Summer Art Institute

Summer Art Institute

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

The summer sessions of The Art Institute are for dedicated artistic teens ready to push their limits as they develop their creativity, build skills in the visual arts, and prepare portfolios for college. Students work with professional artists who serve as teachers and mentors. Located in the Fine Arts Studios at Dutchess Community College. There are two sessions offered: July 6-July 24  & July 27-August 14.


Students will choose a focus from 3 areas of concentration each session.

Session 1: Advanced Drawing & Painting | Integrated Drawing & Painting | Filmmaking
Session 2: Advanced Drawing & Painting | Integrated Drawing & Painting | Illustration

Advanced Drawing & Painting Session 1 & Session 2
Students will use a wide range of media as they hone their skills of self-expression into personal statements and powerful works of art. Students are required to schedule an interview with our director prior to enrollment. Call 845-471-7477.
9:00-12:30 Advanced Drawing & Painting • Lunch • 1-2:45 Creative Development & Visual Research • 2:50-4:30 Advanced Drawing & Painting II

Filmmaking Session 1 ONLY
From story-boarding, location scouting and camera techniques, to post production — students will immerse themselves in every step of the filmmaking process. Through creative collaboration and teamwork, as well as building independent projects, students will learn the art of the moving image.
9:00-12:30 Filmmaking • Lunch • 1-4:30 Filmmaking

Illustration Session 2 ONLY
This accelerated concentration will build on students’ existing interests in character design, storytelling, and sequential art. Practical assignments allow students to learn how to take and use original photo documentation to create larger than life visual narratives for their illustration portfolios.
9:00-12:30 Digital Illustration • Lunch • 1-2:45 Drawing & Painting I • 2:50-4:30 Digital Photography

Integrated Drawing & Painting Session 1 & Session 2
An accelerated foundational concentration which explores the principles and skills of observation, value, color, and 2D design while also applying these fundamental skills of drawing and painting to photography and mixed media. This series of classes will prepare students for advanced study and portfolio development.
9:00-12:30 Drawing & Painting • Lunch • 1-2:45 Digital Photography • 2:30-4:30 Mixed Media

Visits From Colleges

The Art Institute will host several college visits throughout the summer at no additional cost. College admissions representatives come and engage with our students. Students, family, teachers, and friends are invited to attend these college visits, talk with representatives, show their portfolio work and get feedback, and learn about the application process.

The Art Institute: Summer Sessions

2 Three-week sessions, 9:00am – 4:30pm
Sessions are held in the Allyn J. Washington Center for Science and Art (Art Gallery.) For easiest access to the building, take Cottage Road to Parking Lot D. Refer to Dutchess Community College campus map.

COVID-19 Statement
Current Status:
— Spring art classes are moving online. Enrolled students and families will be contacted with specific information about their classes.
— The residential component of Session 1 of the Summer Art Institute is no longer available.
— The Art Effect is posting daily on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter home projects and resources to help individuals and families stay creative. An archive of these projects is available here.
— The Art Effect has a new texting system it will be using to keep people updated. To sign up for the new text alert system, click here. To sign up for our mailing list click here.

The Art Effect is monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in New York and will continue to implement health and safety measures to protect our students and their families. The Art Effect’s in-person programs are on hiatus at least through April 20, 2020. As long as Dutchess County and New York State have mandated school closures and there is local, state, and federal guidance to avoid social gatherings, we will not run in-person programs. When we postpone, reschedule, or shift the format of classes, parents and participants will be notified immediately. Should it become necessary for The Art Effect to cancel scheduled camps or classes, prorated refunds will be issued to those affected by the cancellation. We thank you for your continued support and we will keep everyone apprised of any major changes at The Art Effect that may occur.