CoSA Summer Teen Intensive

July 11- July 30, 2016
Monday through Friday
10 am- 4 pm daily

SDAI's Summer Teen Intensive is a full-summer program that seeks to broaden students’ creativity and hone professional development skills by furthering their understanding of the world around them in a creative, supportive environment. This summer, SDAI is delighted to partner with the Coronado School of Art 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 media through workshops facilitated by professional artists. Learning continues outside of the workshops through lectures given by renowned local artists both on-site at COSA and in their very own studios, giving students an opportunity to view works-in-progress and catch a behind the scenes glimpse into professional art practice. Professional development training will be led by local art gallery and museum administrators, exposing students to new career paths and providing coveted information they can use to crystallize their career goals.

SDAI’s Summer Teen Intensive culminates in an exhibition at SDAI curated entirely by the participants. Students are responsible for choosing a curatorial concept; promoting the exhibition through press releases and flyers of their own design; booking bands to play at the event; writing wall text to accompany the show; and installing the artwork.

The purpose of the San Diego Art Institute Summer Teen Intensive is to foster driven high school students’ interest in the arts, by providing time and space for them to develop professional skills and the confidence to deploy them through authentic work experience. At SDAI, we believe project-based learning is instrumental in paving the way to success in a student’s life. Students who attend the Summer Teen Intensive will leave each day of the program having learned valuable, applicable artistic and career-based skills.

Funding for this program provided, in part, by the California Arts Council. Additional funding provided by the Windgate Charitable Foundation.

Teen Mentorship Program

Inspired by the success of our Summer Teen Intensive in 2015, San Diego Art Institute has developed an ongoing program for local teens who show a strong interest in pursuing careers in the arts. The program takes place at SDAI and includes monthly peer critique groups, apprenticeship and internship opportunities, a drop in after school art lab, professional development workshops, and exclusive opportunities to participate in artistic and curatorial projects with partnering organizations.