Columbus youth art classes & workshops

Unleash your child's creativity.

At CCAD, we provide the resources and mentorship for creatives to discover their true passions. But this isn’t just at the undergraduate and graduate level. An interest in art and design takes shape at a young age. We see the kids who crush sidewalk chalk and make their own paint. The ones who color outside the lines. The ones who build cardboard cities. We’re here to help unleash their creativity and watch their love of art grow.

Future artists, animators & fashion designers

CCAD has one of the largest and oldest youth art programs in the country. From animation and drawing to fashion design and photography, our classes connect students to hands-on projects and experienced faculty who are passionate about art education. Keep reading to learn about current and future opportunities at CCAD. 

Film Columbus Teen Screenwriting Workshop & Competition

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In partnership with the Greater Columbus Film Commission, the 2021 Film Columbus Teen Screenwriting Competition is a free virtual two-part screenwriting workshop with CCAD instructors for Columbus-area teens ages 13–17. The first workshop covers the basics, from plot to protagonists, followed by a big homework assignment: writing a script. The second workshop gives students a chance to receive feedback on their work and hear from their peers and instructor. After the workshops, students are encouraged to submit a 3-5 page script. Industry professionals will judge the scripts and select 2-3 winners, whose films will be made into short, 3-5 minute movies in the fall of 2021 by CCAD students. These films will premiere publicly in Spring 2022. Who knows where the experience will take you. Channel 113.4, written by Thomas Dellasanta through the workshop last year and produced by CCAD students in the fall of 2020, was recently accepted into the Toronto Independent Film Festival of Cift.

Registration: Register in advance here

Class dates: March 6 & 20, 2021 from noon to 4 p.m.

Cost: Free


Creative Summer Workshops

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This weeklong program is the perfect way for kids who will be in grades 3 through 12 during the 2021–2022 academic year to explore their creativity during the summer. Classes are held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon or 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lunchtime childcare is available for students who sign up for both morning and afternoon classes.

Numerous health and safety protocols are in place in response to COVID-19. All students will be required to wear a face mask. Daily health assessments and temperature checks will be required. Parents and guardians will need to use the designated drop-off and pick-up zones instead of coming inside the building. Classroom capacity has been adjusted and social distancing will be encouraged. If a student is diagnosed with COVID-19 or has to go home because they are not feeling well or have been exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19, a voucher will be provided so the student can take part in a future class.

Classes in: Animation, Digital Media, Drawing, Fashion Design, Illustration, Painting, Printmaking, and more

Registration: Opens March 15, 2021

Class dates:
June 7–11, 2021
June 14–18, 2021
June 21–25, 2021
July 5–9, 2021
July 12–16, 2021

Cost: $195 per week (includes tuition, registration, and all materials)

CCAD College Preview

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High school students grades 10 through 12 considering a future in art and design can get a taste of what college is like while also earning three college credits. During this three-week residential program, students will participate in classes, workshops, and activities taught by talented CCAD faculty.

Classes in: Multi-disciplinary tracks | Animation, Comics & Narrative Practice, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, and Illustration

Early bird: Oct. 15–Jan. 15, 2020
Regular: Jan. 16, 2020–June 1, 2021

Class Dates: July 11–July 31, 2021

Cost: $3,450 (includes three college credits, three weeks of on-campus residence, all meals, and all required supplies)

Scholarship application deadline: May 7, 2021

Future Opportunities

Saturday Morning Art Classes

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Offered in fall and spring, CCAD's popular Saturday Morning Art Classes allow grades 1 through 12 to develop their love of art over 10 weeks every week from 9–11:30 a.m.

Classes in: Animation, Comics, Drawing, and more

Fall: Aug.1–Sept. 11, 2020 Due to COVID-19, fall classes have been canceled.  
Spring: Dec. 1, 2020–Jan. 18, 2021 Due to COVID-19, spring classes have been canceled.  

Class dates:
Fall: Sept. 19–Nov.21, 2020 Due to COVID-19, fall classes have been canceled.  
Spring: Jan. 23–March 26, 2021 Due to COVID-19, spring classes have been canceled.  

Cost: $325 (includes tuition, registration, and all materials)

“When it became clear that my daughter had a passion for art, I began taking her to the CCAD Saturday morning art classes. Those classes set my daughter on her path as an artist and museum educator.” –Carrie Lacey Boerio, mom and artist

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