Blaney Lodge Porch
Solar Print of Robert Little Painting and Drawing Studio
Fall foliage at Touchstone
Kinard Residence Hall
Lodging on campus is the most convenient option for students participating in weekend or weeklong craft workshops. Residing onsite enables you to enjoy the camaraderie and artistic cross-pollination that occurs when students live, create, and break bread on campus. If you decide to stay on campus in one of our comfortable accommodations, please note the following guidelines:
All Inclusive Lodging and Meal Package Pricing
The price chart below lists fees charged per person. Price includes all meals served during your stay (see chart below for specific inclusions). Please bring your own linens, sleeping bag, pillow(s), and toiletries. Touchstone does offer the option to rent a $50 linen package.
All students lodging on campus will receive a full meal package. Commuter students may purchase either a full lunch or full dinner plan prior to arrival on campus; individual meals will not be available for purchase. Touchstone understands that the value of a student's overall campus experience extends beyond the studio, and we assure our guests that the presentation and quality of food and beverage service will be maintained at a high standard. Touchstone asks that you indicate any food allergies and/or preferences during the registration process, so that we can do our best to meet your needs. We regret that we cannot accommodate kosher diets, however vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free foods are available with advanced notice.
Note: For those students not purchasing a meal plan, please know that Touchstone has very limited food preparation facilities available to guests. There is a microwave and refrigerator in the Dining Hall for guests’ convenience, but any type of substantive cooking (except over a campfire) will not be possible. Those who intend to cook over the campfire must bring their own cookware and supplies.
Commuter Meal Plan Pricing
The Price Chart below lists fees per person. Students may not share a meal package. Children's packages are available to those ages 12 and under. Please see the Workshop Hours and Programming Schedule section below for meal times.
FULL meal packages include the following:
Check-in and Checkout
Listed workshop dates and descriptions DO NOT include check-in and checkout times. See below for the check-in and checkout times for each workshop format. We ask that students do their best to arrive/depart at the noted times; other arrangements may be made only under special circumstances. Contact the office to discuss the possibilities for alternative arrival/departure needs.
Check-In: Friday, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.Three-Day Workshop:
Check-In: Friday, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.Five and Six-Day Workshops:
Check-In: Sunday, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Workshop Hours and Programming Schedule
Listed workshop dates and descriptions do not include workshop hours. See below for the workshop hours for each workshop format. Information on meal times are also noted below for those who have purchased a meal package in advance of their scheduled workshop.
Studio clean up takes place on the last day of the session and is considered part of the instruction. All students are expected to participate in studio clean up. If you have made plans to checkout prior to the end of the regularly scheduled workshop, please check with your instructor(s) or a staff member to see how you may help before you leave.
* Students may work in studios after the posted workshop hours until 10:45 p.m. Students will not be permitted to use power tools when they are alone in any shop. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Youth workshop participants may only work within the studio during regularly scheduled class times.
From families to college students to retired adults, Touchstone’s students come from a wide variety of audience groups. Therefore, Touchstone asks that students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m. If students feel compelled to continue to celebrate later into the evening, we ask that they, as a courtesy, convene at least 100 yards away from any residential facility.
The Touchstone experience can be all-inclusive. The school offers three delicious and wholesome meals per day, comfortable accommodations, a woodland campus, and inspiring and informative craft workshops. We also encourage you, either before or after your time at Touchstone, to explore the many exciting amenities that the Laurel Highlands has to offer. Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of southwestern Pennsylvania, Touchstone is close to a wide variety of the region’s most interesting cultural, recreational, historic, and artistic attractions. Within a short distance of our campus, you can: