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School of Visual Arts

  • PSU SoVA Summer Camp
  • PSU SoVA Summer Camp

Summer Art Camp

"It's a really different type of camp, and it's a lot of fun."

- previous participant

NOTE: Our 2017 Art camp is full. Visit the register page to be placed on a wait list.

If you are a high school student with a strong interest in the visual arts, Penn State School of Visual Arts' (SoVA) Summer Art Camp, Portfolio Thinking, was created for you!

The camp will take place June 25 - 30, at the University Park campus. Open to high school students entering grades 9 through 12 (and just-graduated seniors), the camp provides an intensive residential studio workshop program across various art media.

A primary goal of the SoVA Summer Art Camp is to help young artists develop a distinctive vision and voice by learning new artistic and technical processes that enhance the creative process. "The creative decisions that you make when creating an artwork are similar to the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind that artists and designers use in their studios" said SoVA Director Graeme Sullivan.

SoVA recognizes that not all students with an interest in attending the camp can afford to participate. To help address this we are offering a small number of partial and full-tuition scholarships. You should include a recommendation from your high school art teacher when submitting your application. Click here to download the application form.

The camp’s theme, Portfolio Thinking, underscores the goal of the program, which is to help students learn how to develop their innate creativity and visual thinking skills in planning, and making artwork.

Campers immerse themselves in life as a Penn State School of Visual Arts student, producing portfolio-quality work, as well as participating in film nights and social activities within a university setting. The camp schedule includes workshops focused on a range of studio areas, such as drawing, printmaking, photography, and video.  Workshops are taught by experienced M.F.A. instructors, and take place in SoVA's art and digital studios.

Each year the Edwin W. Zoller Gallery, SoVA's professional gallery space, is transformed into the camp's central hub, serving as the studio space where students display and critique their work produced throughout their time at the camp. On the final day of camp, SoVA hosts a closing exhibition reception for campers and their families.

Click here to view a video about the camp and hear from former campers about their camp experience.

NOTE: SoVA now offers a commuter option. Commuter students will be expected to arrive at a designated meeting place at 9:00AM each morning of camp.  Breakfast will not be provided.  Commuters are to be picked up at the conclusion of the camp day at the parking lot outside the Visual Arts Building, along Curtin Road at 9:45PM each night by their parent/guardian/other authorized pick-up person.

If you have questions, please contact Autumn Spotts at or 814-863-5100.

Click here to register.