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

Registration for the fall opens July 15, 2017, and closes September 9, 2017.

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.

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 the merit scholarship or need scholarship form.

Parent of Creatives: Saturday Morning Art Classes Coffee Hour

9:30-11 a.m. in the Loann Crane Multipurpose Room

Coffee and sweet treats provided by Community Education as we explore CCAD's educational programs, local artists, and even make some crafts of our own.


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, 2017

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.

Registration Information

Registration is required for all of CCAD's classes and workshops, and they sell out frequently, so we encourage you to sign up early. Registration opens March 1, 2017.

To see more information about a class and to sign up, please click the Register button below.

You'll receive confirmation letters, room assignments, parking information and a campus map via email prior to the first day of class.

If you have a question 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

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

Locations & Parking Information

Here’s a map of our campus.

Click here to read more info about parking options when visiting CCAD.


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.