ART 201

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SAW’s Art 201 Explorations program is an extension of Art 101, a hands-on field trip offered to high school students from several counties in Northeastern New York state. Established in response to requests from students (and teachers) for more in-depth training and extended studio work time, the Art Explorations series is designed with Art 101 alumni in mind.

Open to participants 16 and up, SAW offers beginner Blacksmithing, Glass Blowing, Metal Fabrication, and Silk Screen Printing for  eight consecutive weeks during summer break; late June through mid August. Workshops are scheduled on weeknights from 6 pm to 9 pm. Details described in the SAW workshop calendar.

While in class, students will complete projects, learning safe, and efficient studio practices, gaining familiarity with tools and equipment, and interacting with professional artists and craftspeople. At the end of the course, students will gain not only a sense of the creative possibilities of the medium, but also an awareness of how these skills can lead to a career in the arts or trades.


"The workshops were very hands on and the instructors were helpful!"

"I liked the Instruction and the freedom to make whatever I wanted" 

"Interactive-if I had a question the instructor answered it"

"Being able to make my own paper weight using the techniques I learned from my instructor"

"It was a nice way to learn how to do something new in a creative way. It was also nice to be able to do pretty much whatever object you wanted"

"The Instructor let us make whatever we wanted to based on our abilities. It made the workshop more unique. I learned so much in a short time. I'm really interested in this (glass)"

"The instructor made sure I was able to do something the way I wanted, and was very helpful when I was confused. I felt like I was welcome."

"I liked to be able to create what I wanted, I just wished there was more time so I could get more detailed"

"I really liked learning and working with other subjects of art that I normally do not work with! I loved all the pieces of art all over as well!"

"I would suggest giving the opportunity to make more than one product. I would recommend this to everyone. I liked how each instructor gave their full attention and were willing to accommodate our ideas and goals from each workshop"

"I felt comfortable asking the instructor for assistance. I wish my students could have more field trips to SAW-really opens their minds and eyes to other mediums"



    Dates and Times

    Art 201 workshops are generally scheduled June through August.  Students should plan to attend for the full eight weeks, meeting once a week for 3 hours. Workshops will be offered weeknights from 6pm to 9pm. See details below.

    2018 Dates

    Monday thru Friday, 6:00pm to 9:00pm, June xx through August xx, 2018

    Full Day Schedule

    If you are interested in participating but have a scheduling conflict, please contact us for alternatives dates and times. Please contact our office by email or phone.

    Cost and Number of Students

    Each workshop session can accommodate up to 6 students. Each workshop session runs for three hours, for eight consecutive weeks.

    The cost for a full Art 201 exploration workshop series is $480. Subsidized spots will be available as funding is secured. field trip day, including two workshops per student, all materials and safety equipment, and facilities tour, is $80 per student.


    Register online, call 518 854 7674, or email Jenny at

    Available Workshops

    Glass Blowing 201

    This is an introduction to what glass is and how to work with solid forms and color. Students start by making Paperweights and flower forms are a great place to discover this fascinating material. Each student will make something to keep in this fun and informative class. After a brief safety talk and an introduction to the tools and equipment each student will be able to work the Gaffers bench and experiment with the glass.

    Blacksmithing 201

    Students will learn basic hammer control, tapering, basic curls, shouldering, hot cutting, basic metallurgy, safety, tool nomenclature, simple twists, and general “white” work. Students will practice these techniques to produce a hand forged hook.

    Screen Printing 201

    Students will participate in the entire process of creating a finished silk screen printed t-shirt. Students will choose a group theme and each draw something related on a pre-cut 2in by 2in transparency. The instructor will demonstrate how to create a screen using the student’s designs. Once the screen is ready, each student will print the design on a t-shirt provided by SAW. Students are encouraged to bring additional clothing or paper to print on, and will have additional designs to choose from. 

    Welding 201

    There are many welding processes including Mig welding, Stick welding, Tig welding, oxy-acetylene welding.  In this workshop, students will observe and try different methods of welding, but will focus on Mig Welding and Plasma Cutting for the sake of expediency. The instructor will provide demonstration on safe and proper use of a variety of equipment, then students will choose metal scrap material to assemble and create a sculpture of their own design.

    What to bring, What to expect

    Each SAW workshop instructor will provide complete and thorough instruction. The registration fee includes all materials and supplies and any necessary safety gear to participate.

    Students should have already submitted payment and all paperwork prior to arriving at SAW. Any documents that were not submitted should be brought on the day of your visit and submitted to the office as soon as possible after arrival. Sorry, but students who have not paid or completed their paperwork can not participate.

    Students should bring a lunch and drink. Students must also wear proper attire, including close-toed shoes (sneakers are fine) or boots, avoid loose or baggy clothing that may get in the way of operating tools and equipment, and long hair should be covered or tied back. Students MUST wear natural fibers and should not wear synthetic fibers, which are more likely to melt and cause serious burns if exposed to fire or radiant heat.

    Workshops will occur rain or shine. Because some facilities are partially outside, students are encouraged to dress for the weather - rain jacket, sun screen, and bug repellent as appropriate.

    Students are welcome to bring a sketch pad, camera, or their phone to take pictures and notes.

    Finally, every participant will be asked to complete a short survey at the end of each workshop session – this is extremely helpful in improving our programming and allowing us to secure funding to run it again in the future.