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.

2018 Program Dates

9:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday - Friday, June 4 - 29, 2018

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT - Art League Houston was generously awarded a grant from the Reed Foundation to support the 2018 Summer High School Studio Art Intensive. As a result, Art League Houston is able to provide all participating students in the 2018 program with a full tuition scholarship. 

Application Instructions

Applications will become available in early March 2018 and must be submitted online through Submittable only. In addition to basic information, applicants will be asked a few short answer 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.

The deadline for applications has been extended from April 29, 2018 to May 5th,2018. Apply here.


Eepi Chaad, Director of Community Engagement,

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