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Penn State School of Visual Arts Announces Annual High School Summer Art Camp

Summer Camp

If you are a high school student with a strong interest in the visual arts, the School of Visual Arts (SoVA) Summer Art Camp, Portfolio Thinking, was created for you! The camp will take place June 19 - 24, at the University Park campus. Open to students entering grades 9 through 12 (and just-graduated seniors), the camp will provide an intensive residential studio workshop program across various art media.

The camp’s theme, Portfolio Thinking, underscores the goals of the program — to help you learn how to develop your innate creativity and visual thinking skills in planning, documenting, and making artwork. Click here to view a video about the camp and hear from former campers about their camp experience. SoVA’s Edwin W. Zoller Gallery will serve as a studio for campers to display and critique their work.

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. A primary goal of the SoVA Summer Art Camp is to help you develop a distinctive vision and voice by learning new artistic and technical processes that will enhance your creativity and assist you in preparing a distinctive portfolio.

Campers will immerse themselves into life as a Penn State School of Visual Arts student, participating in film nights and social activities within the school and throughout the campus. Participants will produce portfolio-quality work in a university environment.

The camp schedule will include workshops focused on a range of studio areas, taught by experienced faculty and graduate M.F.A. instructors. All workshops will be held in the SoVA art and computer studios.

The week concludes with an exhibition in the gallery showcasing campers’ creative talents for family and friends.

For complete information about the camp, visit: If you have questions, please contact Autumn Spotts at or 814-863-5100.

Click here to register.