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Giant Thank You to all the Members who attended the VATA Workshop at the BCA Studios!



Saturday, April 7, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Fees: $50/hour for 5 hours (workshop time plus 1 hour prep) per workshop - $250 x 3 = $750 Plus $10/student for supplies - $240 for 24 students
$990.00 (Discounted Rate)
3 workshops – Experimental Drawing, Printmaking & Pottery
24 students maximum


9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. – Introductions & work time
10:30-11:00 a.m. – optional break
11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. – work time
12:45-1:00 p.m. – “Art Show” – participants of all the workshops put out work to share

Workshop Descriptions & Teaching Artist Bios

Saturday, April 7, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 6 students maximum

BCA Drawing & Painting Studio, 405B Pine Street, Burlington

Discover the possibilities of abstract drawing and strengthen your intuitive style. Expand your drawing skills experimenting with a variety of materials, techniques and sizes. Benefit from constructive feedback and coaching in this supportive environment.
Gail Salzman earned a degree in Fine Art at Indiana University. She also
studied at Skowhegan and the New York Studio School, where she was
influenced by colorists Elmer Bischoff and Esteban Vicente.
Known for
their luminous color and layered surface, her abstract oil paintings have
been widely exhibited throughout the east coast. Her solo
show Soundings was exhibited May–July, 2013 at the BCA Center in
Burlington. Other recent exhibits include those at The Drawing Room
Gallery in Cos Cob CT, and the Kent Museum in Calais VT, both in 2014.
Salzman earned early recognition with a National Endowment for the Arts
painting award shortly after college. Recent honors include grants from
the Vermont Arts Endowment Fund and a 2016 Artist Residency from
Virginia Center for the Arts.
Gail lives and works in northern Vermont. Her
studio is surrounded by woods, with nearby pond as a constant source of inspiration. Salzman has
been an art instructor at Community College of VT and Burlington City Arts for many years.

with Susan Smereka
Saturday, April 7, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
6 students maximum
BCA Drawing & Painting Studio, 405B Pine Street, Burlington
Explore materials and techniques with local printmaker, Susan Smereka, through two different modes of printing. In this workshop, participants will learn to combine gelli printing with monoprinting using our etching press. Gelli printing uses fast-drying acrylic paints which allow for an additional layer of printing with Akua inks and plexiglass plates, creating depth in your 2-dimensional work. Participants are encouraged to bring ideas or imagery that inspires them and will benefit from one-on-one guidance as well as a supportive group critique.

Susan Smereka studied fine arts at McGill and Concordia Universities in Montreal, and specializes in printmaking, photography, bookmaking and video. She has taught for over 10 years at local schools, the Governor’s Institute for the Arts, Champlain College and Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction, VT. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group shows across Vermont and New Hampshire, and she has honed her artistic skills at artist in residence programs across the country and abroad.


with Alissa Faber
Saturday, April 7, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
12 students maximum
BCA Drawing & Painting Studio, 405B Pine Street, Burlington
Enjoy a morning on the wheel in our professional clay studio. Alissa will guide you through the basics of wheel-throwing cups and bowls, as well as the basic techniques the studio uses for glazing and firing so many ceramics pieces. Use your time enjoying this satisfying medium, getting supportive feedback from other participants, as well as asking technical questions from a local pottery expert. Participants’ work will be glazed and fired by the studio to use as functional pieces later.

Alissa Faber received her BFA from Alfred University in 2009 in sculpture studies. She has worked at numerous professional glass blowing studios in New York and Oregon. She also led the ceramic department at Camp Micah, located in Sebago, Maine. Alissa has been a studio assistant and instructor at the BCA clay studio for the past 7 years and has taught students of all ages the process of glassblowing and pottery. Alissa is now a business owner providing mobile art classes throughout the Burlington community while also taking time to make her own artwork and working for Vermont Afterschool.



Math Murals with Mary Lacy

Saturday Feb 3rd   10am -1pm

Chandler Center For The Arts - Randolph


 Get inspired for VATA’s Celebration of Youth Art Month  (YAM) with a  hands on workshop for teachers that will immerse you in math and art through a project you can share with your students. The theme for The Vermont Art Teachers Association’s  (VATA) March YAM activities is “Linked In “ and focuses on how art is linked to and enhances other subjects and human endeavors. We will host a YAM exhibit at the Vermont State House in March open to all Vermont Art Students.


This workshop will be led by Vermont mural artist Mary Lacy, who just completed a series of community mural projects across the US. Mary has also worked in Vermont Schools leading students and teachers in art mural projects that discussed proportion, fractions, measurement, multiplication, and the xy coordinate plane.  In our workshop teachers will complete a large-scale butterfly based off a smaller image using those principals. Those images could be grouped together to create a composite “Flight of Butterflies” or another group of animal mural in your school. The workshop content can be adapted for upper elementary through high school classes.


 The workshop is free for VATA members and $20 for non -member art educators or other interested educators. Space is limited sign up with a message to vtartteachers@gmail.com.