- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Provided By: Independent Provider
- Session Start: July
- Session Length: Two Weeks, Four Weeks
- Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Performing & Visual Arts
- Selective: No
- Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
- Minimum Cost: > $3,000
- Credit Awarded: No
At Snow Farm, you're not a student, you're an artist! As part of the New England Craft Program, the teen summer program offers small-group studios led by professional artists in a residential setting. Choose from glass, clay, metal, drawing/painting, and printmaking for ages 14 - 18.
Snow Farm Summer, part of The New England Craft Program in Williamsburg, MA, offers a full immersion art and craft curriculum with 6 hours of instructional time each day in a residential setting. Small group classes and 1: 4 student teacher ratio gives students plenty of one-on-one instruction and critique. For students ages 14 - 18, Snow Farm is an excellent choice for middle school students and younger teens who are passionate about art. Participants come with varying levels of previous art experience and have the opportunity to expand both their technical art skills and their creative vision in small classes with one-on-one instruction.
Studio choices include glassblowing, flameworking, metalsmithing, painting/drawing, ceramics and welding/metal sculpture. All the students who come to Snow Farm Summer have one thing in common – they love making art, and no matter what they walk in the door with, they leave with an unforgettable experience, lasting friendships, and real skills.
For students considering art school or a career in the arts, Snow Farm Summer is an excellent way to expand and develop a portfolio. Recent alumni have gone on to study at RISD, Alfred University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and many other top-level art programs. Many of our alumni are now established artists.
Students who do not aspire to art school - or aren't sure - are equally welcome and comfortable in the supportive and engaging environment at Snow Farm Summer art program. The tranquil setting and focused study provide an opportunity to explore something completely new or dig deeper into a topic they studied at school. Some students simply want to access a part of themselves that gets neglected during the demands of a busy academic schedule.
Students enroll in two studio classes - one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Daily life looks like this:
- 7:30 am - Wake up
- 8:00 am - Breakfast
- 9 am - Morning studio
- Noon to 1:30 pm - Lunch and free time
- 1:30pm to 4:30 pm - Afternoon studio
- 4:30pm to 6pm - Open studio or group activity
- 6pm - Dinner and free time
- 7:30pm - Open Studio, Instructor presentations, or group activity
Individual classes sometimes take short field trips to nearby museums, artist studios, or galleries. And, of course, there’s time every day for more relaxed activities such as a trip to a swimming hole or a nearby town for ice cream stand or a pick-up soccer game.
On weekends, the pace is different. Guest artists lead a one-day workshop on Saturdays, and on Sundays, students and faculty pile into a van and head out to explore the fertile creative life in western Massachusetts. In recent years, field trips have included MASSMoCA in North Adams, The Clark Museum in Williamstown, and other local sites.
The director and assistant director of Snow Farm Summer are both experienced high school teachers who look forward all year long to their month on "the Farm." The faculty, who also live on site during the program, have college degrees and many have an MFA; they are tremendous role models and mentors for the participants at Snow Farm Summer, who have access to them not only in class but also at meals, activities, and in the dorms.
Snow Farm Summer at the New England Craft Program began nearly 30 years ago as one of the only places a young person could be taken seriously as an artist. Today, we are still one of the only places in the country where teens can work with glass in a professional scale hot shop or flameworking studio. Many programs offer solid instruction and good equipment, but what distinguishes Snow Farm, in the words of our director, is the "culture and community . . . a place that is safe, supportive and healthy."
Visit our website for a gallery of student work from all studios, more information, and to apply online. References available upon request.
I went to Snow Farm last summer and really enjoyed myself. I developed both artistic and life skills. Not only did I improve more than I ever thought I could in 2 weeks in ceramics, I learned more about myself and was taken seriously as a person and an artist. Going to Snow Farm opened my eyes to the possibility of being an artist, and helped me understand how to attain my goals.
Both staff and students are very kind and positive. The environment at Snow Farm was relaxing and put me at ease. While the first day might be intimidating, it's nearly impossible to not make friends. There is a variety of people, and most of them are creative, kind, and want to get to know you. I would say my experiences at Snow Farm are positive ones, I definitely want to go back this summer!
My older daughter went to Snow Farm 3 summers in a row. She is very interested in making all sorts of things, she always has been. Snow Farm turned her onto working in glass, jewelry/metals, welding. She would not have otherwise had the opportunity to work in these materials.
Now my younger daughter wants to attend Snow Farm for 2 weeks this summer.
Snow Farm is a true gem in Western MA. We are lucky to have such a beautiful place with so many amazing teachers and offerings, also great food!
That's what my daughter said after her first summer at Snow Farm. As a long-time Snow Farm student and now Board member, I knew how much I loved it there. But it's even better when your child is that happy. Heading back in July for her fourth summer, I know that she's safe and doing something that she loves. It doesn't get better than that!