Unique, inspirational and in-depth

For more than thirty years, Art New England has offered unique, in-depth workshops in a variety of disciplines in an inspirational setting. Art New England is designed to refresh and expand personal artistic practice. Away from day-to-day demands, the classes, instructors, scenery, food, access to studios and program staff are all there to allow you to focus on one thing: your art work.

Located at Bennington College, long-known as a center for artistic innovation and excellence, Art New England is built on the understanding that time and focus for creative work are extraordinarily precious commodities. We strive to ensure that each class offers an intensive, specialized focus. Instructors are chosen both for the excellence of their work as well as their ability to work with students. Each day is structured to allow people to work as intensively as they choose.

This year we are delighted to welcome back many faculty who have helped make Art New England one of the best summer residency programs in the country And we are also delighted to welcome new faculty who bring new classes and will continue to build our reputation.

Courses and Extended Stay

Courses are intense and focused around making work. The schedule is: a first meeting, Sunday night (from 7pm-9:30pm), classes follow, Monday-Friday 9am-4pm and Saturday, 9am-noon, studios are open 24 hours. On Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights faculty present lectures about their work. There is open life drawing for all available Monday-Thursday nights. Participants take one class per week, and receive a discounted rate for taking two or three (see registration information for discounts and prices).

The Extended Stay option is for participants who want to take advantage of the Art New England environment for a week before or after their workshop without being enrolled in a class. Students receive accommodations (room and meals) plus studio space, allowing them to continue work they have begun the previous week or begin working a week before their workshop starts. It is also a great time to explore the many extraordinary museums located near Bennington, such as the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MOCA) in North Adams, MA and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA. The extended stay is on a space available basis and your space will be confirmed in June.

Grading & Credit

All Art New England classes may be taken for
one graduate or undergraduate credit. Students registered for credit are graded on a Pass/No credit basis (P or NC). Please be advised that letter grades (A, B, C, etc) are NOT used by MassArt. A grade clarification form may be requested. While the grade clarification does not change the transcript, it gives a brief overview of the student’s work in the class and may include a letter grade.

Students seeking credit for career enhancement or reimbursement are urged to contact their home institutions to arrange prior approval. Course credit is not automatically transferable to Massachusetts College of Art and Design or other degree programs; policies on transfer credit vary by institution and by program, so it is important to seek the approval of your advisor before you register. Registration for credit must occur before the class begins.