Summer Visual Art Academy

visual art academy student sculpting with clay

The 16th Visual Art Academy will take place June 1 - 12, 2020 with an orientation on May 30th. It is an intensive visual arts program for students from grades 6–12. Our faculty of professional Alaskan visual artists will teach classes in Animation, Cartooning, Ceramics, Computer Art, Costume and Fashion Design,  Digital Photography, Drawing and Design, Metalsmithing, Painting/Mixed Media, Printmaking, Sculpture & 3D Design.

Full-time students take four classes per day or as half-time students taking 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 have an opportunity to exhibit their work created during the academy in exhibits in the art department. 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. Registration opens February 24, 2020.

VAA studio classes are canceled for Summer, 2020. Information and registration for the Virtual Visual Art Academy (VVAA), a free online program to be scheduled for three weeks in June can be found here


If your child attended VAA last year, a profile already exists. All you need to do is update that information at the above link. Otherwise, please follow the process for registration as follows:

  1. Create a profile for your child
  2. Click Registration and Register for a New Session
  3. Select the grade the child will enter next fall and click Continue
  4. Choose one of the available options 
    •    VAA Full-Day 
    •    VAA Half-Day AM
    •    VAA Half-Day PM
  5. Continue with the registration

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. 


  • Animation
    An exciting course in experimental animation, stop-motion and 2D animation.
  • Cartooning
    Sequential drawing and character design for animation and visual storytelling.
  • Ceramics
    Students create hand-thrown and hand-built clay artworks and pottery.
  • Computer Art
    A course in digital pixel painting and computer design using Adobe Photoshop.
  • Costume/Fashion Design
    Students design and create fashion and costume apparel.
  • Photography
    An exciting class that teaches the foundations of photography using digital SLR cameras.
  • Drawing and Design
    Fundamental techniques of drawing and design using traditional and new materials.
  • Metalsmithing
    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.
  • Printmaking
    Students create relief, intaglio and collagraph prints using traditional printing presses.
  • Sculpture and 3D Design
    Students create sculptural projects using found objects, clay, plaster, metal, wire and wood.