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 are 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.

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 started 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 2018 Byrdcliffe weaving classes will take place again in the summer over multiple sessions. Check out the textiles class schedule in early 2018!

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
Our writing classes taught by memoir author Martha Frankel and writer/editor/blogger Kitty Sheehan permit individualized attention, with exercises and criticism designed to encourage and empower students’ verbal self-expression. Classes have limited enrollment, so don’t wait to register. Check out the 2018 Writing class schedule at Byrdcliffe and register for one or more classes online!