Summer Art Institute

summer-art-institute.cuWomen’s Studio Workshop’s Summer Art Institute (SAI) is for artists looking to expand their visual vocabulary in printmaking, hand papermaking and book arts. Your teachers are leaders in the field, have extraordinary skill and a passion to share their knowledge of new methods and materials.

Whether in our Binnewater Studios or across the ocean in a villa in Tuscany, or an artists’ retreat in Morocco, lush landscape inspires intensive art making. SAI classes are kept small so you can work comfortably and have a productive experience.

This summer’s printmaking classes will feature: Safer Etching Techniques with Kris Sader, Photopolymer with Nancy Diessner, Pressure Printing with Kate McQuillen, Monoprint with Susan Amons, Motivational Intaglio with Shelley Thorstensen, and Letterpress Bootcamp with Diane Jacobs, and the ever-popular collaborative workshop with our neighbors R&F Handmade Paints, Print and Encaustic with Tatana Kellner and Cynthia Winika

The hand papermaking line up also features an Encaustic and Paper class with Ann Marie Kennedy and Cynthia Winika. Ann Marie is also teaching a class in Natural Fiber papermaking. There’s Sculptural Papermaking with Melissa Jay Craig, Mold Making for cast paper or clay with Tatana Kellner and Ruth McKinney Burket, and Japanese Papermaking and Dyes with Tatiana Ginsberg.

Book Arts classes range from Susan Mills’ excellent Full Tilt Bookbinding to Miniature Books with the mini master Jody Williams,  Sculptural Books by Merike van Zanton, and a special workshop to help guide you through the mysteries of pastes and glues, Stick With It, by Erin Fletcher.

Our small classes are open to all people. Women’s Studio Workshop seeks to serve a diverse community and welcomes men to study and experience a space run by women.

WSW does not discriminate on any basis in the administration of our educational programming or membership. Participants with special needs are encouraged to contact the Workshop in advance so we can ensure adequate


What to expect

Our classes commence at 9 a.m. We take a break for a catered lunch at 12:30 and return to the studio until 4pm. Students are welcome to work before and after class during our studio hours, 7 am – 11 pm. Classes end Friday at 3pm. Every Monday evening the week’s faculty presents a slide talk about their work.

For artists considering a project at Women’s Studio Workshop, a class can provide both an excellent introduction to our facilities, exciting inspiration, or a head start for a new project. Our workshops fill quickly, so early registration is recommended.

Workshop Tuition and Fees

Tuition for all weeklong classes in Binnewater is $650/week until May 1. After that tuition will be $750/week. Non-refundable deposits of $300 are required to reserve your space. Lab fees/class vary according to the needs of the instructor and cost of special materials, inks etc.