Summer Art Workshops

32nd Annual: May 17 – July 29, 2016

Another great summer is scheduled for next year!

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!

Please check back for more info on these exciting workshops.


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

Clayton Keyes Figurative Clay June 13th – 17th
Matt Hoogland Beginning Wheel Throwing and Sexy Surfaces June 20th – 24th
Randy Brodnax and Don Ellis Fast Fire “Pottree” June 27th – July 1
Adam Field Nature Tradition July 11th – 15th
John Toki w/ Nancy Servis Ceramic Sculpture as Catalyst July 18th – 22nd
Ronan Peterson Decorative Surfaces July 25th –  29th
Ceramics Weekend:
Glenn Grishkoff Make Your Mark: The Art of Brushmaking and Ceramic Teabowls June 25th & 26th
Ben Carter Perfect Pouring Pitchers  July 23rd & 24th
* Travel Course
Sheri Leigh O’Connor Ceramics, Sushi, and Sightseeing in Japan! May 17th – June 1st
Phyllis Shafer Plein Air Landscape Oil Painting July 11th – 15th
Sean Starwars Contemporary Printmaking June 20th – 24th
Jerry Dodrill Tahoe Photography June 27th – July 1st
Jane Ingram Allen “Seed the Future” July 25th – 29th
($100. additional lab fee)
Nathan Watson Glassblowing June 13th – 17th
 William Hutchison  Kiln Casted Glass  July 11th – 15th
Digital Art:
Tim Guthrie Digital Illustration July 18th – 22nd
Christa Assad and Kevin Wickham  ReUpped Sculpture July 18th – 22nd
Fine Arts Weekend
Katherine Case Bookmaking  June 25th & 26th

(Registration does not guarantee enrollment, as classes may fill before processed.)

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: TBA – 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: TBA
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 select meals.
  • Payment Schedule: $500 deposit due upon registration, non refundable after 4/1/16.

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

* 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
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.

* 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.