Summer Arts Workshop

The University of Arkansas School of Art hosts an annual week long overnight Summer Arts Workshop for rising high school students in grades 10 - 12. 

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Important Dates

March 22
Deadline to apply to the Workshop

April 1
Accepted students will be notified 

June 15 - 22
Summer Arts Workshop dates


How much does the workshop cost?

There is no cost for students to attend the in-person workshop week, which includes housing, meals, and materials to participate. Students are welcome to bring funding for toiletries or conveniences on campus.

What will we do during the week?

Students will select their preferred area of interest for the afternoon course sessions taught by School of Art faculty who are also working artists, designers, and scholars.  Throughout the week they will meet with current students, different offices on campus, learning about applying to colleges, scholarship options, and a career in the arts.

Students will meet with various organizations from the Northwest Arkansas area, expanding their networks and knowledge about being an artist and the opportunities here at the UA School of Art. In addition, there will be field trips to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The Momentary, and other galleries in the Northwest Arkansas area. Some activities will include physical movement such as walking around campus, walking through facilities, and others may include mobile transport by chartered bus.

Course sessions will take place within School of Art facilities with all materials provided at no cost.  The workshop will conclude with an art exhibition featuring the work created by students throughout the week and be documented for their portfolio.

Where will we stay?

Students will be housed at a residence hall on campus. They will potentially share a room and have a community bathroom. Students will have the opportunity to fill out a questionnaire about their roommate preferences.

Covid-19 safety precautions will be communicated and put in place prior to the start of the workshop. Safety precautions could include, but are not limited to, requiring masks, testing students at the Pat Walker Health Center on campus, and social distancing.

How do we apply?

Rising high schoolers in grades 10 - 12 may apply at Application materials include a letter of recommendation from a visual arts teacher. The application closes on March 22 and accepted students will be notified by April 1. A waitlist will be started after the 70 spots are filled and the School of Art will reach out to the students on the waitlist if any spots become available.

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