|About the School...
The Vermont School of Art & Creativity was founded in 2002 by artist-instructor Karen Baker who has lived and painted in southern Vermont for 25 years. Baker is an award-winning landscape and floral artist who works primarily in the pastel medium and also loves teaching.
She believes the Vermont countryside with its rural architecture, meandering backroads, clear streams, open meadows, woodlands and mountain vistas is the perfect "outdoor classroom" for students who want to learn landscape painting. Working on location, she says, is relaxing and peaceful. When you tune into nature with all your senses, the end result is better picture-making.
The kind of instruction Baker and her associate-instructors provide puts the emphasis on learning not only technique but also how to connect with the art-making process. Instruction is designed for adults and serious young adults with all levels of ability. Beginners to advanced students can all benefit from the workshops. Students are encouraged to work at their own pace and to express their unique view of the world around them.
Summer programs, offered in July and August, focus on painting the rural landscape outdoors, known as plein air painting, as well as learning floral and still life painting from painting outdoors and in the studio. Students learn about painting on location, how to interpret landscape elements, how to render light and shadow, color mixing, and how to record impressions of nature with value studies and field sketches. Painting sites include ponds and woodlands, floral gardens, mountain vistas, and farmlands with weathered barns and open meadows.
Where We Are
The school is ideally situated in the beautiful Green Mountains of Southern Vermont, within easy travel distance of major cities: Albany, New York, and Boston, and accessible from Interstate 91 and the New York State Thruway.
The Southern Vermont landscape is spectacular in every season and is known for its classic rural New England architecture, quaint villages, lakes, streams, meandering backroads, and mountain vistas. The region also offers diverse outdoor activities, unique shops, craft centers, galleries, summer art and music festivals, and a variety of fine eating establishments.
Painting workshops taught by Karen Baker are also conducted at well known art and craft schools and beautiful Inns located in the Green Mountains of southern Vermont. Some of the Inns offer discounted accommodation packages. Check out this years workshop schedule for location sites and dates.