Summer Art Workshops

31st Annual: May 19 – July 31, 2015

Most workshops still have space available. Please register in a timely manner. Classes can be taken for credit or non-credit.


Sheri Leigh O'Connor
Chair, Department of Fine Arts
775-831-1314 x7588

We are now located in the Holman Arts and Media Center!

Holman pic w mtn

We’re very excited to be in this new facility generously donated by Robert and Robin Holman, and supported by numerous community members. It’s bigger, brighter, has new equipment and facilities.

(Registration does not guarantee enrollment. Classes may fill before registrations get processed)

Workshop Schedule

Michelle Gregor and Susannah Israel The Figure in Context June 15th – 19th
Randy Brodnax and Don Ellis Fast Fire “Pottree” June 22nd – 26th
Sunshine Cobb Handbuilding Functional Forms July 6th – 10th
Danny Meisinger Glazing, Firing, and Throwing Bigger July 13th – 17th
Hayne Bayless Happiness is a Warm Extruder July 20th – 24th
Sean O’Connell The Exquisite Surface July 27th –  31st
Ceramics Weekend:
Shannon Sullivan Multiples, Pieces and Parts June 27th & 28th
Wesley Wright Press Molds for Ceramics  July 18th & 19th
* Travel Course
Sheri Leigh O’Connor The Art of Japan May 19th – June 4th
Phyllis Shafer Plein Air Landscape Oil Painting July 6th – 10th
Jerry Dodrill Tahoe Photography June 22nd – 26th
($100. additional lab fee)
Nathan Watson Basic Kiln-Formed Glass July 13th – 17th
Digital Art:
Tim Guthrie Digital Illustration June 15th – 19th
Rick Parsons  Hot Steel and Skin July 27th – 31st
Fine Arts Weekend
 Mary Kenny Cutting Edge Collage  July 18th & 19th

(Registration does not guarantee enrollment.)

General Information on Summer Workshops

Lake Tahoe and the scenic Sierra Nevada Mountains truly inspire the artist in us all. SNC offers a variety of summer workshops given by nationally known ceramists, glass artists, painters, sculptors, printmakers, digital artists, photographers, paper makers, jewelers, and more. Learn new techniques and expand your knowledge in the medium.

On Tuesday night at 7pm each week during the workshops, we’ll host our “Meet the Artist” lecture in the Prim Library, which will be immediately followed by an informal reception in the Tahoe Gallery. It’s free and open to the public. There are many activities in the area to enjoy while you’re here, including swimming, boating, golfing and hiking to mention a few.

Students, aged 16 and up, can take workshops for personal enrichment or college credit. Tuition includes some materials, possible kiln firings, equipment rental, etc. Spouses, parents, children and friends are welcome to visit the studios before and after classes and attend “Meet the Artist” on Tuesday nights, but may not accompany the student at the workshop.

Upon paid registration, students will receive an information packet with maps and directions to the college, class location, what to bring to the workshop, and other pertinent information, as well as Tahoe visitors info.

Class Information:

Week-Long Classes
  • Class Schedule: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
  • Credit Available: 1.5 college credits, 1.5 teacher recertification credits, or non-credit
  • Tuition: $499.50 – includes most materials
  • Glass workshops have an additional $100 lab fee
 Weekend Classes
  • Class Schedule: Saturday and Sunday, 9am – 5pm
  • Credit Available: 0.5 college credits, 0.5 teacher recertification credits, or non-credit
  • Tuition: $225
Japan Travel Course:
  • Credit Available: 3 college credits, 3 teacher recertification credits, or non-credit
  • Tuition: $4,500 – Includes flights from SFO, accommodations, activities, and some meals.
  • Payment Schedule: $500 deposit due upon registration.

Students taking workshops for academic credit will be charged a tech fee.

* Lunches are not included in the 2015 Summer Workshop tuition, but may be purchased at the SNC cafeteria during their open hours.

For more information

Sheri Leigh O'Connor
Chair, Department of Fine Arts
775-831-1314 x7588


SNC Housing

Some single and double rooms on campus may be available in the dorms, subject to availability. Each room has its own bathroom, and linens* are included. Weekly room cleaning and linen turnover are included with multi-week stays. There is no maid service and meals are not included.

Contact Student Affairs at to find out about room availability. Please include the dates you need and your contact information in the email.

  • Single Room (per person): $350 per 6 night week, (Sun.-Sat.) | $130 per 2 night weekend (Fri. & Sat. nights)
  • Double Room (per person): $250 per 6 night week, (Sun.-Sat.) |$80 per 2 night weekend (Fri. & Sat. nights)
  • Additional nights may be purchased if available

* Includes one fitted sheet, one flat sheet, one blanket, one pillow, one pillow case, one bath towel, one hand towel, one washcloth, toilet paper, and mini soap. TV’s and mini-fridge/microwave units will not be available this year.

Incline Village

A wide variety of resort, hotel, and vacation rental options are available in the immediate area. The Parkside Inn is located directly across the street from the Holman Building.