Weekly Classes

2017 Weekly Community Classes

Location: All classes are held at Stone Valley Arts, 145 E. Main Street, Poultney, across from Poultney High School.
SVA Members receive a 10% discount on all classes. Scholarships available for all classes.

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Creative Movement for Children ages 4-6

Dates/ time: Mondays, 4:00-4:45pm,
First session: September 11, 18, 25, October 2, and 16.
(Note: No creative movement on Oct 23)
Second session: October 30, November 6, 13, 20 and 27.

Celebrate your child’s natural ability to move in an expressive way through our creative movement classes!

Students are introduced to age appropriate stretches, coordination, and explore rhythm, space and imagination, while learning basic dance elements. Through creative movement classes, children develop body awareness and control, and learn how to put movements together, solve simple movement problems, and come to understand that dance-making can express their feelings and ideas.

Cost: $25 per 5 week session ( + one time registration fee $10).
Contact: Kris Jacoby- Stevenson at oldgatesfarm@gmail.com

Complete online registration HERE

Make payment HERE

Mask Making, for Children Kindergarten-6th grade

Dates/time: Mondays, 4:00-5:00pm,
October 30, November 6, 13, 20 and 27.
Description: In this class we will be discovering the art of mask making. We will learn about the cultures and stories behind masks. We will make our own masks using different techniques. We will enjoy the process of making with papier-mâché, fabric, paper, and felt.
Cost: $60, materials included. Full and partial scholarships are available.
Contact: Sarah at sarahhutton4@hotmail.com

Complete online registration HERE

Make payment HERE



SVA Jazz Ensemble

Dates/time: Mondays, 7:oo – 8:30 pm, September 18th through December.
Description: Led by Gary Schmidt
Cost: Freewill donation to Stone Valley Arts
Contact: Gary Schmidt at (802) 325-2603








SloFlo Yoga with Brooke Hughes-Muse

Date/times: Tuesdays, 5:00-6:00pm
September 5, 12, 19, 26  & October 3,10, 17, 24.  (To be continued in November…. stay tuned!)
Cost: $80 for a 8 week session (non-member) or $72 (member),
Drop in class rate: $12 each (non-member) or $11 (member).
Description: Taught by Brooke Hughes-Muse, RYT. Slow flow yoga is a meditative flow that practices slowing down by using a slow steady breath, holding postures, transitioning smoothly, and opening gently and mindfully with the ability to move deeper into one’s body and self. Great for all levels. Limited number of mats and props available for use.
Contact: Brooke Hughes-Muse at treesongvt@gmail.com

Complete online registration form HERE

Make payment HERE



Open Figure Drawing Sessions with Phil Whitman & Dick Weis

Date/time: Ongoing/ Every other week on Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Sept. 6 & 20, Oct. 4 & 18, Nov. 1, 15, 29 and Dec. 13
Description: Join us for SVA’s bi-weekly open figure drawing sessions. No instruction is offered, but participants can practice their drawing skills working from the human figure. Ages 18+. Location may change as weather gets colder.
Cost: Participants share the costs of the model’s fee, which usually comes to about $8-10 per person. The more people who come to draw, the lower the cost.
Contact: Call 802 353-0940, or email philwhitman@gmail.com or 0therweis@shoreham.net



Photo by George Bouret

Teen/ Adult Jazz & Tap – moving to Saturdays!

Date/time: Thursdays, 5:30 – 6:45 pm, last Thursday class on 10/19, then this class moves to Saturdays, 11:00-12:15, Oct. 28Nov. 11, 18.
Cost: Drop-in rates only: $10 for SVA members / $12  non-members
Contact: Erika Schmidt at elschmidt1@vermontel.net

Complete online registration form HERE





Stone Valley Men’s Choir

Date/time: Rehearsals Thursday evenings, starting September 14th, at 7:00pm.
Description: Stone Valley Arts community center in Poultney welcomes interested local townsmen to join the Stone Valley Men’s Choir. Pianist/composer/conductor Gary Schmidt will be music director and plans to choose music ranging in many different styles. “Come join the SVA Men’s Choir” says Gary “and let’s re-ignite the Stone Valley area’s past, by singing today. Previous participation in choirs and reading music is not required as long as you can carry a tune, and want to have some fun!”  
Contact: Gary at (802) 325-2603



