Summer Visual Art Academy
Summer Visual Art Academy is an intensive visual arts program for students from grades 6–12. Our faculty of professional Alaskan visual artists will teach classes in Cartooning, Ceramics, Craft of Sewing, Digital Design, Drawing and Design, Metalsmithing, Painting/Mixed Media, Photography, and Printmaking.
Costs are $600.00 for full time students (students take four classes per day) or $350.00 for half-time students (students take two classes per day). Each class is 105 minutes long, five days a week (Monday - Friday) for two weeks.
Classes begin at 8:30 am and are over at 4:30 pm. Students will select their preferred areas of interest and will be assigned to classes prior to the beginning of the academy.
Students who wish to focus more time in any area (i.e., metalsmithing) may request full mornings or afternoons in that area. Beginning and advanced levels will be offered for each course. Register early for best selection of classes.
VAA is planning to hold the academy in person during the summer of 2022 from June 6-17. As of now, vaccines are required in UAF art studios for summer 2022 college courses and access. For VAA, we are strongly recommending vaccination for all participants, but we will not be asking for proof of vaccination. It is expected that masks will be required in VAA classrooms where participants will be working in close proximity to each other. We will practice the same safety and health protocols that are in place now at UAF. These include but are not limited to: wearing masks, social distancing (6 feet or greater), continual working surface and space disinfection, appropriate studio ventilation and other practices. We are asking faculty, staff and students to stay home if they are sick or if they have been exposed to a person who has tested positive for Covid-19, or have traveled outside in the past two weeks at the beginning of the academy.
If your child attended VAA last year, you will be sent a registration link when it opens. Otherwise, please check back here in March for a new registration link.
If your child attended VAA last year a profile already exists. All you need to do is update that information. Otherwise, please follow the process for registration as follows:
- Create a profile for your child
- Click Registration and Register for a New Session
- Select the grade the child will enter next fall and click Continue
- Choose one of the available options
- VAA Full-Day
- VAA Half-Day AM
- VAA Half-Day PM
IMPORTANT: The VAA questionnaire under the Health Profile contains the class preferences, which are needed to schedule students for their classes. PLEASE fill that out ASAP.
All information in that section needs to be filled out as well.
Sequential drawing and character design for animation and visual storytelling.
Students create hand-thrown and hand-built clay artworks and pottery.
- Craft of Sewing
Sewing basics and beyond, a brief intro to fashion and design.
- Digital Design
This course is an interdisciplinary Makerspace, using digital tools for virtual reality, 3D printing, laser engraving, and design.
- Drawing and Design
Fundamental techniques of drawing and design using traditional and new materials.
Using metalsmithing techniques, students create objects and jewelry in copper, brass and silver.
- Painting/Mixed Media
Students learn traditional and contemporary painting techniques while working on composition studies and mixed media projects.
An exciting class that teaches the foundations of photography using cell phone cameras.
Students create relief and other works using traditional printing presses.