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Summer Teen Programs

Art Exploration and
Drawing & Painting Intensive (Sold Out)

This program has sold out and has a long waitlist. To join the waitlist, please complete the Camper Application for all ages. Here is a guide to joining the waitlist.

Art Exploration: Find Your Passion

Whether or not you consider yourself an artist, this summer art camp will help you grow and gain confidence. Spend two weeks playing, learning, experimenting, and stretching as you experience the joy of creating art. Projects will include both 2D and 3D creations using a variety of materials and techniques. Explore, experiment and discover the infinite possibilities that arise when you are given the opportunity to just have fun. 

Projects will incorporate color and design instruction including sculpture, painting, drawing, silk painting, basketry, creating musical instruments, fabric art, bookmaking and found object assemblage. Expect individual instruction to support your own level of confidence, talent, and skill development. 

Drawing & Painting Intensive*

In this optional third week of the program, students will expand on fundamental approaches, techniques, and concepts of drawing and painting. Drawing will be taught using observation as a means of investigating line, contour, negative space, volume, light, and composition, and students will learn to use a wide array of media. We will use watercolor to learn color theory and continue to explore composition, color, and technique. Students will also gain valuable insights through one-on-one portfolio discussions, and will complete between three to five paintings and drawings. 

*Drawing & Painting Intensive must be taken in conjunction with Art Exploration. Students cannot attend the Drawing & Painting Intensive only.

Our Visual Arts classes do not require any type of assessment or portfolio to get into the program. Instructors will work with your child at the level that they are at. Your child will improve and learn new skills whether they are a beginner or have been an artist for years.

  • Old clothing or an apron to use during class time
  • Paint brushes-various sizes appropriate for watercolor
  • Set of pencils 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Scissors
  • 9” x 12” pad of bristol paper
  • Additional required materials will be announced soon!

Find the full schedule and materials list here.

  • 9:00 am – Sketchbook exploration
  • 9:30 am – Lecture/Demonstration
  • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Work time with individual help for students as needed
  • Lunch
  • 1:00 pm – Sharing/critique of progress on our projects
  • 1:30 pm – Demonstration
  • 2:00 – 3:30 pm – Work time
  • 3:30 – 4:00 pm – Clean-up and share progress on the days projects

What is a typical day like in Drawing and Painting?
More information coming soon.

Rachel Welch graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, receiving a degree in Art and Design with a concentration in Studio Arts. She spent a year at the Accademia Di Belle Arte in Florence, Italy, studying sculpture and drawing, and received the title of Artist of the Year for the Art Alliance of Idyllwild in 2009. She teaches painting and drawing at Idyllwild Arts. Her artwork has been shown throughout California, as well as in Italy.

Linda Lucía Santana earned her bachelor’s degree in printmaking with a minor in anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Linda completed her Master of Fine Arts in printmaking at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas in 2013. Later that year, she created the printshop and became the first printmaking instructor at Idyllwild Arts Academy in Idyllwild, California. In 2013, Linda was honored as the Featured Artist by the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas-Fort Worth Chapter. In 2014 she was named one of the “13 Young Latina Artists Changing the Contemporary Art Landscape” on Huffington Post. In the summer of 2015, she was the first artist-in-residence at CreArtive Istanbul in Turkey where she taught an international printmaking workshop and created a series of prints. Linda is currently the Chair of the Visual Arts Department at Idyllwild Arts.


Age: 12-16

July 3-17, 2021
Two-week session

& July 3-24, 2021
Three-week session with Drawing & Painting Intensive
Culmination information to be announced.

Tuition, room and board:
$3,240 – Two weeks
$3,960 – Three weeks

Day student tuition:
$1,940 – Two weeks
$2,520 – Three weeks

Lab fee:
$100 – Two weeks
$200 – Three weeks

Enrollment limited to 12 students.
Total capacity includes Residential and Day Students.

Rachel Welch & Linda Santana

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