The Youth Arts Center of the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program is designed to provide an intensive, practical, hands-on experience for students 13-18 years of age.
Students may enroll in one course per session on which to base their specialized study during their participation in the Summer Program. In this supportive and creative environment, students have the opportunity to immerse themselves completely in their chosen creative outlet. The Youth Arts Center nurtures exceptional passion and talent and can help channel the creative spirit into a viable foundation for continued study. Instructors successfully work with students of all levels of ability and experience while emphasizing strong educational and personal values along with outstanding achievement.
Courses in the following areas are offered:
- Computers Arts : Computer Animation
- Dance Workshop: Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Modern, Tap, African & Choreography
- Youth Film : Putting It All Together
- Music : Band, Chamber Music & Orchestra Programs
- Theatre : Discovery Through Motion
- Visual Art : Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Fashion Design, Jewelry and Photography
- Writing : Unlock the Magic of Words
Students should be prepared to work hard and learn a great deal. Although many optional recreational activities are scheduled for Youth students, the requirements of a student's chosen course always take first priority. Conversely, if a student feels the need for additional help or instruction, he/she can feel comfortable about asking an instructor for more time and attention.
A variety of evening and weekend activities including dances, game nights, art playgrounds, pool parties, talent shows and field games are organized by the counselors and offered to students. Students are encouraged, but not required to participate in these activities depending upon the scheduled requirements of their art courses. Occasionally, students are required by their instructors to attend student and faculty performances.
Students are housed in Pierson or Husch Hall (girls) or MacNeal Hall (boys), four or five students per room. Each room has a private bathroom with a shower.