Summer Institute 2022


NYSATA 31st Annual Summer Institute*
Saturday, July 30, 2022 to Friday, August 5, 2022
Sagamore National Historic Landmark, Raquette Lake, NY
*Please note important changes to our program due to Covid-19. See information at the bottom of this page and watch your email for the most up-to-date information.

The purpose of the NYSATA Summer Institute at Great Camp Sagamore is to provide opportunities for art educators to nurture their artistic practice and develop their capabilities as learners, makers, and educators. 

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 and 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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Original Program (limit 22 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 printmaking, bookbinding, plein air, drawing, stencils, gel plate printing, basket weaving, plus a field excursion, studio time, all contibute 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 10 participants w/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 relief and intaglio. After arranging our compositions, 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: BOOK ARTS (limit 10 participants w/instructor Beth Atkinson)
Book Arts have become extremely popular in recent years. The books we create can be used as visual journals or developed into a vehicle for an expressive idea or concept. We will explore a variety of different book structures ranging from creative folding techniques and sewn bindings to sculptural books and fold out portfolios. Along with the actual structures, we will explore and embellish our creations with handmade decorative techniques. Some materials included. Supply list will be provided.

Focus Strand #3: PLEIN AIR in the Media of Your Choice (limit 5 participants w/instructor Paula Westcott)
Participants in this strand will focus on interpreting the landscape and natural elements found in the beautiful surroundings of Great Camp Sagamore.  Use your favorite medium or experiment with a variety of media to create your own personal interpretation of the landscape.  We will begin each session in our sketchbook with warm up exercises focusing on design and composition. You will be able to select a location of your choice to work onsite at your own pace. We will regroup at regular intervals to discuss accomplishments, exchange ideas, and gather group feedback. Work sessions will take place primarily outdoors. In case of rain, Great Camp Sagamore has several protected outdoor areas that we can use as we observe and work. In addition to your own media choices, a complete supply list will be provided.

Focus Strand #4: INDEPENDENT STUDIO (limit 10 participants w/instructor Cindy Henry)
Designed for those who wish to investigate in depth, the Independent Studio strand provides a structure for individuals already well-grounded in a discipline or medium to engage in the development of their own artistic work. Recharge your batteries, deepen personal direction, hone skills, expand concept development, develop habits to nurture and fuel your own artistic practice, and discover new applications for educational practice; all within a network of like-minded peers in a supportive, nurturing, and inspirational environment.

Work in any medium or combination of media as you focus on developing meaningful and thematically consistent content and building technical fluency. Emphasis is placed on creating a self-directed, consistent body of work that draws upon the participant's life experience, interest or concerns, and related research. Individual and group critique opportunities included. 

To help generate ideas, make decisions about materials, and begin a dialogue with the facilitator, registrants for the Independent Studio strand will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire a few weeks prior to arrival, outlining their plans for work during the week at Sagamore. 

CTLE Certificate 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 CTLE 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.

Non-refundable deposit of $250 due within 2 weeks of registration. Balance due June 1.
Questions? Contact Beth Atkinson or Michelle Schroeder at [email protected]

2022 Registration and Details**

Institute package registration includes lodging, instruction, some materials, meals, and certificate of participation.

Member Registration
$1050 early bird (before June 1), $1100 after June 1

Non-Member Registration
$1110 early bird (before June 1), $1160 after June 1

Single Room (limited availability)
add $150

Cancellation Policy: 
Non-refundable deposit due within two weeks of online registration. Balance must be paid by June 1. Cancellation requests June 1-July 15 will be refunded ONLY if a replacement can be found to fill the cancelled space. 

 Register early, space is limited.

CLICK HERE to Register


**This year’s camp is limited to 61 participants.

  • Single rooms are limited, with an additional fee. We will also offer to indicate a roommate of  choice. Roommate preferences may be entered in the online form at the time of registration.

  • Due to Covid 19, routines at Sagamore are continuously updating as circumstances change. Currently, strict safety precautions are being implemented by staff, including mask usage. NYSATA and Great Camp Sagamore will uphold CDC guidlelines and NYS mandates for social distancing, masking, vaccination and testing recommendations. More information regarding mask usage and vaccinations will be communicated as it becomes available. 

Scholarships Available!

Scholarship application for 2022 will be open in September 2021. Applications are be due by October 31, 2021. Awardees notified by December 1, 2021. Winners posted on the NYSATA Summer Institute webpage immediately after notification.

Retired Art Educator Scholarship


 Barry Hopkins Art Educator Scholarship***

Great Camp Sagamore, Raquette Lake, NY

As educators, our love for teaching and learning never ends. While our time in the classroom may cease, our want for growth is as natural as our want for breath. The NYSATA Summer Institute planners and participants value the contributions experienced teachers bring to our professional development camp and welcome our colleagues to explore their own art making.

The Retired Art Educator Scholarship covers registration fees, lodging, instruction, some materials, meals, and CLTE certificate for one retiree who has never attended the camp.

Online Applications open until January 24, 2022
Winners will be notified by February 5, 20


Established in 2015, this scholarship honors an outstanding art educator, Barry Hopkins, art teacher in the Catskill Central School District for 37 years. Barry had a passion for teaching and for sharing his love for art from the Hudson River School and the Catskill Mountains region. Known for his connection to earth and nature, Barry taught his students to honor and celebrate the natural world through their art. An active and contributing NYSATA member for many years, he presented countless workshops, contributed to conference planning, and was a contributor to and participant in the NYSATA Summer Institute since its inception. 

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. His positive influence lives on through the many lives he touched and will continue to touch through this scholarship.

The Barry Hopkins 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 covers registration fees, lodging, instruction, some materials, meals, and CTLE certificate. 

*Thanks to Great Camp Sagamore's contribution of matching funds, a second scholarship of 50% tuition is awarded to a runner-up candidate.

Online Applications open until January 24, 2022
Winners will be notified by February 5, 2022