2018 Community Classes

Check below for specifics and PLEASE CONFIRM dates, times and location with instructor / contact person.

SVA Members receive a 10% discount on all classes. Scholarships available to all who ask. 

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Classes for Children and Teens


SUMMER SCHOOL OF ROCK – Kid’s Music Ensemble Camp Taught by Dave Burns    cancelled

Monday – Friday, August 13th – August 17th, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (new dates)

Does your kid play an instrument at school that collects dust all summer? Send them to SVA’s First-ever kid’s band ensemble camp. The week long course will focus on learning songs appropriate for the whole group. The week of rehearsing will prepare them for a recital on the evening of the final class, which will be held at Fox Hill.

Participants should pack a lunch for Monday – Thursday. Pizza will be served on Friday!

Ages: approximately 8 to 18 years

We need a minimum of 4 students registered to run this class.
Please pre-register by Saturday August 11th. 

Click HERE to go to the registration form.

Cost: $150 at start of camp, $135 for members  (Scholarships available to all who ask)
You can pay online HERE

Contact: David Burns, 617-416-7907 or






NEW Art Classes for Children and Teens

Contact:  Sarah at

Location of all classes:
Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill, 145 East Main Street, Poultney VT

Scholarships available to those who ask.


Mondays, September 10th, 17th, 24th and October 1st

K-6th grade


Let’s keep summer going just little bit longer! In this class students will dive into the blue sea. Making many ocean creatures, seaweed, coral and perhaps even a mermaid and merman. A variety of materials will be used including air dry clay, sequins, colored paper and water colors.


Tuesdays, September 11th, 18th and 25th

Preschoolers age 4 and up-2nd grade


In this playful young children’s class children will be making their own pretend cuisine using wood, felt and paint. They’ll also be creating their own cardboard stoves!


Mondays, October 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th



In this class students will learn about artist Marc Chagall.  They will be making their own colorful and imaginative pieces inspired by his work – painting, drawing and experimenting with oil and chalk pastels.


Mondays, November 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th



Learn about the life and work of Henri Matisse. Students will explore his paintings and cutout techniques.  They will create original artwork in a similar style by making paintings with bold colors and “painting with scissors” as they create collage pieces.


Tuesday, November 6th, 13th and 20th


In this 3 week class students will learn about the Indonesian art of Batik. They will experiment with traditional tjanting tools to apply wax to fabric and will also use non- traditional brush work.  They will dye pieces of fabric multiple times throughout our classes to make beautiful multicolored batiks.


 Classes for Adults



SLOW FLOW YOGA Taught by Brooke Hughes-Muse, RYT

Tuesdays, 5:00-6:00pm.

Session 1:  6/12, 6/19, 6/26, 7/10, 7/17
Session 2:  8/7, 8/14, 8/21, 8/28
Session 3:  9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23

Description: 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.

Cost:  Drop-in prices $10 for SVA Members and $11 for non-members.
Your first class with Brooke is FREE!

Contact: Brooke Hughes-Muse at

For information on Brooke’s Saturday morning yoga class, in Pawlet, email or visit


script being proofed

Photo by Karen Klami


Date/Time:  Usually, Wednesdays 1:00-4:00 pm But, please contact Karen Klami – – to confirm time/dates/location of these sessions. Send her an email and write “SVA Script Writers” in the subject line for a faster answer. 

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 

Complete online Registration HERE

Make payment for one time registration fee HERE


GUITAR CLASSES with Dave Burns

Wednesdays, once a month, 6:00 – 7:00 pm, June 20th, August 1st and 29th, September 26th

Age range: All

Skill range: Beginner through Expert

Suggested Donation: $10, $5 with high school/college ID

Summary: This group guitar class will focus on improving skills and understanding method in a fun and supportive learning environment. Students will learn classic and contemporary songs as introductions to new techniques, concepts, and styles. Anyone interested in learning how to fingerpick, play jazz chords, sweep-pick arpeggios, or become a better player in general is welcome to come. B.Y.O.G.

Location: Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill, 145 E. main Street, Poultney VT, across from Poultney High School

*Contact: Dave at to confirm the class dates.

Here’s a link to Dave playing guitar:
(Bonus – you get to see photos of his dog Myla too!)


Date/time: Ongoing every other week on Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:00pm
2018 Summer schedule: June 13th and 27th, July 11th and 25th, August 8th and 22nd, September 5th and 19th

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+

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: Phil at  or Dick at to confirm dates


David Mook

LITERARY OPEN MIC hosted by David Mook, Burnham Holmes and other special guests
Date/time: Ongoing/ Fourth Friday of each month, 7pm– 9pm

NEXT ONE: Friday, August 24th, 7:00-9:00pm, at SVA Fox Hill, 145 E. Main Street, Poultney (across from Poultney High School)
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


MEDITATION CIRCLE Guided by Howard Banow

Date/time: Sunday evenings, the third Sunday of each month, 5:00-6:30pm.
Our next two meetings, at Fox Hill, are on Sunday, August 19th and September 16th, at 5:00pm

Meditation is an ancient practice. Modern research has shown how effective it can be for stress reduction, health maintenance, creativity, sharpening concentration for improved performance in sports and other pursuits. It is also known for increasing feelings of happiness and well being. The Circle lets us share in developing our skills in this art of meditation. Circle organizer Howard Banow is a singer-songwriter, poet, and spiritual troubadour. Breath-work, imagery and other techniques are employed, but he emphasizes the power of sound to bring us closer to silence, to ourselves, and to others.

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 welcome ($5)
Contact: Howard at

Howard Banow 












To find a description of our past classes and events please go to our archive page