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

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