The Woodstock School of Art, Inc. is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3, educational institution chartered under the laws of the State of New York. The school is located in New York’s famed artists’ colony of Woodstock, surrounded by the pristine woodlands of the Catskill Mountains, about 100 miles north of New York City.
Classes in fine art, including drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture are offered year round in fully climate controlled studios in historic bluestone and native timber buildings. Classes are open to all, with no entrance requirements or experience necessary.
The native bluestone and timber buildings which house the Woodstock School of Art had their beginnings in 1939 when they were commissioned to be constructed as a school for arts and crafts under FDR’s New Deal program, The National Youth Administration. Today, the studios and buildings of the Woodstock School of Art, on thirty-eight pristine woodland acres, are listed in the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places. Broader in scope than most art education centers and unique in its mission as an independent school dedicated to freedom of expression for both instructors and students, but with a clear emphasis on principles and technique, the Woodstock School of Art encourages the student to find his or her own way. A spirit of cooperative engagement and helpful assistance expresses the school’s attitude toward its instructors and their students.
The founders of the Woodstock School of Art were artists, and to this day both staff and officers are artists as well. Each class is an artist’s atelier combining the instructor’s viewpoint with the free and open dialogue necessary for artistic creativity. The school does not interfere in this vital exchange because of its respect for the artists, for the artist’s way of life, and for the creative force that motivates artists. There are no entrance requirements, no set curricula. Students select classes and workshop programs of their choosing conducted by more than forty professional instructors.
The Woodstock School of Art holds classes throughout the year, summer and winter, in air-conditioned or radiant heated studios, newly renovated but retaining the rugged country charm of the original stone and timber buildings. An average of more than eight hundred students from the United States and countries abroad currently enroll in any given year. Since its inception, and continuing to this day, hundreds of renowned artists and notables in the art world have been associated with the school.
The schedule includes daily classes in drawing, painting, composition, sculpture and printmaking, with workshops in specialized techniques under the guidance of experts in their respective fields.
Add to the mix the cafes, restaurants, theater, art galleries, antique shops, a first-run movie house, a library with wireless internet access, swimming, tennis courts, horseback riding, and walking along the many secluded trails, the experience of coming to Woodstock and attending the Woodstock School of Art is likely to be as fulfilling and unforgettable as it will be productive.
Drawing, Painting, Sculpture and Graphics Workspace is available in studios which are not otherwise in use. Workspace is not necessarily exclusive or private. Workspace is available half days from 9 AM to 12 Noon and from 1 PM to 4 PM. Contact the Registrar about limited availability.
Eva Van Rijn
Mizuyo "Mimi" Aburano
Good job on this program. I will absolutely take more classes with you.
The classes have been very informative and enjoyable. I’m grateful for the opportunity to participate.
I am finding the online class well organized and appreciate that there is a facilitator to field the questions and oversee the structure and timing of
WSA is a wonderful resource!
Thank you for continuing thru the pandemic. It’s been very fortifying.
Enjoying my first Zoom art class. It’s very motivating and encouraging to have this during the winter and during covid. Bravo WSA!
Thank you for these amazing online classes!
WSA gives me access to Amazing artists and instructors I might not otherwise have.
I have loved having the online classes! They keep me in touch with the school, my artist friends and my own work.
Keep up the great work WSA! I’ve really enjoyed the online classes I’ve participated in so far and always look forward to weekly call and homework. Also enjoy seeing how fellow students tackle painting assignments in unique and interesting ways each week.
This is a great format and a large part of its benefit is having a recording of the class after the hour, which allows me to start and stop.
I have enjoyed these classes very much. Instructors and administrative staff very accommodating. Class price and length excellent.
Really superb instructors. Remote learning is easier than we expected. Someday, be nice to meet the instructors.
Starting classes at WSA was life-changing for me, and now in the midst of this pandemic, it is life-sustaining
As someone who is not local, the ability to take Zoom art classes has made all the difference in dealing with the pandemic. Thank you for extending your reach with Zoom.
I really appreciated the integration of brief but focused and helpful instruction, time on my own, and short but vital and informative one on one learning sessions with the instructor.
I’ve always thought of the WSA as a wonderful place.
The pace, scope, and demos were just right, a huge learning curve for me.
Joan covered many different techniques but still left time for us to work. It was a great blend.
My first experience at Woodstock School of Art was awesome!
I expected a great workshop and got it!
Much better than expected. I don’t know how she does it!
My art skills and confidence continue to grow through your teachers and programs.
Even though I studied at three major art colleges, I have received the finest drawing and visualizing instruction from Keith Gunderson.
I have enjoyed all the classes I’ve signed up for (and appreciate having access to the the recorded class for a week thereafter). They enabled me to
continue to learn a variety of techniques and info.