General Information

Registrations should be submitted as early as possible; the class size is limited and the earlier your workshop request is received, the better your chances of getting your preferred choice.

  • You may enroll for more than one week, but only for one course per week.
  • Participants must be 18 or older.
  • Supply lists, campus information, directions, and other information will be emailed to you approximately 4-6 weeks before the start of your workshop.
  • When you complete  the registration form please indicate an alternative workshop in case your first choice is filled.
  • You will receive a confirmation of your registration via USPS within 10 business days. For those registering between January 1-30, it may be 4 weeks.  If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact us immediately.
  • All applicable discounts will be applied to your final bill.
  • We do not keep your credit card on file. If you register early (before March 3) you will be charged ONLY the $300 deposit per class.You will be billed for the balance in early June. Instructions for paying your balance on -line will be included with that bill.
  • If you do not receive your final bill by June 25, please contact us.

Discount:

All applicable discounts will be applied to your final bill. You will not see all discounts in your total when you check out on line. Discounts are applied manually. If your final bill does not reflect all applicable discounts, please contact us.

Housing Discount

Register by March 3rd (postmark date) and save on housing.

  • Double: $650 ($625 before March 3)
  • Single: $750 ($735 before March 3)

Multiple Class Discount

  • Registering for 2 courses: take $185 off total
  • Registering for 3 courses: take $275 off total

MassArt Alumni Discount

  • $150 off of the total bill

K-12 Art Educator (active)

  • $150 off of the total bill

College Credit

  • All courses may be taken for one academic credit:
  • Undergraduate Credit (One credit per course): Workshop fee + $170
  • Graduate Credit (One credit per course: Workshop fee + $230

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.

Accommodations

Living on Campus
Most Art New England participants stay on campus and choose single living accommodations. Dorms are in colonial style houses. Bathrooms are shared among 2-4 students. Double rooms also are available; if you come alone and choose a double we will place you with another participant who requests a double. Linens, blankets, pillows, and towels are provided.

A fully equipped gym and hiking trails are available for daily exercise. In addition, Art New England shares the campus with the Chamber Music and Composers of the Northeast Conference, which contributes to the sense of creative energy on campus. There are often concerts that are available to participants.

Living Off-Campus
Some participants choose to stay off campus. Off-campus students may purchase a  lunch  plan which provides all lunches from Monday through Saturday for $70. All participants receive Sunday dinner as a part of their workshop tuition.

  • Lunch Only for off campus participants: $70/week
  • You are welcome to come for other meals, pay cash in dining hall.

Extended Stay

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. Students receive accommodations (room and meals) plus studio space, allowing them to continue work they’ve 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; spaces will be confirmed in June.

  • Extended Stay: $895/week

What is the workshop schedule?
The workshop schedule is:
Sunday:
Afternoon Check-In 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Orientation: 5 p.m.
Dinner 6pm, First Class meeting 7pm-9:30pm
Mon-Fri: classes meet 9 a.m.-4 p.m. ( with an hour lunch break)
Saturday:  9 a.m.-Noon
Studios are open 24 hours

I am not quite sure what to take. Can you help me choose?
Please contact us and we will be happy to advise you based on your needs. Nancy McCarthy, 617-879-7175 or nancy.mccarthy@massart.edu or Joe Doucette, 617-879-7165

What is the class size?
Most classes are capped at 12 students; there are a few exceptions : “The Mark and Beyond, Painting: A Doorway to Possibility” , “The 100 Drawings Challenge”  and the Mono print class with Akua inks. These classes are either taught by two facutly or a faculty and teaching assistant and are capped at 16. The letterpress class is capped at 6 students.

I am a painter but interested in trying ceramics which I have never worked in; are beginners okay?
Yes, Art New England Workshops welcome participants of all levels. Classes are kept small so instructors are able to work with students individually. If you need assistance in deciding which class makes the best sense for you please contact us.

What are accommodations like?
Ninety percent of participants choose to stay on campus. Bennington College dorms are wooden frame New England style houses. Rooms are simply furnished: a bed (linens are provided), desk, bureau and lamp. Before you arrive we send a packet of information which includes a list of things you may wish to have for your stay (extensions cords, clothes hangers, etc.). Most students choose single accommodations; bathrooms are shared by 3-4 participants. Each dorm floor has a kitchenette which includes a refrigerator. The accommodation price includes all meals, beginning with Sunday night dinner and ending with Saturday lunch.

What is the food like?
The food is good and plentiful. All meals are cafeteria style and all you can eat with a variety of options. Hot and cold breakfasts include waffles, eggs, and several hot and cold cereals. Lunches and dinners include a large salad bar, at least two sometimes three, hot entrees (usually with at least one option for vegetarians and vegans), cheese, cold meats and sandwich breads and desserts.

Where is Bennington located? Where do I fly into?
Bennington College is located in the southwest corner of Vermont, on the border of Massachusetts and New York State. The nearest airport is Albany, NY. There are several car services from both the Albany airport and train station that will take you directly to the Bennington campus. The trip takes approximately 45 minutes.

I will be staying off campus and would like to purchase meals at the cafeteria, can I do that?
Yes, you can  purchase a lunch plan which includes all lunches from Monday through Saturday, for $70.  All participants receive Sunday night dinner as part of the program. Other meals may be purchased at the cafeteria with cash. If you stay in the dorms on campus all meals are included with the price of your housing.

I am in my mid-forties; will I be the oldest person there? What is the average age?No, you will certainly not be the oldest person there. The average Art New England participant is between 35 and 50, with some people in their early 20’s (often between undergraduate and graduate school) and some people well into senior years.

I submitted my registration online, but I did not see my discounts calculated. When will my discount be applied?
All discounts will be applied to your final bill.

The class I am interested in is full. How does it work if I put my name on a waiting list?
If someone drops we will call the first person on the list and ask them to let us know (within 48 hours) if they want the class. If that person does not want it we will continue down the list. Putting your name on a waiting list does not obligate you to take the class if a space becomes available.

I am a k-12 teacher and need proof that I have taken this class. How is this provided?
A letter of attendance is sent to all Art New England participants for this purpose. If you are registered for credit a grade report is sent at the end of the summer and a transcript maybe requested a t any time in the future.