Adult Online Workshops for Alumni

We are excited to offer four online workshops for alumni of The Putney School & The Putney School Summer Programs: Animation, Painting, Photography, and Storytelling. Brighten your new year and let your artistic side flourish in workshops, where you’ll create, grow, laugh, and learn with Putney alumni of all generations.

Dates: Jan 10 – Feb 14, Sundays 4 – 5:30PM EST

Tuition: $300

All workshops will meet via Zoom, Sundays from 4 PM – 5:30 PM EST, followed by a social time (optional) at 5:30 PM for participants of all the workshops who would like to join with others to share work and visit.  

We hope you’ll join us and that you’ll spread the word to friends from your time at Putney, encouraging them to join you in this creative endeavor. 

The description of workshops (below) includes a list materials that you will need to have on hand and a link to the registration form.

Registration ends on January 5th. Workshops must have minimum of four participants to run. In the event of a workshop cancellation, registered participants will be notified by January 7th and receive a full refund of tuition paid.

Animation: The Art of Motion

1/10 – 2/14, Sundays 4PM – 5:30PM EST

Animation allows you to tell powerful visual stories. In this workshop, participants will hone foundational animation skills and apply those techniques through production processes using digital tools and physical media, bringing ideas to the screen and gaining proficiency with digital tools like Photoshop, AfterEffects, Premiere Pro, and iStopMotion.

Taught by Peter Wallis, visual artist and educator. B.F.A. Maine College of Art; M.F.A. Goddard College.

Materials

  • Drawing Tablet
  • Computer capable of running Adobe Creative Suite
  • Adobe Creative Suite (provided by The Putney School)

Painting: Discovery & Depth

1/10 – 2/14, Sundays 4PM – 5:30PM EST

As a teacher, Genevieve Cohn encourages participants to explore the “histories that shape who we are and what we are able to see, and the ways that we can translate these complicated, intersectional lives into a visual image.” Participants’ curiosity, humor, and openness will lead to discovery and depth as they create art together. 

Taught by Genevieve Cohn, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Art, Wellesley College. B.A. Ithaca College; M.F.A. Indiana University Bloomington.

Materials

Photography: Stop Taking Pretty Pictures

1/10 – 2/14, Sundays 4PM – 5:30PM EST

The general understanding of photography is that one takes rather than makes pictures, and that images with traditional aesthetic beauty are more highly regarded. But photography can (and should) do much more. This class will dig into learning to see differently and to make images as we delve in together to explore the deep history of photography beyond sunsets. 

Taught by Zach Stephens, visual artist and educator. Certificate of Professional Photography, Hallmark Institute of Photograph; M.F.A. Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Materials

  • Digital Camera or Cellphone
  • Computer capable of running Adobe Creative Suite
  • Adobe Creative Suite (provided by The Putney School)

Storytelling: What’s at Stake?

1/10 – 2/14, Sundays 4PM – 5:30PM EST

Writing is more than putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard). Celebrate the joy of writing and collaboration with fellow writers and instructor Freya Sachs. Together you will deepen your characters’ voices, bring new worlds to life, and expand your idea of what a story can be.

Taught by Freya Sachs, English Department, University School Nashville. A.B. Dartmouth College, M.F.A. Vanderbilt University.

Materials

  • Notebook
  • Computer with word processing software (MS Word, etc)