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. Learn more below.

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 or sign up to receive email updates.  


Creative Summer Workshops

Course Catalog Summer Calendar 
 

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Columbus College of Art & Design’s Creative Summer Workshops offer the perfect way for kids, teens, and adults who will be in grades 1–12 during the 2022–2023 academic year to explore their creativity. Classes are held weekdays; 9 a.m. to noon for the morning session, or 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the afternoon session. Lunchtime childcare is available at an additional cost for students who sign up for both morning and afternoon classes.

Classes in: Art and design for young artists, botanical art, printmaking, fashion design, animation, 3D illustration, digital comics, painting, puppetry, game development, and much more!

Registration: Workshop admission opens Monday, March 21, at 12:01 a.m.; Registration closes two weeks before each session’s start date.

Summer 2022 session dates:

  • Week 1: June 6–10                                    
  • Week 2: June 13–17
  • Week 3: June 20–24
  • Week 4: June 27–July 1
  • SESSION BREAK: July 4–8
  • Week 5: July 11–15

Cost: $210 per weeklong session (includes tuition, registration, and all materials), $75 for lunchtime care. Need-based scholarships available.

Refunds are granted according to the following policy:

  • I understand that I may request to withdraw my student(s) from a course up to two weeks prior to the start of a class by emailing [email protected] for a refund of 100% minus a $25 administrative fee per course. There are no refunds thereafter. Nonattendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all students and instructors will be required to wear a face mask at all times. Parents and guardians will use designated drop-off and pick-up zones and are not permitted to come inside the buildings. 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.


Future Programming

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 experience college-level instruction in their desired major in the morning, alongside closely mentored professional development, collaborative workshops, and electives taught by Columbus artists and CCAD faculty and staff in the afternoon. 

Classes in: Advertising & Graphic Design, Animation, Comics & Narrative Practice, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture & Design, Photography, and Film & Video

Registration:
Early bird: Dec. 3, 2021–Feb. 15, 2022
Regular: Feb. 16,–June 1, 2022

Class dates: July 10–July 30, 2022

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

Scholarship application deadline: May 2, 2022

 


Film Columbus Teen Screenwriting Workshop & Competition

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In partnership with the Greater Columbus Film Commission, the 2022 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 2022 by CCAD students. These films will premiere publicly in Spring 2023. 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 accepted into the Toronto Independent Film Festival of Cift.

Registration: Register at this link

Class dates: Saturday, March 19, and Saturday, April 2, 2022 from noon to 4 p.m.

Cost: Free

 

Saturday Morning Art Classes

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CCAD's popular Saturday Morning Art Classes run concurrently with the college semester, with one 10-week session in the spring and fall. The next session of Saturday Morning Art Classes will begin in September 2022, with registration opening in August 2022.

Refunds are granted according to the following policy:

  • I understand that I may request to withdraw my student(s) from a course up to two weeks prior to the start of a class by emailing [email protected] for a refund of 100% minus a $25 administrative fee per course. There are no refunds thereafter. Nonattendance does not constitute a withdrawal.


“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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