Throughout his career, J. Fred Woell taught at numerous universities, craft schools and workshops around the country in Art Metals and Assemblage. He had a huge impact on students establishing their careers. The Program in Artisanry, Boston University, and SUNY New Paltz were two of the last universities where he taught.
"He was a teacher of rare generosity; never holding back and always ready to help but, perhaps more importantly, he carefully and patiently tried to get his students to understand what he was doing rather than mimic what he made.... it’s one of the aspects of Fred’s teaching abilities that set him apart … Fred’s demos were legendary – always meticulously prepared and usually prefaced by “this probably isn’t going to work….” but they always did work - beautifully. Some of his best teaching was simply by his own example. Things like tackling the unglamorous jobs around the studio, jobs that needed to be done and that he never felt above doing, or doggedly making art when it seemed no one was noticing – and to keep on working because the art, not the recognition, was most important. In the end, I know that my life was changed for the better for having known Fred." - Claire Sanford, former student, Haystack Lifetime Trustee.