Summer Institute 2023

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NYSATA 32nd Annual Summer Institute*

Saturday, July 29 to Friday, August 4, 2023
Sagamore National Historic Landmark, Raquette Lake, NY
*Great Camp Sagamore’s policy is that all attendees must be vaccinated against COVID 19

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 23 participants)
Over 50 hours of hands-on art exploration. The natural sciences and other curricular areas are infused into the visual arts offerings. Workshops, field excursions, studio time, and collaborative learning all contribute to the richness of the program. Teachers will be exposed to multiple art forms, multiple hands-on opportunities, and a variety of lesson plan ideas across age ranges. Experience nature, art, and personal connection for the educator.

Focus Strand #1: CONTEMPORARY CRAFTS (limit 8 participants with instructors Kelley Hedin, Michelle Lesser & Gina Palmer) Explore a variety of creative craft ideas including jewelry design, mosaics, stencils, explorations in paper and the potential to bring all of this into a multitude of craft applications. Experimental approaches will be encouraged as we will be using a variety of materials.

Focus Strand #2: TECHNOLOGY & PROCREATE (limit 10 participants with instructors Veronica Kruger & Nick Napierala) Link into the Procreate craze and learn how to bring this technology into your classroom, or personal art. Whether you’re a newbie or pro, we’ll explore the basics of the app, and integrate multimedia art processes.

Focus Strand #3: PLEN AIRE & NATURAL OBSERVATION (limit 6 participants with instructors Paula Westcott & George Steele) Interpret the landscape and natural elements of Great Camp Sagamore. Use your favorite medium or experiment with a variety of media. With group facilitators, learn to select your location, work at your own pace, and enhance your art & environmental knowledge. Plan to use the great outdoors as your classroom for the week.

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.

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.

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

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2022 Registration and Details**

Institute registration includes lodging, instruction, some materials, meals, and CTLE certificate. Non-refundable deposit of $250 due upon registration. Balance due June 1.

Member Registration
$1080 early bird, $1130 after June 1

Non-Member Registration
$1140 early bird, $1190 after June 1

Single Room (limited availability)
add $150

Cancellation Policy: 
Non-refundable deposit due upon 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. 

 Registration opens Saturday, January 28 at 9 AM.
Register early, space fills quickly.

CLICK HERE to Register

Registration for the Summer Institute is full. If you would like to be placed on a wait list pending cancellations, please contact Beth Atkinson

**This year’s camp is limited to 65 participants.

  • Single rooms are limited, with an additional fee. We will also offer the opportunity to indicate a roommate of choice. Roommate preferences may be entered in the online form at the time of registration. Room assignments are completed prior to your arrival at camp.
  • 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 guidelines 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. 
  • Great Camp Sagamore’s policy is that all attendees must be vaccinated against COVID 19.
Scholarships Available!

Applications are be due by January 15. Awardees notified by February 1. 

Retired Art Educator Scholarship

Sagamore Retiree Scholarship

 Barry Hopkins Art Educator Scholarship* **

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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 15, 2023
Winners will be notified by February 1, 2023


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.

**2 Additional $500 Scholarships will be available for new attendees for the 2023 institute, one of which is sponsored by Region 9 to support a Region 9 member.

Online Application open until January 15, 2023
Winners will be notified by February 1, 2023