"Immersive/intense/valuable/life changing."

Summer Arts Students

About a hundred students attend each three-week session, and workshops are capped at 12 students, fostering a close-knit community of young artists. Students come to discover a form, others to hone their practice, and all connect with the faculty and make use of the resources on campus.

Our student body is diverse with students hailing from over 57 U.S. cities. We also have a large international presence with students from Canada, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Venezuela, and the United Kingdom.


Our Teachers

Our passionate, professional teachers come from all across the country and have impressive experience. 


Dorm Life

Residential life is comfortable, fun, and safe. Boarding students live in rustic, cozy, single-sex dorms each staffed with adult heads, many who are recent college graduates. Our dorm heads are experienced educators and practicing artists, many who return year after year and know our students and campus well. In keeping with The Putney School tradition, there are no locks on dorm room doors (or most studio spaces), which we think fosters a community of trust and responsibility.


Beyond the Studio

Located on a spectacular hilltop with 500-acres of woods, farms, and gardens there are endless opportunities for students to get outside and explore. After workshops conclude, late afternoons are a time to stretch, move, and have fun. Students choose from a variety of outdoor activities, such as soccer, kickball, yoga, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, and farm chores. Weekend events and field trips capitalize on the creative and natural landscapes of Vermont. Students enjoy field trips to a state park, a grange hall for a dance, local farms and towns, as well as on-campus activities like dorm games, faculty performances, fiction and poetry readings, dances, open studio time, and a film festival.


Read about a typical day on campus

The Putney School Summer Programs
Elm Lea Farm, 418 Houghton Brook Road,
Putney, Vermont 05346 USA
802-387-6297 (main), (802) 387-6216 (fax)

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