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High School Teen Summer Art Immersion Program

The 2023 High School Teen Summer Art Immersion Program has begun and applications are no longer being accepted. Please read below for details about this fantastic summer program and we hope to hear from you next year!


Five weeks, traditionally from late June through July

Monday - Friday, 11am - 5pm

(with a one-hour lunch break at 1pm)

This 5-week program includes all supplies and costs - $1,950 (2023 fee)

Please read our health and safety guidelines provided below before registering

This five-week program is for motivated and passionate high school artists who are interested in building their drawing and painting skills, learning some printmaking and mixed media processes, and finishing up with a very personal final project.

Students will work from live models and other classroom set-ups, as well as the outdoors when weather permits. Observational work will be the focus, but some work from imagination and memory will also be encouraged to tell personal stories. Each week builds on the previous week and skills are cumulative. The work of master and contemporary artists will be introduced each day.

All art supplies are provided. All students need to bring is a large portfolio (can be a cardboard portfolio) for artwork, and enthusiasm for making lots of art. 

WSS is just a short walk from the Dupont Circle Red Line Metro Station.

Applications are due in Spring; Announcements will be made on the WSS website, social media and through the weekly e-mailer. 

Limited needs-based scholarships are available. Please refer to our Work Study & Scholarship webpage for details.

Program Schedule


Work Time: 11am - 1pm

Lunch Break: 1pm - 2pm (students may bring lunch or walk to nearby carry-out places)

Work Time: 2pm - 5pm



Week 1:  Observational Drawing

Week 2:  Using a Sketchbook for Information Gathering and Research

Week 3:  Printmaking with the Press

Week 4:  Painting

Week 5:  Final Project

*the Weekly Schedule may be subject to minor modification 

Refund Policy

Due to the limited space in this program, registration is final and no refunds or withdrawals will be allowed except under special circumstances as listed on our policies and resource page.

Please contact with questions


WSS Health and Safety Measures


Our first priority is the health and safety of the students, visitors, faculty, and staff at WSS.  If you are not comfortable with an indoor class or with WSS requirements for those classes, please consider an online class. We thank you for being a part of our effort to provide a safe learning environment for all.


The following guidelines apply to students, visitors, faculty, visiting artists, artist models, and staff:

As of May 11, 2023, with the expiration of the federal Public Health Emergency for COVID-19, wearing masks in Washington Studio School will no longer be mandatory but STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. 


Please keep in mind that we are in a small classroom space for three hours at a time, and the health and safety of our community is our highest priority. Proof of vaccination is still required, especially as the mask requirement is relaxed.


The following guidelines apply to students, visitors, faculty, visiting artists, artist models, and staff:


1. Anyone participating in indoor in-person courses as a student, instructor, or model must email proof of vaccination before the first day of class, including any available boosters for which they are eligible. If this will be an issue, you must email prior to entering the building. 


2. If you are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms, please stay home, even if you test negative for COVID-19. 


3. Masks are required for 10 days after receiving a positive Covid test.


4. Anyone who learns that they have contracted COVID-19 or has been exposed to someone who has contracted it should notify WSS immediately (Admin + Managing Director) so we can take appropriate measures to notify the relevant student and staff members who may have been exposed. 


Hand sanitizer is available throughout the building. HEPA air purifier systems are used in classrooms. 


If you have questions or concerns about safety protocols while participating in activities at WSS, please contact Jill Phillips, Artistic Director, at or Madeleine Sargent, Managing Director, at


Thank you for helping WSS provide a safe learning environment for all.

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