Founded in 1987, the Putney Summer Arts program started as a combination of arts and writing summer workshops for teens. Our workshops, capped at 12 students each, provide an intimate experience where each artist is given the space and support to share their true selves. Our teachers are experienced educators and practicing artists, many of whom return year after year. 

Since then our program has grown beyond our teen summer offerings to include summer workshops for adults, year-round virtual offerings for teens, and programming for our alumni.

Equity and Inclusion

We stand firmly against racism in its many forms, supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, communities of color, and the fight against systemic racial injustice.

The Putney School

The Putney School is a co-educational boarding and day school for grades 9-12. Since our founding in 1935, we have been a model for progressive education and “learning by doing.” This means humanities classes are led through discussion, sciences are about hands-on discovery, and the arts are part of everyday life. 

Our continued commitment to integrated curricula, sustainability, and student leadership have put Putney at the leading edge of education in the United States.

The school sits on a 500-acre campus of woods and pasture—home to a working dairy farm and nine gardens. The art studios, dorms, classrooms, and meeting spaces are scattered around the central campus, and students are free to explore the dozens of trails in the surrounding woods and fields. During the summer, students develop a sense of stewardship for the campus and participate in campus-wide community work days.