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School of Visual Arts

About the School of Visual Arts

Program Dates

July 1, 2017 to July 28, 2017


SUNY Fredonia

280 Central Ave
Fredonia, NY 14063


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We are no longer accepting portfolios for the 2016 summer. Selection drop off dates for 2017 will be posted in the fall.

The School of Visual Arts wants you to experience life as a working artist next summer. This New York State Summer School of the Arts program is specifically designed to emphasize art experiences that cannot normally be undertaken during a 45-minute school period. You will work in the studio with drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media, figure, and interdisciplinary arts under the direction of noted exhibiting artists/educators. Related activities will include drawing and painting from a live model, trips to farms and lakes in the area, and experience with art processes that include welding, casting, direct carving, modeling life-size objects in clay, and experimenting with a variety of printmaking techniques.

In addition to pursuing direct art processes, you will have the unique opportunity to work and live with 95 other student artists on an attractive college campus and to establish career goals while sharing in this rewarding precollege program. Because of the in-depth experience and number of class hours this program provides, students are more than fulfilling the requirements for one full unit of high school credit. Appropriate documentation is sent at the close of the program.

Studio and residential spaces are provided at SUNY Fredonia, a public comprehensive college offering a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, including a BFA in Art with concentrations in areas such as sculpture, animation/illustration, ceramics, drawing/painting, graphic design, media arts and photography.

Our Faculty

Artistic Director

Student Profiles

Getting to go to a place that is filled with people that are just like you is such a different experience than high school. Before NYSSSA, I had never been to a place where the common denominator between everyone is his or her interest in visual art. It was so refreshing to arrive at a place where everyone is speaking the same language as you. The people you meet at NYSSSA will undoubtedly change your life. After two summers at NYSSSA it is a place that has become my home away from home. 

I'd encourage anyone who is remotely interested in art to join NYSSSA because it's an once-in-a-lifetime experience. You have the chance to work alongside brilliant teachers and artists who are completely dedicated to helping you. The environment at NYSSSA is so positive and by the end of the month that you're there you'll wish it wasn't over, but you'll be so grateful you decided to go. 

A Sample Day

Visual Arts

Check out what a day at the School of Visual Arts is like!