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The Summer Art Institute (SAI) at Women’s Studio Workshop is a time for you to focus on your work, become energized and inspired, learn new skills, and meet a new community of like-minded artists. During our week-long workshops in papermaking, printmaking, and book arts, you’ll study at the heart of the Hudson Valley with instructors that are leaders in their field. Small class sizes offer you an opportunity to hone your abilities and have a transformative art experience.

Read more about SAI on our general information page, and check out this year’s list of classes below.

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June 2017
$3350

Mapping our Lives in These Dystopian Times – Tatana Kellner

June 17 - June 23

June 17-24 Tuition plus housing $3,350 We had an unforgettable experience in Scotland a couple of years ago, living and art-making in a remote, working light house on the rugged west coast. This time, Susan Fateh, our International program coordinator, has found excellent studios at the Findhorn Foundation. We’ll be staying in lovely guesthouses a short walk from the spacious studios. Findhorn is an intentional eco-community, one of the first in the world and was a model for the Omega…

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July 2017
$750

Full Tilt Bookbinding Session I – Susan Mills

July 3 - July 7
Women’s Studio Workshop, 722 Binnewater Lane
Kingston, 12401 United States
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July 3-7 Tuition: $750 ($700 members) Lab fee: $60 Class limit: 7 Student Material List This class condenses lectures and demonstrations to cover material quickly.  We will bind a chapbook, accordion, papyrus scroll, Nag Hamadi single quire codex and a full cloth, sewn hardcover book – all in the first day - then move on to binding books with and without sewing, books that do not look ‘handmade’ and books that do and fitted archival boxes for books. There will be time…

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$750

Letterpress Toolkit – Sarah McDermott

July 10 - July 14
Women’s Studio Workshop, 722 Binnewater Lane
Kingston, 12401 United States
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July 10-14 Tuition: $750 ($700 members) Lab fee: $45 Class limit: 6 Student Material List This class will teach you to create type-high images and matrices using an array of both traditional and non-traditional letterpress techniques. We will work with linoleum blocks and house-processed polymer plates made from hand drawn images and hand cut film that will yield lines and forms with a variety of qualities. These techniques are good for both imagery and lettering. We will embrace unanticipated surprises…

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$750

We’ve Got the Blues: Indigo Dyeing for Paper & Cloth – Mary Hark

July 10 - July 14
Women’s Studio Workshop, 722 Binnewater Lane
Kingston, 12401 United States
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July 10-14 Tuition: $750 ($700 members) Lab fee: $40 Class limit: 6 Student Material List Workshop participants will be immersed in studio production, making use of this powerful and historic color on handmade paper and a variety of textiles. Experienced dyers are encouraged to bring works-in-progress and ideas for new projects. Beginners will be introduced to the process of papermaking with fibers that are appropriate for this immersion dye process, such as Asian fibers, flax, abaca, and linen cloth, as…

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$750

Full Tilt Bookbinding Session II – Susan Mills

July 10 - July 14
Women’s Studio Workshop, 722 Binnewater Lane
Kingston, 12401 United States
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July 10-14 Tuition: $750 ($700 members) Lab fee: $60 Class limit: 7 Student Material List This class condenses lectures and demonstrations to cover material quickly.  We will bind a chapbook, accordion, papyrus scroll, Nag Hamadi single quire codex and a full cloth, sewn hardcover book – all in the first day - then move on to binding books with and without sewing, books that do not look ‘handmade’ and books that do and fitted archival boxes for books. There will be…

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$750

Pulptypes: Hybrid Print & Papermaking – May Babcock

July 17 - July 21
Women’s Studio Workshop, 722 Binnewater Lane
Kingston, 12401 United States
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July 17-21 Tuition: $750 ($700 members) Lab fee: $50 Class limit: 6 Student Material List Pulptypes are the product of an image-making technique that relies solely on handmade paper pulp and results in works that resemble monotypes or woodcuts. It’s a printerly style of pulp painting. In this workshop you’ll learn how to correctly beat and color pulp for pulptyping, plus we’ll cover several approaches to image making with this technique. Next we’ll carve woodblocks, ink them, and cast wet…

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$750

Botanical Intaglio: Drawing, Mark-Making & Incising from the Ground Up – Roxanne Faber Savage

July 17 - July 21
Women’s Studio Workshop, 722 Binnewater Lane
Kingston, 12401 United States
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July 17-21 Tuition: $750 ($700 members) Lab fee: $35 Class limit: 6 Student Material List This workshop celebrates the diversity and beauty of nature’s detritus through the exploration of drawing and mixed media processes. Each class will begin with a guided drawing activity to inspire personal projects. Participants will draw every day and work from observation and intuition, revealing realism and abstraction in nature’s forms. Themes and concepts of storytelling, natural remedies, and plant symbols will manifest and simmer as…

