Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Summer Visual Art

Walnut Hill’s three-week, Summer Visual Art Program is designed for artists ages 12–17 who are interested in refining their skills in visual art while exploring new techniques. The three-week intensive program features a range of courses in ceramics, 2-D mixed media, sculpture, and technical drawing. The program takes place in Walnut Hill’s Dartley Visual Art Center and utilizes the School’s wide range of studio spaces. Classes are taught by diverse and talented faculty members who have experience working with students at the K–12 and college levels. Building a strong portfolio and spending time on the details to create an impressive body of work is our main focus. At the close of the program, participants display their artwork in a formal gallery exhibition and host a reception for family and friends.

Please note - this is a day-only program. We currently do not offer a boarding option for Summer Visual Art.


The program runs Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day, with time for arts classes, lunch, and socializing. Students will select one morning intensive course and one afternoon intensive course that they will pursue for the duration of the program. This allows the time and attention that is crucial for a serious visual arts student.

Courses include:

Learn basic hand-building and wheel techniques, and gain experience with different glazes and textures. Utilitarian and sculptural objects will be created in a fun environment.

2-D Mixed Media:
Techniques using acrylic, watercolor, gouache, ink, and some printmaking are taught individually then combined in our large painting studio. Students will have the chance to learn additive and subtractive painting techniques in a supportive environment.

Learn how to construct amazing works with alternative materials! Wire, plaster, found objects, and painting techniques are incorporated into this engaging class.

Technical Drawing:
This class teaches drawing through basic steps for the beginner and additional techniques for those with some experience. The development of visual awareness and self-reflection are emphasized. Various drawing pencils, inks, markers, colored pencils, and drafting tools are employed in drawing from life and in varied visual exercises.

2019 dates: Monday, July 22– Friday, August 9


Ages 12 to 17

Tuition: $2,000
(Day only program)


To register for Summer Visual Art, please click here.

Summer Visual Art Faculty