How big are your classes?
We keep our workshops small so that students of varying skill levels can be accomodated in a single class. With a maximum of 6 - 10 students per class, all students get individual attention.
How old do you have to be to take a workshop at Snow Farm?
All Snow Farm workshops are open to students ages 18+. Weekend workshops are also open to students ages 13+. During the month of July, Snow Farm Summer is a program for high school students ages 14 - 18.
What is the difference between a supply fee and an instructor kit fee?
Both the supply fee and kit fee assure that you have all the necessary materials for your workshop. The main difference between them is how the materials are sourced and when the fee is paid. When Snow Farm is providing consumable materials, the supply fee is paid to Snow Farm at the time of registration. Some instructors prefer to bring a kit for their students which makes the fee payable directly to instructor at the time of the class. Lastly, in some cases, materials are available for purchase during the class and the cost will vary depend on an individual's choice of project or usage. We provide a range of the cost you might incur.
How do I register for a workshop?
Online registration is simple right from our website. Choose a workshop, add your housing if you are staying at Snow Farm, and pay with a credit card - you're all set. You will need to create an account when you register online which you can access anytime you register in the future. We will save your contact information and account record but not your credit card. You can also call our office at 413-268-3101 between 9am - 5pm EST and we can register you by phone with a credit card.
How much in advance should I register for a workshop?
We encourage early registration. Our classes our small and they do fill up. If a class is full, put your name on the waiting list, and we'll let you know if an opening becomes available. Most workshops have a minimum of 5 students, and if the minimum is not met a week before the start of the class, it will be cancelled - another good reason not to wait until the last minute if you want the class to run.
I am coming to a workshop but I can't find the information you sent me by email. Is it somewhere on your website?
Yes! See the page for registered students.
Staying at Snow Farm
What are the accommodations like at Snow Farm?
Housing at Snow Farm is simple, clean and comfortable. We have four dorms with four room type options: double, single, single plus, and single deluxe. There is also one cottage available which offers more privacy. The cost of housing depends on the option you choose and the length of the workshop. If you prefer to stay off-campus, there are many nearby inns and hotels. We have partnered with the Ellery Hotel in Northampton to offer our guests a 15% on accomodations at any time during the year.
Can your kitchen accomodate my food allergies and preferences?
We want mealtime at Snow Farm to be a nurturing and delicious part of your experience. We serve fresh, homemade food that always includes a vegan and gluten-free option. The ingredients for entrees will be posted. We also have a refrigerator in the kitchen office (lower level of dining hall) for students who wish to bring their own food and a microwave in the dining room.
What is Snow Farm's policy on smoking and drinkng on campus? Snow Farm is a smoke-free environment and no form of smoking or vaping is permitted. In addition, while marijuana is legal in Massachusetts, Snow Farm complies with federal law and does not permit the use of recreational marijuana in any form on campus. For guests over the age of 21, we have a (BYO) Bring Your Own policy for alcoholic beverages, which can be consumed only in the Common Room/Dining Room, on the grounds, and in the dorm rooms, but never in the studios. You can review our full policy on tobacco, alcohol, and drug use here.
What is your cancellation policy?
We hope that when you sign up for a workshop, your plans are firm and all goes smoothly for your arrival at Snow Farm. However, we understand that sometimes plans must change. If you need to cancel your workshop more than 30 days from the start date, you will receive a refund, less a $75 cancellation fee and the non-refundable $25 registration fee. No refunds will be giving less than 30 days from the start of the class for cancellations, a missed class, late arrival or early departure for any reason. Occasionally, a class does not meet the minimum enrollment to run, and Snow Farm will need to cancel. In that case, students can choose to take a different workshop or receive a full refund. We notify students about low enrollment about a month before the start date of the class. If your travel plans include airfare or other non-refundable expenses, please check with us about the status your workshop before you finalize your arrangements.
Can I buy a gift certificate to Snow Farm?
Yes you can! Creativity always fits!
How can I become an instructor at Snow Farm?
We welcome proposals for new workshops at any time during the year. Our program year runs from January - October and the schedule for any year is complete by the previous August. The application process is detailed on the Artist Opportunities page.