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 2018 are offered with Ceramics in Residence instructor, Rich Conti and other guest teachers. Check out details of the 2018 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 2018 jewelry and metalwork classes at Byrdcliffe will start again in April.
Check out the 2018 Jewelry and Metalwork class schedule and register online for any of the fabulous new classes or workshops.

NATURE & ART
Connect with nature on the grounds of the historic Byrdcliffe Art Colony in Woodstock with Licensed Guide and Certified Botanist, Kris Garnier. Each month we will take an informative wildflower walk, exploring a different ecosystem on the Byrdcliffe campus, focusing on genera in bloom, discussing plants, including how to press and catalog them. Read more about the Go Flower Go Workshops at the Byrdcliffe Art Colony!

WEAVING
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 seven sessions. Sign up now for our Summer weaving class – don’t wait since only 5 students will be admitted!

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!