You know that Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is a leader in the world of visual arts. But did you know that they offer programs all school year long for young artists?!?! (And not just at their Bolton Hill campus; they offer workshops at The St. Paul’s Schools in Brooklandville, too!)

From drawing and painting to digital illustration and photography and everything in between, MICA’s workshops for students in grades K-12 are designed to spark creativity, encourage invention, and nurture artistic innovation.

Research shows that each additional year of arts coursework is associated with a 12% increase in the likelihood that adolescents will eventually earn a four-year college degree.

MICA Youth Art Programs

“At MICA, we want to support artists of all ages, and provide them with the tools and opportunities to explore a variety of art and design classes that are offered through the Office of Open Studies,” said Sabrina Dépestre, Director of Marketing and Recruitment for MICA’s Open Studies.

What kind of classes does MICA offer for youth? The youngest of art explorers can reimagine stories while engaging developing fine motor skills and knowledge of art media. Or they can explore the animal kingdom while learning how to represent an idea both in two- and three-dimensional form. Or maybe they’d rather become artistic astronauts and explore art through the “out of this world” theme of space.

MICA Youth Art Programs

Older elementary school students can participate in a painting workshop or experiment with wet and dry media. Middle and high school students can further hone their artistic skills in digital photography, drawing, digital illustration, or clay sculpting.

MICA weekend study programs are a great way to supplement and build on your child’s art explorations in school.Interested? Learn more about their programs on their website.


Editor’s Note: This article is sponsored by MICA. To learn more about their programs, visit their listing in our Kids Activities directory! Photos provided by MICA.