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$750

The Calligraphic Line: Joining Brush, Mind, and Hand – Barbara Bash

July 17 - July 21
Women’s Studio Workshop, 722 Binnewater Lane
Kingston, 12401 United States
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July 17-21 Tuition: $750 ($700 members) Lab fee: $25 Class limit: 6 Student Material List Calligraphy is the most direct form of artistic expression. It calls forth the freshness of each moment. In this workshop, we will explore the world of making a mark - vital, essential, revealing. The practice of touching brush and ink to paper brings one into alignment, joining mind, and body, so that complete expression can occur. Slowing down, getting grounded, we will begin with the ancient Chinese straight…

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$750

Paper & Place – Ann Marie Kennedy

July 24 - July 28
Women’s Studio Workshop, 722 Binnewater Lane
Kingston, 12401 United States
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July 24-28 Tuition: $750 ($700 members) Lab fee: $45 Class limit: 6 Student Material List Exploring the process of hand papermaking yields opportunities to incorporate natural materials directly into your art making and create artworks which evoke a sense of place. Participants will construct 2D and 3D works of paper, choosing materials that become part of the content. Paper pulps such as linen, flax, and abaca provide a neutral palette for mineral colors, natural dyes, as well as plant and…

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$750

Pixel to Line: a Conversation – Tatana Kellner

July 24 - July 28
Women’s Studio Workshop, 722 Binnewater Lane
Kingston, 12401 United States
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July 24-28 Tuition: $750 ($700 members) Lab fee: $65 Class limit: 6 Student Material List Attention drawers, photographers, painters, and printmakers. Have you ever consider reaching beyond a single medium? If so, this workshop is for you! In this class we will combine digital and intaglio printing processes, creating complex prints that meld new and old techniques. Students will begin by choosing a photographic image to print digitally, then you’ll create a response to the photograph utilizing one of the…

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$750

“Tight” Screenprint – Alison Byrnes

July 24 - July 28
Women’s Studio Workshop, 722 Binnewater Lane
Kingston, 12401 United States
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July 24-28 Tuition: $750 ($700 members) Lab fee: $45 Class limit: 6 Student Material List This workshop will be a screen-printing intensive for creating prints requiring five or more colors. Students will find both challenge and reward in learning the techniques for tight registration. We’ll use screen-printing as a bridge from painting and illustration, while taking advantage of the characteristics inherent to silkscreen, such laying down color to fill a page. Alison will demonstrate methods of converting an image for…

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$750

Woodcuts: Scaling Up from Small to Large – Tate Klacsmann

July 31 - August 4
Women’s Studio Workshop, 722 Binnewater Lane
Kingston, 12401 United States
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July 31-August 4 Tuition: $750 ($700 members) Lab fee: $45 Class limit: 6 Student Material List The goal of this workshop is to learn to scale up a small woodblock to create a larger version, without the fear of making irrevocable mistakes. We’ll create a small relief print and use it as a template for carving a larger woodblock. After carving and printing a small linocut, we will use a photocopier to blow up the small image onto polyester lithography…

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$750

The Versatility of Flax – Radha Pandey

July 31 - August 4
Women’s Studio Workshop, 722 Binnewater Lane
Kingston, 12401 United States
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July 31-August 4 Tuition: $750 ($700 members) Lab fee: $50 Class limit: 6 Student Material List In this class, students will learn all about flax fiber and the multitude of ways in which it can be used in papermaking. Traditionally, flax—a bast fiber—is used commercially to produce linen cloth. This incredibly strong and versatile fiber has been used to make paper since the 8th century CE. Flax changes in texture, color, and translucency depending on how long it is processed.…

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$750

Collage – Judith Hoyt

July 31 - August 4
Women’s Studio Workshop, 722 Binnewater Lane
Kingston, 12401 United States
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July 31-August 4 Tuition: $750 ($700 members) Lab fee: $65 Class limit: 6 Student Material List Artists and creative persons of any background will enjoy this hands-on collage workshop. Using found, new, and recycled paper and other materials we will explore the multidimensional language of collage with the option of adding layers of encaustic wax medium to get a tremendous variety of surface qualities. We will look at and discuss the work of other collage artist such as Romare Bearden, Kurt Schwitters,…

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August 2017
$750

Handmade Paper & Encaustic – Tatana Kellner & Cynthia Winika

August 7 - August 11
Women’s Studio Workshop, 722 Binnewater Lane
Kingston, 12401 United States
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August 7-11 Tuition: $750 ($700 members) Lab fee: $40 Class limit: 7 Student Material List Join WSW in collaboration with R&F Handmade Paints in Kingston as we create contemporary waxed handmade paper works. During the first two and a half days, participants will work with Tana in WSW’s papermaking studio, using cotton, abaca, flax, and ArtFarm fibers. Once we master the basics, we’ll investigate how to best use the special qualities of each fiber, creating collages by layering, embedding, stenciling,…

