounds and buildings with two lots available for easy and convenient parking. 

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Because space is limited, we rely on you to register for classes thoughtfully. Please help us continue to offer these wonderful classes as affordably as possible by adhering to the following registration, cancellation, and refund policies.

Photo & Video Release

Photos and videos may be taken during 577 classes and events for use on our website and other relevant media outlets and your attendance constitutes consent. View the full policy below including how you can opt-out of this release. 

Join us for Music in the Gardens on Saturday, August 10, from 11am to 3pm. Events are free, family-friendly, and rain or shine.

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