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Summer Art for Pre-College Students

Mind and Hand

Students in Skidmore’s Pre-College Program who choose to take one or two art courses will have the opportunity to participate in a five-week creative experience building skills and vocabulary in the visual arts to help them find their voices as artists. Our intensive studio art session offers both traditional and cutting-edge courses to help students connect inventive techniques and imaginative ideas. The Pre-College students will take classes in the Saisselin Art Building, benefit from Skidmore’s excellent studio art facility and also take part in the summer studio art special programming with visiting artists, museum visits and a final student exhibition open to the public, family and friends.

We offer foundation-level courses such as drawing and painting, as well as one-of-a-kind workshops and courses open to Pre-College students such as "Paper Print Press," a printmaking and bookmaking course.

Each year the Summer Studio Art Program brings contemporary artists from diverse disciplines to be visiting artists-in-residence. While at Skidmore, they open their studios to students, give lectures on their work and engage with students in the classroom and in workshops.

2018 Featured Visiting Artists

Courtney Mattison '08

Our Changing Seas III Detail 2014

Courtney Mattison, Our Changing Seas lll (detail) 10’ x 14’, 2014

Courtney Mattison is an internationally recognized artist and ocean advocate working to inspire policy makers and the public to conserve our changing seas. She hand-sculpts intricately detailed ceramic sculptural works inspired by the fragile beauty of ocean ecosystems—primarily coral reefs—and the human-caused threats they face. Courtney’s delicate and often large-scale ceramic sculptural works have been exhibited at prominent science and art venues including the Washington D.C. headquarters of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Tang Museum, the Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center and the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in an effort to promote awareness for the protection of our blue planet.

To learn more about Courtney Mattison visit her website.

Deborah Zlotsky

Bewitched 2017
Deborah Zlotzky, Bewitched  48"x36, 2017

Deborah Zlotsky creates interrelationships through cycles of accumulation, rupture and repair. She writes, “Each painting materializes out of a friction between intention and coincidence, much like the daily processing required to be in the world.” In a catalog essay, writer Carmen Machado described Zlotsky’s work as  “a convergence: of Renaissance images and pop art, of the past and present, of science fiction and reality, of physicality and illusion.” Zlotsky is represented by Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York and Robischon Gallery in Denver. She has received a NYFA fellowship, residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, and her work is in many public and private collections. She teaches at RISD.

To learn more about Deborah Zlotsky visit her website.


Courses Offered Summer 2018 Studio Art Course

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Printmaking/Papermaking
  • Special Topics: Research to Artwork
  • All courses are also available as noncredit studio art workshops

Special Summer Course Offering: Research to Artwork

Multimedia studio art course

This course will ask students to work from both assigned and self-determined subject matter to research and collect material for creating artwork. Drawing, collage, printmaking, photography and bookmaking techniques will be used to respond to the information gathered. Discussion and presentation of various artists’ work, along with readings and critiques, will support the studio explorations.



PrintNation: An all-day, hands-on printmaking extravaganza for all studio art students

  • Day trip to view contemporary art and museum collections.