Summer Camp for Teens

Putney Summer Arts is a summer camp like no other. Technology free for 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.


Program Details

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 

* This summer we are only offering a boarding option.

*All Financial Aid has been awarded for summer 2021.

Should enrollment not be sufficient resulting in workshop cancellation or reassignment, you will be notified no later than May 15th. 

If a student withdraws prior to May 1, TPSSA will refund tuition, minus deposit paid. If a student withdraws after May 1, tuition will be refunded minus $1,000. There are no refunds for withdrawals after June 13. Families awarded financial aid who elect not to enroll in TPSSA after receiving notice of financial aid award are entitled to a refund of tuition and deposit paid, provided TPSSA receives written notice of this decision by May 1s. 

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. 

Workshops

  • 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

Workshop Categories

Explore our 20 workshop options and find the right fit for you!

Creative Writing

Dance, Music, and Theater

Farm

Visual Arts

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.

Evening Activities

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. 

Weekends 

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.