About the Summer High School Studio Art Intensive

This summer program is a rigorous, in-depth studio art experience for high school students, ages 14-17. Students will receive six hours of coursework each day in a variety of mediums, beginning with drawing and painting and expanding to less traditional forms. Led by established local and national artists and educators, projects will go beyond techniques traditionally taught in high school art classes, teaching students practical skills necessary to develop as artists. In addition to studio classes, guest speakers (such as practicing artists, curators, and arts administrators) will meet with students throughout the program to share stories and provide insight into the art world.  Students will participate in a public art mural project in the Arts District Houston. Students will also visit various art spaces and cultural institutions around Houston, gaining insight into the local arts climate. The program will conclude with a final exhibition and celebration of the work produced for friends, family, and instructors. Each student will receive an individual portfolio session to help prepare for portfolio reviews when applying to colleges and art schools. This program is limited to 16 students. Students must be able to commit for the full duration of the program.

M. A. Program - In 2019, Art League Houston piloted the M.A. (Mentoring Alum) Program. Students who have successfully completed a previous Summer Intensive and participated in their cohorts exhibition will be invited to apply to return to the program as a mentor. Four students will be selected to join the 2019 cohort. Mentoring Alums will be expected to serve as role models and guides for the twelve new students in the cohort as well as serve as studio assistants to visiting artists. Mentoring Alums will come to each session day from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM to assist with set up and clean up of studio spaces and will receive 20 hours of community service credit from Art League Houston.

ALH Summer Intensive Mural Project - Art League Houston and Sawyer Yards partnered for a 2019 Summer Intensive student designed and created outdoor mural project on the Sawyer Yards complex in Houston’s historic First Ward. See the amazing results of this partnership here.


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Summer Intensive Exhibition at Art League Houston

August 2nd - 24th, 2019

Opening Reception - August 2nd 6 - 9 PM

Participating High School Students: Althea Nigos, Ava Jiang, boya shi, Francisco' Elissa Saenz, Elisse Gachupín, Emmy Smith, Ire Asojo, Julia Rossel, Marianna Pachon, Levy Cao and Perla Gomez

Participating Mentoring Alumni (M.A) Students: Adora Goodluck, Claire Waller, Kathryn Lloyd and Sophia Malik


Eepi Chaad, Director of Community Engagement, eepi@artleaguehouston.org

Learn more about the Summer High School Studio Art Intensive by exploring images, descriptions, and instructor bios from past summers: