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 will 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 sessions 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

Application Instructions

Applications will become available in early spring 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 between three to five images of their work. Artwork examples in any medium are welcome.


Zachary Gresham, Education Programs Director,

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