A student shapes a pot
Wax figures rest on a table
Students and teacher cast bronze in a fire
Polymer clay beads arranged on a surface

About CraftSummer and Phillips Art Center Workshops

CraftSummer’s art workshop program at Miami University in picturesque Oxford, Ohio is the perfect place to open yourself to new experiences, new friendships and revitalize your creative spirit. Since 1976, our mission has been to strengthen creativity, develop personal expression, and provide a sense of community among people interested in art, design and the crafts.

For over 40 years, CraftSummer has been providing the best in hands-on art education. In a time when education is often reduced to detached, remote and packaged experiences, CraftSummer classes provide an exciting, experiential-based learning opportunity. CraftSummer is a chance to meet with others who have the same interests, but who have different approaches in specific techniques and forms of expression.

Whether you are a beginner making your first attempt at artistic expression—or a skilled craftsperson, or an art instructor—our workshops are designed to inspire and challenge you. Limited class size (typically 12 students), individualized attention, hands-on instruction and some of the best instructors in the country create a truly exceptional experience. Workshops are offered in a variety of media including photography, woodworking, painting, fiber arts, metals, ceramics and glass.

CraftSummer is a very special experience. We invite you to join us!


Our History

Dr. Charles L. Spohn, former Dean of the School of Fine Arts, is credited with the concept and creation of CraftSummer. He recognized the need to offer a more imaginative summer school curriculum directed by the Department of Art. Dean Spohn, Peter Dahoda and Harold Truax, Professors of Art, and Bob Sherman, Office of Continuing Education, traveled to Penland in North Carolina and Arrowmont in Gatlinburg, Tennessee to determine their administrative and academic strengths.

Reinforced with the information obtained from visiting these schools, the Dean appointed a committee consisting of professors Derwin Edwards, Helen Worrell and Peter Dahoda to direct the content of the program. From such deliberations, the framework for the present-day five-week program was born.

CraftSummer began in 1976, offering workshops in ceramics, metals, and fibers. Through the years, well-established national art professionals, often university professors, have been recruited to teach workshops. We currently offer workshops in a variety of disciplines and have attracted participants from 38 states, New Zealand, England, Denmark and Germany.