Summer Camp for Teens
Putney Summer Arts is a summer camp like no other. Over the course of four weeks, you’ll have dedicated and focused time every day to grow as an artist in a supportive community where you can truly be yourself. Whether you’re trying something for the first time or honing your craft, our faculty will be here to guide you on your individual path. All of this happens on our beautiful 500-acre campus in Southern Vermont.
We are currently monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. All on-campus programming will be designed to follow recommended safety precautions as outlined by the Center for Disease Control and the state of Vermont.
Length: 4-Week Session
Dates: June 27 – July 24, 2021
Ages: 14 – 17, rising 9th to rising 12th graders
Tuition: $8,400* — includes room, board, workshop materials, and activities
* Apply by March 15, 2021 to receive a $500 discount
* At this time we are only offering a boarding option for participants of the summer program
Should enrollment not be sufficient resulting in workshop cancellation or reassignment, you will be notified no later than May 15th. The $500 deposit is refundable if a student is not accepted, if a student withdraws from the program before May 1st, 2021, or if the student is unable to participate due to COVID 19. Also, please understand that our top priority is always safety, and should it become clear that bringing students together on our campus would be too great a risk given the COVID-19 pandemic, we may need to shift course and either cancel our program outright or significantly alter the experience by offering workshops online which would be at a reduced tuition.
- Each student chooses two workshops as their main focus
- Workshops meet for three hours in the morning and afternoon
- Workshops are designed for all levels of experience and are led by professional instructors who emphasize process over product
Explore our 20 workshop options and find the right fit for you!
How to Apply
We begin reviewing applications January 1 based on the order in which they are received. For the best selection of workshops, we encourage you to apply early. In addition to our online application you will need:
- One sample of work
- Teacher name and email for reference request
Partial tuition assistance may be available and will be awarded based on family need, application strength, and resources available in our financial aid fund.
Families or organizations interested in helping to sponsor a student financially should contact Tom Howe, Director of Summer Programs.
The Summer Experience
The Summer Arts program is an immersive experience drawing on Putney School traditions like the daily sing and milk lunch, as well as evening activities and weekend activities on campus. Afternoon activities include open studio time, group sports and outdoor activities, farm chores, and special events. Please note that some activities may be adjusted in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines.
In the evening you’ll enjoy shorter activities, artist talks, and open studio time. The Evening Arts program offers you the opportunity to continue to develop your skills from one of your main workshops or select an entirely different art form. You’ll choose two activities that each meet for a series of seven classes over the course of four weeks.
Weekend events include studio time, group arts activities, student readings, faculty performances, a film festival, overnight camping expeditions into the Putney forest, in addition to dormitory and campus-wide activities and events designed by students and staff that bring us together in community.