Summer is a great time to relax, soak up some rays, and hang out with friends. It’s also a great time to expand your artistic horizons through a pre-college summer institute or local art class. Here’s a chance to hone your existing skills or test the waters to find out if art is the right path for you. You’ll experiment with new media, build your portfolio, and make friends with the same focused interests.
Numerous summer programs exist across the country as commuter classes and residential institutes. If you can afford it I’d suggest a residential institute at a school you’d like to attend. Some offer credit, or even waive the portfolio requirement when you apply for their college program.
Residential institutes typically last from one to six weeks, and they give you the opportunity to live on campus and begin to get a taste for real college life.
While you’re searching, don’t forget to consider state schools, and those in your own backyard. Classes near home could save you money and still introduce you to the world of college art.
Here’s a list to get you started:
OTIS, Los Angeles, California
California College of the Arts, San Francisco, California
Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Pratt, Brooklyn, New York
and of course…
Paris College of Art, Paris, France