Summer Institute 2021


NYSATA 30th Annual Summer Institute*
Saturday, July 31, 2021 to Friday, August 6, 2021
Sagamore National Historic Landmark, Raquette Lake, NY
*Please note: Important changes to our previous program due to Covid-19. See information below.

The Adirondack State Park provides a perfect setting for a week of total immersion. Great Camp Sagamore offers educational tours, 20 miles of hiking trails, a private lake for swimming and canoeing, with many nearby museums and galleries. Sleeping accommodations are in beautiful authentic historic buildings. This national landmark dating from 1897, built by W. W. Durant, was the summer retreat of the Alfred G. Vanderbilt family for over 50 years. Buffet style meals are prepared by Sagamore’s chef and served in the paneled dining hall that overlooks Sagamore Lake.

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Sagamore Summer Institute: Original Program (limit 25 participants)
This professional development week offers over 50 hours of hands-on art exploration based on the New York State Learning Standards. Special effort is made to infuse the natural sciences, social studies/geography of NYS, music, math and English language arts into the visual arts offerings as encouraged by the Common Core Learning Standards.

Workshops in felting, acrylic glazing, bookbinding, Japanese embroidery, stained glass, printmaking, photography tips, plus a field excursion, studio time, all add to the richness of the program content. During this professional development, teachers will be exposed to multiple art forms, multiple hands-on opportunities and a multitude of lesson plan ideas across age ranges.

Focus Strand #1: MIXED MEDIA PRINTMAKING (limit 6 participants with instructor Jen LaCava)
Explore printmaking, color and beyond. Bring your ideas, images, a camera, and let your imagination be ignited by the Great Camp Sagamore setting. We will begin by developing a design to study the art and craft of wood cut. After arranging our composition and carving our block, we will begin to push boundaries to investigate new and combined techniques in mixed media printmaking. Experimental approaches will be encouraged as we will be using a variety of materials. Some supplies will be provided; participants will need basic wood carving tools. A complete supply list will be provided.

Focus Strand #2: FIBER ART (limit 6 participants w/ instructor Cindy Henry)
Fabric invites a multitude of processes for creative expression. Participants will explore many possibilities for surface preparation, design, and construction to develop their own textile work. Create unique raw materials (fabrics) using textile paints and a variety of application methods. Design and begin the construction of one or more personally expressive fabric/mixed media pieces. Participants must be familiar with basic sewing techniques. Bring a sewing machine you are comfortable using without assistance. Some materials included. Supply list will be provided.

Focus Strand #3: VISUAL JOURNALING (limit 5 participants w/ instructor Michelle Lesser)
Visual Journaling has become increasingly popular in recent years. Visual journaling is a creative way to express and record personal experiences, feelings and emotional reactions to our inner world both visually and verbally within an artist sketchbook.  It can become a key tool in the art making process.  You will explore new, exciting and creative techniques, ones that can help move you and/or your students forward in your artistic journeys.

CTLE Credit included. NYSATA is an approved CTLE Sponsor pursuant to Subpart 80-6 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. NYSATA Summer Institute workshops are eligible for CTLE credit. Each participant will be provided with appropriate documentation of participation. Participants are responsible for meeting any district requirements for pre-approval prior to the event and for understanding how CTLE credits apply to their particular certification requirements.

Registration & (non-refundable) deposit of $250 due within 2 weeks of registration.  Balance due June 1st.

Questions? Contact Beth Atkinson or Michelle Schroeder at [email protected]

2021 Registration and Details

Institute package registration includes lodging, instruction, some materials, meals, and certificate of participation.
Member Registration $1050
Non-Member Registration $1100

 Register early, space is limited.

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Cancellation policy: 
Non-refundable deposit due within 2 weeks of online registration.  Balance must be paid by June. 
Cancellations between June 1-July 15 will be refunded ONLY if a replacement can be found for that absence. Anyone cancelling due to Covid related complications between July 15-July 30, will be offered a credit toward the 2022 camp.

 *This year’s camp is limited to 45 participants.

