education

CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

The Arts and Crafts Movement and its idealistic philosophy, based on the synthesis of nature, love of craft, and simple living, was the genesis of the Byrdcliffe Colony and remains a living and growing component. The tradition and the future of education is alive and centered at the historic Byrdcliffe Art Colony.

CERAMICS
Our Ceramics classes take place in the Lower Level of the Byrdcliffe Barn on 485 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock, NY. The studio is available when classes are not in session (studio is open Monday through Saturday, closed on Sundays). The $30-$50 materials fee includes clay glazes and firing of first box of clay. Classes for 2017 will be offered with Ceramics in Residence instructor, Rich Conti and other guest teachers. Check out details of the 2017 Ceramics classes and workshops and register online for any of the many different ceramics educational offerings.

DANCE
Dance classes are offered in Byrdcliffe’s Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock. Dancing is a source of joy for clyde forth, Byrdcliffe’s dance instructor. clyde is an improviser, choreographer and visual artist with a deep passion for authentic movement. A series of five individual Dance Workshops is offered this 2016/2017 Fall and Winter season, geared toward all levels of dance experience.
Check out the Dance Class schedule and register for any of clyde forth’s five Dance Workshops! Discounts apply if you sign up for a series of workshops.

JEWELRY and METALWORK
Our jewelry and metalwork classes at Byrdcliffe offer many techniques, from basic fabricating and finishing to chasing and casting, including wax carving and mold-making. Classes include all levels, because the mix of experienced and beginning students makes for a more creative environment. The 2017 jewelry and metalwork classes at Byrdcliffe will start again in April.
Check out the 2017 Jewelry and Metalwork class schedule and register online for any of the fabulous new classes or workshops.

TEXTILES
Fiber fanatics — here’s your summer adventure, in a private weaving studio with a glorious Hudson Valley view. Beginners and intermediate level weavers welcome. Students will weave, sample several different types of warp yarns, work on different types of looms, making varied kinds of weave and playing with color and textured effects. Each student will decide on an individual project and, with Bev Nerenberg’s expert guidance, will design the project, calculate the yarn necessary, and take it from warp through finished hand-woven piece. The 2017 Byrdcliffe textile class takes place this summer over 7 sessions from June to August. Sign up for our 2017 weaving class now!

VOICE
Learn the basics of vocal technique, music reading, repertoire, style and music history while having great fun singing together! No audition required – all levels, all ages! Donations are happily accepted but not mandatory! Instruction by Maria Todaro, Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice. Read more about the Woodstock Community Choir at Byrdcliffe!

WRITING
In this 6-week class, taught by published author Martha Frankel, you’ll learn to write with a voice that reflects the true you, the voice that isn’t afraid to show both your weakness and your strength, the voice that isn’t concerned, first and foremost, with what others will think. Through innovative and fun writing prompts, you will learn to write dialogue and description, create characters that ring true, find beginnings and endings that make sense. With criticism that is meant to encourage rather than shut you down, you will learn to piece your story together in a way that invites readers in. Check out the 2017 Writing class schedule at Byrdcliffe and register for one or more classes online!