• Class DemonstrationFloyd demonstrates carving and painting techniques every step of the way.
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Quotes from Participants

"I come to the class because of Floyd and because of the guys and gals that I've met."

"He makes people feel they can carve the most magnificent bird."

"I knew it would be intense carving..."

"You come here the first day and before you know it, it's the last day. It's the greatest stress pill there is."

See Schedule Below

2017 Carving & Painting Seminar Schedule!

Life-size Male Marsh Hawk, CANCELLED

May 15 - 25, 2017

This elegant and stately raptor is the perfect subject for both beginner and advanced carvers!   All aspects of the creative process will be covered in great detail as together we bring this "Monarch of the Marshes" to life!  The soft grey tones of the male will offer a beautiful exercise in airbrush and wash coat application in achieving softness.

(Class begins Monday due to Mother's Day.)

Carving Level: Open to all levels

Location: Vermont Raptor Academy
Bennington Center for the Arts
Bennington, Vermont

Register below and pay $400.00 deposit.

Class Fee:  $1,550.00

CANCELLED, see note at right

Life-size Sharp-shinned Hawk

June 19 - 29, 2017

This high-strung blood red eyed hunter will be a dynamic and challenging subject for all levels!
We will work to portray him in an aggressive pose with open beak and the tail flared open!

This is a class I'm REALLY looking forward to teaching as it's a pose I've been wanting to do for a long time!

All aspects of the carving and painting process will be covered in detail including airbrush!

Carving Level: Open to all levels

Location: Vermont Raptor Academy
Bennington Center for the Arts
Bennington, Vermont

Register below and pay $400.00 deposit.

Class Fee:  $1,550.00

Life-size Yellow-shafted Flicker

July 8 - 15, 2017  5th annual "All Women's Spectacular!"

GORGEOUS, life-size!! If there's a more beautifully plumaged bird to be found, I've yet to see one!

Minimal texturing and MAXIMUM painting and fun will be had as Ladies only (except for me!) tackle this gorgeous member of the woodpecker family! Prepare to create a REAL show stopper, and have a BLAST while doing it!!

Carving Level: Beginner to intermediate.

Location: Vermont Raptor Academy
Bennington Center for the Arts
Bennington, Vermont

Register below and pay $400.00 deposit.

Class Fee:  $1,000.00

Miniature Snowy Owl with Snowshoe Hare Prey

September 10 - 20, 2017  SPECIAL EVENT IN GWINN, MICHIGAN!

The art of bird carving is not "wooden taxidermy." Bird carving is sculpture in its highest and purest sense where the subject matter is drawn from over 9,400 members of this unique, varied and beautiful family of feathered vertebrates. Of this family, few are better adapted to their environment, mysterious and deadly than the magnificent SNOWY OWL. Challenge yourself to be better and join me for 10 intense days in September 2017 as together, we will explore, learn and create a 1/3 scale (approx. 9") female Snowy Owl with prey set into an Arctic habitat base. All aspects of the art form including design, carving, texturing and most importantly the painting process will be covered in great detail. Special emphasis will be placed upon the versatile application and magic of Airbrushing! If not now, WHEN? There could not be a better time to improve your skills, meet new friends, enjoy great food and revel in the peace and tranquility of Michigan`s beautiful upper peninsula in the fall.

Carving Level: Open to all levels!
at the Krausman's Woodcarving Studio, Gwinn, MI
See website for additional details and price please (middle of page).
Email Jim and Pam Krausman or call toll free at (877) 572-8762 to register.

CAUTION!!! Pam's culinary skills plus the "Almost World Famous Ribs" served at the UP NORTH Lodge means you may leave Gwinn, Michigan at the end of this class needing a new wardrobe.

Miniature Flying Golden Eagle

October 15 - 25, 2017  The World Famous "October EVENT!!"

This year's famous and much anticipated "October Event" will focus in miniature on design, composition and movement as we work to portray flight in all its GOLDEN GLORY! Few birds rival the mighty Golden Eagle in strength, beauty, form and function!

