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Visual Arts Summer Academy

Visual Arts Acadey

The 2020 Visual Arts Summer Academy has been cancelled due to the suspension of in-person activities on campus. 


Under the supervision of faculty, students will participate in studio art workshops during the week. Supervised by student counselors and faculty in WVU’s Art Education program, participants will reside in the Evansdale Residential Complex near the Creative Arts Center. Faculty from WVU’s School of Art & Design will facilitate this camp and art teachers from around the state of West Virginia will teach individual workshops.

Academy participants will check in on Sunday evening. Workshops begin on Monday at 9 a.m. Sessions last approximately two-and-one-half hours with morning sessions running from 9-11:30 a.m. and afternoon sessions running from 2:30-5 p.m. Students break at 11:30 for campus excursions followed by lunch from 12:30-1:15 p.m. Excursions will introduce students to life at WVU. Students participate in afternoon enrichment sessions from 1:30-2:30 p.m. The sessions will be facilitated by WVU faculty and will cover a variety of perspectives about campus life. In the evening, School of Art and Design Faculty will offer mini-lectures and studio explorations about their individual disciplines. There is also time allotted for students to ask questions and speak to School of Art & Design faculty.


Friday features a final student exhibit and ice cream social, to which family and friends are invited to attend. 


The Visual Arts Summer Academy provides a community-based program designed for students in grades 7-12. The Academy introduces participants to visual arts programs at the university level and helps them expand their artistic skills. This program is designed to encourage students to think about career pathways in art and design and to experience campus life at WVU.