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Guilford Art Center Opens Registration for 2021 Spring Semester Classes & Workshops

Online registration will open on February 22 for Spring 2021 classes and workshops at Guilford Art Center. Classes and workshops will begin the week of March 29, and are offered for adults, teens and youth. The spring semester runs from March 29 – June 5. Registration will continue to be online only.

The semester will continue to be a hybrid of on-campus and online offerings. Class sizes for on-campus gatherings will continue to be limited and with a strict masking mandate and all other protocols in place, in order to operate safely.

Classes and workshops are available in a variety of mediums, including beading, blacksmithing, calligraphy, ceramics, drawing, fiber arts, metalsmithing, painting, photography, sculpture, and weaving.

“We’ve created flexible learning opportunities for all of our students” says GAC Executive Director Maureen Belden. “Our school is open for in-person classes and we’ve been excited to welcome back our local students. However, our robust offerings of online classes have allowed us to connect with new students and instructors from across the country. It’s been an exciting way to forge new connections and educational offerings.”

Blacksmithing classes include introductory sessions, forged blades, BBQ tools, and war hammers. Pottery students can pursue hand building and potter’s wheel techniques. Expanded fiber arts classes include Tunisian crochet, sewing machine basics, quilting, pattern making, and leaf and textile printing.

Painting classes include watercolors, figurative abstraction, pen & ink and intuitive painting. Drawing classes include portraiture, fashion drawing & design, pastels and art nouveau design. Metals includes introductory classes and metal casting. Special interest classes include monoprinting and collage.

Children’s classes include painting and drawing, clay, sewing, hand stitching and exploratory art. Blacksmithing for teens will be offered. April vacation daily workshops are scheduled for the week of April 12 for youth and teens.

Download the Spring 2021 Catalog (PDF with hylerlinks) here and or see full listings of all classes on the GAC website here. All questions should be directed to

Financial aid is available. Applications are due March 22 and are available here.

For more information, contact Guilford Art Center at or call (203) 453-5947.

The Guilford Art Center is a non-profit school, shop and gallery established to nurture and support excellence in the arts. Through classes for adults and children, gallery programs, a shop of contemporary crafts, and special events, the Center fulfills its mission to provide opportunities for the public to participate in the arts, to experience their cultural and historical diversity, and to appreciate the process and product of creative work. Founded in 1967 (as the Guilford Handcraft Center), the Center evolved from the first Handcraft Expo, held on the Guilford Green in 1957. It currently serves over 2,000 students in classes, presents juried and invitational exhibits of art in the Center’s gallery and operates a shop of fine, handmade American crafts year-round. The Center also presents the Craft Expo, held on the Guilford Green each year in July, that features works by more than 180 of the country’s most distinguished artisans and is a much-anticipated annual event for the shoreline community.