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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Camp Type: Overnight, Day
  • Age of Campers: 15 - 18
  • Gender of Campers: Coed
  • Year Established: 2004
  • Accreditations: 1

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The Summer Academy for High School Students at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is the definitive summer program for talented and motivated high school students:  a four-week, college-level art making experience in the nation's first and premier school of fine art.


  • Rigorous courses in drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking
  • An exceptional faculty of PAFA instructors who are, themselves, practicing artists
  • Day trips to the museums and galleries of Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C., including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • Visits to artists’ studios where students learn first-hand how they develop ideas, create art and build their careers
  • Information sessions on applying to art school and preparing a portfolio
  • The opportunity to earn four college-level credits
  • An exhibition of student artwork, complete with a reception and awards ceremony for family and friends in PAFA's Gallery 128



At PAFA, observational drawing skills are the foundation of all artistic endeavors and essential for a strong portfolio.  Working from the still life, cityscape, PAFA’s historic Cast Hall, and the life model, students will explore a variety of drawing materials and techniques.  


Students will experience the vibrant possibilities of oil painting through PAFA's time-honored methods and contemporary expertise.  Students will learn techniques of color mixing and paint application, progressing from a limited palette to complex, full-color compositions of the still life, antique casts, and figure models.


Students will investigate the fundamental and creative aspects of sculpture through modeling the human form in clay, focusing on the underlying anatomy of the human head and surface features.  Instruction will include armature construction, modeling tools and techniques, and plaster casting.


Students will learn a variety of printmaking techniques with their own drawings and ideas as inspiration.  Hand-printing and press processing including relief printing, traditional etching, and screenprinting will be explored, as students produce limited editions of their own work.

A visit to PAFA's Museum, including the private vaults to view rarely-seen masterpieces, will supplement all studio activity.


Summer Academy classes share the same spacious studios used by  PAFA’s Certificate, BFA and MFA students.  The Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building features superb drawing and painting classrooms, state-of-the-art printmaking and sculpture shops, a rooftop painting terrace, library, spacious student lounge, and the PAFA Art Supply store.  Students will also study from the cast collection and museum collections in PAFA's Historic Landmark Building.


Comprehensive residential services located on the University of Pennsylvania campus are available for additional cost through Julian Krinsky Camps and Programs.  Amenities include air-conditioned housing, resident counselors, transportation, meal plans, evening and weekend activities, and internet access.  For more information about residential services, visit 


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    • Sculpture
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    • Field Trips to Galleries, Museums and Artist's Studios; Presentations by Art World Professionals
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