Art Summer Programs and Camps

for High School Students


Art Summer Programs for High School Students

This page of the directory includes information about art summer programs. Scroll down to view summer art opportunities for high school students and teenagers.


Overview Information about Summer Art Programs

There are a variety of options available for high school students interested in participating in art summer programs and camps. Art summer programs can help students develop and refine their artistic skills, learn about new techniques, meet peers with similar interests, and gain insight into college majors and fields of study. Some summer art programs are designed to enable students to gain hands-on experiences and produce art pieces. Specific programs also provide students with the opportunity to work on and enhance their art portfolios.

Many summer art programs take place on university campuses, which allows students to gain experience in a college setting. Certain art summer programs may be general in nature and others may have specializations such as digital media, design, photography, and architecture. It is important for students to examine art summer programs to ensure that the opportunities provided would align with their interests and goals. The posting on this page include art summer programs for high schools students.

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Summer Art Program Spotlights


Summer Art Programs and Camps for High School Students


  • Alfred Summer Programs for High School Students – Art Programs: Art Portfolio, Ceramic and Glass Engineering
    Alfred Summer Art Programs








  • Emerson Pre-College Summer Programs for High School Students – Art Programs: Filmmakers and Stage Design
    Emerson’s Summer Programs


  • Experience America: Project Fashion Summer program for High School Students (grades 10 – 12)
    Project Fashion





  • Memphis College of Art Summer Camp for Teenagers and Kids
    Summer Art Camp






  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts Summer Visual Arts Programs for High School Students
    UNCSA Summer Programs


  • Oklahoma State University Summer Art Academy for Junior High and High School Students
    OSU Summer Art Academy






  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago Early College Summer Institute for High School Students
    SAIC Summer Institute







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for High School Students and Teenagers

Program: Champlain College – Summer Pre-College Program in Art & Design: Burlington, Vermont
Description: Students work closely with Champlain College professors who have extensive expertise and professional connections in their fields. When not attending class or doing creative project work, students enjoy recreational activities and social events that take full advantage of summer in Vermont. Students stay in one of Champlain’s many contemporary or Victorian-era residence halls and share meals in the spectacular dining hall of the IDX Student Life Center, overlooking Lake Champlain.
Participants: Rising high school sophomores, juniors & seniors
Program website: Champlain Summer Programs
Program: Oklahoma State University Summer Art Academy for Junior High Students and High School Students: Stillwater, Oklahoma
Description: The 2016 Summer Art Academy is a non-credit commuter program of summer classes for Junior High and High School students (ages 13-18). Classes meet during the afternoon (1 P.M. – 5 P.M.) at the Bartlett Center on the beautiful Oklahoma State University campus. All courses are taught by full time OSU faculty. Classes include: Art History, Watercolor, Beginning Jewelry Fabrication, 2D Design, Digital Media, Motion Graphics, Drawing, and Photography.

Students attend classes under the guidance of master instructors. Students may enroll in any combination of classes. Most materials included in registration fee. For more information see the website or call (405) 744-5647.

Participants: Junior High (8th & 9th) & High School Students (grades 10-12) (ages 13-18).
Program website: Oklahoma State University Summer Art Academy

Program: University of Pennsylvania Summer Art Program for High School Students: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Description: This pre-college art program prepares students ages 14 – 18 for college admissions as you experience college life and create your portfolio. You’ll work with Penn Faculty in Penn’s art studios as you create art and develop your artistic expression. Art students choose various classes ranging from drawing and painting to graphic design and filmmaking. Experiment with different artistic disciplines, learn new skills, and build your visual portfolio.
Students also live at the University of Pennsylvania, and participate in evening activities and weekend trips to places such as New York city, Washington D.C., Baltimore, MD, and more.
Participants: High school students, ages 14 – 18.
Program website: Penn Summer Art Program
Program: Project Fashion Summer Art Program for High School Students: Los Angeles, California
Description: Spend two weeks in sunny Los Angeles learning what it takes to make it in the fashion industry. You’ll attend classes at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FiDM), a preeminent design college across the globe. The professors are industry experts who will bring their experience and knowledge straight to you. You’ll participate in hands-on workshops developing skills like trend spotting, fashion sketching, prop styling, draping, pattern design, and more! When you’re not in class you’ll get to explore the city with other students who have the same passion for fashion. Activities include Universal Studios, Outdoor Movie, Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills, LA Dodgers Baseball Game, Warner Brother Studio Tour, and beach days at Venice and Santa Monica. You’ll also get a private behind-the-scenes company tour and hear from what it’s like to work in the fashion industry. Come join us and have the summer of a life time! The dates of the program are June 25th – July 10th, 2017.
Participants: High school students entering 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.
Program website: Project Fashion
Program: Ringling Summer Art Program for High School Students: Sarasota, Florida

