Summer Art Institute

Women’s Studio Workshop’s Summer Art Institute (SAI) is a time for you to focus on your work, to become energized and inspired, to learn new skills, and meet a new community of like-minded artists.

Your teachers are leaders in the field, have extraordinary skill and a passion to share their knowledge of new materials and methods. Our goal is to offer you an opportunity to hone your skills and have a transformative art experience.

Whether at our studios, in the heart of the Hudson Valley, or abroad at a Villa in Italy or a Falconry in Portugal, our community of artists inspire intensive art making. SAI classes are kept small so you can work comfortably and have a productive experience. 

Collaboration has become a vital part of our program as we intertwine encaustic, printmaking, and papermaking with the cooperation of our friends at R&F Handmade Paints, the finest manufacturer of oil sticks and encaustics in the US.

What to expect

All classes start at 9 a.m. We take a break for a catered vegetarian 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 Tuesday evening the week’s faculty presents a slide talk about their work.

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 access to our studios and equipment.

Workshop Tuition and Fees

Tuition and lab fees are indicated with each class listing.WSW members will receive a 10% discount. Not a member? Join WSW now! (Membership discounts are not available for collaborative workshops with R&F Handmade Paints, or for our workshops in Europe.) Tuition increases to $775 after March 31, 2015.

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.

Accommodation & Transportation

WSW does not provide on-site housing for class participants. However there are plenty of options in the surrounding area.   Once you have registered, you will be sent our housing suggestions including: Airbnb, Bed & Breakfasts, motels and hotels and rooms in private homes. For guidance, please email or call Katie, our registrar, 845-658-9133.

Registration Information

You may register for SAI on line using PayPal, or by calling us at 845.658.9133. Once you have registered, you will be sent a confirmation email containing a receipt of payment. Your deposit will secure your spot in class until the tuition-due date. Any remaining tuition payment and lab fee will be due in full, one month prior to your workshop. A payment reminder will be emailed to students before the due date. If your payment is not received one month prior to your workshop, you may lose your spot in the class.

All workshops have limited enrollment; early registration is recommended.

Wait List? After a class is full, a wait list will open and students will be placed on that list in the order that their registration is received. If a space becomes available, wait-listed students will be notified. Deposits will be returned for wait-listed students who are not enrolled in the class.

Scholarships are available to a limited number of students based on financial need. Application and supplemental materials are due May 1. Recipients will be notified by email by June 15.

Cancellation and Refund Policy 
If you must cancel more than 30 days before your class is scheduled, your tuition will be refunded in full, minus the non-refundable $300 tuition deposit.

If you must cancel less than 30 days prior to the workshop start date: the following refund policy applies: 3 weeks prior to workshop: 50% of tuition will be refunded, minus the deposit. 2 weeks prior to workshop: no tuition or deposit will be refunded.

If Women’s Studio Workshop has to cancel a class for any reason, deposit and tuition will be refunded in full, or can be transferred to another workshop. Classes need a minimum of 4 students to run, students will be given 4 week’s notice if a class will be cancelled for under-enrollment. WSW is not responsible for non-refundable airline tickets purchased by students.

If you have any questions after looking through our schedule, please don’t hesitate to call us at 845.658.9133 or email.  We’ll be happy to help you determine which workshops would best suit your needs.