This is a VERY popular seminar and as of this writing is sold out. BUT, occasionally I'll have an opening so don't hesitate to get on a waiting list.

Carving Level: experienced carvers only please.

Location: Vermont Raptor Academy
Bennington Center for the Arts
Bennington, Vermont

Register below and pay $400.00 deposit.

Class Fee:  $1,650.00

Feathered ROCKET on a Rock!

November 5 - 15, 2017

Life-size Peregrine Falcon perched upon a jagged carved rock!

The ULTIMATE in speed, power and feathered perfection! This champion of the skies will be sure to impress even the most seasoned carver as he sits proudly upon a base of jagged granite (all carved of course)!  What a great way to wrap up an exciting year at the Vermont Raptor Academy!

Carving Level: Open to all levels

Location: Vermont Raptor Academy
Bennington Center for the Arts
Bennington, Vermont

Register below and pay $400.00 deposit.

Class Fee:  $1,550.00

Note from Floyd...

...never better, June 2017!

Greetings all! Summertime is upon us! Carving seminars and renewed friendships await!

Open Heart Surgery was an experience I care not to repeat... but it saved my life! A positive attitude and the love and support of family and friends helped me come through it a better person. I've learned long ago that it's not WHAT happens to you, but HOW you react to it that determines the outcome! After emerging from the dark, challenging, painful "tunnel" of the past several months I'm happy to report that I'm healing great and feeling energized and more excited than ever to resume my creative endeavors!

2017 is shaping up to be one of the most promising and exciting years at the Vermont Raptor Academy in a long time! With a line up of beautiful, challenging and rewarding birds offered in this year's classes, I can tell you that I can't wait to get the smell of Tupelo dust and burned wood back in the air!

Get ready, rest up and I'll see you all soon!

...a curveball, March 2017!

Hello Friends,
Sometimes life throws a curveball. I'm having open-heart surgery the latter part of this month and have to modify my seminar schedules. Unfortunately, I have to cancel the May Marsh Hawk seminar. The June Sharp-shinned Hawk is being moved from 4-14 to 19-29. I need a minimum of three full months recovery. Luckily I'm really healthy and heal fast. Please be patient; I want to give the best that I can in my seminars.

3/22/17: Floyd reports that he's on the "Fast Track" to recovery!

...and suddenly, it's 2017!

It's been said... "Time flies when you're having fun!" Well... for those of you who have attended any of my seminars in the past, the passage of "Time" can take on a whole new meaning! At the Vermont Raptor Academy, and in Gwinn, Michigan at Krausmann's, in addition to "FUN," toss in... Hard work, Focus, Creativity, Learning, Confidence, Accomplishment, and most importantly... Improvement! Then you'll see, Time won't simply "Fly." It will seem as though it's reached LIGHT SPEED!!

As I look back on 2016, my own studio work and seminars can best be summed up with three words: anticipation, excitement and accomplishment! Now approaching my 49th year of carving and painting birds, I'm more excited now than ever before and here's why I know the best has yet to come!

Once you see the seminar lineup for 2017, I'm sure you'll feel the same way I do! Let me enthusiastically encourage you to make the commitment to better yourself, meet new friends, and get ready for yet another year of even more learning! From Flickers to Falcons, there's something for everyone in all skill levels. Adding to your improvements in technique and skill, you'll come away from my seminars with a renewed sense of confidence. That's right—confidence in the fact that you can take your carvings to a higher level and amaze not just those around you, but yourself as well! I look forward to seeing you soon!

Floyd Scholz

Class Location & Info

All seminars will be conducted at the Bennington Center for the Arts unless otherwise noted.

Seminars feature catered lunches, snacks and so much more!

Any questions, be in touch!

Class Size Requirement

Seminar participation total is limited to between six and 16 students.

In order to run the class, the sign up total must be 6 or more, or it will be cancelled.


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Learn from DVD

As Floyd's seminar schedule is generally in great demand, he offers the additional option of learning from his many books and DVDs.

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