WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Information & Policies

From the beginner to the seasoned artist, and even the curious wanting to explore a new medium, the Arts Center offers a wide variety to suit your needs.


Southern Vermont Arts Center’s Art Workshops offer an invigorating combination of studio and plein-air instruction employing a variety of media for all skill levels. Learn from renowned, world class artist-instructors at our historic campus surrounded by some of Vermont’s most breathtaking scenery. Each season we offer both our popular as well as new workshop opportunities to keep the schedule fresh.


The format of a class, as opposed to a workshop, is that instead of occurring in consecutive days, a class will meet on a staggered schedule such as once a week for a set number of weeks. Classes offer a different type of scheduling commitment for students who are unable to take the amount of time off that a workshop would require.

On-going Programs are all-level opportunities that include our Open Studio, and Studio Uncorked programs.

Open Studio allows artists to use our studio spaces to work on their own projects. This privilege is only eligible for members and requires calling ahead to check availability.

Children’s Programming peaks in the summer time when SVAC offers a variety of week-long camps for grades K-8. Parents and caregivers can choose from Full Day and Half Day camps in many different interests including nature, drama, and a variety of visual art mediums. We also offer winter and spring break camps in February and April.

Our Policies

Early registration allows us to plan appropriately and avoid last minute cancellations. Because of our obligation to instructors, full payment for each class or workshop is required at registration.  A 50% refund will be given to students who cancel 10 or more business days prior to the start of the class or workshop.  A full refund will be made only when the class or workshop is cancelled by the Arts Center.

The Arts Center reserves the right to cancel any class or workshop in which the minimum enrollment is not met. Class/Workshop size is limited and registration is accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. A reserved space is guaranteed once we have received payment. In certain circumstances, we allow a 50% deposit to be made on a class or workshop, with the agreement that the remaining 50% of tuition will be remitted by the deadline to register.

SVAC does not confirm registration. The Arts Center makes calls to students only in the event of class postponement or cancellation. Assume a class or workshop is running unless otherwise notified 8 days prior to start date.


Full payment is due at registration. There is no partial refund to students who cancel their registration 10 or fewer business days prior to the start of the class. A 50% refund will be given to students who cancel 10 or more business days prior to the start of the class or workshop.  A full refund will be made only when the class or workshop is cancelled by the Arts Center. Students who leave their workshop/class before it’s termination will not receive a refund unless otherwise determined by SVAC.

General Information

SVAC will occasionally document classes and students’ work for promotional purposes only. If you DO NOT want to be photographed, please email Joslyn Dearborn at jdearborn@svac.org, in charge of Educational Programming, prior to class start date. Gift certificates are available for classes and workshops. They are not redeemable for cash. For children’s programming, an authorization/medical waiver outlines this for the registered child and is to be submitted on the first day of camp.


All students accept full responsibility for personal injury/or personal losses the period of the class or workshop. Southern Vermont Arts Center assumes no liability for non-refundable airline tickets/hotel stays that cannot be used due to any classes or workshops being cancelled, schedule changes, or misprints.

Materials List & Fees

Most classes and workshops require students to bring their own materials. Students can download supply lists from our website, listed with their respective class or workshop.

Lodging & Dining

Please be aware that Manchester is a resort destination where lodging properties fill up very quickly. We suggest that you book your room at your earliest convenience. Please contact SVAC for a list of preferred lodging suggestions. Students are welcome to bring bagged lunches and/or snacks to class. A delightful lunch is available at SVAC’s Cafe Sora located inside the Yester House. Cafe hours are Thursday – Saturday, 11:30AM – 2:30PM, and Sunday from 12:00PM – 2:00PM. For children’s programming, please pack a bagged lunch, water bottle, sunscreen (depending on the time of year), and appropriate clothing and footwear. The town of Manchester also offers many reasonably priced lunch options.


Studio I and II are located in the Hay Madeira Education Center, immediately at the end of the parking lot. Unless otherwise noted, please proceed to the Education Center on your first day of class. Certain children’s programming takes place in the Arkell Pavilion, located between the Yester House and Wilson Museum & Galleries. The website will list where a class or workshop is taking place.