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

Acrylic Painting: Spring Bouquet Quilt Square
Saturday, June 1 ~ 1pm to 4pm

Create a colorful painting for your home or to give as a treasured handmade gift. Learn how to use acrylics and paint pens to complete this delightful spring-themed Painted Quilt Square while learning about the Barn Quilt Trail, its history, and various designs. Unique 12″ by 12″ canvas can be displayed standing on a shelf or hanging on a wall as a diamond or square.

All materials are provided and snacks are permitted. Students should plan to wear an apron or paint shirt.

Community Instructor: Mary Soneson

Jewelry: Industrial Chic Earrings
Wednesday, June 5 ~ 6pm to 8pm
Tuesday, July 9 ~ 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

Fused Glass: Fish on a Hook
Thursday, June 6 ~ 5:30pm to 7:30pm

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: Geneen Wise

Watercolor: Strawberry Field
Friday, June 7 ~ 1pm to 3:30pm

Enjoy creating a whimsical paper “field” of strawberries, ripe for the season! Learn how to capture the yummy sweetness of this fun fruit with simple watercolor painting techniques. We’ll add extra whimsy by experimenting with watercolor pencils. All experience levels are welcome and all supplies included. Finished paintings will be 9″ by 11″ and suitable for framing or for cutting to make note, gift, or postcards.

Not a fan of strawberries? Pick the produce of your choice and your instructor will help guide you to use the same techniques in different colors to create a page full of your favorite fruit or veggie.

577 Staff Instructor: Connie Stose

Watercolor: Create a Traveling Studio
Friday, June 7 ~ 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Create your own traveling art studio in a repurposed cigar box. Learn how to add a flexible, low-pressure creative practice to your life. Perfect for anyone looking for a way to enjoy watercolor painting in a small space at home, outside on the go, or during your summer travels.

The first part of the class will be putting together and personalizing our kits. In the second part of the class, we’ll get familiar with our new mini-studio by moving outside to paint some simple warm-up exercises and create one to three nature postcards. In the event of bad weather, we’ll spend the second part of class on the enclosed porch in Virginia’s House.

All supplies are included to create your kit. Items include: Repurposed cigar box (sizes and shapes will vary); water jar/container; 1 round paintbrush; fabric roll-up brush protector; 6 colors of high-quality watercolor paints; 2 watercolor postcards; 1 small paint palette; 1 small mixing palette; 1 watercolor pencil

577 Staff Instructor: Connie Stose

Sun Printing: Fun with Cyanotype
Tuesday, June 11 ~ 2pm to 3:30pm

Cyanotype is a fun and easy art form where art, science, photography, and printmaking overlap. Cyanotype paper is light-sensitive, and by laying objects on the surface and exposing it to the sun, ghostly white images are left on a distinctive deep blue background.

Students will be treated to a step-by-step guided experience of creating their own photosensitive cyanotype paper. Then students will collect flowers and botanicals from the 577 grounds to use in designing and developing their one-of-a-kind 8 ½” x 11” piece of beautiful botanical art.

577 Staff Instructor: Isabelle Tucker

Create Calm: Wax Resist Florals
Tuesday, June 11 ~ 6pm to 7:30pm

Explore watercolor with a wax resist technique as we paint various flowers found around the 577 grounds. We’ll start with a quick demo explaining ways to sketch your florals and layer color and texture with oil pastels and watercolor. Next we’ll experiment with materials to create a 9″ x 12″ floral composition on watercolor paper alongside calming music—meant to inspire mindful creativity and relaxation. All supplies are 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: Avery Bohman

Botanical Prints from the Garden
Wednesday, June 12 ~ 6pm to 8pm

Explore the printmaking process and capture moments from the garden in this fun introductory class.

Discover the exciting process of creating one-of-a-kind botanical prints from start to finish using different plant specimens to learn and experiment with. The class will cover image transfer techniques and proper inking skills to achieve crisp prints and there will be a discussion on how to select and use both fresh and preserved plant material.

Everyone will take home a set of five (5) to ten (10) prints and samples on paper approximately 5.5 inches x 8.5 inches each. Projects can be framed, used as part of a nature journal, or made into stationery. Please note: We recommend you wear clothes you don’t mind getting messy or bring an apron.

