Education: Upcoming Workshops


Fiber Arts Skill Share

The Wassaic Project is introducing a new weekly workshop for fiber arts enthusiasts looking to share their skills and learn new skills with others. Possible projects include felting embroidery, leatherworking, making clothes, bag design, etc. All participants are encouraged to share their skills with other members. This is an exciting opportunity for fiber arts enthusiasts of different ages to come together and take part in intergenerational learning.
Ages 13 +, all levels welcome!
BYO supplies!

The Fiber Arts Skill Share takes place Tuesday nights from 6-7:30, January 9th – March 13th.

Anyone interested can contact to sign up.


Image: Frau Sewing Rebellion


Screening of Creative Time Summit 

Saturday, October 15, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Art Nest, Maxon Mills, 37 Furnace Bank Road, Wassaic, NY 12592

Join us for a live stream of Day 2 of the Creative Time Summit at Lincoln Theater in Washington, DC. Check out the schedule and feel free to drop by for whichever presentations interest you!

Sign up for this free event HERE.



EPIC (Engaging People in Change): Panel Discussion on Youth and Immigration

Friday, October 21, 6:00 – 8:00pm*

Art Nest, Maxon Mills, 37 Furnace Bank Road, Wassaic, NY 12592

Inspired by the Creative Time Summit, EPIC and The Wassaic Project present a thoughtful conversation about immigration led by local youth.

Engaging People in Change (EPIC) is a new leadership-building program for high school students living in the Pine Plains, Millerton, Amenia, Dover Plains, and Millbrook areas. Students discuss the social justice issues that matter to them and create activist projects to make a change in their communities. 

*Light refreshments to be served.

Sign up for this free event HERE.




Writing Visual Art

Saturday, August 13, 9:00am – 1:30pm*

Luther Barn: 17 Furnace Bank Road, Wassaic NY 12592


Purpose of the workshop:

To demystify art-writing for artists.  You will come away with new tools and the confidence to gain greater perspective, understanding, and expanded options in your own practical art-writing.  


For whom:

This workshop, led by artist and writer Elizabeth Michelman,  is for exhibiting visual artists and other artists for whom writing may be a developing part of their practice in such settings as exhibition communications, grant-writing, proposals, guest-curating and other forms of self-advocacy as an artist.  There is a $15 fee for participants (includes lunch).


How it will work:  

The Workshop will flow “backwards,” considering first the role of the critic, and second, how artists can direct their own writing toward the needs of the third-party critic.  Participants will encounter, critique, and generate both critical essays and artists’ statements, or, in special cases, essays related to specific personal uses.   We will make use of group discussion, team writing projects, individual assignments, and one-on-one consultations.  The workshop will identify issues and challenges frequently encountered by artists in communicating around their art in the contemporary setting.  As a group we will explore new techniques of conceptualizing and organizing writing for exhibition.


*please note: lunch will be provided


Sign up HERE.


Elizabeth Michelman is a multidisciplinary artist, art critic, and independent curator in the Boston area whose practice inquires into interdisciplinary boundaries and the use of language.  Her spatial, conceptual, and linguistic strategies link a broad range of forms, disciplines and cultural experience, including site-responsive installation and video, participatory art, environmental art, language, poetry, and music. Michelman exhibits and creates public installations in New England and New York. She has taught courses on exhibitions, art and language, and 2D/3D design at Massachusetts College of Art and has lectured and taught in museums, galleries, community art venues and college campuses around New England.  She is a staff critic for Artscope Magazine and contributes to Sculpture Magazine and other publications. She recently co-founded an international blog for artist-curators:


Creative Writing Workshop for All

Friday, July 15, 7:00 – 8:30pm

Maxon Mills: 37 Furnace Bank Road, Wassaic NY 12592

Join us for this FREE Creative Writing Workshop to write together and share your work in a safe and supportive environment. Writers of all genres – poetry, fiction, non-fiction, journaling, song lyrics, etc.  – are welcome.  No prior writing experience is necessary.

Sign up HERE.

Led by Aaron Zimmerman, Founder and Executive Director of NY Writers Coalition, one of the nation’s largest community-based writing programs. 


Fresco Workshop

Saturday, July 23, 10am – 3:30pm

Maxon Mills: 37 Furnace Bank Road, Wassaic NY 12592

Learn the basics of fresco from Michael Biddle, a fresco artist in his 80’s who has been fresco-ing for more than 50 years after learning (and later teaching) at Skowhegan.

$20 covers all materials for the workshop.

Sign up HERE.