In January 2018, North Country offered thirteen simultaneous workshops. The workshops descriptions here are typical and will give you a sense of what we generally offer, and of the extraordinary quality of our instructors.
All workshops take place in the Visual and Performing Arts building (VAPA) on the campus of Bennington College. Faculty members are recruited from around the United States, and each of them has won recognition both for artistic achievement and for teaching excellence.
These are all hands-on workshops. Workshop descriptions suggest the level of skill required. Some are for intermediate or advanced students only, while others are open to all artists, including those who may specialize in another area but want to experiment in that particular medium.
Next Workshop Dates: January 2020
Location: Bennington, Vermont
Click here to download the PDF of our weekly schedule for a typical workshop week in Bennington.
Other Events and Opportunities
Art by our workshops faculty, in the main exhibit gallery in the Visual and Performing Arts building.
Slide talks presented by faculty, discussing their work and their careers. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 7:30 – 9:15 pm.
Mindful Moving: Stretch, Relax, Re-center
Led by Tracy Penfield, Director of Altus Healing Arts. Free with workshop registration. All levels and abilities welcome. Wednesday through Saturday, 7:00 am – 8:00 am and 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, and Sunday morning.
Writing Seminars: Contemplate, Reflect, Create through the Written Word
In 2018, these seminars were led by Stuart Kestenbaum, poet laureate of Maine and former Executive Director at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Free with workshop registration. Wednesday through Saturday, 7:00 am – 8:00 am and 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
We encourage all participants and faculty to donate an item for this fundraiser. Proceeds support NCSW scholarships and workshop expenses. The auction is open all week and ends on Saturday evening.
Special 25th Anniversary Events
North Country Studio Workshops began providing advanced-level workshops for craft artists in 1993. Our gathering in Bennington in January 2018 marked 25 years of exploration, inspiration, and community building. We hope you will want to join in some of the celebratory events.
“Inspired by North Country Studio Workshops”
October 6 - December 22, 2017
Exhibition at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s headquarters, The Craft Center, 49 South Main Street, Suite 100, Concord, New Hampshire
6X6 Show and Sale
October 4-25, 2018
Kimball Jenkins Academy, Carriage House
266 N. Main Street
Opening Reception October 4, 5-7 pm
Followed by sales on-line through January 1, 2019