Community Instructors: Brett Saiia & Ellen Seeburger

The Art of Alcohol Inks
Thursday, June 13 ~ 6pm to 8pm
Thursday, July 25 ~ 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

Creating an Illustrated Field Journal
Friday, June 14 ~ 11am to 12:30pm
Friday, July 12 ~ 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

Jewelry Making: Beaded Flower Necklace
Friday, June 14 ~ 1pm to 5pm

Celebrate the seasonal blooms by creating your own whimsical beaded bracelet or necklace with floral bead embellishments. Beginners will get lots of hands-on guidance as we learn how to right-angle weave, add embellishments, and handmake your own clasp.

Everyone will choose their own colors and size to personalize their project. Completed necklaces will be approximately 18 to 20 inches long or bracelets will be approximately 7 inches. No experience necessary and all supplies and instructions included, but please bring precision scissors or close-cut wire cutters if you have them.

Community Instructor: Betty Crocker

Paper Quilling: Summertime Florals
Saturday, June 15 ~ 2pm to 4:30pm

Learn the art of paper quilling by making an upcycled summertime floral creation. Paper quilling is a papercraft created by twirling thin pieces of paper around special tools to form unique designs and pictures. In this class designed for beginners, students will learn about basic paper quilling techniques, how to make their own sustainable DIY tools, and experiment with a variety of colors and quilling techniques.

Projects will vary in size and will be made on upcycled canvases, which includes scrapbook paper(s), matboard, and a basketweaving D-handle repurposed into a painted frame. All materials are provided. Students not able to complete the project in class will go home with enough supplies and tools to finish at home. *Please Note: Paper quilling requires using your hands in repetitive motions.

577 Staff Instructor: Avery Bohman

Acrylic Painting: Mountain Wildflowers
Monday, June 17 ~ 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 sky with clouds, distant mountains, trees and a field of colorful wildflowers using a variety of painting 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.)

**This class has moved from the original date on June 10. 

Community Instructor: Mary Claire Roe

Watercolor in the Gardens: Trees
Friday, June 21 ~ 1pm to 3:30pm
Saturday, June 29 ~ 10am to 12:30pm

Each class of this enjoyable watercolor summer series will feature a different subject in nature. In June’s class, we’ll focus on painting a variety of trees in the landscape of 577.

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

All experience levels are welcome. All supplies are provided. Students are welcome to bring their own tree photos, sketchbooks, paintbrushes, or any other favorite supplies if you have them. Please note: Weather permitting, the last half of class will be outdoors. Please dress accordingly and bring sunscreen or bug spray if necessary.

577 Staff Instructor: Connie Stose

Painted Dot Mandala: Summer Splash
Saturday, June 22 ~ 10am to 12pm

Learn the basic techniques of dot painting and celebrate the vibrant colors of summer while creating a mesmerizing dot 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″ x 6″ canvas board.

Community Instructor: Shalene Germani

Drawing is for Everyone!
Tuesday, June 25 ~ 2pm to 4pm

Drawing IS for everyone, and this is the class for anyone who believes they can’t. Students will explore the possibilities of drawing through fun and simple exercises while also trying out a variety of drawing materials such as colored pencils, pastels, graphite, and charcoal.

With lots of step-by-step guidance in a relaxed class setting, students will learn how the skill of drawing can be used as the foundation for many other art forms and to enhance our day-to-day lives. Discover your favorite techniques and styles and leave with the confidence to continue drawing on your own.

577 Staff Instructor: Isabelle Tucker

Fused Glass: Funky Garden Flower
Thursday, June 27 ~ 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Create your own fun and funky fused glass flower to brighten your garden no matter the season. 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.

No experience necessary and all supplies are included. The completed project size is approximately 8 inches by 8 inches, and the project will be returned attached to garden stake.

