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Youth Education

Launch a creative life

Our Young Artist Programs help kids and teens develop creatively as they cultivate artistic skills. Led by outstanding artists, designers and educators, these programs explore the artistic process with emphasis on problem solving, designing, communicating and creating. Young artists will have the opportunity to work with high-quality materials, in college-level studios, so we encourage dressing for a mess to fully enjoy the creative process. All Young Artist Programs offer a full week of artistic inspiration. After the fun-filled week of creating, all youth will display their work alongside their peers in an art show open to all our artists' families and friends. 

Our Young Artist Programs:

R.O.Y.G.B.I.V. Camps (ages 6-8 and 9-11)

These weeklong, multi-arts camps for ages 6-8 and 9-11 give young artists the opportunity to explore a variety of mediums and techniques under the guidance of talented, expert educators. Devoting half the day to creating 2D- and the other half to 3D-art, campers will spend their whole week fully immersed in age-appropriate projects inspired by weekly themes. From drawing and painting to clay and sculpture, this camp creates a dynamic experience for the budding and enthusiastic artist alike. 

Week 1: Under the Sea (May 31 - June 4)

Ages 6-8 Registration

Ages 9-11 Registration

Week 2: Play with Your Food (June 7 - June 11)

Ages 6-8 Registration

Ages 9-11 Registration

Week 3: Around the World (June 14 - June 18)

Ages 6-8 Registration

Ages 9-11 Registration

Week 4: Mysteries of Space (June 21 - June 21)

Ages 6-8 Registration

Ages 9-11 Registration


Studio Series (ages 12-14)

For more experienced artists, ages 12-14, our Studio Series camps delve into a specific medium, project or theme each week, introducing basic principles and elements while exploring advanced techniques for further practice. Themes include:

Week 1: Sculpting with Science (May 31 - June 4)

Over the course of this week, students will use fun (and safe!) science to create one-of-a-kind sculptures, prints, paintings, and moving works. We will explore the basic science behind experiments that result in fantastic colors, shapes, and forms. From growing ice sculptures to making slime to waterproof sand. We'll get our hands dirty and learn some fun tricks along the way!

Week 2: Comic Illustration (June 7 - June 11)

Learn the basics of comic illustration. In this MARVELous camp, the budding comic will learn how to develop characters, create storyboards, and find humor in everyday observations. Students will create splash pages and single-, double- and multi-panel comics to put a whimsical spin on their art.

Week 3: Digital Illustration (June 14 - June 18)

Learn the basics of digital illustration using Procreate on the iPad Pro. Students will learn about all the hidden tools, gestures, and brushes within the program to create digital artwork. All participants will create and print a series of illustrated postcards by the end of the week!

Week 4: Photography Old and New (June 21 - June 21)

From historical processes to modern digital techniques, students will learn how to capture and construct intriguing photography. This camp will expose students to camera handling skills, composition theory, lighting and basic editing through a variety of creative shooting assignments. Students should bring their own digital camera (any type welcome, though smartphone cameras are discouraged).

Launch- Ages 15-18 

The Belmont University Launch summer art program helps high school students create portfolio ready work for college applications and scholarship consideration. Participants will engage in college-level instruction during 1- week sessions, reflecting the rigor and atmosphere of our university programs. Participants have the choice to mix and match classes in Fine Art, Digital Media, Photography, Printmaking or Fashion Design. All instructors are working professional artists and designers who are active in the field of study they instruct.  

During classes, students will gain first-hand experience in their chosen field working alongside our staff in facilities equipped with professional grade equipment for the classes they chose. Supplies are included, but fine art students should bring their own portfolio, photography students should bring their own digital camera, USB cord and portable hard drive, and Digital Media students should bring their own portable hard drive.  

The Launch program will end with a celebratory reception each week showcasing student works in fine art, graphic design, photography, printmaking and fashion. 

The Launch program does not provide any college credits, official transcripts, housing or meal plans. We do provide a letter of completion upon request. 

Launch Registration coming soon!


Scholarships are available for all Young Artist Programs. Scholarship amounts vary based on available funds and participant need. All scholarships are due by April 15, 2021. To apply for a scholarship submit the form below. Then mail a recommendation from a teacher, and a copy of the latest tax return of the participant's primary guardian to our offices at the address below.

Scholarship Application

Mail addendum materials to:

Watkins Community Education

Leu Center for Visual Arts

Belmont University

1900 Belmont Blvd.

Nashville, TN 37212