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Snow Farm Summer

Update May 12, 2020

We've been hoping and hoping to #savethesummer . . .

Now, after much discussion, planning, and re-planning, we have decided that we just can't safely run Snow Farm Summer this year. Unfortunately, there is still too much uncertainty about the management of the COVID-19 pandemic to feel confident that we could offer a safe environment for students coming from all over the country to a residential campus.

We know that Snow Farm Summer means so much to those of you who are returning, and others of you have been anticipating a new and exciting creative learning experience. For all of you, and for us, we've been looking forward to July for many months. We know that people are making a lot of sacrifices right now; we're sad and sorry that losing a summer at Snow Farm has to be one of them.

Check back in 2021

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

Snow Farm is the perfect place to develop your artistic techniques while you also build lifelong relationships with people who share your interests. 

With small classes, six hours of instruction a day, passionate instructors, and professionally-equipped studios, Snow Farm is a creative community.  Some people arrive with specific goals and projects in mind, and others want to explore and enjoy some 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

Location

Our 50-acre campus is located in Williamsburg, MA on a historic New England farm in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains. Students live in simple double rooms in a single-sex dormitory with shared bathrooms.The dining hall and common room serve as a central meeting place for playing games and hanging out, taking naps and sharing ideas. 

Program

Snow Farm Summer is open to students ages 14 - 18.  The heart of the program are the studio classes in glassblowing, flameworking, ceramics, painting & drawing, metalsmithing & jewelry, and metal sculpture & fabrication. Students enroll in two studios each session. 

  • Students who stay for two sessions can take four different studios or double up on a favorite.
  • With a maximum of nine students per studio and 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 vary depending on student interest and can include trips to a swimming hole or ice cream stand, pick-up Frisbee or soccer games, music. 

Weekends

Saturdays offer a one-day workshop with guest artists. Recent topics include mosaics, installation sculpture, and grafitti art. On Saturday night, a campus-wide program such as capture the flag, a talent show, or art olympics sets the tone of fun and relaxation. On Sunday, everyone piles into a bus for an outing to a nearby museum, art gallery, or artist's studio. The surrounding Pioneer Valley and Berkshires is a playground of arts and culture including the Clark Musuem,  Mass MoCA, the glass studio of Josh Simpson and much more.

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