Summer Art Institute
USD Summer Art Institute takes place June 16-22, 2013.
Do you dream of being an artist? Do you want to learn art skills and techniques from professional artists? Located on the campus of the University of South Dakota, this week-long Art Institute offers high school students the opportunity to experience college life and classes in the visual arts. The Institute provides educational classes for students to develop an art portfolio in a selection from Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture. Students explore educational opportunities and career paths in the visual arts through classes led by exceptional faculty from USD and professional artists.
The Institute is open to high school students who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors during the fall 2013 as well as spring 2013 high school graduates.
Registration is due by April 1 annually and is on a first come, first served basis through completion of the registration form and payment by cash or check to USD Art Department. The total cost for the Institute is $650 per student (meals, housing, art supplies included). A tuition break of $25 will be offered to students submitting their registration and payment before February 1. The camp requires a $100 deposit and all deposits are non-refundable. Once a student registers, a confirmation email and information packet will be sent to the student and their parents. Space is limited, so sign up early!
Studio classes are offered in the following studios:
- Drawing is the cornerstone of the visual arts and artists must be able to visualize ideas and transfer them into any media. Drawing classes are required for all participants each day. The classes focus on observation drawing through studio still-lives, landscapes and on-location drawing.
- Graphic Design combines images, words, and ideas to convey information to an audience. This class explores imaging software and typography to create posters.
- Ceramic students explore hand-built and wheel thrown processes. Due to drying time of clay, the ceramics created during the class will have to be fired following the end of the class.
- Painting classes offer explorations in acrylic paint on canvas and paper surfaces. Students study a range of painting techniques to help them express their ideas.
- Photography students focus on the essentials of darkroom processes with gum-bichromate printing and leave the class with a small edition of unique prints.
- Printmaking students learn the basics of screen-printing, etching or relief printing and take home a small edition of prints.
- Sculpture students explore cast metal sculpture in Bronze or Aluminum utilizing the lost wax method of casting. Students will take part in the actual casting of their work!
Sunday, June 16, we have a special schedule beginning with registration from 4 p.m.-5 p.m. Check in at the Fine Arts building before going to the residence halls. Residence hall assignments and dorm move-in information will be given at that time. Students may move into the dormitory on Sunday, June 16 between 4-6 p.m. and are permitted to remain in-residence until 1 p.m., on Saturday, June 22.
The Institute begins at 8:30 a.m. each day with an information meeting. From 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., students receive studio instruction during a block of classes. Nightly events include special activities as well as classes. Students must return to the dorms by 10 p.m. with lights out at 11 p.m. All activities are chaperoned.
Housing and Meals
Students will be housed in air-conditioned residence halls located on the USD campus. Students may check into their rooms after completing the institute registration on Sunday. No landline phone service is provided in the residence halls, however cell phones are permitted and rooms have wireless access. Students receive keys to their room and have a roommate. Students should bring sheets (extra-long twin), blankets, pillows, towels for showering, alarm clocks, and a jacket.
Students are provided three meals daily through the University cafeteria, beginning with dinner on Sunday evening and continuing through lunch on Saturday.
Students will present their work in a final exhibition on Saturday, June 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the John A. Day Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Parents and family are encouraged to attend.
Merit-based scholarships are available for qualifying students. All scholarship applications are due April 1 and require:
- Digital portfolio of 10 art images of the student's artwork. The preferred method for submission is a CD with works in a .jpg format at the highest resolution possible.
- Written statement discussing your future goals as an artist and how you believe the USD Summer Art Institute will impact those goals.
- Letter of recommendation from your current art teacher or councilor.
Scholarship applications should be sent at the same time as registration materials. Students will be informed about scholarships by April 15.
The Institute is built upon the long running Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute (OHSAI) which has taken place annually at USD since 1991. The Institute honors long-time University of South Dakota Professor and American Indian Northern Plains Artist Oscar Howe. Howe established a summer art institute in the 1960's which provided instruction to avid students desiring to learn about Native American art. The original institute lasted ten years and the spirit inspired the OHSAI. Now, with the evolution to the USD Summer Art Institute, we continue to inspire and support the next generation of artists while paying tribute to the previous successes of the USD summer arts programs.
On or before April 1, please mail the following information to the Department of Art:
- Registration Form
- Parental Permission to Participate Form
- $100 Deposit or complete fee payment of $650
- Scholarship Form (if applicable). You do not have to apply for a scholarship to attend the Institute
- Digital portfolio of 10 art images of the student's artwork
- Written statement
- Letter of recommendation
For more information view the Art Department's website or contact us via the information on the left side navigation near the top of this page.