  • All participants are encouraged to be vaccinated or have a negative Covid test, prior to camp. In addition, we encourage a 1 week voluntary quarantine, prior to camp.
  • Masks will be worn inside all buildings, unless seated at studio workspace.
  • Studio seating will be at least 6 ft apart.  There will be a reduced number of persons in each studio space.  Barn(23 persons), Collins Building(6 persons), Playhouse(7 persons), Hen House(7 persons), Unassigned(3 persons).
  • Single rooms are at a limited capacity.  However, shared rooms can be limited to 2 occupants.  We will also offer the ability to room with a person of choice. (If you choose to room with another registrant, please email [email protected] after your registration confirmation has been sent with the names of roomates) Rooms have been linked to a designated shared bathroom.  Bathrooms will be limited to no more than 4 users within a pod.
  • Strict safety precautions are being taken by staff, including mask usage.  Staff are being encouraged to be vaccinated and continue to take all precautions asked for guests.  Staff will also be participating in rapid testing when available.
  • Tours of the campus will continue this summer.  Precautions will be taken to keep our interaction with the public at a minimum.
  • All NYSATA Sagamore participants will be asked to remain at camp for the duration of the week, with the exception of the voluntary canoe excursion.
  • Plans at Sagamore are continuously updating as the situations change.



Retired Art Educator Scholarship


Applications for 2020 are now closed. Scholarship applications for 2021 will be open in September 2020.  Applications will be due by October 31, 2020.  

As educators, our love for teaching and learning never end. While our time in the classroom may cease, our want for growth is as natural as our want for breath. The NYSATA Summer Institute at Sagamore values all the contributions veteran teachers bring our professional development camp.

The Retired Art Educator Scholarship for the NYSATA Summer Institute, provides financial assistance to one retiree who has never attended the camp, for the attendance of the institute. The institute provides an unparalleled opportunity for retired teachers to experience art making in the beauty of the Adirondacks.  Applicants need not have extensive experience in the wilderness, as this setting is meant to provide a stimulating natural inspiration. This community of educators and artists share a common spirit of creativity, in which to explore personal and professional artistic goals in the classroom and in retirement. 

The scholarship includes registration fees, lodging, instruction, some materials, meals, and certificate of participation.

Only the awardee will be notified.
Winner will be posted on the NYSATA Summer Institute webpage.

Congratulations Colleen L'Hommedieu, Region 2 who was awarded the Retiree Scholarship for 2020!

Barry Hopkins Art Educator Scholarship

Great Camp Sagamore, Raquette Lake, NYBarry Hopkins Art Educator Application

Applications for 2020 are now closed. Scholarship applications for 2021 will be open in September 2020.  Applications will be due by October 31, 2020.  

Established in 2015 
The Barry Hopkins Art Educator Scholarship was established to honor an outstanding art educator. Barry Hopkins was a teacher of art in the Catskill Central School District for 37 years. He had a passion for teaching and for sharing his love of the Hudson River School of Art and the Catskill Mountains. He was known for his connection to earth and nature, and he taught his students to honor and celebrate the natural world through their art. An active and contributing NYSATA member for many years, Barry gave endless numbers of workshops, chaired conferences, and contributed to and participated in the NYSATA Summer Institute since its inception. His positive influence in the art world lives on through the many lives he touched and will also continue through this scholarship.

Barry’s contributions to the profession were cut short by his untimely death. He had a tremendous impact on the professional lives of many of our colleagues, especially those teachers who participated in the NYSATA Summer Institute, which he helped establish.  The scholarship provides financial support to enable a NYSATA member art educator who has never attended the NYSATA Summer Institute to attend at the Great Camp Sagamore. The scholarship includes registration fees, lodging, instruction, some materials, meals, and certificate of participation.

Only the awardee will be notified.
Winner will be posted on the NYSATA Summer Institute webpage.
Applications will be reviewed and the awardee notified by ...

***Thanks to matching funds from the Great Camp Sagamore, a second scholarship will be awarded to a runner-up. The runner-up will receive a 50% discount on the registration fee for the institute.

 CONGRATULATIONS to Kirsten Johanson who was awarded the FULL Scholarship.

CONGRATULATIONS to Jennifer Matott who was awarded the PARTIAL Scholarship.