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  • PSU SoVA Summer Camp
  • PSU SoVA Summer Camp

Summer Art Camp


For full information about the 2019 Summer Art Camp, visit us here!


If you are a high school student with a strong interest in the visual arts, Penn State School of Visual Arts' (SoVA) Summer Art Camp, Portfolio Processes, was created for you!

The camp will take place June 23 - 28, at the University Park campus. Open to high school students entering grades 9 through 12 (and just-graduated seniors), the camp provides an intensive residential studio workshop program across various art media.

A primary goal of the SoVA Summer Art Camp is to help young artists develop a distinctive vision and voice by learning new artistic and technical processes that enhance the creative process. The camp’s theme, Portfolio Processes, underscores the goal of the program, which is to help students learn how to develop their innate creativity and visual thinking skills in planning, and making artwork.

Campers immerse themselves in life as a Penn State School of Visual Arts student, producing portfolio-quality work, as well as participating in film nights and social activities within a university setting. The camp schedule includes workshops focused on a range of studio areas, such as drawing, printmaking, photography, and video.  Workshops are taught by experienced M.F.A. instructors, and take place in SoVA's art and digital studios.

Each year the Edwin W. Zoller Gallery, SoVA's professional gallery space, is transformed into the camp's central hub, serving as the studio space where students display and critique their work produced throughout their time at the camp. On the final day of camp, SoVA hosts a closing exhibition reception for campers and their families.

Click here to view a video about the camp and hear from former campers about their camp experience.