Style Spotlight: Is Art School in Your Future?

February 2011 | BY | Issue 75, Spring 2011

The Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek, Wis., offers courses in a variety of mediums, including studio painting.

Is Art School in Your Future?

There’s no better time than now to make good on your resolution to sign up for a class or workshop in one of the visual arts. To make things really easy, we’ve assembled a listing of what’s on offer at select schools across the country.


Abington Art Center
Jenkintown, Pa.
Offers year-round classes in painting, drawing, ceramics, photography and jewelry.

Brookfield Craft Center
Brookfield, Conn.
Classes and workshops exploring basketry, blacksmithing, ceramics, glass, jewelry, wood turning, photography, painting and more.

Center for Furniture Craftsmanship
Rockport, Maine
Offers one- and two-week workshops, 12-week intensives and nine-month comprehensives to address the needs of students at all skill levels.

The Clay Studio
Philadelphia, Pa.
Year-round sessions with weekend, one day and morning workshops in mosaics, pottery, hand building and more.

Diablo Glass School
Boston, Mass.
Classes range from one-day intensives to four-week workshops in everything from glassblowing to mixed media.

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
Deer Isle, Maine
Offers summer studio-based workshops in clay, glass, metal, paper, weaving, woodworking and more.

Museum School at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum
Provincetown, Mass.
Summer workshops and year-round offerings in drawing, film, mixed media, painting, sculpture and photography.

Peters Valley Craft Center
Layton, N.J.
May through September, offers two- to five-day workshops in seven areas: blacksmithing, ceramics, fiber, fine metal, photography, woodworking and special topics.

Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, R.I.
The school’s continuing education program offers summer studies and a wide range of workshops.

The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass
Corning, N.Y.
Ten-week, weekend and one-day sessions offered at every skill level by glassmaking instructors from around the world.

Brooklyn, N.Y.
Weekly classes, workshops and intensive master classes explore glass blowing, casting, torch working, fusing, slumping, neon, mosaics, stained glass, cold working and jewelry.


Appalachian Center for Craft
Smithville, Tenn.
This satellite campus of Tennessee Tech University offers more than 50 hands-on craft workshops in blacksmithing, clay, fiber, glass, metals and wood.

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
Gatlinburg, Tenn.
Offers weekend, one- and two-week sessions May through October, and evening and Saturday classes January through March.

Baltimore Clayworks
Baltimore, Md.
Offers hands-on studio classes in all aspects of pottery, clay sculpture and ceramic processes.

Louisville, Ky.
Offerings range from walk-in workshops to more intensive year-round classes in glass blowing, flame working, fusing and more.

John C. Campbell Folk School
Brasstown, N.C.
Year-round weeklong and weekend classes in a variety of mediums are offered on this scenic campus.

New Orleans School of GlassWorks and Printmaking Studio
New Orleans, La.
Offers classes in glass blowing, mosaics, metal sculpture, printmaking and more.

Penland School of Crafts
Penland, N.C.
One-, two- and eight-week workshops are available in paper, clay, drawing, glass, metal, photography, printmaking, textiles and wood.

Savannah College of Art and Design
Savannah, Ga.
Community education classes and workshops, as well as summer programs, are available for any skill level in a variety of disciplines.

VisArts at Rockville
Rockville, Md.
Classes, workshops and two-day art boot camps explore painting, drawing, ceramics, wood, glass, metal, jewelry and photography.


Ann Arbor Art Center
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Day, evening and weekend classes at all skill levels in a variety of mediums, from beadmaking to photography.

Evanston Art Center
Evanston, Ill.
Ceramics, drawing, jewelry and metal sculptures are just a few of the course options available to artists at every skill level.

The Glass Academy
Dearborn, Mich.
The school’s most popular classes for beginners are four-hour samplers, which offer a glimpse of what a full eight-week course would be like.

Indianapolis Art Center
Indianapolis, Ind.
Offers spring full-term classes in 15-week sessions, as well as short-term and sampler classes, and weekend workshops.

John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Sheboygan, Wis.
Offers a small sampling of studio art classes, as well as weekend workshops in disciplines including stone setting.

Kansas City Art Institute
Kansas City, Mo.
The continuing education program offers a large selection of visual art classes.

Paint Creek Center for the Arts
Rochester, Mich.
Spring and summer terms offer classes in a variety of mediums, including clay, abstract painting and mixed media.

Peninsula School of Art
Fish Creek, Wis.
Year-round workshops explore painting, drawing, metal, ceramics, sculpture and photography at all skill levels.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Ill.
The continuing studies program offers evening and weekend courses and workshops in art, design, theory and practice.


Anderson Ranch Arts Center
Snowmass Village, Colo.
Year-round workshops focus on ceramics, photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, woodworking and more.

Glassell School of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Houston, Texas
Choose from close to 100 classes and workshops in all mediums for students diverse in age, interest, experience and needs.

Nance McManus
Albuquerque, N.M.
Learn the art of pastel painting in a two-day intensive with a renowned artist.

Santa Fe Clay
Santa Fe, N.M.
Year-round classes and workshops for students from age 2 to 92.

Sedona Arts Center
Sedona, Ariz.
Explore the more than 200 diverse opportunities available each year in studio art, ceramic/sculpture and digital media.

Southwest School of Art & Craft
San Antonio, Texas
Classes and workshops tackle ceramics, fiber, metal, jewelry, paper, photography, drawing, painting and printmaking.


Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts
Helena, Mont.
Offers quarterly community classes in throwing and hand-building, as well as one-day to two-week ceramic workshops.

Oregon College of Art and Craft
Portland, Ore.
Adult community programs provide an array of classes and workshops taught each semester by professional artists.

Pacific Northwest College of Art
Portland, Ore.
The continuing education program includes evening and weekend sessions in a variety of mediums.

Pilchuck Glass School
Stanwood, Wash.
Offers intensive residential sessions May through August, focusing on glass blowing, casting, fusing, neon, stained glass, flame working and more.


Bay Area Glass Institute
San Jose, Calif.
Beginner, intermediate and advanced classes are available in glass blowing, fusing and torch working.

Idyllwild Arts Academy
Idyllwild, Calif.
The summer program offers workshops in contemporary and Native American arts.

Institute of Mosaic Art
Oakland, Calif.
More than 80 classes and workshops explore contemporary and traditional mosaic techniques for all levels.

Mendocino Art Center
Mendocino, Calif.
Offers more than 200 retreat-style workshops in ceramics, fiber, fine arts, jewelry and sculpture.


Alberta College of Art + Design
Calgary, Alberta
Professional artists teach personal-interest classes in the visual arts, media and design.

Nova Scotia College of Art & Design
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Two campuses offer short- and long-term courses, workshops, open studios and certificate programs through the School of Extended Studies.

The Victoria College of Art
Victoria, British Columbia
Art history, printmaking and arts business are just a few of the available course in the school’s lifelong learning programs.

One Response to “Style Spotlight: Is Art School in Your Future?”

  1. Can’t believe there is no mention of The Art League School in Alexandria, VA! Headquartered in the Torpedo Factory Art Center, with two other Old Town classroom annexes, it fills 11,000+ class seats each year, with classes offered in most media. Not-for-credit classes, taught by renowned practicing artists, offer enrichment at very reasonable rates.

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