Program Overview

dorm building at Snow Farm

With only nine students and two instructors per studio, Snow Farm Summer provides focused one-on-one instruction, with an emphasis on both process and product. Students enroll in two studio classes, spending the morning in one and the afternoon in the other. In the late afternoon and evening, students continue their studio practice during Open Studio – a time for self-directed (and supervised) work in either of their studios.  With six hours of instructional studio time and up to 5 hours of open studio, many students spend 8 – 9 hours a day creating. Individual classes sometimes take short field trips to nearby museums, artist studios, or galleries. Of course, there's time every day for more relaxed activities too, from a trip to a swimming hole or ice cream stand to a pick-up soccer game.

Every weekend we invite guest artists to present their work and lead a one-day workshop in a specialized medium; recent classes have included digital animation, mosaics, and site specific installations. For a fresh perspective, students are encouraged to choose a workshop that is as different as possible from their regular studios.

On Saturday night we let loose and get together for a big event – anything from a campus wide game of capture-the-flag to a full on talent show. On Sunday, we pile into a bus and head out to explore the fertile creative life in western Massachusetts. In recent years, field trips have included MASSMoCA in North Adams, The Clark Museum in Williamstown, and other local sites.

Daily Life:

7:30am                    Wake up

8:00am                    Breakfast

9am – noon            Morning studio

Noon – 1:30pm       Lunch and free time

1:30pm – 4:30pm    Afternoon studio

4:30pm – 6pm         Open studio or group activity

6pm                         Dinner and free time

7:30pm                    Open Studio, Instructor presentations, or group activity

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Location

Our 50-acre campus is located on a historic New England farm in the foothills of the Berkshires. Our students, faculty, and staff live and work together in a community committed to respect, hard work, and authentic creative expression. Our fully equipped studios and modern living spaces blend into the buildings and landscape. Students live in comfortable double rooms in our four gender-separate dorms.  The kitchen and dining hall, a focal point of daily life, serves home-cooked meals made with fresh local ingredients. All students take a turn helping out in the kitchen and cleaning the dorm bathrooms.

Instructors

Our studio instructors are accomplished artists from around the country. Each studio of nine students is staffed with a Head of Studio and an Assistant.  Heads of Studio have an MFA or equivalent in their medium and studio assistants have a least a BFA/BA in their medium.  As working artists, our instructors bring both technical expertise and real world experience to the classroom.  Instructors live on campus and are a vital part of the thriving community created here each summer.