VWS welcomes public participation in most events including open meetings, workshops, and lectures. The community is also encouraged to enjoy member artist exhibitions throughout Vermont and western New Hampshire. We welcome ideas on how our membership organization focused on the visual arts can engage the community. Please contact us with any suggestions.
I Can Paint Program
The mission of the I Can Paint program is to create an artistic experience that expands a child’s view of the world.
In 2014, the Vermont Watercolor Society established the I Can Paint program to provide public school students grades 3-12 with a complete kit of artist-grade supplies and tools to paint watercolors. In the first year VWS donated and distributed 60 kits to classrooms around Vermont. The I Can Paint program is now more narrowly targeted toward Vermont public school students grades 3-8, either in conjunction with an existing art program or an after-school program. Eligible schools must be part of the public school system and involve an art teacher or trained classroom supervisor. The kits are donated by VWS to individual students in the hopes they will develop excitement and interest in art. Each student will own their new kit for continued use beyond the classroom. Our short term goal is to purchase, assemble, and distribute artist-grade watercolor materials to 120 children as funding allow. Each kit is valued at approximately $50. VWS hopes to expand the program in the future.
VWS will support the program through volunteer members including Lynn Pratt, Charles Norris-Brown, Tony Conner, and Diane Bell who are available to visit classrooms at the invitation of the teacher. These volunteers are professional and semi-professional artists who have taught or are teaching watercolor painting. We believe this will greatly enhance student’s initial introduction to the medium of watercolor.
Through providing kits to a classroom of students, VWS hopes to accomplish create an inclusive opportunity for a group of children regardless of identified talent. This enables teachers to support all students without giving preference to students with more developed artistic ability. Although individual classroom may not represent a large population of children, VWS believes supporting 6-8 classrooms each year as funds allow, will have an cumulative impact on the community over time. We expect to raise funds to reach up to 120 students per year for this purpose.
VWS will provide matching funds for the I Can Paint program dollar for dollar. The funds are used entirely to make bulk purchases of artist-grade materials. A team of VWS artist volunteers will assemble and distribute kits to classrooms and provide an introductory sessions for students on how to use their new kits. All labor by our members is volunteered so 100% of the funds are dedicated toward the kit supplies.
Donate to I Can Paint!
All donations to the I Can Paint program are 100% tax-deductible. Simply write a check to Vermont Watercolor Society and indicate I Can Paint in the memo. We will acknowledge receipt of your donation by sending a letter for your records.
Checks may be mailed to Vermont Watercolor Society, C/O Mark Nielsen/ I Can Paint Program, 28 Center Road, Corinth, VT 05039.
VWS wishes to thank the Peter Backman & Annie Christopher Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation and Wells River Savings Bank for its generous financial support. We would also like to acknowledge the many individuals who have contributed time and/or funding in support of this program.
Any questions about I Can Paint can be directed to Mark Nielson by phone at (802) 439-3730 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.