script being proofed

Photo by Karen Klami

SVA Script Writer’s Workshop

Date/Time: Fridays, 4:30-6:30 pm, starting on September 15

Description: The SVA Script Writer’s Workshop is an ongoing, weekly workshop for college-aged on up individuals who wish to hone their skills in writing stage plays and screenplays. The format consists of bringing in ideas for a script or works-in-progress at any stage of development, reading them aloud in a roundtable setting, and discussing the ideas/works. This is not a critiquing group, but fellow writers reflecting upon and encouraging their fellow writers in their individual works. Karen Klami will run the workshop by facilitating the discussions and working individually with each writer within the group, at their own level and experience, to develop and hone their craft.  Novices through advanced script writers are welcome.

About Karen: Karen Klami has been teaching in the Castleton University Theatre Department since 2004. Originally from NYC, where she received her MA in Theatre at Hunter College, Karen has been teaching playwrights and screenwriters since the 1990s, has won several awards for her plays and screenplays, and has had several works produced in NYC and Vermont. She presently has six eBooks of her plays, screenplays and poetry available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Cost: A one-time registration fee of $10, plus $5 per class attended.
Contact: Karen, for any questions about the workshop, at  karenklami@gmail.com 

Complete online Registration HERE

Make payment for one time registration fee HERE

Modern Dance / Intermediate 

Date/time: Fridays, 5:30 – 6:45pm, through Nov. 17.
Cost: $10 SVA member and $12 non member drop in.
Contact: Erika at elschmidt1@vermontel.net

Complete online Registration form HERE


David Mook

Literary Open Mic Night hosted by David Mook

Date/time: Ongoing/ Fourth Friday of each month, 7pm– 9pm
Next up: October 27th!
Description: Poets, Storytellers, Spoken Word Artists in all genres are invited to perform your
own original pieces, classics, or other favorites. It’s like having NPR’s “The Moth” story hour here in Poultney. So do come to read or just to be entertained by the spoken word! Free and open to public.
Cost: SVA Membership or Freewill Donation
Contact: David Mook at 802 -884-8052 or davidmook@aol.com.








Teen/ Adult Ballet

Date/time: Saturdays, through November 18, 9:30-11 :00 am.
(No class on Saturday October 7)
Cost: $14 per class. Taught by Molly Hanson.
Contact: Molly at molly.hanson@greenmtn.edu

Complete online Registration HERE

Make payment HERE


Teen/ Adult Jazz & Tap – moving from Thursdays to Saturdays!

Date/time: Thursdays, 5:30 – 6:45 pm, last Thursday class on 10/19, then this class moves to Saturdays, 11:00-12:15, Oct. 28Nov. 11, 18.
Cost: Drop-in rates only: $10 for SVA members / $12  non-members
Contact: Erika Schmidt at elschmidt1@vermontel.net

Complete online registration form HERE



Photo by George Bouret

Modern Dance Advanced/Beginners

Date/time: Sundays, September 17 – October 29, 9:30-10:45am.
Cost: $10 member and $12 non member.
Contact: Erika at elschmidt1@vermontel.net

Complete online registration HERE


Meditation Circle

Date/time: Sunday evenings, the third Sunday of each month, 6:00-7:30pm.
September 17th, October 15th, November 19th, and December 17th (weather dependent)
Description: Guided by Howard Banow.

The Circle is for those who might wish to get started meditating, to reconnect with lapsed practice, or to bring their own regular spiritual experience into an environment where they can inspire others, find mutual support, and, perhaps, develop new angles of vision. For beginners  the first half hour will be devoted to techniques and understanding for getting started. Overall, there will be the opportunity to use the vibration created by  music to create an atmosphere for sharing the spiritual aspects of meditation with some talk and then a period of sitting together in silence. The circle will close with any questions or experience that participants may choose to share.

Howard Banow has had a long and deep training in meditation and the philosophic tradition of Jainism from India. He was the personal secretary of his Indian guide and music and administrative director of an active meditation center in NYC and has been inspired by many mystical traditions. His is an open way and he hopes together we can create something nourishing as we explore the art of meditation.

Chairs for sitting are available. For those who wish to use the floor, please bring cushions, blankets, mats, etc.

Cost: There is no fee, but a free will donation to SVA is suggested ($5)
Contact: Howard at hbanow@sbcglobal.net









Medicine wheel by Howard Banow