Educators’ Retreat

AUG 5–9 | 5-Days (MON-FRI)

The Educators’ Retreat provides a week for professional development that will enhance an educator’s own creativity while offering rich content that can translate to the classroom. Choose from a variety of studios and delve into the processes as you explore these techniques and share your findings with other educators/artists. At the end of the week, you will have a treasure trove of unique resources as well as a new toolbox of ideas to share with your students!

Not Just For Art Teachers!

Open to anyone but designed for K-12 educators and those studying to be educators (any subject or grade). Act 48 Credits are available for PA educators, sponsored by PAEA (Pennsylvania Art Education Association). (Touchstone is happy to work with education associations from other states to make any special requirements attainable).

Educator Retreat Scholarships – NEW! 

50% – 100% Tuition Scholarships: The purpose of this scholarship is to help K-12 Educators participate in this week of programming. Various scholarships are available and open to any K-12 Educator from any district or state. PLEASE NOTE: Thanks to the generosity of the Community Foundation of Fayette County, there are ten, 100% tuition scholarships available for K-12 educators teaching in Fayette County. Touchstone has applied for financial support from several other geographic-specific foundations and we are waiting to hear how much funding of scholarships will be awarded. In the meantime, we encourage ALL EDUCATORS to apply through our general EDUCATOR RETREAT SCHOLARSHIP application process, choosing Educator Retreat workshops as your preference. Download Scholarship Application

All applications must be RECEIVED by March 15.

Please check our scholarship page for a full list of available scholarships.



Light the Fire with Lampworking Techniques
with Joy Knepp

Light the torch of possibilities and see the magic of chemistry as we experiment with reduction glass and color combinations.

Register Now

Metals & Jewelry

Precious Metal Clay: From Bead to Box
with Lora Hart

Experiment with Metal Clay, a relatively new technology that transforms powder metallurgy from an industrial use to a creative art form.

Register Now

Drawing & Painting

Creative Journaling
with Roger Hyndman

Take a creative journey into journaling while you explore a variety of materials and discover the many benefits of keeping an artistic journal.

Register Now


Murals in Clay
with Chuck Purviance

Learn the ins-and-outs of creating murals in clay as a group project in the classroom or the surrounding community.

Register Now


Forged Fashion
with Ellen Durkan

Step outside your comfort zone and try something new – forge something wearable!

Register Now

For more information visit: Educators’ Retreat

Mission Statement: Touchstone Center for Crafts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression.

Touchstone Center for Crafts condemns all acts of racism, discrimination, and senseless violence. We firmly believe that everyone has a right to dignity, respect, and equality without fear.  As an organization, we commit to listen and learn and to grow. We will continue to work to empower people to use art as a means of expression, a way to build community, and a powerful voice for change.

Touchstone Center for Crafts · 1049 Wharton Furnace Rd. · Farmington · PA 15437

Copyright © 2024 · Powered by LOCALiQ