Young People's Studios and High School Studios

Nurture the creative journey.

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Help K-8 graders jumpstart their lifelong connection to creativity. With support from professional instructors, these weekend and summer classes can help young people learn to express themselves, think critically, and build confidence through artistic exploration.

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High school students can hone their creative voices and prepare to apply to competitive undergraduate art and design programs with dedicated support from MICA faculty. These programs and courses provide a pathway for young artists to explore their creative interests and grow as artists and designers.

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Summer 2024 classes are open for registration!

Use the filter options below to find the learning options that match your interests, location, schedule, and skill level. All times are Eastern. Deadline to register is two weeks before the start date. All offerings are subject to minimum enrollment to run.

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High School Studios

Grades 9-12

Building Your Portfolio

Session 4: July 22 - 26 (All day)

Grades 9-12: In this all-encompassing course, students will delve into the world of Portfolio Development, Critique Skills, and Photo Documentation. Aspiring artists will learn to compile and critically analyze their work, honing their ability to convey cohesive messages. With a focus on constructive criticism, students will grasp the art of giving and receiving valuable feedback. Additionally, students will gain hands-on experience in taking professional photos of their artwork. This course is your key to refining your artistic abilities and showcasing your creations with confidence.

Class meets: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $475

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High School Studios

Grades 9-12

Exploring Sequential Art: Crafting Stories and Characters

Session 4: July 22 - 26 (All day)

Grades 9-12: In this course, students will analyze their favorite comic strips and graphic novels, drawing inspiration from a variety of sequential artists who work with different materials. Starting with the development of compelling storylines, students will then create unique characters and hone their skills in engaging readers through sequential illustrations, storytelling, and imagery. Throughout the course, they will enhance their abilities in both observational drawing and imaginative character and story creation, fostering creativity and self-expression.

Class meets: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $475

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Young People's Studios

Grades 6-8

Make Your Own Comic Book (Grades: 6-8)

Session 4: July 22 - 26 (All day)

Grades 6-8: In this course, students practice the art of telling stories through pictures. Formal aspects of the narrative are applied by combining the written word with visual sequences. Students learn how storylines are developed, formats are considered and characters created. Observation skill-building helps students develop a basis for their fantasy figures, heroes, and heroines. Each student explores animation techniques and produces a comic strip consisting of several frames as well as a multi-page comic book.

Class meets: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $475

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Young People's Studios

Grades K-2

My World in 3D

Session 4: July 22 - 26 (All day)

Grades K-2: One of the most exciting ways of making art is working with sculptural media to create three-dimensional art forms. In this course, students use sculptural media including wire, plaster, wood, clays and other natural materials to create sculptures, assemblages and installations. In the process, students gain experience with many sculptural forms and media, discover a variety of artists and heighten spatial and kinesthetic awareness. Using sketches and working from observation, memory and imagination, students make personally meaningful work that is inspired by their interests and objects of our everyday world.

Class meets: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $475

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Young People's Studios

Grades 6-8

Painting Techniques and Processes

Session 4: July 22 - 26 (All day)

Grades 6-8: Using a variety of paint media such as inks, watercolor, tempera paint, and acrylic paint, students in this course explore a variety of paint materials, brushes, and techniques, both traditional and non-traditional, to create a body of work that spans realism to expressive abstraction. Emphasis is on breaking “out of the box” in expressive use of color media, with a variety of prompts guiding students to make meaning and incorporate narratives into their work. This is a fast-paced class, with students generating a large body of studies and exercises as they build a strong foundation and comfort with each color medium. The confident painter will then be asked to synthesize this knowledge to create larger, cohesive paintings based on a selected theme.

Class meets: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (All day)

Cost: $475

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Young People's Studios

Grades 3-5

Drawing Workshop

Session 4: July 22 - 26 (All day)

Grades 3-5: For the young artist who loves to draw, this fast-paced course offers a little bit of everything. Students create drawings from memory, observation, imagination, and in response to the art of master artists. Different approaches, tools, materials, and techniques are presented and explored using a diverse range of media, from pen and pencil to color explorations in pastel and paint. With the introduction of each new medium and technique, students create studies and sketches as preparation for several larger, refined pieces for the final art show. Emphasis is on exposure to a variety of traditional and non-traditional drawing media and surfaces, with hands-on process work and experimentation at the heart of learning each new drawing technique or medium.

Class meets: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $475

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What our families
are saying

“The program is great because it nurtures hidden talent as well as providing a space for them to explore new ideas and techniques!” – YPS Parent, Summer 2023

“I feel this is the greatest opportunity for any student thinking about art seriously.” – HSS Parent, Fall 2022

“The YPS program was excellent for my child and they had lot’s of fun being included and create new artwork.” – YPS Parent, Fall 2022

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FAQs

Are payment plans available?

Open Studies offers payment plans for all offerings! Enroll now and pay later with equal payment installments. For more details and to begin the process, please contact Open Studies Registration Staff at openstudies@mica.edu.

Where will the classes be held?

In-person YPS and HSS classes will be held on campus in MICAs Fox Building.

 

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

We are in Operational Mode 5 to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable educational experience with MICA. See Operational Mode 5 webpage for more information; this info will also be included in the Getting Started Guide with your registration confirmation email. Masks are encouraged, but optional.

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 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.

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 openstudies@mica.edu

Are there scholarships available for youth and teens?

The scholarship deadline for Young People’s Studios and High School Studios are:

  • January 1 for Spring classes
  • April 1 for Summer Art Camp
  • September 1 for Fall classes

Please visit mica.edu/ypsscholarship for more information and to submit your application.

Questions?

Contact Us.

Office of Open Studies
Location 1400 W Mount Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217
Contact 410-225-2219
openstudies@mica.edu