Summer Art Workshops

33rd Annual Summer Visiting Artist Workshops!

Another great summer is being scheduled for 2017! Please visit this page again soon for updates as more workshops get scheduled.

You can take a workshop anywhere, but it won’t be as gorgeous as Tahoe! We’re within walking distance of the north shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe. Come join us this summer for an intensive study of art in a variety of mediums. Tap into your creativity at the lake!


Sheri Leigh O'Connor
Chair, Department of Fine Arts

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


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

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

2016 Workshop Schedule

Matt Katz Glaze Chemistry June 12th – 16th
Martha Grover Undulating Functional Porcelain June 19th – 23rd
Randy Brodnax and Don Ellis Fast Fire “Pottree” June 26th – 30th
Kevin Snipes July 10th – 14th
Eric Stearns  Pierced Precision July 17th – 21st
TBA July 24th –  28th
Ceramics Weekend:
 $225. Tuition
Andy Ruble Find Your Throwing Bliss June 24th and 25th
* Travel Course
 $4,500. Tuition and Fees
Sheri Leigh O’Connor Ceramics, Sushi, and Sightseeing in Japan! May 17th – June 1st
Painting and Drawing:
Don Fritz  Collage and Mixed Media Painting; Works On Paper June 26th – 30th
Heather Wilcoxon  Free Fall: Monoprinting July 24th – 28th
Jerry Dodrill Tahoe Photography June 26th – 30th

($150. additional lab fee)

William Hutchison and Debbie Howell Beginning Kiln Formed Glass July 10th – 14th
William Hutchison and Debbie Howell  Advanced Kiln Formed Glass  July 17th – 21st
Digital Art:
Tim Guthrie Digital Illustration June 12th – 16th
Fine Arts
Anne Beck  Paper making June 12th – 16th

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

Summer Art Workshops at SNC Tahoe

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. Full refund is available for withdrawing up to four weeks before course start date (with the exception of the Japan course).  Attendee must petition, and have petition approved after the four week deadline for a refund.

Class Information:

Week-Long Classes
  • Class Schedule: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
  • Non-Credit Tuition: $499.50 – includes most materials*
  • Credit Tuition: $662.00  for 1.5 college credits or 1.5 teacher recertification credits
  • *Glass workshops have an additional $150 lab fee
 Weekend Classes
  • Class Schedule: Saturday and Sunday, 9am – 5pm
  • Non-Credit Tuition: $225
  • Credit Tuition: $387.50 for .5 college credits, .5 teacher recertification credits

Japan Travel Course:

  • Credit Available: 3 college credits, 3 teacher recertification credits, or non-credit
  • Credit or Non-Credit Tuition:$4,500 – Includes flights from SFO, accommodations, activities, and select meals.
  • Payment Schedule: $500 deposit due upon registration. Full payment due, and non refundable after 3/17/16. Registration is possible after 3/17, but full payment is due.

* Lunches are not included in the 2016 Summer Workshop tuition, but may be purchased at the SNC cafeteria during their open hours.

We’ll provide complimentary breakfast sweets, fruit, coffee and tea each morning.

For more information

Sheri Leigh O'Connor
Chair, Department of Fine Arts

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


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. Additional nights may be available at an additional charge.

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

Housing Prices 2016 – (2017 prices TBA)
  • Single Weeklong $411. 6 nights: Sunday night through Saturday morning
  • Double Weeklong $308. 6 nights: Sunday night through Saturday morning
  • Single Weekend $134. 2 nights: Friday and Saturday
  • Double Weekend $83. 2 nights: Friday and Saturday

* 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.