Columbus youth art classes & workshops

Classes update: 

Columbus College of Art & Design is committed to the health and safety of our students and community. Given the evolving nature of the COVID-19 crisis, we have decided to cancel our July Creative Summer Workshops and CCAD Film & Video Camp for children and teens.

Those who have already registered will receive a full refund.

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Your child's love of art starts now.

At CCAD, we pride ourselves on providing 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 and wear purple swimsuits to school. The ones who always ask “Why?” and build cardboard cities. We see these kids and see an opportunity to let their love of art grow.

CCAD has one the largest and oldest youth art programs in the country. From painting and fashion to photography and drawing and more, our classes connect students to hands-on projects and experienced faculty who care passionately about art education.

Saturday Morning Art Classes

Fall classes | July 15–Sept. 5
Spring classes | Nov. 1–Jan. 5

Grades: 1–12

Classes: Animation, Illustration, Graphic Design, Drawing, and more

Upcoming class dates:
Fall 2019 | Sept. 14–Nov. 16 
Spring 2020 | Jan. 18–March 21
Fall 2020 | Sept. 12–Nov.14
Spring 2021 | Jan. 16–March 20

10-week program
9–11:30 a.m. Saturday

Program cost: $325, including tuition, registration, and all materials

Scholarship application deadline:
Fall classes | June 15
Spring classes | Oct. 15 

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Creative Summer Workshops

Registration: Feb. 1–May 30

Grades: 1–12

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

Upcoming class dates: Summer 2020 | June 1–June 19 & July 6–17

1-week programs
9 a.m.–noon or 1:30–4:30 p.m.
Lunchtime and after class childcare is available for students who sign up for both morning and afternoon classes.

Program cost: $195 per week, including tuition, registration, and all materials


CCAD College Preview

Early bird: Sep. 2–Dec. 2
Regular registration: Dec. 3–June 1

Grades: 10–12

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

Upcoming class dates:
Summer 2020 | July 12–Aug. 1

3-week residential program

Program cost: $3,450, which includes 3 college credits, 3 weeks of on-campus residence, all meals, and all required supplies

Scholarship application deadline: May 4

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CCAD Film & Video Camp

Registration: Registration opens Feb. 1 and closes May 25

Ages: 14–18

Details: The CCAD Film & Video Camp is a three-week filmmaking workshop for students ages 14–18 that's offered two times during the summer. In the camp, students will get to explore everything from pre-production and set design to filming and post-production work. Students will be able to meet peers who have a similar passion for film and will walk away from the camp with hands-on experience and a deeper understanding of the film process, all culminating in a red carpet event where family and friends get to see the final product and their name on the big screen. 

Schedule: Classes run Monday–Friday, 1:30–4:30 p.m. during the following sessions:
Session 1 | June 1–19
Session 2 | June 22–26 & July 6–17 (No classes the week of Fourth of July)

Program cost: $595 for three weeks

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Film Columbus Teen Screenwriting Competition

Registration: Registration opens Dec. 1 and closes Jan. 30

Ages: 14–18

Details: The 2020 Film Columbus Teen Screenwriting Competition is a free two-part screenwriting workshop at CCAD. The first workshop will cover the basics—from plot to protagonists—followed by a big homework assignment: writing a script. The second workshop will give students a chance to receive feedback on their work and hear from their peers and instructor. Industry professionals will judge the scripts and select two winners, who will get to attend a three-week filmmaking workshop at CCAD in the summer and see their scripts turn into short, 3–5 minute movies.

Schedule: Feb. 1 & 15, 2020 | Noon–3 p.m.

Program cost: Free

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