Peters Valley School of Craft is a non-profit 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the mission of enriching lives through the learning, appreciation and practice of the art of fine craft. From inception as an artist colony in 1970 to its status today as a world renowned craft school, Peters Valley is committed to developing excellence in craft through the skills and core values of craftsmanship while nurturing creativity in a diverse constituency including professional artists, enthusiasts and the general public in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Peters Valley fulfills its mission through immersion learning workshops for adults and children, a year round retail & exhibition Gallery that showcases work from over 300 fine craft artists, an Annual Craft Fair & Open House, artist fellowships and assistantships, and numerous public outreach programs including Craftsmen at Work which is a program that brings artist demonstrations to schools and special groups. www.petersvalley.org
ABOUT OUR WORKSHOPS & CAMPUS
Peters Valley School of Craft is located within the picturesque Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. This setting creates a unique opportunity for immersion learning. Nestled in the midst of the beauty are state of the art studios with workshops run by professional artists from around the country. Each studio is managed by a Department Head or Seasonal Artist Fellow, assisted by a volunteer studio assistant.
A typical 5-day workshop session begins on Friday at 9:00am with check-in between 8:15 and 8:45am at the office. Participants may arrive the evening before if staying on campus and dinner is available for purchase in the Dining Hall. Classes continue through Tuesday, running 9am to 5pm each day. Studios are generally open at night until about 10pm (This varies by studio) if students would like to continue to work. Studio clean-up takes place at 3pm on the last day of the workshop.
Participants range in age from 18 to 80, beginner through advanced, from all walks of life. All studios break for meals at the same time and everyone comes together to share in their experience. Visiting other studios in the evening is encouraged and Friday night instructor presentations give everyone an incredible insight into the process and work of all of the visiting artists. Weekly auctions are held on Mondays at 1pm and all of the money raised goes to support the studio assistants while raising money to purchase new equipment for the studios.
As the former hamlet of Bevans, our dormitories, studio, dining hall, office and gallery are housed in mostly historic farm houses and structures. Peters Valley School of Craft is committed to being accessible to all of our students. However, the terrain at the Valley is natural and some of the historic buildings are only partially accessible. Paths and driveways are not paved. If you need special assistance, please indicate your needs with your workshop application. At least two weeks’ notice must be given when requesting special assistance so that we have time to accommodate your needs.