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Young People's Studios and High School 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.

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Our YPS and High School Studios Spring classes are now closed for registration. Stay tuned for Summer!

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, in person or online.


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Grades 9-12

Experimental Drawing

Saturdays, Jan. 29 - Apr. 2
9:30 am - 12:00 pm (in person)

Grades 9-12. For the student who needs to round out core drawing skills but wants to do it in the most innovative, fun, exploratory way imaginable, this course is for you! Through experimental drawing using unusual/non-traditional materials and creative art problems set up by the instructor, students gain a repertoire of essential tools and skills for drawing. This course provides students with a strong foundation in contour line, creating value, perspective, mark-making, and sighting as essential tools to render accurately. With this toolbox mastered, students will feel confident that they can draw anything! This class will be held in person at MICA. Supplies included. Cost: $375

Grades 9-12

Illustrating with Wet and Dry Media

Saturdays, Jan. 29 - Apr. 2
9:30 am - 12:00 pm (in person)

Grades 9-12: From books to posters, advertisements, and album art, illustration is everywhere! Come learn the fundamentals of illustrating with wet and dry media, and how to take your hand-drawn images through a digital process for print purposes. Young artists begin by responding to single image prompts related to newly acquired media techniques with an emphasis on composition of content, then finish with designing a short children’s book or comic for print. This class will be held in person at MICA. Supplies included. Cost: $375

Grades 9-12

Digital Illustration

Saturdays, Jan. 29 - Apr. 2
9:30 am - 12:00 pm (in person)

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 held in person at MICA. Masks required. Access to the Adobe Creative Suite is included for the duration of this course. Cost: $375

Grades 9-12


Saturdays, Jan. 29 - Apr. 2
9:30 am - 12:00 pm (in person)

Grades 9-12: 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. By documenting each set-up, with adjustments between each shot, students learn how to bring characters alive the old-fashioned way. This class will be taught in person at MICA. Supplies included. Masks required. Cost: $375

Grades 9-12

Intro to Graphic Design

Saturdays, Jan. 29 - Apr. 2
10:00 am - 12:30 pm (online)

Grades 9-12: Using a variety of created and found images, students learn how to make complex compositional and design decisions digitally through the use of filters, color effects, and artful use of text. Students will experiment with typography, logo design, branding, and other elements of designing for print and publication. The class will work with the Adobe Creative Suite and develop design strategies to communicate clearly through design and digital imagery. This class will be taught online via Zoom. Access to the Adobe Creative Suite is included for the duration of this course. Masks required. Cost: $370

Grades 9-12

Illustration in Series

Saturdays, Jan. 29 - Apr. 2
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (in person)

Grades 9-12: In this course, students explore different aspects of illustration and sequential art such as cells, comic strips, and graphic novels. Students look at artwork created by several different sequential 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 sequential illustration, narrative, and image. Students develop their skills in both drawing from life and using their imaginations to craft creative and expressive characters and stories. This class will be held in person. Supplies included. Masks required. Cost: $375

Grades 9-12

Ceramics: Form Over Function

Saturdays, Jan. 29 - Apr. 2
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (in person)

Grades 9-12: In this course, students will build upon the functional purpose of ceramics to create meaningful ceramic objects. In this endeavor, students will engage in a universal art practice that cultures from around the globe have practiced for thousands of years. Using historical references as a starting point, students will create personal artifacts that focus on concepts specific to contemporary culture. Students will become familiar in working with form as a metaphor to extend beyond functionality. Throughout the course, students will gain proficiency in using a variety of hand building techniques and explore different methods of glazing. This class will be held in person at MICA. Supplies included. 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 Spring 2022 is January 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