Programs for Alumni

Starting this year, we are excited to offer a selection of online workshops for alumni of The Putney School and Putney Summer School Arts. Brighten your new year and let your artistic side flourish in workshops, where you’ll create, grow, laugh, and learn with Putney alumni of all generations.

We hope you’ll join us and that you’ll spread the word to friends from your time at Putney, encouraging them to join you in this creative endeavor. 

Program Details 

All workshops will meet via Zoom. Each week you’ll be invited to stay for an optional social time to share work and visit with your fellow alumni. 

Length: Sunday afternoons for six weeks
Dates: January 10 – February 14, 2021 | 4 – 5:30 p.m. ET 
Tuition: $300

Animation: The Art of Motion

Instructor: Peter Wallis, visual artist and educator. B.F.A. Maine College of Art; M.F.A. Goddard College.

Animation allows you to tell powerful visual stories. In this workshop, participants will hone foundational animation skills and apply those techniques through production processes using digital tools and physical media, bringing ideas to the screen and gaining proficiency with digital tools like Photoshop, AfterEffects, Premiere Pro, and iStopMotion.

Materials Needed 
We will provide access to Adobe Creative Suite. In addition, you will need:

  • Drawing Tablet
  • Computer capable of running Adobe Creative Suite

Painting: Discovery & Depth

Instructor: Genevieve Cohn, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Art, Wellesley College. B.A. Ithaca College; M.F.A. Indiana University Bloomington.

As a teacher, Genevieve Cohn encourages participants to explore the “histories that shape who we are and what we are able to see, and the ways that we can translate these complicated, intersectional lives into a visual image.” Participants’ curiosity, humor, and openness will lead to discovery and depth as they create art together.

Download the List of Materials Needed (PDF) 

Photography: Stop Taking Pretty Pictures

Instructor: Zach Stephens, visual artist and educator; Certificate of Professional Photography, Hallmark Institute of Photograph; M.F.A. Vermont College of Fine Arts.

The general understanding of photography is that one takes rather than makes pictures, and that images with traditional aesthetic beauty are more highly regarded. But photography can (and should) do much more. This class will dig into learning to see differently and to make images as we delve in together to explore the deep history of photography beyond sunsets. 

Materials Needed

We will provide access to Adobe Creative Suite. In addition, you will need:

  • Digital camera or cell phone
  • Computer capable of running Adobe Creative Suite

Storytelling: What’s at Stake?

Instructor: Freya Sachs, English Department, University School Nashville. A.B. Dartmouth College, M.F.A. Vanderbilt University.

Writing is more than putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard). Celebrate the joy of writing and collaboration with fellow writers and instructor Freya Sachs. Together you will deepen your characters’ voices, bring new worlds to life, and expand your idea of what a story can be.

Materials Needed

  • Notebook
  • Computer with word processing software (MS Word, etc)