Summer Workshops

Becket Arts Center runs a variety of workshops every summer, including writing and painting workshops. 
Additionally, there are seasonal workshops offered the rest of the year.


Jana Laiz, Author

Jana Laiz, Author

Claiming Your Story:
The Art of Autobiographical Writing
with Jana Laiz

Whether you have wanted to write your memoir or create characters in fiction that you embody, there are myriad ways of working with your unique experiences to bring forth powerful stories.

In this 4-week course, award-winning author and teacher Jana Laiz will help you explore memory with sensory exercises, engage in focused and open-ended “free writes”, choose from interesting prompts, then draw on what is deepest in you to write the stories you have always wanted to tell.
You will give voice to your story -- and have fun in the process.

Jana’s classes are nurturing spaces, where she holds the container so writers can share with ease, knowing their stories are safe.Registration Information:

  • Fees: $180.00. ($45.00 per session.)

  • 2019 Dates:

    • Thursday afternoons: August 8, 15, 22 and 29

  • Times: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Location: Becket Arts Center

  • Registration: Email: office@becketartscenter.org



Adult’s Globe Terrarium Project

Adult’s Globe Terrarium Project

Classic Globe Terrarium Workshop
with Jedidiah Thompson,
co-owner of Township Four

Using ferns and other foliage plants, we'll create a terrarium in an 8" globe glass container; this has a flat bottom and is perfect for a shelf or to hang from a hook! Ages 13+ 

Registration Information:

  • Fees: $45

  • Saturday, July 27

  • Times: 1:00 - 2:30PM

  • Location: Becket Arts Center

  • Space is limited to ten participants, prepaid reservations are required.

  • Call: 413.347.3244
    Email: flowers@townshipfour.com.

  • No refunds will be given; if necessary, you may apply funds towards another class or items in store. 

    Township Four was opened in 2017 in the heart of Pittsfield on North Street as an independent floral studio providing full service floral needs throughout Berkshire County and beyond by Nathan Hanford and Jed Thompson, both of Becket.


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Children’s Mini-Garden Terrarium Project

Children’s Mini-Garden Terrarium Project

Kids’ Mini-Garden Workshop
with Jedidiah Thompson,
co-owner of Township Four

In a small glass cylinder container, with ferns and other terrarium plants.
Limited spaces.
Ages 6 to 12; one adult per two children signed up

Registration Information:

  • Fees: $27.50

  • Saturday, August 3

  • Times: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Location: Becket Arts Center

  • Space is limited to ten participants, prepaid reservations are required.

  • Call: 413.347.3244
    Email: flowers@townshipfour.com.

  • No refunds will be given; if necessary, you may apply funds towards another class or items in store. 


Paint and Sip Project: Camp Emerson in Hinsdale MA

Paint and Sip Project: Camp Emerson in Hinsdale MA

Paint and Sip Evening
with Berkshire Paint & Sip

Join your friends and neighbors for a creative evening of fun. All materials and instruction are included in the fee. You will create a large 16”x20” original canvas painting of “Camp Emerson”. Complimentary snacks and one glass of wine are provided.

As an active member of the National Association of Women Artists, Oil Painters of America and the Berkshire Art Association, Michelle Iglesias is a self-taught artist who first took to painting for its therapeutic values after being diagnosed with cancer. Her passion and perseverance has led her to become a nationally recognized award-winning artist, art instructor, and the successful business owner of Berkshire Paint and Sip.

Registration Information:

  • Fee: $35

  • Friday, July 26

  • Time: 6:30 - 8:30 PM

  • Location: Becket Arts Center

  • Registration:
    Email: office@becketartscenter.org
    Call: 413-623-6635