CoSA summer art intensive for teens

"Our Visual Art Intensive is a full program that seeks to broaden students creativity and professional development skills by furthering their understanding of the world around them in a creative, supportive environment. This summer, CoSA is excited to partner with the San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) to offer 3 full weeks of programming to eligible teens.  

During the length of the program, students in grades 9-12 are given hands-on training in several art mediums, in workshops facilitated by professional artists. Learning takes place not only in these workshops, but through lectures given by renowned local artists both on-site at CoSA and through the special opportunity to visit their studios directly. In addition to growing students artistic ability and technique, participants will receive professional development training in museum practices. This training, led by professionals in the art, museum, and gallery field, exposes students to new career paths and help crystallize their career goals.

SDAI’s Summer Teen Intensive culminates in an exhibition at SDAI, curated by the participants. Students are responsible for the complete exhibition: choosing a curatorial concept; promoting the exhibition through press releases and flyers designed by the students; booking bands to play at the event; writing wall text for the exhibition; and the installation of the work.

The purpose of the San Diego Art Institute Summer Teen Intensive is to facilitate driven high school students who are interested in the arts or arts administration, and seek to build their self-esteem and a lasting sense of identity through authentic work experience. At SDAI we believe project-based learning can be instrumental in paving the way of success in a student’s life. Students who attend the San Diego Art Institute Summer Teen Intensive will leave each day of the program having learned valuable artistic and career-based skills.

Criteria for applicants:

must apply themselves

must be entering 9-12 grade in the 2017-18 school year

must be dedicated to attending the intensive Monday thru Friday (10-4 pm daily)

must be dedicated to helping to curate and produce culminating exhibition which will debut at COSA and then travel to the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park

must have transportation to and from Intensive site (CoSA in Coronado, CA)

To apply for a scholarship for the Visual Arts program, please click here to access the application.  Print, fill out and email to"