Summer Arts Workshops

Alfred Summer Arts 2022 features week-long arts workshops in a variety of media areas designed for participants working at all levels: artists, teachers, community members and visiting professionals. Session 1: June 26-July 1, Session 2: July 3-8, Session 4: July 17-22

Workshops include: printmaking, dance, music, figure painting, plein air painting, natural dyes, paper making, community arts, artist writing and ceramic science.

*credited options of workshops available

All workshops are filled on a first come basis until the participant maximum is met. Once the class limit is reached, a waiting list will be kept. Workshop participants must be 18+ years of age.

$500 per workshop


augustin uzor bio picAugustine Uzor // Figure Painting

Investigate the fundamental language of painting the nude human figure using a variety of mediums and techniques while studying the figure as subject and narrative device. Through a series of observational projects, a wide range of painting possibilities will be explored. Work on building solid observational painting skills, developing critical dialogue with the figure, and learning the potentials for personal expression. All levels.



patsy rasuch hands with dyed fabricPatsy Rausch // From Rag to Relevance, Hand papermaking

Exploring the potentials of hand papermaking using the portable papermaking studio, participants hop on the bike and peddle pulp. A papermaking station (pulling & couching) including pulp printing, pulp painting, and 3D pulping potentials are included. The range of the medium from pulling sheets to pulp painting to pulp printing and sculpting, casts a wider net in the discipline and opens participants up to many unique and collaborative possibilities. All levels; beginners encouraged.



rachel davisat a sewing machineRachel Davis // Shades of Blue: Indigo Dye, Shibori and Other Methods

This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to historical and contemporary practices using indigo dye. Learn how to prepare cotton and silk fibers for the dye vat, and how to build and care for an indigo vat: learning numerous shibori techniques, including sewn, clamped and paste resist methods, and have time to experiment freely with all of them. Studio experiments allow exploration of personal objectives in fiber and contribute to a collaborative work produced over the course of the week. All levels; beginners encouraged.



george ferandi artworkGeorge Ferrandi // Be Coming Birds
sculpture / performance / collaboration

Using a gorgeous illuminated-paper technique traditional to Japanese parade sculpture, each participant will fabricate one, person-sized bird structure. Together, build a bouquet of Warblers, Waxwings and other Alfred-indigenous passerines! This workshop will teach the traditional “Nebuta” methods for building the wire frame, applying washi paper, patterning with a wax resist, and pigmenting with water soluble dyes. The resulting spectacular lantern sculptures can be carried or worn in the festival parade in Session 3. All levels; beginners encouraged.




james levy jrJames Levy Jr.
hiphop / dance

Introduction to the fundamental values, practices, and movements of hip-hop dance. Focus on foundations and origins of hip-hop and street dance culture and how each relates to today's current definitions of hip hop and freestyle dance. The class will be explored primarily through movement participation with choreography instruction and freestyle drills led by the instructor. Open to all styles and levels of movement.



erin law in the parkErin Law // Witnessing Emergence: Embodied Practice in Times of Uncertainty
movement / dance

In these swiftly changing times, how can we sharpen our expressive capacity, honoring our creative processes with curiosity, rigor, and play? This workshop is rooted in gentle somatic movement adaptable for anyone, sharpening our improvisational skills through various solo and group movement exercises. Will focus on themes of chance, emergence, witnessing (self/other/community/environment). All levels; beginners encouraged.



bill cartyWilliam Carty // Ceramic Science Workshop

Learn to formulate those glazes imagined in the mind’s eye. This intensive workshop will focus on discussions, calculations, interactions, and putting to test in kilns, information shared by one of the world’s leading ceramic engineers. Through lectures and demonstrations, Dr. Carty, who is known for leading work in ceramic engineering and for his witty give-and-take with studio ceramicists, will lead participants on a tour of the amazing and complex world of materials science and glaze calculation. Invent formulas, mix, and test fire glazes. Additionally, there will be time to discuss applications, cross share information, and solve some of those stubborn glaze defect problems.



person sketchy on a padSketchbook + Idea Development

Through demonstrations, research, exercises, readings, and field trips, students will explore a variety of media and methods to provide creative solutions for image development. Participants will examine the sketchbook as both tool and unique object while emphasizing experimentation, iteration, and conceptualization. Open to all levels, no experience necessary.



