I think I remember you? I do know of the BCA life drawing class and was there many times a few years ago before I went homeless and ended up living in Middlebury.
Are you really sure the Life Drawing classes there has dwindled down that badly? I'm a bit shocked about that and I wonder if it's the management that's screwing it up. My theory is probably that they're doing this at the wrong time where everyone's home and too busy. I mean, life drawing on a Monday night? In Cleveland, we had it on Weds nights which was'nt bad and I think BCA should've done this on the weekend. That's exactly what I did when Studio STK on North End Street existed a few years ago and proposed life drawing to Sage for Saturdays. It worked but not many came and I think it was due to lack of advertising/word of mouth AND probably a bit of monopoly on BCA's presence.
But you're right because BCA's Life Drawing is never in the summer and runs part of the year which is bizarre to begin with. In Cleveland, it was year round, regardless. I suspect it has to do with the limited grant money BCA gets and they get really frugal about it. Not to be offensive or anything, but I get the impression that there are boneheads who are driving the arts scene to the ground in Vermont here and there, making me question what the hell they were thinking.
I know Williston area very well and was just in that area today with a counselor. Yes, I'm Tony Soprano dealing with Dr. Melfi.
And yes I have a car and never use the bus . I used to live in South Burl, then Colchester and now here.
As for Donato, are you referring to THE Donato Giancola? If so, you're lucky. That man is a legend!
UVM and CCV is one I would avoid when art classes are concerned. I would look for professional workshops or possibly Champlain College. I'm not familiar with the Cambridge area, though.
As for the networking/connecting thing, I've been doing that for a long time now and know of JDK Design's CEO. I know of the local AIGA movement in Burlington and the who's who. I know of some BCA folks. I know of SPACE Gallery/Christy Mitchell. I know of Select Design, CEO Chris Webster (who's young daughter is part of the local fencing community).
As for lack of sci/fi and fantasy instruction here in VT, I'm not very surprised at all. In fact, about 6 years ago when I moved to VT, I heard of Massive Black holding a workshop seminar in Montreal back then. I had barely moved here and was so pi$$ed that I did'nt have money to attend, was'nt working and did'nt have a passport. And yet, it was 3 hours away from here right from my fingertips.
And I do know of that Illustration Masters workshop you speak of from Mass. But I've never been there, to be honest. I've been extremely curious about it and if I did that, I would have to drop my day job to go because it would be a long absence. lol.
EDIT: By the way, I go to Burl almost all the time on a weekly basis. This week, I won't be able to due to a fencing tournament in Sharon, VT. But usually on Fridays, I go up there to check out the art scene, shop around, and hit Half Lounge Speakeasy where live DJs perform. Once in a while, I would go to a underground goth/industrial show with DJs and people hanging around. One of them is an artist/illustrator himself.