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2022 Summer High School
Teen Intensive Program

JULY 5- JULY 29, 2022

Monday - Friday, 11 am to 5 pm (with an hour lunch break at 1pm)

$1,750 includes supplies*

Please read our health and safety guidelines below before registering.

This 4-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 multi-media collage 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 your 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.


Work time 11 am – 1 pm

Lunch break 1 – 2 pm (bring lunch or walk to nearby carry-out places on Connecticut Ave

Work time 2-5 pm


All art supplies are provided. All you need to bring is a large portfolio (can be a cardboard portfolio) to keep your work in, and your enthusiasm for making lots of art. 

Program Schedule


Observational Drawing: 

Black and White

Instructor: Mary Freedman

Working with graphite, charcoal, ink and other monochromatic drawing materials, students will work from still life objects and as well as the live model and portrait within the context of the outdoor spaces near WSS. Line, shape, value and compositional elements will be addressed as students discover their own mark and sensibility.

Observational Drawing: 


Instructor: Joren Lindholm

Continuing with observation, utilizing objects, live models, and the cityscape surrounding WSS, students will begin to bring color into the drawings. Colored pencils, pastels, oil pastels and other materials will be introduced as color theory and color relationships are explored. Composition, emphasis, and some experimentation will be explored.

Painting and Watermedia

Instructor: Brian Kelley


The third week will move to water-based paints – both watercolor and gouache –and will continue to use the outdoors as much as possible. The figure in the landscape will be a frequent motif. Learning the difference between the transparent qualities of watercolor and the opacity of gouache will part of the process. Combining these paints with some of the drawing materials from Weeks 1 and 2 will also be encouraged.


Telling Your Stories: Mixed Media and Collage

Instructor: Melvin Nesbitt, Jr.

The fourth week is an exciting opportunity to pull skills from the first three weeks together into a final work of art that is personal, inventive, and meaningful to the individual artist. Using all available materials plus the addition of collage, students will create a unique visual story that can be political, autobiographical, completely invented, or a combination of the above.

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.


A limited number of scholarships are available. For additional inquiries about this program, please email