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About the Program

How many students are in each studio?

There is a maximum of nine students with two instructors in each studio.  Our low teacher-student ratio assures that every student receives individual attention and critique on their work.  

Can students take the same studio in the morning and afternoon? 

All students take two different studios.  We will place every student in his/her first choice, unless that studio is already full at the time of application. Apply early!  For the second studio, all students will be placed in one of their three alternate choices.

What “type” of kids come to Snow Farm? 

All the students who come to Snow Farm have one thing in common – they are passionate about art! Year after year, we see students form a safe, welcoming and accepting community where they quickly make important friendships.

Where are your students from?

Our students come from across the country – and sometimes around the world! Of course, many of them are from New England, but every year we welcome kids from as far as California and as close as Boston.

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How do you handle medical emergencies and students who take daily medication?

We take student health and safety seriously and have a well-honed system in place. Our staff nurse reviews all the medical forms and required immunizations before any students arrive and will confer with families if there are any concerns.  The nurse directs the daily medication schedule which is administered by the Assistant Director.  Our on-call doctor is located just a couple miles down the road and provides excellent urgent care when needed.  Our local hospital is in Northampton, about 15 minutes away. 

I have dietary restrictions - will I be able to eat anything? 

We know that hard-working artists need nourishing and delicious meals!  A fully-stocked salad bar at lunch and dinner makes it easy for students with varying dietary needs to always find something to eat. We ask students to fill out a Health Form which includes a question about dietary needs. Please let us know if you have any food allergies or are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, or vegan, and we will plan accordingly.

Do you have a visiting day?

In addition to drop off day and pick up, parents and family members are welcome to schedule a visit during the summer session. We ask that you let us know ahead of time so we can be sure you won’t arrive to find your student out on a field trip.  Non-family guests are not permitted. 

Can I get school credit for being in the program?

If your school has a process by which you can apply for credit, we will be glad to provide them any documentation they request. Even if you don't get credit at your high school, please keep in mind that at Snow Farm Summer, you'll recieve a minimum of six hours a day of studio instruction. You'll develop expertise in two areas of study.  Many students say the experience at Snow Farm feels like a semester of college, and students who come for three or four years, acquire skills that can place them out of college courses.

How can I get more information about Snow Farm and the summer program?

  • Come for a visit and tour. We'd be glad to show you around and answer all of your questions. Tours are by appoinment, so give a call to schedule:  413-268-3101.
  • Take a weekend workshop.Give us a try!  All weekend workshops are open to students ages 13+. Teens who stay overnight must be accompanied by an adult; teens who do not stay in our housing are welcome to come on their own.  
  • Talk to a reference. We can connect you with a parent or teen who has been to Snow Farm in the past and can give you all the inside scoop. You can also hear parents and teens talking about their experience in these videos
  • We are small program and value personal connections. We have a year-round administrative staff who is happy to assist. Our business hours are 9a - 5p EST. Reach out and talk to us!

Applications, Scholarships & Payment

How soon can I apply? 

The application period opens on September 1 each year, and we accept students on a rolling basis.  Students who apply before April 13, 2020, will be placed in their first-choice studio as long as that studio is open at the time of application.  Studios do fill; to assure your placement, apply early!  In addition, we offer a $100 discount on all applications recieved by December 31.

What is the deadline for applications?

We will consider applications as long as there is space available in the program.  That means that the "deadline" is different every year.  When a studio is full, it's full.  When the program is full, it's full.  After April 13, 2020, studio placements are determined on a space available basis.

  • Two other important dates:
    • May 15, 2020 is the last day to cancel with a refund. 
    • All payments are due on June 1, 2020..

If I am awarded a scholarship, will it cover all my expenses?

Scholarships are need-based and we want to support as many students as possible.  The average scholarship is $1500 which covers about half of the cost of the program.  We have seen students raise the other half by saving money from a job, getting gifts from grandparents or other family members, or even using a GoFundMe campaign.  In some cases, we do award full scholarships, it just depends on the pool of applicants in any given year.  Please go ahead and apply, even if you are not sure how all the money will come together.  We will work with you as much as possible to give you the #bestsummerever.

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Do you know of any other scholarships I could apply for that would help me attend Snow Farm Summer?  We partner with Scholastic Art & Writing which runs a scholarship program for Gold and Silver Key winners in their art contests.  Some schools have funds to support summer experiences for their students so check with your guidance counselor.  There may also be scholarships available through art organizations in your town. Google is your friend!

Can I get a tour of your facility before I apply?

Absolutely.  Give our office a call (413-268-3101) to schedule and we'll be glad to show you around.

Can you provide references? 

Absolutely.  We have many happy parents and students who would be glad to answer any of your questions.

What is your cancellation policy? 

Students who wish to cancel can be fully refunded (less the non-refundable $60 application fee) until May 15, 2020.  After May 15, 2020, there are no refunds for cancellation, late arrival, or early departure for any reason.  In addition, if a student is required to leave the program due to a violation of program policy, no refunds will be given.

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