You're never too young to be an artist or to start your path toward a fantastic career in art and design. At Moore College of Art & Design, we are influencers and advocates for breakthrough artists and designers of all ages and backgrounds—and that's the vision behind our dynamic Youth Education programs for creatively curious youth: the annual pre-college residential Summer Art and Design Institute and our century-old, singular Young Artists Workshop for grades 3–12. 

There's no need to wait until college to start your journey as an artist or designer. Our Youth Education programs are offered year round, and young students can start classes with us as young as eight years old. Youth Education programs and classes are flexible in order to accommodate different modes and styles of learning. Younger students will supplement their Monday through Friday classwork with art and design skills that expand their horizons and provide new pathways for creative exploration. As students grow closer to college age, they can hone their skills and further develop their portfolios, providing a strong edge for their applications to competitive art and design schools.

Read on to learn more about our Youth Education program offerings and register for our next session today!

From Ages 8 to 18, There's a Youth Program for You

Pick your program of choice based on age group and seasonal offerings. With classes offered all year round, you can spend every fall, spring and summer working on your skills as an artist!

Summer Art & Design Institute, a.k.a. SADI

For young women and nonbinary high-school students who want a taste of the art and design college experience! Whether you're new to art or an emerging artist interested in fleshing out a portfolio, our summer pre-college residential program has an experience that's just right for you.

Young Artists Workshop, a.k.a. YAW

YAW offers an array of art and design courses for youth in grades 3–12, in fall, spring and summer co-ed sessions. Students grow creatively while developing as artists, thinkers and innovators. It's also a great way to build self-confidence and make lasting friendships.