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Facilitated by Barbara Hageman Sarvis - published artist and art educator

Class Size:  limited to 14

Fee:  $210 

To Register:

  1. Email to express interest

  2. Send a check payable to MacCenter (44 Gypsy Lane, Bennington, Vermont  05201)

Art Studio Experience  

Be part of the art studio experience in a supportive, carefree  and creative environment. Students (all levels) have the freedom to paint and or draw  with any medium: Oil, acrylic, pastels, charcoal, pencils.  Art methods in portraits, landscapes, still life, and  abstraction in several mediums will be demonstrated. In  addition, the language of art, composition, color, art history,  aesthetics and critiques will be available. Individual attention  is emphasized. 

In this 6 week course the students will learn the painting process, which includes the history of painting from the old masters to contemporary artists, and the techniques they used to create their vision.  The language of art (color, shape, value, line, form, texture, perspective, composition and design) landscape, still life, portrait and abstract painting will be discussed, demonstrated and produced.  Painting from life and  photographs will be used as inspiration and references.  Most importantly, we will spend most of our time painting.  Students are responsible for their own art supplies.  Table or floor easels are recommended.  A supply list will be provided at registration.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at

About Barbara:

Barbara Hageman Sarvis  is an artist, writer, and educator.  She was born and raised in Bergen County, New Jersey and academically trained at The School of Visual Arts in New York City, Charles Cecil Studio, Florence, Italy, and Studio Incaminnati, Philadelphia, Pa. She continued graduate work in art and special education at the University of North Florida. She also worked as an apprentice to Audrey Flack in the 1970’s.

During the last ten years, she wrote, illustrated and published five children’s books in addition to having several paintings published in the following art and literary journals:  Women and Politics (Special Edition), Adanna Literary Journal, Two Hawks Literary Journal Quarterly, Twisted Vine Literary Arts Journal, Wild Roof Journal, Rock Salt Journal, The Poetry Box, The Scriblerus Publication, and Beyond Words.  

Presently she works as a Museum Educator at MASSMoCA, in North Adams, Massachusetts and lives in Shaftsbury, Vermont.  


Places to Stay in Bennington:

Knotty Pine Motel, Best Western, and Hampton Inn, Harwood Hill Motel

Art Studio Experience
Open studio concept which encourages the enjoyment and freedom of the creative process
6 Week Workshop - Every Tuesday throughout 2024 (10am - 1 pm)

Workshop Dates (sign-up at any time for a workshop)

  • July 16, 2024 through August 20, 2024

  • September 10, 2024 through October 15, 2024

  • November 5, 2024 through December 10, 2024

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