Alfred Arts Festival: Making Meaning in an Uncertain World is a unique experience with over twenty visiting and emerging artists joining us for the week. Participants will have the opportunity to become immersed in the diversity of these artists' processes and contribute to the creation of festival performances. To learn more about the workshops offered and sign up, please visit our festival page.


8am-10am Rhythm, Movement, and Voice workshop with Sandy Silva  

10am-1pm: Morning workshops

1pm-2pm: Lunch  

2pm-5pm: Afternoon workshops

5pm-7pm: Dinner  

7pm-10pm: Evening Concerts, Lectures, and Screenings hosted by visiting and emerging artists

Finale Events: July 15 + 16 

*Select from Sandy Silva's early morning intensive + one morning + one afternoon workshop for a total fee of $500. Evening activities included. Some events ticketed separately.

jason mitcham doing artJason Mitcham // Field Report: Painting on Site

Through direct observation of sites within the landscape students will explore a range of formal and conceptual concerns surrounding plein air painting.  Workshop dialog will engage with light and color, pictorial strategies for painting on site, the notion of place, incorporating time when painting the landscape, the socio-political history of sites, as well as the history of landscape painting and its implications. Open to all levels.




nelia millerNelia Miller // Interdisciplinary Collaboration

The Interdisciplinary Collaboration workshop is an opportunity for artists from any discipline to gain experience collaborating with artists of different disciplines.  Artists will be presented with a source material not of their choosing to provide common ground to begin their collaboration.  Artists will be asked to create a piece of work as a collaborative group, inspiring and drawing from one another's artistic disciplines.  The week will be dedicated to facilitated exploration leading towards a final display or performance at the end of the week. All are welcome. 



heidi jensen mullen and a friendHeidi Jensen // Listening and Composing with Acoustic Environments
Co-led with Jason Mullen

From the sound of birds intertwined with the hum of streetlights, to the constant flux of traffic with the buzz of cicadas, our sensory world is a counterpoint of sounds, full of melodies and information we often miss in our visually biased lives. This summer intensive aims to reintroduce us to our acoustic environment and to use the information toward creative ends. We will engage in readings, discussions, and field experiences in the natural world while learning basic recording techniques, culminating in individual and/or group sound compositions. Projects may take a variety of forms from: podcasting to sound art to song writing. All levels; beginners encouraged.


deb maccrea with fabricsDeb MacCrea // Colors from Nature’s Gifts

Until the late 19th Century, all colors applied to all materials came from natural sources. Though heavily reliant on the plant kingdom, some were sourced from insects, marine mollusks or soil-borne minerals. But the color possibilities were (are) endless, reliably wash-fast and light-fast (with good technique) and awe inspiring! The week will begin with a visit to Deb’s lovingly tended garden where we’ll harvest some of our dyestuffs, talk about foraging potential, and learn some gardening how-to’s for growing your own dyeplants. Then we enter the studio and get cookin’. All levels; beginners encouraged.


Alfred University is home to world-renowned, state-of-the-art facilities where participants will find everything they need to immerse themselves in their creativity and craft. Movement and music courses will be hosted in the spacious, light-filled studios at Miller Performing Arts Center, while painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, interactive graphic design, and video courses will be hosted at Harder Hall.

Workshop participants also have access to the vast collections of Scholes Library, a special academic library that serves as an information resource and source of creative inspiration for the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, as well as for the greater international arts and sciences research community.


Dormitory style housing is available on campus. Select from:

  • single occupancy room: $215
  • double occupancy room: $200 per person

Hotel accommodations are also available at Saxon Inn, conveniently located adjacent to campus.


