Have you ever gazed at a painting or photograph and wondered how the artists were able to produce these finished works of art? Have you ever wanted to learn more about the process of creating art, but felt a bit intimidated? Here in the Berkshires, we have IS183 Art School of the Berkshires, an art school that makes even the most hesitant artist feel accomplished.
This non-profit, community-driven art school offers instruction in a wide variety of classes. Since the early 1990’s IS183 has been helping people discover their inner artist. Open to the public, this unique art school is housed in a historic meeting hall in a hamlet of Stockbridge, here you will be instantly at ease. There are classes in just about every form of art from ceramics, painting, fiber arts and more. So no matter what type of art you are interested in, you’re bound to find a class at IS183. The classes are all taught by highly trained professionals, guiding both the complete beginner and accomplished artists to improve their talents.
Having previously taken a pottery class at IS183 I was somewhat familiar with the place but had not realized the extent of their community outreach. The art school interacts with area schools, offering programs that allow children to explore arts in after school and in school programs. IS183 also hosts community events and makes their space available for art parties that both children and adults can enjoy. So you can plan a birthday party for the little ones or gather your friends and family together and rent the space for an adult party (think wedding showers, etc.) and have fun creating a piece of art to remember the event by. They also have wildly popular summer camp programs for kids on summer breaks. Many of these classes fill quickly so be sure to check out their course listings online and register promptly when you find a class that you like. Whatever kind of class you decide on, you will enjoy exploring and creating at this one of a kind school in the Berkshires.