Community Instructor: Geneen Wise

Creative Card Making
Thursday, June 27 ~ 6pm to 8:30pm

Join us for an evening of creating together! Create five (5) all-occasion cards, including 2 fun folds. Learn the best stamping techniques, coloring with blending markers, 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 Vase & Pressed Flowers
Wednesday, July 10 ~ 2pm to 4:30pm
Wednesday, July 10 ~ 6pm to 8:30pm

Learn simple techniques to combine pretty pressed flowers with a painted paper vase to create these beautiful mixed media projects. Choose from a selection of pressed flowers and leaves to design your bouquet while also exploring basic watercolor skills to make a personalized vase perfect for your chosen blooms. We’ll combine our flowers and vase by gluing them to your choice of a white or black cardstock background. Each completed project will be 8.5 by 11 inches and is suitable for framing.

All experience levels welcome and all supplies included. Flower selection will vary based on available blooms.

Special Collab Class with 577 Staff Instuctor Connie Stose & Community Instructor Ellen Seeburger

Fused Glass: Butterfly
Thursday, July 11 ~ 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Create your own whimsical butterfly to decorate your garden throughout the year. 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.

No experience is necessary and all supplies included. Completed butterflies will be approximately 9 by 7 inches. Cost also includes an optional garden stake for displaying that will be attached by the instructor.

Community Instructor: Geneen Wise

Creative Card Making
Thursday, July 11 ~ 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

Create a Cyanotype Journal
Tuesday, July 16 ~ 2pm to 4pm

Enjoy combining the art of cyanotype prints with bookbinding to make a beautiful handmade cyanotype journal. Join 577’s Program Coordinators, Isabelle Tucker and Avery Bohman, who will guide you around the grounds to forage for the plants you’ll “print” for your cover.

You’ll also learn how to make your own light-sensitive cyanotype paper, how to create an interesting cover composition, and how to bind your journal using a special machine. Completed journals are approximately 5” x 7”, and include your unique cyanotype cover, at least 25 pages of assorted paper types, and are perfect for journaling, notes, drawing, nature studies, or even a mini photo album.

This class is beginner-friendly, but also explores the versatility of cyanotype prints for those who have tried it before.

577 Staff Instructors: Isabelle Tucker and Avery Bohman

Watercolor: Butterflies
Friday, July 19 ~ 1pm to 3:30pm
Friday, July 19 ~ 5pm to 7:30pm

Learn to capture the beauty of butterflies with watercolor paint in a relaxed and supportive environment. We’ll use simple practice exercises to get familiar with using watercolor paints and creating butterfly images before we work on your own small painting.

Completed projects will be approximately 6 inches by 6 inches. All experience levels welcome and all supplies included.

577 Staff Instructor: Connie Stose

Create a Coastal Shadowbox 
Saturday, July 20 ~ 9am to 12pm

Create a stunning shadowbox featuring a whimsical beach scene, perfect for your summer decor. Have fun assembling 13 layers of beachy colors, baskets, and seashells. Each participant will receive a kit of precut cardstock layers and access to all the supplies and guidance needed to assemble their shadowbox from start to finish. No experience is needed for this morning of creative fun!

*Please note: The 9″ by 9″ shadowbox frame is not included in the class cost but can be purchased at Michael’s. If you participated in May’s Honeycomb Shadowbox class, this project will fit in the same frame. We recommend wearing comfortable, older clothes as we’ll be working with adhesives.

Community Instructor: Patricia Piper

Painted Dot Mandala: LillyBeth
Saturday, July 20 ~ 10am to 1pm

Learn the basic techniques of dot painting and celebrate the vibrant colors of Lilly Pulitzer by creating a mesmerizing mandala inspired by the bright palette of this famous clothing designer. 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. Each participant will receive a set of dotting tools to take home. Paintings will be completed on a 6″ x 6″ canvas board.

Community Instructor: Shalene Germani

Acrylic Painting: Summer Flowers in Vase
Monday, July 22 ~ 10am to 2:30pm

Join us for an enjoyable afternoon in Virginia’s House painting with acrylics. Learn step-by-step how to paint colorful flowers in a vase in an impressionistic, contemporary style. 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 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

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

Class Locations & Parking Map

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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.

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Join us for Music in the Gardens on Saturday, June 8, from 11am to 3pm. Events are free, family-friendly, and rain or shine.

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