Summer Academy

July 6 - 31, 2020

Summer Academy is going virtual! PAFA's flagship pre-college program is a four-week, college-level art-making experience for talented and motivated high school students at the nation's first and premier school of fine art. 

Summer Academy 2021 Application will be open by February 5. 

Check out the amazing work by Summer Academy class of 2020!

Enjoy rigorous online courses in drawing, painting, sculpture, and printmaking taught by PAFA's exceptional faculty of practicing artists.
Summer Academy participants have the opportunity to:

  • Earn a merit-based scholarship for Summer Academy and become eligible for a Next Step Scholarship to PAFA if they enroll in the BFA program.
  • Earn 4 college-level course credits.
  • Get exclusive guidance from and connections to leading artists and curators from PAFA's stellar faculty and wide network of artistic leaders. 
  • Get a head start on preparing a portfolio for applying to college
  • Participate in a virtual exhibition in PAFA's world-class art museum

Students benefit from exclusive one-on-one portfolio reviews with the school's admissions staff. Summer Academy alumni who are accepted to PAFA's BFA program are eligible for a $4000 Next Step Scholarship ($1000 per year).


Virtual Summer Academy

PAFA has years of experience conducting meaningful, engaging online studio arts courses through our Continuing Education and Low-Res MFA programs. We utilize best practices employed by faculty and staff when PAFA’s BFA and MFA programs successfully transitioned to an entirely virtual practice in March 2020. As evidenced by the extraordinary work our students created from home in March, April and May, unusual times also inspire unusual creativity in our young artists.

Robust online programming will include training and mentorship by PAFA faculty, with demonstrations, discussion, small group sessions and one-on-one guidance using videoconferencing (Zoom) and learning management system (Canvas) platforms. Art supplies will be provided by PAFA as usual. PAFA will arrange exclusive opportunities for students to meet with artists, educators and curators for studio tours, behind-the-scenes looks at collections, and college level critical feedback. 

As many BFA programs transition to increased online instruction, this experience will prepare students to learn in any context and develop the skills to excel anywhere. Our wonderful teachers have practice guiding students in a virtual context, and they are ready to create an incredible creative experience.

Developing Artists at Summer Academy

sculpting figure
Teen painting
Sculpting portrait
Cast Drawing

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Studio art classes and education for high school students to develop their artistic passions and prepare for college.