Delicious, locally catered meals will be offered to participants who would like to opt into this plan for $215 a week, which includes:

  • five breakfasts
  • five lunches
  • six dinners

Alternate dining options are also available at restaurants in the Village of Alfred. There are a variety of restaurants within walking distance of campus. University Apartments and Suites are equipped with an apartment size refrigerator, stove, and microwave for those staying on campus.


Alfred University is 81 miles from Rochester and 90 miles from Buffalo. The most convenient way to get to Alfred is by car, but Alfred will also offer a shuttle service to and from Rochester airport which will be available for each session for a fee of $50 one way or $100 round trip. Please contact us for more information on the shuttle service and times. 

Students should plan to arrive to the Alfred Campus before 5:00pm on Sunday and attend a welcome event that will begin at 6pm.


Sessions will end on Friday evening with Saturday morning departures. Friday evening dinner will be the last meal offered; departures will take place Saturday before 10am.


Alfred invites participants of all ages 18 + at all levels of experience, from beginners to professionals to join us for our summer workshops and festival. We welcome a diverse body of participants and are inclusive to all experiences, backgrounds, races, professions. Class size is limited to ten to allow for generous workspace, interactions with teachers, and safety for participants.

Registration Deadline

Registration is on a first come, first serve basis, and continues until workshops are filled. Registration takes place online and there is a $30 registration fee for all participants.

Refunds and Cancellations

You may cancel anytime up to 30 days before the beginning of a workshop and receive a refund minus the $30 non-refundable processing fee and a cancellation fee of $100.

If you cancel less than 30 days before the beginning of the workshop, refunds are not available due to deadlines for material acquisitions and artist travel agreements.

If it is necessary for Alfred to cancel a workshop for any reason, participants will be notified and offered another class or a full refund. We cannot, however, be responsible for non-refundable airline tickets.

Processing Fee and Deposits

When registering for a class you will be charged the full amount of the course ($500) + registration + the material cost for that course. You may select additions such as housing and meals which will be charged at the time of registration.

Waiting Lists

If the workshop you are interested in is full, we invite you to put your name on our waiting list. If there is a cancellation and space become available, we will contact applicants in order, by the date received. You do not need to place a deposit to be put onto the waiting list. If you would like to put your name on our waiting list, please contact


Alfred offers on campus housing, which is ideal for participants looking to focus on the workshop experience. In addition to daytime classes, participants frequently find themselves spending a great deal of early mornings and late evenings on campus for dinners and after class events.

Alfred housing is dormitory style living with the option of a single or double room. If you choose the double room option, it is possible to request a roommate when registering. Housing is air-conditioned and the furnishings are the college-style furniture one can expect from university housing. It should be noted that we can only provide housing for individuals enrolled in our workshops.


Alfred is partnering with local farms, restaurants, and caterers to source delicious, homemade, and locally sourced options for our weekly meals. We will offer participants the option of three meals a day which will include a continental breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There will always be a vegetarian option, however more specific dietary needs may not always be possible to accommodate.

Off-Campus Students

If you choose to live off-campus it is still possible to enroll in our meal option and participate in all day/night activities that will take place during your workshop.

Cost of Materials/Studio Fees

Course tuition does not include the cost of materials needed for the workshops. Some of the workshops will require participants to bring certain materials and most of the workshops will have a small material fee. This fee will vary depending on the materials needed for the class.


In our workshops, participants will work with tools and equipment that could be dangerous if used incorrectly. Instructors will review safety protocol; however, participants take workshops at their own risk when working with tools and equipment at Alfred University.


  • To provide a safe and supportive educational environment for all those involved in Alfred Summer Arts programs, we ask that faculty, staff, and participants treat facilities with consideration and respect.
  • Drugs and Alcohol are prohibited in studios.
  • Personal Property: Alfred is not responsible for the person property of participants, instructors, or staff.
  • Pets: No pets allowed on campus
  • Unacceptable Behavior: Alfred reserves the right to dismiss any student, without refund, for unacceptable behavior that is disruptive to the workshop working and living environment.