CAMPUS LIFE



Blaney Lodge Porch


Solar Print of Robert Little Painting and Drawing Studio 


Fall foliage at Touchstone


Kinard Residence Hall


Quad Cabin


Camping


Dining Hall

Lodging

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:

  • Residents may choose to either bring their own twin sheets, blankets, pillows, and towels or rent a linen package for $50. Items may be shipped ahead and will be made available at the time of check-in. Click here for a list of suggested items to bring for your stay at Touchstone.
  • Children 12 and under stay free with a parent or guardian in the same room/cabin. 
  • Lodging space is limited, so please make reservations early to avoid disappointment. Lodging assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis. We do our best to match students with the type of housing they request, but this is not always possible. Our staff will contact you should your preferred lodging of choice be unavailable. We cannot honor requests for specific rooms or buildings.
  • Touchstone does not allow pets on campus except for service animals.
  • Touchstone is not responsible for the personal property of students or visitors, and does not provide insurance covering such property. This includes vehicles and their contents as well as all personal belongings kept in studios, lodging and/or any other facility on campus.

Lodging Options

Residence Halls:
Rooms in our Campbell and Kinard residence halls have two single beds per room with two open wardrobes for storing clothing. Many people find these accommodations to be the most comfortable option at Touchstone. Each floor of the dormitory has four rooms with two shared bathrooms. The dormitories are heated, but not air conditioned.

Cabins:
The cabins are nestled throughout Touchstone’s beautiful woodland campus. They are not equipped with air conditioning or heat and are served by a bathhouse located a short distance from all residential buildings. The cabins offer guests close proximity to studios and a rustic charm that is appreciated by generations of Touchstone students.

Camping:
Tent camping is available on campus and is the most affordable lodging option. RVs are not permitted. Those camping on Touchstone’s property will have access to the bathhouse.

Off-Campus Lodging:

In the event that a student opts to stay off-campus or that Touchstone’s accommodations are filled to capacity, additional lodging is available at several nearby locations. Please mention your workshop at Touchstone when making lodging reservations to be eligible for the special discounts that many of these establishments offers to Touchstone students.

Please click on our off-campus lodging guide for a complete listing, including notations on distance to Touchstone.

OFF-CAMPUS GUIDE


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. 

 Lodging Options  Five-Day  Three-Day  Two-Day
 Dorm Room (Private)  $720  $375  $250
 Dorm Room (Shared)  $480  $255  $170
 Double Cabin (Private)  $540  $285  $190
 Double Cabin (Shared)  $390  $210  $140
 Cabin w/ Restroom (Private)  $830  $430  $285
 Quad Cabin (Shared)  $330  $180  $120
 Camping  $270  $150  $100


Meals

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.

 Meal Packages
 Five-Day   Three-Day   Two-Day 
 Lunch Package
 $75  $45  $30
 Dinner Package
 $115  $60  $40
 Children's Full  Package
 $115  n/a  n/a
 Children's Lunch  Package
 $40  n/a  n/a

FULL meal packages include the following:

 Five-Day  Sunday: Dinner
 Monday-Friday: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 No meals served Saturday
 Three-Day  Friday: Dinner
 Saturday & Sunday: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 Monday: Breakfast & Lunch
 Two-Day  Friday: Dinner
 Saturday: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 Sunday: Breakfast & Lunch



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.
 
Two-Day Workshop:
Check-In: Friday, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Checkout: Sunday, 5:15 p.m.
Three-Day Workshop:
Check-In: Friday, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Checkout: Monday, 5:15 p.m.
Five and Six-Day Workshops:
Check-In: Sunday, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Five-Day Checkout: Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Six-Day Checkout: Saturday, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 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.

 Two-Day Workshop:

Friday

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Check-In at Blaney Lodge

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Dinner at the Dining Hall

6:00 p.m.: Orientation at Dining Hall

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Programming in Studios - Class instruction

8:30 p.m. to 10:45 p.m.: Open Studios*

Saturday

8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.: Breakfast at the Dining Hall

9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Programming in Studios

12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Lunch at the Dining Hall

1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios

6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Dinner at the Dining Hall

7:00 p.m. to 10:45 p.m.: Open Studios*

9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.: Campfire at the Oven Pavilion*

Sunday

8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.: Breakfast at the Dining Hall

9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Programming in Studios

12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Lunch at the Dining Hall

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming & Studio Clean Up

5:15 p.m.: Checkout - Drop Keys in Black Mail Box at Blaney Lodge


Three-Day Workshop:

      Friday

      3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Check-In at Blaney Lodge

      5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Dinner at the Dining Hall

      6:00 p.m.: Orientation at Dining Hall

      6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Programming in Studios - Class instruction

      8:30 p.m. to 10:45 p.m.: Open Studios*

      Saturday & Sunday

      8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.: Breakfast at the Dining Hall

      9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Programming in Studios

      12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Lunch at the Dining Hall

      1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios

      6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Dinner at the Dining Hall

      7:00 p.m. to 10:45 p.m.: Open Studios*

      9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.: Campfire at the Oven Pavilion*

      Monday

      8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.: Breakfast at the Dining Hall

      9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Programming in Studios

      12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Lunch at the Dining Hall

      1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios

      3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming & Studio Clean Up

      5:15 p.m.: Checkout - Drop Keys in Black Mail Box at Blaney Lodge


        Five-Day Workshop:

        • Sunday, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Check-In at Blaney Lodge
        • Sunday, 5:15 p.m.: Dinner at the Dining Hall
        • Sunday, 6:30 p.m.: Meet and Greet, and Campus Orientation
        • Monday, 8:00 a.m.: Breakfast at the Dining Hall
        • Monday, 9:00 a.m.: Studio Orientation
        • Monday to Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
        • Monday to Thursday, 12:00 p.m.: Lunch at the Dining Hall
        • Monday to Thursday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p..m: Programming in Studios
        • Monday to Thursday, 5:15 p.m.: Dinner at the Dining Hall
        • Monday to Thursday, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Evening Activities*
        • Friday, 8:00 a.m.: Breakfast at the Dining Hall
        • Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
        • Friday, 12:00 p.m.: Lunch at the Dining Hall
        • Friday, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Programming Wrap Up
        • Friday, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Studio Clean Up
        • Friday, 5:15 p.m.: Dinner at the Dining Hall
        • Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.: Checkout - Drop Keys in Black Mail Box at Blaney Lodge
        Six-Day Workshop:

        • Sunday, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Check-In at Blaney Lodge
        • Sunday, 5:15 p.m.: Dinner at the Dining Hall
        • Sunday, 6:30 p.m.: Meet and Greet, and Campus Orientation
        • Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Studio Orientation and Programming
        • Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m.: Breakfast at the Dining Hall
        • Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
        • Monday to Friday, 12:00 p.m.: Lunch at the Dining Hall
        • Monday to Friday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
        • Monday to Friday, 5:15 p.m.: Dinner at the Dining Hall
        • Monday to Thursday, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Evening Activities*
        • Saturday, 8:00 a.m.: Breakfast at the Dining Hall
        • Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Programming Wrap Up and Studio Clean Up
        • Saturday, noon to 1:00 p.m.: Checkout - Drop Keys in Black Mail Box at Blaney Lodge

        * 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.


        Recreation

        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:

        Touchstone Center for Crafts
        1049 Wharton Furnace Rd.
        Farmington, PA 15437
        T: 724.329.1370
        T: 800.721.0177 
        F: 724.329.1371
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