Classes and Grant Opportunites

Classes and Art Instruction

Valley Photo Center Workshops

  • Instructor: Gene LaFord.
  • Saturday’s 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM March 7 & 14, 2015
  • Introduction to Large Format Photography  Spring Semester, 2015
  • An Evening with Xenophon Beake
  • Commercial Photography Q&A
  • Spring Semester, 2015 Valley Photo Center Gallery
  •  Thursday 6:30 – 8:00 PM March 26 
  • iPhone/iPad iOS Smart Phone Photography
  • If I only had a camera!
  • Spring Semester, 2015
  • Valley Photo Center Gallery
  • Monday’s 6:30 – 8:00 PM March 16 – April 6, 2015

Workshop 13


Located at 13 Church Street, Ware, Massachusetts, in a turn of the century 11,000 square foot church building Workshop13 offers affordable art and DIY classes to the public taught by many of the professional, and creative folks from the New England area.

Classes range from the single workshop for the commitment-phobics, to the more detailed, multi-day classes for those truly desiring to learn their craft.

Besides multiple classrooms, Workshop13 is equipped with studio spaces, and a complete kitchen facility. For cultural inspiration the building also houses a gallery with wonderful art created by some of the finest local and regional artist and illustrators in New England.


The Yellow House

The Yellow House is a non-profit community center for learning, located in a beautifully refurbished Victorian house in the heart of downtown Palmer. Our goal is to provide an exciting new venue for residents of the Quaboag Hills and Pioneer Valley to gather and enjoy learning together as well as sharing their own expertise with others. Join us and sample a wide variety of classes, workshops, speaker series, and special events held in a relaxed, informal setting. Rooms in the Yellow House are also available for community groups to gather. There are always several art, craft and Photography courses offered.

Exhibition Proposals The Mill Arts Project

Exhibition Proposals The Mill Arts Project is an educational opportunity for first-time and experienced curators to develop their marketing and curating abilities by putting on an exhibit or an event for one to two months. While curators bring a vision or creative idea, ECA+ and Eastworks assists by providing a space, assisting with marketing for the exhibition or event, and project guidance. Questions, contact

Deadline: Rolling  



On-going — Giclee of New England, Inc. Studio Classes and Coaching

Coaching in Digital editing, digital photography, website building, and Photoshop.  Classes will be scheduled when three or more individuals request a class. Individual coaching by appointment. Email:  or phone 413-284-4344 for more information.


 Susan Tilton Pecora: Watercolor Workshops

When:  3rd Friday and Saturday of every month, 10 am to 3pm
Cost:  $55 per day or $100 for both days

Rainy Day Boston

Each workshop includes step by step demos, exploring various techniques in watercolor, ending with a group critique.  Everyone works from pictures which I provide but if students want to paint outside in my gardens or paint the barns or draft horses on my property they are welcome to do so.

Students complete a 1/2 sheet watercolor in each class. $55 per day or $100 for both days. Located a couple miles from exit 6 off the Mass Pike, in Thordike, MA at my studio.  email: or call  413-283-7441 for more information.


Grants and Artist Residency

Massachusetts Artists Assets for Artists

has announced its fall 2014 program cycle for artists living or operating their creative business anywhere in Massachusetts. Eligible applicants include artists in all disciplines whose practice would benefit from the opportunity to receive working capital funds and improve their financial and business management skills to make valuable investments aimed at growing their creative enterprises. (Income and household asset guidelines also apply.) Learn more.
Deadline: November 7, 2014


 Art for Social Change

The Surdna Foundation is issuing a request for proposals to support projects developed in response to communities’ specific challenges and to support artists and organizations whose long-term, deeply-rooted work has increased social engagement. The foundation will consider all artistic disciplines, including cross-disciplinary work, for grants ranging from $25,000 to $150,000 over one or two year periods, with a maximum total award of $150,000 per year.
Deadline: November 12, 2014 (11:59 pm EST)


The Chazan Gallery in Providence, RI

Exhibition Proposals The Chazan Gallery in Providence, RI, is currently accepting exhibition proposals for solo and group shows for their 2015-2017 seasons.
Deadline: December 1, 2014


