Woodstock School of Art

Woodstock School of Art

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.



An innovative school of art sponsored by the Art Students League of New York opened in Woodstock in 1906, and from its very beginning became a magnet for working and beginning artists lured to the idyllic mountains, meadows, woods, and streams of the Woodstock region. In 1979 the League discontinued its summer classes, and two years later. The Woodstock School of Art, a non-profit organization of local artists started in 1968, took over the complex of massive bluestone and timber studios that had been built by the Federal Government as a crafts training center before World War II.

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.


Woodstock School of Art's mission is to offer high quality, affordable instruction in fine art; maintain stewardship of its unique and historic buildings for continued use as an art school; and provide opportunities which engage the community in allied arts activities and exhibitions.

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.


The Woodstock School of Art is one of the unique organizations that contribute to the Town of Woodstock’s reputation as a vital, contemporary colony of the arts. Others include the venerable Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, the Byrdcliffe-inspired Woodstock Guild, the Maverick Chamber Music Concerts, the Woodstock Playhouse, and The Center for Photography at Woodstocck. All flourish in the stimulating environment and natural beauty in the green valley below the Catskill’s Overlook Mountain.

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.


The large, airy studios with natural north light are unexcelled, the wooded grounds spacious, the air clean and pure. Tuition scholarships, work exchange scholarships, and studio workspace, the dedication of the teachers, student body, and administrative staff all combine in an atmosphere of freedom and seriousness.

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.


Studio easels, sculpture stands and equipment for printmaking are provided for the use of registered students and workspace artists in the studios. Students working in landscape classes provide their own outdoor easels. Materials and supplies such as paints, brushes and etching plates are not included in tuition fees. In an effort to maintain our non-toxic environment, the Woodstock School of Art  does not permit the use of turpentine or mineral spirits in the classrooms. Citric based solvents are acceptable. Learn more. Additionally, please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne or scents of any kind.  A list of recommended materials for each student's class will be provided at the time of registration. The Woodstock School of Art will not be held responsible for any materials or artwork left on the premises.


The Woodstock School of Art offers the most complete graphic shop facilities in the region. In addition to classes and workshops in various disciplines of printmaking, workspace may be rented at nominal fees. Call for details. No pets are are allowed on campus.



Nancy Campbell

Staats Fasoldt

Kate McGloughlin

Bobbi Esmark

Scott Clugstone

Elizabeth Broad

Carol Davis

Janine Shelffo

Eva Van Rijn

Claudia Waruch


Nina Doyle
Executive Director

Mizuyo "Mimi" Aburano

Jennifer Wilmshurst
Assistant Registrar

Sharon Penz
Program Coordinator

Steve Hewitt
School Custodian

Lorelei Voelker


Paul Alexander
Eric Angeloch
Vladimir Bachinsky
H. Clark Bell
Tricia Cline
William Cloonan
James Cox
Jenne M. Currie
Joseph DePaul
Steve Dininno
Frank Duncan
Mary Anne Erickson
Tom Fletcher
Joan Ffolliott
Madeline Friedman
Frances Gerngross
Gail Godwin
Peter Heller
Deborah Heppner
Eila Kokkinen
James Koopman
Josh Koplovitz
Sue LaRocca
Michael Lavin
Susana Toruella Leval
Katharine McKenna
Alan McKnight
Patty Mooney
Wilma Miller
John Mower
Jenny Nelson
Dion Ogust
Richard Pantell
Kelley Parker
Darlene Pfeiffer
Eileen Power
Stephen Protoss
James Ransome
Susanna Ronner
Meredith Rosiér
Richard Segalman
Carol Slutzky-Tenerowicz
Muriel Stallworth
Gerald Wapner
Pamela Wardwell
William R. West
Tom Wright
Adrienne Zabriskie

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