The Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts is operated by the Society of Vermont Artists and Craftsmen, Inc. The Board of Directors consists of a number of dedicated and diverse individuals who generously volunteer their time and talents. Our commitment is to quality arts and crafts education, to keep alive old traditions, and to teach new techniques in a special Vermont setting, at a reasonable cost to the public.
Fletcher Farms School for the Arts & Crafts is the oldest residential arts and crafts school in the state of Vermont. The school had its beginning in 1947 when the Fletcher Farm Foundation requested the Society of Vermont Artists and Craftsman to create a non-profit educational crafts school. By the summer of 1948 Fletcher Farm School opened its doors to 33 students taking five courses. Today as the school celebrates 68 years, it offers over 200 courses yearly. The school also offers a venue for Vermont craftsman to sell their art in both the Craft & Gift Shoppe, and at our two annual Craft Festivals.
The courses offered are greatly diverse and aimed at meeting the interests and skill levels of all participants. The school offers classes in fine arts, photography, basketry, decorative arts, fiber arts, early American decoration, stained glass, glass art, jewelry, quilting, wood carving and specialty arts and crafts. Our Young Artists Program offers classes for youth aspiring to develop skills in the Arts. These five day classes immerse the young artist in exploring their individual talents. Girls and Boys ages seven to seventeen are eligible for participation in this Young Artists Program.
The school has some of the finest instructors in the country offering instruction in a diverse field of interests, from the earliest of crafts such as bobbin lace to today’s digital era. Our instructors, many of whom have taught at Fletcher Farm for 10-53 years, are both nationally and internationally known for their talents. They have written books, have had their art in the White House, taught at international art schools, have been featured in magazines, have been on the Martha Stewart show, and carry with them many awards and honors. We are fortunate to have these instructors and appreciative for what they have to offer and are willing to share with our arts & crafts school.
Mission: To Provide an immersion into the world of Arts & Crafts while educating all ages in traditional methods as well as new approaches to creative art forms, in a unique Vermont setting.
For a full schedule of courses, please visit the Fletcher Farm website
During the summer, plan on taking a trip to one of the two Annual Summer Arts & Crafts Festivals at The Fletcher Farm School for the Arts & Crafts in glorious Ludlow, Vermont!