Artist Residency Haystack Mountain School of Crafts,

an international craft school in Deer Isle, Maine, offers a two-week residency program and intensive studio-based workshops in a variety of craft media including clay, glass, metals, paper, blacksmithing, weaving, woodworking and more. All of the studios will be staffed by technicians who can assist with projects, and residents can move between studios as needed. Learn more. Applications will not be accepted until January 1, 2015.
Deadline: March 1, 2015


New England Foundation for the Arts


NEFA site offers information about New England Art Grants, creative economy, and all things art related in our region. NEFA offers a list of events at Creative Ground. From workshops on strategic planning and nonprofit incorporation to advice on using social media to build audiences, the listings include an array of events around the region. Although is a resource targeted toward the performing arts field, these professional development listings are relevant for many creative economy practitioners. Anyone can view the listings and it’s free and easy for registered users to add events to the calendar.


Awesome Grants

deadline: Rolling

Yes, that’s right, the Awesome Foundation The Foundation provides $1,000.00 grants with no strings attached and claims no ownership over the projects it supports. Funded Projects have included efforts in a wide range of areas including technology, arts, social good, and beyond. To apply, you can
Deadline: Rolling


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“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.”  ~Ansel Adams

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Scott Richards May 18, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Hey guys I am looking for some photoshop class for me .I now live in Agawam Ma can you all help me out of point me in the right place thanks Scott my cell 1-413-636-3822

Nancy@goneinc May 19, 2010 at 10:46 am

Hi Scott,
I teach a basic course at The Top Floor Learning, at the Library here in Palmer, starting July 14. You might find that you need a more professional course and there is one at STCC this fall. If you are looking for private instruction, I do that as well here at the GoNE, Inc. studio in Palmer, MA. Also at the Robert Floyd Gallery in South Hampton, there are often courses in Photoshop. If you are looking for On-line instruction, I strongly recomend See the link in the side bar on some of the pages of this website.

John Thorp November 24, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Hi Nancy, just letting you know that i ordered a CanonT2i through e-bay. Price was real good. I will be looking for a beginning photo class after the first of the year for Ian. I’m pretty sure he will go as I dropped the hint and he seemed to be interested. Soooo, if there are any plans to have a class, let me know. hope you and yours have a very Happy Thanksgiving.
Peace and Light,

Brian Hale July 6, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Hi Nancy,
I am interested in taking a Photoshop Lightroom class.

Pat Conant July 6, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Hi Nancy,
If you can you can post this information:

“The World of Prints and Printmaking” an online course on the history of printmaking will be offered during the Fall 2012 semester from Westfield State University, taught online by Pat Conant, Professor, Art Department. Learn about the development of printmaking from its early beginnings to today’s print world.

Pat Conant August 1, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Thanks, Nancy.

Sue French October 1, 2012 at 8:27 am

I am looking for a beginner’s digital photography class, do you offer them?


Nancy@goneinc October 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Hi Sue, I offer beginners classes. I have offered them through The Yellow House in Palmer. I have also offered them here at my shop. I will likely be offering a class in the winter schedule at the Yellow House. What version of Photoshop do you use? At the Yellow House I teach Photoshop Elements. I also offer one on one coaching here at my shop on Photoshop CS 4, 5 or 6

Kathleen Rollet July 7, 2013 at 10:27 am

Looking for a class to learn how to take great digital photos. Wondering what camera I need to purchase. What is a good class for a beginner?

Kathleen Rollet July 7, 2013 at 10:30 am

I live in Palmer. Forgot to mention that. I have been interested in finding a beginners course for over a year. Any feedback would be appreciated. I not looking to be a professional…just want a great hobby. Thank you.

Nancy@goneinc July 7, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Hi Kathleen.
I offer classes from time to time. But more importantly, think about joining out club. Since you are local (we are in Palmer too) this would be prefect for you. We meet twice a month and have an online social site for members only. Everyone who attends is friendly and helpful. We are a nice mix of professionals and beginners. Our mission is to have fun while learning from each other.

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