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Skidmore College

Studio Art Programming

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.

2020 Featured Visiting Artist


Jason Rohlf

JASON ROHLF makes vibrant and textured acrylic and collage paintings. Layers are painted over and over again; the final result hints at a hidden history as traces of previous layers are revealed as texture. City streets, digital media, and maps have been important influences of Rohlf’s work. Projects include a collaboration with Oehme Graphics where he created the “Field Guides Print Project” that included a suite of unique monotypes and solar plate editions, and most recently a screenprinted edition for Folioleaf. His current project, ‘The Shop Rag Project’ will be featured in August 2018 at the gallery.

Originally from Milwaukee, Rohlf moved to Brooklyn in 1999. He was exhibited his work across the United States, created a public installation for the MTA, and has lectured for the Pratt Institute, Bowling Green University and Lawrence University among others. He is the recipient of the Sam and Adelle Golden Foundation for the Arts Artist in Residency.

More of his work can be seen on Instagram.

Jason Rohlf


Pre-College Studio Art Courses Offered Summer 2020  

Introduction to Painting 
Intro to Painting Workshop
Drawing l
Drawing I Workshop
Digital Foundations
Intaglio Printmaking

Credit and non-credit courses available.


Studio Visits with Artist in Residence  Jason Rohlf
Special Evening or Saturday Life Drawing Sessions 
Special projects with all classes in the printshop
PrintNation: An all-day, hands-on printmaking extravaganza for all studio art students 
Curator tours and discussions of current exhibitions at The Tang Museum on campus