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Summer Art Institute

Summer Art Institute

Session 1: July 6 – 24
Session 2: August 10 – 28
Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
@Trolley Barn, 489 Main Street, Poughkeepsie NY 12601

The Art Institute’s summer pre-college portfolio development program is taking place in the Poughkeepsie Trolley Barn, but you can also “Zoom-in” and join us remotely from anywhere. 
Due popular demand The Art Effect has added a second session of SAI this summer. Space in each session is limited.

The Art Effect’s Summer Art Institute (SAI) is for artistically motivated teens ages 14-19 to develop their creativity and build skills that prepare them for advanced artistic study and careers in the visual arts. This summer will be taught by Rick Price, Director of the Summer Art Institute, and the focus will be drawing and painting.

The SAI 3-week program will offer both in-person and remote options. Students may attend SAI in-person at the Trolley Barn in Poughkeepsie or join remotely as “Zoom-in” participants. All students will receive in-person classroom sessions, assignments, and discussions, and well as daily one-on-one check-ins with the SAI instructor. This program will also feature several virtual visits from art college representatives.

Speciality supplies are included, but SAI students are encouraged to purchase their own supplies. Supply list will be shared after registration. All in-person programs will adhere to State and County protocols to ensure a safe and fun experience for all. The in-person class maximum size is 10 people.

Director of the Summer Art Institute, Rick Price has an MFA from Savannah College of Art & Design, is the chair of the fine art department at the Harvey School, and has extensive teaching experience at Buck’s Rock in CT, mural painting in San Francisco and Beacon, illustration commissions, and has exhibited his fine art work nationwide.


Questions? Check out updated FAQs for more information on our policies and procedures, including how to apply for a scholarship, sign up for a membership, and more.