A Residential Camp for Artistically Motivated Students Completing Grades 9-12. 

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Who is Young Artists Institute for? 

The Young Artists Institute is for highly artistically-motivated high school students who are completing grades 9-12 who can benefit from artistic exploration beyond the standard school curriculum. If you love to write, draw, paint, write or recite poetry this program is for you! Students who attend the Young Artists Institute are drawn to the arts and want to be surrounded by peers with similar interests in a supportive environment. If you think you might be a candidate for the Young Artists Institute but are not sure, give us a call. Young Artists Institute is a competitive program with limited spots so apply early.

What is Young Artists Institute?

The Young Artists Institute is a week-long summer residential program, held in Ashland, Oregon, on the Southern Oregon University campus. Students receive first-class instruction by professional artists in creative writing, poetry, theater, and visual arts through intensive hands-on workshops, mentoring, evaluation, and presentation of completed works. During the program accomplished artists will mentor students, supporting them to discover their own sources of inspiration and help them deepen their craft. In addition, students will learn to effectively collaborate with artists from other disciplines to create unique joint artistic projects.

Our goal is to provide a lively, supportive environment where students can stretch their talents, discover new strengths, and challenge themselves in the company of peers who share their interests. Come learn and create with other talented high school students who share your creative spark! 

Accepted Student Information

Click here to make a tuition payment. If you have a payment other than the full tuition amount due to tuition assistance or splitting it with another individual, please call our office at 541-552-6452. We accept VISA or MasterCard. 

More Questions?

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The Young Artists Institute is supported, in part, by the Oregon Cultural Trust. When you make a donation in support of any SOU Pre-College Youth Programs don't forget to double your impact FOR FREE by making a matching donation to the Oregon Cultural Trust.

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