Summer 2019: Your Child at Sawtooth Youth Summer Art Programs

by Lauren Duncan

I often get phone calls from parents who talk about how much their children enjoy making art.  I love getting these calls- it’s amazing to talk with someone about their child’s passion and how taking classes at Sawtooth could further that passion.  Those conversations always make my day.

At Sawtooth, we excel at meeting students where they are at artistically and then pushing them further in their technical skills, self-expression, confidence, and more.  Students learn about the principles of art and the elements of design, while also practicing perseverance and innovative thinking.  Our students often explore new mediums in our specialty studios, work as teammates in collaborative pieces, and expand what they believe is possible.

For summer 2019, we have four programs for students ages 3-18.  And a really cool part about it is that all of those students are in our building in downtown Winston-Salem at the same time.  Weekly I’ll see an elementary student looking in awe into an advanced studio class full of high school aged students— can you imagine what’s going through that younger student’s head?  The world of creative possibility and achievement has opened for them.  Plus, it’s super convenient for families to have one place to drop-off and pick-up students while also meeting the creative drive for all of their kids.

All of our programs also bring in visiting artists from around the Piedmont Triad region to share their own art and artistic journeys.  For students who lean toward the cerebral and creative, Sawtooth provides a place where they thrive and meet other like-minded kids.

If you want to know more about our programs and scholarships, check out the information below!

Camp SawtoothArt camps for students ages 3-11

Camp Sawtooth is designed to spark imagination, encourage self-expression, and make a lifelong connection to visual art.  We take pride in offering high-quality art education for students, while they also learn innovative thinking, perseverance, creativity, collaboration, and more!  Our small class sizes allow for individualized experiences for our students in a creative environment.  Each summer Sawtooth School for Visual Art offers eight different week-long, full-day and half-day themed camps. Students learn about, create, and explore the world around them through exposure to art and artists that are selected to inspire!

For more information about Camp Sawtooth, click here.

ARTeen | Art studios for rising 6th thru 9th grade students

Sawtooth is proud to offer art studio classes for our middle school students.  Our studios provide hands-on learning experiences that inspire creative exploration.  Studios run during five weeks with different morning and afternoon half-day classes.  ARTeen is an excellent opportunity for students to explore new art forms and enhance ones in which they have interest.  We encourage repeating studio classes because projects, instructors, and learning experiences change each summer.

For more information about ARTeen, click here.

Summer Art Immersion | Art studios for rising 9th thru 12th grade students

Students in Summer Art Immersion can explore the arts and enhance their technical art skills.  Our classes are taught by professional artists and art educators in our specialty studios.  Classes run during four weeks with different morning and afternoon half-day classes.  Our small classes are tailored for students with a passion for the visual arts and are appropriate for novices and for those with experience.

For more information about Summer Art Immersion, click here.

Summer Art Honors | Advanced art studios for rising 10th through 12th grade students

Summer Art Honors at Sawtooth is designed for students who love making art and are considering majoring in the arts and/or going into the arts industries. This two-week program provides elevated instruction for students in our specialty art studios.  Students will also hear from visiting artists, see professional artist studios, create their own art exhibit, and complete portfolio reviews.

Class Types: Observational Drawing, Figure Drawing, Painting Methods, Color Theory, Metalsmithing, Wheelthrowing, Textiles, Digital Arts, Glass, Photography, Woodworking, Printmaking

To Apply

Please submit the application: Student Application

The Teacher Recommendation Form is required to be submitted by their high school art teacher on the applicants behalf. You may copy the link and email it to your teacher to fill out.

Scholarships are available for students in all our programs.  We believe that the arts should be available and accessible to all, no matter one’s financial situation. Click here for more information.

Questions? Contact Lauren Duncan – Director of Youth Programs

336-723-7395 ext. 1209