Columbus Youth Art Classes & Workshops

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


Our classes happen twice a year-in the fall and spring. Classes typically run from 9am to 11:30 on Saturdays and span 10 weeks.

Fall registration opens July 15 and closes 7 days before class begins. Spring registration opens November 1 and closes 7 days before class begins.

If your child is showing an interest in art, our Saturday Morning Art Classes are a great place to start. Available for students in grades 1-12, these classes range in media and skill levels and provide a high level of creative thinking for young ages. From animation classes to courses in illustration, graphic design, drawing, and more, our classes provide a great way for your child with an interest in art to explore their skills.

Classes typically run from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays and span 10 weeks.

Program Costs & Scholarships

Classes cost $325, including tuition, registration and all materials.

Students in grades 1-12 can apply for merit-based scholarships valued at $100 or need-based scholarship valued at $250. There are no entry fees for these scholarships.

To apply for a scholarship, please complete a merit scholarship or need-based scholarship form.


Creative Summer Workshops


Creative Summer Workshops are weeklong hands-on courses at CCAD for students in grades 1-12 and are opportunities for students interested in art to develop their skills in a creative and mentoring environment. Students in younger grades can explore the hues and values of color, botanical art, paper toys, printmaking and more. Students in grades 5-8 can discover the foundations of drawing, painting, digital media, mini-comics and flipbook animation. Students in grades 7-9 can dig deeper into animation, digital photography, fashion design, expressive drawing and stop-motion animation.

Serving as a base for students looking to go into art and design, classes for students in grades 10-12 allow students to explore animation photography, digital portfolios, fashion design and more. 

Register your student for the grade they are rising to in the fall. For each workshop, classes typically run Monday through Friday and span a half day, either from 9 a.m. to noon or 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Lunchtime childcare is available from 12-1:30 p.m. for children who attend 2 workshops for $50. Please pack a lunch and bring a drink.

Program Costs: Creative Summer Workshops cost $195, including tuition, registration and all materials.

Registration Begins: March 1, 2018

Registration Deadline: 7 days before class starts




Interested in grade 10-12 residential programs? CCAD College Preview is a three-week residential program designed for current high school students or recent graduates considering a future in the visual arts. This program allows students to take classes with our faculty, meet professional artists, learn traditional studio practices and exhibit their work — just like a full-time student at CCAD. They'll live in our residence halls, attend events on campus and explore the rich Columbus art scene. And they'll walk away with three real college credits and a newfound edge when applying to art and design schools.

Program Costs & Scholarships

The program fee of $3,450 covers three college credits, three weeks of on-campus residence, all meals and all required supplies. Some optional off-campus excursions may not be included in the tuition. Portfolio-based scholarships are available specific to each major

Merit-based scholarships are awarded to exceptional students who demonstrate talent in their creative portfolios. Judging is based on your portfolio, GPA, letters of recommendation and personal statement. Please complete an online scholarship application at SlideRoom.

Need-based scholarships are awarded to students who have limited financial resources. To apply please complete an online scholarship application at SlideRoom along with filling out the NACAC Request for Application Fee Waiver Form. The NACAC form will be used to determine financial need. Your High school counselor or another designated official will need to fill out and sign Fee Waiver form.

Have a question about College Preview? Call 614.222.3236 or email


Refund and Withdrawal Policy 

By registering for classes, you accept responsibility for paying for the entire session regardless of the method of payment and/or attendance in class. CCAD does not have an automatic withdrawal policy. Nonattendance does not constitute official withdrawal from one or more classes. To withdraw from a course and /or request a refund, you must submit your request in writing. Tuition and fees are non-transferable.

Refunds are granted according to the following schedule:

Saturday Morning Art Classes

  • One full week prior to start of class 100% less $75 administration fee
  • After first class but before day of 2nd class 60%
  • After second class but before day of 3rd class 40%
  • No refunds thereafter

Creative Summer Workshops, lectures, and conferences

  • One full week prior to start of workshop, lecture, or conference 100% less $75 administration fee
  • No refunds thereafter

If you have a question about Saturday Morning Art Classes and Creative Summer Workshops, or if you'd like to purchase gift certificates (which are nontransferable, nonrefundable and expire one year after purchase), please contact us at 614.222.3248 or

Locations & Parking Information

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Support for Saturday Morning Art Classes is available and generously provided by the Pat & Hank Brooks Endowed Scholarship Fund and the Duane C. Palmo Scholarship Fund.