About the Summer High School Studio Art Intensive

This four-week summer program is a rigorous, in-depth studio art experience for high school students, ages 14-17. Participants 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 (practicing artists, curators, and arts administrators) will meet with participants throughout the program to share stories and provide insight into the art world.  Participants will also spend two days visiting various art spaces and cultural institutions around Houston, gaining insight into the local arts climate in Houston. The program will conclude with a final exhibition and celebration of the work produced for friends, family, and instructors. Each participant 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. Participants must be able to commit for the full duration of the program.

2019 Program Dates

Monday - Friday, June 3 - 28, 2019

New Students - 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

M. A. Students - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


M.A. Program - In 2019, Art League Houston will pilot 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.

Sawyer Yards Mural Project - Art League Houston and Sawyer Yards will partner for a 2019 Summer Intensive student designed and created outdoor mural project on the Sawyer Yards complex in Houston’s historic First Ward.

2019 Program Fees - $400

Each student will be responsible for providing their own supplies. A limited amount of supplies will be provided by Art League Houston.

A limited number of scholarship opportunities are available based on financial need.

Application Instructions

Applications will be accepted March 15, 2019 - April 28, 2019 and must be submitted online through Submittable only. In addition to basic information, applicants will be asked a few short essay questions and will be required to submit five images of their work. Artwork examples in any medium are welcome. Applications will be reviewed by an independent selection panel comprised of artists and arts administrators appointed by Art League Houston.

New Students - application here

M. A. Program Students - application here


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: