2017/2018 Workshops-in-Residence

Take your work to a new level with a week-long workshop-in-residence with the Studios at MASS MoCA! Our unique workshop model provides individual studios available 24/7, a private bedroom, and open access to MASS MoCA’s galleries. There are upcoming week-long workshops with Jeffrey Levine/Tupelo Press, Debi Pendell, Judith Kruger, and David Lane. 

Read below for descriptions, and email studios@massmoca.org for inquiries. 

Judith Kruger: Abstraction Master-Class

$1,600 (includes 6 nights of housing & private studio for the week)
July 25 - July 31, 2018
October 31 - November 6, 2018
FULL, inquire for waitlist or 2019

David Lane: Wood Carving & Puppet Design

$1150 plus $100 materials fee
(includes 6 nights of housing & studio space for the week, lunches, and dinner on the first night)
June 13 - 19, 2018
*Registration extended until March 15. Limited space available. 

Zoey Hart: Creativity and Mindfulness

$1,250 (includes 6 nights of housing & studio space for the week, lunches, and dinner on the first night)
June 20 - June 26, 2018
*Registration extended until March 15. Limited space available. 

Judith Kruger

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Abstraction Master-Class

Judith Kruger — who exhibits widely in the United States, Japan and elsewhere, and teaches sought-after workshops throughout the country — now brings her masterful methods for abstraction to the Studios at MASS MoCA. Her paintings, prints, and mixed-media works address human-environment connectivity and their shared vulnerabilities. She is recognized internationally for her advocacy of natural painting materials and historic, ecologically friendly processes based on years of research and alchemic experimentation, specifically in Nihonga, Japanese mineral pigment painting.

Judith has an impressive following of serious, practicing artists, working in all mediums, who cite her intensive, direct teaching approach as an authentic, life-changing catalyst for both technical and conceptual growth. This Master Abstraction workshop is not medium specific, thus focusing on many of the formal concerns that Judith addresses in her own work, including depth of space, destruction, luminosity, ambiguity, perceptual shifting, and material presence. Concepts will be addressed on an individual basis as a benefit to the entire group. Private and open critiques, discussions, film showings and relevant demos are included.

This is an opportunity for each participant to delve more deeply into their own work and medium in an immersive setting with Judith’s and the group’s input.

(Please note that this master-class is not intended to provide novice-level instruction in abstraction or Nihonga painting. It is for experienced abstract artists. Those seeking to learn the basics of Nihonga should consider Judith’s introductory workshops.

Limited slots are available for the October 31 - November 6 session. 
Inquire for this session or waitlist for 2019 by emailing studios@massmoca.org

Email studios@massmoca.org to request an application.

$1,600 (includes 6 nights of housing & private studio for the week)

July 25 - July 31, 2018
October 31 - November 6, 2018 (limited slots available)


David Lane

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Wood Carving & Puppet Design

This unique residency workshop will focus on wood as a primary construction material for building performing objects. We’ll work with traditional carving techniques as well as rotary power tools to create masks and bodies, and then get deep into the mechanics of joints and controls. We’ll look at various ways that wooden sculpture may be employed to create realistic notions, and explore more abstract ideas, delighting in the unexpected discoveries that come with a sense of playfulness in the creation process. 

We will take advantage of the collaborative nature of this workshop to share ideas, and create an environment which fosters colloquy, experimentation, and a supportive creative atmosphere.

Formal instruction and demonstrations will begin each day at 9 am and run until dinner. The evenings will include open studio and specialized programming such as a show-and-tell and puppet-film night. Access to the studio space is 24 hours and we may wander the museum during regular museum hours. Field trips to the Clark Art Museum, Williams College Museum, hiking, and swimming holes will be organized once the group arrives. 


Curriculum Overview

Residency — When we’re not engaged in studio time, we will have unlimited access to wonder the halls of MASS MoCA and find inspiration in the work of Sol LeWitt, Anselm Fiefer, Franz West, Laurie Anderson, Louise Bourgeois, Jenny Holzer, James Turrell and many other world class artists. 

Design —  The abstract/realism continuum; emotion and tone; larval lumps, mask design, conceptual approaches, the interplay between design and performance.

Carving — Rotary-tool & traditional wood carving techniques.

Controls — Discussion of effective control mechanisms for different situations.

Joints — Leather, fabric, interlocking, ball and socket, shock cord.

Hansjürgen Fettig — Discussion of designs and mechanisms imagined by the ingenious German puppet maker.

Painting — Planning, mixing, washes, scumbling, dry-brush, color theory.  

Costuming — Simple patterning and sewing.

Open House — We will display a selection of our work after lunch on the final day for passers-by, family and friends. 



Dates: June 13 – 19

Fee: $1150 plus $100 materials fee (includes shared studio spaces, single room with shared bath, access to kitchen, lunches, and dinner on the first night)

For registration, email: studios@massmoca.org. Questions? Contact the instructor at dave@newenglandpuppet.org.

*Registration extended until March 15. Limited space available. 


About the Instructor

Dave Lane is a painter, performer, puppet & mask maker, and one of the original members of the Old Trout Puppet Workshop in Calgary, Alberta. He is the Co-director of the New England Puppet Intensive, a 15-day residential workshop, and Co-producer of the annual Berkshire Lantern Walk in collaboration with the Clark Art Museum.

Dave is a two-time, Jim Henson Foundation grant recipient for his original play “The Chronicles of Rose”, and his silent-clown play “The Painting” was a regional selection at the 2017 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. This summer he spent 8 weeks in Alberta working on Iinisikimm, a puppet-lantern play celebrating the return of Plains Buffalo to Banff Nation Park. The project was supported by a Canada Council New Chapter Grant.


Zoey Hart

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Creativity and Mindfulness

Spring Residency & Retreat in the Northern Berkshires

This unique weeklong residency program at the Studios at MASS MoCA will explore how we, as artists, integrate elements of mindfulness into our work and creative practice. Whether you are in the midst of a long-term creative project, or need some time to rest and rejuvenate your practice, this opportunity calls artists and makers*  to meditate on art as a tool for fostering self-awareness, emotional expression, and mindful being, while sharing a campus with the expansive collection of contemporary art at MASS MoCA. 

*While the workshop programming will be based primarily around visual art methods, artists working in any medium are welcome to apply.

The workshop-in-residence provides 24/7 access to your own private studio space for 6 days at MASS MoCA from 3:00 on Wednesday, June 20, until 3:00 on Tuesday, June 26, plus a private bedroom in an apartment with shared kitchen and bath right across the street from the museum, one group meal per day, MASS MoCA museum membership for the week, and daily Mindfulness-based art workshops. The program also invites participants to unfold and unwind in the beautiful Berkshires with a community of similarly-minded creative peers. 

Dates: June 20 – 26

Fee: $1,250 (includes shared studio spaces, single room with shared bath, access to kitchen, lunches, and dinner on the first night)

For registration, email: studios@massmoca.org

*Registration extended until March 15. Limited space available.