Summer Programs for Adults

If you are a teacher looking for a fun, hands-on professional development opportunity, we offer a variety of one-week intensive arts workshops that appeal to adults of all ages.

Our workshops provide the guidance, time and space you need to deepen your knowledge and complete individual work. Workshops are typically held on campus the second week of August, and include six hours of daily instruction and 24/7 access to our studios.

Program Details

This summer we are offering a day program only, with fewer workshop offerings.

Each studio will meet with their instructor for 7 hours daily for one week. Studios will remain open for independent work through the evening.

Length: 1-Week Session 
Dates: August 2 – 6, 2021
Workshop Time: 9 AM – 5 PM
Ages: 21+
Tuition: $900 – ($60 materials fee for Metal Jewelry)

Should enrollment not be sufficient resulting in workshop cancellation, participants will be notified by July 21st.

Unfortunately we are not able to provide a boarding option this summer, and meals will not be provided during the week.


Metal Jewelry

The focus of this workshop is on the fabrication of individual pieces: rings, earrings, pendants, bracelets and pieces of your own design. Initial projects to design and craft rings and bezels are used to familiarize participants with the tools and procedures in the studio. Techniques are then taught for cold forging, forming, soldering, cold joins, stone settings, piercing, surface embellishments, and chain making. We work with silver, copper, brass, and bronze, and cabochons; the workshop is designed for those having up to intermediate experience with the craft. A $60 fee covers initial materials used.

Jeanne Bennett

Jeanne is an award-winning freelance metal designer who has worked for custom jewelers in Vermont, New Hampshire, and the Virgin Islands. Jeanne teaches at the Community College of Vermont, The Putney School, and offers workshops in her studio in Westminster West, VT. She is a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and a member of the Putney Craft Tour.  You can see some of Jeanne Bennett’s jewelry on her Facebook Page

Weaving & Fiber Arts

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This workshop is designed for beginning to advanced work in fiber arts. Our primary focus is weaving on four and eight harness floor looms with natural fiber yarns including cotton, tencel, rayon, linen and wool. You will have the opportunity to create complex textiles and large pieces using our 50 and 54 inch 8 harness looms. Quilting, sewing, needlework, knitting, crocheting, spinning, painting warps, designing knit wear, and dyeing are also options during the week. Participants may choose to focus in one area or explore a variety of techniques. The weaving studio is equipped with 20 floor looms, sewing machines, spinning wheels and a knitting machine.

Melissa Johnson

Melissa moved to southern Vermont from Istanbul in 1973 and graduated from The Putney School in 1977. She attended the University of Vermont, Goddard College and apprenticed to Trudy Walker, a production weaver, before beginning her career as a weaver and knitwear designer. She teaches workshops on weaving, knitting, and natural and synthetic dyeing. Melissa is a designer, dyer, and color consultant for The Green Mountain Spinnery, and creates custom textiles on commission.