The Summer Arts Lab at SUNY New Paltz is an intensive two-week residential program for high school students designed to introduce students to a life in the visual arts.
Participants will, first and foremost, be immersed in making art. They will work in a variety of media in drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking during class time. They will also have the chance to continue their work independently during open studio hours each evening. They will experiment with new and different approaches to making work. They will learn to observe the world more closely, solve visuals problems and build a strong portfolio for college or art school applications.
Students will also experience life as a college art
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student, surrounded by other creative people who share their interests. They will live in SUNY New Paltz dorms with their fellow art students and spend their days working alongside these people, sharing ideas and becoming stronger artists together. In addition, they will work with the exhibiting artists who teach them and meet the special visiting artists invited to campus to lecture and show artwork in the evenings.
Students will also visit exhibitions both on and off campus to see major works of art in person. They will take advantage of the shows at the Dorsky Museum, and will also visit the site-specific sculptures of the Storm King Art Center. Finally, they will conclude their Summer Arts Lab experience with an exhibit of their own artwork.