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$750

Monoprint – Tara Sabharwal

August 7 - August 11
Women’s Studio Workshop, 722 Binnewater Lane
Kingston, 12401 United States
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August 7-11 Tuition: $750 ($700 members) Lab fee: $70 Class limit: 6 Student Material List Explore monoprinting by building up a colorful, painterly surface on plexiglass with oil- or water-based inks. We will draw with brushes and brayers and work reductively with a variety of ink viscosities, transparencies, and opacities. Students will be able to develop their prints by building richly layered surfaces over several press runs. You’ll learn how to combine stencils, chine collé, and textured fabrics and materials…

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$750

Experimental Drawing – Julie Evanoff

August 7 - August 11
Women’s Studio Workshop, 722 Binnewater Lane
Kingston, 12401 United States
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August 7-11 Tuition: $750 ($700 members) Lab fee: $25 Class limit: 6 Student Material List This course will focus on materials, processes, and ideas in drawing. There will be multiple projects that include observation, mark-making, cut and paste, and tracing to explore scale, sequence and juxtaposition as ways to approach drawing. Subject matter will be found from photographs, current media, and images from art history. There will be some discussion about the history of drawing as an art practice. Julie…

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$750

Motivational Intaglio – Shelley Thorstensen

August 14 - August 18
Women’s Studio Workshop, 722 Binnewater Lane
Kingston, 12401 United States
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August 14-18 Tuition: $750 ($700 members) Lab fee: $70 Class limit: 6 Student Material List Each morning, Shelley will begin the workshop with a series of demonstrations on color and printing, which will cover stencils, a la poupé, chine collé, viscosity, multiple plates, relief, collage, and digital media. Using students’ current work and ideas as a catalyst, Shelley will work with each individual to discover which aspects are vital to your work and how to successfully explore and expand your…

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$750

Textile Printing – Ann Kalmbach

August 14 - August 18
Women’s Studio Workshop, 722 Binnewater Lane
Kingston, 12401 United States
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August 14-18 Tuition: $750 ($700 members) Lab fee: $50 Class limit: 4 Student Material List Screen printing on fabric can involve free form image making or controlled repeat patterns on yardage. We’ll begin the workshop by learning about appropriate screen meshes for textile printing and then move onto stretching our screens. Next, we’ll cover the full range of stencil making techniques, from simple paper cut stencils to photo stencils. We’ll learn how to create repeat patterns with our images, and…

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$750

Sculptural Papermaking – Gretchen Schermerhorn

August 14 - August 18
Women’s Studio Workshop, 722 Binnewater Lane
Kingston, 12401 United States
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August 14-18 Tuition: $750 ($700 members) Lab fee: $50 Class limit: 6 Student Material List Let’s take paper from 2D to 3D and from flat to full! Students will learn how to build armatures and moulds for creating three-dimensional paper forms. After an overview of basic papermaking techniques, students will learn how to make forms from wire, reed, mesh, and nylon, which act as supports for high shrinkage abaca and flax pulp. Students will also learn how to create moulds…

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$750

Color & Japanese Papermaking – Tatiana Ginsberg

August 21 - August 25
Women’s Studio Workshop, 722 Binnewater Lane
Kingston, 12401 United States
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August 21-25 Tuition: $750 ($700 members) Lab fee: $50 Class limit: 6 Student Material List Explore your fascination with Japanese paper and color in this highly focused class. During the first part of the week we'll learn all aspects of kozo preparation and Japanese-style sheet forming. Then we'll add natural dyes and other colorants and experiment with layering color in traditional and improvised ways. Students will also learn techniques for pulp painting on Japanese paper, as well as manipulating and…

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$750

Visual Poetry – Laimah Osman

August 21 - August 25
Women’s Studio Workshop, 722 Binnewater Lane
Kingston, 12401 United States
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August 21-25 Tuition: $750 ($700 members) Lab fee: $50 Class limit: 6 Student Material List Learn how to work visually with words. Break the word into shapes and bring it back to be read. Create visual poetry through color, texture, and repetition. As visual artists we understand images—a fish is a symbol for swimming and the ocean. Words are symbols too—they tell stories and are containers for emotion. Bring a word, a poem, lyrics or an excerpt from your favorite…

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October 2017

Croatia

October 1 - October 7
Women’s Studio Workshop, 722 Binnewater Lane
Kingston, 12401 United States
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Stay tuned for details about this class that will be the first week of October. We’ll have exclusive use of a large, open-plan private house perched on the lovely and historic Dalmatian coastline and with sublime views of the Adriatic. Weather should be ideal after the intense heat of summer and the sea pleasant for swimming. Our accommodation is less than a 5-minute walk down a flight of steps to a quiet jetty and secluded bay. Split and Dubrovnik close…

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