Summer Art Institute

Summer Art Institute

The Art Institute’s summer pre-college portfolio development program at the Dutchess Community College campus in Poughkeepsie.

This art immersion program is designed for motivated, artistically and career-minded teens ages 14 – 19 to help develop their ideas and build skills in the visual arts. The courses in the Art Institute Summer Sessions give students a strong foundation for their visual art education. We explore the depth of shape, color, line, texture, space and movement as well as the importance of conceptualism to help students develop scholarship-level portfolios.

The Art Institute Summer Sessions will be located in the Fine Arts Studios and Photo Lab at Dutchess Community College, in Poughkeepsie on  Creek Road. The beautifully landscaped campus, and large outdoor art collection serve as inspiration. We utilize many studios, including sculpture, a fully equipped darkroom, professional exhibit areas, dorms, and the expansive grounds and facilities.

Instructors are professional visual and media artists who teach from a mentor position, encouraging students to build their skills while becoming well-rounded and diversified in the visual arts. They include illustrators, photographers, and exhibiting visual artists. Many of the instructors appear in national publications and are affiliated with professional organizations that focus on arts and education.

Summer Art Institute dates for 2020 will be announced in the spring.

A limited number of scholarships are available based on need and talent.

**Residential Program
Enjoy the same great Art Institute summer day program while receiving added bonuses. Participants will enjoy special evening activities, additional challenging night workshops (Tuesday–Thursday), and rewarding weekend art excursions while living in the dorms on campus at Dutchess Community College. Artist RAs living in the dorms will work in a mentor position with students through activities, artistic practices, and project help. In addition, the director will lead students on visits to Woodstock School of Art, The Wassaic Project, and other art-focused venues. Meals and accommodations included.

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Please note: To receive reduced member pricing on courses and camps, click the “
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To register multiple students, please complete a full registration for each student separately. 

For deposit or balance payments, please call The Art Effect at 845.471.7477.

Partial scholarships are available to those in economic need. Please email for an application or call The Art Effect at 845.471.7477.