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Young People's Studios - Saturday Classes

Our professional artist-mentors, backed by MICA’s resources and experience, help young people:

Build confidence in personal expression through artistic exploration.

Learn to solve problems and think critically.

Our YPS Fall classes are closed for registration.

Students can add to what they are learning in school by using art to amplify their creative expression. Classes meet on Saturday mornings or afternoons. Spring 2022 YPS classes will be announced in November.


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Grades 3-5

Illustrating Stories

Saturdays, Sept. 25 - Dec. 4 (no class Nov. 27)
9:30 am - 12 pm (in person)

Grades 3-5: Using children’s literature and picture books as rich sources of imagery and story lines, students weave their own stories individually and in collaboration with peers. Students draw upon their natural tendency to tell colorful and elaborate stories and examine the work of artist/author-illustrators such as Ezra Jack Keats, Mitsumasa Anno, Vashiti Harrison, Maurice Sendak, Andrea Beaty, and Eric Carle. Large-scale drawings, booklets, varied paper surfaces/techniques, and story performances are just a few of the creative ways stories will be recorded and passed on. This class will be taught in person at MICA. Supplies included. Masks required. Cost: $375

Grades 9-12

Animation Techniques

Saturdays, Sept. 25 - Dec. 4 (no class Nov. 27)
9:30 am - 12 pm (in person)

From flip-books and line-drawn characters to paper and sculpey figures, anything that can be moved, adjusted, manipulated and photographed can become the subject for stop-action animation. In this creative, collaborative animation “studio,” students develop storyboards and characters as they design the backdrop and take shots for a 15-30 second short animation. This class will be taught in person at MICA. Supplies included. Masks required. Cost: $375

Grades 9-12

Digital Illustration

Saturdays, Sept. 25 - Dec. 4 (no class Nov. 27)
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (online)

In this class, students will explore how to use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for a variety of drawings and designs! Students will learn about character development, portraiture, settings and environments, design, and metaphorical approaches to making. This class will be taught online using Zoom & Canvas. Access to the Adobe Creative Suite is included for the duration of this course. Cost: $370

Grades 6-8

Make your own Comic Book

Saturdays, Sept. 25 - Dec. 4 (no class Nov. 27)
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (in person)

Grades 6-8: In this course, students explore lines and different aspects of cartoons such as cells, comic strips, and comic books. Students look at artwork created by several different cartoon artists working in a variety of materials. By first developing a storyline, students create original characters and learn how to capture the attention of the readers through words as well as pictures. In developing props and scenery, students grow their skills in both drawing from life and using their imaginations. Emphasis is on creativity, observing real-life, exercising the imagination, writing stories, and experimenting with a variety of materials and techniques. This class will be taught in person at MICA. Supplies included. Masks required. Cost: $375

Grades 6-8

Portfolio Development for High School Entry (at MICA)

Saturdays, Sept. 25 - Dec. 4 (no class Nov. 27)
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (in person)

Grades 6-8 This intense studio class begins with a review of students’ current art portfolios, with discussion about what a well-rounded high school portfolio might look like. Students keep a reflective journal and sketchbook as they identify areas to strengthen in their artwork. Working independently with the instructor, students then develop a plan for tailored art problems intended to highlight skills and flesh out their portfolios for presentation. This course is especially designed for students who need a portfolio for entrance into high school but is also open to those who wish to employ a more independent course of study. This class will be taught in person at MICA. Supplies included. Masks required. Cost: $375

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Where will the classes be held?

In-person YPS Saturday classes will be held on campus in MICA’s Fox Building and at The Ward Center for the Arts at The St. Paul’s Schools in Brooklandville, MD.

Click here to view MICAs campus Map. Fox Building is #11.

Click here to view The St. Paul’s Schools campus Map.

Online YPS classes will be held via zoom. Students will utilize the same zoom link for each class. Zoom information will be provided once enrolled.

I’m interested in taking a class in person. What are the COVID-related guidelines?

We’re excited to welcome you back to campus. We are currently in Operational Mode 4 to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable educational experience with MICA. See Operational Mode 4 webpage for more information; this info will also be included in the Getting Started Guide with your registration confirmation email. To note: masks are required for all individuals taking an in-person class.

What are MICA’s current cleaning protocols?

Facilities Management has implemented enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocols due to the pandemic that are consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for higher education institutions, including a focus on high-touch areas and sanitizing frequency. EPA N-List antimicrobial products for use against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) are being utilized such as:

-SOP Green Klean Chlorinated Disinfectant

-Clarion25 with Microban cleaning solvent

-Floor wax which contains Microban with Clarion25

Microban Professional kills 99.9% of bacteria in just 60 seconds and provides up to 24 hours of protection from bacteria growth — even after multiple touches. Areas that are cleaned, disinfected and sanitized by Facilities Management include public areas, restrooms, stairs, railings, elevators, door handles, office corridors, conference rooms (public), classrooms, lobbies, kitchenettes (not including appliance interiors, utensils and dishes). Departments/individuals are responsible for cleaning: studio lab equipment, office interiors (furniture, display boards) and personal items (computers, screens, phones).

How will I access the software needed for the class?

Once enrolled, you will receive a MICA email with a link to your Getting Started Guide. Please check the email that you used to register for the class.
To note: The email you receive once you are enrolled will also include instructions to create your MICA credentials as well as login instructions to access tools and software necessary for your class such as: Canvas, Adobe Creative Suite, Zoom, and Google Drive.

I’m enrolled in an in person YPS class. What should I bring? Are materials included?

We recommend that students wear a smock or clothes that can get messy! Materials will be provided for in-person learning. Students should also bring a personal water bottle, wear a mask and bring an extra with a zip lock bag.

I’m enrolled for an online class. How will I interact with classmates?

Online YPS classes will be held via Zoom, where peer and instructor discussions and critiques will be conducted. Students will utilize the same Zoom link for each class.

Will I be on Zoom the entire time?

Class format and “Zoom time” will be structured to accommodate the needs of each class. Most classes incorporate a mix of instructor-led discussion, critique and independent work time.

View Zoom’s Children’s Educational Privacy Settings here

I’m enrolled in an online YPS class. How will I get my materials kit?

Students registered and enrolled in YPS online will receive materials kits in the mail (to the shipping address the student used to register). Material kits will ship 1 to 2 weeks before the start of YPS. Please understand that the mail may be delayed due to Covid-19 related issues, and we appreciate your patience as we work to get you materials. We recommend early registration for this reason. Please note, material kits cannot be mailed to international addresses.

I’m not sure if this class is for me. How can I talk to someone?

Contact the Office of Open Studies at (410) 225-2219 or

What time zone are the classes held?

All classes are scheduled for an EST time zone.

Are payment plans available?

Payment plans are available. Please contact the Office of Open Studies for more information and to set this up: (410) 225-2219 or

Are there scholarships available for YPS students?

The scholarship deadline for YPS Fall 2021 is September 1. Please visit for more information on future deadlines and to submit your application.


Contact Us.

Office of Open Studies
Location 1229 W Mount Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217
Contact 410-225-2219