Description: PreCollege is an extraordinary experience designed to give you the tools needed to develop a strong portfolio of work to open doors to college admissions, scholarships, and other long-term career goals, and to help you succeed with your transition to college.

  • Experience total creative immersion designed to help you discover your artistic strengths.
  • Create your future through project-based explorations grounded in the majors.
  • Explore multiple majors for exposure to varied approaches and mediums as you build observational, technical and analytical skills in immersive investigations.
  • Unleash your potential as you experiment, take risks and make mistakes! Learn how to analyze and discuss your work and the work of others in guided critique sessions designed to bolster visual vocabulary while bringing clarity to the strengths and weaknesses in your artistic practice.
  • Discover what it means to be a professional creative while working on the cutting edge of studio practice in media, studio, and design arts.
  • Focus on your long-term creative career goals while you strengthen your portfolio for college admission and scholarships.
  • Build lasting friendships that will become the foundation of your creative professional network.
  • Confirm you’re on the right track or use your new knowledge to consider the better major for you.

Participants: High school students ages 16-18 rising into their junior and senior years or just graduating.
Program website: Ringling PreCollege Perspective

Program: School of the Art Institute of Chicago Early College Program Summer Institute: Chicago, Illinois
Description: At SAIC, we believe meaning and making are inseparable. Our studios are laboratories, where conceptual thinking, art making, and design skills are developed and strengthened. The Early College Program (ECP) Summer Institute provides high school students the necessary creative freedom to develop a structured dialogue between ideas and process. Mirroring the methods and practices of contemporary artists and designers, students choose courses within focused disciplines, yet retain opportunities to freely explore media in order to build a strong portfolio. Students are encouraged to explore a wide variety of materials and processes to discover new ways of defining their creative practice.

Why ECP Summer Institute?

  • Students who complete the ECP Summer Institute receive college credit and have the portfolio requirement of their SAIC undergraduate application waived.
  • ECP Summer Institute students receive college-level instruction from SAIC’s outstanding faculty with additional support from student Teaching Assistants.
  • Individual portfolio review sessions are available.
  • Students have access to SAIC’s extensive resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum.

Participants: High school students (at least 15 and not more than 18) who have completed their sophomore, junior, or senior year are eligible to enroll in the ECP Summer Institute. Housing, merit scholarships, and need-based aid are available. Two- and three-week sessions.
Program email:
Program website: SAIC Summer Institute

Program: Walnut Hill School for the Summer Programs in Visual Art, and Film: Natick, Massachusetts
Description: The Walnut Hill Summer Programs in Dance, Theater, Visual Art, and Writing & Film, offer students a challenging and fun experience, surrounded by supportive faculty and other young artists who share their passion.
Participants: High school students and middle school students (ages 12-17).
Program website: Walnut Hill School for the Arts
Program: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee ArtsECO Pre-College Summer Program: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Description: UWM ArtsECO Pre-College provides college-preparatory art and design courses taught by university faculty for high school students. Students can build a drawing skills, venture into sculpture, or learn digital processes. This on-campus experience may lead students to college admission, scholarships, or other opportunities!
Three courses are offered by ArtsECO Pre-College in the Summer of 2017: Drawing & Self-Expression (2D), Makin’ it Real! (3D) and Do it Digital! Design for Digital Art Making . Students may register for one, two, or all three. Courses are $25 – $85 each and come with supplies, bus pass (as needed), and snacks. Registrations are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis so register today!
Participants: High school students, incoming freshman to graduating seniors.
Program website: ArtsECO Pre-College



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