The Putney School Summer Arts

Planning for a responsible and successful in-person program summer 2021


Dear Friends,

The Putney School is currently in session with over 200 high school students on campus for in-person learning. Teachers and students are all observing prevailing health protocols while working and living on Putney’s 500 acre boarding school campus in Southern Vermont.

Summer Arts plans to be in-person as well for the Summer of 2021. We look forward to creating a setting in which students and staff will work safely and comfortably in the arts studios and on the farm while living in the dormitories on campus.

Please take a look at the series of online workshops we’re offering during the school year. I hope you’ll consider registering for one of those as a prelude to joining our summer community in person on this gorgeous hilltop in Vermont in 2021!

Warm regards,


Fall Virtual Workshops

Teen Summer Workshops

Adult Workshops

About Us

Since 1987, The Putney School Summer Programs has offered Teen Summer Arts & Writing Workshops on the campus of The Putney School in Vermont. We added the Adult Studio Arts & Writing Workshops in 2011. In 2020, we inaugurated the Teen Virtual Arts & Writing Workshops which are now being offered year-round.

The Putney School is an ongoing progressive experiment in education that reflects its history, its mission, and its Fundamental Beliefs, all of which provide grounding in the values and principles under which it operates to carry the school forward. Located on a working farm in southern Vermont since our founding in 1935, we have been a model for progressive education and “learning by doing.” This means sciences are about hands-on discovery, humanities classes are led through discussion, and the arts are a part of everyday life.

The Putney School Summer Arts’ support for Black Lives Matter, communities of color, and the fight against systemic racial injustice.

The Putney School Summer Arts stands firmly against racism in its many forms. We seek to nurture the creativity and humanity of our Black students and students of color, and will engage with all of our students on their own terms. To do so successfully remains central to our mission to support the next generation of artists. Continue Reading

“I learned a lot of techniques and about more materials. I have started making art a lot more and I will continue doing so!”

-Petra, summer ’20