LITTLETON, N.H. -- The Littleton Studio School has put together a diverse offering of spring and summer courses for students of all ages and abilities, ranging from watercolors, basket making and stained glass to jewelry making, clay throwing and hand building.
"There's something for everyone," said Chuck Lovett of Franconia, president of the board of directors.
Founded in 2008, the Littleton Studio School has added courses each year, as well as open studio for both clay and jewelry making for currently enrolled and past students and instructors.
Lovett said the school has kept its course registration fees low to encourage participation by both experienced artists and novices. The school also partners with area agencies on various programs and to offer occasional scholarships to its classes.
"The school is a community, and a very welcoming one," said Lovett. "And we are actively trying to be part of the wider non-profit, education and business community in the North Country."
Instructors are artists who live and work locally, including juried members of the League of N.H. Craftsmen. One of these is Alison Dodd, who has a BFA in painting but has always loved working with clay. Her training in clay has included courses at the former Franconia College, Plymouth State College, and the Massachusetts College of Art, and she has recently been juried in clay by the League of N.H. Craftsmen.
"Clay has been a big part of my life," Dodd said. "So when the Studio School opened, I knew I wanted to teach."
Dodd now oversees the clay studio and scheduling of clay classes. Her classes have included students with lots of experience working with clay, as well as those with no experience at all, from children to retirees, and she believes the school offers not only a creative conduit and good instruction, but a very supportive atmosphere for both seasoned and beginning artists.
"All the students are just so supportive and friendly," she said. "It's really exciting to see somebody make their first pot. Then they get better and they get excited. To be able to make something useful and bring it home -- it's just fun."
The Littleton Studio School holds an annual silent auction each summer. This year's "Celebrate Art!" auction and dinner is scheduled for June 19. The school will also participate again this summer in the Second Friday Art Night in Littleton.
To learn more about the Littleton Studio School and view the lineup of spring and summer classes, visit www.nhcrafts.org/localsites/littleton/studioschool.html or call 603-444-1066.