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Alfred University Summer Arts Program Offers Discounts for Local Residents and K-12 Teachers

Registration has been extended for Alfred Summer Arts Workshops. Local residents receive a 25% discount and K-12 teachers receive a 50% discount for adult workshops. “Make Art with us this Summer” in single day, and week-long or multi-week workshops June 26 - July 22 on the Alfred University campus.

Alfred University also offers High School Summer Institutes in July and an August movement workshop on the Maine Coast. Workshops in ceramic art, photography, VR, 3-D Printing, printmaking, fibers and numerous other areas of art and music making are offered in a variety of media areas designed for participants working at all levels: artists, teachers, students, community members and professionals.

Week one of the summer workshops held from June 26-30, features workshops in Photography & Writing, Virtual Reality (VR), and an Introduction to 3D Printing where participants receive an introduction to the concepts and requirements for successful 3D printing, including projects to integrate into curriculum for both arts and engineering classrooms.

The second week of workshops, held July 3-7, includes an introduction to wood block printing and egg tempera painting, which was the primary method of painting until the 1500’s. Participants will learn about the medium’s rich history, how to make homemade gesso panels starting from scratch, the characteristics of powdered pigments, how to mix fresh paint, and a chance to paint the sublime Allegany County landscape.

In week three, July 10-14, workshops include “Music from the Other Side of the World” with musician Mingren (Morgan) Huang. Participants will experience folk songs, musical instruments, folk dances, and operas from China and other Asian countries. Also in the third week, artist George Ferrandi, who brought the lantern parade to Alfred in the summer of 2022, returns with another workshop "…definitely the moon" which combines the Japanese technique for making illuminated paper sculpture (Nebuta) with long exposure photography/light painting.

The last week of workshops, July 17-21, include printmaking and fibers workshops: “Color from Nature: An Experiential Leap into Applying Color to Yarns and Fabrics Natural Dyes” with Debra MacCrea. Visit a dye garden, learn to grown and forage dye plants, prepare dye and eco-print. "Experimental Printmaking”, a workshop with William Contino, participants Develop images utilizing the media of print, both traditional and digital. There are just a few spaces remaining in the two and four week workshops in ceramic art.

One day workshops are offered throughout the month of July, including “Pattern & Color on Thrown and Handbuilt Terracotta” with Adero Willard, “Formulating and Firing Reduction in-Glaze Lusters” with Stephanie Hanes, “Plein Air Painting” with Patrick Brennan, “Large Vessels & Surface Decoration for Functional Pottery” with Sanam Emami, and “Eco-Printing on Fabrics or Paper” with Debra MacCrea.

Throughout the month of on campus workshops, daily evening lectures and gallery receptions are free an open to the public. For a full listing of free events, visit the Events Page on the Alfred University website.

Alfred University Assistant Professor of Dance Colleen Wahl will oversee the one-week workshop “Body, Landscape, and Creative Process", Aug. 14-18 in Harrington, ME, on an idyllic strip of land, with cottages and other outbuildings along the rocky Maine coast. The property is located approximately halfway between Bar Harbor and Lubec, on the Maine coast. Begin each morning with a guided movement practice that connects you to your body and deepens your understanding of the material body. Based on the explorations in body and movement we will enjoy an excursion into the natural world. Your spreading feet will notice their buoyancy on a moderate hike to the summit of a nearby mountain, or they rest in the sun and wind on the rocks of a hidden Acadia beach. Each day will include open time for work in your chosen modality, read, or reflect, as well as time in community of other participants to share your work and reflections. Find out more about the property history.

Alfred University also offers a variety of week-long options for high school students in the month of July including arts institutes: "Acting Studio: Audition Clinic", "From Concept to Content: Online Creations in Music and Sound", "Painting and Nature, Visual Art Portfolio Institute", "Beginning 3D Printing for Artists & Engineers", "High School Portfolio Institute", and "Vocal Performance Institute".

All adult 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. Local students 16-17 years of age may participate in workshops, with a parent/legal guardian permission.

For discount and waitlist information, contact [email protected]. For more information and registration for individual workshops, visit