Intensive Summer Workshops
Each summer, Monson Arts programs a variety of one-week intensive workshops at our facilities which provide an ideal environment to focus on learning and studio work. Taught by instructors renown in their field, these classes are designed to give participants unhindered time where they don’t have to think about anything other than making. Monson Arts provides all meals and the option of housing right in town within walking distance to all of our facilities. The studios are open 24 hours.
A typical workshop includes 10-15 participants and we are able to host two workshops at a time in our facilities. Sessions begin with dinner on Sunday night and conclude with lunch on Friday. Workshops are open to anyone 18 or older and working at any level from beginners to advanced professionals. Enrollment is on a first-come first-served basis.
**2021 Summer Workshop Update**
We are pleased to announce that plans are currently in place to be able to run our summer workshop sessions this year during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We have modified our regular format to keep workshop sizes smaller, maintain as much distance as possible between participants, and provide safe housing options and meal service.
For health and safety, we are only able to offer private room accommodations in shared housing. Housing assignments will be made to spread participants out as much as possible to ensure comfort in terms of common spaces like kitchens and bathrooms. All houses have at least two full baths. If you do not need housing you may attend as a day student at a reduced rate. All meals are included and will be served in to-go boxes provided by the Quarry restaurant. Fees for materials and supplies will vary for each workshop and in general range from $25-$100. A deposit payment of $250 is required at the time of registration with full payment for all summer workshops due by April 30.
While there is much that is unknown about what the coming months may bring, please know that we are proceeding with much care, flexibility, and optimism that we can still provide a valuable workshop experience. If for any reason we need to cancel, a full refund will be provided to all registered participants.
Browse our 2021 Summer Workshop catalog below. Online registration is now open! With more limited availability we expect these workshops to fill up fast. If you are unable to register because a workshop is full, please reach out to us about being on the waitlist. Placements from the waitlist will be made on a first-come first-served basis as well.
2021 Summer Workshops
Fresco: Barbara Sullivan
July 11 – 16
Students in this workshop will develop an understanding and appreciation of true buon fresco (painting into freshly laid wet plaster) within both an art historical context, as well as in practical applications.
Book Arts: Eileen Wallace
August 1 – 6
In this workshop, participants will learn five fundamental book structures along with low-tech image-making techniques and strategies for generating content.
Fiber/ Sculpture: Pat Hickman
July 25 – 30
Learn how to build skeletal three-dimensional structures which may or may not be covered with skin-like material. This workshop will also explore openwork textile techniques such as knotted netting and knotless netting.
Mixed Media/ Wood: Michael Stasiuk
July 11 – 16
The focus of this workshop is on simple and innovative joinery applicable to wood, metal, and fiber, using found objects. Find a personal connection to your materials in order to bring meaning and a new sense of context to otherwise commonplace or discarded objects.
Drawing: Michael Moore
July 25 – 30
In this process-oriented drawing workshop participants will be asked to watch their drawings happen as they actually draw them, bit by bit, dot by dot, mark by mark, line by line, from nothing to something.
Sculpture/ Textile: Warren Seelig
August 1 – 6
This highly experimental course will consider the possibility of constructing surfaces through either known or invented processes using materials chosen by the student of every conceivable kind.
Latest News > Workshops at Monson Arts
Our next open call to apply for winter/spring 2022 residencies starts August 1. Check out our complete lineup of residency dates for next year.
See our lineup of fee public programs being offered this summer including evening talks by artist/ instructors, exhibits, demonstrations, and film screenings.
Our one-week intensive summer workshops provide an ideal environment to focus on learning and studio work. Register online for one of eight workshop offerings in 2019.
We have just finalized our schedule for 2019 with some exciting new opportunities for residencies and workshops. Save the dates now and stay tuned for more details about specific programs in the coming months.
A new workshop offered over Labor Day weekend is now open for enrollment. This three-day intensive will explore new ways of defining and creating immersive storytelling through technology, events, editing, sound design, and reporting techniques.
Sign up today for our inaugural workshop and spend 4 days drawing and painting in Monson this summer!