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Snow Farm Summer 2022

At Snow Farm, you're not a student, you're an artist!

Full Summer: July 3 - 30, 2022 This session is full. 
Session 1:        July 3 - 16, 2022  This session is full; waitlist available. More info here.
Session 2:        July 17 - 30, 2022 This session is full; waitlist available. More info here.

Snow Farm Summer is a creative community with small classes, intensive instruction, passionate instructors, and professionally-equipped studios. Some people arrive with specific goals and projects in mind, and others want to explore and enjoy learning that stands apart from the usual rigors of their academic school year. No matter what they walk in the door with, our participants leave with an unforgettable experience, lasting friendships, and real world skills.

Location

purple iris, new england summer, gray buildingsOur 50-acre campus is located in Williamsburg, MA on a historic New England farm in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains. In July, day lillies are in bloom and a brook babbles near the metalsmithing studio. The studios, dining hall, and dorm buildings are all clustered within walking distance of each other. The rural setting is peaceful and offers a chance to put aside the distractions of everyday life. The small town of Williamsburg, with an ice cream shop and general store, is located about 5 minutes away; students enjoy occasional field trips into town. The more bustling Northampton is about 20 minutes way.

Housing & Meals

Students live in simple dorms with double rooms and shared bathrooms. One dorm is designated as mixed-gender housing, and the others are designated male or female. Students spend most of their free time in the large, sunny dining hall that includes an indoor "common room" for relaxing or playing board games and an outdoor patio area for eating meals and hanging out. The kitchen at Snow Farm serves three homemade meals featuring local produce and a teen-friendly menu. 

Program

Snow Farm Summer is open to students ages 14 - 18.  The heart of the program are the studio classes in flameworking, ceramics, painting & drawing, metalsmithing/jewelry, metal sculpture/fabrication, and flat glass. Students enroll in two studios each session; one class meets in the morning from 9:00 am to 12 pm and the second one meets from 1:00 pm to 4 pm. Following these six hours of instruction, students return to the studios for another four hours  of supervised open studio to practice what they've learned and develop their ideas. The first week of the program focuses on fundamentals and skill-building; the second week allows the young artists to choose an area of interest and explore it through a final project. 

  • Each studio class is limited to eight students with two instructors. All students receive individual instruction and critique in a supportive and engaging environment.
  • Supervised open studios in the late afternoon and evenings allow for self-directed work in both studio classes. 

Other optional activities during the day vary depending on student interest and can include trips to a swimming hole or ice cream stand, pick-up Frisbee or soccer games, playing music, or just relaxing with friends. 

Snow Farm Summer complies with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and must be licensed by the local board of health.

Weekends

On Saturdays, we welcome guest artists to campus. They offer a full-day class in something different than what students have been working on all week, for example illustration, basket making, or fabric dyeing. Class groups remain small and students are mixed around with an opportunity to work with people who are not in their two studio classes, On Saturday night and Sunday, our creative staff offer fun activities both on and off campus, such as hiking, swimming, movie night, talent shows, dance parties, and bonfires. When students return to their studios on Monday morning, they are refreshed and ready to tackle their final projects. 

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