Oregon State University: School of Arts & Communication (SAC) Academy offers an online version of our JumpstART precollege program. JumpstART provides students ages 14-18 with a week of accelerated instruction with instructors who are current artists, exhibiting their work worldwide.


JumpstART ONLINE!    July 12-17, 2020

Our precollege participants' and their families' health and wellbeing, and the the health and wellbeing of our faculty and staff are of first and foremost importance. Therefore to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, this summer we are offering an online version of our JumpstART precollege program that you may participate in from the safety of your home. umpstART provides participants ages 14-18 with a week of accelerated instruction with instructors who are current artists, exhibiting their work worldwide.

Two, three-hour courses and one visiting artist lecture will be offered daily. Each day, our morning session will be taught from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. There will be an hour break for lunch from 12 - 1 p.m., followed by an artist's talk at 1 p.m. Afternoon courses will be held from 2 - 5 p.m. The days will include instruction, discussion, video links, time to make art and time to ask questions and receive feedback.

Courses JumpstART 2020 Remote Class Descriptions

Students will select one core class and one focus class.


Core Studio: Drawing | Madeleine Corbin, Instructor - This course will engage various materials and techniques to investigate a wide range of 2D and 3D drawing processes. We will focus on the elements of line, shape, texture, and value and how those elements combine to create visual experiences and how each can be utilized to further the artist’s conceptual endeavors. Throughout the week we will focus on drawing techniques that sharpen skills in perception and visual organization. The work created will consist of hybridized drawings both from observation and imagined scenarios existing on paper, in three-dimensions with wire, and documented in photo and video formats. Students can expect the course to have ever widening parameters as the week progresses to allow for creative evolution and impulses.

Core Studio: Color Theory | Katherine Spinella, Instructor - This course will focus on color theory and application through a variety of exploratory activities including scavenger hunts, personalized assignments, games, tutorials and reading/video discussions that introduce students to artists working with color and light. In this class you’ll have the opportunity to explore color through a variety of media including photography, painting, and found collage materials.  

Core Studio 2: Sculpture | Johnny Beaver, Instructor - Making art is about self expression, but also problem solving. Taking a cue from current affairs, we will be looking at our own environments, and what materials we may put to use for a series of sculptures -- each day disassembling what we've done, and then borrowing ideas and materials directly from the previous one. Together we will look at what art can be, how it can change, and what makes it your own. 


 Focus: Painting | Milla Oliveira, Instructor - This course invites students to explore possibilities within the pictorial space, integrating elements of physical locations with imagined realities. Instruction will be given on preparation of materials, with focus on acrylic paint. Specific exercises will be offered for in-depth exploration of surfaces, color, light, perspective and composition. With a combination of daily live group sessions (via Zoom), downloadable resources and scheduled 1:1 reviews, students will be well supported to materialize their visionary spatial creations with confidence and enthusiasm.  

Focus: Experimental Photography Using Smartphones | Julia Bradshaw, Instructor - Through playful, hands-on projects, participants will learn how to use their smartphones to create better photographs. Students will learn about composition, lighting techniques, and how to manipulate their images to produce effects. There will be a sprinkling of learning about the history of photography by making photographs using a nineteenth century technique and “faking” nineteenth century techniques using apps. At the end of each session students will share and discuss their experimental photographs with the group. Students should expect to spend each 3-hour session in a mix of online instruction, individual studio practice (with instructor on-call), and an end-of-the-day sharing session. 

Focus: Digital Animation | John Whitten, Instructor - This course will introduce a variety of digital animation techniques including Animated GIFs, Cinemagraphs, and Stop Motion Animation, while focusing on experimental animation artists such as Allison Schulnik and Andrew Thomas Huang. Students will remotely collaborate on animated mosaics and exquisite corpse animation exercises, as well as work on independent animation projects.


We hope to return to on-campus camps for 2021: 

SAC Academy extends the knowledge, resources, and expertise of the School of Arts and Communication beyond the traditional Oregon State University campus population through pre-college programs in the arts, ensembles, and professional development programs.

SAC Academy provides participants with two weeks of accelerated instruction in a university environment. In addition to the in-class learning experience, student education is supplemented with visiting artist lectures, workshops and excursions. A fundamental goal is to assist students in the development of a portfolio that can be used to apply to a university or art institute of their choosing. The program concludes with a portfolio and performance review, a final exhibition and an award ceremony.

The program will be held on Oregon State University’s campus in Corvallis, Oregon. Within the program, students will interact with other art students from around the world as well as a diverse range of college faculty on a daily basis. Class opportunities include Drawing and Modeling the Human Figure, Sculpture, Painting, Printmaking, and Photography.


In a special effort to support families who might have been affected financially by the COVID-19 pandemic, twenty-five full scholarships will be offered on a first come, first served basis to applicants who qualify for free and reduced lunch (see criteria on website.) To apply for a scholarship, please fill out the online application and mark ‘free/reduced lunch eligible’. If there are not 25 applicants who qualify based on need, the remaining scholarships will be awarded based on merit (determined by letters of recommendation from teachers.) 

Scholarship deadline is May 22, 2020. You will be notified May 29 via email if you have been awarded a scholarship.

If you are a returning JumpstART scholarship student, or have been awarded a Scholastic Scholarship, please identify that information in the "Scholarship" section of your registration. 

High achieving participants at the 2020 workshop will be eligible for and may receive a full scholarship to return to JumpstART in 2021. 

In addition, one outstanding JumpstART participant who has completed high school may be awarded a $2,000 scholarship to attend OSU to study art the following fall!

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