Program Mission

The Swope Summer Youth Art Program was created to give children and teens (ages 4 -18) an opportunity to study with professional artists and instructors. Classes are designed to teach students basic skills and provide them mentorship to fine-tune their abilities. Students will be exposed to artistic theory, learn about artists, practice varying techniques and create their own original works of art.

The 2017 SYAP will feature an end-of-summer art exhibition at the Swope Education Center featuring one work by each student. Please join us for the reception on Saturday, July 22, from 1 to 3 pm to celebrate the success of our summer students.


2017 course brochure is now available!

SYAP Brochure 2017


Registration opens April 1st!



Financial Aid Application is now available!



Frequently Asked Questions:

When may I register my child for classes?

2017’s open registration begins Saturday, April 1stEnrollment deadlines are one full week prior to the first day of class. Because of the small class sizes, we encourage you to register as early as possible.

How much do classes cost?

Single-week AM & PM sessions are $70 for Museum members ($90 for non-members)

What time do classes begin?

Classes occur Monday through Friday beginning at 9:00 am for the morning (AM) sessions or 12:00 pm for the afternoon (PM) sessions.

How long is a class session?

Both AM and PM sessions are two hours long.

How many children are in each class?

To allow for individual attention, most class sizes are limited to 12 students. However, the Visual Explorations courses accommodate 6.

Are all materials provided?

Yes, except where noted for photography classes. Those enrolling students in clay classes may wish to bring a box for carrying artworks home.

Can my child attend a class if their age is one year different than the age range given?

Exceptions to class ages must be reviewed with each instructor and is based on the tools and materials used in the class.

I’m having trouble finding classes for my child’s age range. Is there a different way to view the classes?

Yes! Try viewing the classes in our calendar, and using the tags to specify your child’s age.

My child is enrolled in a class, but our schedule has changed or he/she no longer wants to take the class. How do you handle cancellations and refunds?

Cancelling enrollment is simple; please contact Hilda Andres, Director of Community Engagement, before the class enrollment deadline, and the Museum will issue a refund.

Enrollment deadlines are one full week prior to the first day of class. No refunds will be made after enrollment deadlines.